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Nine schools total, all for fiction:MichenerNYUU of VirginiaU of HoustonU of ArizonaColorado StateU of MichiganU of FloridaVanderbiltWay too early to hear from any of them, of course. I'm trying to stay calm and productive, but days have been passing very slowly lately.
Nine schools for me, too (CNF):U of MinnesotaOhio State UU of IowaU of ArizonaU of NC WilmingtonU of Notre DameHollins UPenn State UHunter Collegemight add a tenth (Sarah Lawrence College)Will be a while before any results come in... feeling rather pessimistic.
Eighteen fiction applications for me. This is my second time out; I applied to six last year and didn't get in anywhere.BrownColorado - BoulderCornellIndianaIowaJohns HopkinsKansasUMassU of MinnesotaUNC - GreensboroOhio StateOld DominionOregon StatePenn StatePurdueSouth CarolinaSyracuseWisconsinHaven't heard from anyone yet.
Fiction, nine schoolsMFAOhio State UU Notre DamePurdue UVanderbiltU of FloridaGeorgia College and State UMAU of TennesseeOhio UU of Cincinnati
15 schools total, all for fiction:MFA:MichenerWashingtonFloridaCornellUC-IrvineMinnesotaPenn StateGeorgia CollegeIndianaPurdueMA:TennCincinnatiK StateU MaineSouthern Miss
Fiction:MichenerUT AustinBennington low residency
poetry here.i applied to three schools:IowaOle MissBowling Green
Iowa, CUNY-Hunter, and Rutgers-Newark, all in poetry.
Just four, for fiction:Cornell UVaUNCGFLoridaNot the least bit hopeful.
One school is all I could afford to apply to: Nebraska for PhD in poetry
Echo and empathize with all the pessimism.U. of Minnesota - FictionU. of Michigan in Ann Arbor - FictionU. of Wisconsin in Madison - FictionSyracuse University - FictionBrown University - PlaywritingU. of Texas at Austin - PlaywritingToo early to have heard back yet.
Five schools for fiction, not really expecting to get in anywhere, though:MichiganWisconsinMinnesotaPurdueWestern Michigan
20 schools for fiction:-Minnesota-UW-Madison-Michigan-Western Michigan-IWW-Iowa State-Illinois-Southern Illinois-Boise State-Wichita State-Temple-Syracuse-George Mason-Bowling Green-Memphis-UC Irvine-Arizona-Johns Hopkins-South Carolina-AlabamaHoping for at least one to work out.
Good luck to everyone, by the way.
For Fiction:Iowa CornellUVASouth CarolinaColorado-BoulderU. Texas at AustinMcNeeseU. New OrleansOld DominionVirginia CommonwealthWyomingHaven't heard from anywhere, am trying (and failing) to be hopeful.
For fiction:MinnesotaKansasIowa New MexicoVCUSouthern IllinoisMississippiMiamiNorth Carolina StateMcNeese Tennessee - M.A.For CNF:AlabamaIowa StateOregon StateHollinsWest VirginiaWyomingGeorgia College & State
Seven schools for me, all fiction University of Minnesota University of PittsburghUVAWisconsin University of IowaBoise State LSU no news yet..
Only three--all fiction.IowaCornellSyracuseCan't time pass any faster? :)
U VirginiaU South CarolinaMichenerU AlabamaVanderbiltU ArkansasU MississippiLouisiana StateGeorgia StateMcNeeseBring it, admissions!
What's your genre, lizzie? :)
For Poetry:WUSTLBoise StateMichener CenterIowa Writer's WorkshopCornell
PhD, Poetry:U of DenverU of GeorgiaU of UtahU of Southern CaliforniaU of HoustonU of Illinois at ChicagoFlorida State
PoetryUniv. South CarolinaNotre DameUniv. Virginia, CharlottesvilleVirginia Tech.Ohio State Univ. (Poetry & CNF)Univ. Florida, GainesvilleVanderbiltWashington Univ., St. LouisGoing by the rumor mill here and elsewhere online, OSU, USC, & Washington are already looking less likely--as I’ve yet to receive any news, while others have already gotten acceptances. . . . This is my 3rd official time around. And although I shouldn’t count the first two since it was years ago and I was far too young and writing samples representatively immature & unpolished, I’m still going to be quite broken if none of these pan out. . . . And damn those of you machine-gunners out there applying to 12, 15, 18, and 20+ schools! (I wish I had the cash to do that.)
Financially, I could only apply to three schools:University of AlabamaMichner CenterGCSU
I applied to seven schools in fiction:Sarah LawrenceNew SchoolRutgers-NewarkWarren WilsonBenningtonVCFAStonecoastAlso, hi Bird!
