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For those of you who have not yet seized the opportunity, you should use sites like these to build connections, meet people, and network, in addition to learning more about programs and matriculant stats. There is nothing more rewarding and beneficial towards personal growth, both career wise and socially, than to meet people with similar interests, personality types, and aspirations in life.

Once, years ago, I met a girl on one of these types of threads who was also applying to MPH programs and we exchanged contact information and began to chat and keep each other updated about our respective application cycles to MPH programs. Now, 5 years and a masters degree later (we both ended up attending the same MPH program in the same class), we are very, very close friends and colleagues. It just goes to show you that some of these connections can be more fruitful than anticipated!

For anyone who wants to chat, please dm me and I'd love to talk all things PA (and even life)!

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16 hours ago, glerner124 said:

I received an invite on 8/19 and did not respond to the email! I still am also waiting on a date if that makes you feel better.

Just to hopefully make everyone feel better! I also received an invite 8/19, and I didnt respond to the email, but I later emailed to follow up on when to hear back for scheduling and she said end of september! 

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On 9/13/2020 at 12:10 PM, hannahkoko said:

Just to hopefully make everyone feel better! I also received an invite 8/19, and I didnt respond to the email, but I later emailed to follow up on when to hear back for scheduling and she said end of september! 

That’s good to know! I also received an invite on 8/19 and hadn’t heard back yet. Should I still email them or wait till end of September?

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On 9/3/2020 at 8:07 PM, dwilson said:

I applied for the MPH dual program and they just asked me to write an additional essay for them. Did anyone else get that email? 

Yes I did I'm glad you asked. I submitted it last week. I was getting nervous since the responses sounded like most if not all the seats were filled!

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On 9/13/2020 at 1:10 PM, hannahkoko said:

Just to hopefully make everyone feel better! I also received an invite 8/19, and I didnt respond to the email, but I later emailed to follow up on when to hear back for scheduling and she said end of september! 

Thank you so much for this update! And thanks to everyone else who responded as well! Definitely does ease the nerves a bit 🙂 Seriously, good luck to all of you. 

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3 hours ago, Letshope1600 said:

I had my interview with Arcadia on 8/26 and was placed at the "top" of their waitlist 8/31. This is my first time applying to PA programs. Does anyone know my chances of actually getting a seat in the program. I applied to just the Masters in PA program.

Did they actually tell you you had a "top" spot on the waitlist? Only because many people on this forum seem to have heard that the waitlist is just an unranked pool of applicants that will be re-evaluated when (and if) people are pulled from the waitlist. Just wondering! 

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1 hour ago, orchidlily12 said:

Did they actually tell you you had a "top" spot on the waitlist? Only because many people on this forum seem to have heard that the waitlist is just an unranked pool of applicants that will be re-evaluated when (and if) people are pulled from the waitlist. Just wondering! 

“we are offering you a top seat on our wait list for the Glenside campus”. This is the exact language used in the email.

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On 8/28/2020 at 11:59 AM, AvianL said:

Update: I called and they said the application wouldn’t be immediately withdrawn but for good measure they gave me an email address to send an email saying that I was still interested.

The office is currently working on telling the interview committee about changing the wording because a lot of calls they got was about whether or not to reply to the email.

Who did you contact to ask about this? I've been calling a few numbers to try to ask about this for myself and haven't been able to reach anyone.

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2 hours ago, SPoggi said:

Who did you contact to ask about this? I've been calling a few numbers to try to ask about this for myself and haven't been able to reach anyone.

I called the Glendside Campus (the campus I applied to) using the number on the website. You can also email the admissions office and they will tell you the same thing.

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36 minutes ago, tarheel2019 said:

Is anybody who already committed to Arcadia or are currently considering committing to Arcadia willing to DM me to talk through their perspective on the program? Just want to get some more insight before paying my second security deposit. Thanks!

I would be interested in this as well! Here are a few of my general thoughts that made Arcadia really stick out to me: 

The ability to have three elective rotations is unbelievable, I interviewed at another program that only offered one elective. From the first open house I attended I really admired that the Arcadia mindset wasn't urging it's graduates to go into primary care. That's never personally been my desire (although I greatly admire the opportunity to build long-term relationships with patients and appreciate the social necessity for PCPs). Professor Wolf stated, generally, that she's witnessed the trend of graduate PAs pursuing more medical and surgical subspecialties and that she is in favor of it, especially as an Ortho surgery PA herself. I'm captivated by the ability to explore specialty areas of medicine like trauma surgery or perhaps interventional radiology during the multiple elective rotations to determine where I fit best. 

I love the global perspective. As the incoming class of 2023, we may even be able to take advantage of the international rotation if COVID has settled down by the time our clinical year rolls around. 

The campus is obviously beautiful, stunningly so. I love the camaraderie I've observed thus far between the current cohort, competing in the PA olympics, taking part in the Rocky Run, etc. 

My only reservation is that I'm not sure if I intend to practice in Pennsylvania and would be really interested in data that demonstrates what percentage of graduates were successful in finding employment out of state?  My biggest question for any current students or grads would be, is it a wise choice to attend an institution within an area I may not intend to work? I know that many PA students often receive job offers via their rotations, or through connections made during rotations. If I don't necessarily intend to practice in Pennsylvania (hypothetically, I truly don't know), would I be wasting an opportunity to build valuable connections elsewhere? 

These are just a few of my thoughts regarding the program, which I highly regard. Getting accepted to Arcadia University was honestly one of the best moments of my life and I'm honored to even be here discussing it with you amazing and talented individuals! 

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