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motet
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Mar 22, 2006, 5:45 PM

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Tell us where you're going!


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Mar 22, 2006, 7:42 PM

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UNC Wilmington: Accepted, not sure about funding
Oregon State: Wait list (offered full funding if they have a space)
Michigan: rejected
Miami of Ohio: ?


viviandarkbloom


Mar 22, 2006, 9:41 PM

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I'm goin' to the fridge. Think I might have some Bud Lights in there. As for grad school, I think I might be goin' to the Learning Annex.


darredet
Darren A. Deth


Mar 22, 2006, 10:29 PM

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Vermont College


AAuchter



Mar 22, 2006, 10:39 PM

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Bennington College (after deciding between there, New England College, and Houston).


clarabow


Mar 31, 2006, 1:48 PM

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I'm in at Columbia College Chicago and am really eager to hear what anyone has to say about it.


amys27


Mar 31, 2006, 3:01 PM

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Vermont College, in ficiton.

(Darren, I sent you a private message re: VC.)

/amys


Windiciti



Mar 31, 2006, 8:57 PM

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Clarabow,
I'm so happy for you!

PLUSES:
  • Columbia College had 100+ applications and took 17 fiction writers.
  • They are very connected to the artistic community, and offer a hands-on writing program. Even if you take the MFA in CW option you can do a college level teaching practicum.
  • Chicago is a fantastic city, less expensive than NY.
  • Many people love the Story Workshop.
  • They have a great magazine F sold B&N
  • They know how to promote their student' work.
  • Participants are young---mid to late twenties
  • It is a small program, you get lots of attention.
  • You can take classes almost back to back on two days a week.
  • They have evening classes too.

MINUSES:
  • Opinions, according to one of their professors from another dept., are evenly divided. You love it or hate it.

(he's a tenured professor, my girlfriend's husband)
  • Classrooms quite Spartan as far as comfort.
  • Lousy magazine called "Hairtrigger."
  • It's been called a money making machine.
  • Parking off Michigan Ave is $.

Perhaps you should visit before making final decision. Have they offered you any funding?
GOOD LUCK!


clarabow


Mar 31, 2006, 9:07 PM

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Thanks, Windi! I REALLY appreciate all this info. Very helpful, you are awesome.

I haven't found out about funding yet.

Wow, it was great to hear some opinions on the school from you. Thanks again.


chapons
Megan

Apr 1, 2006, 9:05 AM

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I'm going to Bennington (decided between B, Vermont, and Sarah Lawrence) for fiction.


Windiciti



Apr 1, 2006, 12:59 PM

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Congratulations, Megan!
Bennington sounds fantastic! I was rejecte for Fiction... also probably cd. not have afforded it. Has a great rep., very exclusive.
You'll have a great experience, I am sure.
Good Luck!


pitselah


Apr 6, 2006, 10:09 PM

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Final tally:

Accepted: Brooklyn College, New School

Rejected: Syracuse, Hunter, NYU, Brown, Cornell, UVA


Decided to go to BC.


cantonioni


Apr 6, 2006, 10:41 PM

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viviandarkbloom


Apr 7, 2006, 2:47 AM

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I thought UVA gave everyone full funding.


theapplepicker


Apr 7, 2006, 8:45 AM

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Last night I accepted Indiana University's offer.

Tally
Rejected: UMass Amherst
Waitlisted: Ohio State
Accepted: Cincinnati, Houston, Utah, Bowling Green, Arkansas, Indiana
Never heard from: Michener Center, UNC Wilmington


Windiciti



Apr 7, 2006, 12:56 PM

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Congratulations! Kudos to you for having so many GOOD choices!
Good Luck!


oliviasfortunes


Apr 8, 2006, 12:01 PM

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Did anyone else here apply to Indiana's MFA program? Even if you didn't get in or decided not to go, I'd be interested to hear what drew you to the school. Feel free to Private Message me, as I feel bad for taking up so much space on the boards. Thanks.


sambrunel


Apr 10, 2006, 9:56 AM

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ApplePicker, you must be an amazing poet to have received so many awesome acceptances! Do you have a a website where you post your work? I'd love to read it.

Did you ever end up hearing from the Michener Center? I did get a rejection letter from them, but only about 3 weeks after I was rejected online..

My score (poetry):

In - Bowling Green, UMass, Montana, Creighton, Indiana.
Out - Mississippi, Alabama, Eastern Washington.

I'm seriously considering Bowling Green, Creighton and Montana right now.

Creighton's got Susan Aizenberg (yay!), Omaha (the greatest music scene in the midwest - I'm a musician), great used bookstores, great breakfast diners and The Old Market (lovely downtown area). It's got cool downtown lofts and a new arts center. It's got Shakespeare in the Park and yummy bakeries.

Bowling Green's got Larissa Szporluk and Sharona Muir, and I love how progressive the city is: it's got an anarchist book shop, cute cafes, an important noise/experimental music scene (and a really vibrant indy music scene in general...it's got quite a few rockin' venues, clubs and bars), awesome student radio, and regular sepia-tinted screenings at the Gish Gallery. It's got the Black Swamp Festival. A planetarium. And lots of FREE cultural events at the university. The downtown area is very charming and makes me thing of the olden days (not that I was around during the olden days!).

Montana has Patricia Goedicke, Karen Volkman (wow!) and Greg Pape. Missoula is in a bee-oo-ti-ful place. I'm a poet, but I really dig Deirdre McNamer. Montana is too beautiful for words. I've been to Missoula, and the landscape surrounding it hushes me into a contemplative mood. It's stunning. You can't throw a stone without hitting a bookstore or cafe in Missoula. It's a very progressive city with a vibrant Green Party. The MFA program has some very famous alumni. And pretty much any night of the week you can find a literary reading somewhere on campus or in town.

Sometimes I feel like just drawing a name out of a hat. Choosing a school is tough beans.


augustmaria


Apr 10, 2006, 10:56 AM

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I'm in at Bowling Green, Indiana, and Montana, too (for fiction). Your characterization of Bowling Green has made me sway even further towards that program...


viviandarkbloom


Apr 10, 2006, 11:58 AM

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Seriously. I was just thinking -- as I look at schools to apply to next year -- how it would really suck to live in some sleepy Miswest town with no music scene. But if the sound of overdriven amps can be heard in Bowling Green, maybe I'll add them to my list.


bighark


Apr 10, 2006, 12:38 PM

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Bowling Green's a neat little town. My wife got her masters there a few years back, and I would come visit her just about every weekend.

Mrs. Bighark did not have a car at Bowling Green, but managed to get around just fine. She rented a two-bedroom apartment which she paid for with her T.A. money, and pretty much walked every where but the grocery store (for that, she required a ride from friends or from me).

I still marvel at how well she lived at the time on so little money.

The downtown area is cute. It's small, self-contained, and has just about everything you'd expect from a small college town's downtown--antiques stores, ice cream parlor, music store, bars, restaraunts, clothing boutiques, travel agencies, etc.

I can't comment on the music scene, but I can say that I would expect lively and frequent visits from regional and national acts. You've got the University of Michigan, University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University all within 45 minutes of eachother, so any tour manager worth his salt would find a way to make the most of that situation when booking out.

Also, while I never got to go myself, my wife tells me that Bowling Green is home to a rather robust weekly drag queen showcase.

Finally, I want to go on record as saying tha Campus Pollyeyes has the best stuffed pizza-breadstick thingies I have ever had in my life.

So those are the good things.

Of course, my wife's experience with Bowling Green ran hot and cold. She enjoyed her time there for the most part, but by the end of her second year, Mrs. Bighark was ready to leave Bowling Green behind. She's a big-city kind of girl, so the small-townieness of her grad school's location had outgrown its charm and she was beginning to feel a bit constrained. She also was frustrated by some of the antics of her students. She has two stories that she likes to tell about this. The first involes Urban Meyer and a football player that flunked her class. The second involves a freshman who thanked her for being the first Mexican she had ever met.

Oh well, that was a long time ago.

I was considering BGSU's creative writing MFA myself. I like their faculty and their journal.

Good luck to those of you who end up going there.


clarabow


Apr 10, 2006, 1:02 PM

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Viviandarkbloom, I used to book and promote rock shows...Howard's Club H is reknown for the quality of the acts they bring in and promote in Bowling Green:
http://www.howardsclubh.com/.

(Cool-looking place, too: http://www.howardsclubh.com/tour.htm).

From what I've heard, Bowling Green does attract a lot of touring bands, and has got a good local music scene, too (indy rock, experimental, jazz, etc). They have a great music program at BGSU.


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sambrunel


Apr 10, 2006, 1:14 PM

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Vivian, I found some pretty cool links about Bowling Green. I think it's got a pretty vibrant college-town life.

(Cool, augustmaria! Perhaps we will be classmates this fall (or programates, since we're in different genres)).

These decisions are keeping me up at night!

I'm leaning toward Bowling Green for a number of reasons. I really like the faculty, the small size of the program, and the reputation for close, one-on-one attention from the instructors.

I found some cool Bowling Green links this weekend:

Totally cool - the Underground Publishing Conference takes place annually in BG:
http://www.mediageek.net/?p=1145

Annual Altenative Media Conference:
http://www.mamaphonic.com/node/1243

Annnual New Music Festival:
http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music/MACCM/festival/

Lovely free movies:
http://www.bgsu.edu/gish/
http://www.bgsu.edu/studentlife/organizations/film/screenings1.htm

Free art exhibitions:
http://digitalarts.bgsu.edu/art/galleries/index.cfm
http://www.firelands.bgsu.edu/arts/littlegallery/bbaby/index.html

On-campus outdoor bistro;
http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/sa/union/page10360.html

Cute groceries:
http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/ohio/bowling_green/index.html

Free Indy Music 24 hours a day:
http://www.wbgufm.com/shows.php

Cozy pubs:
http://www.easystreetcafe.net/
(I'm not going to look up every single bar in Bowling Green...:p)

Good student paper (always a good sign:
http://www.bgnews.com/

Bookstores:
http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/bookstore/
http://www.sbxgofalcons.com/
(there are more, but they don't have web pages, I guess)

Tattoos and Piercing:
http://www.ontheedgetattoo.com/

Coffee and bakeries:
http://www.groundsforthought.com/
http://www.northcoastcoffee.com/

Lots of places to hear music:
http://www.howardsclubh.com/

Rock Climbing (I'm learning):
http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/gym.php?ID=6668

And it's sooo close to Toledo...which is full of midwestern hipsters, music, galleries, literary events, restaurants, cafes, crazy art events, theatre companies...so I feel like, when I want to be in the quintessential midwestern town, I can be...and then I can always quickly make my way to Toledo for some big-city action. Awesome. Toledo is less than half an hour away by car...and there's a regular bus service between BG and downtown Toledo, to boot. Rock. I already know I like hanging out in Toledo because I lived there for a year...it's got a great underground and indie scene.

And, apparently BGSU and the town of BG are really into sustainable sources of energy (like wind). Very cool.

Wow, I'm getting more and more excited every time I post!


littlecities


Apr 10, 2006, 2:03 PM

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Hey Sam, Congratulations on all your acceptances. I'm in at Montana and UMass for poetry as well. What made you drop UMass as you were narrowing your choices? I visited the UMass campus and had a mixed-bag experience and am now leaning towards Montana, even though I haven't had a chance to visit Missoula. Let me know what you think, because I'm still deliberating. Ugh!


sambrunel


Apr 10, 2006, 2:15 PM

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littlecities, sorry to hear you didn't have a great time at UMass...what happened? Do tell me, as I haven't ruled out Amherst 100% yet. the main reason i dropped UMass is because I really just don't jive with the faculty, stylistically. I think Amherst is just a bit too New Englandy and East Coasty for my tastes, as well. Montana is great and I'm probably trying to choose between Creighton, Montana and Bowling Green right now, with a heavy preference for Bowling Green because I love Toledo (best year of my life), and I love the faculty at all three of those schools. But I also find myself leaning toward Montana for faculty AND the beautiful natural landscape. Wow.


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oliviasfortunes


Apr 10, 2006, 2:26 PM

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LittleCities, I have to make a decision about UMass (fiction) by the end of the week! I haven't been able to visit, so I'd love to hear how your trip went and what made it a "mixed bag" experience. Thanks so much.


nikkiwrites


Apr 10, 2006, 10:35 PM

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Hey Sambrunel,
I hardly ever post here, but I saw that you were considering Creighton, and I just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents worth. I did my undergrad in creative writing there, and overall I had a very good experience. I will say that Susan Aizenberg is THE BEST creative writing teacher I've ever had. She's awesome. Also, it's refreshing (and a little surprising) to hear someone so pumped up about Omaha. It sounds like you've already done quite a bit of research, but let me know if you have any questions about CU or the city.

Nikkiwrites


almost


Apr 10, 2006, 10:45 PM

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I'll add in that Omaha is a GREAT city. I loved it there. Great restaurants - Indian, Persian, Cajun, French...a lovely wine bar...yummy baked treats at Delice...the best ice cream in the Midwest...flour tortillas at Cali Taco...malt shops in pharmacies...amazing music at Saddle Creek or the 49er...Writer's Harvest readings at the yoga place, more readings at Jackson Street books...it's a wonderful, wonderful city.

Creighton has a lot of great writers on faculty...Mary Helen Stefaniak, Brent Spencer...it seems like a great place to work on your writing. And Creighton is consistently ranked as the best school in the midwest (and they've got some good sports teams!).

I saw some discussion of Bowling Green here...it's a lovely place. Great faculty. And I think the program is quite well-funded.


sovietsleepover


Apr 11, 2006, 1:01 AM

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Sam: to weigh in a little on faculty at Montana, I had Karen Volkman for my senior thesis adviser in undergrad, and while her poetry is fascinating, she's very aloof and comes across as quite cold though I don't think she had any intention of doing so. Working with her was... well, quite awkward, and she never seemed to have criticism or suggestions about my poetry that I felt like jibed with what I was trying to do. That said, I was twenty and not a very smart reader of poetry (mine or anyone else's), whereas she seemed very strongly rooted in academic analysis of poetry, and we may not've been speaking the same language at that point. Now, as I've learned more, I'd probably appreciate her feedback quite a bit more.


sambrunel


Apr 11, 2006, 2:23 PM

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It's tough, Soviet.

I have two friends (one from college and one from graduate school) who at one time or another went through the MFA program at Montana...only not in poetry, but in fiction. They really loved it and both of them loved the faculty and both of them have published extensively since then.

I love Missoula and I love the mountains and I love love love the faculty. Montana and Creighton's programs are only two years long...Indiana's is three...but I mean, does that extra year really make a difference? I mean, Iowa's program is the best and their students have the most publishing success, but it's only 2 years. Obviously, two years can be enough time to get a lot of good work done. So maybe I shouldn't make so much of that third year if I really love Montana?


jennymck


Apr 12, 2006, 3:11 PM

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I just got an email from the University of Arizona and it looks like I'm going to be accepted! I can hardly believe it! Is anyone else going there and has anyone else gone there or what do people have to say about their creative writing program?

!!


perfunctory

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Apr 12, 2006, 5:59 PM

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jennymck, i am not going there but my best friend will be starting the fiction program in the fall. she is very excited, and i am glad you got in from the waiting list....congrats! if you'd like to get in contact with my friend, feel free to PM me.


andfw


Apr 12, 2006, 6:33 PM

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Congrats! I go to UA now; I graduate in a month. There's been a fair amount of discussion here about the program in general, by me and others, but if you have any specific questions, feel free to PM me.

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I just got an email from the University of Arizona and it looks like I'm going to be accepted! I can hardly believe it! Is anyone else going there and has anyone else gone there or what do people have to say about their creative writing program?

!!



imightbechad


Apr 13, 2006, 12:29 PM

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I was accepted at Hollins (poetry) yesterday evening!

If anyone here is planning to go there, or knows anything at all about it, pm me.

Hopefully I can get funding straightened out...

Chad


theapplepicker


Apr 13, 2006, 12:41 PM

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Congratulations!


imightbechad


Apr 13, 2006, 12:59 PM

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thanks applepicker!

chad


knjay
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Apr 13, 2006, 5:01 PM

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Wow! Super congratulation to you! I'm so envious, but I've still got my fingers crossed too


asneth


Apr 22, 2006, 1:40 PM

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I got in to Pittsburgh for Nonfiction, so I will probably be heading there in the fall!!


mandavogel


Apr 27, 2006, 9:48 AM

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Just found out in an email from Denise Orenstein that I'm off thw waitlist and IN at American University for the fall!

This forum has been such a support during the crazy/long period of waiting. Thank you!!!


Anyone else going to AU???


theapplepicker


Apr 27, 2006, 10:16 AM

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Congratulations!


Kcchen


May 5, 2006, 6:49 PM

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Just got off the waitlist at emerson....just after i decided that i wasnt a writer after all and was going to go get an MBA...I know Tom Kealey of the mfa creative writing blog thinks poorly of it...are there any current or former students who can give me some information???


motet
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Jan 27, 2007, 9:36 AM

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The Word is starting to trickle down. Some have heard news.

Who's in? Where? What's the package like?


clarose


Jan 27, 2007, 7:48 PM

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I posted this in a different thread, but I thought I'd add it here too:

Accepted at Ohio State University, MFA in Creative Nonfiction, full tuition waiver, $12K stipend + subsidized health insurance (university pays 75%) in exchange for teaching one undergraduate writing course per quarter (composition and creative nonfiction).


JKicker
Jonathan

Jan 29, 2007, 6:32 PM

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That's awesome clarose, congratulations!


Jendago


Feb 1, 2007, 4:57 AM

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I just read the posts in order, and really spooked myself before realizing that most of these are from last year.

Whew.


ecphraticknolls


Feb 1, 2007, 8:35 AM

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Heh, but it is getting to be about that time…


malber


Feb 1, 2007, 10:05 AM

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well, as far as i know, only Minnesota and Ohio State have let people know this year.


EastCoastPoet


Feb 1, 2007, 11:59 AM

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Don't know about anyone else, but as of right now UMass' website tells me I'm still "applied" as does Emerson. I'm poetry, by the way. Still nothing from ASU, Indiana, BGSU, or UNH either. What's taking so long!? I can't wait until April, I'll cut my bleeping ear off...


