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called the department, they said that they are still reviewing application files and that they should send out email notices next week, so by this time next week, everyone should know. There was no mention of the apparent fact that some people have already gotten acceptance emails....
Maybe the people who got acceptance letters already were the cream of the crop?

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Anyone else seeing this? I'm scared :(
Email today 2 PM, general grad school letter
Same. Too lazy/discouraged to post on GC.

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Cornell

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March 6 2009, 19:54:38 UTC 8 years ago

Has anyone been accepted at Cornell?

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March 6 2009, 20:05:16 UTC 8 years ago

This year they have accepted a Martian, a pygmy who just developed S8, and Hume. They figured that Hume's application was impressive enough to outweigh the fact that he had not taken the GRE's and that he is dead..

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Just got an email from Mark Heller. "Our admissions committee is very impressed with your qualifications for graduate study and believes that our program is very suitable for you. However, we expect to be able to offer only five teaching assistantships to new students this year, and so the competition for those is strong."
might decline the offer they have made me, so hang in there!
For those of you applying from MA programs or who have a couple years of grad school under your belts, do your courses transfer over to the new programs you get accepted to, or do you get to (or some might say "have to") start fulfilling the course requirements at the new PhD program from scratch?
It's my understanding that this varies from program to program.
Happy...but not optimally happy.
can you share details? where are you on the list?

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Just received an email for UMass. Funding is being "worked on"
Congratulations! They obviously train good philosophers.

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Brown

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March 6 2009, 21:46:06 UTC 8 years ago

I have nothing... It looks as though rejections went out today, and I know that acceptances/waitlists went out at the beginning of the week. Are there any others like me out there?
I'm in the same boat. I've been obsessively checking my email all afternoon...
Dear ____,

I regret to inform you that after careful consideration of your application we were unable to recommend your admission to our MA program at this time. You do remain on our waiting list. Our program is very competitive with only a limited number of spaces to offer. I will, of course, let you know immediately of any change in your status

Should you have any questions about your situation, please feel free to contact me. I am sorry that at present I do not have more favorable news to convey.

Sincerely,
Robert Schwartz
Chair, Graduate Admissions
Department of Philosophy
UW-Milwaukee
That is a very gloomy wait list letter. A little odd.

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March 6 2009, 22:25:25 UTC 8 years ago

Anyone who has been accepted to Notre Dame considering other schools? Anyone sure of rejecting Notre Dame's admission offer?
sorry, i dont mean to vent, but am i the only one who is quite discouraged by the results of my applications?
no

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Rejected?

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March 6 2009, 23:03:49 UTC 8 years ago

Hi folks. I'm an advanced grad student at a "top-10 PGR", was directed to the site by someone else, and thought I'd say just a bit about rejections. To those of you for whom admissions has been unsuccessful this year, I strongly encourage you to apply to good M.A. programs that have upcoming deadlines. I applied to my own Ph.D. program after obtaining an M.A. at a much-less-than-top-10 program, but at which I managed to gain a considerable bit of experience, in teaching, in research, in writing, and (although I hate to say it) in the fine art of applying. The University of Houston, for example, has a program that consistently produces strong candidates for admission to top Ph.D. programs. I mention them because one of my coevals who I respect highly came to our institution via UH, but I'm sure there are many other good ones. Moreover, although it may mean you have to spend two years of your life in a program to which you did not want to go, looking ahead a little bit, it's now becoming more commonplace, and according to some, more desirable for Ph.D's on the job market to be a bit older and a bit more experienced when they go on. It is my understanding that, in fact, the latter is one of the reasons more of the top departments now provide a sixth year, suggesting that, ceteris paribus, taking longer to get your Ph.D. might be beneficial to your longer-term goals.

In any case, congrats to those who have been admitted; and to those who haven't, don't lose hope: becoming a good philosopher takes far longer than a single admissions cycle.

Arizona

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March 6 2009, 23:25:45 UTC 8 years ago

Does anyone know when waitlists will be notified? I haven't heard from the University of Arizona and I am hoping SO much that it is because I am waitlisted. It seems, however, that a lot of us have not heard yet so I wouldn't be surprised at all if many more rejections are to come.
Even prior to Arizona's higher education system running into huge economic problems, UA offered not that competitive financial aid packages with higher than average work loads.

This year they are still sorting out how much aid they will be able to offer to those that they have admitted. Additionally, it is not clear if they will be able to truly guarantee 5 years of support.

As a veiled warning, the philosophy department recently updated their website to include the following info:

"Students should recognize that financial support from the Program is a privilege and not a right. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for Research Assistantship support through faculty and fellowship awards from local and national agencies."( http://philosophy.arizona.edu/graduate/financial/ )

If you are thinking about accepting Arizona over another competitive offer, be sure to get in writing that they will be able to guarantee some minimally acceptable level of funding during your time there.

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Has anybody other than that first person earlier today been waitlisted at Rutgers?
Sadly no.

