Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Where Are You Applying?

Let the lists begin! Please post where you are applying, which program (fiction, poetry, CNF, etc.) and if you've heard anything back yet (acceptances, rejections, waitlists, etc.)

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Jaroslav said...

Nine schools total, all for fiction:

Michener
NYU
U of Virginia
U of Houston
U of Arizona
Colorado State
U of Michigan
U of Florida
Vanderbilt

Way 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.

Laura said...

Nine schools for me, too (CNF):

U of Minnesota
Ohio State U
U of Iowa
U of Arizona
U of NC Wilmington
U of Notre Dame
Hollins U
Penn State U
Hunter College
might add a tenth (Sarah Lawrence College)

Will be a while before any results come in... feeling rather pessimistic.

Bird said...

Eighteen fiction applications for me. This is my second time out; I applied to six last year and didn't get in anywhere.

Brown
Colorado - Boulder
Cornell
Indiana
Iowa
Johns Hopkins
Kansas
UMass
U of Minnesota
UNC - Greensboro
Ohio State
Old Dominion
Oregon State
Penn State
Purdue
South Carolina
Syracuse
Wisconsin

Haven't heard from anyone yet.

daveeb said...

Fiction, nine schools

MFA
Ohio State U
U Notre Dame
Purdue U
Vanderbilt
U of Florida
Georgia College and State U

MA
U of Tennessee
Ohio U
U of Cincinnati

MisterSammie said...

15 schools total, all for fiction:

MFA:
Michener
Washington
Florida
Cornell
UC-Irvine
Minnesota
Penn State
Georgia College
Indiana
Purdue

MA:
Tenn
Cincinnati
K State
U Maine
Southern Miss

fretting walrus said...

Fiction:
Michener
UT Austin
Bennington low residency

gregory said...

poetry here.

i applied to three schools:
Iowa
Ole Miss
Bowling Green

Mike said...

Iowa, CUNY-Hunter, and Rutgers-Newark, all in poetry.

coderam said...

Just four, for fiction:

Cornell
UVa
UNCG
FLorida

Not the least bit hopeful.

Benjamin Marrow said...

One school is all I could afford to apply to: Nebraska for PhD in poetry

Benjamin Marrow said...

One school is all I could afford to apply to: Nebraska for PhD in poetry

Sam Ferree said...

Echo and empathize with all the pessimism.

U. of Minnesota - Fiction
U. of Michigan in Ann Arbor - Fiction
U. of Wisconsin in Madison - Fiction
Syracuse University - Fiction
Brown University - Playwriting
U. of Texas at Austin - Playwriting

Too early to have heard back yet.

Emily said...

Five schools for fiction, not really expecting to get in anywhere, though:

Michigan
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Purdue
Western Michigan

Eric Blix said...

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
-Alabama

Hoping for at least one to work out.

Eric Blix said...

Good luck to everyone, by the way.

CaitlinM said...

For Fiction:

Iowa
Cornell
UVA
South Carolina
Colorado-Boulder
U. Texas at Austin
McNeese
U. New Orleans
Old Dominion
Virginia Commonwealth
Wyoming

Haven't heard from anywhere, am trying (and failing) to be hopeful.

Claire said...

For fiction:
Minnesota
Kansas
Iowa
New Mexico
VCU
Southern Illinois
Mississippi
Miami
North Carolina State
McNeese
Tennessee - M.A.

For CNF:
Alabama
Iowa State
Oregon State
Hollins
West Virginia
Wyoming
Georgia College & State

Betty said...

Seven schools for me, all fiction

University of Minnesota
University of Pittsburgh
UVA
Wisconsin
University of Iowa
Boise State
LSU

no news yet..

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The Meanderer said...

Only three--all fiction.

Iowa
Cornell
Syracuse

Can't time pass any faster? :)

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lizzie said...

U Virginia
U South Carolina
Michener
U Alabama
Vanderbilt
U Arkansas
U Mississippi
Louisiana State
Georgia State
McNeese

Bring it, admissions!

Bird said...