Hi Courtney! Good luck!Well, I just got my first reply -- an e-mail from Penn State. Looks like they're not taking anyone into the program based on lack of funding:The English Department regretfully announces that beginning with the Fall 2012 admission cycle, it is no longer accepting applications for its MFA program. We are unable to provide funding for newly admitted students; therefore, the MFA faculty has decided not to recruit any new students. We are extremely sorry about the inconvenience and disappointment this decision may have caused you.The Graduate School will refund the application fee for those individuals who submitted and paid for their English/MFA applications for the Fall 2012 semester and later. Individual applicants will not be notified directly that they have been refunded. Applicants who paid by credit card will see the refund on their next month’s statement. Those applicants who paid by check or money order will receive a check in the mail within 30 days.
Just got the same email from Penn State. Bummer.
Got the same Penn State "lack of funding" e-mail. First they mess with Paterno and hurt their endowment, causing the MFA program to suffer. Athletics over academics once again. Really Penn State, really? "WE ARE PENN STATE" - my *ss!
Fair warning for those applying to Univ. of Ark., Fayetteville: I was in a different program there, but I came to know enough about the MFA program by my proximity and through a couple of mutual acquaintances to make me wary. . . . Reportedly, the program had a recent history of requiring in-person interviews w/ female applicants (surely a dubious practice) as well as at least one prof. acting, er, very inappropriately w/ students. Yeah, I know—rumor is often just that, but then again. . . . And, of course, there’s the ridiculously heavy teaching load; that the program in actuality takes most folks 4 not 3 years (why not get a Phd. *and* write a dissertation in that time?!); that one of the Eng. dept.’s most touted (but also most overrated) profs. just left; and that Mohja Kahf, another highly published (and self-centered) prof., largely distances herself from the MFA program in its entirety and works in the comp. lit. program instead—not to mention the utterly depressing, literally crumbling state of Kimpel Hall, whose elevators are likely to maim or slaughter some starving, underpaid grad. student sometime in the foreseeable future. Finally, if teaching is a goal, their job placement reputation is ridiculously inflated, as many graduates, yes, get “teaching jobs” but in doing so linger and rot away in that black hole state in *high school* or, at best, community college teaching positions. . . . So, granted, these comments might really irritate a few folks affiliated w/ the program and may even get removed by a mod., as has happened before—but if any of this gives even one candidate the slightest pause at attending UARK, then I feel I’ve been of some use to their well-being.
Applying for fiction:MFA:UC-San DiegoMinnesotaUMass-AmherstWyomingFloridaNevada- Las VegasAlabamaMA:UW-MilwaukeeMiami of OhioNo notifications yet, of course.
Fiction:UVAWVUJHUU of FloridaU of MarylandU of New Orleans
I'm applying in Fiction to : BrownUVAIowaSyracuseUMass
Ten schools total, in poetry, no particular order.Notre DameMinnesotaSouth CarolinaIndianaGCSUIowaHoustonAlabama
NC StateIowaU Central ArkansasBrownIrvineMichiganFiction. Weird list, I know.
Fiction:VirginiaUniversity of New OrleansMcNeese StateU. of MiamiUCFVanderbiltColorado-BoulderOregonOregon StateI plan on being admitted to every school in the above list. I will then make my decision of which school to attend based on a precise system of compatibility and affordability: with a map of the USA on a dart board, I will proceed to throw a dart. Whichever school is closest to said dart will be the school that takes me on as a student. Every other school will be burnt to the ground.
I've applied for fiction at:UC Davis (MA)UC IrvineUF GainesvilleUT Michener CenterIowa Writers' WorkshopSo far just the charmless 'denial' from MCW.Good luck to all, it's going to be a tough few weeks!
Poetry.Ann ArborU of HoustonU of VirginiaVirginia TechUMass BostonU of AlabamaMichener
applied in poetry to...amherstvcuvandyalabamabowling greeniowasarah lawrence
I applied to:Michener Center CornellSyracuseOhio State CUNY-BrooklynArizona StateUNLVSarah LawrenceMillsI got my rejection from Michener on the 25th and my acceptance from OSU a couple days ago.
Ten schools, all in poetryMichener CenterUMass-AmherstVCUU-Va. Virginia TechOld DominionGeorge MasonWest Virginia VanderbiltColorado St.No word from anywhere yet. My fingernails are suffering terribly.
Hey there,I applied to eight schools, five for fiction, three for non:I got a michener rejection a week ago, an acceptance from OSU on Thursday for nonfiction. Haven't heard from the following:UVAMinnesota (cnf)Iowa (cnf)SyracuseWisconsinUC-IrvineMore hopeful about the nonfiction programs than the fiction, as I felt my sample was much stronger and the odds not quite so absurd.
@LCB: Congrats on the OSU acceptance! I'm in my second year there, in CNF, and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the program. Feel free to email me: hansen dot 312 at osu dot edu. (Forgive me if you already posted your acceptance on the MFA Draft group and I already said all of this!)
I applied to UVA and Hollins for fiction. A scant application pool, I realize, but I'm finishing up an MA in English at JMU and time and fincances were too limited to do a application blow out. Anyone else applying to Hollins?I haven't heard from either, and Murphy's law says I won't until at least another two months of agony!
