Every Fall William James College enrolls a class of approximately 100 students into the Clinical PsyD program. In educational achievement, life experience, age, interest, and cultural and socio-economic background, William James College students are a varied group. They range in age from early twenties to late fifties, from people holding masters degrees in psychology and related fields with years of professional experience to recent BA's. Some have made well-considered career changes from fields such as business or law. In the process of making these career changes, they have obtained relevant experience and have taken courses in preparation for the doctoral program. William James College prepares students from across the country and around the world. International students constitute approximately 13% of the student population, representing over 25 countries.
The wealth of professional and life experience is reflected in the students' work in the classroom and in their fieldwork, enriching both in the process. Classroom interactions reflect this diversity with spirited, challenging, and supportive discussions. William James College students are mature, introspective, and dedicated to their own personal/professional development and to the amelioration of human problems, and to the application of psychological knowledge in a variety of settings and in a diverse and complex world.
In addition to excellence in academic preparation and self-awareness, William James College values the candidate who has shown a commitment to community service. Individuals who, throughout their formative years in high school, college and beyond, have demonstrated an interest in and a service to the community will already have created a foundation for further contributions as professionals in the field of Psychology. Training at William James College involves integrated supervised formal field training along with academic coursework. Through practica and internships, students at William James College in all programs provide professional services to individuals, agencies and communities in need. William James College's institutional commitment to community service goes beyond those clinical services rendered through training alone and includes consultation, education, assessment, and interventions generated by William James College service program initiatives: The Leon O. Brenner Assessment Center, The Richard and Joan Freedman Child Study Center, and the Dr. Cynthia Lucero Latino Mental Health Training Program, among others. Students who through personal commitment and social awareness prior to graduate training, have provided service to others will have evolved an even broader understanding of how to assess and meet the needs of others through a career in professional psychology. William James College has also made a commitment to improve access to Mental Health care for Veterans through Train Vets to Treat Vets ® (TVTV) and to Families and Children of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR).
William James College values a diverse student body reflecting the school's dedication to non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, Vietnam era veteran status, political belief, or disability unrelated to job requirements.