What's your genre, lizzie? :)

beth said...

For Poetry:

WUSTL
Boise State
Michener Center
Iowa Writer's Workshop
Cornell

Nick Sturm said...

PhD, Poetry:

U of Denver
U of Georgia
U of Utah
U of Southern California
U of Houston
U of Illinois at Chicago
Florida State

Matt said...

Poetry

Univ. South Carolina
Notre Dame
Univ. Virginia, Charlottesville
Virginia Tech.
Ohio State Univ. (Poetry & CNF)
Univ. Florida, Gainesville
Vanderbilt
Washington Univ., St. Louis

Going 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.)

silentbob44 said...

Financially, I could only apply to three schools:

University of Alabama
Michner Center
GCSU

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Courtney said...

I applied to seven schools in fiction:

Sarah Lawrence
New School
Rutgers-Newark
Warren Wilson
Bennington
VCFA
Stonecoast

Also, hi Bird!

Bird said...

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.

Laura said...

Just got the same email from Penn State. Bummer.

MisterSammie said...

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!

J. B. said...

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.

Magdalena said...

Applying for fiction:

MFA:
UC-San Diego
Minnesota
UMass-Amherst
Wyoming
Florida
Nevada- Las Vegas
Alabama

MA:
UW-Milwaukee
Miami of Ohio

No notifications yet, of course.

Mari said...

Fiction:
UVA
WVU
JHU
U of Florida
U of Maryland
U of New Orleans

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Gwen said...

I'm applying in Fiction to :

Brown
UVA
Iowa
Syracuse
UMass

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Noah said...

Ten schools total, in poetry, no particular order.

Notre Dame
Minnesota
South Carolina
Indiana
GCSU
Iowa
Houston
Alabama

Jeffery said...

NC State
Iowa
U Central Arkansas
Brown
Irvine
Michigan

Fiction. Weird list, I know.

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LarsonJunior said...

Fiction:
Virginia
University of New Orleans
McNeese State
U. of Miami
UCF
Vanderbilt
Colorado-Boulder
Oregon
Oregon State

I 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.

BJH said...

I've applied for fiction at:

UC Davis (MA)
UC Irvine
UF Gainesville
UT Michener Center
Iowa Writers' Workshop

So far just the charmless 'denial' from MCW.

Good luck to all, it's going to be a tough few weeks!

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Amy said...

Poetry.

Ann Arbor
U of Houston
U of Virginia
Virginia Tech
UMass Boston
U of Alabama
Michener

Liz said...

applied in poetry to...

amherst
vcu
vandy
alabama
bowling green
iowa
sarah lawrence

DaymanNightmanWoahaoahoah said...

I applied to:

Michener Center
Cornell
Syracuse
Ohio State
CUNY-Brooklyn
Arizona State
UNLV
Sarah Lawrence
Mills

I got my rejection from Michener on the 25th and my acceptance from OSU a couple days ago.

Adam Palumbo said...

Ten schools, all in poetry

Michener Center
UMass-Amherst
VCU
U-Va.
Virginia Tech
Old Dominion
George Mason
West Virginia
Vanderbilt
Colorado St.

No word from anywhere yet. My fingernails are suffering terribly.

LCB said...

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:

UVA
Minnesota (cnf)
Iowa (cnf)
Syracuse
Wisconsin
UC-Irvine

More hopeful about the nonfiction programs than the fiction, as I felt my sample was much stronger and the odds not quite so absurd.

Silas Hansen said...

@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!)

Michael said...

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!

Alexia said...

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

Horatio Funktower said...

Twelve schools total:

Michigan
Minnesota
Ohio State (Accepted!)
Indiana (Probably Rejected?)
Ole Miss
Western Michigan
Idaho
Boise State
VCU
Syracuse
Oregon State
Cincinnati MA

Third time through the application process. Stay positive and persistent. Oh, and don't drink too much when you get accepted!

Amanda said...

