Is Flagler College worth applying to?

<p>Basically, being admitted into Flagler is not really a concern for me. However, is it worth applying to this school if I am academically high achieving (i.e. 4.0 UW, graduating with AA degree, 1900 SAT)? I really like the campus, but would like to know what it is like to attend Flagler as a "safety school" in a psychology major. Is a degree from Flagler widely respected? I am in-state and applying to UM, USF, UNF, FIU, and Rollins, as well as to USC and (maybe) Rice University.</p>

<p>Thank you</p>

<p>Flagler is one of the nation's big sticker-price bargains among private higher ed. Nice location too. As you know, it'd be good to retake the SAT if you really want to take a shot at Rice and SC.</p>

<p>I'm a psych major at Flagler. What kind of psych are you interested in? Do you mind a smaller student body?</p>

<p>Flagler is a young, small school, so not everyone across the world is going to recognize our name at first glance. That said, being at a newer school has its advantages. Students have an opportunity to actively contribute to the direction of the school. For instance: previously the psych department was heavily oriented in counseling, but since there has been a recent influx of students interested in research, the dept chair has been careful to hire new faculty accordingly. The administration definitely cares about the ideas & desires of the students. I feel my degree will be considered valuable. Many of my peers have gone on to graduate studies at wonderful universities (as I plan to do myself) or have been hired immediately by reputable companies. </p>

<p>You might be a bit more academically ambitious or intellectual than some Flagler students...but admissions has been increasingly competitive each year, reflecting an upward trend in our visibility & reputation. Let me know if you have any questions.</p>

<p>To the first poster:
Yes, I do understand that I will need to re-take the SAT for USC. I plan on retaking it before admissions deadline and aim for about 2100.</p>

<p>To the second poster:
I would like to be a clinical psychologist and am considering taking it up to a doctoral degree (psychiatry).</p>

<p>I was wondering if there was any dance program at Flagler?
How are the professors? Is the surrounding St. Augustine a nice place to live or are the dorms better? And, for fear of sounding silly, is it "built up" or close enough to a city for access to events, activities, etc?</p>

<p>Thank you both for posting!</p>

<p>Well as you probably know, we're not going to have super strong hard sciences that you would likely need for psychiatry :/ But clinical is a route many of us are interested in for sure. </p>

<p>Unfortunately, there's no dance program (I'm actually a ballet dancer, how uncanny). However, there is a dance team, & the college offers free biweekly Pilates, yoga, Zumba, & tai chi classes. There are two reputable dance studios within a few minutes (driving) that I frequent. </p>

<p>Flagler requires all students to live on campus their freshman year. Freshman girls' dorms are the old Ponce de Leon Hotel rooms so are kinda interesting. There is also upperclassmen & honors dorms for those who want to continue living on campus. The surrounding area offers a lot of affordable, close, & safe housing as well. I have lived off campus since my Sophomore years & have always been within a few blocks of the College & have been able to pay my bills with little help from my family on a part-time wage.</p>

<p>The professors are fabulous. Small classes with instructors who know your name & genuinely want to see you succeed. I've gone back to professors I've had a few years ago to ask for letters of recommendations & they've remembered me without prompt. It's wonderful. </p>

<p>Not silly at all! There's lots to do in town, from museums & art galleries to bars & the beach. Most students use a bike around town. Jacksonville is less than an hour north & Orlando is about two hours southwest. We have access to a nice variety of activities here...definitely not the typical college town.</p>

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I would like to be a clinical psychologist and am considering taking it up to a doctoral degree (psychiatry)

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Just to clarify, these re different things. A clinical psychologist has a Ph.D. (or possibly a Psy.D.), and a psychiatrist has an M.D. Different degrees. Different training. </p>

<p>In this day and age, admission to a clinical program is EXTREMELY difficult. It is particularly difficult to get into a Ph.D. program right out of undergrad., unless perhaps you are somehow well known and well respected in the department for research you did or assisted in as an undergrad. While agreed that Flagler is a beautiful campus, if you are going to stay in FL and seriously want to be a clinical psychologist, consider going to UF or FSU or UCF. Also consider Miami or Nova.</p>

<p>** USC and Rice are also excellent schools, but you'll probably want the SATs to be in the 2300 range for Rice.</p>

<p>Yes clinical is probably one of the hardest areas to get into at the moment (not just of psychological areas, but academia as a whole). </p>

<p>However, in Flagler's defense, I have friends who have gotten into clinical programs from Flagler. Some did so with the help of internships at places like The Mayo Clinic, others did a bit of research after graduation & then were able to get in to their desired programs. </p>

<p>Keep in mind the original poster has said that Flagler is a potential safety.</p>

<p><a href="not%20just%20of%20psychological%20areas,%20but%20academia%20as%20a%20whole">quote</a>.

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Not sure what you are trying to say here.</p>

<p>PhD Clinical psych programs are extremely difficult to get into, especially APA approved programs. Many, if not most, will expect an applicant to have demonstrated research skills and have clinical experience (ie working in the field in , for example, a hospital or clinic or crisis hotline, etc). </p>

<p>Some will take students from terminal Masters programs. </p>

<p>Some students will apply to Psy.D. or non APA approved programs.
If there are students who got into PhD APA approved clinical psych grad programs right out of Flagler, they should be quite proud of themselves. That is an accomplishment.</p>

<p>I am saying that Clinical Psych is one of the hardest programs to get into not only within areas of psychological study, but in graduate study across disciplines as well. </p>

<p>Yes I am quite familiar with this information. I explored clinical psych before deciding that social psych is more suited to me.</p>

<p>Glad you are finidng a program that works for you, Ceil. My information was intended to be helpful to the OP.</p>

<p>Thank you for this information...I am unfamiliar with universities and higher education programmes-so appreciate all of your suggestions..</p>

<p>Thank you for sharing your personal experiences at Flagler with me!
I'm also a ballet dancer and would prefer to continue in college!</p>

<p>I have applied to UM---looking at that as my top school...but saw a handout from Flagler the other day and thought it looked rather nice to consider as well. It is also closer to
where I live right now.</p>

<p>I probably should have indicated that I intend to do the bachelors, masters, doctoral route OR bachelors + prerequisites-> medical school</p>

<p>Your choices of colleges are quite varied in their size, costs and philosophy. Have you done the net cost calculations? If you wish to stay in Florida, look at New College in Sarasota, and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.</p>