Graduate Admissions in Clinical Psychology: Observations on the Present and Thoughts on the Future
Observations on the current state of admissions to clinical programs, and thoughts on some issues for the future, are offered. Application trends and recent developments such as electronic application and the proliferation of admissions-relevant message boards are highlighted. Issues for the future such as the impact of the increasing emphasis on mentorship on the admissions process, the merits of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and the admissions interview, and characteristics of the applicant pool are discussed. It is argued that the admissions process is best served when programs and applicants alike are clear about their goals, interests, strengths, limitations, and core values as they relate to the profession, thereby increasing the probability of an optimum fit between students and programs.