Stumped in San Francisco writes in...
I applied to 5 MFA programs in Fiction (Iowa, Syracuse, Montana, Irvine,
NYU) and was only accepted at NYU. I know NYU has a good reputation, but
beyond that, I haven't heard too much about it.
Originally, NYU was my last choice because of the cost (I'm getting little
if any fellowship money), not to mention that I'd have to work in NY in
order to live there. That's not a problem since I am a copywriter and have a
lot of contacts in NY, but I don't want to be working so much that I don't
end up focusing on and immersing myself in my writing.
Can you tell me what you know about NYU's program? Is it worth the money
for tuition and living in NY? My other option is to keep writing, and
reapply next year to places that offer better teaching/fellowship
SiS, I can tell you that the students I've spoken with (five off the top of my head) rated the program from excellent to good. There were no red flags with the NYU program, besides the cost of course. It's one of the most expensive programs.
I can't tell you which way to go. You'll have to decide the money factor. When I applied to programs, I wasn't in any position to apply to expensive programs. That said, all of my information about NYU points to it quite favorably.
I'd appreciate, as always, other comments. Thanks.