WANTED: Opinions on Adelphi Versus Rutgers

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by psychguy819, Mar 27, 2012.

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Which would you choose?

  1. Adelphi University (PhD)

    6 vote(s)
    12.5%
  2. Rutgers University (PsyD)

    42 vote(s)
    87.5%
  1. psychguy819

    psychguy819 2+ Year Member

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    So I've narrowed down my acceptances to two options: Rutgers Clinical PsyD and Adelphi Clinical PhD. In your opinion, which is the "better" program? (Taking into consideration all the common factors that contribute to a program's caliber) I'm familiar with the stats of both programs (APA match rates, tuition/funding, cohort size, etc.) so I'm more interested in the "qualitative" factors that go into making a decision such as quality of training, value, reputation, etc. Basically, please share your brutally honest opinions about both! :)
     
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  3. cara susanna

    cara susanna 7+ Year Member

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    I'm not as familiar with Adelphi, but probably Rutgers
     
  4. psychguy819

    psychguy819 2+ Year Member

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    Would anybody like to comment as to why the poll results thus far are incredibly lopsided towards Rutgers? I was expecting a more evenly-split result. :confused:
     
  5. AcronymAllergy

    AcronymAllergy Neuropsychologist SDN Moderator 7+ Year Member

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    Rutgers's Psy.D. program has a solid reputation nationally; Adelphi's perhaps might not be quite as consistently strong.
     
  6. PsychPhDHopeful

    PsychPhDHopeful 2+ Year Member

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    Adelphi has a fine program, but you will be limited to mostly psychodynamic training. Rutgers has a great reputation, is less expensive, and you will receive training in other orientations.
     
  7. headshrinker78

    headshrinker78 2+ Year Member

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    Congrats on the acceptances! Both are solid programs. While the US News and World Report 2012 ranking does not matter all that much too me, it's based on a survey of academics and Rutgers' PsyD program comes in at 42 v. 139 for Adelphi. At the end of the day, Rutgers is cheaper and has a better national reputation, so if those are your main concerns, it should be an easy decision. With that said, if you are very psychodynamically oriented or can't stomach having a Psy.D. after your name, you may be better off going with Adelphi.
     
  8. psychguy819

    psychguy819 2+ Year Member

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    Thank you for your input! (And thank you to the two posters before you!)
     
  9. thewesternsky

    thewesternsky 10+ Year Member

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    Rutgers has a great reputation, is less expensive, and you will receive training in other (i.e., a variety of) orientations.

    This.
     
  10. hamsterpants

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    seems like a no-brainer to me
     
  11. psychguy819

    psychguy819 2+ Year Member

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    So I'm assuming you voted for Rutgers then?
     
  12. Johnny411

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    I honestly would probably go to Rutgers. The city of New Brunswick ( location of Rutgers U) is very much a really beautiful city. You are also kind of close to NYC. Although Adelphi is basically in one of the Burroughs of NYC, I wouldn't go there because it's in a not so great area (Brooklyn). I am not saying that Brooklyn is a bad place or is crappy, but I think a school being in a not so great area would be a red flag for me. The choice is yours though!! Good luck :)
     
  13. hamsterpants

    hamsterpants 7+ Year Member

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    Yep. Sorry for such a throw away comment, it was mostly based on what others wrote. But yes, Rutgers is a strong program and although some people regard the Psyd as a "lesser" degree, I would say Rutgers is viewed as an exception. They provide funding to their students and I've heard they produce clinicians that truly look to research to inform practice. And I imagine that if your long term goal is practice, you would be happier at a strong Psyd than a mediocre Phd program (that said, I know nothing about Adelphi) where you don't have to come out of the "closet" as a clinician rather than researcher.

    An RA in my lab is headed to Rutgers this fall, I like and respect her on a personal and professional level so perhaps I am biased by her awesomeness.
     
  14. psychguy819

    psychguy819 2+ Year Member

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    Adelphi is actually located in Garden City - one of the richest towns in Long Island (Nassau County). Quite the opposite of Brooklyn! lol I think you're thinking of Long Island University which is located in downtown Brooklyn (not so nice).

    But thank you for your opinion!
     
  15. xiaoma

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    Rutgers.
     
  16. psychguy819

    psychguy819 2+ Year Member

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    Just thought I would let you guys know that I have decided to accept Rutgers's offer! Adelphi was unable to offer me enough funding to make it "worth it."

    I hope one of you are taken off the wait list at Adelphi once I decline their offer!

    Thanks for all your help/opinions! :)
     
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2012
  17. PsychPhDHopeful

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    Congratulations! You will be very happy with your decision. I know people in the program who absolutely love it. Good luck!!
     

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