»

Subscribe | Give a Gift Subscription

Log In or Register | Help | Contact Us | Donate

Advanced Search

Main Index » Writing and Publishing » MFA Programs
Waitlisted
Edit your profilePrivate messages Search postsWho's online?
You are not signed in. Click here to sign in.
If you are not a member, Register here!
137753 registered users
First page Previous page 1 ... 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Next page Last page  View All


clarabelle


Apr 7, 2009, 11:56 PM

Post #426 of 482 (8417 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Mae Fields] To email or not to email... [In reply to] Can't Post

My problem is that I've been accepted to one program I like a lot, with partial funding, but I'm #1 on the waitlist for a program I like even more with full funding. So, come the 15th, what do I do??? Turn down the first one in the hopes that I'll get accepted to the second? Or what if I accept the first one and then on the 16th get accepted off the second's waitlist? DILEMMA.


cmatthews
Craig Matthews

Apr 8, 2009, 9:23 AM

Post #427 of 482 (8371 views)
Shortcut
Re: [clarabelle] To email or not to email... [In reply to] Can't Post

Clarabelle,

Is the first school you mention a school in NOLA? I noticed you didn't mention names so I wont, but if it is...they have said a few times that they aren't going to be finished announcing their acceptances until the 15th. I think you actually could wait until after that date to tell them a definite yes or no while you wait on the other school because of how long they are taking on letting students know.

The director is really nice, I think you could ask her when they need to know by. That would be the safest bet.


clarabelle


Apr 9, 2009, 11:14 AM

Post #428 of 482 (8220 views)
Shortcut
Vandy and FSU! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hooooooly crap I just got accepted to Vandy and FSU back-to-back off the wait lists!!! FSU is amazing, but they couldn't offer me any funding so I thanked them profusely and then turned them down. (Vandy is full-funded with stipend and I've got an offer from Arizona with partial funding) So another fiction spot at FSU should be opening up soon.

On that note, what do people think? Arizona or Vandy?


unsaid78


Apr 9, 2009, 11:19 AM

Post #429 of 482 (8215 views)
Shortcut
Re: [clarabelle] Vandy and FSU! [In reply to] Can't Post

Congrats on the great news! I'd vote Vandy since it's full funding + stipend. I don't know anything about the faculty and all that though.


www.mfachronicles.blogspot.com - Follow us as we begin our 1st years in MFA programs!


bighark


Apr 9, 2009, 11:46 AM

Post #430 of 482 (8201 views)
Shortcut
Re: [clarabelle] Vandy and FSU! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd go Vandy all the way and twice on Sundays. If you have to T.A. as part of that funding deal, you'll thank yourself. Vandy's undergrad is waaaaay more selective than Arizona's.


Mae Fields



Apr 9, 2009, 4:43 PM

Post #431 of 482 (8120 views)
Shortcut
Re: [bighark] Vandy and FSU! [In reply to] Can't Post

Clarabelle,

I live in Tennessee. Go to Vandy. :-) In addition to everything their program has to offer, you'll be living about an hour and 15 minutes from Sewanee where you can catch a lot of great readings during the Sewanee Writers' conference each summer. You'll also be around two hours from Chattanooga - a lovely city to hang out in where they have the Meacham Writers' workshop twice a year and great used book stores. Also, Tennessee's pretty. Congrats!


clarabelle


Apr 9, 2009, 11:44 PM

Post #432 of 482 (8006 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Mae Fields] Vandy and FSU! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the input, guys! I've made my decision:

I'm headed to VANDY in the fall!

This means that waitlist spots will be opening up soon at Arizona (partial funding) and FSU, and I'll be taking my name off waitlists at Illinois and Hollins.

Good luck to the rest of you! I am an eternal pessimist, but this has proven that sometimes good things DO happen!


Khalilah


Apr 24, 2009, 11:15 PM

Post #433 of 482 (7783 views)
Shortcut
Waitlisted at Purdue [In reply to] Can't Post

Got the waitlist letter from Purdue yesterday. That was fulfilling since the application took so much work. I just appreciate that they kind of took notice.


sailorgirl09


May 3, 2009, 9:35 PM

Post #434 of 482 (7579 views)
Shortcut
Re: [germericanqt] u of o [In reply to] Can't Post

Right now, I would give anything to get an email of acceptance or waitlist... anybody apply for Wilkes MA program? Any news from them?


Mpehn


May 5, 2009, 12:20 PM

Post #435 of 482 (7442 views)
Shortcut
Re: [sailorgirl09] u of o [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm still waiting on New School's Waitlist confirm/denial. Don't know why you would wait this long to send out information to students. The answer is assumable, but come on now.


