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I posted several months ago, but I will again now that everything is finished and sent in.For fiction:IowaUT AustinOregonFloridaLSUOhio St.South CarolinaOld DominionVirginia Commonwealth
Why so many "where are you applying?" posts? There have been 3 in the last couple weeks. I feel like some secret data is being collected... conspiracy? ;)
IowaMichiganBrownUniversity of New HampshireNorthern MichiganColumbia CollegeVanderbilt
@anotherjennyI'm in your head...thinking the same thing. ;)
@anotherjennyI thought it was well known that seth uses these posts to collect data about who applies where and what kind of acceptances come in, etc. So yes, data is being collected!
@c-rawyou should re-post your question in the mailbag post. this thread is supposed to be mostly just for lists and isn't as frequently visited as the mailbag.
@blobsorry about that.
I, too, posted this a few months ago, but since then it has become official (I sent in my very last app about 10 minutes ago - yay!) so I'll post it again. It's for poetry:MinnesotaAmherstAustin (Michener)CornellBrownWashington in St. LouisMichiganIowaVirginiaSyracuseVanderbiltJohns HopkinsAll pretty competitive programs, but go big or go home! (We will see if I'm still saying that in March, heh)
Poetry:Washington U in St. LouisMichiganWestern MichiganIndianaJohns HopkinsNotre DameIowaMarylandAmerican U
Poetry:IowaWisconsinLSUVanderbiltFloridaUNC-GreensboroVirginiaCornellBrownOregonAlabamaTrying not to think about the selectivity of all these places. Yeesh.
Fiction:CornellMichener (U. of Texas)U. of WyomingPurdueU. of Michigan, Ann ArborWashigton U. at St LouisVirginia TechLouisiana State UniversityAll super competitive, but to agree with someone who posted above, go big or go home (actually, in our case, it's more like go big or STAY home LOL)
yeah, shootin' big here too. this is my overly optimistic list for fiction:michiganiowanyuvirginiabrownjhupittsburghsyracusecornell
Poetry, in no particular orderMiamiFlordia AtlanticVirginia CommonwealthHollinsMemphisIowaUMass-AmherstUNH
This year I am applying in both poetry and non-fiction, hoping the dual approach might work. Poetry: Washington University (St. Louis)Johns HopkinsAmericanIowaMinnesotaNC StateUNLVNon-fiction:IowaVanderbiltMontanaNotre DameHunter
For poetry:U Minnesota LSUNYUNew SchoolOhio StateOhio U (MA)U Utah (PhD)BrownUVAVCUAmerican UU ArkansasArizona State UGeorge Mason UU MichSyracuse UU PittPurdue U
Revision: Family emergency and I wasn't able to submit the online portion to Syracuse. So my final list is:BrownCornellUT Austin
I submitted a nearly-final list back in November. Here's my final, for poetry:Notre DameUMass (Boston)HunterMiamiVanderbiltWyomingIowa StateBrooklyn CollegeVCUUNC WilmingtonI'll be happy getting into just 1 of these-- don't want to have to go through this process again next year. Best of luck to all!
Columbia U. NYUHunter
That's in fiction.
Fiction. Ended up dropping one (east coast) school from my initial list and applying to:Stanford StegnerIrvineIowaAustinSan MarcosHoustonOle MissArizonaVirginiaLouisianaAlabama
Fiction:BrownUC IrvineIowaUC RiversideHunterThe New SchoolSt. Mary'sStony BrookBrooklyn
Here's my list:Fiction:-Brown-Vanderbilt-Oregon-JHU-BU-UNH-EmersonAnd for good measure:MA Lit:-BrandeisI'm not expecting much. I was a little late getting into this ridiculous MFA game, and was horrified to see comparisons being made to getting into Harvard Med School or Yale Law. To think of the art form I've admired for so long, reduced to cutthroat admissions and an ugly dose of elitism. It literally made me sick to my stomach. Oh well. I should've expected it. It's the game. Play and lose. So it goes. (That's my one allotted Vonnegutism for the day)The only hope I think I have is if my sample and statement is well received, and that's pretty much everyone else's hope too. Blurgh. Who knows? I'm used to being the Brady to everyone's Reagan ... used to all that bad luck and misfortune. Question is: who is going to be my Hinckley this time? All of them, mayhap? We'll see. BANG! and I'm down. Draft a law for me.
I suppose I should post my list, now that I've moved from lurking to actually posting....U Mass AmherstCalArtsBrownCornellWashington University (St. Louis)NYUColumbiaJohns HopkinsNew SchoolBrooklyn CollegeNorthwesternSarah LawrenceVanderbiltUniversity of WyomingUniversity of MississippiBoston UniversityWow, that looks daunting/poverty-inducing when all typed up.
