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EastCoastPoet


Jan 30, 2007, 3:54 PM

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Ambiguous like...they give me an ID number and PIN like most schools do to check your application status, but it didn't say anything about status. So I logged on and it didn't say anything until you explore through the site a bit and see them say they're still looking through, yadda yadda...maybe I looked more into it than I should have, but damnit...give me the news FIRST...I don't want to work my heart over so much in anticipation!


lculli18


Jan 30, 2007, 4:04 PM

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I received similar information from them: half the time when I log in with the # and pin, it takes me to the application status/credentials page and half the time it takes me to "e-campus." There doesn't seem to be a particular rhyme or reason to it.
My email wasn't as ambiguous because they stated that my application is incomplete (transcripts are still MIA even though the PO confirmed delivery twice now) and that I needed to log on to figure out what was missing (of course when I logged on I arrived at ecampus instead.


BlueVelveeta


Jan 30, 2007, 6:21 PM

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Yes, I decided to take my lead poem to my poetry workshop last week and learned that the whole thing was far clearer when I altered one very important word in the refrain. Later, just for fun, I fell asleep and dreamed I had been accepted to UTx-Michener Center and woke up so very happy...until reality came crashing down 4 seconds later.

This waiting period is quite a bit rougher than I thought it was going to be. Especially now that my dear friend, a U Mass MFA graduate, just won a prestigious chapbook contest and had his work published with an introduction by Yusef Komunyakaa. It's a strange feeling to simultaneously envy and be happy for someone. Speaking of which, congratulations again to all of you who have acceptances in hand; I do envy you, but also toast you for your success and the ulcers that have hopefully stopped growing in your stomachs by now.


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...except when you realize you may have sent a subpar copy out to one of your schools.



kekaczor
Kim


Jan 30, 2007, 7:04 PM

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Hollins freaked me out with the same letter. I emailed the financial aid people and have yet to hear back from them. Maybe I asked too hard of a question? Like: Please, what can I do for money at your MFA program?

Ok, so, I am waiting on (fiction)

Brown
Hollins
Oregon
UNM
U-Miami

Anyone else waiting on something similar? Good luck to all of you, congrats on the people already in... I'm already planning next year's apps.


SalPane



Jan 30, 2007, 7:52 PM

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Actually you're right. Instead of waiting on just MFA acceptances I'm now waiting for lit journal stuff as well. Whoops. As for where I applied to in fiction:

Iowa
Virginia
California-Irvine
Michigan
Mass-Amherst
Cornell
Indiana
Syracuse
Pittsburgh
Oregon
Colorado
American

So I'm a bit stressed at the moment.


(This post was edited by SalPane on Jan 30, 2007, 7:56 PM)


betp


Jan 30, 2007, 7:53 PM

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yup, I applied last year (and unfortunately, got all acceptances-with-no-funding or waitlists),

but I heard from

Emerson--really early February (first week or so)
Wyoming--mid February
Minnesota--late February
UTenn (PhD) late February
U Denver mid-March

And then from Penn State/UNC-Wilmington mid April

hope this helps!


dre9ths


Jan 30, 2007, 11:33 PM

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  Guys,

Do you think being on a waitlist the year before would improve a persons chances of being accepted to the same program on reapplying the next year? I guess what I'm wondering is if admissions committees "remember" past applicants. I read somewhere that they did. I'm curious since I'm reapplying to Indiana and Arkansas.