UPDATE!!! Teresa Abney from Indiana just called me because they couldn't locate all of my info. Turns out it was strewn about on the committee table, so apparently I'm on the block right now. She said they're telling her late Feb early March to notify people. How they do it is call everyone first that has been accepted to offer them their package, etc. Then you have by April 15th to decide. If people turn it down they call down the list...yadda yadda...so cheer up! We won't hear a damn thing for another 4 weeks.


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ecphraticknolls


Feb 1, 2007, 3:15 PM

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Yes, yes… but, I mean, there is something about the fact that it is Feb. that is making me jittery. I mean, the shit is going to start rolling in this month and early next month.


malber


Feb 1, 2007, 3:32 PM

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yeah, i hear you. everyday i go to the mailbox. and everyday i get more and more upset with the water bill and the flyers for $20 oil changes. i'd gladly pay $25 or $30 for an oil change if it meant an end to end this waiting.

also, getting work done is next to impossible. and my master's thesis (a graphic novel, actually) is due in april.


Arkinese


Feb 1, 2007, 6:05 PM

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I'm with you. I hate my mailbox because it never gives what I want. I was disappointed the other day when I got two writing books. You think I'd be happy to read them and kill some time. Hey, you should tell us more about your graphic novel in the "Waiting Game" thread. We can all encourage you and it will take our minds off the Ides of February and March.


a2poet


Feb 3, 2007, 1:35 PM

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Just recieved a call from Catherine Bowman at Indiana University on a snowy Saturday afternoon and I'M IN (along with a phat teaching assistantship) for poetry!! I'm so excited that I don't know what to do with myself-- although it does seem like a good bottle of something is in order.

Still waiting on:
Brown
University of Michigan
Notre Dame
University of Virginia
Syracuse
Sarah Lawrence
Virginia Tech
American University
University of Kansas
Texas State


http://mwicker.blogspot.com/


coolshoes


Feb 3, 2007, 1:43 PM

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I know it's hard, but relax, everyone....it is really NOT so late to be hearing. When I applied last year, I did not hear from anyone until mid-February and that was only from one school. The others (5 yes, one no) all dribbled in later in Feb but mostly in March. Good luck all.


LateApplicant


Feb 3, 2007, 2:02 PM

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"Congratulations" seems too small a word !!! The certainty of getting in to a program as good as Indiana's, on Feb. 3 ? Wow! That's amazing !!! Now you can just enjoy, and see where the other chips fall... What's your first choice, by the way? (Just curiosity; I'm fiction anyway).


wildflowerfever


Feb 3, 2007, 2:03 PM

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Ahh! Congrats!

Now I can't stop staring at my phone, willing it to ring.
Do you know if they're notifying everyone today?


EastCoastPoet


Feb 3, 2007, 2:17 PM

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RING PHONE RING! Come on guys...Teresa called me earlier this week...pick up the phone again...I know you know my damn number...hahaha...Now I don't know if I can enjoy my day off


ecphraticknolls


Feb 3, 2007, 2:32 PM

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Yeah, I know... "RING!"


ecphraticknolls


Feb 3, 2007, 2:38 PM

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I dunno, on some level I’m skeptical of this…

didn’t they just tell you “they would be making decisions by the end of February and early March via phone call.”

They also might have some non-traditional way of telling people… because it seems that there was one acceptance rather early last year, and then the rest didn’t roll in until about the time she told you…

(This post was edited by ecphraticknolls on Feb 3, 2007, 2:40 PM)


EastCoastPoet


Feb 3, 2007, 2:46 PM

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The only possibilities are: 1) LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE! (childish, I know), 2) This person is an incredible poet or something (I'd like to find out for myself), or 3) I don't know...Jesus, just call? I know Indiana is like 4th on the list, but call!


ecphraticknolls


Feb 3, 2007, 2:51 PM

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Well, since I don’t seem to be getting a call… I hope there is just an early acceptance like last year =(

and, yeah, Indiana isn’t at the very top of my list either… but they have great funding opportunities which make them a very real possibility…
and, hell, I’d love to get in somewhere this early…
and, who knows if I‘ll get in anywhere else good…
and, all my other insecurities…


a2poet


Feb 3, 2007, 3:18 PM

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Hey man, there's no need for all the dramatic hoopla-- I'll be happy for you when you're in at your top picks. Trust me, the phone call was surreal for me too (considering the date). Catherine also informed me that they just added Ross Gay to the faculty so if you're a fan, that's something to look forward to should you get that RING RING RING that you're looking for.


http://mwicker.blogspot.com/


malber


Feb 3, 2007, 3:54 PM

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Hey congrats. Its understandable that people get jumpy around this kind of news (we all have similar, yet competing, interests after all)... but hey: i'm sure you worked hard for this. enjoy it with a stiff drink. I recommend a lovely scotch.


ecphraticknolls


Feb 3, 2007, 4:10 PM

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Naw man, congrats. I recommend a single malt scotch, or a good cognac.

I was just continuing some of the thoughts I was having about the Indiana acceptance date in the “waiting game” thread. Someone was accepted on the 7th of Feb. last year, and then the rest of the acceptances didn’t roll in until a lot later… so there is still some hope for the rest of us who didn‘t get calls…

(although, on the positive side… I got a really positive e-mail from another school—not as high ranked, but it is one of those ‘sleeper’ schools that people on this forum talk about—that I’m not willing to post yet… since I’m not officially in… that I probably would pick over Indiana, if I got funding…)


Arkinese


Feb 3, 2007, 7:10 PM

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Congratulations! I'm applying there in fiction so I'm like everyone else....RING PHONE RING! But you should definitely take yourself (and any others you want to share with) out for a big fancy dinner tonight with lots of wine and excellent food to celebrate.

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augustmaria


Feb 3, 2007, 9:04 PM

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Congratulations! It was just announced a couple days ago that Ross Gay will join the faculty in the fall--everyone really really liked him when he came to read a couple weeks ago, so the poetry people are all happy about that. Let me know if you have any IU/Bloomington questions.


Tapeworm


Feb 5, 2007, 11:27 AM

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The primary thing I am worried about, if I don't get accepted anywhere, is finding a job. I will be getting my undergraduate degree in May, and I know a ton of people who are already getting interviews for jobs. I'm all like, "AGhhh." Luckily, in the past half year, I've secured a comfy position at the local Dairy Queen. In fact, forget the MFA, Waffle Cones are ready to make their big premier. ohchristsomeoneacceptmepleasefortheloveofGod.


ecphraticknolls


Feb 5, 2007, 12:05 PM

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You can always get a teaching job or whatever… even if it is just substituting… it will pay better than dq


BarlArten


Feb 5, 2007, 12:17 PM

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Try teaching ESL. In most decent-sized cities there are plenty of jobs, and while it often doesn't pay extravagantly, the class schedules are usually flexible. Also, you'll meet interesting people, learn a lot about English, and sleep well knowing you've earned your money.


ellen362


Feb 5, 2007, 12:43 PM

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There's no more valuable service than providing ice cream. It makes people happy. You are appreciated.

An Iowa City DQ was hit by a tornado on April 13th. Drivers crept by to stare at the downed trees and power lines, the tufts of wet insulation like cotton candy picked apart and discarded by a roller-coaster-dizzy kid at a State Fair, to slowly drive over debris and try to glimpse the twisted tin roof sinking in the river beyond...to search for rhyme or reason in the places the tornado touched down, to construct a chronology of the path, and to mourn at the general ruins of this fragile yet iconic symbol of modern life, something innocuous from the past. Just our little Dairy Queen, if you don't mind; what did it do to deserve this? We felt its strong pulls on the heart strings of childhood, and grieved as a community at the irrevocability of this sudden destruction, blocks and blocks of damage, students homeless, which was marking time now in an undeniable way, and resetting the shared chronology of our lives..yet there was hope, too, visible from the crowded road, from the line of creeping cars crunching nervous tires over glass--the cinderblock walls and vintage neon sign, a tipsy vanilla ice cream cone like a dancing martini glass--were miraculously intact. Continuity amongst chaos.

The tornado touched down at the DQ, jumped the river and missed the Writer's Workshop by less than a mile. How these posts might otherwise have been different! As one student hyperbolically said, in reference to the general destruction: "this is our Katrina."

The DQ has since, fortunately, been rebuilt. I can't wait for summer, and a stop along the bike trail for a cone dipped in chocolate. It will have new meaning. Like college, I suppose, after you have been out awhile.

That said, food service is not in general a good career move, and there will still be better jobs around even if you don't go to grad school this year. Don't panic. Some people won't stay in the ones they get this spring, and spots open up later for other reasons. People always need good workers. Be persistent, and be enthusiastic. Good luck.


(This post was edited by ellen362 on Feb 5, 2007, 1:50 PM)


SweetJane


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Feb 5, 2007, 12:49 PM

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If you have food service experience, wait tables! I would have been making almost as much as I do at my full time library assistant job (which is more than I'd be making editing or substituting--I had job offers in each) if I'd chosen to do so after graduation and I was always inspired to write when I waitressed, unlike these days, when I spend most of my time sitting at a desk. Something about being exhausted and surrounded by really strange, irritating customers makes for great material.

Of course, getting accepted is always better than any of these things!


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The primary thing I am worried about, if I don't get accepted anywhere, is finding a job. I will be getting my undergraduate degree in May, and I know a ton of people who are already getting interviews for jobs. I'm all like, "AGhhh." Luckily, in the past half year, I've secured a comfy position at the local Dairy Queen. In fact, forget the MFA, Waffle Cones are ready to make their big premier. ohchristsomeoneacceptmepleasefortheloveofGod.



SJ

"Oh, all the poets they studied rules of verse
and those ladies, they rolled their eyes"


ecphraticknolls


Feb 5, 2007, 12:49 PM

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Yes… especially in the middle of winter…

Around here they have all these ads where hot food is popping out of their classic ice cream deserts… I find the whole thing to be rather unappetizing.


Tapeworm


Feb 5, 2007, 1:47 PM

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An Iowa City DQ

Yo, yo. I work at the DQ in Ames, IA. We should mail each other some Cool Treats to see whose tastes better.


malber


Feb 5, 2007, 3:49 PM

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everyday, i get excited to check out P&W... see what's happening, who's heard what, etc. especially this thread because i mean, come on, we're all waiting... and everytime there's a new message i click in, really eager to see who is making calls that day...


my point is: dairy queen? really? the ol' dq in Ames, IA? that's what i got excited about?

feeling scrooge-y.


v1ctorya


Feb 5, 2007, 4:22 PM

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Oh My. DQ is faboo, used to love it when I was younger. They don't have those upstate NY where I lived in the ultimate teen years, but we had Friendly's, same conceptish. A while after I realized what reading meant I read this story about Friendly's that made me go "wow, golly gee, there is awesome drama anywhere isn't there" and writing made sense. I read it again recently and got all teary nostaligic eyed, and looked at the author - Gregory Maguire, Mr. Grown-up fairytale himself.

So go work at DQ my man, and become the writer that only frozen confections can make you. I only wish I could join you.


EastCoastPoet


Feb 6, 2007, 2:21 AM

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I don't know if anyone has noticed, but according to Seth Abramson's blog, someone has heard from Emerson. Any idea who or in what? No news on the e-campus site, so I'm not gonna worry yet.


drinkwater


Feb 6, 2007, 6:58 AM

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email acceptance from UNC-Wilmington 2/06, nonfiction, no funding offer yet.


whiskeytown



Feb 6, 2007, 9:07 AM

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Congrats, drinkwater. UNC-W is a great place for nonfiction. Sarah Messer and David Gessner are wonderful, generous souls. (Two good friends are somewhat recent grads there, both with books now.)


drinkwater


Feb 6, 2007, 10:21 AM

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Thanks, whiskeytown. It's good to know your friends had positive experiences there. Wilmington is definitely far more committed to nonfiction than many other programs. It'll all come down to funding for me, though.


muttonfish


Feb 6, 2007, 10:42 AM

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Congratulations Drink. The program appears to be increasing in popularity/reputation, and the town looks beautiful. Out of curiosity, how long ago did you apply? I just sent my application last week, right before the deadline in fact, and was wondering if you could offer a ballpark timeline regarding your wait. Thanks


malber


Feb 6, 2007, 10:43 AM

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yeah, congrats. it would be sweet to live in N.C. instead of the arctic north that is Michigan.


Arkinese


Feb 6, 2007, 1:09 PM

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Congrats! I hope you get a great funding offer.


drinkwater


Feb 6, 2007, 2:43 PM

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I sent off my application on January 2nd, so they had it a full month before admitting me. Yours is probably still in the mix.

The town does look like a warm and relaxed place to spend a couple years and the program is indeed on the rise. Wilmington's looking better and better to me all the time.


OneWriter


Feb 6, 2007, 3:00 PM

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I believe UNC-W is letting some early applicants know of admissions, and I'm told they are still reading some of their more recent applications. If last year's trend is any indication, I imagine anyone who hasn't heard back should get the word no later than around the first week or so of March.


piratelizzy


Feb 6, 2007, 3:59 PM

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Somehow I have the impression that early applicants end up with better chances of getting in. If some programs are still reading but already admitting applicants from among their earliest submissions, then it seems like there's a chance they will run out of slots to offer people before they finish reading everyone's apps.

Isn't this model called "rolling admissions"? Or else, how is it possible to start offering admission before reading everyone's submissions?


'sup?!


Mainer


Feb 6, 2007, 4:23 PM

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Isn't this model called "rolling admissions"? Or else, how is it possible to start offering admission before reading everyone's submissions?
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It might be "rolling," in a limited sense. I'm sure every manuscript is read, so I don't think all available slots are filled on a rolling basis.
MFA programs know students apply to several schools. In other words, they know they are in competition with other programs for their top choices. It makes sense for them to offer admission to very strong applicants as soon as possible. If an applicant is obviously a great fit, the program has nothing to gain from waiting. Might as well make a strong early impression and have plenty of time to convince the student the program is a good fit for them.


malber


Feb 6, 2007, 4:29 PM

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yeah, when I talked to Ohio State this year, they said basically the same thing. Not that they're on rolling admissions, but they like getting their offers out early because the students can then have a lot of time to research their program, etc. And, as the guy told me, "you never forget your first offer" :) i think its true. Also, though, they seemed to genuinely want people to make an informed decision.

as far as a "Semi-rolling" admissions goes, it seems like that logic would fit too.


plumagemour


Feb 6, 2007, 4:35 PM

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congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!
what the hell, why is it that with all of my research, i somehow overlooked the fact that catherine bowman teaches at indiana and didnt apply there. bummer


piratelizzy


Feb 6, 2007, 4:48 PM

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I think that, seeing what I see now, I would definitely make it a point to apply early if I had to do it again next year. Nothing would beat having a "Yes" right about now.


'sup?!


lculli18


Feb 7, 2007, 3:36 PM

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According to the UNCW website FAQ:

"I read on a blog that another applicant has already been accepted to UNCW's MFA program, but I haven't yet received a decision. Should I interpret this to mean that I am on a waitlist, or will be rejected? No, emphatically not! We receive MFA applications in batches, as they are processed by our Graduate School, rather than all at once. This means we review applications and notify applicants on a "rolling basis." If you have not yet heard from us, it most likely means we have not yet reviewed your application."


OneWriter


Feb 7, 2007, 4:21 PM

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I'm glad the whole UNCW question is all cleared up! It's nice knowing others have been accepted to programs and that programs are already notifying applicants; but I would venture a guess that the feeling is rivaled by the sense of dread that someone else has heard something and you haven't.

Information superhighway, you are a boon and a bane.


lculli18


Feb 7, 2007, 4:29 PM

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Well, they may just be being kind-- but I'll take it!

At least now I'll sleep a little easier for the next few weeks until my (rejection) letter comes!


malber


Feb 7, 2007, 4:37 PM

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speaking as someone who has heard, I can say it's both good and bad. Of course, people who haven't heard will probably hate me for complaining, but ever since I heard I've been on this g.d. message board non stop. I can't stop worrying about WHERE i'll end up, now that I know it'll be somewhere. I wouldn't trade it, mind you, I was just able to push the worry out of my head before... now, here's my list of concerns:

my car lease, a new apartment, my SO's job, meeting new people, finding a new chinese takeout place that has the crab rangoons like i like, money for moving, my family is here, all my friends are here, what if i suck, et al.

so take it from me: once you hear, your concerns and worry are temporarily relieved and then they are replaced with other concerns, more concrete concerns.


malber


Feb 7, 2007, 4:42 PM

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i hereby retract that last post, as it makes me sound too whiney and ungrateful.

i wish to be neither.


(This post was edited by malber on Feb 7, 2007, 8:13 PM)


OliviaKate


Feb 7, 2007, 5:26 PM

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Hey malber, I don't think your comments make you sound "whiney and ingrateful"... I totally sympathize with (and share) your anxieties... I feel as though my life is on this strange, existential pause button....and will be until I get an answer from each of the 11 schools I applied to.... oh, life.

good luck setting up your new life in the months ahead!:)


(This post was edited by OliviaKate on Feb 7, 2007, 5:29 PM)


mares


Feb 7, 2007, 7:59 PM

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no, not whiney and ungrateful....just normal.

i can totally relate to this. there's something sad, to me, about the idea of actually getting in somewhere. leaving my family and friends behind, hoping my SO can find a job there so he doesn't end up resenting me, money, and of course what if i suck?

i'd say you're in good company with this new set of worries, too.


but, hey, congratulations, damn it! :-)


twinparadox


Feb 10, 2007, 1:25 AM

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I posted this elsewhere in another folder but I'll add it here as well...

Got the call on 1/27 from Minnesota that I'm IN! (Creative nonfiction)

As you probably all know, they fund everyone for all three years, so I'm a happy camper.

Haven't heard yet from Arizona, Iowa, and Colorado.


malber


Feb 10, 2007, 9:14 AM

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Yes, congrats!, if I haven't said so before.


BlueVelveeta


Feb 10, 2007, 4:44 PM

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Congratulations! Minnesota has a wonderful program, and I have many friends who have great affection for Minneapolis.


unitvector
Sarah
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Feb 11, 2007, 3:01 PM

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I just found out about this forum today, and I'm glad that it exists. I've just been sitting around refreshing my email box and wondering if I was the only one who didn't know anything.

However, I got a call from Cornell on Friday. I'm in! Fiction, tuition + $18,000 and a job at their magazine.


renapoo


Feb 11, 2007, 3:05 PM

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F***!!!

I mean, congratulations. That's amazing.