Kurt


May 5, 2009, 5:12 PM

Post #436 of 482 (7395 views)
Shortcut
George Mason [In reply to] Can't Post

I just received my only acceptance from GMU this week. It was all but certain that I'd be shut out this year, so the news is encouraging. The department funding is all spoken for, of course. And the promise I made myself is that I wouldn't go into debt for an MFA. Does anyone have anything to say about the program, or the MFA's in general, that might convince me to take out loans this year and give it a go? The alternative is to pass, get a job, keep writing, and try for a funded offer in two years time.


alamana
Jennifer Brown


May 5, 2009, 6:07 PM

Post #437 of 482 (7379 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Kurt] George Mason [In reply to] Can't Post

Kurt -- I'm George Mason bound. I just PM'd you.


Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Flaubert

http://www.jenniferkirkpatrickbrown.com


NickMcRae
Nick McRae

e-mail user

Feb 16, 2010, 2:20 PM

Post #438 of 482 (6264 views)
Shortcut
Resurrecting the thread - Vandy [In reply to] Can't Post

Hello friends,

I thought I might go ahead and resurrect this thread.

I just got an email from Mark Jarman at Vanderbilt letting me know I've been waitlisted for poetry!

According to the letter, six people total have been accepted, and seven from each genre have been waitlisted. According to Jarman, one of those six acceptances has already given a definite yes to the program. No word as to what genre. Just thought you'd all like to know!

Best to all,

NM


"You got a song, man, sing it. / You got a bell, man, ring it." - Robert Creeley

Nick McRae
nmcrae1@gmail.com
http://nickmcrae.com/


rebarusset


Feb 16, 2010, 3:03 PM

Post #439 of 482 (6219 views)
Shortcut
Re: [NickMcRae] Resurrecting the thread - Vandy [In reply to] Can't Post

Nick,

Where does that leave you now? What's your tally, who are your fans--waitlist and acceptance-wise? And who are your top picks? And how many places you have yet to hear from?

You're a high-profile guy on this here Net. I'm hooked. You're better than Real Housewives ... :)


JohnGradyCole


Feb 16, 2010, 3:06 PM

Post #440 of 482 (6216 views)
Shortcut
Re: [NickMcRae] Resurrecting the thread - Vandy [In reply to] Can't Post

Nick, that's some good company to be among. Congrats.


NickMcRae
Nick McRae

e-mail user

Feb 16, 2010, 3:34 PM

Post #441 of 482 (6190 views)
Shortcut
Re: [rebarusset] Resurrecting the thread - Vandy [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey Reba (et al.),

Thanks for the support! The acceptance count is MA at Alabama-Birmingham, MFA at McNeese State via a holdover acceptance form last year (I've already withdrawn my candidacy at these two schools), MFAs at Ohio State and Northern Michigan, and PhD at North Texas. I've been waitlisted at Vanderbilt (as you know), and rejected at Texas.

Still waiting on others with great anticipation!

Thanks again for the kind words!

Yours,
NM

p.s. - Thanks John Grady Cole! Also, The Border Trilogy dominates!


"You got a song, man, sing it. / You got a bell, man, ring it." - Robert Creeley

Nick McRae
nmcrae1@gmail.com
http://nickmcrae.com/


JohnGradyCole


Feb 16, 2010, 4:39 PM

Post #442 of 482 (6141 views)
Shortcut
Re: [NickMcRae] Resurrecting the thread - Vandy [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes! Team The Crossing! Even though JGC's not in it!


(This post was edited by JohnGradyCole on Feb 16, 2010, 4:40 PM)


antalya


Feb 17, 2010, 11:25 AM

Post #443 of 482 (6012 views)
Shortcut
Wait list - OSU [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi everyone,

I applied to one school (Ohio St) and I found out last week I was waitlisted, which is great but nerve-wracking news. I discovered Tom Kealey and Seth Abramson after application, so I can safely say I was in the dark about the astronomical odds, the need to apply to different schools, and even some of the how-to's of the process. I'm not even sure what genre I'm waitlisted in, as my creative sample consisted of both CNF and fiction. Any information about how waitlists work would be greatly appreciated, specifically things like: is the wait list typically shorter or longer than the accepted applicants pool and will I receive a final notification one way or the other?

Congratulations to the acceptees and other waitlistees! I've been lurking on the boards for a while, but like I said, I feel like everybody else knows so much more about this than I do...


bighark


Feb 17, 2010, 12:19 PM

Post #444 of 482 (5961 views)
Shortcut
Re: [antalya] Wait list - OSU [In reply to] Can't Post

Congratulations on your waitlist, antalya.

Waitlist policies vary by school. Some are very forthcoming with details such as the list's length and your position on it, and others are a little more guarded with their information.

If you haven't already done so, I suggest sending a quick email to Ohio State. You can express your excitement about the program and ask if they'd be willing to provide you with some more information about your position on the list and the genre(s) for which you have been selected.

Generally speaking, waitlists simply acknowledge the fact that top candidates are likely to have choices about where they decide to enroll. You probably won't see much activity on Ohio State's waitlist until some of its peer institutions start notifying their accepted students. Fortunately, that ought to start happening this week and next. If an accepted student at Ohio State decides to attend another program, they'll notify Ohio State about their decision and someone from the waitlist will be offered their spot.

