Monday, September 25, 2006

Anything About Antioch

I just got accepted to the low residency program at Antioch University and am looking for someone who had attended/graduated from the MFA program there. I don’t know a lot about the university beyond the minimal info I’ve found here and the program’s statements about themselves. Any reviews, advice, suggestions will be really helpful in making my decision. Thank you!

Undecided in Denver

Anyone have an insight?

8 comments:

Anne said...

I don't know how helpful this will be, but a couple of years ago I had a brief conversation with someone who was just finishing up her MFA at Antioch, and she had nothing but glowing praise for the program. She was in fiction, as I recall, for what that's worth.

Anonymous said...

i taught at antiochla for over a year, and having interacted with students and faculty, i would say that it is a very good program with some excellent core faculty. it depends on what genre you are writing in: if poetry, eloise klein healy is beloved by her students as a teacher and poet; and there are numerous fiction people but i know dodie bellamy and hands down you won't find someone better to push your thinking, your writing, and your comfort zone with both. good luck.

R. said...

this is an old post, but i thought i'd revive it - i was just accepted to the antioch low-res mfa program, and something is amiss. it only took them a week to accept me, and they put through my application even though i was missing one of the letters of recommendation.

the program is highly rated (see the atlantic monthly article here):

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200708/mfa-programs

but i'm wondering, based on my brief experience with them, if they're not more interested in the money.

can anyone comment?

Roxaboxen2 said...

Hi there R, so what did you end up doing? I'm in the application process right now and so far so good, they've been very helpful as I prepare everything.

JuliaMazal said...

Can anyone speak to the "social justice" aspect of this program? What was your experience like? Thanks.

SuzyFire said...

@ R. I understand your feelings about this as that's what happened to me with New England College. Turns out a few other schools also told me that the rest of the application is just something they need. If they are interested in your portfolio not having a letter there in time doesn't matter as much. I also applied to 9 different schools following the advice of the MFA handbook and I have been accepted to 6 of them and offered small scholarships to 3 of them. This has caused me to skeptical. Are these schools really hurting for money or students? Do they turn anyone down anymore? Is this just a "yes" society that is going to take my money and leave me with a false sense of success? Or am I a hot commodity :) Who knows but I feel the same way!

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Michele Gutierrez said...

hi there, I am also considering attending Antioch's low residency program and if anyone can attest to the quality of it. I am very attracted to its claim that it is the worlds only MFA program dedicated to the pursuit of social justice. Also, I am wondering what would be benefits/drawbacks of a low res program vs. a traditional full time program. thanks!