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This list is finalized, set in stone, et cetera, as I have already started the application process, have my writing samples sealed in their envelopes, and have received all the letters of recommendation and transcripts that I'm ever going to get, so bliggity blam, here's the plan:Get in to--University of Iowa (NWP)orUniversity of ArizonaorUniversity of Idahoor (what's up, Bay Area)University of San Franciscoorthe ever prestigious,ranked number 1,er, wait,number 100, actually:San Jose State University.--and if the above does not happen, my back-up plan, which is a pretty damned good plan, I think, is to go back to my alma mater here in town and get a 2nd BA, this time in a foreign language (I would only have to do the core credits, naturally).I remember saying that I would go to an MFA program even if I wasn't offered funding, but this back-up plan appeals to me so much that if I actually got into a program and they didn't offer me funding, a handout, a bowl of udon, or something, then I'd have a situation on my hands...
That's my back-up plan, as well -- kind of. If I fail to get in anywhere, I'm planning on doing another BA -- this time in Sociology.
Okay. So I have decided to apply to only 6 six schools; in fiction.IowaSyracuseLSUArkansasTexas StateMemphis*Other schools I was considering were ASU, Montana, and UNLV.
Ok, here it is. No more, no less...UCSDCornellMichnerHoustonIowaLSUAlabamaOle MissArkansasHunterI wish I had the energy/time/$$ to apply to more, but c'est la vie.
Her is my list (still narrowing it down to 6-8--guidance??). I currently attend Sarah Lawrence's Creative Writing MFA, but want to transfer. Anyone know if I can apply to both Iowa Writers Workshop as well as NWP or have to choose??1.) Iowa Writers’ Workshop2.) Iowa (NWP)3.) Columbia University4.) NYU5.) Brown University6.) Cornell7.) Syracuse8.) Johns Hopkins 9.) California-Irvine 10.) Brooklyn College 11.) Vanderbilt University12.) Hunter College
u. of iowau. of minnesotau. of michiganu. of montanau. of oregonu. of texas at austinu. of virginiacornellbrownjohns hopkinsohio state universityi will be SO happy to get in to even one.
Well, after lurking for months, here's my list, finally, for poetry.U of ArizonaSarah LawrenceBoston UU of Iowa (Writers' Workshop)U of HoustonSIUCJohns Hopkins UNew Mexcio State
Pretty much final list for fiction. Arizona stateIowa CornellU FloridaU ColoradoU ArizonaOle MissRutgersSyracuseUrbanaU WyomingArkansas
Hi y'all,This is my final-final for fiction. Shootin' high and praying for a miracle!MichiganCornellIowaBrown SyracuseVirginiaMinnesotaUMassOregonUC IrvineNYU
NYUSarah LawrenceHunterBrooklyn College ColumbiaBrown (for poetry)Mishner Iowa SUNY AlbanySUNY Buffalo Cornell (Can you tell I don't want to leave the New York area???) Unlike many of you I don't have my application together AT ALL nor do I have any desire to be an undergrad again. I can't think of a better reason for my family to shun me for GOOD this time. Good luck to you all. xo lily
This is not in any particular order.I'm submitting for poetry:WisconsinVirginia CommonwealthJohns HopkinsIowaMichiganHoustonSouth CarolinaHollinsVirginiaAmherst SyracuseSarah LawrenceCornell
I've already applied (in poetry) to Brooklyn CollegeThe New SchoolUMass AmherstI may or may not apply toGeorge Mason UniversityHollins UniversitySan Francisco State Universityhoping to finish other applications by the end of this month.
FICTION-MichiganMinnesotaBrown CornellNew HampsireIowaEmersonNYUSyracuseHoustonTexas State
To everyone applying to Texas State. That is where I did my undergrad. Lovely school. Lovely town. Of course doing an MFA there might be a different experience, but if you have any questions, feel free to email me.SpiritOfLosAltos@gmail.com
Wow didn't realize people were applying to so many schools...Here's the list in order of choiceUNLVJohns HopkinsU of Iowa, Writer's Workshop
Not in order, for fiction.UNC, GreensboroGCSUMiamiLSUOle MissAlabamaIowa Washington U- St. LouisUVAPenn State
Hello all, I figured I'd throw my list into the mix. Getting quite nervous now actually. Not sure I have enough realistic ones. And certainly not looking forward to the long months of waiting. But I guess you just have to trust that your work and application is the best it can be. Good luck to everyone, and I hope to hear of lots of acceptances come March!For fiction: University of MichiganBrown UniversityCornell UniversityUniversity of MinnesotaSan Francisco StateSarah Lawrence Syracuse UniversityUMass - AmherstUC IrvineUniversity of OregonAnd even some in Europe, because, hey, why not? University of Edinburgh (Scotland)University of East Anglia (England)
For fiction:IowaBrownArizona StateSouthern Illinois U. CarbondaleWash U. St. LouisU. Illinois - Champ/UrbSyracuse U.MichiganTexas-Austin HoustonVandy
Final list 4 FICTION:-Brown-Michigan-Cornell-Iowa-Minnesota-Syracuse-Boston-Umass, Boston-New School-NYU-Virgnia
This is my second time applying. Last year I applied to 12 program, was waitlisted by 2, and accepted by 1 which I turned down because I wasn't offered funding. This time I'm only applying to 7 (in poetry).HoustonSouth CarolinaIowa Writers WorkshopIllinois, Urbana-ChampaignBrownOregonLousiana State
No particular order. I've started most all the apps., really just getting everything in order--going to start applying tomorrow for ones not requiring the GRE. Take the GRE Dec. 1st, so applying to others after that. Ugh. Not sure how I'm going to afford all this...VA TechFloridaVanderbiltSyracuseCornellBrownAlabamaLSUPenn StateArkansasI'm going to pick one of these to apply to (haven't decided which but started apps. already.) Depends on how much I get done between now and then.*Washington in St. Louis*Michigan*Oregon*Miami
List for FICTION. Sorry. Forgot that part.