Hey, I've been accepted to Indiana. If you've been accepted too, and feel like introducing yourself and chatting feel free to holler. I'm a fiction writing btw. https://www.facebook.com/alexia.arthurs
Twelve schools total:MichiganMinnesotaOhio State (Accepted!)Indiana (Probably Rejected?)Ole MissWestern MichiganIdahoBoise StateVCUSyracuseOregon StateCincinnati MAThird time through the application process. Stay positive and persistent. Oh, and don't drink too much when you get accepted!
I applied for poetry at:NYUCUNY - BrooklynRutgers - NewarkI haven't heard from anyone yet...but Brooklyn sent me an email about a month ago saying I should know within 6 weeks. AGH.
Wow after reading other people's lists, four schools feels like impossibly slim chances. But I've worked hard on my apps and I'm just hoping. Won't find out until March.University of Illinois- FictionRoosevelt University, Chicago-CNFSouthern Illinois University-FictionEastern Washington University-Fiction
Michael, I applied to Hollins too! I haven't heard of a ton of other people who applied, but it seems like a really cool program. Good luck!
Good luck to you as well, Taylor. Here's hoping we meet in Roanoke in the Fall!
I only had the money to apply to 3 schools, all in poetry:MichenerUT AustinVanderbiltI'm freaking out because I just got an email from UT Austin Grad School (which handles both Michener and the English Dept.) telling me that my application was incomplete and to check my status online. When I did, it showed that my transcripts wee missing. I definitely uploaded them when I first applied, and my status was marked complete (including transcripts) as soon as my recommendations came in. Does anybody know if this stupid glitch might have gotten my apps thrown out? I emailed the grad school after re-uploading the transcripts to explain, but I'm a little worried.
The information about Arkansas MFA is absolutely correct. I took my BA there, and the MFA Program has been in a nose-dive for several years, ever since James Whitehead, Bill Harrison, and Miller Williams retired. Avoid at all costs.
Poetry. Seven schools, in no particular order:U of Houston Virginia TechWashington U (St Louis)Virginia CommonwealthSouthern Illinois Hollins UU of Mississippi Haven't heard anything yet...
Six for fiction:U of OregonOregon StateNotre DameU of WisconsinIowa StateIWW
Accepted at Minnesota this morning for fiction by phone!
Fiction:American (accepted, Jan. 4th--anyone else thinking of going there? Want to be friends? Have any info on the program?)PurdueJHUNYUBowling GreenNothing yet from the last 4.
As a contributor to this blog, I feel compelled to shamelessly plug my employer, the Stony Brook Southampton MFA program. It's a fantastic under-the-radar program with a great teaching staff and a diverse, personalized curriculum. And then there's the beach. Check it out! www.stonybrook.edu/mfa
Just two for this playwright: 1. Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers2. New School for Drama*supposed to hear February ____ about potential Chair Weekend (or a flat out rejection) so fingers crossed!
Fiction only. 8 schools total.1)Michener--rejected :(2)Washington University--rejected :(3)UW Madison4)UM Ann Arbor5)UM Minneapolis (rejected?)6)UNM Albuquerque7)Vanderbilt8)Indiana U (rejected?)9)UC Irvine10)NYUI'm trying hard to keep my hopes up, but this waiting thing makes me the mind ripe for discouraging thoughts.
I applied to 12 schools for Fiction, though I just found out that one isn't accepting my application because it arrived late...(more on that in a second)Arizona State UniversityUniversity of ArizonaUniversity of Michigan Virginia TechUniversity of Texas at El PasoUniversity of IowaOregon State UniversityUniversity of Wyoming Boise State UniversityTexas State UnversityUniversity of New MexicoNorthern Michigan University*Note: TSU in San Marcos required you to email your Writing Portfolio, but mail in everything else (for Graduate Teaching Assistantships) and their email address bounced back to me about 100 times. I ended up trying to send it from at least 4 different email addresses of mine at various wifi spots (my home, my work, a friend's house) to no avail. I even used SendSpace.com (which worked, but they wouldn't accept it) and mailed a hard copy (which they also wouldn't accept.) On the phone, they said I was the only one having this problem, which made me feel totally insane. I have now accepted that the universe just doesn't want me to move to Texas. And, I even had a friend try to email them my application and it bounced back as well. Double-checked their email address spelling, emailed them something without an attachment and it still bounced back. I'll never understand what happened...They even emailed me and my reply to them immediately bounced back. Good luck, everyone!
@ Matt, I was also accepted to American in fiction. One of my references told me she hopes I go there because she thinks Richard McCann is awesome. It is also in a beautiful part of the city. I also applied in fiction to:BrownSarah Lawrence UMass AmherstSyracuse Still waiting on those...