I applied for poetry at:

NYU
CUNY - Brooklyn
Rutgers - Newark

I haven't heard from anyone yet...but Brooklyn sent me an email about a month ago saying I should know within 6 weeks. AGH.

noseinabook19 said...

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- Fiction
Roosevelt University, Chicago-CNF
Southern Illinois University-Fiction
Eastern Washington University-Fiction

Taylor said...

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!

Michael said...

Good luck to you as well, Taylor. Here's hoping we meet in Roanoke in the Fall!

Ama said...

I only had the money to apply to 3 schools, all in poetry:

Michener
UT Austin
Vanderbilt

I'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.

Jeff said...

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.

Lauren said...

Poetry. Seven schools, in no particular order:

U of Houston
Virginia Tech
Washington U (St Louis)
Virginia Commonwealth
Southern Illinois
Hollins U
U of Mississippi

Haven't heard anything yet...

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Translation Page said...

Six for fiction:
U of Oregon
Oregon State
Notre Dame
U of Wisconsin
Iowa State
IWW

Unknown said...

Accepted at Minnesota this morning for fiction by phone!

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Matt said...

Fiction:

American (accepted, Jan. 4th--anyone else thinking of going there? Want to be friends? Have any info on the program?)

Purdue
JHU
NYU
Bowling Green

Nothing yet from the last 4.

Sally Jane said...

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

GG said...

Just two for this playwright:

1. Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers
2. New School for Drama

*supposed to hear February ____ about potential Chair Weekend (or a flat out rejection) so fingers crossed!

Cristina Correa said...

Fiction only. 8 schools total.

1)Michener--rejected :(
2)Washington University--rejected :(
3)UW Madison
4)UM Ann Arbor
5)UM Minneapolis (rejected?)
6)UNM Albuquerque
7)Vanderbilt
8)Indiana U (rejected?)
9)UC Irvine
10)NYU

I'm trying hard to keep my hopes up, but this waiting thing makes me the mind ripe for discouraging thoughts.

Art Film for Girls said...

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 University
University of Arizona
University of Michigan
Virginia Tech
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Iowa
Oregon State University
University of Wyoming
Boise State University
Texas State Unversity
University of New Mexico
Northern 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!

Meredith said...

@ 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:

Brown
Sarah Lawrence
UMass Amherst
Syracuse

Still waiting on those...

Chloe Campbell said...

I applied to twelve schools, all poetry--

U Michigan
Vanderbilt
IWW
SIUC
UT Austin (English Dept.)
U Oregon
Indiana
U Montana
Purdue
Notre Dame
Cornell
UNC Greensboro

No responses yet. Waiting impatiently. Every app has been in for twelveish weeks!

Monica said...

Poetry:
Syracuse
LSU
New Mexico State
Georgia College
Wichita State

Fiction:
McNeese
Oklahoma State
Georgia State
Old Dominion

Applied 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.

courtney s. said...

seven schools, all in fiction

wisconsin
minnesota
iowa
cornell
hopkins
uva
syracuse

Matt said...

@ 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.

Mike Speegle said...

Fiction

Iowa
Michigan
UNLV
Eastern Washington
Bowling Green

LOBA said...

Applied for CNF at

Minnesota
Wyoming
Iowa State
U. Iowa
U. Arizona
U. New Mexico
UNC Wilmington
Alabama-Tuscaloosa
Montana-Missoula
Penn 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!

MVan said...

Fiction.

Arizona State University
Univ. of California San Diego
Colorado State Univ. (Ft Collins)
Cornell
Michener Center UT
New Mexico State Univ.
Univ. of Montana (Missoula)
Univ. of N. Carolina Wilmington
Univ. of Utah
Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison (my alma mater)

and because delusion is unavoidable, Iowa

Joellyn said...

@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?

bcudz said...

I applied to four schools for poetry:

Minnesota - Minneapolis
SUNY Stony Brook
Univeristy of Alaska Fairbanks
UBC in Vancouver

No word yet, and my fingernails need to know! Has anyone heard from any of these programs?

CaitlinM said...

Anything new from the FB group?

Claire said...

