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Banyon


Mar 11, 2007, 8:39 AM

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Unbelievably enough, UTx (or "Mich," as I know like to call him) has yet to update my web page. I think they're earning pay-per-click cash every time I visit the web site; it wouldn't surprise me at all to check on Monday and see an advertisement for "Professional Portfolio Review by actual Michener Admissions Insiders: $500/hr."


Blue, are you a poet? I haven't had my status updated either.... maybe they just haven't gotten around to the poets yet. Also, if I saw that ad, only my poor, emaciated wallet would prevent from clicking:o)


BlueVelveeta


Mar 11, 2007, 2:23 PM

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Banyon---you got it. I did apply in poetry and your logic is sound. Still, I rather enjoy passing the time thinking it's a personal vendetta that Michener has formed against me for never having read a single of their namesake's heinously long novels.


aben


Mar 11, 2007, 2:55 PM

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Re: [waiting] Idaho [In reply to] Can't Post

The Idaho fiction acceptance post was from me. I got an email on Friday night from graduate admissions, and it just says I've been granted acceptance and that a formal acceptance letter will be mailed "shortly." I haven't heard anything from the actual department yet or any word on funding. Hope that was a bit helpful!


waiting


Mar 11, 2007, 3:20 PM

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Re: [aben] Idaho [In reply to] Can't Post

I have tried to check my online status, but it doesn't seem to tell me anything. I'm curious, as I am still weighing options, what has attracted you to Idaho? Does it look like that's where you want to go and have you had any information on funding? Thanks for the info. and congrats on the acceptance!


aben


Mar 11, 2007, 4:25 PM

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Re: [waiting] Idaho [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you!

Location and the potential funding were what mostly made me apply to U of Idaho. I've never actually lived in the state, but I've spent time some visiting family and such. I don't know...I think it's a beautiful state and I can see myself living there. I honestly don't know too much about the program aside from what the website says, but I'm hoping I can make the drive from Portland before decision time at some point to check it out. Do you have any info beyond what the website says?
I'm not entirely sure where I'll end up going, especially since I haven't heard anything about funding. I'm in with a teaching assistantship at Boise State and Oregon State, rejected from Cornell, most likely rejected at Amherst, and still waiting on five more schools. So it's still early in the game :) And I'm thinking it's still early in Idaho's notification process, as I haven't heard anything from the department. Good luck and let me know if you hear anything!


waiting


Mar 11, 2007, 4:35 PM

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Re: [aben] Idaho [In reply to] Can't Post

I was born in Moscow, ID where the school is located. My parents and aunt and uncle are all alums of their undergrad programs and I have a cousin who currently attends the undergrad engineering program there. It's a nice looking campus and I've only heard murmurs about the program, mostly through one of my recommenders who did his PhD with one of the MFA profs. I'm really interested in hearing back from them as I love the area, but I did have a lot of concerns about funding.

Congrats on your other programs, especially since you already have funding offers! They're also in great areas. I too was rejected from Cornell, Michigan, and Syracuse and I have yet to hear anything from five other programs, including Idaho. Good luck as you keep moving forward. Right now I'm just trying to keep my chin up. I have a friend in graduate admissions at Arizona State who says that everything happens in waves and sometimes no news is good news because you're still in the running.


SalPane



Mar 11, 2007, 5:27 PM

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Just got back to my mail box after a Spring Break in Scranton, Pa and turns out I was sitting on four rejections. One each from Iowa, Cornell, Michigan and Syracuse. The first three didn't surprise me much but I was somewhat disappointed by the Syracuse. Not surprised, just disappointed. Pitt's looking better everyday.


JKicker
Jonathan

Mar 12, 2007, 2:24 AM

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Re: [SalPane] Idaho [In reply to] Can't Post

Finally, someone else who's been rejected from all the same programs as me, sans Ohio State. You're killing the potential comraderie by having an acceptance under your belt, though.

Here's my first tally of the season, for FICTION.

