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umass76


Apr 10, 2011, 6:40 PM


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I'm not looking to get into a discussion of the rankings, but let's just be really clear here, anyway. There is no such thing as "my" rankings. Penn State ranks in the Top 10 among MFA programs for selectivity -- fact. Based on hard data. Penn State ranks in roughly the Top 25 for funding among MFA programs -- fact. Based on hard data. Penn State ranks in the Top 40 for postgraduate fellowship and residency placement for the period from 1998 to 2011 -- fact. Based on hard data. Three-year polling of nonfiction applicants places PSU among the Top 10 nonfiction programs, and three-year polling of hundreds and hundreds of fiction and poetry applicants puts the program in the Top 40 in those genres -- again, this is based on data collected from applicants. In 2010, I wrote that Penn State was underrated, along with more than 25 other programs; that wasn't to say Penn State is a Top 10 or even Top 20 or Top 25 program, but that the program's then-#44 ranking was too low, given that that barely put the program in the top 33% of programs nationally. Whatever one thinks, the program deserves to be ranked in the top third of programs -- I merely thought it should be higher than #44, given its funding and selectivity and placement and popularity among applicants in three different genres. But my statements about PSU have been based, from the beginning, on polling and hard data -- not on "my own rankings." No one here has any idea whatsoever where I would place PSU in "my own rankings."

Seth Abramson


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