I applied to twelve schools, all poetry--U MichiganVanderbiltIWWSIUCUT Austin (English Dept.)U OregonIndianaU MontanaPurdueNotre DameCornellUNC GreensboroNo responses yet. Waiting impatiently. Every app has been in for twelveish weeks!
Poetry:SyracuseLSUNew Mexico StateGeorgia CollegeWichita StateFiction:McNeeseOklahoma StateGeorgia StateOld DominionApplied to Ole Miss in both fiction and poetry.Fingers still crossed. I'm guessing none of the above schools will send notifications until late February or early March. I think Syracuse is the most selective school I applied to. Didn't see anyone else who applied at Wichita or New Mexico State though.I'll keep stalking this thread and my email until I hear back.
seven schools, all in fictionwisconsinminnesotaiowacornellhopkinsuvasyracuse
@ Meredith:I actually read McCann's Mother of Sorrows since being accepted (to get a sense of him), and found it very well-written. Though I'm not writing on the same topics as him, I found some similarities in his style and mine, which encourages me to work with him.It is a wonderful area, but is also very expensive. My concerns aren't so much with the program but with the funding and cost of living in D.C.Have you heard about funding? They seemed to think they'd notify around the middle of February.
FictionIowaMichiganUNLVEastern WashingtonBowling Green
Applied for CNF atMinnesotaWyomingIowa StateU. IowaU. ArizonaU. New MexicoUNC WilmingtonAlabama-TuscaloosaMontana-MissoulaPenn State (boo)No word yet, but I do have a plan b and I don't need anyone's permission to write...that goes for everyone here, so chin up!
Fiction.Arizona State UniversityUniv. of California San DiegoColorado State Univ. (Ft Collins)CornellMichener Center UTNew Mexico State Univ. Univ. of Montana (Missoula)Univ. of N. Carolina WilmingtonUniv. of UtahUniv. of Wisconsin - Madison (my alma mater)and because delusion is unavoidable, Iowa
@Meredith and @Matt:I was also accepted to American for fiction. The program sounds great, and I was excited to hear from them so early. Do either of you know much about the program?
I applied to four schools for poetry:Minnesota - MinneapolisSUNY Stony BrookUniveristy of Alaska FairbanksUBC in VancouverNo word yet, and my fingernails need to know! Has anyone heard from any of these programs?
Anything new from the FB group?
News from the FB group: Acceptances at UMass Amherst today and yesterday for both poetry and fiction, by phone. A Wyoming poetry acceptance, who also reported that CNF and fiction have not gone out yet; and some Minnesota/WUSTL waitlist action. Anyone else on here hear anything from Minnesota?
I'd be interested in a poetry number from UMass Amherst as well. Thanks Claire.
and a Wyoming poetry waitlist here.Goodness--I thought I had a few months until this kind of waiting set in. No word from Mich-AASyracuseUNCGU of Oregon U Wash SeattleCSU Fort CollinsUC BoulderU MontanaUC Irvine
How many acceptances at UMass Amherst so far?
I think one fiction acceptance (yesterday) and three poetry acceptances for UMass. According to one of the poetry acceptances, they are taking 14 poetry students this year, so I don't think they're done notifying. Hope that helps!
Thanks. Honestly, you deserve some kind of reward for your service. I hope it comes in the form of an acceptance!
Haha, it's no service...I just have OCD (for real) and need to know things, so I get other people dying to know.Also...first poetry acceptance at Alabama just rang in a few minutes ago. I'm going to go hyperventilate in a corner now.
I just realized that could be read wrong...I did not accepted to Alabama. Someone on the Draft did. But I applied there in CNF.
This is going to sound like a stupid question and a result of a fellow OCD-ridden-applicant but what time of day do these people typically call? I figure it'd be during the work day, right?
Applied to only six for fiction:WisconsinIndianaPurdueOhio (MA Program)IowaNotre Dame
I got my Michener rejection tonight at 10pm. Boo.
Has anyone heard about people who have been waitlisted by the programs who have sent out acceptances? Has anyone been waitlisted thus far?
Fiction:MichenerUCIUNC GreensboroPortland StateIWWUW SeattleU OregonJohns HopkinsBostonOhio StateNo news yet...
recieved the lack of funding notice from Penn so I'm not counting that but:Rutgers-NewarkLSUSouthern Illinois UniversityGeorgia College and StateColumbia College Chicagoall for poetry
ALSO, @NOAH - GCSU@LAUREN - SIU@CHLOECAMPBELL - SIU@MONICA - LSU, GCSUlet me know how you guys do on the respective schools!thanks
12 schools, all in fiction.UC Irvine (a delusion at best)U of AlabamaArizona StateU of ArizonaU of Arkansas at Fayetteville (which apparently I should avoid like the plague)U of WyomingU of OregonUNLVBoise StateU of IdahoLouisiana StateSouthern Illinois Haven't heard anything yet.
All fiction:U of MontanaU of OregonJohns HopkinsNew SchoolHunter CollegeEdinburgh (MA)Haven't heard anything yet -- thanks to everyone on here for the updates.
