Thursday, November 18, 2010

Where Are You Applying? (Nov. 18), Pt. 2

Post here and put in your two cents! Lurkers particularly, we'd love to hear where you're applying! (And for all: Helpful MFA data, including MFA rankings, is in The Suburban Ecstasies sidebar.)

68 comments:

'11 MFA Draft said...

This list is finalized, set in stone, et cetera, as I have already started the application process, have my writing samples sealed in their envelopes, and have received all the letters of recommendation and transcripts that I'm ever going to get, so bliggity blam, here's the plan:

Get in to--

University of Iowa (NWP)

or

University of Arizona

or

University of Idaho

or (what's up, Bay Area)

University of San Francisco

or

the ever prestigious,
ranked number 1,
er, wait,
number 100, actually:

San Jose State University.

--and if the above does not happen, my back-up plan, which is a pretty damned good plan, I think, is to go back to my alma mater here in town and get a 2nd BA, this time in a foreign language (I would only have to do the core credits, naturally).

I remember saying that I would go to an MFA program even if I wasn't offered funding, but this back-up plan appeals to me so much that if I actually got into a program and they didn't offer me funding, a handout, a bowl of udon, or something, then I'd have a situation on my hands...

Karissa said...

That's my back-up plan, as well -- kind of. If I fail to get in anywhere, I'm planning on doing another BA -- this time in Sociology.

Robbie said...

Okay. So I have decided to apply to only 6 six schools; in fiction.

Iowa
Syracuse
LSU
Arkansas
Texas State
Memphis


*Other schools I was considering were ASU, Montana, and UNLV.

emilys said...

Ok, here it is. No more, no less...

UCSD
Cornell
Michner
Houston
Iowa
LSU
Alabama
Ole Miss
Arkansas
Hunter

I wish I had the energy/time/$$ to apply to more, but c'est la vie.

ALIOMI said...

Her is my list (still narrowing it down to 6-8--guidance??). I currently attend Sarah Lawrence's Creative Writing MFA, but want to transfer. Anyone know if I can apply to both Iowa Writers Workshop as well as NWP or have to choose??


1.) Iowa Writers’ Workshop

2.) Iowa (NWP)

3.) Columbia University

4.) NYU

5.) Brown University

6.) Cornell

7.) Syracuse

8.) Johns Hopkins

9.) California-Irvine

10.) Brooklyn College

11.) Vanderbilt University

12.) Hunter College

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Gwen E. Kirby said...

u. of iowa
u. of minnesota
u. of michigan
u. of montana
u. of oregon
u. of texas at austin
u. of virginia
cornell
brown
johns hopkins
ohio state university

i will be SO happy to get in to even one.

Addie said...

Well, after lurking for months, here's my list, finally, for poetry.

U of Arizona
Sarah Lawrence
Boston U
U of Iowa (Writers' Workshop)
U of Houston
SIUC
Johns Hopkins U
New Mexcio State

Loren said...

Pretty much final list for fiction.

Arizona state
Iowa
Cornell
U Florida
U Colorado
U Arizona
Ole Miss
Rutgers
Syracuse
Urbana
U Wyoming
Arkansas

Mica said...

Hi y'all,

This is my final-final for fiction. Shootin' high and praying for a miracle!

Michigan
Cornell
Iowa
Brown
Syracuse
Virginia
Minnesota
UMass
Oregon
UC Irvine
NYU

l i l y said...

NYU
Sarah Lawrence
Hunter
Brooklyn College
Columbia
Brown (for poetry)
Mishner
Iowa
SUNY Albany
SUNY Buffalo
Cornell

(Can you tell I don't want to leave the New York area???) Unlike many of you I don't have my application together AT ALL nor do I have any desire to be an undergrad again. I can't think of a better reason for my family to shun me for GOOD this time.

Good luck to you all. xo lily

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Robyn said...

This is not in any particular order.
I'm submitting for poetry:

Wisconsin
Virginia Commonwealth
Johns Hopkins
Iowa
Michigan
Houston
South Carolina
Hollins
Virginia
Amherst
Syracuse
Sarah Lawrence
Cornell

rabbitoutofoklahoma said...

I've already applied (in poetry) to

Brooklyn College
The New School
UMass Amherst

I may or may not apply to

George Mason University
Hollins University
San Francisco State University

hoping to finish other applications by the end of this month.

Eric said...

Poetry:

Brown
Iowa
Madison
Minnesota
Michigan
UMASS

Daniel S. said...

