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Match Statistics - 2017 - Phase I

2017 APPIC Match Statistics - Phase I

Match Report from the APPIC Board of Directors
February 17, 2017

 

We are pleased to report that 3,197 applicants were successfully matched to internship positions in Phase I of the 2017 APPIC Match. More than half (52%) of all applicants who obtained a position matched to their first choice internship program, nearly three-quarters (74%) received one of their top two choices, and about six-in-seven (86%) received one of their top three choices.

A total of 458 applicants were not matched to an internship position in Phase I, while 266 applicants withdrew or did not submit a Rank Order List. A total of 652 positions remained unfilled.

Overall, the imbalance between applicants and internship positions improved again this year. Compared to the 2016 Match, the number of registered applicants in 2017 decreased by 78 (2.0%) to 3,921 applicants, while the number of internship positions increased by 49 (1.3%) to 3,849. Compared to 2016, the number of accredited positions increased by 190 (6.4%) to 3,169 positions, while the number of non-accredited positions decreased by 141 (17.2%) to 680 positions.

The number of registered applicants in 2017 exceeded the number of positions by 72 (compared to a difference of 199 last year and 563 the year before). Considering the 266 applicants who withdrew from the 2017 Match, the number of positions (3,849) actually exceeded the number of participating applicants (3,655) by 194.

Despite the improvement in the overall imbalance and in the number of accredited positions, the number of registered applicants still exceeded the number of accredited positions by 752 (compared to a difference of 1,020 last year).

The 2012 APPIC Match was the point of the worst imbalance between applicants and positions since the Match began in 1999. Only five years later, the 2017 Match was the most closely balanced Match since 1999. Here is a comparison of the 2012 and 2017 APPIC Matches (Phase I only):


    2012 MATCH 2017 MATCH
5-YEAR CHANGE
 
Applicants: Registered for the Match
4,435     
3,921     
-514    (-12%)

Withdrew or did not submit ranks
426     
266     
-160    (-38%)

Matched
2,968     
3,197     
+229     (+8%)

Unmatched
1,041     
458     
-583    (-56%)
   

Positions: Offered in the Match
3,190     
3,849     
+659   (+21%)
  Filled
2,968     
3,197     
+229     (+8%)
  Unfilled
222     
652     
+430 (+194%)
   

  Accredited (APA or CPA)
2,361     
3,169     
+808   (+34%)
  Non-Accredited
829     
680     
-149     (-18%)
   

Number of registered applicants exceeded number of positions by:
1,245     
72     
-1,173    (-94%)
   

Number of registered applicants exceeded number of accredited positions by:
2,074     
752     
-1,322    (-64%)


The 2017 APPIC Match statistics are provided below, in four sections:




APPLICANTS

PARTICIPATION IN PHASE I
Applicants Registered in the Match
3,921
Applicants Who Withdrew or Did Not Submit Ranks
266
Applicants Participating in the Match
(includes 28 individuals who participated in the Match as 14 "couples")
3,655


APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED IN PHASE I
Number of Applicants Who Submitted Applications in Phase I
3,821
Total Number of Applications Submitted in Phase I
58,068
Average Number of Applications Submitted by Applicants in Phase I (SD = 5.5)
15.2
Median Number of Applications Submitted in Phase I
15
Range of Applications Submitted in Phase I
1 - 52

NOTE: For comparison purposes, applicants submitted an average of 16.3 applications in 2013, 15.9 in 2014, 15.8 in 2015, and 15.8 in 2016.


MATCH RESULTS IN PHASE I
Applicants Matched
3,197
87%
Participating Applicants Not Matched
458
13%


MATCH RESULTS BY RANK NUMBER ON APPLICANT'S LIST
(Percentages may not total to 100 due to rounding errors)
Rank
Number of Applicants
1
1,676
52%
2
692
22%
3
380
12%
4
183
6%
5
115
4%
6
68
2%
7
36
1%
8
26
1%
9
8
0%
10 or higher
13
0%
TOTAL
3,197
100%


RANKINGS IN PHASE I
                Average Number of Rankings Submitted Per Applicant:
Matched Applicants
8.0
Unmatched Applicants
3.7
Overall
7.5

Each Position Was Ranked by an Average of 7.1 Applicants.




INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS


PARTICIPATION IN PHASE I
Training Sites Participating in the Match
782
Programs Participating in the Match
1,455
Positions Offered in the Match
3,849

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
783
Total Number of Applications Received in Phase I
58,068
Average Number of Applications Received in Phase I (SD = 63.0)
74.2
Median Number of Applications Received in Phase I
59
Range of Applications Received in Phase I
1 - 386

NOTE: For comparison purposes, sites received an average of 97.9 applications in 2013, 89.8 in 2014, 84.9 in 2015, and 79.1 in 2016.


MATCH RESULTS IN PHASE I
               Positions:
Filled in the Match
3,197
83%
Remaining Unfilled
652
17%
               Programs:
Filled in the Match
1,098
75%
With Unfilled Positions
357
25%

NOTE: 49 programs at 40 sites submitted fewer ranks than the number of positions available. As a result, no ranks were submitted for 95 positions, which remained unfilled.


