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Match Statistics - 2015 - Phase I

2015 APPIC Match Statistics - Phase I

Match Report from the APPIC Board of Directors
February 20, 2015

 

We are pleased to report that 3,239 applicants were successfully matched to internship positions in Phase I of the APPIC Match. Nearly half (49%) of all applicants who obtained a position matched to their first choice internship program, more than two-thirds (70%) received one of their top two choices, and about four-in-five (82%) received one of their top three choices.

A total of 689 applicants were not matched to an internship position in Phase I, while 319 applicants withdrew or did not submit a Rank Order List. A total of 445 positions remained unfilled.

Overall, the imbalance between applicants and internship positions showed significant improvement this year, due to a substantial increase in available positions along with a decrease in registered applicants. Compared to the 2014 Match, the number of registered applicants in 2015 decreased by 88 (-2%) to 4,247 applicants, while the number of internship positions increased by 183 (+5%) to 3,684 positions. Of the 183 additional positions, 144 (79%) were in APA- or CPA-accredited programs.

Despite the improvement in the overall imbalance, the number of applicants in 2015 still exceeded the number of positions by 563, and the number of applicants still exceeded the number of accredited positions by 1,515.

Here is a three-year comparison of the numbers of applicants and positions in 2015 as compared to 2012 (the 2012 Match was the point of the worst imbalance to date between applicants and positions):



    2012 MATCH 2015 MATCH
3-YEAR CHANGE
 
Applicants: Registered for the Match
4,435     
4,247     
-188      (-4%)

Withdrew or did not submit ranks
426     
319     
-107    (-25%)

Matched
2,968     
3,239     
+271     (+9%)

Unmatched
1,041     
689     
-352    (-34%)
   

Positions: Offered in the Match
3,190     
3,684     
+494   (+15%)
  Filled
2,968     
3,239     
+271     (+9%)
  Unfilled
222     
445     
+223 (+100%)
   

  Accredited (APA or CPA)
2,361     
2,732     
+371   (+16%)
  Non-Accredited
829     
952     
+123   (+15%)
   

Number of registered applicants exceeded number of positions by:
1,245     
563     
-682    (-55%)
   

Number of registered applicants exceeded number of accredited positions by:
2,074     
1,515     
-559    (-27%)


The 2015 APPIC Match statistics are provided below, in four sections:




APPLICANTS

PARTICIPATION IN PHASE I
Applicants Registered in the Match
4,247
Applicants Who Withdrew or Did Not Submit Ranks
319
Applicants Participating in the Match
(includes 34 individuals who participated in the Match as 17 "couples")
3,928


APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED IN PHASE I
Number of Applicants Who Submitted Applications in Phase I
4,154
Total Number of Applications Submitted in Phase I
65,429
Average Number of Applications Submitted by Applicants in Phase I (SD = 6.2)
15.8
Median Number of Applications Submitted in Phase I
16
Range of Applications Submitted in Phase I
1 - 60

NOTE: For comparison purposes, in 2013 applicants submitted an average of 16.3 applications (SD = 6.6) and a median of 16 applications, while in 2014 applicants submitted an average of 15.9 applications (SD = 6.2) and a median of 16 applications.


MATCH RESULTS IN PHASE I
Applicants Matched
3,239
82%
Participating Applicants Not Matched
689
18%


MATCH RESULTS BY RANK NUMBER ON APPLICANT'S LIST
(PERCENTAGES MAY NOT TOTAL TO 100 DUE TO ROUNDING ERRORS)
Rank
Number of Applicants
1
1,590
49%
2
686
21%
3
387
12%
4
225
7%
5
133
4%
6
76
2%
7
51
2%
8
31
1%
9
17
1%
10 or higher
43
1%
Total
3,239
100%


RANKINGS IN PHASE I
Average Number of Rankings Submitted Per Applicant:
Matched Applicants
8.2
Unmatched Applicants
4.0
Overall
7.4

Each Position Was Ranked by an Average of 7.9 Applicants.




INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS


PARTICIPATION IN PHASE I
Training Sites Participating in the Match
774
Programs Participating in the Match
1,417
Positions Offered in the Match
3,684

NOTE: A "training site" can offer more than one "program" in the Match. Each "program" was identified in the Match by a separate 6-digit code number.


APPLICATIONS RECEIVED IN PHASE I
Sites Receiving Applications in Phase I
771
Total Number of Applications Received in Phase I
65,429
Average Number Received Per Site (SD = 65.2)
84.9
Median Number Received Per Site
69
Range of Applications Received Per Site
1 - 388

NOTE: For comparison purposes, in 2013 sites received an average of 97.9 applications (SD = 71.2) and a median of 86 applications, while in 2014 sites received an average of 89.8 applications (SD = 65.1) and a median of 80 applications.


