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Mar 9, 2006, 7:58 PM

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I'm thinking about applying to City College's fiction MFA program... But a few questions:
1) First of all, the obvious question: Is it too late to apply? As far as I can tell, the website seems to say the deadline is May 1. I feel like this cant possibly be the case. Let me know what you think the case is.
2) Assuming I can still apply, what do people have to say about City College's MFA program? Know anyone who enjoyed it? Is it at all respected (if that matters..)? What's the funding situation there?
3) People in these here forums seem to be kicking around the idea of some April 15th universal decision day. What's the deal with that? Is it an official thing? How about City College, whose program allegedly has a May 1 deadline?

All right, that's kind of more than 3 questions. But please, someone, answer some of them. I figure applying to another school might peel me away from the mailbox for a couple of hours.


Mar 17, 2006, 8:05 PM

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City College (CUNY) [In reply to] Can't Post

Hello all,

Does anyone have any insight into this program? (Poetry)




Mar 27, 2006, 2:11 PM

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Brooklynpoet - What do you know about City College? I found their website to be painfully useless. Faculty? Class organization? Workshop sizes? I wouldn't have ruled it out except for the fact that I really couldn't make any sort of decision as to what the program offered. Is it one year? Two years? Argh. And it's an MA, right?

Well, first in response to the previous post asking about deadlines (sorry, can't remember who asked), I believe the May 1 deadline is accurate, but the financial aid priority deadline has passed--which doesn't necessarily mean anything since they only provide teaching in the 2nd year. CCNY has rolling admissions because of their long history of inclusive education.

Aubrie, this is one of those "uncommunicative" schools: my acceptance letter was from the Director of Humanities and said, basically, congratulations, you've been accepted. I've had to be proactive about contacting the department. It's not the kind of program where the faculty hold your hand for two years--the students are mostly working part or full time and the classes are in the evening. (True at Hunter and Brooklyn too.)

I'll know more about the program by Friday (I'm visiting this week). Faculty in poetry: Marilyn Hacker, Wayne Koestenbaum, Elaine Equi (visiting, but seemingly on a long-term basis), David Unger (translation)
Fiction: Salar Abdoh, Linsey Abrams (director), Mark Jay Mirsky, Emily Raboteau. Visiting: Frederic Tuten, Ernesto Mestre.

I know nothing about fiction, so have no idea what the quality of the faculty is like. My independent research states that Marilyn Hacker is a tradition unto herself, though sources differ on the value of tradition. And Wayne Koestenbaum is "grand" (a direct quote). For anyone in NYC, he's reading at the St. Mark's Poetry Project on Wednesday at 8pm. Google it.

I sort of remember reading somewhere that the degree is an MA, but the website refers to the "M.F.A." so that's something I'll have to clarify this week.

There's no set time to finish, but the program requires 42 credits; in a typical semester, you'd take 3 courses for 9 credits. Workshops: 12 credits, critical practice seminars: 9, literature seminars: 15, thesis workshop: 3, thesis tutorial: 3.

Reputation: U.S. News ranks it at 37, tied with Florida State, Ohio State, Ohio Univ., Penn State, U of Alabama, U of Denver, and UNC Greensboro. It ranks well ahead of Brooklyn College and Univ. of Minnesota and beats St. Mary's, Western Michigan, San Diego and U. of New Hampshire. Okay, not that rankings mean that much, but still.

The winner of the Ruth Lilly poetry prize for 2005 was a student at CCNY.

I'll stop now because this is so long. If anybody is seriously interested, send me a private message. I'll have more information in a few days.


(This post was edited by motet on Apr 22, 2006, 11:32 AM)


Mar 27, 2006, 5:27 PM

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I think City College is a great option--I'm glad people have finally mentioned it! I only know one person whose gone there (and that was a decade ago), but he had great things to say about the program. Noncompetitive, rigorous, fun. Said he wrote more and learned more in that period of time than he ever had in his life. And #37 on that tired old list is nothing to sniff at.

I sound like a cheerleader now. Full disclosure: I am not going to City College (I'm going low-res), but I think it's a great option for us New Yorkers.


(This post was edited by motet on Apr 22, 2006, 11:33 AM)

Alejandro Morales
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May 15, 2013, 5:41 PM

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Re: [ssd] City College [In reply to] Can't Post

I have been thinking of applying here for Fiction (also Hunter). I have a friend who just got his MFA from this program and I mean to chat with him about the program . . . although when I was applying to Hunter and Brown for MFA playwriting he urged me to check out City College for Creative Writing.
I want to stay local. I want it to be cheap. I want it to help me transition from playwriting to fiction. I also want to meet some cool writer folks and form a community to sustain me. That said, having applied to two competitive MFA programs in the last two years and being rejected from both ... I feel like I want to apply to a sure bet without sacrificing the quality of my education.

Natalie Vazquez

Aug 8, 2013, 2:16 PM

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Re: [SailorSapporo] City College [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey. I'm trying to gather my own comparables. Maybe this can help, and people who know more can add!
William Paterson Y Y: Analytic & Verbal Only Full Tuition Remission $6000 Grad Assistantship Full 41
Adelphi University Y N 12 Partial Tuition Remissions Internships Full 40
Hunter College Y N Fellowships 2nd Year Teaching Fellow Full $125 45
The City College of NY N N Fellowships 2nd Year Teaching Fellow Full $125 45
Hofstra University Y N Partial Scholarships Full $60 36
Manhattanville College Y N Full Waived 36 $755 per credit
The New School Y N Merit Based Aid Full $50 36 $1,420 per credit, $12,825 for 9-15 credits
Sarah Lawrence College Y N Full $60

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Alex Pham

Nov 17, 2014, 3:46 AM

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Re: [natvaz18] City College [In reply to] Can't Post

For me, I would rather refer to William Paterson Y Y: Analytic & Verbal Only Full Tuition Remission $6000 Grad Assistantship Full 41
Adelphi University Y N 12 Partial Tuition Remissions Internships Full 40
These one is well-known for their raputation and have good reference from other students as well

Melisa Dylan

Feb 12, 2016, 8:57 AM

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Re: [Ditchcake] City College [In reply to] Can't Post

Although this thread seems to be pretty dead, I do have a question about City College - is it worth apply there?? I've seen some good reviews but a friend of mine says that according to his sister's friend writing programs there are aweful and boring, and to get your homework done you have to leanr how to adapt to your teachers ebcuase they tend to say one things at the beginning and a totally another one at the end. And this thing 'a friend of my friend of his friend' looks to me like a rumor but just to be on the safe side I want to be aware of all pros and cons before I make my decision.

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