Dre


malber


Jan 31, 2007, 12:04 AM

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does it help? sure. why not. it certainly can't hurt. the thing is, i know a few places that have only 1 or 2 readers (out of 5 or 10) read your stuff... kind of like a gatekeeper system. so if they don't remember you, i don't see how a previous waitlisting could help. however, if you get past the gatekeeper, it would probably help. or, maybe you get the same person who read your stuff last time... or the schools in question have everyone read all the pieces. it couldn't hurt to mention the waitlisting in the statement of purpose to that school.


alishein


Jan 31, 2007, 9:31 AM

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UNC Wilmington mid April?! I don't know if I can wait that long...
I haven't introduced myself though I've posted a couple of times. I'm Ali - I applied for fiction. My list is:

Cornell
Columbia
NYU
Johns Hopkins
Iowa
American
George Mason
Colorado State
UVA
UNCW
UNCG


shebop42


Jan 31, 2007, 9:43 AM

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I should introduce myself too - I'm Sheena, and I applied for nonfiction at the following:

Pittsburgh
Minnesota
George Mason
Hollins
UNC Wil
Iowa
Montana
Notre Dame
Arizona
New Mexico
UTEP (El Paso)

Waiting has been so much harder than I thought it was going to be - it's not even February yet!


franz

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Jan 31, 2007, 11:07 AM

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Congrats to everyone who heard from OSU and Minnesota...
I thought I'd check this out to see how this year is going for people. A year ago this time I was ripping my hair out, with regular intake of dark chocolate, beer, coffee, herb, and silvery Oregon rain.
I notice a lot of you are freaking out about UMass. Last year I received an acceptance from them in late Feb., so think late Feb./early March unless you're the genius fellowship whiz.
I got my rejections to Brown, Cornell, Iowa, U of Washington, and Stegner all in early to mid-March, and I got my acceptance from Hopkins on March 11th, I think, the only day there was snow on the ground in Portland last year.
I also got an acceptance to Emerson I think in early Feb.-- sounds like they are notifying people right now.
Yeah, I know, another month of waiting. It's excruciating. Just because some people are hearing now doesn't mean your dream school isn't secretly courting you for a few months down the road. I was all geared up to go to UMass but then Hopkins was fooled enough by my act to take me in. It was the one school I was absolutely positive I wouldn't get into-- perhaps a sort of reverse intuition?


Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels


franz

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Jan 31, 2007, 11:07 AM

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Congrats to everyone who heard from OSU and Minnesota...
I thought I'd check this out to see how this year is going for people. A year ago this time I was ripping my hair out, with regular intake of dark chocolate, beer, coffee, herb, and silvery Oregon rain.
I notice a lot of you are freaking out about UMass. Last year I received an acceptance from them in late Feb., so think late Feb./early March unless you're the genius fellowship whiz.
I got my rejections to Brown, Cornell, Iowa, U of Washington, and Stegner all in early to mid-March, and I got my acceptance from Hopkins on March 11th, I think, the only day there was snow on the ground in Portland last year.
I also got an acceptance to Emerson I think in early Feb.-- sounds like they are notifying people right now.
Yeah, I know, another month of waiting. It's excruciating. Just because some people are hearing now doesn't mean your dream school isn't secretly courting you for a few months down the road. I was all geared up to go to UMass but then Hopkins was fooled enough by my act to take me in. It was the one school I was absolutely positive I wouldn't get into-- perhaps a sort of reverse intuition?


Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels


renapoo


Jan 31, 2007, 12:10 PM

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Thanks Franz, that list is helpful. I went through all the old posts awhile back and I remember your stunned excitement about JHU, perfectly captured on this board.

But all your talk of March notifications--early march, mid-march, late march--is freaking me out! I'm going to be doing a writing residency in NYC for all of March, while my mail will be going to my parents' house in Pennsylvania. What should I do??? I want to open all the envelopes--be they thin or thick--myself. I also don't want to drive them crazy calling twice a day ("did the mail come yet? How bout now? Well did you go check? Why don't you check again??!?")

Any suggestions?


shebop42


Jan 31, 2007, 2:24 PM

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Renapoo - my obvious suggestion would be to enjoy New York. I live in Brooklyn and I know I'm going to miss it, so I'm making a list of everything I "need" to do that I've been meaning to do but haven't...including museum exhibits, neighborhood exploring, restaurant hunting, etc etc. Also, I guess you could focus on your writing, what with the residency and all.

