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  1. Essentially all of the information you've listed is usually found underneath the admissions portion of a school website or can be answered in the FAQ section by just glancing through. I think some important factors that should also be taken into consideration which may be harder to find is faculty turnover rate, help with job placement or support for alums, whether the curriculum is systems based or not, classes pass/fail or graded and remediation opportunities, etc. When beginning the application process, I started very general with what states/areas of the country I would potentially want to live in for school as well as post graduation as a lot of job opportunities can come from clinicals and networks in the area of your school. Then I just create an excel spreadsheet listing all the programs in that state the stats mentioned above and began to whittle away removing programs with lower than the national average PANCE, any schools that had inconsistent or bad trends with PANCE, any schools above $110k, if I didn't meet prereqs based on what courses I had taken (some schools require specific psychology courses while others take any upper level for example", and then started looking at facilities the campus had, # of and rotations and their length, if you had to travel a lot for clinicals, etc. Everyone will put more weight on categories that are important to them based on finances, family life and responsibilities, etc.
  2. I think depending on the amount of acceptances they're sending out, they'll send out a few over the next few days and then probably next week have a mass day of accept/rejects for everyone that has interviewed this cycle and not heard back yet.
  3. There might be one out there but even looking at the US News and World Report's "rankings" would give you a good indication of what schools are top performing. The national pass rate is like 95% so a lot of programs successfully prepare you to pass the PANCE. When looking for programs myself, I looked closely at the consistency of their past 5 year scores and definitely the 2019/2020 scores, when the PANCE passing score was made more difficult. I saw some schools drop from the 90s to the low 80s or even 70s and heavily avoided those programs.
  4. A lot of airbnb's will also cut you a cheaper rate if you ask for a discount for staying a full month, or try to focus your search on long term listings. Travel nurses will do this a lot, so maybe search Reddit or something for how they best find housing
  5. This does sound like a bit of a tough decision. Is there much of a cost of living difference between the 2 cities and/or does either program have housing nearby for students? What are the clinical rotations like in terms of electives and time at each site? If you have a lot of away/distant rotations for the second school, that's just going to further increase the cost differential. I usually shy away from newer programs but it sounds like they're pretty plugged into the hospital systems and they have good PANCE rates, so that doesn't really make a difference - has COVID affected their ability to place students at clinical sites (especially if the cohorts are backlogged) because in that case, the larger alumni network of program 2 is a huge advantage. I know a lot of people have more enjoyed the 27 months program with having a little bit more breathing room between tests and an extra few days between semesters, but that's personal preference.
  6. I know that it might be too early but I was just hoping to get a general view of how programs are continuing to navigate the COVID crisis. The current classes are the real MVPs for working out the kinks in new forms of content delivery for programs and how curriculums are being adjusted.
  7. The cost of attendance provided by the program should include estimated expenses for books, school health insurance, rent and some other factors. Look into how the CoA is broken down into categories. The way you have your post written sounds a little confusing. The $22,500 is what you have to figure out how to cover using additional loans besides the Stafford unsub. The way my brain works and calculates is apply the loan amount that you already know (Stafford) to the fixed cost that you already know (or at least the closest estimate), which is tuition. If your program tuition is roughly $28,000/year, using all $20,500 of the Stafford loan leaves you with $7,500 of tuition to cover plus all associated living expenses - housing, health insurance, transportation costs, medical equipment, fees, etc. Use the program's provided cost of attendance estimates to calculate how much those additional expenses would cost, and that's the amount of loans you need to get through Grad Plus/Direct Plus/private
  8. I am so happy to say that I got the call at 8:30 tonight and I'm super excited to join the class of 2023! Good luck to everyone still waiting, this is my first acceptance and the process is definitely brutal. Keep pushing!
  9. I received an interview invitation yesterday (10/3) for this Thursday October 8th!
  10. I think they'll be sending it Friday morning. I was looking in my emails to see if I had been placed in an interview group but one of the interview confirmation emails says that Friday morning before the meet and greet that night, they'll send out more info so I assume that will include zoom links as well as what group we are for Saturday morning. Best of luck and I'll see you there!
  11. I submitted on 5/21 for all of my programs whether they were rolling or not and updated my PCE with any programs I hadn't heard from last week
  12. I got an interview at another program and rescheduled UNT for November 14th, which is their last interview date apparently. Good luck everyone!
  13. My main dilemma is that the next date for UTSW is the end of November whereas right now I don't know any other dates for UNT but it's likely not as far away. Both programs look like they interview 3 people for every seat in the program so there isn't really better odds for either one. It kind of comes down to interviewing on the 3rd date for UNT and UTSW or the 2nd date for UTSW and 4th date for UNT
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