Syracuse: Rejected
Cornell: Rejected
Michigan: Rejected
Iowa: Rejected
Ohio State: Rejected

I still haven't heard from the following schools who've been sending notices to everyone but me (waitlist me, please!):

George Mason
UNCW
Alabama
UMASS
Arizona

Last Bastion of hope, the strong and silent schools:

Arizona State
Miami U (ohio)
Mcneese
Arkansas
Montana
Florida State

I'm not holding my breath to hear back from Mcneese or Arkansas considering what others have said about their response times due to the free applications.

I got the Cornell rejection last week on the day of my wedding, didn't get around to opening it until I was on the plane en route to Colorado for the honeymoon. I was expecting that one anyway, so it didn't hurt too much. Ohio State and Michigan hurt the worst because I really liked a lot about those programs. Iowa was a big "eh" for me, I'd probably go to any other school on my list over it, just figured I'd run with the masses on that one. As for Syracuse, the more I found out about the city the less I wanted to go there.

Most of my top choices fall in that second category, so the next wave of rejections are poised to crush me.

I got back from the honeymoon last night and logged onto this board to find a solid 741 new posts to read, so thanks for helping me waste an entire day catching up with the latest;) We're moving to North Carolina on Wednesday so I'll be too blissfully busy for another week or so to stress too much. Best of luck to all and congrats to all the new acceptantees!


Limjay


Mar 12, 2007, 2:33 AM

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Thanks, aben, for clarifying.


littleiodine


Mar 12, 2007, 8:38 AM

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Actually, I found McNeese really responsive and helpful. I'm not sure when their official notifications are going out, but I didn't get the impression they're really like elusive cold-fish Arkansas at all.


blair_violet


Mar 12, 2007, 10:14 AM

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Decision making... [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm currently deciding between three schools to which I've been accepted for an MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

School A
Pros: Excellent financial aid package (full tuition waiver + stipend), teaching experience, strong faculty, recent grads have had book deals after graduating, three year program = lots of time to work on thesis
Cons: Lesser ranked program, not as prestigious as Iowa, Michigan, Columbia, et. al.

School B
Pros: Top notch faculty, highly regarded program, contacts with agents, faculty arrange trips to NY to meet with editors of the New Yorker and Harpers
Cons: No funding offered (since I am an out of state student, this would amount to approximately $50K of student loan debt) for the two year MFA degree

School C
Pros: Excellent location (major U.S. city), excellent faculty
Cons: Required course in literature translation (not my interest), little funding offered; funding decisions made by the end of March

Right now, I'm about to decline my offer from School B and wait to see if School C offers me funding. If not, I will definitely go with School A. I'm scared of declining School B's offer because it just seems so final to me! In light of my choices here, would it be foolish to decline School B's offer?


commanda
Amanda

Mar 12, 2007, 10:22 AM

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Ditch B. A 2 year program isn't worth going into a staggering amount of debt. School C sounds okay, but School A sounds like the best. The worry I would potentially have about a "lesser-ranked" program is that I would receive less opportunity upon graduation. But if alums are getting book deals, why worry? And three funded years sounds great. Follow the money, the teach exp., and the faculty.


Mainer


Mar 12, 2007, 10:35 AM

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If you applied to the "lesser ranked" program in the first place, something about it appealed to you. Rankings and reputation won't get you a book deal, your writing will. The connections you refer to in your descriptions of schools B and C are far from guarantees of publication. EVERY program will help you make connections. In truth how many recent grads publish in Harper's or The New Yorker? Meeting their editors probably won't give you any more insight into their editorial choices than reading an interview with them would. Why not do what you can to help a program grow in reputation? I say go with the program that has PROVEN ($$) they want/need you: school A. The most overlooked part of the MFA equation, in my opinion, is what the student brings to the table.