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?

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Gene said...

I'd be interested in a poetry number from UMass Amherst as well. Thanks Claire.

Unknown said...

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-AA
Syracuse
UNCG
U of Oregon
U Wash Seattle
CSU Fort Collins
UC Boulder
U Montana
UC Irvine

Sara said...

How many acceptances at UMass Amherst so far?

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Claire said...

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!

Gene said...

Thanks. Honestly, you deserve some kind of reward for your service. I hope it comes in the form of an acceptance!

Claire said...

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.

Claire said...

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.

Sara said...

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?

jaclyn said...

Applied to only six for fiction:

Wisconsin
Indiana
Purdue
Ohio (MA Program)
Iowa
Notre Dame

CaitlinM said...

Thanks Claire!

Ama said...

I got my Michener rejection tonight at 10pm. Boo.

humblepie said...

Has anyone heard about people who have been waitlisted by the programs who have sent out acceptances? Has anyone been waitlisted thus far?

Scheherazade said...

Fiction:

Michener
UCI
UNC Greensboro
Portland State
IWW
UW Seattle
U Oregon
Johns Hopkins
Boston
Ohio State

No news yet...

Scheherazade said...

Fiction:

Michener
UCI
UNC Greensboro
Portland State
IWW
UW Seattle
U Oregon
Johns Hopkins
Boston
Ohio State

No news yet...

c said...

recieved the lack of funding notice from Penn so I'm not counting that but:

Rutgers-Newark
LSU
Southern Illinois University
Georgia College and State
Columbia College Chicago

all for poetry

c said...

ALSO,

@NOAH - GCSU

@LAUREN - SIU

@CHLOECAMPBELL - SIU

@MONICA - LSU, GCSU

let me know how you guys do on the respective schools!

thanks

dpost said...

12 schools, all in fiction.

UC Irvine (a delusion at best)
U of Alabama
Arizona State
U of Arizona
U of Arkansas at Fayetteville (which apparently I should avoid like the plague)
U of Wyoming
U of Oregon
UNLV
Boise State
U of Idaho
Louisiana State
Southern Illinois

Haven't heard anything yet.

LolaG said...

All fiction:

U of Montana
U of Oregon
Johns Hopkins
New School
Hunter College

Edinburgh (MA)

Haven't heard anything yet -- thanks to everyone on here for the updates.

Sara said...

I'm going stir crazy--any more new news from the FB group? I should probably disconnect the Internet for the next month.

humblepie said...

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.

Claire said...

Here's where the FB group is at:

POETRY (FULL RES)

December 3rd - American University MFA via Postal Service

January 19th - Chatham University Full Residency MFA via email

January 24th - University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana via phone

January 25th - Indiana University via email

January 30th - Syracuse University via phone

February 1st - Ohio State University: 3 people via phone

February 1st - Washington University in St. Louis via email

February 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 phone

February 7th - Temple University: via snailmail

February 7th - University of Alabama: 3 people via phone

February 7th - Oklahoma State University: via email [5:32 p.m. EST]

February 8th - Oklahoma State University via email

February 8th - Boise State University via phone



FICTION (FULL RES)

January 13th - Chatham University Full Residency MFA via email

January 18th - Chatham University Full Residency MFA via e-mail

January 24th- University of South Carolina (Fiction): 2 people via FB message

January 25th - Otis College (Fiction): Website "Application Summary"

January 26th - Indiana University 2 people via email

January 31st - Missouri-Kansas City via phone

February 1st - Washington University in St. Louis via email

February 2nd - Ohio State 3 people via phone and email

February 2nd - Adelphi University via phone

February 6th - Minnesota, 2 people via phone

February 8th - Oklahoma State University via email

February 8th - UMass Amherst via phone

February 8th - University of Alabama 2 people via phone

CNF (FULL RES)

February 2nd--Ohio State University, (CNF): 2 people via phone

February 3rd - DePaul University, MA in Writing and Publishing via phone

February 3rd - U. of South Carolina 2 people via email

February 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.

humblepie said...

