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Match Statistics - 2013 - Phase I

2013 APPIC Match Statistics - Phase I

Match Report from the APPIC Board of Directors
February 22, 2013

 

We are pleased to report that 3,094 applicants were successfully matched to internship positions in Phase I of the APPIC Match. Half (50%) of all applicants who obtained a position matched to their first choice internship program, nearly three-in-four (72%) received one of their top two choices, and more than four-in-five (84%) received one of their top three choices.

A total of 957 applicants were not matched to an internship position in Phase I, while 430 applicants withdrew or did not submit a Rank Order List. A total of 282 positions remained unfilled.

Overall, the imbalance between applicants and internship positions showed some modest improvement this year, due to a substantial increase in available positions along with a much smaller increase in registered applicants. Compared to the 2012 Match, the number of registered applicants in 2013 increased by 46 (1%) to 4,481 applicants, while the number of internship positions increased by 186 (6%) to 3,376 positions. Of the 186 additional positions, 154 (83%) were in APA- or CPA-accredited programs.

Despite the improvement in the overall imbalance, the number of applicants in 2013 still exceeded the number of positions by 1,105.

The following Match statistics are new this year for Phase I and are included in the report below: (a) Applications submitted via the AAPI Online service, and (b) Match rates by degree and program type.

Here is a summary of the relative differences in numbers of applicants and positions in 2013 as compared to the 2012 APPIC Match:

   
2012 MATCH
2013 MATCH
 
Applicants: Registered for the Match
4,435
4,481   (+46)

Withdrew or did not submit ranks
426
430     (+4)

Matched
2,968
3,094 (+126)

Unmatched
1,041
957    (-84)
   

Positions: Offered in the Match
3,190
3,376 (+186)
  Filled
2,968
3,094 (+126)
  Unfilled
222
282   (+60)


Following is a ten year comparison of the 2003 and 2013 Match statistics:

 
2003
2013
10-YEAR CHANGE
 
Participating Sites
618
718
+100  (+16%)
Positions Offered
2,718
3,376
+658  (+24%)
Positions Filled
2,430
3,094
+664  (+27%)
Positions Unfilled
288
282
-6     (-2%)
 



Registered Applicants
3,174
4,481
+1,307  (+41%)
Withdrawn/No Ranks Applicants
211
430
+219 (+104%)
Matched Applicants
2,430
3,094
+664  (+27%)
Unmatched Applicants
533
957
+424  (+80%)

 

INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS


PARTICIPATION IN PHASE I
Training Sites Participating in the Match
718
Programs Participating in the Match
1,286
Positions Offered in the Match
3,376

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
730
Total Number of Applications Received in Phase I
71,455
Average Number Received Per Site (SD = 71.2)
97.9
Median Number Received Per Site
86
Range of Applications Received Per Site
1 - 491


MATCH RESULTS IN PHASE I
Positions:
Filled in the Match
3,094
92%
Remaining Unfilled
282
8%
Programs:
Filled in the Match
1,109
86%
With Unfilled Positions
177
14%

NOTE: 29 programs at 26 sites submitted fewer ranks than the number of positions available. As a result, no ranks were submitted for 53 positions, which remained unfilled.


APA- OR CPA- ACCREDITED POSITIONS
Filled in the Match
2,431
97%
Remaining Unfilled
84
3%
Total
2,515

NON-ACCREDITED POSITIONS
Filled in the Match
663
77%
Remaining Unfilled
198
23%
Total
861

Non-accredited positions represented 25.5% of all positions but 70.2% of unfilled positions.


RANKINGS IN PHASE I
Average Number of Applicants Ranked Per Position Offered for Each Program:
Programs Filling All Positions
8.2
Programs With Unfilled Positions
3.2
All Programs
7.5

Each Registered Applicant Was Ranked by an Average of 5.0 Different Programs.

 

APPLICANTS

PARTICIPATION IN PHASE I
Applicants Registered in the Match
4,481
Applicants Who Withdrew or Did Not Submit Ranks
430
Applicants Participating in the Match
(includes 24 individuals who participated in the Match as 12 "couples")
4,051


APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED IN PHASE I
Number of Applicants Who Submitted Applications in Phase I
4,395
Total Number of Applications Submitted in Phase I
71,455
Average Number of Applications Submitted by Applicants in Phase I (SD = 6.6)
16.3
Median Number of Applications Submitted in Phase I
16
Range of Applications Submitted in Phase I
1 - 67


MATCH RESULTS IN PHASE I
Applicants Matched
3,094
76%
Participating Applicants Not Matched
957
24%


MATCH RESULTS BY RANK NUMBER ON APPLICANT'S LIST
(PERCENTAGES MAY NOT TOTAL TO 100 DUE TO ROUNDING ERRORS)
Rank
Number of Applicants
1
1,557
50%
2
662
21%
3
368
12%
4
212
7%
5
125
4%
6
63
2%
7
39
1%
8
25
1%
9
10
0%
10 or higher
33
1%
Total
3,094
100%


RANKINGS IN PHASE I
Average Number of Rankings Submitted Per Applicant:
Matched Applicants
8.0
Unmatched Applicants
4.4
Overall
7.1

Each Position Was Ranked by an Average of 8.6 Applicants.



MATCH RATES BY DEGREE TYPE
DEGREE SOUGHT
MATCHED
UNMATCHED
WITHDREW OR NO RANKINGS SUBMITTED
TOTAL
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
1,742
75.2%
411
17.8%
162
7.0%
2,315
Psy.D.
1,352
62.4%
546
25.2%
268
12.4%
2,166
TOTAL
3,094
69.0%
957
21.4%
430
9.6%
4,481

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



MATCH RATES BY PROGRAM TYPE AND DEGREE
PROGRAM TYPE
DEGREE SOUGHT
MATCHED
UNMATCHED
WITHDREW OR NO RANKINGS SUBMITTED
TOTAL
Clinical
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
1,219
75.9%
279
17.4%
108
6.7%
1,606
Psy.D.
1,277
62.5%
514
25.1%
253
12.4%
2,044
TOTALS
2,496
68.4%
793
21.7%
361
9.9%
3,650
Counseling
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
359
78.4%
72
15.7%
29
6.3%
460
Psy.D.
27
62.8%
13
30.2%
3
7.0%
43
TOTALS
386
76.7%
85
16.9%
32
6.4%
503
School
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
123
63.4%
50
25.8%
22
11.3%
195
Psy.D.
8
30.8%
8
30.8%
10
38.5%
26
TOTALS
131
59.3%
58
26.2%
32
14.5%
221
Combined
Ph.D. / Ed.D.
41
75.9%
10
18.5%
3
5.6%
54
Psy.D.
40
75.5%
11
20.8%
2
3.8%
53
TOTALS
81
75.7%
21
19.6%
5
4.7%
107

NOTE: Three 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
1,071
35%
2
813
26%
3
534
17%
4
342
11%
5
158
5%
6
70
2%
7
48
2%
8
21
1%
9
15
0%
10 or higher
22
1%
Total
3,094
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 78% 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.