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Whether students are applying to graduate psychology schools or undergraduate schools offering a bachelors in psychology degree there will be some type of application process which will determine whether or not the student is granted admission to the school. Admissions to undergraduate psychology schools are generally the least competitive and many high school students who have achieved excellent grades and obtained high standardized test scores will likely be eligible for admission to one or more undergraduate schools offering a bachelors in psychology degree.
Admissions to graduate psychology schools are significantly more competitive and many schools accept only a small percentage of the applicants who apply for admission. In these cases the applicants will be evaluated on criteria such as previous grades, GRE test scores, the personal statement supplied by the student and recommendations from faculty members who taught or mentored the student during undergraduate work. There are no guarantees regarding admission to graduate psychology schools but in general students who performed well in previous psychology related courses, have high GRE scores, have excellent letters of recommendation and write a compelling personal statement expressing their interest in psychology are most likely to gain admittance to competitive graduate psychology schools.