University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

The Clinical Training Program

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Applicant Selection Process

Applicants to the Clinical Psychology Program are selected for an interview and admission through the following process:

  1. Individual faculty members review applications and consider the following areas:
    • Grade point average (typically 3.50 or higher as an undergraduate) and an undergraduate major in psychology.
    • GRE scores (typically Verbal and Quantitative scores in the 70th or 80th percentile).
    • Research experience (typically one to two years post-undergraduate degree).
    • Letters of recommendation.
    • Fit with a faculty member in terms of research interests and ability to work on a team.
    • Writing sample (a sample of a research project or paper on which you were the primary author).
    • Curriculum vitae (CV), if provided
    • Cultural and individual characteristics that will enhance the diversity of our student body.

    Although faculty members consider all areas, it is important to note that there is not a minimum cut-off in any one area. Students are selected in part on their potential for achieving the competencies in research, clinical work, and teaching that the Clinical Program has adopted.

  2. Typically at least three applicants are presented to the Clinical Faculty by each faculty member interested in accepting a student. The Clinical Faculty and student representatives vote on whether each applicant should be invited for an interview.
  3. Applicants selected for an interview are invited to campus in February to interview. (Although on-campus interviews are strongly encouraged, telephone interviews can occur.)
  4. Applicants interview for a specific faculty member's laboratory. Each applicant meets with at least three faculty members and at least two graduate students, all of whom evaluate the applicant on areas such as interest in the program, fit with the program, match with the faculty member's research program, maturity of research ideas, and readiness for clinical work.
  5. Following interview day, evaluations of applicants are summarized and presented at a Clinical Psychology Faculty meeting. Each faculty member presents a list of applicants who are and are not acceptable and rank orders the acceptable list. The Clinical Faculty and student representatives vote on the acceptability of each applicant and on the rank ordering of applicants proposed by each faculty member. Availability of funding is also taken into consideration.
  6. An e-mail typically is sent by the coordinator of admissions to each person who interviewed indicating whether they are accepted, wait listed, or not being considered further. The faculty member who proposed the applicant typically calls accepted and wait-listed applicants and discusses their status with them. Accepted applicants are encouraged to inform the program of their decision as soon as possible and are told that a decision has to be made by April 15th.

The tables below summarize applicants' data, GPA and GRE scores of those admitted, time to degree completion for students admitted, internship data, attrition from the program, and licensure data.


Applicants' Data

2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-2016 2016-2017
Applicants 242 309 219 182 167 148 176
Admitted & Accepted 6 7 5 7 4 3 5


Admitted Students' GPA and GRE Scores

2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Undergraduate GPA 3.62 3.68 3.63 3.68 3.80 3.64 3.54
GRE Mean Scores Verbal 610 574 610 160 160 162 159
Quantitative 728 670 646 158 155 157 159


Time to Completion for all students entering the program.



Program Costs

Description 2017-2018 1st-year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $0
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $0
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable) NA
University/institution fees or costs $1,994
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $1,000

Internship Placement - Table 1 and Table 2





Outcome 2007-2017
The total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between 2 and 10 years ago 47
The number of these graduates (between 2 and 10 years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past 10 years 42
Licensure percentage 89%

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