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kbritten

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Jan 22, 2011, 11:08 AM

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I don't know, Bighark, last year a lot of people received emails or calls from programs and said their manuscript was being well-reviewed or that if they had any questions about the program the director would be happy to answer them. The Brown letter is obviously a little different than that, but "likely letters" or "Good News Emails" do happen. Did anyone else get that letter from Brown? I didn't apply there, but if she's the only one/one of the few who received it, it can't be bad!

I hope I'm not giving anyone false hope here. Brown is ridiculously competitive. It could be good, though! Here's to hoping :)


alamana
Jennifer Brown


Jan 22, 2011, 12:20 PM

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Okay. So, amidst the madness in this grueling waiting process, I may have also managed to over-analyze something that just came to my attention. I have recently become aware of the idea of "Likely Letters." Is this a possibility for a graduate program? Brown, my top-choice school, sent me an e-mail about two weeks or so ago, thanking me for applying and giving me information on when responses to offers of admission are to be received. It was sent by the Dean of Admissions, I think. Furthermore, it was addressed at the beginning to the personalization of my first name, specifically. I just am somewhat hesitant to believe out of the hundreds that have applied, each applicant received a personalized e-mail of this nature *(If so, then, this school is even more committed in its diligence than I gave it credit for!).
I am certainly not wanting to get my hopes up, by any means. I simply wanted some insight on these supposed "Likely Letters," and whether any other MFA applicants to Brown or other schools, in general, receive this sort of e-mail, weeks after submission, as part of the general reviewing process.
Thanks a ton!


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pdunn


Jan 22, 2011, 1:42 PM

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I got a similar email on Jan 5 from Brown. It didn't give any definite dates regarding decisions on their end, just that responses to offers of admission must be received by April 15. It definitely looks like a form email, though. The "Dear ____" field is a slightly different font and there's a link to respond at the bottom, as direct replies to the email will not be received.

I took it as an email that my info had been entered into the system. If you are telling me otherwise, I might soil my pants.


blob


Jan 22, 2011, 2:49 PM

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Yes, I think Good news emails only come from the department, not the dean-- which doesn't make much sense.

As for the letter being 'personalized' that's easy to do for hundreds or thousands of people through a simple outlook mail merge. a lot of schools have sent me personalized confirmations, but it doesn't mean anything.

Having said that, some people have definitely gotten what I consider good news or likely candidate emails already.


sarandipidy


Jan 22, 2011, 4:26 PM

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Yes, I think Good news emails only come from the department, not the dean-- which doesn't make much sense.


I am confused. Why doesn't this make sense?


blob


Jan 22, 2011, 4:37 PM

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the dean of the graduate school is not responsible in making decisions for who gets admitted to graduate programs.

He also will not at all be involved in the selection committee of an mfa so he won't know which students have been narrowed down, etc. He will, however, be used as the figure head to send out mass emails of confirmation, thanks, welcomes, etc.

but all the good news emails I know of come from the department, as do acceptances, and rejections.


sarandipidy


Jan 22, 2011, 4:55 PM

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the dean of the graduate school is not responsible in making decisions for who gets admitted to graduate programs.

He also will not at all be involved in the selection committee of an mfa so he won't know which students have been narrowed down, etc. He will, however, be used as the figure head to send out mass emails of confirmation, thanks, welcomes, etc.

but all the good news emails I know of come from the department, as do acceptances, and rejections.


Oh, okay. The grammar of the sentence seemed to imply that the department sending good news doesn't make sense, which is why I was initially confused.


almondpunch


Jan 22, 2011, 5:10 PM

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I do know of at least one person on the MFA blog who seems to have received one of these "good news emails" already this season. Cornell requested that she send part of a novel she'd mentioned in her SOP.

I'm going to venture that many accepted candidates, though, aren't sent little e-winks months in advance. I've spent no small amount of time self-destructively sloughing through the Driftless House blog archives, and I've noticed that most people seem shocked and disbelieving when they get their "Yes" phone calls -- which doesn't necessarily mean they'd never heard from the school before, but at least suggests so.

As for me, I haven't even finished all my apps. I am applying to a few February-14-deadline-schools. It only occurs to me now that submitting apps close to the deadline probably puts me at a great disadvantage. I visualize my portfolio sitting at the bottom of some ten-pound column of envelopes.

Everybody hang tight! I wouldn't give up hope if you haven't heard from the schools. They're very VERY busy.