But F***!!! I think my heart just stopped. Cornell. Friday. Wow. Awesome. Jealous. Very.


podi


Feb 11, 2007, 3:29 PM

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congratulations, unitvector! that's really awesome.


mares


Feb 11, 2007, 3:34 PM

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congrats! you've got it made!

and welcome to the board


malber


Feb 11, 2007, 3:42 PM

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dude. that's rad news. totally rad.

rock out.


BlueVelveeta


Feb 11, 2007, 3:52 PM

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Wow, you. Congratulations, Cornell obviously rocks and that package sounds amazing.

...And yes, like renapoo, I'm totally envious. ; )


molybdenum


Feb 11, 2007, 3:57 PM

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Ahhhh! Cornell!! That is awesome. I think their program is definitely one of the best out there...especially the funding. Having a chance to teach AND an internship with the literary mag? It's hard to beat.


HopperFu


Feb 11, 2007, 4:51 PM

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congrats. And congrats to everybody else I missed.
Don't fret if you didn't get a call from Cornell yet: Last year everybody got there call on different days (don't have any clue why. Probably should hear by the end of this week, however).
Also, Cornell, like many schools, doesn't notify you if you are waitlisted; unless you have an actual rejection letter, you haven't been actually rejected....


Arkinese


Feb 11, 2007, 6:16 PM

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Congrats! It sure would be nice to get something similar from any school. Hope you plan to go and have a great time there!


sibyline


Feb 11, 2007, 6:18 PM

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congratulations! looking forward to meeting you when you visit!

and yes, as hopperfu said, i think different faculty members are assigned to make the calls and they call on different days. also, fiction and poetry work on completely different schedules....


HopperFu


Feb 11, 2007, 6:22 PM

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yeah, I think Sib got called like four or five days before I did last year...
No clue where Poetry is in the decision process, but I assume (based on, um, nothing) that it's similar.


HopperFu


Feb 11, 2007, 6:28 PM

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Oh, I forgot:
Once you hear from schools that have accepted you, ask them if they have funding for visits. Many (most?) schools have small budgets to cover or defray travel expenses if you want to visit the program; they'll reimburse a certain amount. They'll also usually arrange for a place for you to stay (on someone's couch).


texasgurl
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Feb 11, 2007, 6:39 PM

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For anyone who applied to Davis, I predict that they'll start calling people next week. I deferred there last year, and heard on 2/14/06 that I was accepted.

On Thursday or Friday last week I got an email from the department admin saying they were "starting to admit students" and asking about my intentions next year. So I'm betting the first round of Davis admittees will start hearing soon.


Stacy Patton Anderson
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unitvector
Sarah
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Feb 12, 2007, 5:40 PM

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Thanks!
They said I could be reimbursed (up to a certain point) for visiting, so I booked a flight right away. Not that I'm excited or anything...
I'll be there from March 9-13. I suppose we'll be meeting each other if you're around.


plumagemour


Feb 12, 2007, 6:25 PM

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yep. i met with my advisor today and he said calls would start going out on wednesday


LateApplicant


Feb 12, 2007, 7:34 PM

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Hi!

Congrats to Sarah! For the rest of us waiting on Cornell, I thought of asking Hopper and Sybiline two questions:

1) Would it be possible for you guys to let us know via a post when Cornell has called all its acceptees? That would ease the pain of agonizing over every phone call every day for God knows how long...

2) Do you know whether any current or former Cornell MFAer was ever taken from the waitlist? It's such a small class that I tend to think that the chances of being taken off the waitlist are so slim...

Thanks !!!

L. A.


HopperFu


Feb 12, 2007, 7:46 PM

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I'm not sure it would really be cool to do #1 (beside which - and this touches on your second question - it's not actually true until all eight people have actually accepted the offers, and as such, by the time I could state that with any confidence it wouldn't matter because all of the rejection letters would have gone out....)

As for #2, yes, people get in off the waitlist all of the time. In fact, I think it happens every year or two, sometimes more than one person. It's such a great program and has such wonderful funding that it is unusual, but it does happen. Cornell has not historically told people they are on the waitlist, so unless you actually recieve a rejection letter, it is possible that you are on the waitlist.

And while you are waiting for the phone to ring, to add to your agony, if I remember this right, the phone calls were not all made on the same day, and I think I got my call four or five days after Syb's... In other words, they may very well not have called all of the applicants yet.


LateApplicant


Feb 12, 2007, 8:03 PM

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(Mis)guided by anxiety, I sort of thought that you could tell us when the four fiction people have been called -- it would relieve the tension, I think. But I totally understand if you prefer not to! You guys have done so much for us already! Thanks for all the info and patience that you've put in these posts! You could be walled up in your Ivory Tower, and yet you guys come back to us mortals :)


sibyline


Feb 13, 2007, 1:09 PM

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I can only really speak for fiction, and this is just speculation on my part since the faculty isn't at liberty to say when they've informed people, but I would imagine that they would probably have finished making the calls for first round acceptees by the end of the week, since the first call went out last Friday. However, as Hopperfu says, Cornell normally doesn't inform people if they're on the waitlist, so even if people aren't called the first round, there's still a chance of getting in.


Elise


Feb 13, 2007, 7:14 PM

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This is my first post. (Hi, everyone!) Apparently Davis is starting a day early to psyche people out, because I got an acceptance call at work today. I was pretty stunned and couldn't think of anything to ask. I didn't even ask, for example, if I have to decline/accept the offer by a certain date. Does anyone know how that usually works? I'm still waiting to hear from seven more schools.


malber


Feb 13, 2007, 7:18 PM

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The official grad "acceptance date" is April 15th. I was the same way when I heard from OSU in January... but I guess all schools pretty much go by this date.


plumagemour


Feb 13, 2007, 8:23 PM

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hi congratulations! are you fiction or poetry? also just out of curiousity, who called you?
if you have any questions about the program or the faculty, i'd be more than happy to answer them


malber


Feb 13, 2007, 8:33 PM

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Oh yeah, almost forgot: Big time congratulations, Elise!


Elise


Feb 13, 2007, 9:09 PM

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Thanks for the kind words! I'm sure I'll have some questions about Davis once the news starts to sink in. I applied in fiction, and the call was from Pam Houston. Are you in the MA program, plumagemour?


hamholio


Feb 13, 2007, 9:40 PM

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Congrats Elise! I hear Davis smells like cows but is in an unbeatable location!


texasgurl
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Feb 13, 2007, 10:08 PM

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Congrats, Elise! I got a call from Pam last year and deferred to this year. Maybe we'll be in class together.

and p.s., there are cows there, but Davis doesn't smell like cows. it's actually an extremely cute little college town, and only a little over an hour's train ride into San Francisco.


Stacy Patton Anderson
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mares


Feb 13, 2007, 11:36 PM

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yay! congrats :-)


i feel you on the stunned thing. i've worried more than a few times that IF i get one of these calls, i won't be able to say anything but, "You're effing sh*tting me!"


stellalovers


Feb 14, 2007, 3:48 PM

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i am the emerson acceptance on seth's list - nonfiction. i sent my application wicked wicked early, like mid-november. my guess is emerson does their apps uncw style - quasi-rolling. good luck.


plumagemour


Feb 14, 2007, 7:25 PM

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hey elise. i'm actually an undergrad poetry student at davis and i received my offer today.
was there anyone you specifically were interested in working with? i havent worked personally with pam houston or lynn freed but i've heard nothing but amazing things about them. i have however worked with lucy corin and she's great. sweet, helpful teacher and an even better writer.


vronsky


Feb 14, 2007, 8:33 PM

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Accepted to University of Wisconsin at 7:40PM. (poetry)


renapoo


Feb 14, 2007, 8:42 PM

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Congratulations, that's awesome. And I bet you weren't even expecting it that late in the day. Bonus!


ecphraticknolls


Feb 14, 2007, 8:47 PM

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Congrats!


bighark


Feb 14, 2007, 9:10 PM

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Congratulations!


vronsky


Feb 14, 2007, 9:39 PM

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Thanks, guys! Yeah, it was a big surprise. Haven't heard from my other ten schools yet. I'm guessing Cornell will reject me soon enough...


prosaic70


Feb 14, 2007, 10:14 PM

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hey maggie. congrats.
waiting for my cornell rejection as well... but at least we got one good one in the kitty, eh?


Tapeworm


Feb 15, 2007, 12:20 AM

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Today, Southern Illinois cashed the application check I sent them two months ago! And I got an overdraft! Hooray!


Jendago


Feb 15, 2007, 4:04 AM

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Got a call at around midnight Central Europe time - I'm in at Amherst! And living abroad apparently didn't deter them from notifying me.

Still waiting to hear from Syracuse, Hollins, and Johns Hopkins. Wheee!
(I'm Fiction, btw.)

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whiskeytown



Feb 15, 2007, 7:16 AM

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Congratulations, maggiekate.
Another Wisconsin acceptance here.
Got the call around 8:00pm last night.
How [strangely] thrilling.


ecphraticknolls


Feb 15, 2007, 7:27 AM

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Congrats! I currently live in northern WI... (but for some reason I didn’t apply.. Actually, I think the date was on the early side for me… I wasn’t ready) it is a beautiful state though, and Madison is great fun.


ecphraticknolls


Feb 15, 2007, 7:31 AM

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About 10-15 days until this shit gets really nerve racking! (for me… and I‘m supposing a lot of others, too)


malber


Feb 15, 2007, 9:43 AM

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congratulations everyone who is newly accepted.

ecphra: isn't wisconsin the program where they only do poetry one year and then fiction the next? i think that's why I didn't apply: it wasnt' my year :)

i applied to both UNCG and UMass not because I really wanted to go to either, but because I felt I needed a wide net as it were... I probably wouldn't have gone to either if I got into other programs, but now i'm kind of sad. like "you didn't want me?" kind of sad. anyone else experience this? though perhaps this isn't the proper forum.

well, huzzah to those who are in now.


alishein


Feb 15, 2007, 10:17 AM

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malber -

I wouldn't give up hope on UNCG just yet...their general deadline (if you're not applying to be a TA) isn't even until March 15th.

Congrats to everyone who has heard! I'm still waiting nervously...


ecphraticknolls


Feb 15, 2007, 10:58 AM

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Yes, but I'm applying in poetry... so...


malber


Feb 15, 2007, 11:16 AM

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right then. non-applicable, as it were.

for some reason i thought you were fiction. c'est la vie.


ajholtz


Feb 15, 2007, 12:08 PM

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i'm not applying till next year, but i'm wondering if i can possibly read anyone's submission?
i'm just curious at the levels/types of writing, whether you got in or not really...

don't worry, i won't use yours, i'm just dying to see the standard.

thanks in advance, good luck guys


ecphraticknolls


Feb 15, 2007, 1:50 PM

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Yeah, well, I get that a lot.

When I told my parents I was applying in poetry they were like “Isn’t poetry for girls / something about it being gay.”

oy...

o well, they are actually VERY good people, so you'll all have to excuse them.


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OliviaKate


Feb 15, 2007, 2:37 PM

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Hi everyone! I just heard the good news from Umass Amherst today! I couldn't wait any longer, so I broke down and called the MFA dept., and was told I'm on the acceptance list for fiction.... no word on funding/TA fellowships yet.. but I am in a total state of shock. Good luck to everyone else who applied...


muttonfish


Feb 15, 2007, 2:46 PM

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Congratulations. So let me guess this straight, you hadn't heard anything other than what has been posted on these boards, so you juck picked up the telephone and called to see if you got in? haha, that is hilarious. good for you. have a great day.


amykw


Feb 15, 2007, 2:50 PM

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Congratulations! That's great news!


BarlArten


Feb 15, 2007, 3:05 PM

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Congratulations! I wonder how many fingers are hovering over telephone keypads right at this moment...


malber


Feb 15, 2007, 3:46 PM

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ballsy. i like it. congrats!


renapoo


Feb 15, 2007, 4:02 PM

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That's great OliviaKate. When I called all they said was that they're notifying everybody by phone (obviously), so if you don't get a phone call soon, you're out.

Right. I've got to stop hanging out here. I'm starting to feel bitter.


hamholio


Feb 15, 2007, 5:08 PM

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I'm starting to feel bitter.


Yeah, ditto.

Congrats, everyone, but I hate you all. :-)


EastCoastPoet


Feb 15, 2007, 6:15 PM

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I third that motion...*sigh*


Tapeworm


Feb 15, 2007, 7:56 PM

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I want the 15 bucks back I just used to express them my TA application.


texasgurl
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Feb 16, 2007, 1:30 PM

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Everybody relax. Things are just barely rolling here, and even if people are getting in at the school where you're absolutely dying to go, you're not rejected until you're holding that rejection letter in your hand. My story: Last year and got into about half the places I applied. I didn't start in 2006 because I ended up having a baby due in October, but I deferred at one school and this year I'm re-applying at another.

So, last year, I heard not a single word from one of my top choices: Minnesota. By April, I assumed I was rejected and, because it's a big university I just hadn't received my letter yet. April 14th I got 3 phone messages and an email from the program director, saying there had been some sort of administrative glitch resulting in either "a long silence" or a rejection, but, they wanted to offer me a place in the class of 2006. So, it ain't over 'til it's over.


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HopperFu


Feb 16, 2007, 1:58 PM

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I'm with texasgurl here. I know the anxiety - I went through this last year - but do NOT assume you are rejected based on other people reporting they got in. First of all, this is way early in the process. Second of all, a number of schools notify in multiple ways - through phone calls AND postal or email - and many do not notify those on the waitlist.


umass76


Feb 16, 2007, 2:56 PM

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Received a call today from UMass with an acceptance in poetry(!)

I agree with HopperFu... nothing's ever over until you're holding a rejection letter in your hand. Seriously. When I heard a poetry acceptance had gone out from UMass 2/14 by phone, I thought, well, that's it, it's over. Then someone else heard 2/15. And then I heard 2/16. So everyone, stay strong (!) and remember that just because a school reports one acceptance doesn't mean many, many others aren't coming over the next few weeks and even months(!) Continued good luck to everyone on the board, may you all get into your top choices(!),

S.


HopperFu


Feb 16, 2007, 3:00 PM

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In Reply To
Received a call today from UMass with an acceptance in poetry(!)


Congrats, Seth. I'm pretty sure you said they were your top choice, so that's wonderful.


EastCoastPoet


Feb 16, 2007, 3:15 PM

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Hey Seth, question. Did they change your status at all on the check your application status website? I'm wondering if they've bothered to do that. If so I'll stop checking mine and consider it squashed.


umass76


Feb 16, 2007, 3:21 PM

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Hopper,
Hey there...yes, it's definitely one of my very top choices, I love the program for many reasons (not least of which is, I'm a lifelong New Englander, specifically MA born-and-bred)...though I can honestly say that even I don't know what my "top top" choice is yet(!) There are so many factors (as I'm sure you know)! I'll have to see what happens. In any event, I'm just happy someone wanted me, and I'm really pulling for everyone else here to have things work out...!

ECP: No, status hasn't changed yet, so I'm guessing the call precedes any website notification...my sense is that the order is (based on the phone call): phone call, you get a letter, then website changes.
S.


(This post was edited by umass76 on Feb 16, 2007, 3:22 PM)


ecphraticknolls


Feb 16, 2007, 3:59 PM

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Seth,
What other schools did you apply to this year? (I'm not sure if you posted before... but I am kind of interested given the rankings you did and such)

(edit... forgot to say why I was listing schools, heh) If anyone is interested, I applied to [in poetry]:

Iowa Writer's Workshop
University of Oregon
Notre Dame
University of Washington
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Florida
University of Indiana
University of Michigan
University of Montana
University of Texas--Michener Program
Colorado State
Florida State
Eastern Washington University


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umass76


Feb 16, 2007, 4:35 PM

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EC,

One clarification/caveat...you have to remember that I only did three rankings: one which was merely a poll using data from here and Live Journal; one which synthesized information taken directly from Tom Kealey's excellent The Creative Writing MFA Handbook (i.e., I used his valuations and, for the "top twenty," his actual rankings); and one which averaged the two polls (that would be the so-called "TSE Composite" rankings). I can't claim to have had a hand in which schools got ranked where, beyond a few judgment calls where Kealey was particularly vague (i.e., as to whether School A or School B was "better" in his estimation; oddly, very few such issues arose in the top twenty rankings). Anyhow, I think I did mention this on the "rankings" thread, but I'll re-post it here...I applied to (in no particular order): UMass, UVA, Michigan, Iowa, Cornell, Brown, and JHU.
S.


piratelizzy


Feb 16, 2007, 4:38 PM

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Well done, Seth. Congratulations.


'sup?!


ecphraticknolls


Feb 16, 2007, 5:04 PM

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Yeah, well, I mostly found it interesting based of the amount of time you have spent looking at the schools.


ecphraticknolls


Feb 16, 2007, 5:17 PM

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And, Congrats!


dewo82


Feb 16, 2007, 5:46 PM

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Received my first rejection, from UBC, by email. Part of me is relieved... at least I know something from one school, the majority of me is now freaking out about hearing from everyone else.
Ugh.


userunknown


Feb 16, 2007, 6:21 PM

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What school is UBC?


augustmaria


Feb 16, 2007, 7:18 PM

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University of Indiana doesn't exist. :(


ecphraticknolls


Feb 16, 2007, 7:44 PM

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Sorry, that is IU... typo from a while ago (this is the list I created in December... aside from Eastern Washington, which I applied to in a moment of anxiety)


dewo82


Feb 16, 2007, 9:14 PM

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Sorry, Univ of British Columbia, in Vancouver.


papichulo


Feb 16, 2007, 9:30 PM

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have lurked on this forum for about a year now, since I started the application process...I haven't seen anyone else post about this school yet, but I'm in at American University (fiction)! The word on $$$ is to "contact the financial aid office." I guess I should send my FAFSA thing out soon.

Notified by snail mail--apparently it was mailed to my permanent address in California 2 weeks ago (letter is dated Feb. 6th). My stepmom just went through my pile of mail last night, opened the very thin letter of acceptance, and emailed it to me as an attachment.


gasolinefight


Feb 17, 2007, 10:33 AM

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Congrats! Sounds like a pleasant surprise to find something like that in the mail pile.

I guess thin envelopes aren't always impending doom.


ecphraticknolls


Feb 17, 2007, 11:26 AM

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Someone got a call from Iowa for poetry on the Blog site/grad cafe… it might be a fake (since there is no history on this person… and they didn’t post here…) but who knows.