FICTION-

Michigan
Minnesota
Brown
Cornell
New Hampsire
Iowa
Emerson
NYU
Syracuse
Houston
Texas State

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Loren said...

To everyone applying to Texas State. That is where I did my undergrad. Lovely school. Lovely town. Of course doing an MFA there might be a different experience, but if you have any questions, feel free to email me.
SpiritOfLosAltos@gmail.com

Gdsgirl24 said...

Wow didn't realize people were applying to so many schools...

Here's the list in order of choice

UNLV
Johns Hopkins
U of Iowa, Writer's Workshop

Hyan said...

Not in order, for fiction.

UNC, Greensboro
GCSU
Miami
LSU
Ole Miss
Alabama
Iowa
Washington U- St. Louis
UVA
Penn State

Sarah said...

Hello all, I figured I'd throw my list into the mix. Getting quite nervous now actually. Not sure I have enough realistic ones. And certainly not looking forward to the long months of waiting. But I guess you just have to trust that your work and application is the best it can be. Good luck to everyone, and I hope to hear of lots of acceptances come March!

For fiction:

University of Michigan
Brown University
Cornell University
University of Minnesota
San Francisco State
Sarah Lawrence
Syracuse University
UMass - Amherst
UC Irvine
University of Oregon

And even some in Europe, because, hey, why not?

University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
University of East Anglia (England)

Nicole said...

For fiction:

Iowa
Brown
Arizona State
Southern Illinois U. Carbondale
Wash U. St. Louis
U. Illinois - Champ/Urb
Syracuse U.
Michigan
Texas-Austin
Houston
Vandy

Dale said...

Final list 4 FICTION:

-Brown
-Michigan
-Cornell
-Iowa
-Minnesota
-Syracuse
-Boston
-Umass, Boston
-New School
-NYU
-Virgnia

Cynthia said...

This is my second time applying. Last year I applied to 12 program, was waitlisted by 2, and accepted by 1 which I turned down because I wasn't offered funding. This time I'm only applying to 7 (in poetry).

Houston
South Carolina
Iowa Writers Workshop
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Brown
Oregon
Lousiana State

Todd Gray said...

No particular order. I've started most all the apps., really just getting everything in order--going to start applying tomorrow for ones not requiring the GRE. Take the GRE Dec. 1st, so applying to others after that. Ugh. Not sure how I'm going to afford all this...

VA Tech
Florida
Vanderbilt
Syracuse
Cornell
Brown
Alabama
LSU
Penn State
Arkansas

I'm going to pick one of these to apply to (haven't decided which but started apps. already.) Depends on how much I get done between now and then.

*Washington in St. Louis
*Michigan
*Oregon
*Miami

Todd Gray said...

List for FICTION. Sorry. Forgot that part.

Dylan said...

Fiction

U.C. Irvine
Brooklyn College
New School
San Francisco State

neverett said...

Applying in nonfiction:

Iowa NWP
Alabama
Houston
Old Dominion
Florida Atlantic University

Hat tip to Seth for the list of underrated programs!

dkf said...

Fiction

Cornell
Iowa
Irvine
Michener
Michigan
Oregon
Steggie
Syracuse
Virginia

Victoria said...

Does anyone have any insight on the MA in Creative Writing at UT Austin? I just realized this existed! I had always heard about the Michener center but didn't know about the MA. Any thoughts?

Juicy Jide said...

Cornell
Michigan
Iowa
Virginia
Brown
Syracuse
Michener Center

Kellea Tibbs said...

Because one of my goals is to avoid the GRE, here are the programs I'm applying to:

-Miami University of Ohio
-Syracuse University
-Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
-Columbia College of Chicago
-McNeese University (Louisiana)
-Northwestern University
-Roosevelt University (Chicago)(the app fee is only $25)
-Rosemont College (outside Philadelphia)

I'm also planning to apply to Wright State University in Ohio to the Public History Program as a back up plan because the program will also allow me to do some writing and research in areas that I'm interested in. I also live in Ohio already and it would be convenient to stay here if I get into the program and get funding for the program, then get my MFA.

Also, if anyone else is interested in connecting online as we go through this application process together, please let me know. There used to be a social network called MFAOnline.com on Ning, but I talked to the person in charge of it and he shut it down. I see that some of us are applying to some of the same programs and it would be cool to get to know some of you, especially if we end up in a program together.

Kellea Tibbs said...

I also wanted to add one more program that I would like to apply to. Georgia College & State University. They require either the GRE or the MAT. I think I will fare much better taking the MAT, if I indeed do need to take a test.

Kellea Tibbs said...

