Mar 20, 2006, 10:19 AM
Post #4 of 42
Not sure if you are applying for poetry/fiction/nonfiction, but I can tell you that they called me the week before last to tell me they accepted me in poetry. From what I gather there is another person on speakeasy who has been accepted also, but they seem to be notifying randomly (supposedly someone got the call in Feb if I recall info from another site).
They do let in 20-25, but that is for all three genres. So we are talking maybe 8 poets max. Of those 8, about half will get funding. Funding comes in the form of a teaching assistantship, and because the creative writing department is its own department those TAs teach undergrad creative writing, two sections a semester, with about 10 students per class.
Because it is a three year program I wouldn't worry so much about not being in a workshop the first year, plus it seems to depend on who is visiting there, etc. From what I gathered, workshops are small and they don't just cram in extra people (a friend of mine who went into a different MFA program last year said there was no truth in advertising, and her workshops were extremely crowded, like ten people over the posted class size, so they could fit everyone in, so I am sort of wary of that myself).
I am not very good at math, but if they admit 20-25 students each year, with a three year program that means there is likely 60-75 students at any time, with a third of those in your genre, and a third of that in your entering class. So it doesn't sound huge to me, but that may be a matter of opinion.
Since no one has been rejected/waitlisted yet, I assume they are just going down the apps and admitting as they like, which means they may not have gotten to yours yet. They seem very friendly and I bet would be nice if you called to ask. They didn't give me a deadline yet on accepting the offer, and they haven't offered financial aid either (at least not to me). I don't remember the deadline to apply but I sent all my stuff in around early December: they may be going chronologically.
I hope this info helps, but really I would just call and ask them. Easier said than done, I know, because I still am afraid that they called me by mistake. (I have extreme paranoia about all my acceptances because I have yet to get anything in the mail that says I was indeed accepted. You know, something with a university seal or some official sounding dean's signature.)