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Just recieved the following from UT Austin:

"The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) has electronically
received your 2009-2010 FAFSA application from the Department of
Education. However, we cannot process your application because you have
not been admitted to The University of Texas at Austin."

Now, I could be misreading it as saying "not (yet) admitted (or rejected)", but assuming its means I'm not in, its about as tacky as rejections get.

I think it means not YET... However, it does seem that Austin made their acceptances yesterday.

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Is someone, anyone, please going to decline?

(I have no shame... er, at least none that posting anonymously won't adequately mask.)

Please!
Has anyone out there gotten or heard of someone getting an offer yet for ND philosophy this year?
Yes, see the thread above. I just posted there.

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i decided to begin studying philosophy as a major right around the middle of my junior year, and so did not have much preparation for anything, but i completed the major with near perfect grades. i applied to 12 schools all over the pger, two that are unranked, and two masters programs, one of them being my home school. so far i have not gotten responses from any schools but two, brown today (this was my long shot, and i got rejected), and an unranked school at the end of january (accepted). although this program is unranked, it is ranked in groups 3 and 4 in several of the specialty rankings, some of which are the areas i am interested in. it seems to me like i willnot get into the schools that i applied to since various acceptances and waitlists have been posted for those schools already, and i would not think it polite to ask about the status of my application just yet, since it still seems to be a bit early for that kind of thing. It does seem to me like i have a possibility of getting into one of the masters programs though (gsu, not my home school). my question is whether i should take the unranked phd with a fellowship (12k/y for 3 years), or if the opportunity of the masters comes, to take that and then reapply. normally i would think that the masters would be the better option, since it geives me better chances next time to get into better schools and a much better chance when i get the phd and go on to get a job. but seeing how some schools seem to be cutting their acceptances, and how there seem to be more students applying than in other years, i do not know if my chances will be greater 2 years from now. it seems like the economy is going to get worse before it gets better and that when it does get better, it is still going to take awhile for that to affect education again. it is not like i have horrible statistics, although i do not have great either. i looked at the average for riverside on "the splintered mind" and cu boulder has the average of the students enrolled, (two scvhools to which i applied) and i am right around there, better than their average on my gpa and gre quant, but a little bit lower on gre verbal and writing. this of course does not take into account the writing sample of recs, i am just not sure if a masters would make me more competitive condidering how the application process will be much more competitive two years from now.
Take the PhD. This is just my two cents, but I have two MAs (one in philo) and have yet to be accepted at a PhD program with funding. I'm hoping I will, but this process is so damaging...why would you want to go through it again?

Take your winnings and leave the table, otherwise you'll end up like me, adjuncting and living on rice, beans, and, for festive occasions, Corn Flakes. Get the degree and get on the job market.

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Austin

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March 7 2009, 03:50:13 UTC 8 years ago

Just declined an offer from Austin. Posting this for the benefit of those on the waitlist. Good luck!
Any idea if they have notified waitlisters? Congrats on the offer!

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8 years ago

Someone mentioned Stanford, but are there other MA programs with deadlines that have not yet passed?
Georgia State has an April 15 deadline, but a March 15 deadline for their better scholarships and fellowships.

Duquesne

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March 7 2009, 05:43:31 UTC 8 years ago

I know that Duquesne hasn't been mentioned here much...but I'm just wondering if anyone has heard anything.

USC

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March 7 2009, 06:25:56 UTC 8 years ago

hello,

For those admitted to USC, could I get a sense of your stats? I'm hoping to apply there next year and am quite curious what an admit profile would look like. A most helpful reply would include the writing sample topic, though obviously I understand if one is hesitant to post things like that.

thanks!

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March 7 2009, 08:12:42 UTC 8 years ago

AB from Harvard in Philosophy, Math, and German (triple major) 3.9 overall/4.0 philosophy; 1590/6.0 GRE; writing sample to be published in Phil Review this fall; letters from Parfit, Scanlon, Korsgaard, Putnam, and God.

(Note: I was waitlisted.)

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MBTI Poll

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March 7 2009, 08:29:44 UTC 8 years ago

What's your type? I'm guessing that the vast majority of us will be INTP/J. I'll start.


INTJ


(What is this all about?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mbti (There are links to test yourself at the bottom.))
I'm a definite INTP. :3

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With future rejection looming, I'm trying to find ways to get my head around it. One is to come up with a Plan B.
I was wondering if anyone here might have any information that would be helpful to me. I'm currently a High School Physics teacher (joint degree with Philosophy) and doing an MA part time in Philosophy which I will finish this year. What are the chances of my gaining employment as an adjunct teacher with just an MA in Philosophy? I would be looking to do this to gain relevant experience and to do part of what I want to do (teach Philosophy at University level) while I reapply to PhD programs (with a much more polished writing sample in hand).

Any ideas or suggestions?
Some people teach with just the BPhil (equivalent to an American Master's), so you should be able to teach with just an MA. Unless there's an unfounded bias in favor of the BPhil over the MA, which I suspect there is.