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Department of Psychology

1000 E. University Ave

Dept. 3415

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6303

Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

UW Clinical Psychology: Graduate Student Application Review and Interview Process

Application Review

Given the volume of materials received in a very short period of time, it is not possible to notify applicants of the status of their application. However, applicants can contact the department secretary to determine whether all application materials have been received as the deadline approaches.

Applications are evaluated based on the applicants' academic qualifications (e.g., GRE scores, undergraduate GPA) and interests. Particular attention is paid to the goodness of fit between the applicant's expressed interests and the particular strengths and offerings of our program.

Our program does not employ a set of formal "cut-offs" with regard to any of the quantitative application elements (e.g., GRE scores or undergraduate/graduate GPA). Often a strong record in one area may make up for a weakness in another area. Applicants interested in information on the qualifications of admitted students should consult the student summary data ( This page also details the program's internship application success and graduation outcomes.

Applicants who are no longer being considered for admission typically receive letters informing them of their status by mid-February.


Faculty Mentor Review

Each clinical faculty member who is interested in taking a new student select 1 to 4 candidates to telephone and invite to our annual Graduate Student Visiting Days, which is typically scheduled on a Sunday through Tuesday in late February or early March. Approximately 20 candidates attend each year.


Applicant Interviews

Applicants identified as strong matches for the program are invited to interview and are strongly encouraged to attend the Graduate Student Visiting Days. However, those who cannot attend receive telephone interviews and are considered equally with those who come to campus.

The graduate student visiting days provide applicants with an opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the university, department, and program first-hand and to become familiar with our students and faculty, training goals and expectations. Applicants who visit the program have the opportunity to meet the program faculty and students at a dinner reception and are individually interviewed by program faculty and students. At the same time our faculty and students assess the likely scholarly, research, and clinical promise of the applications so that the best admission decisions can be made.


Final Decisions

As soon as all potential applicants have been interviewed, all clinical faculty members meet and consider the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate and decide the order of applicants to whom offers will be extended. Telephone calls and formal letters of acceptance follow shortly thereafter.


Policy Regarding Admissions Offers and Acceptances

The Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) has adopted a set of procedures designed to facilitate the Graduate Admissions process by outlining expectations of both applicants and programs. Our program adheres to these CUDCP-adopted guidelines.

Council of University Directors Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) Guidelines for Graduate School Offers and Acceptances (3/9/93)

 The Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology has adopted the procedures below in order to facilitate the Graduate Admissions process. These principles are designed to spell out the expectations of both parties during this stressful and often difficult time.

1. The policies listed here should be sent to all students applying to CUDCP-member graduate programs or other graduate programs that have adopted these guidelines.

a. Each application package for admission to graduate school should be accompanied by a copy of these guidelines.

b. Whenever possible, undergraduate advisors for students seeking admission into graduate programs of clinical psychology should familiarize the students with guidelines, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the guidelines.

2. To facilitate the decision making for students, training programs should inform students as soon as possible that they have been excluded from consideration for admission.
3. A student can expect to receive offers of admission to programs over a considerable period of time. The timing of offers to students is largely determined by the University's review schedule, which is a strictly internal matter. Regardless of when the offer is made, students are not required to respond to the offer before the decision date of April 15 (or the first Monday after April 15, if April 15 falls on a weekend), except as specified in Section 6 below.

a. Offers are usually made in writing prior to April 1st. Between April 1st and the decision date, universities may choose to facilitate the process by making new offers to students over the phone when a position opens up. These verbal offers are official, but should be followed up by a written confirmation within 48 hours.

b. Offers, once made, cannot be withdrawn by the university until after the decision date and then can be withdrawn only if the student fails to respond to the offer by the decision date.

c. A program may make an offer after the April 15th decision date if it still has one or more open slots. Offers made after the decision date should clearly state how long the student has to decide on the offer. The student should be given sufficient time (at least a week) to visit a program before making a decision.

4. Offers with funding are treated like any other offer. There should be no stipulation by the University that the offer carries funding only if the student accepts by a specific date that precedes the decision date described above.

5. The Director of Clinical Training or the designated person in charge of graduate admissions should make every effort to inform students on the alternate list of their status as soon as possible.

a. The procedure of designating all students who have not been offered immediate admission as alternates is inappropriate. The University Training Program should have a procedure for identifying those students who clearly will not be offered admissions.

b. A reasonable designation of the student's position on the alternate list is encouraged (e.g., high, middle, or low on the alternate list). If such a designation is used, the operational definition of "high on the alternate list" is that, in a normal year, the student would receive an offer of admission (but not necessarily funding) prior to the April 15 decision date.

c. Once the class has been filled, students on the alternate list should be informed that they are no longer under consideration for admission. Students who were designated "high on the alternate list" should be informed by phone.

6. A student should not have more offers than they are seriously considering. Holding multiple offers ties up slots, preventing programs from making offers to other students. This is a complex principle operationalized in the points below.

a. It is legitimate for students to want to visit a program, if they have not done so already, before making decisions among top offers. Such visits should be scheduled as soon as practical after the offer of admission is received. If after a visit to a program the student decides that the program is rated lower than a program that the student has already been offered admission to, the student should inform the lower rank program that they will be declining their offer.

b. Whenever possible, the student applicant should inform training programs by phone of a decision, following up within 24 hours with a written confirmation of that decision.

c. Once a student has accepted an offer of admission to a Graduate Training Program, the student should inform all programs in which they are currently under consideration that they are either declining outstanding offers of admission or no longer wish to be considered for admission. Students should contact by phone those programs that have offered admission or have the student high on the alternate list. These phone calls should be followed up within 24 hours by a written confirmation. For programs for which the student is on the alternate list but not high on the alternate list, a letter withdrawing their application mailed within 48 hours is sufficient notification.

7. It is the responsibility of the Director of Clinical Training or the designated person in charge of graduate admissions to keep students informed of changes in their status. Ideally, the student should be informed immediately by phone and with a follow-up letter. Offers of admission or offers of funding for students already offered admission should be made over the phone with a follow-up letter mailed within 24 hours.

8. The current policy statement of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology allows students to resign offers they previously accepted up to the April 15th decision date by submitting the resignation in writing. The purpose of this policy is to avoid pressure on students to accept offers before they have heard from others schools. Although withdrawing an acceptance is legitimate, it is not good form. A much better approach is to accept a position only if you intend to follow through on your commitment. Students have the right to hold offers as described above if a preferable offer is still possible.

a. As stated in 6(c), once a student has accepted an offer, the student should notify other Universities immediately that he or she has accepted another offer.

b. Except in very unusual situations (e.g., serious illness or major personal problems), a student who accepts an offer of admission is expected to start the graduate program the following fall unless other arrangements have been made with the Director of Clinical Training. Training lines are severely limited and failing to use a line once it has been offered prevents other qualified students from obtaining training.

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Department of Psychology

1000 E. University Ave

Dept. 3415

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6303

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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