This page lists U.S. and Canadian clinical psychology programs rank-ordered by how well their graduates performed on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology from 1988 to 1995 (as given in the APS Observer). For more recent EPPP rankings, click here.
Of course, EPPP scores are only one measure of clinical training, and their use as an index of program quality does not take into account pre-existing differences in student training and test-taking ability. Nonetheless, EPPP scores provide one means of assessing clinical training. For example, high EPPP scores are associated with larger faculty-to-student ratios, smaller clinical programs, and traditional Ph.D. programs rather than Psy.D. or Ed.D. programs (to learn more, contact the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards).
Note to Students: The rankings below should be considered no more than a rough approximation. You would be well advised to consult as many faculty members as possible for feedback on your top school choices before applying to graduate school. Admission to graduate school is competitive, so apply to as many schools as possible; have your friends, family, and academic advisors look over your application materials; and if you receive letters of rejection, don't lose your sense of humor!
Thanks go to Don Templer and Marie Tomeo of the California School of Professional Psychology for checking the accuracy of this page and making corrections to the original list published in the APS Observer. The APS Observer data were compiled as part of the following study: Yu, L. M., Rinaldi, S., A., Templer, D. I., Colbert, L. A., Siscoe, K., & Van Patten, K. (1997). Score on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology as a function of attributes of clinical psychology graduate programs. Psychological Science, 8, 347-350.
*Note: Central Michigan University now offers a Ph.D. rather than a Psy.D. degree.