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Mar 27, 2006, 2:11 PM

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Brooklynpoet - What do you know about City College? I found their website to be painfully useless. Faculty? Class organization? Workshop sizes? I wouldn't have ruled it out except for the fact that I really couldn't make any sort of decision as to what the program offered. Is it one year? Two years? Argh. And it's an MA, right?

Well, first in response to the previous post asking about deadlines (sorry, can't remember who asked), I believe the May 1 deadline is accurate, but the financial aid priority deadline has passed--which doesn't necessarily mean anything since they only provide teaching in the 2nd year. CCNY has rolling admissions because of their long history of inclusive education.

Aubrie, this is one of those "uncommunicative" schools: my acceptance letter was from the Director of Humanities and said, basically, congratulations, you've been accepted. I've had to be proactive about contacting the department. It's not the kind of program where the faculty hold your hand for two years--the students are mostly working part or full time and the classes are in the evening. (True at Hunter and Brooklyn too.)

I'll know more about the program by Friday (I'm visiting this week). Faculty in poetry: Marilyn Hacker, Wayne Koestenbaum, Elaine Equi (visiting, but seemingly on a long-term basis), David Unger (translation)
Fiction: Salar Abdoh, Linsey Abrams (director), Mark Jay Mirsky, Emily Raboteau. Visiting: Frederic Tuten, Ernesto Mestre.

I know nothing about fiction, so have no idea what the quality of the faculty is like. My independent research states that Marilyn Hacker is a tradition unto herself, though sources differ on the value of tradition. And Wayne Koestenbaum is "grand" (a direct quote). For anyone in NYC, he's reading at the St. Mark's Poetry Project on Wednesday at 8pm. Google it.

I sort of remember reading somewhere that the degree is an MA, but the website refers to the "M.F.A." so that's something I'll have to clarify this week.

There's no set time to finish, but the program requires 42 credits; in a typical semester, you'd take 3 courses for 9 credits. Workshops: 12 credits, critical practice seminars: 9, literature seminars: 15, thesis workshop: 3, thesis tutorial: 3.

Reputation: U.S. News ranks it at 37, tied with Florida State, Ohio State, Ohio Univ., Penn State, U of Alabama, U of Denver, and UNC Greensboro. It ranks well ahead of Brooklyn College and Univ. of Minnesota and beats St. Mary's, Western Michigan, San Diego and U. of New Hampshire. Okay, not that rankings mean that much, but still.

The winner of the Ruth Lilly poetry prize for 2005 was a student at CCNY.

I'll stop now because this is so long. If anybody is seriously interested, send me a private message. I'll have more information in a few days.


(This post was edited by motet on Apr 22, 2006, 11:32 AM)

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Post edited by motet (Veteran) on Apr 22, 2006, 11:32 AM

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