::Checks phone messages::

Nothing… o well

Edit: Well, it looks like this is when some of the first acceptances rolled in last year… I was under the impression that they came later from some of the compiled lists I looked at. So, there is a good chance it is legit…I suppose we will see.


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asneth


Feb 17, 2007, 12:21 PM

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This is one of those "It isn't over till its over" posts,

Because last year I applied to a handful of schools and by the end of March had only received a handful of rejections. I was pretty certain that I was going to ridiculously depressed and certain that I wasn't cut out for the mfa track yet.

Then, miraculously, I received TWO letters from my two top choices (The New School and the U of Pittsburgh) in the end of MARCH both offering admittance and nice financial aid packages. I was certain that since my second choices had rejected me, there was no way the two programs that I was most interested in would want me.

So, things happen.


bighark


Feb 17, 2007, 12:56 PM

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Iowa is a big program, and they have a lot of people to notify. This is definitely the time of year when notifications from Iowa start to trickle in, but I wouldn't worry about not having heard anything.

I mean, there's like 25 poets they have to reach. That's not all going to happen in one day.


HopperFu


Feb 17, 2007, 12:57 PM

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Well, it looks like this is when some of the first acceptances rolled in last year…


going by when I heard last year, acceptances in fiction for Iowa and Michigan should arrive next week.


ecphraticknolls


Feb 17, 2007, 1:34 PM

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I think your waitlist came a few days after the initial phone acceptances rolled in… but, I’m supposing that they (for the most part) will come early next week, anyway. And, there is always the chance that the one iowa acceptance was a fake...

But, I'm just thinking out loud, really.


mares


Feb 17, 2007, 1:42 PM

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congrats, seth! so happy for you!

I appreciate your good luck wishes :-) and your blog has been an extremely helpful reference, btw, so thanks for compiling all that info.


mares


Feb 17, 2007, 1:44 PM

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congrats! hope you get a nice financial aid package, too!


yea, interesting about the skinny envelope bearing good news... good for you!


alexdbg


Feb 17, 2007, 2:44 PM

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Do schools call people on Saturday? Just seems strange. Why not wait until Monday or why not call Friday? No one's acceptance seems that pressing to them I bet.



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Iowa is a big program, and they have a lot of people to notify. This is definitely the time of year when notifications from Iowa start to trickle in, but I wouldn't worry about not having heard anything.

I mean, there's like 25 poets they have to reach. That's not all going to happen in one day.



piratelizzy


Feb 17, 2007, 2:49 PM

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Why would it be a fake? I dunno... it sounds a little crazy to go online looking to find info--any info--and then go the route of "It may be a fake." Why not just take it for what it's worth and wait to see what happens? Go read some poetry to make yourself feel better. What's all this talk of "fakes"? Hehehe. I don't get it.

And thanks for the "it's not over 'til it's over" pep talk, kind stranger of up on this thread (sorry, forget your handle!). That's helpful.


'sup?!


bighark


Feb 17, 2007, 3:02 PM

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All I can say is that I've been on this board for three years and I've seen people report phone calls on Saturdays, Sundays, and unexpected times during the day and night on weekddays.

It's the middle of Iowa's historical notification period. Why would we have any reason to believe that people are out there posting fakes? Iowa has some 50 people to contact over the next few days. If they need to use some time on Saturday and Sunday to fit everybody in, is that such a big surprise?


alexdbg


Feb 17, 2007, 3:07 PM

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Yes, I feel that a Saturday or Sunday phone call would be a surprise. It just doesn't seem that pressing to have to call someone on the weekend - and as far as 50 phone calls being a lot, not really...they just read 1200 applications, and now somehow 50 3 minute phone calls is a lot? Hardly.

And it seems that the Iowa phone call came yesterday (Friday) whereas the Cornell phone call for poetry came today (Saturday).


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All I can say is that I've been on this board for three years and I've seen people report phone calls on Saturdays, Sundays, and unexpected times during the day and night on weekddays.

It's the middle of Iowa's historical notification period. Why would we have any reason to believe that people are out there posting fakes? Iowa has some 50 people to contact over the next few days. If they need to use some time on Saturday and Sunday to fit everybody in, is that such a big surprise?



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bighark


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stellalovers


Feb 17, 2007, 3:25 PM

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what about iowa's nonfiction notifications? anybody know when those go out?


alexdbg


Feb 17, 2007, 3:26 PM

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Without a doubt a stress conspiracy. This process is completely dehumanizing.


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Well that settles it. The Saturday phone calls are part of a stress conspiracy.

Glad we cleared that up.



bighark


Feb 17, 2007, 3:28 PM

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Non fiction isn't part of the Writers Workshop. That's part of the English department, which runs on a different schedule.


podi


Feb 17, 2007, 4:33 PM

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Hi everyone,

I just checked my emails and one arrived yesterday (Friday) from Hollins...

I'm IN! With full tuition grant and stipend for two years. I'm shocked and humbled and thrilled.

Good luck to everyone on this board. Two years ago, I applied to five schools and was denied at all. So, this is proof that with persistence, it can and will happen.


blair_violet


Feb 17, 2007, 4:43 PM

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I received an acceptance letter in the mail today from American University for an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. The only problem is that the letter is vague about funding; it says to "contact the financial aid office."

Does anyone have any idea about the funding situation at American? I'm going to call on Monday, but any information would be appreciated.

Thanks!


LateApplicant


Feb 17, 2007, 8:19 PM

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Congrats, Sergio and Blair !!! Must be such a relief !!!

Are Hollins and American, respectively, your first choices?

No clue about American's fin aid, Blair. No info on their website?


BridgetB


Feb 17, 2007, 10:25 PM

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Blair,

Congratulations! I was a part time student at American for a few semesters, so I am somewhat familiar with the program. For me, my work was reimbursing for the classes, so I didn't rely on the University for funding, and I'm only vaguely familiar with what the University offers. I have a general sense that the funding at American is not great. I believe they offer one merit scholarship each year, but it does not include health insurance. Other students work full-time on capus for tuition reimbursement, but it also seemed like a good percentage of the students rely upon loans.

I hope they offer you a good package!

Bridget


OneWriter


Feb 18, 2007, 12:03 AM

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I'm not a big fan of my cell phone, but I received an acceptance on a Saturday. I was at the laundromat and just happened to have it on me - now I'm taking the freakin' thing with me everywhere I go, and it's on the fritz.


malber


Feb 18, 2007, 12:16 AM

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to WHERE?!? congrats, also.


gabedurham


Feb 18, 2007, 1:37 AM

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Hey folks. I got an acceptance call from Noy Holland at UMass (fiction). Very classy, the personal touch of a professor calling me and being very understanding about my fickle cell reception. I celebrated by buying her book and another professor's book on Amazon. What a supportive internet community this is... atypical for a message board.
Gabe, www.gatherroundchildren.com


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jargreen

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Feb 18, 2007, 3:09 AM

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Congrats, gabedurham! Did you get the call on Saturday? I'm still crossing my fingers and toes.


ecphraticknolls


Feb 18, 2007, 7:18 AM

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Congrats!


mrsriley72


Feb 18, 2007, 10:36 AM

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What begins with bird? I heard her read that.
N/C

BUT, she is a respected name.


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Hey folks. I got an acceptance call from Noy Holland at UMass (fiction). Very classy, the personal touch of a professor calling me and being very understanding about my fickle cell reception. I celebrated by buying her book and another professor's book on Amazon. What a supportive internet community this is... atypical for a message board.
Gabe, www.gatherroundchildren.com


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tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Feb 18, 2007, 3:39 PM

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I was just triple checking financial aid and housing info and the MFA Handbook blog suggested reading the P&E boards while waiting. I took the school's notification dates far too literally (late Feb, mid-March, April 1), which at least saved me 2 weeks of waiting anxiously by the phone.

Now I have this wishful thinking thing going on. The past 2 weeks I've received an unusual number of calls from unknown numbers. I didn't answer, because it's usually marketing or something weird and there were no messages. Now I'll have to endure potential marketers and B.S. in the hope that it's schools calling me.

I went to Columbia for undergrad and calls from on campus appear as "Unknown" on caller ID, due to the way the phone system is set up and I suspect other schools are similar. Except I'm pretty sure Iowa shows up, as a faculty member/IWW alum I contacted called me in the fall.

Yes, overanalyzation mode has begun!


gabedurham


Feb 18, 2007, 5:48 PM

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That's the one. The other book I ordered was U.S.! by Chris Bachelder.


hamholio


Feb 18, 2007, 6:24 PM

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U.S.! is a terrific novel.


ellen362


Feb 19, 2007, 2:28 AM

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BTW, the Iowa area code is 319...


tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Feb 19, 2007, 10:53 AM

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Yes, I'm now well aware of that. I noticed a 319 number in my call history, searched the area code and got myself insanely excited. Then I realized it was an outgoing call. By coincidence, the number we use for conference calling is hosted in Iowa for some reason.

For those of you waiting for Columbia, if the call comes from on campus, it'll likely show up as "Unknown." If the prof is calling from home or cell, there are a ton of area codes here -- 212, 646, 718, 347 in the 5 boroughs alone.

Thanks to discovering these boards, I dreamed of a call from Iowa this morning, but the person never got to the point before I woke up, they were giving me specific, workshop-style criticism/comments on my writing sample, so I wasn't sure if I was in, WL or rejected.



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BTW, the Iowa area code is 319...



hamholio


Feb 19, 2007, 11:42 AM

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BTW, the Iowa area code is 319..


That gives me the idea to prank call MFA Applicants from my home phone.

I need to practice my Samantha Chang impersonation.

:-)


malber


Feb 19, 2007, 2:18 PM

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that's the best idea i've heard yet, hamholio

also: doesn't it make you crazy to check the threads, see that "I'm In" has new posts, and then discover its just area code chit-chat? i get all worked up for nothing :)


07MFA


Feb 19, 2007, 2:38 PM

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I'm sitting here with an offer that seems almost too good to be true from Cornell. Anyone here in the program currently? Care to share some insights with a new acceptee? Cornell is the first program from which I've heard a peep, and I'm still a little stunned. I plan to visit as soon as possible, but in the meantime I'd love to hear more than I can find online.


(This post was edited by 07MFA on Feb 19, 2007, 2:39 PM)


LateApplicant


Feb 19, 2007, 2:43 PM

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Super Congrats !!! Man, I feel so envious (in a good way, you know). Are you poetry or fiction? Did they contact you today? OK, onto your questions. Search for sybiline and hopper fu here at the speakeasy. They're current Cornell students. They've been incredibly helpful in the past.


Banyon


Feb 19, 2007, 2:45 PM

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also: doesn't it make you crazy to check the threads, see that "I'm In" has new posts, and then discover its just area code chit-chat? i get all worked up for nothing :)



If it were up to me, the only posts allowed in this thread would be of the form "I was accepted to <school name> on <date> and was alerted by <phone/e-mail/post>."

I realize I have violated my own rule:o)

-Banyon


07MFA


Feb 19, 2007, 2:58 PM

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Poetry. I got a phone call Saturday morning. And because their funding makes it impossible for them to extend any offers beyond the 4&4 they can support, they'd like a decision as soon as possible.

I've crossed JHU & The New School off my list already, as I wouldn't chose the former over Cornell, and the latter is known to have terrible funding. UMass-Amherst responded pretty quickly to my inquiry with a no. That leaves Iowa, Brown, and UVA to hear from. I was told by Iowa that notifications should go out within the next two weeks. UVA says their applications are still out with readers, and they don't expect the process to wrap until late March. I was directed to email the poetry profs. and explain my situation. I have an email out to Brown, but I can't get anyone on the phone today.

P.S. In all the excitement, I also forgot that I also applied to Michigan. That's no reflection on UM, I'm a just a major scatterbrain. I called and was told the decision-making is scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday. Also, got an email back from Brown. The person I emailed is forwarding my message on to a third party, who may be able to help. But he cautioned that the university is closed until Wednesday, and I so I may not hear anything before then.


(This post was edited by 07MFA on Feb 19, 2007, 3:30 PM)


Arkinese


Feb 19, 2007, 3:12 PM

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Congratulations! Let us know how it all turns out. Didn't someone else here also get an offer to Cornell for fiction? I think that was a couple weeks ago so you might track that person down and find out if they've accepted it or what the deal is there.


Fear&Loathing


Feb 19, 2007, 3:17 PM

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Oh the cruelty! I think there's a ring in hell just for doing that, right below the first circle of the writers, poets, philosophers and other pagans.

Ring! Ring! Ring!


mrsriley72


Feb 19, 2007, 5:25 PM

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07mfa who is your email being forwarded to? grad school or lit arts? secretary, admissions officer or professor? let us know what they say =)



07MFA


Feb 19, 2007, 5:36 PM

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The Literary Arts director is forwarding my email to the assistant director. But I wouldn't go flooding the professor's email box without good reason. Everyone probably knows that already, but I feel a responsibility anyway...


(This post was edited by 07MFA on Feb 19, 2007, 5:38 PM)


unitvector
Sarah
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Feb 19, 2007, 5:42 PM

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Hey, 07. Congratulations! I'm the other one from the message board who's heard back from Cornell. I'm pretty set on accepting, but I was advised to wait at least a week longer. Cheers to possible future classmates?


07MFA


Feb 19, 2007, 5:47 PM

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So I'm not the only one feeling like it probably doesn't get better than this, huh? Are you poetry or fiction?

Cheers!


unitvector
Sarah
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Feb 19, 2007, 5:50 PM

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Yeah, my general feeling was that nothing about the offer could have been better, aside from a $100,000 stipend and a world tour this summer, but I can deal with it.

Hi, Poetry. I'm Fiction. Nice to meet you.


jrosello
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Feb 19, 2007, 6:41 PM

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I just got an email from Hamline about setting up an interview Friday. What exactly does the interview mean? What kinds of things are they going to ask me? Anyone have any idea? I'm freaking out, my wife just found out today that she got a full ride to Hamline's law school! Pray/meditate/wish for me!


whiskeytown



Feb 19, 2007, 7:01 PM

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Congratulations and all fair admiration to you both for cracking the safe to Cornell's mighty good program. That they take only four people in each genre certainly does not obligate you to make a quick decision. You have until April 15 and should use it unless, of course, you KNOW in your heart of hearts that Ithaca's the best and only place for you (which you very well might). Take your time, revel in the glow of it, hear from others if you want. And hooray for the good news!


Rambler


Feb 19, 2007, 9:07 PM

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I'm praying for you! That is so great that you and your wife have this chance in your lives!


wilmabluekitty
Wilma Weant Dague

Feb 19, 2007, 9:11 PM

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Wow! I'm so in awe. I think Alice Fulton is the greatest living American poet. What kind of poetry do you write?


07MFA


Feb 19, 2007, 9:35 PM

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Interestingly enough, my 'range' was one of the things A.F. mentioned as being attractive to the admissions committee. I haven't really worked to consolidate a style, and don't have much interest in doing so. Instead, I've tried to stick with what feels right to me, and from that I think a consistent voice has emerged. I had a poem up on Poetry Daily in June if you'd like a look. I don't think it's the best thing I've ever written, but it's the only piece that's online right now.


wilmabluekitty
Wilma Weant Dague

Feb 19, 2007, 9:54 PM

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Exceptional poem. The voice is very like A.F.'s--but still unique. Best of luck to you at Cornell. I think you'll be happy there.


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malber


Feb 20, 2007, 12:42 AM

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well, i got in at Penn State today. fiction. their director called around 8pm and told me the good news... they have 3 years of funding (all from TAships) at about $12,600 / year. Not too bad, all in all... though does anyone know much about this program? i know State College is pretty isolated.


Arkinese


Feb 20, 2007, 8:16 AM

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Congratulations, malber! So now you can focus on your graphic novel... Or are you going to weigh offers from other schools too once they come in? :)


renapoo


Feb 20, 2007, 8:20 AM

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I grew up about an hour from State College. Given the area, it's a hip little college town, even though yes, it's not very close to any major cities. Probably the closest is Pittsburgh. If you like hiking, camping, mountains, deer, and that sort of thing, it's a nice spot.

Oh! And Congratulations!!!

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malber


Feb 20, 2007, 9:17 AM

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well, i think i have to weigh other offers. of course, its nice to be wanted by more than one place, but there are SO MANY schools that haven't even thought about sending out acceptances... they said they wanted a decision "as soon as possible" so we'll see.

anyways, regardless of what happens with schools, i'd BETTER work on that graphic novel... 'cause if i don't, i ain't gonna graduate.


SalPane



Feb 20, 2007, 11:25 AM

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I'm an undergrad right now at a college about 45 minutes from Penn State. So my friends and I have dropped in from time to time. There's some nice little bookstores and coffee shops but other than that State College is pretty isolated. If you like big cities this isn't really the place. The closest "cities" are Scranton and Harrisburg. However, Penn State is kind of like its own city in a way. But beware, this is a huge party school. And on Friday and Saturday nights the streets will be swarming with mobs and mobs of drunken undergrads. But I guess the same could be said about many large universities.


(This post was edited by SalPane on Feb 20, 2007, 11:27 AM)


Glinda Bamboo


Feb 20, 2007, 3:11 PM

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I just received an email and I'm in at U. of Pitt (fiction). I'm kind of shocked. This is the first school I've heard from, so the fact that it's an acceptance is very nice. Lately I've been regretting my writing sample and thinking I wouldn't get into any schools, so an acceptance feels very good.

Of course, this program doesn't fund all writers, and the email didn't mention funding. So that could be a bad sign. We'll see.


SalPane



Feb 20, 2007, 3:14 PM

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Yeah I got an e-mail accepting me to Pittsburgh's fiction prgram as well! Congratulations. I haven't heard from anywhere else either yet. And nothing about funding for me either. Any opinions on the program? I have a friend in his second year in the nonfiction program who really seems to love it.

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I just received an email and I'm in at U. of Pitt (fiction). I'm kind of shocked. This is the first school I've heard from, so the fact that it's an acceptance is very nice. Lately I've been regretting my writing sample and thinking I wouldn't get into any schools, so an acceptance feels very good.

Of course, this program doesn't fund all writers, and the email didn't mention funding. So that could be a bad sign. We'll see.



sibyline


Feb 20, 2007, 3:19 PM

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hey, congratulations! i'm a fiction person so i don't have the details on the poetry side but send me a private message with your e-mail and i'd be happy to forward it to the poets, if you haven't contacted them already. :)


jargreen

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Feb 20, 2007, 4:31 PM

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Congrats, Glinda Bamboo!! Slowly but surely, very good things are happening for a lot of folks on this board.