FictionU.C. IrvineBrooklyn CollegeNew SchoolSan Francisco State
Applying in nonfiction:Iowa NWPAlabamaHoustonOld DominionFlorida Atlantic University Hat tip to Seth for the list of underrated programs!
Does anyone have any insight on the MA in Creative Writing at UT Austin? I just realized this existed! I had always heard about the Michener center but didn't know about the MA. Any thoughts?
Because one of my goals is to avoid the GRE, here are the programs I'm applying to:-Miami University of Ohio -Syracuse University-Southern Illinois University at Carbondale-Columbia College of Chicago-McNeese University (Louisiana)-Northwestern University -Roosevelt University (Chicago)(the app fee is only $25)-Rosemont College (outside Philadelphia)I'm also planning to apply to Wright State University in Ohio to the Public History Program as a back up plan because the program will also allow me to do some writing and research in areas that I'm interested in. I also live in Ohio already and it would be convenient to stay here if I get into the program and get funding for the program, then get my MFA.Also, if anyone else is interested in connecting online as we go through this application process together, please let me know. There used to be a social network called MFAOnline.com on Ning, but I talked to the person in charge of it and he shut it down. I see that some of us are applying to some of the same programs and it would be cool to get to know some of you, especially if we end up in a program together.
I also wanted to add one more program that I would like to apply to. Georgia College & State University. They require either the GRE or the MAT. I think I will fare much better taking the MAT, if I indeed do need to take a test.
One more comment! I forgot I'm planning to apply to a couple of low-residency programs as well:(These have some funding opportunities)-Warren Wilson College-Naropa University-Antioch University of Los AngelesAlso going to consider one more traditional program:-The University of Maryland College Park
OMG! I'm sorry for all of these posts but I kept forgetting info.I'm applying to the MFA programs as a Poetry concentration.That's it!
if you're thinking of applying to NMSU (or just like warm weather and an affordable city), check out NMSU's creative writing blog at clarabellenmsu.blogspot.com for more info about the program and its people.
Hi all,Final list for fiction (in order of application deadline):Colorado State UniversityUniversity of AlabamaUniversity of MichiganSyracuse UniversityUniversity of Colorado at BoulderIowa Writers' WorkshopHollins UniversityUniversity of Florida at GainesvilleUniversity of IdahoBoise State UniversityUniversity of WyomingSouthern Illinois University at CarbondaleMcNeese State UniversityI applied last year to seven schools (none of which are listed above), was waitlisted at two, ultimately offered one acceptance with no funding. Praying this year works out better.Best,Matilda Frankenstein
p.s. Does anyone know what McNeese State University's application deadline is?
In fiction, I'm hitting up and crossing fingers for...1. Iowa2. Montana3. Michigan4. Oregon5. Hunter6. Brooklyn7. NYU
VanderbiltFloridaTexasLSUAlabamaIowaPurdueOptimistic, yes, but I can't go into further debt for a non-professional degree.
Final Fiction ListMontanaArizona StateWyomingUNLV IowaKansasUC IrvineOregon
University of Oxfordonly this one,I'm not confident at all, but I'll try my best!
Am I crazy for not applying to Iowa? I don't like constant cold and cornfields...anyway.1. Ohio State (family full of alums)2. Michigan- My family have all had coronaries (Ohio State rival; football) I know I said I don't like constant cold but there is at least something to do there3. University of Pittsburgh- I hope to attend there for my BA (currently an undergrad waiting to focus on writing)4. Portland State (On AWP's site- Gasp! ;-)5. University of TexasThose are my picks, and yes, as a sophomore (I am a late start- I went back to school two years ago at age 30) I am looking to matriculate, perhaps a bit prematurely, to one of these fine schools. But I wonder, Seth, about having something about faculty as a quantification in the rankings? Just a thought. :-)
Okay...So my list started out as 8 definite schools, rose to as many as 15 at one point, and is now down to only 6. Why this happened is probably too complicated to explain at this point, so I'll just post the list. This is for "fiction"1. Iowa2. Washington, St. Louis3. Minnesota4. Syracuse5. Arkansas6. Texas State
@The Amateur, you are not matriculating prematurely, I'm trying to pursue my MFA after being out of undergrad since 1997, so please don't feel bad (I'm 37 - I will be approaching 40 soon and want to get this dream done so I can stop stressing myself out).Also, for anyone applying to McNeese State University. I emailed the coordinator of the program directly about the confusion of information out there. She said that what they do is solicit potential students to NOT submit an application but to submit a writing sample and letter of interest directly to their department FIRST, then if they like you and see potential, and only then, do you fill out and pay for an actual application and turn in GRE scores. They claim they don't want us to waste money paying for application fees if it seems that we won't even get into the program in the first place. They say they are revamping their website right now too so that it reflects all of this because right now, it's very confusing. On one link (from the "top 25 underrated programs article), it says nothing about GRE but on the main "mcneese.edu" website it clearly does. They need to fix that. Needless to say, I will no longer be applying (again, I'm trying to avoid the GRE - I hope that doesn't rub anyone the wrong way but if I can avoid it I'm going to.)