Cookies4brkfst


Mar 12, 2007, 11:45 AM

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You only mentioned location as a consideration for one school. If that's important to you, how do the other schools match up? If you can be happy and creative in all three places, then A sounds like the best deal. I don't think school prestige influences how WELL you write--your ability and professors influence that. On the other hand, if you think you wouldn't be happy in one or more places, and would get into a rut while trying to write that book, then you've got to take that into consideration. My two cents...



jargreen

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Mar 12, 2007, 12:25 PM

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Blair_violet,

Sounds like you've got a fortunate but maddening predicament. It sounds as though School A will give you the time, money, and faculty support to do the sort of writing that will bring you success (without the debt).

Best of luck!!


(This post was edited by jargreen on Mar 12, 2007, 12:29 PM)


SalPane



Mar 12, 2007, 2:57 PM

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Finally, someone else who's been rejected from all the same programs as me, sans Ohio State. You're killing the potential comraderie by having an acceptance under your belt, though.

I may have an acceptance but you have a lot more potential acceptances floating in the mail. I only have a few left. Here's my tally for fiction:

Accepted:

Pitt (No Funding but I'm in-state and qualify for grants.)

Rejected:

Iowa
Cornell
Michigan
Syracuse

Pending:

Virginia
UC-Irvine
UMass-Amherst
Indiana
Oregon
Colorado State
American

So there you have it. And my pending mfa hopes seem pretty dashed as well. I'm waiting on rejections from almost all of them with the exception of Irvine and Virginia and those were reaches to begin with. Although some people still have hope for more acceptances from Oregon, CSU, American and Indiana but that seems a bit unlikely. Maybe Indiana has more spots but the rest seem to have filled up rather quickly.


littleiodine


Mar 12, 2007, 3:50 PM

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Rejected by Alabama today, in the mail, dated March 8.

I do really like the looks of Alabama's program and obviously, any rejection stings a bit; but it's definitely not the ego-crushing blow it could have been, if I hadn't just mailed an acceptance to another school.


jrosello
Jarod
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Mar 12, 2007, 3:52 PM

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In for fiction at Hamline (post).

Rejected at U of Miami (Miami, FL) through the post office.


ellequeue


Mar 12, 2007, 4:36 PM

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I called UMass Amherst today and they told me I didn't get in. Here is my tally:

Rejections:
UMass
University of Oregon (I called them today, 3/12)

Acceptance:
California College of the Arts (via email 3/11)

Pending:
UC Irvine
Brown
University of San Francisco

Also, has anyone looked into Northwestern's continuing studies program? Their app deadline for fall isn't until July (strange??), so I'm thinking of applying, but the waiting will kill me.


prosaic70


Mar 12, 2007, 4:47 PM

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in at arizona state... have to write them a statement of teaching philosophy before i get a ta-ship... (post/fiction)


bodhayogi


Mar 12, 2007, 5:08 PM

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I got a rejection from UMass (poetry) today, dated March 8th. I felt much less ego-bruised than expected. Maybe it was the stuffy, academic tone of the letter, but the lack of love is surprisingly mutual.

Onward. One more rejection to go (UVa, that is). I will be jealous of those of you who get in. Oh, for the chance to work with Charles Wright and Gregory Orr! Lucky, lucky souls.


ellequeue


Mar 12, 2007, 5:13 PM

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I just checked the mail and the UMass rejection letter was waiting for me. I don't feel too bad either... I live in CA, so it'd be hard to move to such a different environment.

Does anyone have any info on California College of the Arts' program? Anyone going there? I can see myself in a smaller, artsy school, but I wonder how students have felt about it.


medusashair


Mar 12, 2007, 5:30 PM

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I too will be crushed by uva. sigh. the lucky few.


blair_violet


Mar 12, 2007, 7:20 PM

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I just declined my offer from the University of Pittsburgh (Nonfiction), so hopefully someone on this board is on the waitlist and will be admitted.

Best of luck to all!


kiiro


Mar 12, 2007, 7:50 PM

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Got a call from Cal State Fresno today. I got all excited, but it turned out they were just returning my call asking about the notification date.

For those wondering, it'll be another two to three weeks.

I'm going to go ahead and start taking grad-level courses if I don't get in anywhere. Might as well.


(This post was edited by kiiro on Mar 12, 2007, 7:51 PM)

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