Thanks for your great blog. It's helped me feel less like an
apprehensive little ice floe floating along on its own, more like a
mighty icebreaker cutting through the cold, cold sea of MFA ice.
As an older (38) MFA applicant this fall, I guess I can't help
wondering whether I'm past my prime for the typical MFA crowds and
whether I won't feel all out of place and sticking-out-like-a-sore-thumb-y among the 23-year-olds fresh out of college.
That you know of, how common is the presence of older students in the typical MFA program? And how about my chances for admission? Will I be at a disadvantage because of my age? Are there any programs that you recommend in particular for older folk?
Any thoughts you can share on this issue will be most welcome. Thanks so much in advance.
OF, my guess is that you'll want to narrow your list down to about fifteen schools and then maybe email those programs and see what the age range is. I know at UMass we had everyone from 22 to 50. I definitely understand your situation: I wouldn't want to be 38 and hanging out with all 24 year olds.
The average age in MFA programs, and this is Man-Facting by about a dozen collegues of mine, is around 28. But that will vary from place to place. Don't make that an early criterion, but keep it in mind before you apply.