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Monday, September 25, 2023

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Graduate College of Social Work recruits fresh crop

Informational meetings are scheduled throughout the fall to help students find out if the UH Graduate College of Social Work is for them.

All bachelor’s degrees qualify in state licensures, and for students interested in related professions, this field offers a wide variety of choices.

“These information sessions are … for any prospective students who are interested in attending our graduate school,” said Arielle Stephens, graduate assistant for admissions and recruitment.

“They can come, they can meet with current students and then learn more about how to apply to our program, what our program offers and what social work offers.”

Out of more than 400 applicants, only 180 students are accepted each fall. These meetings encourage students to start the application process as soon as possible, giving them the opportunity to ask any questions they are concerned with and connect them with contacts who can help them at all times.

“The meeting was very informative,” said Stephen F. Austin State University child and family development senior Eunice Gutierrez. “I liked it a lot because I feel more prepared now.”

The GCSW provides one semester in which groups of about 30 students share the same class schedule. After the initial semester, students individually choose their focus in either clinical practice, such as clinics and counseling, or MACRO practice, which is more focused on large groups and communities.

“I’m interested in social work because, like she said, there is a lot of other (options), like marriage and family or like a licensed counselor that is really specific, but I would like to work from infancy to gerontology,” said Stephen F. Austin State University child and family development senior Briana Eagleton.

“I think social work is really broad, and I don’t exactly know what career plan I have to go to.”

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