Jun 26, 2006, 11:58 AM
Post #27 of 120
I'm also probably going to apply to CUNY schools. And I too am a full-time worker over (way over) 40. Plus I have no money and can't afford to go further into debt, and could live without taking the GRE. I've been investigating and this is what I've found: As far as I can tell, the Hunter program is full-time during the day, so I've ruled it out. A new program is starting at Queens College in Fall 2007. Queens, Brooklyn and City are all mostly night classes and it is possible to go through any of them as a part-time student. Queens and City don't require the GRE; I'm not sure about Brooklyn. I think they each offer some type of financial aid and/or teaching assistantships, and tuition is about as low as you're going to find anywhere--this past academic year I think it was $270 per credit.
Re: [Rosita] ] New State U. of NY Grad Writing Program
I'm fiction so I don't know which program is strongest in poetry, but I recommend that you get in touch with each and direct your questions to them. They're very friendly and open to answering questions. I've been in touch with all via email, and now I'm setting up appointments to talk in person over the summer. As for quality, Brooklyn looks fantastic to me, but again, this is fiction.
I'll apply to NYU too, mostly because I work here and would get free tuition if I got in. But I know it's almost impossible to get in, and anyway, although it's considered one of the best, NYU's program doesn't really appeal to me. I think I'd be much happier at a CUNY school, in a working-class environment, and from what I hear about Brooklyn and City, and what I infer about how Queens will be based on my communications with their founding faculty so far, students can expect to work much more closely with and get much more personal attention from faculty at these schools than at many of the way more expensive ones.
By the way, Rutgers-Newark is starting an MFA program in Fall 2007 too. Fiction faculty will be Jayne Ann Phillips and Tayari Jones--both big wows for me. No other details are available yet, but Newark is of course just a PATH ride from Manhattan.
So me, I'll probably apply to four--NYU and the three CUNY schools--or maybe five, if Rutgers is affordable. If you can afford NYU, New School, or Columbia, I don't see why it would be too much to apply to them plus the CUNY schools. Good luck!