Claire, you're awesome! Thanks so much. Really appreciate the update.

Amanda said...

Does anyone have a link to the FB group everyone is speaking of?

Laura said...

Claire - thanks a bunch for the updates!

Unknown said...

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?

c said...

Just confirmed into the facebook group - the name is MFA Draft '12 for those who asked

Amanda said...

Thanks c!

Garrett said...

Here's where I applied in fiction.

1. U of Arizona
2. New Mexico St.
3. UC Davis
4. Iowa Writers' Workshop
5. U of South Carolina
6. UNC Greensboro
7. Vanderbilt

Scribbling said...

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. :(

c said...

@Scribbling

are 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.

DodgingRolloTomasi said...

Fiction

Michener (official rejection)
UCSD (official rejection)
Wash U (official rejection)
Alabama (unofficial rejection*)
Indiana (unofficial rejection*)
Cornell
Syracuse
UVA
LSU
UC Irvine
Vanderbilt
Florida
UNLV
McNeese
Iowa

*You know the drill. Other people have heard word and I haven't :p

Unknown said...

Have many in the draft group have heard from Syracuse for Poetry? It's upon on mfa research project as January 30th. So early!

Evan said...

seven in fiction:

Michener (rejection)
UT Austin English Dept
Vanderbilt
LSU
Michigan Ann Arbor
Temple
U of South Carolina

Also, 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.

Claire said...

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 :)

Gene said...

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. :/

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Bird said...

You're the best, Claire. Good for you on the waitlist!

By the way, were those Kansas notifications via e-mail or phone?

Claire said...

Thanks! The notification was by email.

bcudz said...

just got notification from Minnesota. rejected.

sparrow said...

minnesota: final review...what does it mean exactly???

Christin said...

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.

bunny said...

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???

Gene said...

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!!

Pedro said...

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!

bunny said...

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

Rosalyn said...

I applied to 6 full-res programs for poetry

Cornell
Iowa
Syracuse
UMass, Amherst
Brooklyn College
Houston

Derek said...

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...

Eric Blix said...

@Derek & Sparrow

My 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 :/

Derek said...

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.

Gene said...

Any updates from the Facebook group? How many people have heard from Alabama and Amherst?

Claire said...

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.

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Eric Blix said...

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.

Pedro said...

Still no words about Cornell?

BJH said...

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...

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Gene said...

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.

Shane said...

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 English
Iowa State University
University of Iowa
Wyoming
Fort Collins
UMass Amherst
Wichita State
University of New Mexico
New Mexico State University
Arizona State University
University of Arizona
University of Oregon
Oregon State University
University of New Hampshire
Ann Arbor
Gainesville
LSU

Betty said...

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.

runedrum said...

Applied to 14 schools:

University of Minnesota
Indiana University
University of Colorado
University of Michigan
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
Brown
University of Illinois
NYU
University of Kansas
University of Montana
Naropa (accepted, 2/9)
University of Oregon
Hunter

So far, Naropa's the only school I've heard from.

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runedrum said...

Oh, right. I applied in fiction.

Jenna Rae said...

I applied to 18 schools all in fiction.

Michener(rejected)
Fairfield Uni(accepted)
Uni of Texas Creative Writing
Uni of Southern Cali
UNC Greensboro
Boston Uni
Emerson
UMass Boston
Uni of Cali Long Beach
Antioch Uni
Pine Manor
Simmons College
Lesley Uni
Northwestern
Brooklyn College
Hunter College
Roosevelt Uni
DePaul Uni

My absolute top choice is Emerson, but I am scared to even be hopeful.

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Teesha Noelle Murphy (Garfield) said...

Fiction:

Michener (rejected)
Irvine
Montana
Fort Collins, Co
University of New Mexico
NC State
Wilmington
Wisconsin

Laura said...

It seems that a few people have heard from Minnesota, but only regarding fiction and poetry. Has anyone received an acceptance/rejection for CNF?

Claire said...

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."

Derek said...

Same boat for me...also CNF

lkdimmit said...