I'm going stir crazy--any more new news from the FB group? I should probably disconnect the Internet for the next month.
Yes, for those of us who are facebookless, we would really appreciate any updates from the facebook group. And what about waiting lists? Some schools have notified those accepted but have they notified those on waiting lists? Appreciate any news.
Here's where the FB group is at:POETRY (FULL RES)December 3rd - American University MFA via Postal ServiceJanuary 19th - Chatham University Full Residency MFA via emailJanuary 24th - University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana via phoneJanuary 25th - Indiana University via emailJanuary 30th - Syracuse University via phoneFebruary 1st - Ohio State University: 3 people via phoneFebruary 1st - Washington University in St. Louis via emailFebruary 3rd - University of South Carolina via email (6:54 a.m. PST)February 6th - University of Wyoming via phone (12:09 p.m. EST)February 7th - UMass Amherst, 2 people via phoneFebruary 7th - Temple University: via snailmailFebruary 7th - University of Alabama: 3 people via phoneFebruary 7th - Oklahoma State University: via email [5:32 p.m. EST]February 8th - Oklahoma State University via emailFebruary 8th - Boise State University via phone FICTION (FULL RES)January 13th - Chatham University Full Residency MFA via emailJanuary 18th - Chatham University Full Residency MFA via e-mailJanuary 24th- University of South Carolina (Fiction): 2 people via FB messageJanuary 25th - Otis College (Fiction): Website "Application Summary" January 26th - Indiana University 2 people via emailJanuary 31st - Missouri-Kansas City via phoneFebruary 1st - Washington University in St. Louis via emailFebruary 2nd - Ohio State 3 people via phone and emailFebruary 2nd - Adelphi University via phoneFebruary 6th - Minnesota, 2 people via phoneFebruary 8th - Oklahoma State University via emailFebruary 8th - UMass Amherst via phoneFebruary 8th - University of Alabama 2 people via phoneCNF (FULL RES)February 2nd--Ohio State University, (CNF): 2 people via phoneFebruary 3rd - DePaul University, MA in Writing and Publishing via phoneFebruary 3rd - U. of South Carolina 2 people via emailFebruary 8th - University of Alabama (CNF): 2 people via phone Waitlist notifications seem to have gone out for Minnesota (fiction, at least), WUSTL, and Illinois U-C.Hope that helps.
Claire, you're awesome! Thanks so much. Really appreciate the update.
Does anyone have a link to the FB group everyone is speaking of?
Claire - thanks a bunch for the updates!
One waitlist notification (poetry), and suddenly I'm worthless at my job. Can't afford this kind of distraction to continue until mid-April. Any tips?
Just confirmed into the facebook group - the name is MFA Draft '12 for those who asked
Here's where I applied in fiction.1. U of Arizona2. New Mexico St.3. UC Davis4. Iowa Writers' Workshop5. U of South Carolina6. UNC Greensboro7. Vanderbilt
To those who applied to Wyoming, it seems my online application status changed from "In Review" to "pending dept approval." Has this happened for anyone else? I think it simply means that the app was green-lighted by the Admissions Dept. Fiction:Cornell (terrified to hope for)Notre Dame (see above)Wyoming (on my mind, all the damn time)Ohio State (presuming that ship has sailed off)This has really hurt my motivation to do anything but check and recheck for acceptances all week. And it's only February. :(
@Scribblingare you in the FB group? there seems to be a few acceptances into wyoming. you might want to ask them, they could let you know.
Fiction Michener (official rejection)UCSD (official rejection)Wash U (official rejection)Alabama (unofficial rejection*)Indiana (unofficial rejection*)CornellSyracuseUVALSUUC IrvineVanderbiltFloridaUNLVMcNeeseIowa*You know the drill. Other people have heard word and I haven't :p
Have many in the draft group have heard from Syracuse for Poetry? It's upon on mfa research project as January 30th. So early!
seven in fiction:Michener (rejection)UT Austin English DeptVanderbiltLSUMichigan Ann ArborTempleU of South CarolinaAlso, and I realize this is devoted to MFA apps, but has anyone on here also applied to phds or know where I might look for some info?And, thanks all for the information. This makes me feel better. Anyone else hear any more from South Carolina? I saw two acceptances by FB messages?Good luck all.
Some updates from the FB group: Wyoming CNF acceptances and waitlists last night (no fiction yet), and Kansas fiction acceptances this morning, including a waitlist for yours truly :)
Congratulations Claire!!!I'm wondering when Amherst is going to finish notifying for poetry (if they haven't already), but I'm sure I'll know when I get the rejection email. :/
You're the best, Claire. Good for you on the waitlist!By the way, were those Kansas notifications via e-mail or phone?
Thanks! The notification was by email.
just got notification from Minnesota. rejected.
minnesota: final review...what does it mean exactly???