At one time, I was sure that I'd apply to Pitt. Had to chop it off my final list.

I've heard good things about fiction faculty Chuck Kinder and Kathy Day.

I understand Pitt gives full tuition waivers plus $14K stipends to its fundees. I'm going to cross my fingers for you!


Mainer


Feb 20, 2007, 4:51 PM

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Congrats, Sal and Glinda.
Pittsburgh is one of my favorite cities. The lack of funding is the only thing that kept me from applying. If I could afford it, I'd go there in a heartbeat.


Glinda Bamboo


Feb 20, 2007, 4:57 PM

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Just found out I did not get funding at Pitt. I believe only 2 out of 7 admitted students get funding. That stinks, though I can't say I'm 100% surprised. I knew the odds of getting into Pitt with funding were pretty low. Ah, well. I guess it's nice that they want me. :)


mlpurdy
Moriah Purdy

Feb 20, 2007, 5:23 PM

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Congrats to everyone who heard from Pitt and elsewhere today!

I got the news via email at 4pm today that I'M IN for poetry at George Mason.
I'm also up for a Teaching Assistantship, so they're going to call me to set up an interview for that soon. They are planning to have an open house March 26th with a faculty reading and opportunities to sit in on classes, talk to current students, etc.

Exciting to have an acceptance under my belt!

So 1 acceptance, no rejections... still waiting on 12 others!


malber


Feb 20, 2007, 5:38 PM

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congrats, mlpurdy. nice work.


mares


Feb 20, 2007, 6:42 PM

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congrats! hope you get a TA position!


tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Feb 20, 2007, 10:15 PM

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Congrats Glinda! It gives me hope, I was feeling the same way about the sample. I had 3 or 4 readers who felt unanimously about the strongest story. The one I liked best was written from a male perspective and I wanted to send that, to show range. But the second choice was also nearly unanimous, so I used that one as the second story and the one I liked best as the third story where longer samples were OK. I also felt like my statement was choppy, especially for the programs with very strict length limits.

So here's to forgetting needless worries and getting that phone call and/or email!



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I just received an email and I'm in at U. of Pitt (fiction). I'm kind of shocked. This is the first school I've heard from, so the fact that it's an acceptance is very nice. Lately I've been regretting my writing sample and thinking I wouldn't get into any schools, so an acceptance feels very good.



Arkinese


Feb 20, 2007, 11:13 PM

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Congratulations to everyone who's heard in the past few hours!


soozybleu


Feb 21, 2007, 8:54 AM

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My SO got an acceptance phone call from UMass (poetry) yesterday late afternoon. They said they'd only begun notifying people.


(This post was edited by soozybleu on Feb 21, 2007, 8:59 AM)


whiskeytown



Feb 21, 2007, 10:15 AM

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Perhaps this should be a new topic on the main index (motet?), but I'm wondering if people are willing to divulge their financial packages upon acceptance? I know that it could be a useful resource for future applicatns. Case in point, last year I foolishly applied to only five programs (two of which don't have such good funding). I couldn't glean from those programs' website just how spotty or rich the funding was because so many are hesitant to state actual dollar amounts.

I know that I, personally, would only go to a program that waives tuition and has a stipend that won't leave me working 20-30 hrs/week to survive.

I also recognize that amounts differ within a program (and perhaps from year to year). For example, if you get the one Renk Fellowship at Wisconsin, you are funded $15 K (plus $1500 expense account) and don't have to teach your second year. That's on the website. So is the fact that everyone else receives a tuition waiver and $10,300 for being a TA (10,800 the 2nd year) and $2,500 for summer research. But not all schools share this information, which might be handy.

A friend of mine got into UVA for fiction last year but turned them down because the stipend at UWash-Seattle was better. Can you believe that? This is the sort of information I think future applicants could benefit from. Am I wrong?


vronsky


Feb 21, 2007, 10:20 AM

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I second this.


whiskeytown



Feb 21, 2007, 10:31 AM

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Last year, I was accepted to Hollins with this offer: "You have also been awarded a tuition grant of $8,910, to be applied toward your annual tuition of $23,760. In addition, you will be eligible to apply for a Teaching Fellowship for the second year of the program, which would entail teaching an introductory or intermediate creative writing course each semester and would pay you $6,000, as well as providing full tuition remission for that year. The number of TFs awarded is limited, but we do provide solid training and mentoring for those who are selected." [italics mine]

Also, Univ. of Pittsburgh offered $0 toward their then-$25,000 tuition (for three years...imagine!).



malber


Feb 21, 2007, 10:52 AM

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I agree too. And i'm tired of people being so uptight about money...

So far, I've been accepted two places.

Ohio State has offered me no tuition and something like 12,500/year for 3 years of teaching... plus a potential fellowship for 15K the first year (and no teaching)

Penn State has offered 12,700/year for 3 years of teaching 1-2 classes per semester and no tuition.

of course, i only applied to places that had good funding.


whiskeytown



Feb 21, 2007, 11:01 AM

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Another important consideration is the class/teaching load. My take is that schools that ask you to teach 2 classes in a semester are asking too much. When I recently reread Arkansas's financial aid page and saw that they give students $8,800 (or $9,200 with MA) for teaching 2 courses, I thought NO WAY.

I currently teach a full-time load at a small liberal arts college (two composition and one literature) and can say that teaching one class (while taking others AND trying to write) would be *manageable* for me, but to teach two classes? I'd be out of my mind.


Edited to give exact dollar amounts


(This post was edited by whiskeytown on Feb 21, 2007, 12:00 PM)


allisonbarrett


Feb 21, 2007, 11:55 AM

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Hey Malber,

When you say "no tuition," do you mean you won't have to pay tuition or that they have not offered you a tuition waiver? I'm in at OSU too, and my understanding is that tuition is waived.


eesa


Feb 21, 2007, 12:42 PM

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I found out I'm in for fiction at George Mason today by mail.


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ryan call

Feb 21, 2007, 12:55 PM

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eesa

congrats

im a second year fiction writer at mason

any questions let me know, or message me, or whathaveyou

good luck with decisions and such


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bighark


Feb 21, 2007, 1:00 PM

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Congratulations.


malber


Feb 21, 2007, 1:18 PM

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yeah, i suppose that was unclear. i meant: i won't be paying tuition due to a sweet sweet waiver.


piratelizzy


Feb 21, 2007, 2:10 PM

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Congrats, eesa. Nice going.


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mrsriley72


Feb 21, 2007, 2:26 PM

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My SO got an acceptance phone call from UMass (poetry) yesterday late afternoon. They said they'd only begun notifying people.



boston or amherst?

thx


strangelet


e-mail user

Feb 21, 2007, 2:52 PM

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Hi Kristin,

That's great :-) I got into UNCW last year but received no funding so decided to try other schools this year. (They are sort of the redheaded stepchild of the UNC system only in terms of how much funding they typically are allotted by the state, but I visited there and I liked the other students a lot-- they are really dedicated. Also the writing program there is growing, which is great.) I haven't heard from anywhere yet and am getting nervous ;)


Hallelu you're the girl who whispers through the wall
I'd build you a hammer with a thick head and long claws
-- Grant-Lee Phillips


lmoneill


Feb 21, 2007, 3:07 PM

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I got a call last week (Valentine's Day, actually) from U of Arizona and I'm in for nonfiction. Still waiting to hear back from the other 5 schools I applied to... :)


"Fill the paper with the breathings of your heart..."
-William Wordsworth


ecphraticknolls


Feb 21, 2007, 3:10 PM

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congrats!


stellalovers


Feb 21, 2007, 3:42 PM

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congratulations. where else did you apply for nonfiction?


soozybleu


Feb 21, 2007, 3:46 PM

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Amherst.




*sigh* I applied too. But all I got yesterday was a root canal.


mares


Feb 21, 2007, 3:57 PM

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congratulations! :-) U of A looks like a cool place. Good luck with the other apps you have out there, too.


Last night, my online status page for SIU Carbondale had a positive but still kind of ambiguous message under "admission decision." So I called the department secretary today and I'm in for poetry! She's putting together a packet of contact info, and an outline of the TA offer. I'm really excited that it's a 3 year program, too. I'm still reeling right now.

Congrats to anyone I missed, and good luck, all!


jobieh
Jobie Hughes
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Feb 21, 2007, 4:13 PM

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Has anyone emailed, called, heard from Columbia? This wait is equivalent to needles being jabbed underneath my fingernails as each minute passes...


allisonbarrett


Feb 21, 2007, 4:18 PM

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When I looked at my application status it said that I'd been recommended for admission (poetry) pending the decision of the grad school. Did they tell you when they'd be officially notifying people?


tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Feb 21, 2007, 4:41 PM

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The last I heard from Columbia was the School of the Arts office requesting materials that were missing. The deadline to get them in (and pay a late fee) was January 30, at which time applications were going to the divisions. I don't know how long the review process is, but when I looked at last year's notifications, it seemed they notify closer to March 1. That also seems about the time I remember people getting in when I was taking my last class last spring.


piratelizzy


Feb 21, 2007, 4:45 PM

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Congratulations, mares. Are they your first choice?


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lmoneill


Feb 21, 2007, 4:50 PM

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I also applied to:

Iowa
University of New Mexico
University of San Francisco
American
University of New Orleans


"Fill the paper with the breathings of your heart..."
-William Wordsworth


a2poet


Feb 21, 2007, 4:56 PM

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Just got an email from Kansas saying that the board would like to reccomend me for the program but they need one more copy of my transcript for the graduate school to keep on file. Definitely not the call from Michigan, Brown, or Notre Dame I was looking for but at least I have a yes from KU and IU. Nine more schools to go...


http://mwicker.blogspot.com/


BlueVelveeta


Feb 21, 2007, 5:30 PM

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Congrats mares (I am also hoping that, should I be admitted anywhere, it'll be to a 3-year program so I can understand your excitement)---that's great news. Now get off this board and go celebrate!


Elika619


Feb 21, 2007, 5:31 PM

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Seriously....Columbia is my top choice, and since I haven't heard pea-turkey from any of the other 11 schools I applied to, my confidence is waning. I guess we will hear next week???


littleiodine


Feb 21, 2007, 5:39 PM

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I got an email from Georgia State College & University today; in with tuition and stipend, working on their journals, etc.


piratelizzy


Feb 21, 2007, 5:42 PM

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Sounds great, iodine! Congratulations.


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LateApplicant


Feb 21, 2007, 5:48 PM

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Wow! It seems notifications have begun rolling !! Congrats to everybody !! And the good thing is that if you've been rejected, there's still plenty of other schools you've got to hear from. And if you've got no news, it's too early to conclude it means rejection (I'm in this last group :)). So this is probably the best time for everybody. Only it'd be better if we all got at least one acceptance, right? :)


tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Feb 21, 2007, 5:49 PM

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Wow, really? I guess aid is so big a consideration I'm torn about Columbia. As an undergrad I had excellent funding, but just covering living expenses is a tremendous amount. This is a major caveat, as the classes are both day and night and they tell you right off you can't work more than 20 hours and only a few get TAships the second year (and as a result tend to stretch to a third year). I guess if money is no question, great, but otherwise, I think it can be heartbreaking to get into Columbia's MFA because the program has so little funding. My hope is that things are in the works there to change that.

Don't feel bad if you don't get in, I've known really good writers to get rejected and mediocre ones to get in. I guess that's the same everywhere.


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Seriously....Columbia is my top choice, and since I haven't heard pea-turkey from any of the other 11 schools I applied to, my confidence is waning. I guess we will hear next week???



Lglabor


Feb 21, 2007, 5:53 PM

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I join the congratulations to all who've gotten the yes calls and emails. Good work!
For the rest of us, I'm pretty sure it's too soon to despair. It looks like the majority of schools haven't notified anyone yet, or at least anyone who's posting here. Or am I wrong? Are more accounted for than not at this point?


littleiodine


Feb 21, 2007, 5:58 PM

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Well personally I still have five schools I need to hear back from, so I'm hoping there are still some letters and emails left! ... Last year I didn't hear back from a program until May 12, the day before I graduated with my B.A. It's still really really early.


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I join the congratulations to all who've gotten the yes calls and emails. Good work!
For the rest of us, I'm pretty sure it's too soon to despair. It looks like the majority of schools haven't notified anyone yet, or at least anyone who's posting here. Or am I wrong? Are more accounted for than not at this point?



Elika619


Feb 21, 2007, 6:03 PM

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Well, I'm adapting an "i'll-cross-that-bridge-when-I-come-to-it" attitude, which is probably not the best thing to do. Unfortunately, I am not independently wealthy, so would either have to go in to debt (not an attractive option) or work 20+ hrs a week or use my psychic abilities to charge $3.99/minute to predict everyone's futures.


tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Feb 21, 2007, 6:10 PM

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Yeah, when I got in as an undergrad, I joked that I'd do whatever it took, including prostitution. Then I could write a book, "Ivy League Hooker." As it turned out, I was awarded an excellent scholarship.

It's less an "if I don't get a good fellowship" question at Columbia, as at other schools. Two years in a row, they just said, "don't worry about the amount of tuition," but no one seemed to get that we were asking, "how on earth do we come up with $50k while working PT?" Seriously, phone psychic isn't a bad idea. Everyone I've met who went there (some of my profs, classmates in the program now, students at the open house, alums) loved their experience and made good contacts and grew as writers. So that is the major upside to Columbia.

By the way, when people get to the housing and bureaucracy bridges, PM me.


jobieh
Jobie Hughes
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Feb 21, 2007, 7:43 PM

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Ahhh yes, the ever mounting question of tuition. To be honest with everyone, I would rack up 100K in debt with a smile on my face if that's what it took to go to Columbia. Since, of course, I'm going to sell my master's thesis after a vicious bidding war for the hard cover rights alone, I figure I'll simply cut the check and pay the loans back in one swift swoop of the pen. Okay, now I'm awake. Now I'm sure I'm the only person on this board to apply to but a single school, but that's what I did. Only to Columbia, slamming all my eggs (for the next year atleast) into one basket. I applied to five schools last year and was accepted to one (American) but turned it down to try again at Columbia. If I don't get in this year then I'll put some of your application numbers to shame next year (I'm thinking atleast 15) and certainly go somewhere, but for this year it's Columbia or nothing. This March 1st date is looming large, let me tell ya...


kelvin069


Feb 21, 2007, 8:41 PM

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I also applied to only one school (the eggs in one basket cliche has been my motto for the last several months...I've considered having shirts made). I applied to the University of Minnesota. It's where I want to go. For me it isn't a matter of applying to 10-12 schools because I only want to go to the one, so if I got in anywhere else it would be pointless. I'm glad I'm not the only one that has only applied to one school.....and I REALLY hope the U calls me soon! (And that Columbia calls you too!)


felixqvarga


Feb 21, 2007, 8:55 PM

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Since the subject of Columbia came up, I thought I'd mention that I was accepted there (I ended up going to Brown) but get this: they FORGOT to call me! How I found out was, around (I think) late March, I got an email directed to acceptees inviting them to an open house. So, after my initial reaction along the lines of "Thanks for rubbing salt in the wound, guys" it occurred to me that something strange was up. I called the department, and the secretary informed me that I was in and that [professor who will go unnamed] was supposed to have called me to let me know. Um, thanks? Well, I'd already pretty much decided to go to Brown, so it all worked out.

Now, I'm QUITE sure that this was a complete fluke, and I doubt it would happen again. But, a word to the wise: it ain't over till the proverbial fat lady sings...

I think I got my acceptance packet in the mail sometime around April 1.


jobieh
Jobie Hughes
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Feb 21, 2007, 8:56 PM

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My thoughts exactly, Kelvin. And we gotta keep our edge somehow right? The anticipation will do us well, or make us take the leap from a high rise. ha. Good luck...


littleiodine


Feb 21, 2007, 10:47 PM

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Thanks!

I didn't mean to directly reply to your comment; for some reason the board won't let me post a regular response to any thread, I have to basically quote somebody in order to say anything. That's why I've been so silent on here. It looks a little weird to pick an arbitrary statement from someone and reply to it with something different, you know? Heh. Anyway ...


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Sounds great, iodine! Congratulations.



wilmabluekitty
Wilma Weant Dague

Feb 21, 2007, 11:36 PM

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the board won't let me post a regular response to any thread


Have you tried switching to basic editor? That worked for me.


Fear&Loathing


Feb 22, 2007, 1:09 AM

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What made UMinn your choice of school to apply to?


gcsumfa


Feb 22, 2007, 1:33 AM

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Littleiodine, congrats on your GCSU acceptance. As you can tell from my handle, that's where I received my MFA (Spring 06). Arts & Letters is a good, up-and-coming journal. One of our stories was selected for 2006 New Stories From The South 2006 (Luke Whisnant’s “How To Build a House”). Milledgeville is also Flannery O'Connor's hometown, and I lived five minutes from her childhood farm; some of the MFA students work there as part of their TA'ship.

The stipend is only around 7K, but no tuition, and the cost of living is low. Another perk to the program is that the director, Martin Lammon, has major AWP ties. Every year we have one of the largest groups at AWP, and every year, GCSU covers most of our costs. If you look at AWP's website, you'll also notice that GCSU is the top patron of this year's ATL conference. Lammon will be introducing Lee Smith and a few other headliners this year. Oh, did I mention that all GCSU alumini will be attending this year's AWP for free because of Martin Lammon?

The man really cares and looks out for us; we're like family.

It's a good, under-the-radar program and you'll learn a ton. I'll be happy to take any questions you might have.

Congrats again, and maybe I'll meet you at AWP?

-Michael



kelvin069


Feb 22, 2007, 8:21 AM

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I live about 25 minutes from there and have no desire to relocate. Then it just so happens that one of the top schools in the nation for MFA programs is in my back yard. Would be awesome to work with Charles Baxter as well. Basically my original choices were UW:Seattle, Syracuse and the U of M. I don't want to move to either location. If I don't get in to the U of M then I'll apply to Warren Wilson and hopefully get in there.


BMH5


Feb 22, 2007, 10:02 AM

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Hi everyone. I guess I've been lurking here for long enough...it's time to jump into the discussion. But I really appreciate everyone's advice over the past year or so. It's been really valuable, and probably saved me a lot of time and pain.

