Nov 28, 2007, 1:56 AM
Re: [sovietsleepover] What are the odds?
I'll defer to you, then.
I still wonder whether that figure's an outlier, though, or whether the numbers were like that as recently as two/three years ago, which may well be where that 325 figure comes from.
That said, I recall someone wondering, last year, how certain schools could rank 10-15 in the LJPW Reader Poll (which charts this site's users' favorite schools), but appear (at least) to rank 5-10 in actual applications. At the time, I speculated that certain schools ranked 1-25 in the LJPW Reader Poll might well have application numbers higher than we originally thought--either because we didn't have the numbers in the first place (in some cases, for some very highly ranked schools) or because some of the applications/year data was 2-3 years old, and could have changed recently. If Texas has 700+ applications and that figure is not an outlier for the school, it might help to explain that slight discrepancy between the LJPW Reader Poll and the figures for applications/year, as Texas originally ranked much higher in the LJPW Reader Poll than it did in the ranking of applications/year, as you can see in my post above (though I'll always feel the best explanation for the slight discrepancy was/is that this community is more informed, or, at least, "differently" informed, than the rest of the nation's MFA applicants).
I've heard the same things about Texas that you're discussing (including from some folks who applied and got in), and so I'm a little wary of UT myself, recently. I think they need to realize that funding alone isn't enough. They need a real, actual, permanent faculty, and a commitment to having that faculty be a constant, guiding presence in their students' lives.
I'll have to amend Texas's acceptance rate, now(!)
(This post was edited by umass76 on Nov 28, 2007, 1:57 AM)