For Fiction:MontanaPurdueNotre DameIowaSyracuseBrownSouthern IllinoisIllinois TexasVanderbilt
@The Amateur, @Kellea Tibbs: nice to see other 30-somethings on here. I'm 34 myself (undergrad '99). Better to apply & be rejected than not apply & always wonder! Best, of course, to get accepted.For poetry in no specific order:Notre DameIowa State Columbia (Chicago)VanderbiltBrooklyn CollegeUMass (Boston)VCUWyomingHunterUniversity of Miami99% final. Want to keep it to 10 due to expense & not wanting to overburden my references. Still considering Virginia Tech and/or UNC Wilmington in place of Brooklyn or Columbia.
"final-final" for poetry....university of massachusetts, amherstnew york universityuniversity of houstonuniversity of virginiajohns hopkins universitypenn state universityuniversity of iowa brown universitycornell universityuniversity of michiganuniversity of north carolina, wilmington
Absolutely no more editing final list (in order of application deadline, 'cause that's how it's listed on my Grad School App Spreadsheet O' Doom):UMass AmherstMinnesotaIrvineMichenerAlabamaAnn ArborSyracuseIndianaIowaEmersonFlorida (Gainesville)Oregon (Eugene)ASUHoustonVanderbiltLSUMcNeeseI seem to remember a point a long, long time ago when I had firm plans to keep my list down to twelve. C'est la vie -- six apps down and eleven to go!
--My list, below, is for poetry.Univ. of WisconsinUniv. of MichiganUniv. of Iowa-Writers WorkshopUniv. of California-IrvineArizona St.Univ. of OregonW. Michigan Univ.
final listage in poetry:UofMichiganUofHoustonUofAlabamaFlorida Atlantic U.McNeeseUofArkansasUofColoradoWest Virginie U.
A little embarased to admit it, but I'm a second-time applicant. Looking back, I probably shot a little too high last year (7 top tier programs, 2 second tier) so this time I'm trying to mix it up a bit more. This is what this year's list looks like (applying in fiction):AlabamaLSUIowaGCSUNC StateMemphisSouth FloridaMiami (FL)Florida International
Fiction--MinnesotaUC San DiegoColoradoMichener CenterUC IrvineIllinois UrbanaUNC GreensboroIndianaWashingtonIowa StateU of FloridaTexas StateHoustonOregonMississippiLSUMiami
What a great blog! I probably discovered it a little too late, but here's my list anyway.VirginiaMichiganUC IrvineIowaHollinsGeorge MasonCornellBoston UniversitySan Francisco StateBrownArizonaSyracuseColorado*my genre is fiction
My "lucky seven" for Poetry:1. Houston2. NYU3. Wisconsin4. Iowa 5. UCSD6. Cal Arts7. Oregon State
All low res here:VermontBenningtonSpaldingLesleyGoddard
Oh, and I'm applying in nonfiction.
I write a blog with a few other guys, which features short stories on a occasion and I've posted a few of mine on the site. It's just a wordpress blog, but is there any harm to mentioning it in my essay/application? Other than the blog, I've only had one short story published and it was in a magazine that is now defunct. I guess, I'm stretching the definition of "published", but I'd rather not leave this section blank. Thanks!
Hello All:I'm another 30something (just turned 31 a few days ago) and I applied to Goddard for creative writing, fiction. It is the only school I applied to. It just, felt right. I start in Jan. Not the warmest month to visit Vermont but I'm pretty excited.
My kinda long list for fiction...Rutgers-NewarkCornell W.VirginiaMaryland-College ParkUVAIowaBrownU.Mass-AmherstIllinoisJohns HopkinsOld DominionSyracuseMichiganColumbia College-Chicago
I'm applying to ten poetry programs:Michener CenterVirginia TechBoise StateColorado BoulderColorado StateOld DominionOle MissUniversity of WyomingPenn StateBowling Green StateThe application process is taking over my life. My cats sit on my laptop in protest. I had a dream that I went to the hospital for a cat scan and I came upon a butcher's shop on my way to the test. In the butcher's shop were skinned calves, happily blinking. I wanted to rescue one; but I was forced to accept an intact chicken. Thus begin the stress dreams.
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