Anyway, received an email acceptance from UNC Wilmington for fiction yesterday, 2/21. Like we previously thought, they seem to be working on a rolling basis, because (here comes the rub) they haven't made funding decisions yet. So I'm trying to suspend my excitement just a little! But I will be making a visit sometime in March, so if anyone has any info about the program or similar plans, please let me know.


lculli18


Feb 22, 2007, 10:38 AM

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Congrats- Wilmington is beautiful! Since they're "rolling," can I ask when you received confirmation that the dept. received your completed application?


Clench Million
Charles

Feb 22, 2007, 11:55 AM

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Has anyone emailed, called, heard from Columbia? This wait is equivalent to needles being jabbed underneath my fingernails as each minute passes...

FWIW, I and I think most other people here heard at the very very end of Feb. or early March.

Columbia, for me, was the first school to give a response too. I didn't hear from several other schools until like May.


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My hope is that things are in the works there to change that.


New head Ben Marcus is doing a lot of work in that area.



BMH5


Feb 22, 2007, 12:22 PM

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Congrats- Wilmington is beautiful! Since they're "rolling," can I ask when you received confirmation that the dept. received your completed application?



That's the crazy thing about it. I didn't send my application in early (I mailed it about 3 days before deadline), and I just got an email from them on Feb. 16 saying that they had received everything and they would be making decisions over the next few weeks. I didn't figure to hear until mid-to-late March. So imagine my surprise when I heard five days later that I was in.

I think the moral of the story is that we can't read into the timing of these notifications too much. I mean, we're assuming that this whole admissions process makes any sense to begin with.


OneWriter


Feb 22, 2007, 1:05 PM

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Congrats on the UNCW acceptance, BMH5. I'm really excited about the prospect of attending their program – even though I've heard it characterized as playing little brother to Greensboro.

During the application process I heard much more lively conversation about Wilmington (how it's climbing and gaining a stronger reputation). Plus, in all honesty, I found their website to be more welcoming than Greensboro's, which if anyone remembers, was a blank page during the busy application season telling visitors to come back later because they were updating the page. (Very helpful.)

My conversations with current M.F.A. students there have been great, too.


amday8


Feb 22, 2007, 1:08 PM

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I don't think I even got an email from UNC-W saying they received everything for my application (Oh, Jesus). Did other people get that email as well? I (the rational me) would agree that there can't be too much read into all of this, but I (the me desperate to get the hell out of New Haven and on with my writing life) also know I only read everyone's comments here in an attempt to perform a little Dionne Warwick fortune telling magic on my application outcomes.


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That's the crazy thing about it. I didn't send my application in early (I mailed it about 3 days before deadline), and I just got an email from them on Feb. 16 saying that they had received everything and they would be making decisions over the next few weeks. I didn't figure to hear until mid-to-late March. So imagine my surprise when I heard five days later that I was in.

I think the moral of the story is that we can't read into the timing of these notifications too much. I mean, we're assuming that this whole admissions process makes any sense to begin with.



userunknown


Feb 22, 2007, 1:41 PM

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I received an email from one of their administrative assistants at UNCW saying they received all of my application, and that was way over a month ago. It kind of sucks that I still haven't heard anything yet, considering this whole "rolling" admissions thing I keep hearing about, and especially since I mailed my application over two weeks before the deadline.
I dunno, maybe today will be the day? Or, with my luck, maybe not.


strangelet


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Feb 22, 2007, 2:23 PM

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Hi BMH5,

I got into UNCW last year for fiction, but didn't go b/c of lack of funding. I also visited the school and met with Wendy Brenner and the department head and some of the other students. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to help.


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Hi everyone. I guess I've been lurking here for long enough...it's time to jump into the discussion. But I really appreciate everyone's advice over the past year or so. It's been really valuable, and probably saved me a lot of time and pain.

Anyway, received an email acceptance from UNC Wilmington for fiction yesterday, 2/21. Like we previously thought, they seem to be working on a rolling basis, because (here comes the rub) they haven't made funding decisions yet. So I'm trying to suspend my excitement just a little! But I will be making a visit sometime in March, so if anyone has any info about the program or similar plans, please let me know.



Hallelu you're the girl who whispers through the wall
I'd build you a hammer with a thick head and long claws
-- Grant-Lee Phillips


chicaguh77


Feb 22, 2007, 3:54 PM

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Ok everyone, please pardon in advance my obvious naivete. I understand the basic concept of "rolling admissions," but does this also mean that if I submitted my application to School X, say, 4 days before the deadline, but School X has already filled their seats with students who submitted their applications before I did, then they will simply shitcan my application without reading it? Or does it mean that my MS will be read last, and will have to be good enough to "displace" those students who were bright enough to get theirs out in late September and whose work was judged first? That would be kind of crummy if an application, submitted by the deadline, was not even considered. CalArts states this policy expressly on their webiste but I didn't find that to be the case with Syracuse, Brown, Michigan, etc.

I got a call from an alien area code today. A message for Clarissa, to pick up her pug from doggie day care. Fist, meet wall!









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I received an email from one of their administrative assistants at UNCW saying they received all of my application, and that was way over a month ago. It kind of sucks that I still haven't heard anything yet, considering this whole "rolling" admissions thing I keep hearing about, and especially since I mailed my application over two weeks before the deadline.
I dunno, maybe today will be the day? Or, with my luck, maybe not.



userunknown


Feb 22, 2007, 4:00 PM

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You know, that's a really good question. I personally have no idea and wondered that myself. I'm tempted to email this assistant back and ask her, along with a "what gives?" for taking to incredibly long with my rejection, which I'm assuming it is.
Oh who cares. I live here in North Carolina now, I'm not really that keen on staying anyway.


amday8


Feb 22, 2007, 4:46 PM

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Given the confirmation email that everyone else seems to have gotten from UNCW, I emailed one of the program administrators today. She emailed right back (which is very kind) and said my application WAS NOT complete and that I had to contact someone over at the graduate school! I sent everything in by Jan. 20th, so I'm not sure what could be missing. Just a warning to anyone else that didn't get a confirmation email from UNCW. Now I'm at the point where I just want to be rejected for real and not just because something is apparently "missing."


vronsky


Feb 22, 2007, 5:10 PM

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Sorry. I'm responding to someone's post and I didn't mean to. I don't know how to post a new message.

Accepted to Iowa w/ fellowship. Poetry. Just now.


bighark


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Congratulations, maggiekate! That's great news.


lculli18


Feb 22, 2007, 5:15 PM

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I received an email from the Graduate school that said my application was incomplete and Alnita in the grad. school was very helpful in helping me get all the missing materials collected. Then I got an email from her telling me the application had been forwarded. Then I got an email a few days ago once the application had been received by the department.


chicaguh77


Feb 22, 2007, 5:17 PM

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Congratulations maggiekate! Great news. One of my favorite writers, Steven Sherrill (The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break) is an Iowa MFA poetry grad, I think. Anyway, that's neither here nor there: the real message here is congrats.


tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Feb 22, 2007, 5:19 PM

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Yeah, no kidding. I got busy with other applications, new job and 2 last minute trips right in the middle of the December 15 and early January deadlines (in part due to the missing LORs, I should've sent everything else ahead of them). I thought, since UNCG wasn't due until 3/15, I'd take a little break between Jan 15-Feb 1 and then do that app, still plenty of time. Luckily, I checked their site a few days earlier than planned and learned that the deadline was 2/1 if you want to be eligible for a TAship. D'oh!


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During the application process I heard much more lively conversation about Wilmington (how it's climbing and gaining a stronger reputation). Plus, in all honesty, I found their website to be more welcoming than Greensboro's, which if anyone remembers, was a blank page during the busy application season telling visitors to come back later because they were updating the page. (Very helpful.)



renapoo


Feb 22, 2007, 5:53 PM

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MaggieKate--

Wow! Congratulations. Does the fellowship mean you get a stipend and don't have to teach or anything?


prosaic70


Feb 22, 2007, 6:20 PM

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that is awesome maggiekate. congratulations, that is wonderful.

*ring, phone. ring. now. please. i beg you. so much.

back to thesis-land.

no more speakeasy. for at least 20 minutes.


Arkinese


Feb 22, 2007, 6:26 PM

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Congratulations to both the Iowa and UNCW people! Good to hear that Iowa is getting the ball rolling on notifying people (though I know Seth has notifications posted on his blog too). I'm still in limbo with all of my 14 schools so I'd like even a rejection just to confirm that someone somewhere has read my manuscript.... Maybe I shouldn't say I'd like a rejection though—being careful what you wish for and all that....


betp


Feb 22, 2007, 6:26 PM

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Oh no!! I haven't gotten any emails from Wilmington, and I sent everything early January... Maybe I need to make some calls too!


vronsky


Feb 22, 2007, 6:31 PM

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I just called the dude back and apparently the answer is "yes". Two years of funding, no teaching, full tuition waiver.

I'm floored.


littleiodine


Feb 22, 2007, 6:35 PM

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Very nice, maggiekate!


scutteur


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renapoo


Feb 22, 2007, 6:47 PM

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Scutteur--

REALLY? Just? Why are they calling so late? Cruel! Oh, wait, maybe they're in central time...

Anyway, that's great news. Is it your top choice?


thera


Feb 22, 2007, 6:52 PM

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I'm not in anywhere yet,
but my friend just got into Iowa for poetry. and i'm very happy for her.
i just wish that any of the places i applied would notify me in some way or another.

atleast i'm not getting mfa dreams


scutteur


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JKicker
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Feb 22, 2007, 8:03 PM

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Congrats UNCW and Iowa people! I also am in the "No UNCW Confirmation email" boat and I just emailed the program coordinator, thanks for the heads up. I almost feel like calling all 16 schools I applied to just to make sure my apps are complete...almost.


malber


Feb 22, 2007, 8:03 PM

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all the calls i've gotten have been in the evening. professors working from home, i would guess.


jaynela


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jargreen

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Feb 22, 2007, 8:18 PM

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I got a letter from Bowling Green! The associate dean for admissions! He was so happy that I had considered Bowling Green, and hopes that I'll like the small college atmosphere combined with the big-school opportunities. I was surprised to get a letter only a week after I mailed my materials!


JKicker
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Feb 22, 2007, 8:35 PM

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Awesome Jargreen, congrats! I was really close to applying there this year and I probably will next year if I don't get in anywhere this year.

Well after slogging through 144 new posts I think I'm actually going to go home tonight. I've been staying at my fiance's house a lot lately to avoid the postman...but I'm expecting that GMU rejection letter now and if I don't have one waiting on me I think I just might celebrate a little on the inside.


EastCoastPoet


Feb 22, 2007, 8:53 PM

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Such a letdown, huh? I just wanna call these guys and say don't waste the damn paper unless it says you're accepted! Jerks and their letterhead...


jargreen

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Feb 22, 2007, 8:57 PM

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Thanks for the congrats, Jonathan, but I'm afraid I didn't get in. Yet. I just got a very nice letter asking me to consider BGSU. (I'm not sure how many people apply to schools they're not considering.) I realize I should have injected more sarcasm in my post. Best of luck to you, Jonathan. Hope you find a real letter in your mailbox soon.


OneWriter


Feb 22, 2007, 9:05 PM

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Excellent, Jargreen! That's where Tony Ardizzone went, right?

Congrats again.


JKicker
Jonathan

Feb 22, 2007, 9:10 PM

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Ugh. So now i've been relegated to the guy who just doesn't "get it" on the forums;) Thanks for the well wishes, and same to you!


jargreen

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Feb 22, 2007, 9:41 PM

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Ha ha! Sorry again, Jonathan. (I fully expected to receive congrats.) As I'm sure lots of folks agree, these form letters that are printed out in the thousands and sent to people who are already desperate to be admitted (!) are cruel and wasteful. Yet, I'm sure they have statistics confirming that these friendly letters increase acceptances of their offers by 0.3%. Maybe I'll send them a letter of my own - after I wait for their admissions decision.


OneWriter


Feb 22, 2007, 10:04 PM

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Poo. I feel as if my inability to read carefully and critically and decipher sarcasm has forfeited any credibility I may have previously had. So I'll just give up for the weekend. :P


scutteur


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umass76


Feb 23, 2007, 12:18 AM

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Congrats to everyone who's heard good news! Like maggiekate I got a call today from Iowa with an acceptance in poetry. I believe I was incoherent for the first seven to ten seconds of the conversation. My mind needs at least fifteen seconds to transition from the law to poetry, and I was just in the middle of conferencing a case with a colleague. Dean Young, yes I *can* string two words together at a time(!) :-)

Seriously, though, I'm so happy for everyone's good news and again emphasize for those who haven't heard yet that it is VERY early in the process and I expect there will be enough good news to go around before it's over! Stay strong, folks! I'll continue to keep my blog updated daily re: new reports of acceptances, though the next update will have to wait until tomorrow; I'm exhausted!

S.


LateApplicant


Feb 23, 2007, 2:17 AM

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Hey UMass,

Congrats! Which one would you choose? UMass-Amherst or Iowa?


apelavin

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Feb 23, 2007, 2:49 AM

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Huge congratulations to everyone who's been accepted -- and that goes double for Seth. Your acceptances post, along with this board, has served as a wonderful guide to the timing of all this.

Not that I've heard anything yet, and from 15 schools, but thanks to the blog/board combo I know that only 2 of those have notified anyone yet (and at least 1 of the 2 has barely started), and knowing that keeps me excited instead of demoralized.


vronsky


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I don't know if Michigan has made any official-type calls...I got an email from my old advisor telling me that I'm in for poetry. Prepare, O Michigan-applicant-types.


a2poet


Feb 23, 2007, 8:55 AM

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Congrat Maggiekate, that's incredible! I grew up in Ann Arbor (hence the handle), so I know how amazing the program and campus are. Call me Mr. Cleo but I can predict the way the rest of my day will be spent...

Are you a student there now who got an inside-track-sort-of-email from that advisor or something?


http://mwicker.blogspot.com/


vronsky


Feb 23, 2007, 9:00 AM

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I was in the subcon a couple years ago. I know people in the department. I live & work in A2 now.


jsnow


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I also got the Iowa call yesterday, in with first year fellowship plus second-year job (unsure what exactly, most likely teaching). I know these acceptances are difficult for many people to stomach. Last year I anxiously watched these boards as the reports poured in only to land a handful of rejections. It was a sound defeat. This process has reaffirmed something I think we all know to be true, that writing has much--if not everything--to do with sheer perseverance. A heartfelt thank you to all encouraging voices on this board.


bighark


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For those of you with telephone acceptances, how long do you think you were on the phone? I'm just wondering what that conversation must be like.


madelinek


Feb 23, 2007, 9:27 AM

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a2 poet and maggiekate, i grew up in ann arbor and went to u of m also! i graduated in 2004. this board feels like home now. fingers crossed, and congrats to you mk.


jsnow


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Bighark- My telephone conversation lasted 7 min and 52 sec. I only know this because my phone kept track. There's almost no way to describe it. I only remember saying, "This is good news. This is such good news."

Congratulations to everyone who has received good news. I second UMASS, this is incredibly early in the process. There is still a lot of good news yet to be heard.


trinmeg


Feb 23, 2007, 9:35 AM

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Congrats, jsnow. What genre are you?


jsnow


Feb 23, 2007, 9:48 AM

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Trinmeg- I applied in fiction and, against the wisdom of the sages, submitted a chunk of a novel in progress.


malber


Feb 23, 2007, 10:12 AM

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nice work, maggiekate. congrats.


vronsky


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Thanks!


malber


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for me, one was 15ish minutes and one was a voicemail. :) i listened to that voicemail like a hundred times.


piratelizzy


Feb 23, 2007, 11:10 AM

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Seth, yeah, seriously, congratulations.


'sup?!


ellen362


Feb 23, 2007, 11:44 AM

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Congrats everyone, especially Seth. I got a call today from a friend asking me to watch her daughter's pet bunny. Bunny-sitting! Not as good as a call from Iowa, but a nice consolation prize in its own right :=)!


blair_violet


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I just received an e-mail from the Director of Graduate Studies in English at Pittsburgh. I'm in for an MFA in Creative Nonfiction! No word yet on funding, though from what I hear very few receive funding. Anyone have information on Pittsburgh's funding situation?


jobieh
Jobie Hughes
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Feb 23, 2007, 12:10 PM

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Congratulations Blair! Pittsburgh is a very good program with a very bad reputation for funding. Reading these posts the past several weeks, and through my own meandering research, obtaining funding from Pitt is equivalent to finding the Holy Grail. But still, that is great you have been accepted...


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I just received an e-mail from the Director of Graduate Studies in English at Pittsburgh. I'm in for an MFA in Creative Nonfiction! No word yet on funding, though from what I hear very few receive funding. Anyone have information on Pittsburgh's funding situation?



Mainer


Feb 23, 2007, 12:18 PM

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I visited Pitt's MFA office last summer when I was passing through town. The woman I met with aplolgetically discouraged me from applying. They really seem interested in supporting Pennsylvania writers, and I was flat-out told not to expect any funding or a reduction of the $25K nonresident tuition. They were very nice, but also very matter-of-fact about their inability to offer funding.


SalPane



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I visited Pitt's MFA office last summer when I was passing through town. The woman I met with aplolgetically discouraged me from applying. They really seem interested in supporting Pennsylvania writers, and I was flat-out told not to expect any funding or a reduction of the $25K nonresident tuition. They were very nice, but also very matter-of-fact about their inability to offer funding.

Things aren't much better for PA writers. I'm a resident, got accepted in the fiction program, and the tuition is still $14K a year. ugh.


Glinda Bamboo


Feb 23, 2007, 12:33 PM

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Whoa, so you're saying they are out to fund the PA writers and not out of staters? Wouldn't that also mean they consciously try to admit at least two PA writers in every genre to give them the funding? (I'm sure this happens at other schools...but still.) Yikes. I got in for fiction, no funding, and now I wonder if they've accepted other PA students who would be higher in line than me to get funding if one of the two accepts another offer. While I greatly admire this program, I would not pay a total of $75K to attend. I might not apply next year, either (should I need to go through this again), since I am not a PA resident.


Mainer


Feb 23, 2007, 12:38 PM

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I can't say they only fund PA writers. I was just struck by the emphasis on PA writers in a pamphlet I read while waiting to meet with someone in the office, the apologetic tone after stating that I lived out of state, and the huge disparity between in-state and out-of-state tuition. I may be inferring things here, but the facts speak (loudly) for themselves.


asneth


Feb 23, 2007, 1:22 PM

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Pitt is low on funding, but it is findable (serving as a research assistant for a professor, tutoring athletes, working on a journal for another department), besides the teaching fellowships they offer.

