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Raysen


Aug 13, 2008, 4:33 PM


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Re: [umass76] Choosing an MFA Program (2009)


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Hi Raysen,

If you look back at the threads from last year, you'll see a full discussion of this issue--but I don't necessarily want to open that can of worms again. As I said in my post above, I think it's a question of cohort (i.e., as a function of decreasing or stagnating selectivity, yield, and applicant pool size). Mind you, many others here and elsewhere don't agree with me, so this is merely one man's opinion of moonlight.

I'd also note--separate from the Columbia issue--that the First Tier of programs (which includes twelve schools) is so stunning at this point (across-the-board: reputation, funding, faculty, et. al.) that even schools which slip into the mid-second or high-third tier must be considered top-notch U.S. MFA programs. Keeping company with the likes of Johns Hopkins, University of Houston, Washington University at St. Louis, University of Washington, University or Oregon, University of Minnesota, and others of that ilk is absolutely nothing whatsoever to sneeze at.

Best,

Seth


Thanks Seth! I thought that's what you meant.

I'm curious about all the first tier, second tier, and third tier schools (updated for 2009). I thought I read somewhere that a list was coming out in Tom Kealey's second edition. Also, the Atlantic Monthly may also release a list?

My stab at such a list based on funding, faculty, selectivity, etc:

First tier:
Iowa
Cornell
Michigan
Texas
UC Irvine
Indiana
Brown
Virginia
Columbia
Johns Hopkins
UMass (Amherst)
Wisconsin

Second tier:
Oregon
Washington U (St. Louis)
U of Washington (Seattle)
Houston
Notre Dame
Florida State
Purdue
Colorado State
Montana
Arizona
Minnesota
Ohio State

Others of note:
Illinois
New Mexico State
UNC-Greensboro
UNC-Wilmington
NYU
Penn State
Vanderbilt
Florida
Arizona State


(This post was edited by Raysen on Aug 13, 2008, 4:35 PM)


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Post edited by Raysen (User) on Aug 13, 2008, 4:35 PM


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