Also, that's all for fiction.
Fiction:Southern Illinois/Carbondale - Pinckney Benedict and Beth LordanBowling Green - Wendell MayoWest Virginia - Mark BrazaitisRe Brazaitis--his An American Affair is the finest short story collection I've read in a couple years.
Fiction:MinnesotaN. MichiganIowaOregonSouthern IllinoisE. WashingtonPortland StateAlaska, FairbanksI'd like to be in the midwest or pacific northwest. Alaska is my wildcard!
This is for Poetry:SyracuseCornellSarah LawrenceMinnesotaIowaBrownVirginiaUCSD
So much competition right here! Terrifying.For fiction:MichenerIowaPurdueIndiana UU of AlabamaU of MemphisTexas State San MarcosLSUWash UApp fees have killed me.
Of poetry:Michigan-Ann ArborBrownWisconsin-MadisonBrooklyn College | CUNYA lot has left my list, including Iowa and Syracuse, unfortunately.Does anyone have anything to say about UC-Irvine's program? Or Columbia College's?
I'm only applying to Arizona State.Speaking of which, does anyone know how to upload the Academic writing sample + Teaching philosophy + TA app in the online thing? The philosophy and app need to be in the same file, not sure how to do that, but then there's only one upload box for 2 files.Help would be appreciated... I'm 1-day shipping my stuff tomorrow and this online thing is all that's left.
Brown (poetry & fic)Sarah Lawrence (fiction)USC (professional writing)
I feel like the end of There Will Be Blood--"I'm finished!"for fiction, in no order:MinnesotaBrownMichenerWash U St LouisAlabamaMichiganFloridaOregonVanderbiltalso, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, which is a long shot indeed.But ah! Feels fabulous to be done! Best of luck to everyone, and keep writing :)
For Fiction:University of MarylandPenn State UniversityUniversity of IowaJohns Hopkins UniversityUniversity of MinnesotaRutgers University-Newark
i'm officially, officially done.in fiction:iowacornellbrownohio statepenn stateumass amherstindianaoregonand now we wait.
@ Allison Leigh PetersI applied to Columbia College in Chicago but I'll admit I don't know much about it. It's only 2 hours from where I currently live and I have a few friends who go to CC for other art degrees...they're always working on really unique innovative art projects and they seem to have a lot of support from the school. I'm hoping the MFA is the same way...no idea about funding. Chicago is a cool city...more affordable than NYC but def not by much.Let me know if you find any info...I don't see the program talked about very often on the blogs or other sites.
i submitted a list earlier, now that it's actually real and mostly done, reposting with a couple small genre adjustments:in poetry --columbiaschool of the art institute of chicagosyracuseboston universityemersonumass amherstnyubrooklyn collegesarah lawrencesan francisco statebrownin poetry & CNF (dual concentration) --the new schoolcal artscalifornia college of the artshmmm... i maybe went overboard with that many schools. oh well. it's only time and money, right? NBD.
In poetry:Michener CenterColorado StateColorado BoulderVirginia TechWyomingBoise StatePenn StateOle Miss
My (smallish) list in Fiction . . . AlabamaMcNeese StateOle MissLSUIowaSIUCMemphis
Bit the Bullet: >_<Fiction:Johns HopkinsOregonPenn StateFloridaForthcomming:BostonConcordia Montreal, M.A.Creative OptionNow I need an income to make up for this dent. And you know, the intercession of the saints to make this happen. :P
Fiction:Iowa Writers WorkshopUT Austin (Michener)BrownCornellU of OregonIndianaIllinois Champaign-UrbanaWashington U at St. LouisGeorge MasonColorado StateMost of my choices were in the P&W top 20. Am I brave or just stupid?
For Fiction:UC San DiegoUC IrvineUC RiversideIowaOhio StateHunterBrooklyn CollegeUVaUniversity Southern California (MPW)
Fiction:Colorado State UniversityTexas State, San MarcosUniversity of Colorado, BoulderUniversity of Missouri, St LouisUniversity of New MexicoWashington University, St Louis
I posted before when I wasn't really done. But now it's finished and the glorious 3 months of waiting begin. I need a new hobby for when I can't stop thinking about what's in the mail.For fiction:SyracuseIllinois U/CMichiganEmersonIowaCalArts
For Creative Nonfiction:MinnesotaCalArtsIowaBrown (in Fiction)UNC WilmingtonUA TucsonCalifornia College of the ArtsHollinsThe New SchoolNaropa
I'd posted in the last one, but I've since removed a school (Mills). So, now, it is:Washington University at St. LouisUniversity of WashingtonUniversity of VirginiaUT (Michener)HollinsCalifornia College of the Arts the New SchoolSorry if this is annoyingly repetitive. And also, subscribing, out of nosiness!