I am in Pitts nonfiction program right now, a first year MFA. If you have any questions let me know! I'd be happy to help!


asneth


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This is so not true about funding only or accepting on PA writers at Pitt. I am in the nonfiction program and am from Ohio, went to school at Iowa. My co-mfa nonfictioners are from as follows:

San Francisco
Buffalo
Houston/Mexico City
Seattle
Georgia
Virginia
Madison
Arizona
three are from PA but one of them is unfunded. As far as other genres go, I'm under the impression the mix is just as interesting.


mares


Feb 23, 2007, 1:56 PM

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congrats to everybody! it's great to see this flood of good news. For all you Pitt people--I can only tell you that you'll benefit from a great program and a really interesting city...it's just a matter of deciding if you want to handle some debt or not. I've also heard that they've got a rep for getting their own grads published from their press pretty regularly. When I was deciding where to apply, I had a prof tell me that this was an observable trend for me to keep in mind when thinking about Pitt. Just things I've "heard," you know; sorry I can't offer more info.

If anybody knows anything about SIU or Carbondale, IL, I would appreciate a PM or something...I'm really pumped about getting into the program, but I've never been anywhere near there, so any info big or small would be a great help.

Thanks for all the help as always, and good luck everybody


Mainer


Feb 23, 2007, 1:58 PM

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I tried to make it clear that I wasn't told that only PA students get funded/ accepted. I was told that the assistance available to PA applicants was better, as there are grants and scholarships available exclusively to PA students. I was also specifically told not to expect funding from the MFA program if I applied and was accepted.

If this isn't the case, I wonder why I was told these things last July?

The diversity of locales is impressive, but it doesn't address the funding issue for out-of-staters, which is all I was posting about.


umass76


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Yikes!...I forgot to congratulate maggiekate on Iowa, I was so exhausted last night(!) Congrats to you!
S.


asneth


Feb 23, 2007, 2:11 PM

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Sorry I didn't answer those questions!

Funding at first, is difficult to come by. But a lot of people seem to get funding after coming to the university...as in, once you've said you're coming you can find funding working as a research assistant for a professor, working in the writing center, tutoring for the atheletic academic services, etc. There is funding, it just involves some searching.

:)


vronsky


Feb 23, 2007, 2:19 PM

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Congratulations to you, buster.

(edited to add moxie and goodwill)


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rpc
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Feb 23, 2007, 2:53 PM

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in response to nothing in particular

i am happy to say that
my sister just got into the masters of creative writing program at northwestern
for creative nonfiction

so yeah

that is all


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jobieh
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Feb 23, 2007, 3:06 PM

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Send my warm regards to your sister. I work in Evanston about a mile from Northwestern, and it's an excellent campus. Does she already live in Chicago?



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in response to nothing in particular

i am happy to say that
my sister just got into the masters of creative writing program at northwestern
for creative nonfiction

so yeah

that is all



SalPane



Feb 23, 2007, 3:09 PM

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Sorry I didn't answer those questions!

Funding at first, is difficult to come by. But a lot of people seem to get funding after coming to the university...as in, once you've said you're coming you can find funding working as a research assistant for a professor, working in the writing center, tutoring for the atheletic academic services, etc. There is funding, it just involves some searching.

:)

Asneth,

Do you know of any research opportunities I can browse now or possibly even apply to? I've been accepted to the MFA program at Pitt in fiction but I haven't yet accepted their offer... which is zero funding. And I see the point about PA writers. I haven't been offered anything by the MFA program and there are no scholarships for grad students at Pitt, but I will be approved for certain grants from the state. But even that won't even come close to match the in state tuition of $14K a year.


rpc
ryan call

Feb 23, 2007, 3:13 PM

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yes i will
she went to nwestern as undergrad
and now works fulltime on campus
she really likes the area
and the faculty in the program


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BlueVelveeta


Feb 23, 2007, 3:18 PM

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Congrats to all of you soon-to-be MFA students. Despite the fact that I'm choking this out through self-pitying tears, I really am psyched for you and wish you many more acceptances. (After all, maybe I can ride your coattails next year!) ; )


piratelizzy


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I'm really kind of starting to feel dejected myself, Blue. I have not heard anything at all. Nothing at all. Of course I'm counting Cornell as a rejection at this point, and I never thought I'd get in at Iowa for a million years. But not hearing anything at all gives me this creepy feeling of having fallen off the face of the earth. It's like nobody even knows I'm alive!

But I am truly excited for people who've been accepted. Congratulations again, everyone.


'sup?!


blueragtop


Feb 23, 2007, 3:47 PM

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Just got off the phone. In at Iowa. Surreal conversation.


BuckeyeBrooder


Feb 23, 2007, 3:49 PM

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A week ago, after reading several notices from students who had already been contacted by UMass, I constructed a plan: I was going to go to rehab and let my publicist deliver the news of my rejection to my loved ones. My publicist was going to blame my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Howard for giving me false hopes about my writing abilities. Then I got an email from Michigan. I'm in for fiction! I'm amazed.

Anyone need a publicist...oh and a handful of shaved hair?


strangelet


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Feb 23, 2007, 3:49 PM

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Well, I haven't heard from anywhere I applied to yet, either... I did find out I'm on the waitlist for fiction at Southern Illinois, but that does not count as notification b/c I called them (I saw from my online account that they had not received one of my recommendations yet). So I think a lot of places have not gotten around to it yet.

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I'm really kind of starting to feel dejected myself, Blue. I have not heard anything at all. Nothing at all. Of course I'm counting Cornell as a rejection at this point, and I never thought I'd get in at Iowa for a million years. But not hearing anything at all gives me this creepy feeling of having fallen off the face of the earth. It's like nobody even knows I'm alive!

But I am truly excited for people who've been accepted. Congratulations again, everyone.



Hallelu you're the girl who whispers through the wall
I'd build you a hammer with a thick head and long claws
-- Grant-Lee Phillips


userunknown


Feb 23, 2007, 3:55 PM

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I know how you feel. I applied to 15 schools and have heard nothing. What's worse is that others have already heard from at least four of them.
I feel like the biggest reject ever and it's not even March yet.


jobieh
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This waiting and seeing everyone else accepted reminds my of my college years when I was twenty and all my friends were twenty-one, and the friends who weren’t twenty-one had fake id’s but I didn’t because I wasn't cool enough and when I finally did turn twenty-one everyone else had assumed a general ennui towards the bars. Man, I don’t even think I could get into rehab at this point (or the Lohan Express as PirateLizzy astutely called it, atleast I think it was her).


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vronsky


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Good work, Buckeye.


lculli18


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I haven't heard anything (and am feeling particularly loserish and inept) either but today I had a missed call on my cell phone from a non-local number! I listened to the voicemail and guess who it was... Fabio. Not kidding.
Apparently some "I can't believe it's not butter" promotion allows people to go online and have Fabio call their friends. GRRRR!


umass76


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Lculli18,

A friend who would put Fabio through to your voicemail is no friend at all.

S.

:-)


BlueVelveeta


Feb 23, 2007, 4:15 PM

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That is amazing. Maybe I'll make myself feel better by having Fabio harass my housemates.


little A


Feb 23, 2007, 4:19 PM

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Here's a funny anecdote to cheer up all of us who have yet to hear anything from any of our million schools:

Yesterday I woke up with my right eye swollen shut at 5:30 am. I had rubbed my eye in my sleep and some nitty gritty object decided to scratch it's way into a nice comfy spot behind my eye. About an hour later I could open my eye but it was involuntarily crying and I had to call in sick because I work as a receptionist and I would scare away all the undergrads who come into my office. So I literally had to sit by my phone all day crying while waiting for a call because I couldn't do anything else. TV made my eye cry, reading made my eye cry, writing, everything made my eye leak!

No call and by the time that little sucker finally was out I was so relieved that I decided not to worry about MFA stuff until I get 8 out of 9 rejection letters. Wishful thinking, but at least you haven't had an eye emergency today!


Elika619


Feb 23, 2007, 4:44 PM

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Melos,

Congratulations!!! That's so great. I'm happy for you!


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taddunn


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I can help out with SIU Carbondale information. I was an undergrad there, although it's been almost five years since I graduated.


LateApplicant


Feb 23, 2007, 5:09 PM

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Congrats everyone !!! You guys rock !!!

As for me, I'm in at my grandma's for Oscar's night. (And I hate Oscars).


jrosello
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Feb 23, 2007, 5:11 PM

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Congrats!


wildflowerfever


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I can help out with SIU Carbondale information. I was an undergrad there, although it's been almost five years since I graduated.


What was your overall impression of the MFA program?


taddunn


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I haven't caught whether you're going for fiction or poetry. But since you're asking for an overall general impression, I guess I don't have to know this about you. Even as an undergrad, the writers there are approachable, so if you're a grad student there, this will be a given: Ample attention. The fiction writers there, Beth Lordan and Mike Magnuson -- and I'm not sure who else is there now -- will take a manuscript under a magnifying glass. They're two completely different personalities, so the experience will be diverse. Crab Orchard Review is great to have there. They have a literary festival -- Padgett Powell was there once, just to name one writer who caught my interest. Concerning the poets, I know less. Rodney Jones is top of the line, but I never took a workshop with him, to my regret. If you go there, check out Shawnee National Forest -- climb on all the cool rocks. People think of Illinois and see Chicago and cornfields, but southern Illinois, man, it's like the 51st state.


jargreen

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Pinckney Benedict was also on the fiction faculty at Southern Illinois this year. Not sure if he's going to be permanent, though. (I have a good friend in the program.) Benedict published his first short story collection at 22, I believe. Sick.


BarlArten


Feb 23, 2007, 8:31 PM

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Congrats, melos, and everyone else. I got a call from LSC at Iowa (fiction) around 5:00 p.m. (actually first it was the program coordinator, who gave me the news and talked to me for a few minutes before saying, "let me see if I can find the director, I'm sure she wants to talk to you"). You captured it: surreal conversation.

When I was speaking to the prg coordinator, she said, "you're admitted. Did you know that already?" Apparently the graduate school has sent out letters or called some people (I can't remember which) before they were supposed to. She also said she put my letter in the mail today.


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kiiro


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I'm really kind of starting to feel dejected myself, Blue. I have not heard anything at all. Nothing at all. Of course I'm counting Cornell as a rejection at this point, and I never thought I'd get in at Iowa for a million years. But not hearing anything at all gives me this creepy feeling of having fallen off the face of the earth. It's like nobody even knows I'm alive!

But I am truly excited for people who've been accepted. Congratulations again, everyone.


I definitely know how you feel. I applied to 10 places and have heard from none of them. Last year, one of the places I applied to lost my application (I only found this out upon calling in late March, excited that I might have been accepted), so I called them all this year and I know they have it, but I've heard nothing. I've heard that Montana and Alabama already sent things out, and I haven't heard from them.


betp


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No way... montana's one of my top. I hadn't heard of any acceptances there yet... still crossing my fingers.

last year i got accepted at a couple of places (all expensive with no aid) and these rolled in all the way from early feb to mid april... so let's hope we've still got a good shot!


kiiro


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No way... montana's one of my top. I hadn't heard of any acceptances there yet... still crossing my fingers.

last year i got accepted at a couple of places (all expensive with no aid) and these rolled in all the way from early feb to mid april... so let's hope we've still got a good shot!

Same here. It's Montana, NMSU, and Alabama as my top three. Minnesota State Mankato and UC Boulder are runners up.

I applied last year, but didn't get accepted anywhere. I think that was partly because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Hopefully I stand a better chance this year!


JKicker
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Feb 24, 2007, 2:24 AM

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Congrats melos and everyone else!

I still haven't received a rejection from George Mason-that's all I have to hold onto at this point except my Ohio State rejection letter...go wolverines!

I sent an email to UNCW last night after all of the hubbub and today I got no less than 3 emails from various people in their dept explaining the situation. They were very friendly and helpful...it makes me want to go there even more :( They have received over 250 applications again this year by the way.


ellen362


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Hi Folks- Just wanted to report that I was waitlisted at Iowa for fiction! By letter dated 2/23. Best of luck to all.

Ellen


ecphraticknolls


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Congrats!
And, wow, that was fast! Where do you live?


ellen362


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Thanks! I live in Iowa City. It was a skinny letter that I was afraid to open. The rest of the waitlist letters must be making their way outward. And to think that yesterday I was in despair! This is my fifth try, so at least I feel like I am making progress. So don't give up yet, folks! Did you apply at Iowa?

Ellen


nachocheese


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CONGRATS!! That's wonderful!!!


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Ellen



soozybleu


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Hi, all. Just wanted to let you know that I got an Alabama acceptance via phone at Alabama.

Good luck to everyone.

edit - in poetry.


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strangelet


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Wow! Good for you, that's awesome. Thank you so much, by the way, for telling us that this was your fifth try. It really helps to know that I'm not the only person applying whose writing wasn't perfect the first time out. This is my third year-- so far I've only heard from one place (waitlisted). Last year I was accepted to a school that had no money to offer me. The first year I applied I was also waitlisted somewhere; that came to nothing, which makes sense, since it was a good school with decent funding. But all this is irrelevant-- I just wanted to send out a big thank you to everyone on this forum (which I am new to) for making a difficult process much, much less discouraging :)

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Thanks! I live in Iowa City. It was a skinny letter that I was afraid to open. The rest of the waitlist letters must be making their way outward. And to think that yesterday I was in despair! This is my fifth try, so at least I feel like I am making progress. So don't give up yet, folks! Did you apply at Iowa?

Ellen



Hallelu you're the girl who whispers through the wall
I'd build you a hammer with a thick head and long claws
-- Grant-Lee Phillips


jargreen

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To those of you who are in your second, third, or fifth year of shooting for the MFA ... I second strangelet, THANKS for letting us know about your experiences! We first-timers need to know what this process is all about. I really hope that THIS YEAR you get into a school that you're very enthusiastic about!


BlueVelveeta


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Thirded. It's really encouraging to be reminded that it might take a few tries to get in there, and that not sailing through on your first try isn't an indication that you should retire your laptop. I've been reminded that it's early, and I know that's true, but I just have a feeling that this isn't my year...so it's really nice to have some motivation as I gear up for another hair-pulling series of applications. : )


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To those of you who are in your second, third, or fifth year of shooting for the MFA ... I second strangelet, THANKS for letting us know about your experiences! We first-timers need to know what this process is all about. I really hope that THIS YEAR you get into a school that you're very enthusiastic about!



Clench Million
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Feb 24, 2007, 2:22 PM

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I'm really kind of starting to feel dejected myself, Blue. I have not heard anything at all. Nothing at all. Of course I'm counting Cornell as a rejection at this point, and I never thought I'd get in at Iowa for a million years. But not hearing anything at all gives me this creepy feeling of having fallen off the face of the earth. It's like nobody even knows I'm alive!


Let me be another person to say it is still very early in the game. Last year I applied to 11 schools and didn't hear any of my acceptances, rejections or wait lists by Feb. 24th. The first response I got was Feb. 29th and after that it was several weeks for the second one.

So don't get down yet.


SaraBellum


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Congratulations Soozy!

I too have applied to Alabama. Did they call you today? Also, were you offered funding?

You should do something to celebrate!


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todays mail = NOTHING
but a nice rag mag about britney spears and her new secret piercing. ah, literture at its best, yes?


soozybleu


Feb 25, 2007, 1:10 AM

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They called me on Friday afternoon. (Still hasn't registered - in my post I wrote "an Alabama acceptance from Alabama":) But yes, they offered funding (their standard amount, I think).

I'm celebrating with grilled cheese and cheap champagne. And sending good vibes to everyone involved in this maddening process.

Good luck to you!!


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ellen362


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I'm glad to help out. After I got rejected each year, I worked on my writing and editing skills. Now my first fiction attempts seem amatuerish! I took the toughest English and writing courses I could find, with the best teachers, wrote down nearly everything they said in class, and reviewed my notes periodically. I went to many readings. I figured out how to shorten sentences. I understand how to avoid earlier basic mistakes: tense shifts, lapses in POV, rushed endings that make no sense, etc.

Some of the admission process is luck, but lots is skill-building. Talent? We all have that.

Hope this helps, BlueVelveeta. You have a cool name, BTW. Is there a story behind that?


strangelet


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Thanks, jargreen ;) Good luck to you too. My hopeful side says it's a good sign that I've been waitlisted at the first place I've heard back from, but my doubtful side says... what if all the rest are rejections??? I feel like a freakin' yoyo.

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To those of you who are in your second, third, or fifth year of shooting for the MFA ... I second strangelet, THANKS for letting us know about your experiences! We first-timers need to know what this process is all about. I really hope that THIS YEAR you get into a school that you're very enthusiastic about!



Hallelu you're the girl who whispers through the wall
I'd build you a hammer with a thick head and long claws
-- Grant-Lee Phillips


kiiro


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They called me on Friday afternoon. (Still hasn't registered - in my post I wrote "an Alabama acceptance from Alabama":) But yes, they offered funding (their standard amount, I think).

I'm celebrating with grilled cheese and cheap champagne. And sending good vibes to everyone involved in this maddening process.

Good luck to you!!

Is this the Tuscaloosa campus, with Michael Martone? If so, I applied there too. *crosses fingers*

Alabama states on its website that it doesn't accept students it can't fund, so anyone who gets accepted gets a nice deal.


Rebdg


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hi guys. i am new to this website (but good thing someone showed it to me otherwise i may have been marginally productive for the last 5 hours... and i still would have thought there was hope for UW... damn)

i was accepted to pitt (poetry) a few weeks ago & informed i am 1st on the list of non-funded students (sad, sad, sad) so in the event that one of the two fully funded students decides not to take the offer, i guess i will be offered it. such an event would be incredible because the program is one of my top top choices & i'd like it to be a feasible choice, y'know... since i don't know much about this process i don't know what i should think. are the odds in my favor? even a little?

i need word from the pros, pleeaz.

thanks! nice to meet you.


kiiro


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hi guys. i am new to this website (but good thing someone showed it to me otherwise i may have been marginally productive for the last 5 hours... and i still would have thought there was hope for UW... damn)

i was accepted to pitt (poetry) a few weeks ago & informed i am 1st on the list of non-funded students (sad, sad, sad) so in the event that one of the two fully funded students decides not to take the offer, i guess i will be offered it. such an event would be incredible because the program is one of my top top choices & i'd like it to be a feasible choice, y'know... since i don't know much about this process i don't know what i should think. are the odds in my favor? even a little?

i need word from the pros, pleeaz.

thanks! nice to meet you.

