Oct 16, 2007, 7:45 PM
Post #698 of 1175
I applied to 11 schools last year: Austin, UMass Amherst, Brown, Cornell (MFA/PhD), George Mason, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia. The wait list nod was a bright spot among the rejections, but I kept a fairly positive outlook on things. It was my first year applying, and a little more life experience doesn't hurt anyone as a writer.
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I'm keeping a few in this new list, and adding programs I learned a little more about since I the application process ended last year. I wouldn't say I have a better chance of getting into any of the new programs on my list, some are just not listed in the top of the ratings, but are still rated highly. As everyone says, it's a roll of the dice no matter where it is; there's no such thing as a safety school when it comes to the MFA. Location and funding also became factors this year, more so than last.
Honestly, I'm glad I applied to a "tough list" my first year, and I still think my list is pretty tough this year as well. It's your first time applying, so I say go for it. Who knows? You could get into multiple, outstanding programs, you may not. You'll still gain experience if you have to apply again, and if you don't get in, you can continue writing and revising. If these are the programs you're passionate about, it's completely worth applying to all of them.