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PSYCAS Applicant Responsibilities

Applicants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner consistent with the general principles and specific ethical standards contained within the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, as applicable. These expectations apply across multiple contexts including the educational roles of psychology students. Schools and colleges of psychology seek to admit applicants who possess a high level of professionalism and professional potential.

Applicants will demonstrate responsibility by taking ownership of all aspects related to the application process. Applicants will follow these guidelines:

  1. Review the application procedures and admissions prerequisites of each designated program submission.
  2. Use the PSYCAS Transcript ID Form to arrange for all official U.S. and Canadian transcripts to be sent to PSYCAS by the application deadline of the school or college.
  3. Provide all required information on the PSYCAS application accurately and in a timely manner.
  4. Provide all required information on the supplemental applications (if required) accurately and in a timely manner.
  5. Abide by all selected PSYCAS school specific deadlines.
  6. Arrange for PSYCAS to receive a course-by-course Transcript Evaluation Report for all international institutions attended, if required by the applicant’s designated schools and colleges.
  7. Provide the names and email addresses of your three required Evaluators and notify them they will be contacted by email for their letter and Evaluation Request Form.
  8. Respond immediately to all notices and questions received from PSYCAS and each school and college to which they apply (applicants are responsible for checking their personal email, including any junk mail folders, and PSYCAS accounts for these important notices and questions).
  9. Print a copy of the completed PSYCAS application upon submission for your own records.
  10. Agree to submit the correct PSYCAS application fee.
  11. Pay any additional school and college supplemental fees that may be required.
  12. Check application status online by logging on to the PSYCAS web application
  13. Promptly notify all designated schools and colleges of any change in contact information.
  14. Contact schools and colleges directly regarding questions about admissions decisions, school-specific admissions criteria or other program-specific information.
  15. Respond promptly to schools and colleges, either to accept or decline interview invitations and offers of admission.
  16. Respond promptly to all offers of admission. Once an applicant has accepted an offer, it is the applicant’s obligation to immediately notify and withdraw any outstanding applications or to decline offers of admission from other schools and colleges to which you have applied.
  17. Log off the PSYCAS web application after the completion of entry to protect against unauthorized access of application information submitted to PSYCAS.

All schools, departments, and programs of psychology subscribe to the ethics and moral code that characterize professionalism and assert that academic honesty is fundamental to the intellectual enterprise. Professional conduct and integrity, including academic honesty, is the expectation of all students and applicants. When a student applies for admission, the student agrees to these principles.

By submitting the PSYCAS application, you affirm that all the information contained in your application is factually correct and honestly presented. It is understood and agreed that any information an applicant provides that is dishonest or misrepresents the applicant will be shared with all schools and colleges of psychology. It is further understood that an applicant who misrepresents or otherwise acts unethically or dishonestly may be denied admission to all PSYCAS participating schools and colleges for the current and future application cycles.

Note: All credential data, including the application form, letters of recommendation, transcripts in support of the application, photographs and personal statements become property of PSYCAS and cannot be returned.

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