Wow, Pitt is completely awesome. Cathy Day is a great writer. You should read her A Circus in Winter. I don't know much about the poetry side of things there, but I know it's definitely a good program overall.

As for the process, it's a crap-shoot. If one of the fully-funded students does decide to go elsewhere, you'll probably get funding. However, those who were admitted with full funding might view Pitt as their dream school. After all, Pittsburgh is a completely awesome city, especially for writers.

I'd recommend just chilling out and waiting. No one can really predict what will happen, but given that you're first on the list of students to be funded, I'd say you have a pretty good chance. Congrats!


little A


Feb 25, 2007, 4:58 PM

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I just got a call from NMSU this morning and I'm in with funding. For anyone out there waiting to hear, she said that she had called and left me a message that I never received. But I get the impression that NMSU is taking their time contacting people.


fleurdelis44


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Hi everyone. I've been lurking for a shamefully long while. Finally, though, I feel invested (read: addicted) enough to participate. I just got off the phone with Purdue and I'm in with funding. The places I applied to are

Ohio State--accepted with funding
North Carolina State--accepted w/ funding
UNC Greensboro--accepted w/ funding
Indiana--assumed rejection
Colorado State--accepted w/ funding
Purdue--accepted w/ funding
U of Memphis--heard nothing
U of Florida--heard nothing
FSU--heard nothing
Bowling Green--heard nothing
U of West Va--heard nothing
Ohio U--heard nothing
U of Idaho--heard nothing
U of Houston--heard nothing
LSU--heard nothing
Arizona State--heard nothing

Yes, that is 16 schools. I was scared silly by dark portents of unfortuitous odds and borrowed $1500 from my parents to cover application costs. Now I wish I would have applied to a few more "reach" schools. Congrats to everyone who's gotten in and good luck to everyone who is waiting to hear back.


littleiodine


Feb 25, 2007, 5:57 PM

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You're doing ridiculously well for yourself, there.


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Hi everyone. I've been lurking for a shamefully long while. Finally, though, I feel invested (read: addicted) enough to participate. I just got off the phone with Purdue and I'm in with funding. The places I applied to are

Ohio State--accepted with funding
North Carolina State--accepted w/ funding
UNC Greensboro--accepted w/ funding
Indiana--assumed rejection
Colorado State--accepted w/ funding
Purdue--accepted w/ funding
U of Memphis--heard nothing
U of Florida--heard nothing
FSU--heard nothing
Bowling Green--heard nothing
U of West Va--heard nothing
Ohio U--heard nothing
U of Idaho--heard nothing
U of Houston--heard nothing
LSU--heard nothing
Arizona State--heard nothing

Yes, that is 16 schools. I was scared silly by dark portents of unfortuitous odds and borrowed $1500 from my parents to cover application costs. Now I wish I would have applied to a few more "reach" schools. Congrats to everyone who's gotten in and good luck to everyone who is waiting to hear back.



jargreen

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Feb 25, 2007, 8:04 PM

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fleurdelis44: I think that in the balloting for Applicant of the Year, you're in the lead. Congrats!

(I believe that MFA faculties do the voting for this award.)


(This post was edited by jargreen on Feb 25, 2007, 8:05 PM)


ecphraticknolls


Feb 25, 2007, 8:14 PM

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Congrats! btw, are you applying in fiction or poetry?


fleurdelis44


Feb 25, 2007, 10:00 PM

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I'm fiction. So far, leaning toward OSU because it's the best offer financially. Yeah, I'm really surprised by the number of acceptances too, but I see that so many people here are applying to top ten "untouchable" schools that my acceptances into the mid-range programs don't count for much. Where does everyone stand on money vs. school reputation, by the way? How much more money does some place like OSU have to offer you to lure you away from, say, Cornell?


malber


Feb 25, 2007, 10:11 PM

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fleur - congrats on the many acceptances!

i'm fiction as well, also in at OSU where I'm currently leaning. As far as money vs. reputation, it's a tough question because many people here will very willingly go into debt for Iowa and Columbia and the like. We had this convo in a different thread, actually. But others, myself included, would not. OSU's offer is generous and their people have been amazingly complimentary and gracious on the phone and via email... that being said, Cornell's got a great program (and AMAZING funding). its so tough though because of location and personal attachments, etc. but probably most people would take cornell over osu unless offered about 22K per year. isn't cornell offering like 18K?

i'll PM you. we can talk OSU, etc.


tenderloner
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Feb 25, 2007, 10:54 PM

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I was torn about this, knowing my funding limitations and my crippling undergrad debt. I applied to some reach schools, hoping for good funding (Iowa, Columbia), others with universally great funding or a few great fellowships (Michener, Cornell, Brown, NYU) and a bunch I figured I could fund between teaching, minimal debt and a residency miracle (UNCG, Irvine, Hunter).

I also applied to Cal Arts with no idea how their funding is because I like the idea of going to an all arts school since I'm also a photographer. I submitted a mixed genre and mixed media portfolio that I think best represents the work I'd ultimately like to create.

I also dropped some schools along the way, largely due to the overall expense and stress of applying (Stegner, Sarah Lawrence, SFSU, Indiana). Having seen posts from people who received full funding at those places, now I'm kicking myself and keeping fingers crossed.

At least Fleur can't possibly attend all of those schools, leaving extra spots for the rest of us!


(This post was edited by tenderloner on Feb 25, 2007, 10:57 PM)


kiiro


Feb 25, 2007, 11:03 PM

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I just got a call from NMSU this morning and I'm in with funding. For anyone out there waiting to hear, she said that she had called and left me a message that I never received. But I get the impression that NMSU is taking their time contacting people.

Really? They must be working quickly. I hope I get in there.


HopperFu


Feb 26, 2007, 8:21 AM

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This is one of those 'pays to do your homework' things:
A number of the schools you mentioned do provide (excellent) full funding for all of their students: Stegner and Cornell are two examples.
As for dollar figures, I think it's silly to choose a program for a couple of thousand dollars. I.E., if Program A offers $18K and Program B offers $15K, go to whichever program is better. In the scheme of things, that $3 grand is nothing. I'm a big believer in only going to programs that offer full funding - tuition waiver plus a livable stipend - but once you get to that point, just go to whichever program you think is a better fit....


malber


Feb 26, 2007, 10:00 AM

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yeah, I totally agree Hopper. the fit is most important.

i guess my point is that in my view, most people would take Cornell's name recognition over OSU, regardless of fit. unless more loot was on the table. but maybe i'm wrong about that. your approach is the correct one, however.


HopperFu


Feb 26, 2007, 10:24 AM

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most people would take Cornell's name recognition over OSU, regardless of fit.


It's an interesting question, and people who have multiple offers should seriously consider it. I'd argue that fit is more important than name recognition, but that name recognition is a very large part of fit.
Much of your MFA experience comes from your peers, and the more selective your school is - not just in terms of statistical admissions, but in terms of highest quality of applicants - the better your peer group is likely to be.
Money is important, but once you are past a certain threshold - full tuition, and a livable stipend with a reasonable workload - it really shouldn't matter. Seriously, living on $20K a year isn't that much better than living on $18K, and shouldn't influence your decision.


strangelet


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Feb 26, 2007, 10:41 AM

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OMG, wow. Please tell me when you heard from Purdue and UNCG? I am waiting to hear from them in fiction, and wondering...*edit* I meant to add that UNCG is my top choice, so that's why I am so anxious.

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Hi everyone. I've been lurking for a shamefully long while. Finally, though, I feel invested (read: addicted) enough to participate. I just got off the phone with Purdue and I'm in with funding. The places I applied to are

Ohio State--accepted with funding
North Carolina State--accepted w/ funding
UNC Greensboro--accepted w/ funding
Indiana--assumed rejection
Colorado State--accepted w/ funding
Purdue--accepted w/ funding
U of Memphis--heard nothing
U of Florida--heard nothing
FSU--heard nothing
Bowling Green--heard nothing
U of West Va--heard nothing
Ohio U--heard nothing
U of Idaho--heard nothing
U of Houston--heard nothing
LSU--heard nothing
Arizona State--heard nothing

Yes, that is 16 schools. I was scared silly by dark portents of unfortuitous odds and borrowed $1500 from my parents to cover application costs. Now I wish I would have applied to a few more "reach" schools. Congrats to everyone who's gotten in and good luck to everyone who is waiting to hear back.



Hallelu you're the girl who whispers through the wall
I'd build you a hammer with a thick head and long claws
-- Grant-Lee Phillips


(This post was edited by strangelet on Feb 26, 2007, 10:49 AM)


tenderloner
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Feb 26, 2007, 10:58 AM

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There are so many factors. I have this love/hate relationship with New York. It's great when you have money, but ever since I got into Columbia, my fortunes have taken a severe downturn. If I were to get into a school in the city, there would have to be a tremendous package to make it workable. At Columbia, I already have a built in community, which is a big bonus, and I know how to deal with the bureaucracy. I had the opportunity to visit Cornell a few times and it's beautiful, the perfect college town from my experiences. (I do worry about the piles of snow!)

It's all about the big picture for me, so when people have asked me what my top choice is, I can't say. It's easy to say Iowa, and it has many pluses, but so do other programs. When my friends ask what I'll do when I get in everywhere and have to make a tough decision, I say I'd be thrilled to get in anywhere and welcome such a golden problem. Call me, LSC!


gschon


Feb 26, 2007, 11:13 AM

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I've been lurking for quite a while. Last year at this time I was happy/sad at my acceptance w/o funding to Pitt. I didn't take them up on their offer and, even though the program is excellent and Pittsburgh is a great town, I'm glad that I didn't. I reapplied for Fall 2007 and I got a late January call from Lee Martin at OSU. I'm in in fiction with tuition waiver and teaching. I'm very much leaning towards their offer even though I have a few applications still out there. I agree that they have been awesome to talk with. Very accessible.

If anyone has any info on OSU's program, don't hesitate to pass it along.


Elika619


Feb 26, 2007, 11:38 AM

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Did you get in to Columbia this year??? If so, when did you hear?


tenderloner
Geary'n Hyde

Feb 26, 2007, 11:43 AM

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Nope, went to Columbia as an undergrad in the creative writing program.


Elika619


Feb 26, 2007, 12:05 PM

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Ah yes. Ok. Whew. I need to chill out. Just have been waiting on pins and needles, waiting to hear *something* from one of my twelve schools.


little A


Feb 26, 2007, 12:34 PM

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They are crazy quick. I decided to apply there last minute and I think I mailed my app out right before the Feb. 1 "suggested" deadline.


madelinek


Feb 26, 2007, 12:35 PM

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Ditto, Elika. I still haven't heard a thing from any of my 17 programs! I'm dying.


littleiodine


Feb 26, 2007, 1:33 PM

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Well today I was talking with my mother on the phone, and she said I'd got a thin envelope from Washington University ... I didn't at all think I'd get in when I applied there, and letters are almost always rejections, so I just told her to go ahead and get it over with. I wasn't even gonna be that disappointed, because it wouldn't surprise me at all to be rejected.

But.

I am accepted. With a full fellowship and funding, etc.

Um. So. That's pretty much where I'll be going, I guess.

Very happy.


strangelet


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Feb 26, 2007, 1:38 PM

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woohoo!!! Nice. Are you in fiction?
MAN, I hope that happens to me soon ;)

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Well today I was talking with my mother on the phone, and she said I'd got a thin envelope from Washington University ... I didn't at all think I'd get in when I applied there, and letters are almost always rejections, so I just told her to go ahead and get it over with. I wasn't even gonna be that disappointed, because it wouldn't surprise me at all to be rejected.

But.

I am accepted. With a full fellowship and funding, etc.

Um. So. That's pretty much where I'll be going, I guess.

Very happy.



Hallelu you're the girl who whispers through the wall
I'd build you a hammer with a thick head and long claws
-- Grant-Lee Phillips


razmatazmilfoil
Sara

Feb 26, 2007, 1:40 PM

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Congratulations littleiodine! Is it Washington University in St. Louis, or University of Washington in Seattle?


littleiodine


Feb 26, 2007, 1:43 PM

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Thank you! I'm still in utter shock.

It's Washington University in St. Louis, and I'm in for Fiction.

... I'm already wondering if it's some kind of brutal, arbitrary mistake, heh.


strangelet


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Feb 26, 2007, 1:49 PM

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LOL yeah, I'd be the same way! Well imo funding is the holy grail so hey, good for you. You must be doing something right :-)

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Thank you! I'm still in utter shock.

It's Washington University in St. Louis, and I'm in for Fiction.

... I'm already wondering if it's some kind of brutal, arbitrary mistake, heh.



Hallelu you're the girl who whispers through the wall
I'd build you a hammer with a thick head and long claws
-- Grant-Lee Phillips


Elika619


Feb 26, 2007, 2:41 PM

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Don't you feel like you didn't even apply? At this point I just want to hear something, acknowledging that I did indeed apply.

Where did you apply? This is my list:

University of Washington-Seattle
Univ. of Oregon-Eugene
UC-Irvine
Cornell
UMass
Iowa
UT-Austin
NYU
Columbia
BU
Michigan


madelinek


Feb 26, 2007, 2:54 PM

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yes! i DO feel like I haven't even applied. i'm broke as a joke. here's my ridiculous list:

montana
michigan
iowa
columbia
virginia
arizona
las vegas
colorado state
new mexico state
uc irvine
texas
washington
bu
umass amherst
the new school
nyu
sarah lawrence

jeeeez.


commanda
Amanda

Feb 26, 2007, 3:14 PM

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I'm making myself sick. Last year I managed to get 12 rejections and a broken heart. This year my one acceptance [so far] is feeling like a trick, but still makes me feel tingly in a good way. I applied to 2 nonfiction programs and the rest for fiction.

- George Mason - Yes for nonfiction; funding pending.
- UMass - nothing yet (but probably a no)
- Iowa (nonfiction) - ditto
- Colorado State - ditto

And also....
- Alabama
- New Mexico State
- Florida State
- U of Florida
- Arizona State
- Arkansas
- Wash U

I like George Mason, but I'd really prefer to have a choice of some sort. My top three hopes are pinned on the two Floridas and Wash U...I hate to think how much I've spent in total the past two years, but more staggering is the amount of energy I've spent so far running to the mailbox.


Elika619


Feb 26, 2007, 3:24 PM

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Great list!! I forgot to add that I too applied to Montana. Just shows you where my mind is!

However since most people who have been accepted have heard from UMass, Cornell, Iowa, and Michigan, I am assuming that those are "no's". So stressful!!!!

And yes, I am broke too. I just went to Target and stood contemplating a pair of $14 ballet flats.


ghostracer


Feb 26, 2007, 3:37 PM

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Yes, your lists matches up with mine, at least for:
Iowa
University of Oregon
University of Washington
UT-Austin
Columbia....

the only school you didn't apply to that I did was University of Chicago, and that is not really an MFA program so you probably have a better chance at getting in with your extra choices than I do.

But I haven't heard anything from any schools yet either, so don't worry. But maybe do worry because it seems like these are some of the hardest programs to get into in the country.


flyinghouses.blogspot.com




Banyon


Feb 26, 2007, 4:25 PM

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Thank you! I'm still in utter shock.

It's Washington University in St. Louis, and I'm in for Fiction.

... I'm already wondering if it's some kind of brutal, arbitrary mistake, heh.



Congratulations! I've mentioned this in another thread, but I'm an undergrad student at Wash U, and last semester I took a fiction workshop with Marshall Klimasewiski. He's brilliant. Pages of comments, very insightful, kind but critical. I'm sure you'll love the program. (Sorry, no insight on the rest of the faculty!)

-Banyon


fleurdelis44


Feb 26, 2007, 4:38 PM

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Hi Strangelet, I heard from Greensboro about a week and a half ago, Jim Clark called and said that although he couldn't admit me officially yet, ("It's a lengthy admissions process here at Greensboro") he wanted me to know that they liked my application and to tell me about their funding. He said that because their funding is a bit low compared to other schools ($10,000), he wanted to contact some applicants and give them a heads-up so that they don't accept other schools' earlier offers. I heard from Purdue yesterday. They called in the afternoon and apologized for calling on a Sunday. They did say that they read about a hundred apps this year and are only accepting four, so I feel special--even though I was aware that that was designed to make me feel special, and so added a grain of salt to it.

In response to some of the posts on liveable stipends: do you think $10,000 a year is enough?


vronsky


Feb 26, 2007, 4:41 PM

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Admitted to University of Washington (Seattle) via email. Poetry. No word on funding.


jchilder42


Feb 26, 2007, 4:45 PM

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In at UMass Boston in Poetry. Tuition + 3250 for 5 hour teaching assistanship.


bighark


Feb 26, 2007, 4:50 PM

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Unless you are especially frugal, I don't think $10,000 a year is enough to live on. Neither, it appears, does the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which describes $9,800 a year for a one-person household as a poverty guideline.

Having said that, I think 10K a year is a great opportunity for someone who wants to get an MFA. You may have to get a part time job or borrow a few thousand dollars in order to make ends meet, but I think it's really saying something for a school to give free money to creative writing students.

Congratulations and good luck!


lobsterloose


Feb 26, 2007, 4:51 PM

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Not sure how to post here so I apologize if I screwed it up...

I was just accepted to George Mason for Non-fiction. No word on funding. Anyone know how the program is?


mrsriley72


Feb 26, 2007, 5:15 PM

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In at UMass Boston in Poetry. Tuition + 3250 for 5 hour teaching assistanship.


YEAH ! Good for you. This is one school I really wanted to hear form.
I was told last week that final decisions were made (fri) and they would notify by March 1.


edit: So I just looked online

"Your application for the Creative Writing (MFA) program has been carefully reviewed by the Admissions Committee at the University of Massachusetts Boston. I regret to inform you that you have not been selected for admission to the program. Your official letter has been mailed. You have our best wishes for successful pursuit of your future endeavors."

I am in tears.


(This post was edited by mrsriley72 on Feb 26, 2007, 5:20 PM)


jchilder42


Feb 26, 2007, 5:18 PM

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Thanks mrsriley72. I found out via email. I'm very happy.


SweetJane


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Feb 26, 2007, 5:26 PM

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