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rhswift


Feb 22, 2008, 1:02 PM

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Re: [jayg] Indiana wins....Colorado! [In reply to] Can't Post

I just got an email from them (about some confusion regarding my transcript), and it said "within the next two weeks."

Two weeks! Can I survive that long?


hamlet3145


Feb 22, 2008, 1:07 PM

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I thought they took about ten percent of applicants.



I think we actually do. 20 spots, but I think around 40 people are accepted. It is assumed that about half will wind up declining.

Okay, found the text from the FAQ:
http://www.cas.umt.edu/...ve_writing/faqs.html


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Unlike some graduate programs which admit a small number of students and wait-list the rest until the first have responded, we feel the students we want to enroll should know of their acceptance as soon as possible after the January deadline. For that reason, we admit twenty students in prose and twenty in poetry out of the several hundred applications we receive each year. If the pool is particularly strong, we will sometimes create a short waiting list and inform those on it. Students generally know if they have been accepted here by the end of February. We expect about half the people we admit to choose our program, and it has tended to work out that way.



jayg


Feb 22, 2008, 1:10 PM

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Two more weeks for Madison? ACK! That is the worst.

There was confusion about my application in early January, it went missing, and I talked to their director a few times via email and she was literally like the nicest person I have ever spoken with. It really made me want to go there even more.

At least it's the weekend. The anxiety levels always decrease for me once the weekend comes.


Yugao


Feb 22, 2008, 1:27 PM

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Thank you, Hamlet. Of course, a ten percent admission rate is still like Harvard for undergraduates. My hopes are dwindling fast for this year.

I applied to Vanderbilt in fiction, and happened to talk with someone in the MFA department because one of my online LOR wasn't going through. I was told that Vanderbilt received 150 applications, of which about 100 were considered complete, and that they would accept 3 poets and 3 fiction writers.


monarca


Feb 22, 2008, 1:29 PM

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I think it might be two (or more!) weeks for a lot of places. Certainly for the official, final rejection letters to go out. I think it's possible that Iowa acceptances are still two weeks out for some people, even though a couple (lucky!) people have had phone calls by now.

At the moment I'm sweating Syracuse the most. They called their poetry acceptances. What about fiction? What if they did call their fiction acceptances, but none of them are lurking on these boards or obsessively checking Seth's and Godfry's blogs?


sonata7


Feb 22, 2008, 1:35 PM

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Re: [idreamincursive] Vandy [In reply to] Can't Post

I applied to Vanderbilt for Poetry as well. PM me if you want to exchange a poem for fun (and also maybe as a distraction from the monotony of waiting).

Best of luck to everyone!


rdowney


Feb 22, 2008, 1:45 PM

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I also applied to Vanderbilt for poetry.


Stewbags


Feb 22, 2008, 1:58 PM

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Vanderbilt poetry as well.


ejdifili
Emily

Feb 22, 2008, 2:06 PM

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My anxiety decreases on the weekend too, but I dread it because it's two more days of probably not hearing anything from programs. Unless a rejection were to come through the mail on Saturday.

The school where I teach has also had two snow days this week, so I've been sitting around my house obsessively checking blogs since Wednesday now. Sleeping in is nice, but this was probably not the best point of the year to have so much free time.

And that sucks about Madison... I at least thought I could expect some word from them before too long, since they issed acceptances on 02/14 last year. Most other schools where I applied don't seem to notify until later in March; I'm not sure how I'm going to endure another month or even multiple weeks of this.


jayg


Feb 22, 2008, 2:10 PM

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Re: [ejdifili] Indiana wins....Colorado! [In reply to] Can't Post

Totally agree. Now all I can think about is how I wish I would've applied to some of the schools that are giving out notices now. They were all on my list at some point or another. None of my programs are saying anything. Wisconsin, Oregon, Syracuse, Florida State, etc, etc, etc.

I think I'm going to focus instead on sending some of my stories out to journals to see if I can be rejected that way.


aev


Feb 22, 2008, 2:12 PM

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Wash U [In reply to] Can't Post

is anyone still waiting on their letter from washington u (st. louis)?

i haven't heard a peep.


blarring


Feb 22, 2008, 2:21 PM

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Anybody out there apply to University of Georgia's MFA program? It seems like most folks on here that applied to GA applied to the PhD program.



B. Lynn Arrington
"A Southerner talks music." --Mark Twain



Dinosaur


Feb 22, 2008, 2:25 PM

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Tiddlywinks, I finally got my Wash U letter on Wednesday, and it was a rejection (for poetry). I was on the phone with my best friend -- she heard me start to cry and came over with magazines, ice cream, and flowers. It helped. A lot.