Claire, you are invaluable. When this is all over, every last one of us facebook-abstainers owes you a bottle of wine. Congrats on your news. This probably goes out to a small audience, but UC Riverside called me today with an acceptance in fiction. I'd love to hear from others with similar news.
email from oklahoma state today:"We are pleased to report that the program has recommended your admission for FALL 2012. After the Dean of the Graduate College has completed her review of your application, you will receive a letter with an official decision."what does this mean?? is this an acceptance???
Pretty much, bunny. It means you got a nomination, which is the department saying to the graduate college that they want to admit you. As long as the graduate college finds your transcripts, standardized test scores, or whatever means they have of screening applicants, to be acceptable, you're in.Congrats!!
Hello! Normally Cornell notifies on the second friday of February, right? Did anyone hear anything, here or at the FB group about acceptances?Good luck to everyone!
thanks for the response gene! i sure hope you're right. it was such a strange email, but was followed by a second email about residency status. i saw in claire's earlier post about the fb group that two people got ok state emails earlier this week. anyone know what those said? trying to avoid joining the fb group, i'm going crazy enough as it is
I applied to 6 full-res programs for poetryCornellIowa SyracuseUMass, AmherstBrooklyn CollegeHouston
Hey Sparrow,How were you notified about the "final review" for Minnesota? I've been checking my status via apply yourself, but nothing has changed. I've also heard elsewhere that people have received rejections through the online status...
@Derek & SparrowMy status was also marked as "final review" when I checked it this morning. Unfortunately, my rejection notice was waiting in my inbox when I got home from work. I hope that this isn't necessarily the case for either of you, although the news probably isn't very good :/
Sorry to hear that Eric. My status never changed from "awaiting program decision." It's just such a painfully slow death...would rather someone pull the trigger at this point.
Any updates from the Facebook group? How many people have heard from Alabama and Amherst?
I think there have been at least three UMass fiction acceptances reported - possibly more. Alabama has notified people in all three genres, but it's unclear whether they are finished or not - word is they are taking 12 in poetry, 12 in prose, and Michael Martone is the one making the calls.
Thanks, Derek. This is the first official correspondence I've received, and it's especially difficult since I did my undergraduate work at Minnesota (however, I've heard from people in other departments that UMN is hesitant to take its own undergrads for whatever reasons; I live less than a mile from both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses). But like in any other situation, it's important to keep the chin up, to continue looking forward. I really do hope that everything works out in the best possible (albeit various) ways for everyone who applied for their MFA. The more writers we have, the stronger our culture becomes. I hope this isn't sentimental, but I really want everyone on here to experience some type of literary success.
Still no words about Cornell?
Congrats to all those with offers so far!I'm about to send transcripts to one of my schools for the THIRD time since both the previous attempts have failed to arrive.Would anyone care to speculate on whether or not it's a good sign that the school is chasing up my transcripts 2+ months after deadline? Can't help thinking that if they were going to reject me anyway they wouldn't bother, but am wary of raising false hope...
Thanks Claire! I'm poetry though, and I'm really curious about how many people have reported a poetry acceptance at Amherst. But really, if it takes any kind of effort to find out, I'm sure the rejections will come out before Wednesday.
I applied to 19 schools this year, all MFA in Fiction. Last year I applied to 6 and was waitlisted but eventually rejected from LSU. The list goes:Michener (Rejected)University of Kansas (Rejected)UT Austing EnglishIowa State UniversityUniversity of IowaWyomingFort CollinsUMass AmherstWichita StateUniversity of New MexicoNew Mexico State UniversityArizona State UniversityUniversity of ArizonaUniversity of OregonOregon State UniversityUniversity of New HampshireAnn ArborGainesvilleLSU
I also received an email from Minnesota saying that their decision was ready and to check. Rejected, as I was kind of expecting. They had a nice letter though all "unfortunately you are not accepted..we had many excellent applicants this year...don't let this discourage you from personal and professional goals", which I appreciated since it sounds like some other schools have been brusque in their denial.
Applied to 14 schools:University of MinnesotaIndiana UniversityUniversity of ColoradoUniversity of MichiganUniversity of WashingtonUniversity of WisconsinBrownUniversity of IllinoisNYUUniversity of KansasUniversity of MontanaNaropa (accepted, 2/9)University of OregonHunterSo far, Naropa's the only school I've heard from.
Oh, right. I applied in fiction.
I applied to 18 schools all in fiction.Michener(rejected)Fairfield Uni(accepted)Uni of Texas Creative WritingUni of Southern CaliUNC GreensboroBoston UniEmersonUMass BostonUni of Cali Long BeachAntioch UniPine ManorSimmons CollegeLesley UniNorthwesternBrooklyn CollegeHunter CollegeRoosevelt UniDePaul UniMy absolute top choice is Emerson, but I am scared to even be hopeful.
