Apr 7, 2011, 1:20 PM
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Re: [JessieB] Choosing an MFA Program (2012)
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I'd also heard from Seth's blog about how amazing Penn is, but it's too far from where I might be to even consider. I DO have a question about Pitt State. I haven't heard much about it on Seth's blog or elsewhere and am wondering what people think of the program. Allow me to refine some terminology, here. The soon-to-be-cut program under discussion is at Penn State, The Pennsylvania State University, a land grant college in the north central part of the state. It has the main campus, where the football team is headquartered, as well as many satellite campuses, many of which offer full 4-year degrees, as well as the medical school (The Penn State College of Medicine) in Hershey, which I used to be able to see from my classroom, and the law school at Dickinson College in Carlisle. (The law school was always separate form Dickinson College. Penn State bought it about ten [?] years ago.) My more recent master's degree is an MA in American Studies, earned entirely at the campus in Middletown, PA (near Three Mile Island, which is in oine of the muncipalities of the school district where I taught). "Penn," on the other hand, always refers to the University of Pennsylvania, a private university in Philadelphia and one of the Ivy League. It does not, ti my knowledge, have an MFA in creative writing, only one in studio arts. Around here, a reference to "Penn," as in "I'm applying to Penn" or "I'm going to visit my cousin at Penn," means you are going to Philadelphia. "I go to Penn State" means the land grant college with the football team. Here is a link to Penn State's MFA in creative writing: http://english.la.psu.edu/...masteroffinearts.htm The University of Pittsburgh is never referred to as "Pitt State," only "Pitt." Once a private university, it is now "state-related," as is Temple University. Like Penn State, Pitt has many satellite campuses, and a football team at its main campus in the city. Tuition is on a par with that of Penn State, with different schedules for PA residents and out-of-state residents. Here is a link to their MFA program http://www.creativewriting.pitt.edu/graduate In addition, Pennsylvania has the State System of Higher Education (PSSHE), which comprises 14 separate and independent colleges that were once known as "teachers' colleges," then "http://gradstudies.carlow.edu/creative/index.htmlstate colleges," and are now known as universitites. I am a graduate of Millersville University, called Millersville State College when I was there in the late 1960s. Of these, Cheyney Univesity is historically black. Lincoln University, also historically black, is a "state-related" university as well. No PSSHE school has an MFA in creative writing. Lock Haven University has a Bacehelor of Fine Arts in studio arts. Chatham's program is well known, although I don't know too much about it. Carlow University in Pittsburg also has an MFA in Creative Writing (http://gradstudies.carlow.edu/creative/index.html) Everybody's a university now! (That's a sentiment from a close friend who is the dean of admissions at one of the PSSHE school.) I don;t know much about Carlow's program, either. Carlow's program is low res. Chatham's (it's Chatham University -- everybody'a a university!!) has both a traditional residential program and a low res.
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