I applied to Vanderbilt, and they've also moved up my list very quickly. Great faculty, and the "newness" factor appeals to me.


(This post was edited by Dinosaur on Feb 22, 2008, 2:26 PM)


mccrary

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Feb 22, 2008, 2:33 PM

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I like Kate Daniels & Mark Jarman quite a bit.. Daniels spoke at my school a few years ago, and I've been impressed with her poetry ever since.
I think a new program could be interesting to start off in.. one of the reasons I like Vandy so much is Nashville. I've always lived in the South, and it would take some adjusting to get used to a northern town.


martis


Feb 22, 2008, 2:49 PM

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Maybe I missed something, but it doesn't seem like anyone posted an acceptance to Iowa for poetry yet. I've scanned the messageboards pretty closely, I think. And even if there has been, it probably doesn't mean anything, right? I'm still praying I get in, but I'd love to hear from anyone who applied for poetry who may have heard something (anything!) yet.


(This post was edited by martis on Feb 22, 2008, 2:59 PM)


pensive
Adam
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Feb 22, 2008, 3:00 PM

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The thread just passed 200000 views. WHOOO!!!!


wonderlust


Feb 22, 2008, 3:03 PM

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To be fair, it started in 2004 :)

(In case anyone started freaking out about # of applicants...which I've been freaking out about enough as it is.)


sicofelephants


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Feb 22, 2008, 3:05 PM

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I applied to Vanderbilt in poetry. However, my dream school is U Houston; I'd only cut your knee caps if you were my competition for a spot there.

PS. I don't actually wish any physical harm on anyone....unless Houston is their top choice as well. Kidding, kidding. Maybe. *shifty eyes*


haznarepse


Feb 22, 2008, 3:06 PM

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I also applied to Vandy (fiction). I actually talked to someone today who said it would be another couple of weeks before any admission notifications went out.


mccrary

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Feb 22, 2008, 3:10 PM

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another couple of weeks!! dang, i'm going to end up cutting my own kneecaps!
(haha, of course)

they have such a tasty little financial package...


froggoddess


Feb 22, 2008, 3:17 PM

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So, several calls for UMASS-Amherst went out on Monday of this week -- but I've been surprised to have no mail all week from them. It has seemed that the rejection-letter posts typically follow the acceptance-posts within a couple of days -- but so far I haven't seen anything from UMASS, which is definitely starting to mess with my head a little. Has anyone gotten anything in the mail from them, or heard anything about a potential wait-list? I'm trying to figure out if it make sense to take a tiny bit of hope into the weekend...


monarca


Feb 22, 2008, 3:19 PM

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I was reading some comments on Seth's blog and saw this:

"I got into Cornell (phone 2/9, 2/8? something like that), Michigan (email 2/19) and Iowa (phone 2/19).

I know that they are doing this in rounds, and that it is way early in the process, and that people shouldn't be too discouraged.

I got really lucky, but I can't go everywhere, and so more spots will open up as people decide. Which,in my case, may take a while.

Good luck all"


I'm not an angry or jealous person, normally. But reading that was too much. I know that in the big picture, this MFA process isn't the determining factor in who I will be as a writer, or the kind of sucsess or happiness I'll have. But right now, after making a sizable financial investment and a much larger emotional investment, it is important. So reading that someone has three of my top choices in the bag makes me jealous right down to my very toes.

The stupidest thing is, I don't even know anything yet, other than I didn't get into Cornell. But logic isn't a strong player in this game. Stand aside! Jealousy is a much more ferocious beast!


blarring


Feb 22, 2008, 3:22 PM

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I saw that post. That is one lucky bastard.



B. Lynn Arrington
"A Southerner talks music." --Mark Twain



araby1


Feb 22, 2008, 3:28 PM

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Re: [monarca] too much! [In reply to] Can't Post

I saw that post as well and it felt a bit smug, in spite of any positive intentions.

Good news is there are 2 prestigious slots opening up once the person decides.


martis


Feb 22, 2008, 3:29 PM

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Monarca,

I'm with you. That's pretty annoying. Is it just me, or is that post just completely condescending? Any chance you know whether the poster got in to these program for fiction or poetry?

And again, a final plea: any news (good, bad, or "still waiting") from people applying to Iowa for poetry would be much appreciated. I'm starting to lose my mind . . .

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