I was curious to know about people's impressions/viewpoints on the difficulty of being admitted into Portland State's MURP program. I'm a psych major from a well-regarded liberal arts school in Portland, Lewis and Clark College. I have received nothing but A's and A-'s in my major classes (including stats), and have an overall GPA of about 3.6. I've been volunteering at a local non-profit center focused on community building within the LGBT demographic for roughly the last year. I'll also hopefully be doing an internship next semester and summer at a non-profit that works at enhancing communities using the theory of place-making through bolstering citizen agency and involvement. I am also a member of my campus' community relations committee.
I'm an Oregon native, and my mom works in the university system at Oregon State, thus I would get a relatively large tuition break. The fact that PSU is such a well regarded school is just icing on the cake.
If you couldn't have guessed, I hope to focus in community development at PSU. I'm graduating from Lewis and Clark in the fall of 2011, and was thinking about taking a few courses from PSU as a non-matriculated student during the winter and spring terms following my graduation before starting up as a full-time student in the fall of 2012.
What do you think, does this sound like a viable plan? Do I have a chance for getting admitted? What more should I do to bolster/increase my chances? I would love some input from anyone, particularly current PSU students or alums.