In 1999, members of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology agreed voluntarily to post "full-disclosure" data on their programs' Web sites—information including the average GRE scores of accepted students, graduation rates and the percent of students who find internships. However, a study by Auburn University psychology student Danny Burgess, published in Training and Education in Professional Psychology (Vol. 2, No. 2), finds that only 73 percent of programs actually post that information online, and only 20 percent include more than two years' worth of data.
In addition, programs' internship match rates tended to be higher than numbers reported by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, which runs the internship-match program. After further investigation, Burgess and his colleagues found that this mismatch often occurs because APPIC counts all people who apply for internships, while universities exclude students who withdraw from the process.
As of this year, all APA-accredited programs are required to post extensive data online, including professional licensure rates. Such information is also available through APA's Graduate Study Online database at www.apa.org/gradstudy. However, many universities link to disclosure data from their departmental handbooks or other hard-to-find places, Burgess says.
"If you are applying to graduate school, you may not know where to look for these stats," he notes.