One more comment! I forgot I'm planning to apply to a couple of low-residency programs as well:

(These have some funding opportunities)
-Warren Wilson College
-Naropa University
-Antioch University of Los Angeles

Also going to consider one more traditional program:
-The University of Maryland College Park

Kellea Tibbs said...

OMG! I'm sorry for all of these posts but I kept forgetting info.

I'm applying to the MFA programs as a Poetry concentration.

That's it!

carrie murphy said...

if you're thinking of applying to NMSU (or just like warm weather and an affordable city), check out NMSU's creative writing blog at clarabellenmsu.blogspot.com for more info about the program and its people.

Matilda Frankenstein said...

Hi all,

Final list for fiction (in order of application deadline):

Colorado State University
University of Alabama
University of Michigan
Syracuse University
University of Colorado at Boulder
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Hollins University
University of Florida at Gainesville
University of Idaho
Boise State University
University of Wyoming
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
McNeese State University

I applied last year to seven schools (none of which are listed above), was waitlisted at two, ultimately offered one acceptance with no funding. Praying this year works out better.

Best,
Matilda Frankenstein

Matilda Frankenstein said...

p.s. Does anyone know what McNeese State University's application deadline is?

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JP Kemmick said...

In fiction, I'm hitting up and crossing fingers for...

1. Iowa
2. Montana
3. Michigan
4. Oregon
5. Hunter
6. Brooklyn
7. NYU

marmalamuc said...

Vanderbilt
Florida
Texas
LSU
Alabama
Iowa
Purdue

Optimistic, yes, but I can't go into further debt for a non-professional degree.

Suzanne said...

Final Fiction List

Montana
Arizona State
Wyoming
UNLV
Iowa
Kansas
UC Irvine
Oregon

Jing said...

University of Oxford

only this one,I'm not confident at all, but I'll try my best!

marta said...

Poetry:

Iowa
Wisconsin
Michigan
Brown
Cornell
U.Mass
Syracuse
Alabama
J.Hopkins
Hunter
Maryland
U.Va.

The Amateur said...

Am I crazy for not applying to Iowa? I don't like constant cold and cornfields...anyway.

1. Ohio State (family full of alums)
2. Michigan- My family have all had coronaries (Ohio State rival; football) I know I said I don't like constant cold but there is at least something to do there
3. University of Pittsburgh- I hope to attend there for my BA (currently an undergrad waiting to focus on writing)
4. Portland State (On AWP's site- Gasp! ;-)
5. University of Texas

Those are my picks, and yes, as a sophomore (I am a late start- I went back to school two years ago at age 30) I am looking to matriculate, perhaps a bit prematurely, to one of these fine schools. But I wonder, Seth, about having something about faculty as a quantification in the rankings? Just a thought. :-)

Evan said...

Okay...So my list started out as 8 definite schools, rose to as many as 15 at one point, and is now down to only 6. Why this happened is probably too complicated to explain at this point, so I'll just post the list. This is for "fiction"

1. Iowa
2. Washington, St. Louis
3. Minnesota
4. Syracuse
5. Arkansas
6. Texas State

Kellea Tibbs said...

@The Amateur, you are not matriculating prematurely, I'm trying to pursue my MFA after being out of undergrad since 1997, so please don't feel bad (I'm 37 - I will be approaching 40 soon and want to get this dream done so I can stop stressing myself out).

Also, for anyone applying to McNeese State University. I emailed the coordinator of the program directly about the confusion of information out there. She said that what they do is solicit potential students to NOT submit an application but to submit a writing sample and letter of interest directly to their department FIRST, then if they like you and see potential, and only then, do you fill out and pay for an actual application and turn in GRE scores. They claim they don't want us to waste money paying for application fees if it seems that we won't even get into the program in the first place. They say they are revamping their website right now too so that it reflects all of this because right now, it's very confusing. On one link (from the "top 25 underrated programs article), it says nothing about GRE but on the main "mcneese.edu" website it clearly does. They need to fix that. Needless to say, I will no longer be applying (again, I'm trying to avoid the GRE - I hope that doesn't rub anyone the wrong way but if I can avoid it I'm going to.)

Maggie M. said...

For Fiction:

Montana
Purdue
Notre Dame
Iowa
Syracuse
Brown
Southern Illinois
Illinois
Texas
Vanderbilt

Karen Locascio said...

@The Amateur, @Kellea Tibbs: nice to see other 30-somethings on here. I'm 34 myself (undergrad '99). Better to apply & be rejected than not apply & always wonder! Best, of course, to get accepted.