On a more pertinent note, don't most programs contact their accepted applicants via phone or email? Maybe where your snail mail is going isn't as important as you think it is? Can anyone else weigh in on this?


rpc
ryan call

Jan 31, 2007, 4:38 PM

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Re: [alishein] The Waiting Game...Have you heard yet??? [In reply to] Can't Post

good to see george mason mentioned here finally


in 05 i received rejections from the following programs along this time line:

march 1 hopkins
march 4 iowa
march 10 arizona and brown
march 11 houston
march 30 uva

mason accepted me on march 10 by letter.

hope that helps people somewhat
and good luck


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minna pratt


Jan 31, 2007, 7:41 PM

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i thought i'd mention that three schools have informed me in the past week or so that they were missing a letter of recommendation for me. after a month of trying to get in touch with the third recommender, i finally asked a different professor. in any case, the schools who let me know were: michigan, u.washington, and syracuse. it seems that if i get the third letter in sometime in the next week or two, they will still consider my application (which is a relief.) i know with some other schools you can check online to see if they've received all your materials, but i thought it was nice that these schools let me know in an email / letter.


Arkinese


Jan 31, 2007, 8:40 PM

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You heard from Michigan! Wow! I emailed them to tell them that I was sending a letter from an alternate recommender. Never heard back. The thing that happened to you re: your third recommender happened to me and so I had to scramble but my other person got all the letters out within a week (I just talked to him today). So I guess Michigan might accept mine which is good to know. You might ask your schools if they would take an email rec from your prof. UIUC specifically asked that my recommender email it (apparently they wanted it NOW) and then Cornell, Florida, Texas and Indiana all said it was OK as well.


ellen362


Jan 31, 2007, 10:50 PM

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That sounds like a good sign if they want the letter of rec now! Good luck.


Arkinese


Feb 1, 2007, 3:55 AM

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Thank you! UIUC does have a great program AND an awesome a cappella group (the main reason to choose a college, right?). However, they did ask for it only 10 days after their application deadline so I'm trying to remain realistic about it. My dad always used to say before my auditions: hope for the best and expect the worst!


Jendago


Feb 1, 2007, 4:50 AM

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Are you at GMU currently? I was accepted there for this fall (fiction) and would be curious to hear an insider's perspective on the program.

(For all the other Mason applicants, fret not: I deferred admission from last year. No idea when the letters are going out.)


ecphraticknolls


Feb 1, 2007, 8:29 AM

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Somehow, the fact that the date rolled over into February makes me nervous. Judgment day approaches! Ooooo…


rpc
ryan call

Feb 1, 2007, 9:58 AM

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jendago
i am a second year fiction writer in that program

as for an insider's perspective, i dont know how much i can offer on this thread; dana seems to be working hard to keep everything on topic

pm me if you'd like w/ questions?
or we can move to another thread?


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SalPane



Feb 1, 2007, 2:10 PM

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I just got a call from Indiana. Don't worry though, it wasn't an acceptance call. Turns out they couldn't find my actual application! They had all my other materials though. So basically I've been scrambling for the last half hour trying to put the app together. Pretty frustrating. But hopefully it's in now. Luckily this won't affect my application eligibility apparently.


malber


Feb 1, 2007, 2:23 PM

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yeah... this whole process of submit and wait is stupid. both texas and UVA flipped me out, though, when they claimed my app was "incomplete"... just computer glitches! sorry for the inconvenience! :)

damn it.

i know! anyone know a good story to tell while we wait?


renapoo


Feb 1, 2007, 2:40 PM

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I can't tell a good story, but Ira Glass can.

http://www.thislife.org/

You can do a search for specific episodes and stream them for free. Two of my favorites are "reruns" (the first story about the beaver kid is OUTRAGEOUS and touching) and "my big break"--the second story is hilarious, the last one makes me cry every time I hear it.

It might sound crazy, but listening to TAL has been a big source of emotional relief to me as I deal with mega-stress of waiting (seriously...laughing and crying each day at an incredible story of real human drama is a great way to put this grad-school thing in perspective)

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