In his email to me, informing me of my acceptance at the University of Florida, Padget Powell sent the following link which I'd like to share with all of you here. There has been quite a bit of talk here and there about some programs pressuring applicants to accept an offer before hearing back from other programs. In light of such behavior, I present the "Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants" from the Council of Graduate Schools.
Any school whose name appears on this list has pledged to allow their applicants adequate time to assess each of offers of financial aid and make an informed choice that they are comfortable with, sans the pressure. Naturally all MFA programs want decisions from their applicants as soon as possible because they want their top choice candidates, and because it will allow them to begin going through their waitlists, which may include students who have been accepted elsewhere but may still desire to go to their program. I don't post this to single any one particular program, I just think it is important for those of us who have applied to a number of schools to know what our rights are and what rules these schools should be abiding by.
Good luck to everyone as this excruciating period of uncertainty continues to unfold!