10 schools, poetry
UT-Austin (English dept. MFA)
Arizona State
Oregon State
Nebraska (MA)
Missouri (MA)
Wash U
Cornell
Syracuse
Boston University
Minnesota

Only news so far has been a rejection from Wash U. Hoping for better news soon :-)

Terri said...

7 for fiction:

minnesota
iowa
virginia
alabama
southern illinois
indiana
notre dame

smiling raindrops said...

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.com

If 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

dusapalerm said...

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!)

bcudz said...

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?

nmlund said...

Hi all,

I was contacted by V. Tech (fiction) for a phone interview. Any idea what this means or what I should expect?

DTNewcomb said...

8 for Fiction:

Penn State (Obviously a no)
Virginia Tech
Hollins
UNC Wilmington
Wyoming
Colo State
Oregon State
Iowa

@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...

Betty said...

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 : )

Gene said...

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!

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Gene said...

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).

csong said...

CNF (FULL RES)

February 2nd--Ohio State University, (CNF): via phone

February 3rd - DePaul University, MA in Writing and Publishing, via phone

February 3rd - U. of South Carolina (CNF): via email

February 3rd--U. of South Carolina, (CNF): via email

February 8th - University of Alabama (CNF): via phone

February 8th - University of Alabama (CNF): via phone

February 9th - University of Wyoming (CNF): via phone


WAITLIST

February 3rd - Univ. Illinois-UC (poetry): waitlist via post

February 4th - University of Illinois UC (poetry): waitlist via post

February 6th - University of Minnesota (fiction) via e-mail

Feburary 6th - WUSTL (poetry) via-email

February 6th- UCSD (fiction) via e-mail

February 10th - UCSD (poetry) via e-mail

February 10th - Kansas (fiction) via email

February 11th - UBC (poetry) via e-mail

February 12th - Boise State (poetry): via phone

Unknown said...

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.

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Does anyone know when Hunter nonfiction notifies?

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ARugs said...

Tomorrow will be Michigan day according to an insider on the FB group, FYI. Good luck to everyone!

Pedro said...

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.

Gene said...

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!

Unknown said...

Any word on Wyoming fiction, yet?

Pedro said...

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!

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Kate said...

I received an email today with an offer from Wyoming (Fiction). I live in Australia.

Kate

Unknown said...

Congrats, Kate.

c said...

I posted on the fb site but no one responded, anyone have previous notification dates for Rutgers-Newark or GCSU?

csong said...

from the mfa research project site

Rutgers @ 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)

c said...

@csong thank you! I guess I can wait a few more weeks until I start obsessively checking my email

Sally Jane said...

@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!

kathryn said...

I applied to all children's writing programs:

New School
Vermont College
Hollins University

Too early to have heard back.

ughh said...

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.

Scribbles said...

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!

mike333 said...

Has Michigan started notifying people yet today? It's my top choice, so I'm anxious to hear when the notifying has begun.

Unknown said...

here here! I am most nervous about Michigan as well

MarinaMu said...

Accepted to Northwestern yesterday for Fall 2012! Conditional until I send proof of my BA in May. Sounds good to me :)

Unknown said...

congratulations Marina! a great Valentine's Day

bcudz said...

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?

Unknown said...

also, any news yet from Colo State? (poetry)

mike333 said...

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.

msipin said...

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.

Unknown said...

ah! Thanks Mike.

brenda said...

trying not to panic. trying not to wail "OH GOOOOOD WHY HAS NO ONE CALLED ME?"

deep breaths. deep, cleansing breaths.

magNcheese said...

Does anybody know anything else about Alabama fiction? I know there have been a couple of documented acceptances, but are they done making calls?

Steven said...

George Mason,
Northern Michigan
Southern Illinois
U of Idaho
Iowa
UMASS
Michigan Ann Arbor
Wisconsin
Syracuse

Still waiting to hear back and not lose my mind in the process...Not doing a very good job of it, though.

c said...

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.

c said...

*THEIR

That's embarrassing...

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