According to the Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants, a statement published by the Council of Graduate Schools (of which Ohio State is a member), accepted students have until April 15th to make a final decision about where they want to go.

Really, everything depends on what the accepted students want to do with their education. If Ohio State is a candidate's top school, then they'll accept the offer right away and close a waitlist spot. If they are entertaining other offers, on the other hand, then a waitlist spot may open a little later down the road.

You'll likely see a lot of activity in March and April as students make their final decisions and waitlist spots open up at other programs.

For example, let's say there's a writer who has been accepted outright at Michigan, Minnesota, and Indiana and waitlisted at Cornell. The date is March 1.

This writer is lucky enough to have some choices, but she's holding out for that Cornell spot to open up. She immediately rules out Indiana and Minnesota for personal reasons--if she doesn't get into Cornell, she wants to go to Michigan--sowww.pw.orge other schools and removes herself from consideration, which opens up the corresponding waitlist spots at those two programs.

Meanwhile, our candidate tells Michigan that she's excited about their program but needs to wait until she's heard from all of her other schools.

Later, when April 15th arrives, Cornell calls as says that have a place for her. One of their accepted students decided to attend a program closer to home. Our candidate accepts Cornell's offer and sends her regrets to Michigan, which opens up a last-minute waitlist spot for that program. Someone on Michigan's waitlist will then get a call, etc. etc.

Things don't always stretch to that April 15th date. That's just as late as it's allowed to go. You might hear much sooner.

Regardless of the outcome, you should hear from Ohio State as soon as their acceptance list is finalized. Obviously, you'll know if you're accepted off the waitlist, but if things don't work out, you'll get a letter, call, or email that says something to the tune of "We have just filled our upcoming MFA fiction class and, accordingly, do not foresee making any additional offers. We regret that we cannot admit all of the talented writers on our waitlist. Good luck with your future writing..."

I hope things work out for you, antalya. Ohio State seems to have a great program and its hands. I've been reading a lot of Lee K. Abbot lately, and would love the chance to work with him.

Good luck!


antalya


Feb 17, 2010, 12:49 PM

Post #445 of 482 (5932 views)
Shortcut
Re: [bighark] Wait list - OSU [In reply to] Can't Post

Wow - thank you for an incredibly thorough response. Lee Abbott was a big reason I applied, but while I was working on my application, the possibility of actually getting in seemed as much a daydream as any fiction. The waitlist thing is weird - on one hand, it's validation, but on the other, it makes something seem more real and immediate while still being a likely "no."

I live in Columbus right now and the writing scene is busy and as fulfilling as any writer would like to make it. Just this past year, I've met A.S. Byatt, Amy Tan, and Kay Ryan, and I've also met a ton of really talented local writers. It's easy to be excited about writing here.

Thanks again for your really knowledgeable response!


renila


Feb 17, 2010, 2:11 PM

Post #446 of 482 (5879 views)
Shortcut
Re: [bighark] Wait list - OSU [In reply to] Can't Post

FYI, Lee Abbott is teaching at Iowa Summer Writing Festival this summer, in case you're interested in one week workshops.


fixittuesday



Feb 18, 2010, 3:57 PM

Post #447 of 482 (5690 views)
Shortcut
McNeese [In reply to] Can't Post

Waitlisted at McNeese today via a very kind email.


Anurag


Feb 19, 2010, 10:47 AM

Post #448 of 482 (5552 views)
Shortcut
Re: [fixittuesday] McNeese [In reply to] Can't Post

Anyone heard from the Iowa Writers Workshop? Not that I have a chance of getting through. I am applying from India and my former degrees are not from any western university and nor did I send my GRE scores but still, getting worried day by day. What about Syracuse fiction? Anyone heard?


Anurag


hansenma


Feb 19, 2010, 1:34 PM

Post #449 of 482 (5458 views)
Shortcut
Re: Anurag [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi,

I believe acceptances and waitlistees have already heard from Syracuse, but I could be wrong since I didn't apply there and haven't been following that thread too closely. This link should help you: http://driftless-house.blogspot.com/...ation-responses.html. It's a database of school response time, both in the past in for 2010.

Good luck!


hansenma


Feb 19, 2010, 1:35 PM

Post #450 of 482 (5457 views)
Shortcut
Re: Anurag [In reply to] Can't Post

PS: Iowa doesn't require GRE's, so you're good. And as of this very minute, they haven't released any information regarding fiction acceptances yet.

First page Previous page 1 ... 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Next page Last page  View All

Main Index » Writing and Publishing » MFA Programs

 


P&W Newsletters

Sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter to stay informed of the latest news, events and more.

Click to Sign Up

Subscribe to P&W Magazine | Donate Now | Advertise | Sign up for E-Newsletter | About Us | Contact Us

© Copyright Poets & Writers 2011. All Rights Reserved