MATCH RESULTS IN PHASE I
Positions:
Filled in the Match
3,239
88%
Remaining Unfilled
445
12%
Programs:
Filled in the Match
1,156
82%
With Unfilled Positions
261
18%

NOTE: 33 programs at 31 sites submitted fewer ranks than the number of positions available. As a result, no ranks were submitted for 60 positions, which remained unfilled.


APA- OR CPA- ACCREDITED POSITIONS
Filled in the Match
2,600
95%
Remaining Unfilled
132
5%
Total
2,732

NON-ACCREDITED POSITIONS
Filled in the Match
639
67%
Remaining Unfilled
313
33%
Total
952

Non-accredited positions represented 25.8% of all positions but 70.3% of unfilled positions.


RANKINGS IN PHASE I
Average Number of Applicants Ranked Per Position Offered for Each Program:
Programs Filling All Positions
8.4
Programs With Unfilled Positions
3.5
All Programs
7.4

Each Registered Applicant Was Ranked by an Average of 5.6 Different Programs.




DOCTORAL PROGRAM PARTICIPATION AND RESULTS


SUMMARY OF PARTICIPATING DOCTORAL PROGRAMS
PROGRAM TYPE
DEGREE SOUGHT
NUMBER OF DOCTORAL PROGRAMS
NUMBER OF APPLICANTS
 
 
Accredited
Non-Accred.
Totals
Accredited
Non-Accred.
Totals
Clinical
Ph.D.
189
14
203
1,484
81
1,565
Psy.D.
63
23
86
1,664
192
1,856
Ed.D.
0
0
0
0
0
0
TOTALS
252
37
289
3,148
273
3,421
Counseling
Ph.D.
67
5
72
396
19
415
Psy.D.
5
4
9
42
33
75
Ed.D.
0
2
2
0
4
4
TOTALS
72
11
83
438
56
494
School
Ph.D.
47
11
58
171
20
191
Psy.D.
4
6
10
6
17
23
Ed.D.
0
1
1
0
5
5
TOTALS
51
18
69
177
42
219
Combined
Ph.D.
8
1
9
60
1
61
Psy.D.
3
2
5
41
11
52
Ed.D.
0
0
0
0
0
0
TOTALS
11
3
14
101
12
113
ALL PROGRAMS
Ph.D.
311
31
342
2,111
121
2,232
Psy.D.
75
35
110
1,753
253
2,006
Ed.D.
0
3
3
0
9
9
TOTALS
386
69
455
3,864
383
4,247


APPLICANT RESULTS BY DOCTORAL PROGRAM TYPE AND DEGREE
PROGRAM TYPE
DEGREE SOUGHT
MATCHED
UNMATCHED
WITHDREW OR NO RANKINGS SUBMITTED
TOTAL
Clinical
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
1,254
80.1%
227
14.5%
84
5.4%
1,565
Psy.D.
1,332
71.8%
350
18.9%
174
9.4%
1,856
TOTALS
2,586
75.6%
577
16.9%
258
7.5%
3,421
Counseling
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
353
84.2%
49
11.7%
17
4.1%
419
Psy.D.
53
70.7%
13
17.3%
9
12.0%
75
TOTALS
406
82.2%
62
12.6%
26
5.3%
494
School
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
145
74.0%
30
15.3%
21
10.7%
196
Psy.D.
8
34.8%
6
26.1%
9
39.1%
23
TOTALS
153
69.9%
36
16.4%
30
13.7%
219
Combined
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
53
86.9%
5
8.2%
3
4.9%
61
Psy.D.
41
78.8%
9
17.3%
2
3.8%
52
TOTALS
94
83.2%
14
12.4%
5
4.4%
113
ALL PROGRAMS
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
1,805
80.5%
311
13.9%
125
5.6%
2,241
Psy.D.
1,434
71.5%
378
18.8%
194
9.7%
2,006
TOTALS
3,239
76.3%
689
16.2%
319
7.5%
4,247

NOTE: Students seeking Ed.D. degrees were included in the Ph.D. category in order to prevent individuals from being identified.



APPLICANT RESULTS BY DOCTORAL PROGRAM ACCREDITATION STATUS AND PROGRAM TYPE
ACCREDITATION STATUS OF DOC. PROG.
PROGRAM TYPE
MATCHED
UNMATCHED
WITHDREW OR NO RANKINGS SUBMITTED
TOTAL
Accredited
Clinical
2,455
78.0%
513
16.3%
180
5.7%
3,148
Counseling
378
86.3%
45
10.3%
15
3.4%
438
School
134
75.7%
28
15.8%
15
8.5%
177
Combined
88
87.1%
9
8.9%
4
4.0%
101
TOTALS
3,055
79.1%
595
15.4%
214
5.5%
3,864
Non-Accredited
Clinical
131
48.0%
64
23.4%
78
28.6%
273
Counseling
28
50.0%
17
30.4%
11
19.6%
56
School
19
45.2%
8
19.0%
15
35.7%
42
Combined
6
50.0%
5
41.7%
1
8.3%
12
TOTALS
184
48.0%
94
24.5%
105
27.4%
383
ALL PROGRAMS
Clinical
2,586
75.6%
577
16.9%
258
7.5%
3,421
Counseling
406
82.2%
62
12.6%
26
5.3%
494
School
153
69.9%
36
16.4%
30
13.7%
219
Combined
94
83.2%
14
12.4%
5
4.4%
113
TOTALS
3,239
76.3%
689
16.2%
319
7.5%
4,247