APA- OR CPA- ACCREDITED POSITIONS
Filled in the Match
2,834
89%
Remaining Unfilled
335
11%
TOTAL
3,169


NON-ACCREDITED POSITIONS
Filled in the Match
363
53%
Remaining Unfilled
317
47%
TOTAL
680

Non-accredited positions represented 17.7% of all positions but 48.6% 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
4.1
All Programs
7.2

Each Registered Applicant Was Ranked by an Average of 6.2 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.
193
10
203
1,413
40
1,453
Psy.D.
66
19
85
1,508
133
1,641
Ed.D.
0
0
0
0
0
0
TOTALS
259
29
288
2,921
173
3,094
Counseling
Ph.D.
69
3
72
391
11
402
Psy.D.
7
3
10
59
22
81
Ed.D.
0
0
0
0
0
0
TOTALS
76
6
82
450
33
483
School
Ph.D.
53
7
60
195
12
207
Psy.D.
5
2
7
19
6
25
Ed.D.
0
0
0
0
0
0
TOTALS
58
9
67
214
18
232
Combined
Ph.D.
8
1
9
60
3
63
Psy.D.
3
3
6
30
19
49
Ed.D.
0
0
0
0
0
0
TOTALS
11
4
15
90
22
112
ALL PROGRAMS
Ph.D.
323
21
344
2,059
66
2,125
Psy.D.
81
27
108
1,616
180
1,796
Ed.D.
0
0
0
0
0
0
TOTALS
404
48
452
3,675
246
3,921


APPLICANT RESULTS BY DOCTORAL PROGRAM TYPE AND DEGREE
PROGRAM TYPE
DEGREE SOUGHT
MATCHED
UNMATCHED
WITHDREW OR NO RANKINGS SUBMITTED
TOTAL
Clinical
Ph.D.
1,223
84.2%
160
11.0%
70
4.8%
1,453
Psy.D.
1,296
79.0%
220
13.4%
125
7.6%
1,641
TOTALS
2,519
81.4%
380
12.3%
195
6.3%
3,094
Counseling
Ph.D.
359
89.3%
19
4.7%
24
6.0%
402
Psy.D.
66
81.5%
5
6.2%
10
12.3%
81
TOTALS
425
88.0%
24
5.0%
34
7.0%
483
School
Ph.D.
150
72.5%
31
15.0%
26
12.6%
207
Psy.D.
13
52.0%
5
20.0%
7
28.0%
25
TOTALS
163
70.3%
36
15.5%
33
14.2%
232
Combined
Ph.D.
53
84.1%
7
11.1%
3
4.8%
63
Psy.D.
37
75.5%
11
22.4%
1
2.0%
49
TOTALS
90
80.4%
18
16.1%
4
3.6%
112
ALL PROGRAMS
Ph.D.
1,785
84.0%
217
10.2%
123
5.8%
2,125
Psy.D.
1,412
78.6%
241
13.4%
143
8.0%
1,796
TOTALS
3,197
81.5%
458
11.7%
266
6.8%
3,921


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
2,431
83.2%
347
11.9%
143
4.9%
2,921
Counseling
407
90.4%
17
3.8%
26
5.8%
450
School
154
72.0%
34
15.9%
26
12.1%
214
Combined
80
88.9%
8
8.9%
2
2.2%
90
TOTALS
3,072
83.6%
406
11.0%
197
5.4%
3,675
Non-Accredited
Clinical
88
50.9%
33
19.1%
52
30.1%
173
Counseling
18
54.5%
7
21.2%
8
24.2%
33
School
9
50.0%
2
11.1%
7
38.9%
18
Combined
10
45.5%
10
45.5%
2
9.1%
22
TOTALS
125
50.8%
52
21.1%
69
28.0%
246
ALL PROGRAMS
Clinical
2,519
81.4%
380
12.3%
195
6.3%
3,094
Counseling
425
88.0%
24
5.0%
34
7.0%
483
School
163
70.3%
36
15.5%
33
14.2%
232
Combined
90
80.4%
18
16.1%
4
3.6%
112
TOTALS
3,197
81.5%
458
11.7%
266
6.8%
3,921


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
2,792
90.9%
280
9.1%
3,072
Non-Accredited
42
33.6%
83
66.4%
125
ALL PROGRAMS
2,834
88.6%
363
11.4%
3,197


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.
1,177
96.2%
46
3.8%
1,223
Psy.D.
1,061
81.9%
235
18.1%
1,296
TOTALS
2,238
88.8%
281
11.2%
2,519
Counseling
Ph.D.
346
96.4%
13
3.6%
359
Psy.D.
33
50.0%
33
50.0%
66
TOTALS
379
89.2%
46
10.8%
425
School
Ph.D.
133
88.7%
17
11.3%
150
Psy.D.
9
69.2%
4
30.8%
13
TOTALS
142
87.1%
21
12.9%
163
Combined
Ph.D.
48
90.6%
5
9.4%
53
Psy.D.
27
73.0%
10
27.0%
37
TOTALS
75
83.3%
15
16.7%
90
ALL PROGRAMS
Ph.D.
1,704
95.5%
81
4.5%
1,785
Psy.D.
1,130
80.0%
282
20.0%
1,412
TOTALS
2,834
88.6%
363
11.4%
3,197


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
1,011
32%
2
799
25%
3
533
17%
4
338
11%
5
231
7%
6
117
4%
7
71
2%
8
44
1%
9
16
1%
10 or higher
37
1%
TOTAL
3,197
100%

To interpret this chart: Of all positions that were filled in Phase I of the Match, 32% were filled with "first choice" applicants (as defined above), 25% with "second choice" applicants, and so on.

Furthermore, 57% were filled with "first" or "second" choice applicants, while 73% 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 17, 2017