If I get everything completed that I need to today, here's all the schools I applied to in fiction.HunterWest VirginiaVCUSouthern Illinois University at CarbondaleUNCGUNCWArizona StatePurdueIdahoBoise StateMcNeeseArkansasFloridaGMUI think if I get into Purdue or Arkansas (or somehow won the lottery and got into Hunter on the same day)I would have an aneurysm of joy and die. But I'd go to any of these schools in a heartbeat--I figure it doesn't matter where I'll live because I'll be so obscenely busy I won't have a life outside of school, anyway.Oh, and those of you applying to Virginia Commonwealth University: I went there for undergrad and I've taken workshops with several of the MFA faculty there. I interned at their writing center (where many MFA students work) and I've lived in Richmond my whole life. If you have any questions about VCU or life in Richmond, feel free to e-mail me.Good luck!
Very cool to have found this site-- thanks to Seth and others for hosting it. I'm late to the party for a first-time poster but here goes:In Fiction:IowaUC IrvineMichener (Texas)NYUHunterBrooklynColumbiaCornellsyracusemichiganvirginiaOregonMinnesotaJohns HopkinsIndiana BloomingtonUniversity MontanaFlorida GainsvilleNew SchoolGood luck to all!
For Poetry:San Diego StateTexas StateColorado StateUniv. ColoradoColumbia - ChicagoThe New SchoolFlorida StateMiamiSan Francisco StateTempleGeorge Mason Univ.Southern IllinoisHunterUniv. IllinoisThis is my second year applying. Last year I got accepted at SDSU and SFSU and waitlisted at Univ. Illinois.Ultimately I decided to just reapply with a stronger manuscript and to a larger pool of schools. I only reapplied to 4 schools I had applied to the year previous.
In PoetryIowaJohns HopkinsMinnesotaArizonaUMass, Amherst
This is for Fiction:SyracuseVirginiaBrownIowaMinnesotaIndianaLSUMemphisTexas State
I applied to Columbia in Poetry. Any word on when we find out?
I've posted before but made some last minute adjustments to my list due to finances and the preservation of my sanity. Applying from the UK for fiction:BrownCornellIowaLSUMichiganOle MissOregonSyracuseUNCGUT AustinVanderbiltI knocked out UC Irvine (no funding for internationals) and ASU (too exhausted to jump that many hoops). Now I realise how utterly stupid I've been with this list. Talk about wishful thinking!
I know how utterly crazy I am, but I only applied to one: Umass Amherst for fiction.
Fiction:MichenerBrownWashingtonIndianaVirginiaFloridaVanderbiltLSUPenn StateCornellHoustonAlabamaMichiganTexas StateGood luck to everyone, and congratulations for having finished the application process without internally 'splodin : )
For Fiction:Virginia TechVirginiaUNCWIowaSyracuseMinnesotaWashington St. LouisJohns HopkinsNYU
For Poetry:MillsUNCGNMSUWitchitaU of ColoradoU of ArkMcNeeseGeorgia C&S UBowling GreenUC IrvineFor PhD in comp lit:CUNYAll apps are confirmed complete except UC Irvine, Witchita, and McNeese.If you didn't already guess it, I took the strategy of applying mostly to the so called underrated MFA programs recommended by Seth. Still contemplating Boston. Their short program and funding all seem a bit sketchy to me though. Thoughts? Good luck to all!
Although my genre is nonfiction, I decided to try my hand at a few fiction programs, so...UC Davis-fictionUC Riverside-nonfictionUC Irvine-fictionColumbia-nonfictionHunter-nonfictionFour down, one to go!