MATCHED APPLICANTS BY ACCREDITATION STATUS OF INTERNSHIP AND DOCTORAL PROGRAMS
DOCTORAL PROGRAM ACCREDITATION STATUS
MATCHED TO ACCREDITED INTERNSHIP
MATCHED TO NON-ACCREDITED INTERNSHIP
TOTAL
Accredited
2,533
82.9%
522
17.1%
3,055
Non-Accredited
67
36.4%
117
63.6%
184
ALL PROGRAMS
2,600
80.3%
639
19.7%
3,239


MATCHED APPLICANTS BY ACCREDITATION STATUS OF INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
AND DOCTORAL PROGRAM TYPE AND DEGREE
PROGRAM TYPE
DEGREE SOUGHT
MATCHED TO ACCREDITED INTERNSHIP
MATCHED TO NON-ACCREDITED INTERNSHIP
TOTAL
Clinical
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
1,179
94.0%
75
6.0%
1,254
Psy.D.
865
64.9%
467
35.1%
1,332
TOTALS
2,044
79.0%
542
21.0%
2,586
Counseling
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
331
93.8%
22
6.2%
353
Psy.D.
19
35.8%
34
64.2%
53
TOTALS
350
86.2%
56
13.8%
406
School
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
123
84.8%
22
15.2%
145
Psy.D.
3
37.5%
5
62.5%
8
TOTALS
126
82.4%
27
17.6%
153
Combined
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
51
96.2%
2
3.8%
53
Psy.D.
29
70.7%
12
29.3%
41
TOTALS
80
85.1%
14
14.9%
94
ALL PROGRAMS
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
1,684
93.3%
121
6.7%
1,805
Psy.D.
916
63.9%
518
36.1%
1,434
TOTALS
2,600
80.3%
639
19.7%
3,239

NOTE: Students seeking Ed.D. degrees were included in the Ph.D. category in order to prevent individuals from being identified.




SUMMARY OF PROGRAM RANKINGS


The following report contains additional statistics on how successful programs were, on average, in matching with applicants during Phase I of the APPIC Match.

There are several important issues that must be considered in attempting to analyze program success based on the rank numbers of matched applicants.

DEFINITIONAL PROBLEMS: Because each applicant submitted a single Rank Order List in order to match to a single position, it is easy to identify his or her "first choice," "second choice," etc. However, for an internship program, determining first or second choice applicants is a far more difficult and complex task. First, many programs attempt to fill several positions; if a program has three positions to fill, an applicant ranked third by that program can in effect be considered a "first choice" for purposes of the Match. Furthermore, a significant number of sites submitted multiple Rank Order Lists for a single program, sometimes ranking the same applicant on different Lists with different rank numbers. Also, the reversion of unfilled positions between lists adds a further complication to this analysis.

We worked closely with National Matching Services in an attempt to resolve these difficulties and to develop a reasonable method of presenting this data.

STANDARDIZED RANKINGS: For the purposes of this analysis, we converted each site's rankings to a "standardized rank." This is best explained by example: if the number of positions to be filled from a Rank Order List was three, then the first three applicants on this List were considered to be "first choice" applicants and given a standardized rank of 1. The next three applicants on that List were defined as "second choice" applicants and given a standardized rank of 2. And so on.


PHASE I MATCH RESULTS BY
STANDARDIZED RANK NUMBER ON INTERNSHIP PROGRAM LIST

(Percentages may not total to 100 due to rounding errors)

Standardized Rank
Number of Applicants Matched
1
1,123
35%
2
837
26%
3
498
15%
4
346
11%
5
198
6%
6
95
3%
7
59
2%
8
31
1%
9
12
0%
10 or higher
40
1%
Total
3,239
100%

To interpret this chart: Of all positions that were filled in Phase I of the Match, 35% were filled with "first choice" applicants (as defined above), 26% with "second choice" applicants, and so on.

Furthermore, 61% were filled with "first" or "second" choice applicants, while 76% were filled with "third choice" applicants or better.

Of course, comparing these numbers to applicants' Match statistics should be done with extreme caution, given the significantly different ways in how "first choice", "second choice", etc. were defined in each analysis.

 

Report Prepared by Greg Keilin, Ph.D.
and National Matching Services, Inc.
February 20, 2015