For poetry in no specific order:
Notre Dame
Iowa State
Columbia (Chicago)
Vanderbilt
Brooklyn College
UMass (Boston)
VCU
Wyoming
Hunter
University of Miami

99% final. Want to keep it to 10 due to expense & not wanting to overburden my references. Still considering Virginia Tech and/or UNC Wilmington in place of Brooklyn or Columbia.

Bree said...

"final-final" for poetry....

university of massachusetts, amherst
new york university
university of houston
university of virginia
johns hopkins university
penn state university
university of iowa
brown university
cornell university
university of michigan
university of north carolina, wilmington

Kat said...

Absolutely no more editing final list (in order of application deadline, 'cause that's how it's listed on my Grad School App Spreadsheet O' Doom):

UMass Amherst
Minnesota
Irvine
Michener
Alabama
Ann Arbor
Syracuse
Indiana
Iowa
Emerson
Florida (Gainesville)
Oregon (Eugene)
ASU
Houston
Vanderbilt
LSU
McNeese

I seem to remember a point a long, long time ago when I had firm plans to keep my list down to twelve. C'est la vie -- six apps down and eleven to go!

C.C. said...

--My list, below, is for poetry.

Univ. of Wisconsin
Univ. of Michigan
Univ. of Iowa-Writers Workshop
Univ. of California-Irvine
Arizona St.
Univ. of Oregon
W. Michigan Univ.

blakeeva said...

final listage in poetry:

UofMichigan
UofHouston
UofAlabama
Florida Atlantic U.
McNeese
UofArkansas
UofColorado
West Virginie U.

Leanne said...

A little embarased to admit it, but I'm a second-time applicant. Looking back, I probably shot a little too high last year (7 top tier programs, 2 second tier) so this time I'm trying to mix it up a bit more.

This is what this year's list looks like (applying in fiction):

Alabama
LSU
Iowa
GCSU
NC State
Memphis
South Florida
Miami (FL)
Florida International

thedisplacedperson said...

Fiction--

Minnesota
UC San Diego
Colorado
Michener Center
UC Irvine
Illinois Urbana
UNC Greensboro
Indiana
Washington
Iowa State
U of Florida
Texas State
Houston
Oregon
Mississippi
LSU
Miami

Marshall said...

What a great blog! I probably discovered it a little too late, but here's my list anyway.

Virginia
Michigan
UC Irvine
Iowa
Hollins
George Mason
Cornell
Boston University
San Francisco State
Brown
Arizona
Syracuse
Colorado

*my genre is fiction

karen said...

My "lucky seven" for Poetry:

1. Houston
2. NYU
3. Wisconsin
4. Iowa
5. UCSD
6. Cal Arts
7. Oregon State

Alana said...

All low res here:
Vermont
Bennington
Spalding
Lesley
Goddard

Alana said...

Oh, and I'm applying in nonfiction.

Dylan said...

I write a blog with a few other guys, which features short stories on a occasion and I've posted a few of mine on the site. It's just a wordpress blog, but is there any harm to mentioning it in my essay/application?

Other than the blog, I've only had one short story published and it was in a magazine that is now defunct. I guess, I'm stretching the definition of "published", but I'd rather not leave this section blank. Thanks!

Miss Soul said...

Hello All:

I'm another 30something (just turned 31 a few days ago) and I applied to Goddard for creative writing, fiction. It is the only school I applied to. It just, felt right. I start in Jan. Not the warmest month to visit Vermont but I'm pretty excited.

Pete said...

My kinda long list for fiction...

Rutgers-Newark
Cornell
W.Virginia
Maryland-College Park
UVA
Iowa
Brown
U.Mass-Amherst
Illinois
Johns Hopkins
Old Dominion
Syracuse
Michigan
Columbia College-Chicago

Quinn said...

I'm applying to ten poetry programs:

Michener Center
Virginia Tech
Boise State
Colorado Boulder
Colorado State
Old Dominion
Ole Miss
University of Wyoming
Penn State
Bowling Green State

The application process is taking over my life. My cats sit on my laptop in protest. I had a dream that I went to the hospital for a cat scan and I came upon a butcher's shop on my way to the test. In the butcher's shop were skinned calves, happily blinking. I wanted to rescue one; but I was forced to accept an intact chicken. Thus begin the stress dreams.

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Michael said...

Poetry

Minnesota
Iowa
Cornell
CU Boulder
Pittsburgh
Penn State
Michigan
Indiana
Purdue

PhDs
Missouri
Ohio

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