Great blog! I've been reading through the archives since I started this process and am grateful to Seth, Tom and everyone else for the advice. Good luck eyeryone!Here's my list for poetry:AlabamaArkansasUNLVKansasIowa MontanaMcNeese StateUmass, AmherstBrownOregon
FICTION:NYUHunterBrooklyn CollegeCCNYCornellIowaStanford (Stegner)Johns Hopkins
@Minnowthat is almost my list for poetry. well, swap out minnesota for purdue and syracuse for wyoming, but i think this means we should be friends. to reiterate:AmherstAustinCornellBrownWash UIowaJohns HopkinsMichiganPurdueVirginiaVanderbiltWyoming...and thank you seth abramson for steering me through this. literally. the book, the site. thank you thank you
poetry:CornellBrownOregonOhio StateVirginiaMarylandTexas-MichenerColorado StateNYUIowaHouston
I may have put up a list before, but this is the final "all applications complete" list (for fiction, my second year applying):SyracuseMinnesotaIowaWash UColorado (Boulder)New MexicoArizona StateUtahOregon StateOregonUC DavisUC IrvineUC San Diego
So I only applied to six programs. Despite the advice to apply to twice that many programs, I just didn't have the time or the financial resources to do so this year. So, here is the final list for fiction, which I am very happy with:UT AustinIrvineUFLVanderbiltRutgers-Newark UC Riverside
Second year applying in poetry.University of VirginiaUniversity of IowaBrown UniversityVanderbilt UniversitySouth Carolina StateUniversity of North Carolina, Greensboro
Creative Nonfiction:Penn StateIowaHollinsGeorge MasonAlabamaMinnesota
First time posting my list, but have been reading this blog for months. I started out with a cool seven and have now expanded to twelve. All in fiction..NYUBrooklyn CollegeHunterRutgers - NewarkCornellUMass - BostonBoston UEmerson CollegeIowa Illinois - ChampaignMinnesotaWashington U - St. Louis
Poetry:IowaVanderbiltBostonU. Mich-Ann ArborLSU-Baton RougeFiction:Vanderbilt
In fiction:TexasSyracuseLSUAlabamaWash St. LouisOregonIndianaVanderbiltKansasMissouri-Kansas CityWest VirginiaIowaUNC-Wilmington
hunternew schoolColumbiabrooklynall in fiction
Greg, I'm curious: why not NYU? I applied to three in NYC: Brooklyn, Hunter, NYU. Left off Columbia and New School for financial reasons.
I only applied to George Mason's MFA program, which I know is insane, but I have also applied to a handful of other schools for Higher Ed Administration... Rejected from UNC-W last year.
Welp, I had a pretty strong vision in my dreams last night that I wasn't going to be accepted by anybody. Time to start working on next year's portfolio. . .
Florida LSU VanderbiltHoustonMcneese St.CornellBrownOregonGeorgia CollegeUNLVJohns Hopkins
@Justin T, keep your head up. No reason to give up quite yet. We all have doubts. We all have talent. Thankfully, the part of you that dreamed that isn't involved in the admissions process in any school.
in poetry:vanderbiltalabama - tuscaloosauniv floridaumassuniv south carolinatexas - austinwashington univ in st. louislouisiana stateiwwmichiganohio stateold dominionboston university
hi to all, good luck and everything. fiction:minnesotawustltexas (the regular, non-gourmet one)indianafloridaoregonarizona stateuc irvinemichigan
now, given that seth is using this to lure us to share zee data, is he going to share zis data wiz us?
Fiction: Columbia U. (fingers crossed) NYUHunter College
Fiction:OregonIrvineMontanaWyomingTexas (Michener)IowaMinnesotaMichiganCornell SyracuseUM AmherstBrownJohns HopkinsThe waiting begins...
Fiction:University of MichiganArizona State UniversityThe New SchoolWarren Wilson
Megan, Sophia, Akatsuki- If you have any questions about California College of the Arts, let me know. I was an active member of this community last year prior to accepting my spot at CCA. I would like to help anyone I can by answering questions about the school and program. I'll subscribe to this thread so just shout out... Good luck everyone!!
Poetry:PurdueNotre DameWashington U - St. LouisIowaColumbia College - ChicagoIndiana
I know this is off topic, but since a lot of people are applying to McNeese I think it's important to know that the e-mail posted on their website for fiction applications is no longer monitored, since Mr. Connelly seems to have left their faculty. I was informed to resubmit my application to email@example.com, so anyone that made the same mistake should do likewise.
Hi everyone, Not sure which mailbag to put this in, or where data is being collected for statistic purposes, but just wanted to let you know I got my first rejection email. It was from University of East Anglia (Norwich, England). Since they are in England, I'm not sure they follow the normal app timelines. They said you can apply anytime but suggest as early as possible in the previous year. I sent mine in mid-December, around Dec. 20th. Got the email this morning (jan 20) with a hard copy letter to follow in the mail. Oh well, 1 down, 14 to go!
For poetry:Boston UniversityBrownNYUBrooklyn CollegeHunter
Young Adult Fiction:National University (Online)This school has been wonderful for me since I have moved to three different states in the last three years. I start their Masters program in March, which is also amazing because I can start whenever I want, any month. I wanted to study at a campus but found my lifestyle too chaotic to even consider a low residency, let alone a full-time campus.I recommend it for military, or busy workers, or stay at home moms. Wonderful pace, wonderful content.
