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Sep 12, 2006, 8:03 PM

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Pay Attention to grad school requirements!

I was going through the archives at Tom Kealey's MFA blog (specifically August 2005) and saw a letter from a professor at Colorado State University saying that applicants should be wary of minimum requirements to get into the graduate school. He said "... but if you don't have a 3.0 and acceptable GREs we can't get you in at all, much less with financial aid." I'm not trying to scare anyone away from applying to any programs, but it would probably be a good idea to e-mail faculty members and/or the graduate school before you drop $60 on an application thinking that you can blow past all other reqirements on the strength of your writing sample alone.

With regard to sub-par GPAs, most of the programs I've e-mailed have told me that an "excellent" or "outstanding" writing sample could get an applicant into a program outright, or in on a provisional basis, at least. The faculty member I e-mailed at Irvine admitted that acceptance was possible, but said it was "very unlikely." This was qualified by the statement "[in the last 10 years] we haven't accepted a student with a GPA below 3.0, nor have we responded to an application so positively that we petitioned for an applicant to be admitted." Needless to say--and despite my confidence in my writing sample-- I won't be applying to UCI with my 2.7 GPA.

(This post was edited by laughingman on Sep 13, 2006, 1:46 AM)

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Post edited by laughingman (User) on Sep 13, 2006, 1:46 AM

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