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hamholio


Jan 26, 2007, 4:17 PM

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I think they were talking about Northwestern in Illinois!


wiksty


Jan 26, 2007, 4:25 PM

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D*mnit


umass76


Jan 29, 2007, 3:38 PM

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Wiksty,

Welcome. The much-maligned and argued-over 2007 Creative Writing Program rankings are here:

http://sethabramson.blogspot.com/...fa-rankings-tse.html

(Use the right-hand frame at this link to navigate between the TSE, TKS, and LJPW rankings, as well as the Selectivity Indexes).

Cheers,
S.


wiksty


Jan 29, 2007, 4:07 PM

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Ahhhh! Thank you Umass *winks*

~Wiksty


motet
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Jan 29, 2007, 8:48 PM

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This is the second day in a row that I've had to move off topic posts to the appropriate topic.

This thread is for discussions about Current MFA Rankings only. It is not for general discussions of MFA programs. Those conversations belong in this topic which is where the off topic posts have been relocated.

In the future, please have topic relevent conversations in the appropriate topics. Off topic posts here will be deleted.


wiksty


Jan 30, 2007, 10:22 AM

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Sorry, I've been here for like, three days, I'm still learning...but thanks...I think I get it now *winks*

~Wiksty


Fear&Loathing


Feb 4, 2007, 12:48 PM

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I did this for myself and thought it would be interesting. This is my second year applying for the lottery that is the Stegner Fellowship. I went back for the last six years to see if I could figure out who the feeder MFA programs have been. It is not a ranking of MFA programs. The school name is followed by the number admitted from said school. I'm sure Seth could do a more thorough, less error prone job, but here it is. None means there was no MFA earned in the accepted applicant. Arizona probably comes up so much because it is located on the West coast. I have no idea.


Arizona 5 None 5 ? 4 Cornell 3 Florida 3 Iowa 3 Michigan 3 Sarah Lawrence 3 UT - Austin 3 Virginia 3 Boston 2 Columbia 2 Maryland 2 UC-Davis 2 Umass 2 Arizona State 1 Arkansas 1 Emerson 1 Florida State 1 Indiana 1 Melbourne 1 Minnesota 1 New Hampshire 1 NYU 1 Oregon 1 Texas State 1 UC-Irvine 1 UNC-Greensboro 1 Washington 1 Wisconsin 1


malber


Feb 4, 2007, 5:30 PM

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Hey guys. Okay, so I have a ranking question:

Personally, if these were the schools that you got into, how you would rank them and where would you go?

Michigan, Syracuse, UVA, Texas, Iowa

Just trying to pass the time until I hear from more programs! :)


renapoo


Feb 4, 2007, 6:15 PM

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Malber -- are those your top five? Okay, here's what I'd say (I'm fiction, if that matters):

1. UVA 2. Texas 3. Michigan 4. Iowa 5. Syracuse

Syracuse has great faculty but I just don't want to live there, so that's where I'm coming from. What about if you got into these programs?

UVA, Irvine, Cornell, Texas, Brown?

Man, if I got into all those programs I'd be too drunk on my own good fortune to make a coherent decision.


prosaic70


Feb 4, 2007, 6:59 PM

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1. Texas 2. Cornell 3. Irvine 4. UVA 4. Brown

also fiction.
this is a great game...

umm... Indiana, Oregon, Arizona, WashU, Cornell


malber


Feb 4, 2007, 7:03 PM

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Actually, no, I didn't apply to all of those... but I thought I'd throw Iowa in for good measure. And yes, fiction.

Can I ask a question: why UVA at number 1? I've heard good things, but only in the vaguest sense. No specifics. Sure, it's a nice place to live, but is that all?

Of course, there's no way I get into all (or any!) of these programs... I just wanted other people's opinions. And i completely understand about 'cuse. It gets hella cold there, you're kind of far from major metropolitan centers, etc. but maybe thats good for writing.

As for your list, I dunno... I think I'd say:

Texas, UC-I, UVA, Brown, Cornell

but to be honest, thats because i don't know a lot about cornell... again: good things, but only in the vague way of people who're getting their info third and fourth hand. Texas: can't beat the city, can't beat the funding. UC-I is second because i like the idea of Cali and i like Amy Bender...but would depend on funding. UVA could jump it depending on how much loot they were hypothetically throwing at me :) Brown because i like rhode island... and i have a small experimental streak within me.


malber


Feb 4, 2007, 7:06 PM

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umm... Indiana, Oregon, Arizona, WashU, Cornell


this is a hard one, as i know very little about these programs (ie. i applied to none of them)... but here goes, based PURELY on speculation and location.

1. IU 2. Arizona 3. WashU 4. Cornell 5. Oregon

but like i said, no really good reasons here.


renapoo


Feb 4, 2007, 7:42 PM

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Yeah, this is great. Who needs the superbowl?

1. Cornell 2. U Dub 3. Indiana 4. Oregon 5. Arizona

I just don't think I could live in Arizona, even though--don't they have a load of money now or something? Or wait, is it Michigan who's richy rich all of a sudden?

As for UVA, I love the faculty, think the town/climate sounds good, it's not too far from my friends and family in the northeast, it's got full funding (maybe not quite enough to live on the first year, but you don't have to teach until year 2). Um. What else? Flexibility in coursework? I think??? Mostly though, this all comes down to a gut feeling of how the program presents itself and whether that jives with the kind of place you'd like to be. JHU, for example (a place I applied) is one of the top programs in the country. But the more I think about it, the lower it drops on my list (you need a foreign language, you have to teach right away, they discourage you from taking classes outside the English dept). And of course, I could be totally wrong about JHU, maybe it would be perfect for me. But it's impossible to know, so we go on making lists. Fantasy MFA anyone? I'd take UT's money, Irvine's location, Cornell's 4-year-option and UVA's faculty.


ecphraticknolls


Feb 4, 2007, 7:49 PM

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For poetry:

1. Texas 2. Iowa 3. Oregon 4. Michigan 5. U of Washington

I’d add Montana if I got a TA, and Iowa can move up or down depending on the funding…


__________



Feb 4, 2007, 7:58 PM

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Hrm...

