Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Got any advice for Jim re: high-quality programs with higher acceptance rates?

The question:

I'm applying for Fall '08 (Fiction), and almost all the rankings/data that I've seen related to the "best" or the "top" programs. That information is excellent, and helpful, and I am applying to 6-8 of the usual suspects.

But what about safeties? What are the best of the rest? The high-quality programs with higher acceptance rates. Sure, it's true that the program is what we make it...but the question is still valid, I think.

Any ideas or recommendations?


Whiffless Apprentice said...

I submitted a comment on the Acceptance Rates post - which, I'm fairly certain, was written in response.

Lincoln said...

I think the answer is simple: Large programs that are ranked highly.

The large programs that are constantly ranked in the top 10 or 25 such as Columbia or UMass Amherst will provide as good of an experience (or a bit better or worse depending on your personal preferences) as any small programs, but their acceptance rates will obviously be much higher.

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