Oh -- and guess what! Thanks to kaybay we now know that the number of fiction applications to Iowa decreased just slightly this year. Does anybody else happen to know application numbers for any other school?


kbritten

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Jan 22, 2011, 5:41 PM

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There really aren't any mentions of them on Driftless House, but there are a ton in the mailbags of the MFA Blog. One girl last year was contacted by a faculty member of UFlorida (forgot which one) and was told that he liked her manuscript and asked if she had any questions about the program. She was then accepted a week later. I think it's in the last bag for February or the first one for March. McNeese called another candidate, but it was weird because it only resulted in a waitlist (but she was accepted off of it, so it was sort of like an acceptance). Many programs do it, but many don't; it's no indication either way. It's really more of a mind-fuck than anything :)


almondpunch


Jan 22, 2011, 6:46 PM

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Of course. I was not arguing that these emails never go out; I was arguing that not all favored candidates receive them.

It is a mind-fuck. I'm trying to deflate anxiety here.


(This post was edited by almondpunch on Jan 22, 2011, 6:48 PM)


chicagofog

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Jan 23, 2011, 12:36 AM

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I received the same email from Brown. From what I know from speaking with other candidates the letter definitely went out to everyone.


Pedro Eler


Jan 23, 2011, 11:08 AM

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I was just wondering: are GNE common? Is it normal for people who are accepted to recieve a few GNE before the final acceptance??

I need to know or I'll star to freak out soon... LOL


indievirtue


Jan 23, 2011, 1:29 PM

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I never received any and was admitted into several MFAs. I would say most admitted applicants never receive them.


ericweinstein
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Jan 23, 2011, 3:12 PM

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I think GNEs are relatively uncommon.


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Pedro Eler


Jan 23, 2011, 3:28 PM

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I never received any and was admitted into several MFAs. I would say most admitted applicants never receive them.



bighark


Jan 23, 2011, 10:15 PM

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A little perspective:

If a faculty member writes to you about your writing, then you've received a good news email. It doesn't mean you've gotten in, per se, but it definitely shows that your application is still under consideration. This type of communication is not standard practice. So-called GNEs are rare, and people should not despair if they aren't receiving such letters at this point in the process.

If a department secretary, college dean, or some other administrator writes to you about anything whatsoever, you have not received a good news email. At this time of year, it's not uncommon to for schools to send mail thanking applicants for their interest, advising people of when application decisions are made, or even describing how to apply for student housing.

Just want to make sure people understand what's happening. I hope you all get accepted everywhere you applied.


klondike


Jan 23, 2011, 10:31 PM

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What the fuck is a GNE?


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Jan 23, 2011, 11:02 PM

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A Good News Email.


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greenpenquills


Jan 24, 2011, 4:48 PM

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I'm in at Vermont College! They are my first choice, but I'm still going to wait to hear back from my other schools before making a final decision.


cigarettes


Jan 24, 2011, 4:52 PM

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Ooh ooh, let me be the first: CONGRATULATIONS!




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I'm in at Vermont College! They are my first choice, but I'm still going to wait to hear back from my other schools before making a final decision.



jlgwriter
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Jan 24, 2011, 5:19 PM

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Congratulations! I loved my time at Vermont. Send me a PM if you have any questions.

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kbritten

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Jan 24, 2011, 6:03 PM

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Break out the "I'm In" thread!! HELLO! :P


jreneecummins


Jan 25, 2011, 12:21 PM

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Hi all! New to this thread, but so good to know that I am not the only one freaking out over grad school apps. Currently, I am waiting, waiting, patiently waiting to hear from a number of universities but my first choice is UNCW. I'm finishing up my undergrad degree so you would think my mind would be occupied with studies, but all I can think about is whether I get into grad school or not....ugh. Good luck to all!
Jackie Cummins


Joofar


Jan 27, 2011, 2:43 PM

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Hi Jackie,

I'm new also...I've been sort of scanning these threads, but not participating. Anyways, hi all!

I've applied to (what I thought was loads) 7 (soon to be 8) programs:

BU
NYU
Michigan-Ann Arbor
Minnesota
Michener
Virginia-Charlottesville
Arizona
Indiana

Good luck to all!

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jreneecummins


Jan 27, 2011, 4:32 PM

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Welcome Joofar! Best of luck with your apps!

Jackie

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