@ Sarah, thanks for sharing and that's too bad about the University of East Angliea, but like you said, you still have a long list. On the bright side and MFA is a terminal degree and an MA is not, so in a way getting into an MFA program (though it doesn't give you great job prospects), will give you better job pospects than an MA. The best of luck with your other schools.
For poetry!San Diego StateUC San DiegoUC DavisUT Austin (Michener)UC IrvineAntiochand possibly Warren Wilson (more like probably will add it on!)best of luck to everyone!
For Fiction...ColoradoUNLVTexas StateIowaLSUWest VirginiaJohns HopkinsVirginia
I only applied to one school: Virginia Tech. In retrospect....
Is it true they call you if you're accepted? I have no idea how to handle that, in the event I get in anywhere. I'm a weeper and I'd be so honored to get into any of my schools that I know I would just break down and make an ass of myself. Any advice on this?
Oh, geez, I forgot I was messing with blogger and jokingly changed my posting name to She-ra. It's kind of awesome, though.
UT-MichenerSyracuseIowaIndianaWisconsinMichiganMinnesotaVirginiaWashUVanderbiltJohns HopkinsCornellBrownMass-Amherstfor poetry
My real name is Sheerah!
Then your real name is code for awesome!
Is it strange to already be worrying about rejections/ acceptances? Because I am. A lot. Also, perhaps someone on here may be able to give me some advice. I'm finished applying, but that means that I have a lot of exhausted professors who have written me letters of recommendation and I'm trying to think of what I should do to thank them. I don't feel that sending a nice card is enough. Does anyone have ideas or experience with this issue? I should probably add that I am abroad, which complicates matters quite a bit from my end.callastem, I think it does indeed mean we should be friends. It will be interesting to see which programs we make it into with such similar choices!
@MinnowI gave a Starbucks gift card to each of my recommenders. They seemed to appreciate it. Don't know where you are abroad-- maybe that's a dumb idea-- but you can get them online.
@She-ra re: how to handle getting in on the phone.A friend of mine asked the same question, knowing that her boyfriend was taking her on vacation specifically to ask her to get married. The answer: Long breath, calmly state: Took you look enough.
Good luck everyone! Here is my overly ambitious list for fiction:Colorado StateUniversity of TexasBrown UniversityCornellSyracuse UniversityIndiana UniversityUniversity of Colorado at BoulderIowa Writer's WorkshopVanderbiltUniversity of New MexicoUniversity of HoustonUniversity of OregonNew Mexico State University... and if none of those pan out, Warren Wilson, here I come!
For nonfiction:AlabamaArizonaHollinsUNC WilmingtonWyomingThank you so much for this blog!
I applied to five schools:Minnesota State (Mankato)Boise StateArizona StateArizonaOklahoma StateI also just have to mention that my wife just delivered our first child (a little girl) last night.So, if I can only get into a school, life will be nearly perfect.
My seven schools in fiction:1. Penn St2. Southern Illinois3. Minnesota4. Iowa5. LSU6. Va Tech7. Syracuse
First-time poster, several month reader. I live in New Orleans right now and only applied to LSU for fiction. Fingers crossed, but more than anything I'll be taking this process as a learning experience and will definitely be applying to a fuller round next year if I don't get in on this one shot. Good luck to all! Have really enjoyed reading all the advice and research collected here.
I've been lurking for a while. Here's my list in poetry:Alabama Bowling GreenCornellIllinoisIndianaIowaIowa StateMichiganSouthern IllinoisVirginia Tech
Another long-time lurker posting for the first time today...promised myself I could join the party as soon as I finished my apps, which was today. Woo-hoo!Applying in fiction to these fine low-residency schools:BenningtonLesleyPacific Lutheran UniversityPacific UniversitySpaldingStonecoastVermont College of Fine Arts Warren WilsonA ridiculous number of programs to apply to for low-res, I know, but I just couldn't decide...and I'm paranoid about whether I'll get into one at all!
This is it. Done. They're out.FICTION (no particular order)VA TechVanderbiltMcNeese StateFloridaOle MissIllinoisWashington University@StLouisCornell
Fiction, in no particular order:WashUMichiganIowaIndianaNotre DameWestern MichiganBowling GreenNEOMFAPurduePittsburghIowa StateSAICColumbia College ChicagoAlso applying to Warren Wilson low res, but haven't sent in application yet.
all for poetry:MinnesotaWashington UKansasWichita StateTexas StateArizona StateArizonaMontanaWyoming
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