Fiction:Michener (rejected)IrvineMontanaFort Collins, CoUniversity of New MexicoNC StateWilmingtonWisconsin
It seems that a few people have heard from Minnesota, but only regarding fiction and poetry. Has anyone received an acceptance/rejection for CNF?
CNF acceptances to Minnesota have been reported on the FB group - I just can't remember how many. People have been slowly getting rejected through the online portal & email, but it seems like they are trickling. Mine still says "Awaiting Program Decision."
Same boat for me...also CNF
10 schools, poetryUT-Austin (English dept. MFA)Arizona StateOregon StateNebraska (MA)Missouri (MA)Wash UCornellSyracuseBoston UniversityMinnesotaOnly news so far has been a rejection from Wash U. Hoping for better news soon :-)
7 for fiction:minnesotaiowavirginiaalabamasouthern illinoisindiananotre dame
Hey guys! Two years ago I spent all my time obsessively tracking everything on this blog as I went through the MFA application process. I ended up going with NYU, and I'm now in my final semester, chipping away at my thesis. I've had an amazing time and I just recently started blogging about the experience here for the sake of any prospective MFAers: http://www.themadmagpie.comIf anyone has any questions about NYU's program, please feel free to drop me a comment or email and I'd be more than happy to answer based off my experience.Best of luck to everyone,Emily
Does anyone know anything about the City College (NY) MFA fiction program? I applied only to Hunter (memoir) this year. Doubt whether I stand even a chance but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Good luck to all! (Am Faceless so depending on this site for news and updates!)
I received an acceptance to SUNY Stony Brook today! I am a touch concerned because it seems no one else has even applied there and I wonder if that is true. Anyone else apply to Stony Brook?
Hi all,I was contacted by V. Tech (fiction) for a phone interview. Any idea what this means or what I should expect?
8 for Fiction:Penn State (Obviously a no)Virginia TechHollinsUNC WilmingtonWyomingColo StateOregon StateIowa@nmlund I believe that means they liked your application enough to take it to the next step before deciding to accept you... you lucky sob you...
bcudz congratulations! Just because there's no one on here who applied to Stony Brook (which..I can't remember off the top of my head if anyone listed it or not) doesn't mean you're the only one! There are plenty of people who apply to mfas and they're not all stalking this blog/the facebook group like some of us are : )
Based on past years, Vanderbilt poetry calls might come out in the first half this week (with Cornell perhaps at the end of the week). I'm surprised that nobody has posted fiction acceptances on the Facebook group (from Vanderbilt OR Cornell). Would someone mind posting another update of the FB Group doc?Thanks!
Wow, that was fast. Thank you. And also kudos to Rebecca Kutzer-Rice for cleaning house so far in the poetry arena. Jealousy, be hidden (be hidden, and everywhere, be hidden. But be not too hidden).
CNF (FULL RES)February 2nd--Ohio State University, (CNF): via phoneFebruary 3rd - DePaul University, MA in Writing and Publishing, via phoneFebruary 3rd - U. of South Carolina (CNF): via emailFebruary 3rd--U. of South Carolina, (CNF): via emailFebruary 8th - University of Alabama (CNF): via phoneFebruary 8th - University of Alabama (CNF): via phoneFebruary 9th - University of Wyoming (CNF): via phoneWAITLISTFebruary 3rd - Univ. Illinois-UC (poetry): waitlist via postFebruary 4th - University of Illinois UC (poetry): waitlist via postFebruary 6th - University of Minnesota (fiction) via e-mailFeburary 6th - WUSTL (poetry) via-emailFebruary 6th- UCSD (fiction) via e-mailFebruary 10th - UCSD (poetry) via e-mailFebruary 10th - Kansas (fiction) via emailFebruary 11th - UBC (poetry) via e-mailFebruary 12th - Boise State (poetry): via phone
check phone, work for five minutes, visit blog, visit MRP, write half an email, check phone, refresh email... ah!I don't mean to be whiny, but this is difficult. A great big hug to all of you in similar boats. Waiting is tough.
Does anyone know when Hunter nonfiction notifies?
Tomorrow will be Michigan day according to an insider on the FB group, FYI. Good luck to everyone!
So no Cornell announcement yet? This probably means that the two people who got in for fiction don't belong to the facebook group and don't know about the existence of this group. They are bound to make themselves known eventually, though. Well... I only applied to Cornell, so I guess not hearing anything so far means this is it for me this year. Best of luck to everyone! And please, post here when some news from Cornell do appear, I'm out of the race, but still curious to see who got in.
Pedro, the Cornell program states on its website that it accepts four of its fiction applicants each year. It's possible that they haven't made their calls yet. After all, if their applicant numbers continued to increase year after year (as most fiction numbers have tended to do in the recent past), they have been dealing with over 500 applications of 6,000 to 12,000 words (that's three to six MILLION words).I feel your anxiety, but I thought I'd try to put the committee's task in perspective, since that's what I've been trying desperately to do. Good luck, and don't give up hope until you hear from them!
