Mar 10, 2008, 5:56 PM
Post #288 of 467
JWhelan, I'd like to extend my congratulations as well! You're kicking butt! And I'm with golic. I don't think most rational people would turn down Iowa, though I'm sure it does happen. Not everyone has the same set of priorites, and for a lot of people the prestige of going to the top program in the country isn't as important as say getting a certain amount of money or studying with a particular writer or getting to live in a particular part of the country. Everyone's just different. And like Stroudb said, other programs are emerging, though I don't think any are quite in the same realm as Iowa just yet. This year, for example, Iowa received 920 applications for fiction alone, while other top programs like Michigan, Cornell, UVA and UC Irvine typically receive around 200-300 for fiction. I think that says something about where Iowa still stands, though it does make me happy that other programs are starting to emerge. And for the record, I got my rejection from Iowa this week. Bitter, yes, but I still admire the heck out of the program. Cheers!
(This post was edited by phillywriter on Mar 10, 2008, 6:36 PM)