This isn’t a post with answers. This is a post with questions. Questions to add to the already mounting questions other SLP Graduate school hopefuls have after filling out an avalanche of applications.
People applying to SLP Graduate Programs across the country have to do the following, in general:
- Locate an accredited university with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology
- Find the Communication Sciences and Disorders (or SLP) tab/link/website/hidden portal to the underworld
- See the requirements for applications – 3+ letters of recommendation, resume, letter of intent, essay, application form, all your money (approx $3.8 million per school…approximately).
- Find the application portal. (All these portals, you would think we are getting somewhere. But no, you stay in one place waiting for their call)
- Submit application requirements.
- Wait for what seems like eternity. Usually 1-4 months.
- Receive rejection or acceptance email/letter/pigeon – Rejoice! or Weep in a pool of tears.
And that’s just for one school. In a recent post by the ASHA Leader, they quoted Kenn Apel, chairman of USC’s CSD program saying, “Apply to more than one school, no matter how badly you want a specific program.” I wholeheartedly agree. Increase your chances. Yes. But that is extremely time consuming, stressful, and confusing, you know? I had a reader say they were applying to 17 different schools. I bet that cost close to $1,0000 in application fees. Not to mention a massage and sleepless nights. I had another reader say they’ve applied 3 years in a row to 8 schools each year (different ones at times), and still not being accepted (with what I would call a GREAT background). *sigh*
So here are my questions:
Can this process be streamlined?
Can universities come together?
Can we have one application portal?
Can we can submit the same basic info through a universal portal, then tailor other things like essays and letters of intents?
Can we have more consistent entry requirements?
Can ASHA put suggestions out there? Like having a 300 total GRE score, a 3.5 GPA, or something?
Who should these questions be addressed to?
Who would be able to streamline the process?
Will this process ever change?
What are your thoughts, readers? Am I crazy?