Matching Rates for 2015 APPIC Applicants: Know How to Increase Your Chances

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The following are your chances of matching based on your demographics, degree status, program type, APPIC process and application, academic progress, and clinical hours. Learn where you stand and how to increase your chances of matching in this process. Enjoy!

1. Match Rate by Age of applicant:

Ages 23-25        Match rate = 79%    n =  183

Ages 26-30        Match rate = 89%    n = 1654

Ages 31-35        Match rate = 81%    n =  531

Ages 36-40        Match rate = 73%    n =  131

Ages 41-45        Match rate = 70%    n =   57

Ages 46-50        Match rate = 56%    n =   36

Ages 51-55        Match rate = 50%    n =   14

Ages 56+           Match rate = 33%    n =    9

[The older you get the lower chances of matching (even after taking into account geographic restrictions, see #7); this has been consistent with APPIC for years]

 

2. Match Rate by Gender:

Male                    Match rate = 83%    n =  526

Female               Match rate = 85%    n = 2079

[Always pretty even]

 

3. Match Rate by Marital Status:

Married/partnered           Match rate = 86%    n = 1351

Not married/partnered    Match rate = 83%    n = 1256

 

4. Match Rate by Racial/Ethnic Identification:

African-American/Black    Match rate = 78%    n =  190

American Indian/Alaskan  Match rate = 88%    n =   24

Asian/Pacific Islander        Match rate = 87%    n =  218

Hispanic/Latino                   Match rate = 79%    n =  230

White (non-hispanic)         Match rate = 86%    n = 1937

Bi-racial/Multi-racial          Match rate = 85%    n =   96

Other                                       Match rate = 92%    n =   66

[Rates for Blacks and Latinos have increased, but remain the lowest of the sample]

 

5. Match Rate by Sexual Orientation:

Heterosexual        Match rate = 85%    n = 2325

Gay Male                Match rate = 86%    n =   66

Lesbian                  Match rate = 90%    n =   51

Bisexual                 Match rate = 86%    n =  12

[Good year for Lesbian Applicants]

 

6. Match Rate by Veteran Status

Non-Veteran      Match rate = 85%   n = 2531

Veteran Status    Match rate = 75%   n =   77

[Veterans match at a 10% lower rate than non-veterans, Why?]

 

7. Match Rate by Geographic Restrictions:

None                         Match rate = 87%    n = 1614

Family/$                Match rate = 78%    n =  491

Personal Choice    Match rate = 86%    n =  479

[Family restrictions were lowest, but 78% is not that far from the 85% who matched 1st time, and the 79% who matched 2nd time.]

 

8. Match Rate by Program Accreditation Status (APA/CPA):

Accredited          Match rate = 86%    n = 2534

Not Accredited   Match rate = 63%    n =  183

[Those from non-accredited programs are succeeding, but continue to struggle with the accreditation hurdle]

 

9. Match Rate by Degree sought:

Ph.D.            Match rate = 88%    n = 1534

Psy.D.           Match rate = 80%    n = 1190

[PhDs wins everytime]

 

10. Match Rate by Doctoral Program Type:

Clinical              Match rate = 84%    n = 2175

Counseling       Match rate = 89%    n =  319

School                Match rate = 83%    n =  135

Combined         Match rate = 83%    n =   82

[Counseling programs came on top! We liked the proactive changes they made to help applicants through the process; this could be a reflection of that]

 

11. Match Rate by Times Participating in the Match:

First time          Match rate = 85%   n = 2519

Second time      Match rate = 79%   n =  189

Third time        Match rate = 64%   n =   11

Fourth               Not Reported            n =    1

[5% increase for those matching the 1st time= 85%]

 

12. Match Rate by Number of Applications Submitted:

1 to 5 applications       Match rate = 59%   n =  116

6 to 10 applications     Match rate = 70%   n =  209

11 to 15 applications   Match rate = 86%   n =  892

16 to 20 applications   Match rate = 89%   n = 1004

21 to 25 applications   Match rate = 90%   n =  344

26 to 30 applications   Match rate = 85%   n =   96

31 or more                      Match rate = 77%   n =   31

[We have always recommended 21-25 applications; they called me crazy= 90%…but 16 to 25 applications is the sweet spot]

 

13. Match Rate by Number of Interviews Offered:

1 to 2 interviews        Match rate = 57%   n =  343

3 to 4 interviews        Match rate = 79%   n =  459

5 to 6 interviews        Match rate = 91%   n =  502

7 to 8 interviews        Match rate = 94%   n =  463

9 to 10 interviews     Match rate = 97%   n =  318

11 or more                  Match rate = 99%   n =  522

[Those with 3-4 interviews had about 80% matching rates… pretty good! If you get 5 or more interviews you are in a good place with a 90%+ chance]

 

14. Match Rate by Doctoral Intervention Hours:

0 – 300          Match rate = 74%     n = 125

301 – 400     Match rate = 83%     n = 166

401 – 500     Match rate = 85%     n = 289

501 – 600     Match rate = 87%     n = 413

601 – 700     Match rate = 88%     n = 311

701 – 800     Match rate = 91%     n = 235

801 – 900     Match rate = 91%     n = 132

901 – 1000   Match rate = 90%     n = 102

1000+          Match rate = 87%     n = 21

[500+ remains as benchmark]

 

15. Match Rate by Doctoral Assessment Hours:

0 – 100          Match rate = 83%     n = 524

101 – 200     Match rate = 86%     n = 660

201 – 300     Match rate = 89%     n = 379

301 – 400     Match rate = 92%     n = 171

401 – 500     Match rate = 87%     n = 105

501+             Match rate = 90%     n = 133

[100+ remains as benchmark]

 

16. Match Rate by Completion of Doctoral Comprehensive/Exams:

Prior to submitting Application          Match rate = 87%    n = 2047

Later                                                           Match rate = 75%    n =   73

[Early completion is reinforced with a 12% higher chance]

 

17. Match Rate by Completion of Dissertation Proposal:

Prior to submitting  Application         Match rate = 88%    n = 1939

Later                                                           Match rate = 71%    n =  245

[Early completion is reinforced with a 17% higher chance]

 

18. Match Rate by Number of Presentations:

Zero                         Match rate = 77%    n =  390

One                          Match rate = 84%    n =  196

Two                         Match rate = 84%    n =  177

Three                      Match rate = 86%    n =  156

Four                        Match rate = 87%    n =  137

Five                         Match rate = 84%    n =  118

Six or more           Match rate = 91%    n =  994

[Having at least one is reinforced with 7% higher chance]

 

19. Match Rate by Number of Articles Published:

Zero                                Match rate = 83%    n = 1079

One or more                  Match rate = 89%    n = 1099

[Having one is reinforced with a 6% higher chance, Ok, but not that significant]

 

From Report Prepared by Greg Keilin, Ph.D.

July 28, 2015

 

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