Any word on Wyoming fiction, yet?
Thanks Gene! It's just that for the past three years Cornell made its fiction acceptances on the second Friday of February, so... but you're right, if they are dealing with more and more applications each year, then it is probable that maybe this year they decided to take a little longer. So, yeah, perhaps this Friday we'll hear from them. And they say 4 on the website but last year they only accepted 3, apperantely... good luck to you too man!
I received an email today with an offer from Wyoming (Fiction). I live in Australia.Kate
I posted on the fb site but no one responded, anyone have previous notification dates for Rutgers-Newark or GCSU?
from the mfa research project siteRutgers @ Newark: 2.28.07 (F/e); 2.19.08 (F/p); 3.14.08 (PL/p); 2.21.09 (F/e); 3.3.09 (P/m); 3.6.09 (CNF/e); 2.14.10 (P/e); 2.24.10 (F/p)2011: 2.27.11 (F/p)Georgia College & State University: 2.21.07 (P/e); 2.29.08 (S/e); 2.28.09 (CNF/e); 3.4.09 (P/e); 3.6.09 (F/e); 3.1.10 (P, CNF/e); 3.15.10 (F/e)2011: 3.3.11 (F/e); 3.10.11 (CNF, P/e)
@csong thank you! I guess I can wait a few more weeks until I start obsessively checking my email
@bcudz - Congratulations on your acceptance! We can't wait to have you join us. And ditto what @Betty said: yes, there are many other people who have applied. Our Southampton Arts community is quickly growing and thriving with artists studying multiple forms of writing. We're so glad you're going to be one of them!
I applied to all children's writing programs:New SchoolVermont CollegeHollins UniversityToo early to have heard back.
Bcudz: I've taken courses at Stony Brook. The program is amazing and it wouldn't surprise me if it entered into the top 20 programs on one of those silly rankings people place so much emphasis on within the next several years. First, the program offers a community of some of the biggest names in the New York writing community. Entrance into the program more importantly means entrance into this community. Second, the program, historically in South Hampton, has started offering courses in NYC. No other program in the country offers two such beautiful, dynamic locations, which compliment eachother so well. Third, it is cheap...relative to many other NYC programs, especially after you become a NY citizen. It doesn't have funding like a lot of places across the country, but then again those places aren't NYC. Fourth, they offer a wide range of courses, which will continue to increase as the theater program takes off. The bottom line is this is a program flying under the radar that probably has higher admission rates currently than many programs of lesser stature. Expect admission to become more difficult in the coming years. The program is best suited in my opinion for 1) writers serious about getting their work in top publications 2) savvy NYC professionals who want to write for whatever reason. I expect the former group to grow over the next several years. See for yourself...go to one of the reading series this semester. There is a good chance the persons sitting on either side of you in the audience are as venerated as the person reading.
Received a waitlist notification for Wyoming today. Also, for those of you not on the Facebook draft group, others have received them as well. Best of luck!
Has Michigan started notifying people yet today? It's my top choice, so I'm anxious to hear when the notifying has begun.
here here! I am most nervous about Michigan as well
Accepted to Northwestern yesterday for Fall 2012! Conditional until I send proof of my BA in May. Sounds good to me :)
congratulations Marina! a great Valentine's Day
thanks for taking the time to comment @ughh and @sally jane. sally jane are you a student at southampton, or otherwise affiliated with the program?
also, any news yet from Colo State? (poetry)
For those of you not on the facebook group: michigan is apparently not contacting people today. It will be anywhere from tomorrow to monday. Poetry notifications may or may not be happening a day before fiction. And the means of notification may or may not be e-mail. So, in other words, not a lot of solid intel.
Has UC Riverside finished in notifying applicants? I heard through the grapevine (from recent UCR MFAers) that they have made their decisions. Last Friday, I know of two people who have been called (congrats, btw!). I asked the graduate coordinator and he said they haven't finished in decisions and that acceptances would be emailed. So, I'm a little confused.Thanks for your help! I have already assumed I didn't make it in, but it'll be nice to know if they have finished notifying.
ah! Thanks Mike.
trying not to panic. trying not to wail "OH GOOOOOD WHY HAS NO ONE CALLED ME?"deep breaths. deep, cleansing breaths.
Does anybody know anything else about Alabama fiction? I know there have been a couple of documented acceptances, but are they done making calls?
George Mason, Northern Michigan Southern Illinois U of Idaho IowaUMASSMichigan Ann Arbor WisconsinSyracuse Still waiting to hear back and not lose my mind in the process...Not doing a very good job of it, though.
I'm not sure what SIU's due dates were last year but they're notification dates were around this time and I'm a little nervous.
Four schools for me, all for fiction:MichenerNYUBrooklyn CollegeNew SchoolSo far nothing. I've heard a few folks are already getting "decline" notices from Michener and I think New School should be notifying applicants any time now. Grr. Anyone heard from any of the above? How's the facebook group going?
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