I'd love more Austin for grad school, and the funding rocks, but I keep hearing bad things about the faculty and the program itself...

I'm trying to jettison reputation (and silly rating systems) in favor of my own silly rating system, which has more to do with the type and quality of recent student work. By faculty alone, places like Syracuse look really great--but the recent student work? Closer to the McStory than what I've seen from Iowa, which usually inspires such complaints.

In fact, it's a little depressing thumbing through those Best New American Writings each year. Cover up the names; can you tell who wrote what? McStory! McStory!

In this regard, I'd have to place Oregon higher on such lists. The students seem very friendly, and the work I've seen is intelligent, engaging, and varied.


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malber


Feb 4, 2007, 8:18 PM

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yeah, i know what you mean about not wanting to sound just like everyone else... perhaps Syracuse engenders that because it's faculty all have such strong, identifiable voices. I know if I'm reading Saunders, the next few pages I write tend to sound like him (only much less funny, etc.) So perhaps people try to go the exact opposite route, and come out sounding like McStory? interesting...

that being said, i'd still love to be in Best American... regardless. :)

my own rating system is like this:
1. FUNDING - i will not incur more loans to get a useless degree
2. Location - i kind of want to live away from Michigan for a few years, but not too far.
3. Faculty - I want to learn from the best.

just some thoughts.


minna pratt


Feb 4, 2007, 9:48 PM

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I don't have a definite idea of what my own personal rankings would be for the schools that I applied to... but I think UVA is probably my top choice too (I applied to a bunch of other schools including Iowa, UC Irvine, Michener Center, Syracuse, Michigan). I applied for fiction. Charlottesville is a really great town, the faculty and program are amazing, and the funding is really quite good -- tuition covered both years, a TA-ship your second year and a small stipend the first year even when you're not teaching. I've heard you can get by easily with a part-time job the first year. Everyone I know who has gone there has had nothing but great things to say about it. But I agree that it probably comes down to a sort of gut feeling about what school is going to be best for you.

I'm interested that someone said that Irvine would be the ideal place to get an MFA. It's the one thing that turns me off about the school... I hear it's a town built on gated communities and strip malls. But I've never been there so maybe that's a rumour?

Also, I think Aimee Bender teaches at USC... but went to UCI for her mfa. ?


malber


Feb 4, 2007, 9:59 PM

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yes, two screwups in one email. i misspelled her name (!) and I misindentified her school (!!). i WAS remembering that that's where she went to school... so maybe the argument still holds: if they can help mold HER, then i wants me a part of that.

i know not much about irvine. but it's close to LA, so there's plenty to do there.

also, RE: UVA - maybe i need to do more research on their faculty. spend some time on their website or something. 'cause apparently, everyone and their mother has read these guys :)


SalPane



Feb 4, 2007, 10:13 PM

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Okay how about this lineup:

UMass, Colorado State, Pittsburgh, American, Indiana

This is far more interesting than the Super Bowl.


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Feb 4, 2007, 10:19 PM

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Maybe not: Bender has always identified Geoffrey Wolf as the nurturing force behind her acceptance/wizardly ways, and he's taking off. Actually, that should send the whole program in doubt, no? Since he kind of was UCI?

To keep things positive, though, can anyone share some fiction by recent grads that you've enjoyed? That would make you want to go to a particular school?

I can think of two:

Rattawut Lapcharoensap's collection Sightseeing and Stefan Kiesbye's Next Door Lived A Girl, which is so amazing I foist it on everyone. These guys really make me want to go to Michigan.


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ecphraticknolls


Feb 4, 2007, 10:22 PM

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what are you applying in... poetry or fiction...

and what makes you put csu so high on your list? just interested.


minna pratt


Feb 4, 2007, 10:29 PM

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it turns out bender used to teach at irvine, now she teaches at usc.

both the fiction and poetry faculty at uva are strong. in particular, i love deborah eisenberg (both her writing and her approach to writing). i also like ann beattie and john casey's work.

here's a link to an interview with eisenberg: www.beatrice.com/interviews/eisenberg


mlpurdy
Moriah Purdy

Feb 4, 2007, 10:36 PM

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I seem to change my mind every day, because so much depends on the funding, but I'll take a shot at this (I applied 13 quite different schools for poetry).

Top 5 (roughly this order): Michigan, Cornell, Wash U, Brown, UNC Greensboro
Next 5 (roughly this order): Syracuse, UVA, Notre Dame, Indiana, UNH
Last 3: UMass, George Mason, Hollins

Kind of random but I decided to cast my net wide to see what would happen.


malber


Feb 4, 2007, 10:54 PM

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Junior:
Yeah, Stefan is great. He's actually a good friend of mine, and his novella is completely stunning in parts. How did you come across it?

I know Jolie Lewis from Ohio State was just in Tin House. I can't remember the story name for the life of me. It strikes me that THAT is a program on the rise (now, this could be because they just accepted me... i'm not sure :))


malber


Feb 4, 2007, 10:56 PM

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Here's what I would say:

1. UMass 2. Indiana 3. CSU 4. Pittsburg 5. American (thought i've never heard ANYTHING about this program)

i know IU gets press, but i like UMass a little more. Colorado is beautiful. Pittsburg is so-so (how's their funding?)

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