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Hi all,

I heard from a very reliable source that Comesana and his wife, who also is a philosophy prof. at Madison (Sartorio, I think?) have received offers from the U. of Arizona. they are seriously considering the offer, so they might not be at Madison next year.

Also, Madison is hiring a very good junior who does epistemology.

Good to know. Thanks! Any specifics on the junior hire?
One of my recommenders contacted the Riverside department and was told that "nothing has been decided yet." The impression he got was that they were going back through a considerable portion of the applications. The state of limbo continues ...
This really makes me wonder why they don't have a waitlist....It seems to me that it is better for all involved.
If you had to choose based on strength of faculty:

1)Northern Illinois
2)Western Michigan
3)Houston

And why?
For what area (or areas)?


I have my hopes up high here, because this is to the last school before I get rejected across the board. I just got some emails from the LSU financial aid office about FAFSA. One said:

"We have received your application to participate in the federal financial aid program for the 2009-2010 academic year. However, in checking with our Office of Admissions, we find that your admission status has not yet been finalized. Once you have been fully admitted into a degree program, additional information and/or documentation will be required to resume processing your application for financial aid."

Does this mean that the admissions board has put in a request for federal aid, meaning I am accepted? Or is this something standard that all applicants receive? Like I said, I have my hopes up high because this is my last chance before having to take a year off and get a shitty job. Am I reading too much into this? Is this just something standard sent out to all prospective applicants?
I wouldn't get your hopes up. I got an email from Ohio State about my FAFSA; it stated that I needed to complete some paperwork in order to be considered for financial aid. When I logged into my account there, it still showed my admission status as undecided (or something analogous to this) but it seemed like some financial aid information was already set up.

A week later I was rejected.....

It seems like programs differ in how they handle this FAFSA thing (and your email is oddly worded) but it might be best to just contact the program to find out your status. It sure is late if they haven't told you anything.
Tufts, as many of you know, does not include full placement data on its Web site. That said, I was admitted for this fall. Though I have since turned down the offer to attend Ohio State's Ph.D. program, I did inquire further about Tufts' placement record. I received data from the department chair, who requested the information from the department secretary.

(Note: I am posting this because at no point did I give the impression this would be treated as private information. I am of the firm belief that applicants should know full well the placement record of any M.A. program to which they apply, and Tufts' Web site is horribly deficient in that regard. I see my posting this as, to some extent, aiding the department. My justification aside, I have locked in my offer with OSU and turned down Tufts, so the bottomline is that there are at least no likely ramifications for doing this!)

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MA students have been _/accepted/_ into the following schools/PhD
programs:

*2003-2004*
Fordham
UConn
UCLA
Michigan
UC-Davis
Rutgers
UNC-Chapel Hill
Ohio State
UC-Irvine
UMASS
Syracuse
CUNY
Yale Law
Brooklyn Law
UC-San Diego
Univ of Indiana
Stanford, Phil of Education

*2004-2005*
Columbia Law
NYU Law
Chicago Law
Michigan Law
UPenn Law
UVirginia Law
Duke Law
Northwestern Law
Cornell Law
Georgetown Law
Penn
UCLA
U of Pittsburgh
UC -Berkeley
UC - San Diego
UC - Riverside
UC- Irvine
Brown
Stanford
Michigan
Cornell
UC - Irvine
UC - Santa Barbara
Brown
CUNY
St. Andrews
UNC-Chapel Hill
UC - Davis
John Hopkins
Univ of Maryland

*2005-2006*
Rutgers
UC - San Diego
UC - Berkeley
Stanford
Toronto
UNC-Chapel Hill
Michigan
New School
Ohio State
Duke
Penn
UTexas - Austin
Maryland
UMass
Arizona
Indiana
UC - Irvine
U of Washington Neuroscience program
Northwestern Neuroscience program
UWisc- Madison

*2006-2007 *
Harvard
Rutgers
Stanford
IrvineLPS
Michigan
Notre Dame
Pittsburgh HPS
Columbia
USheffield - UK
UTexas - Austin
UCLA
Indiana
NYU
Brown
UChicago-Illinois
UCSD
USC
Johns Hopkins
UC-Riverside
Ohio State
UC-Santa Barbara
Wisconsin

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Some comments: The data set is not entirely up-to-date, nor is it full for the years it covers. It does not include which students got into which programs. One student very well could have been admitted to NYU, Princeton and Harvard, and decided to attend NYU; the others may not have been so fortunate. So it is somewhat misleading to list only the programs to which students have been accepted. Or at best it's insufficiently precise. I have, of course, read of many students accepting great offers through a Tufts graduate school memo. Of course, there is reason to doubt whether this information is comprehensive.

Interesting also is the quantity of schools to which students are admitted. I would be curious to know the number of students who graduate each year and the number of programs, on average, to which they apply. Again, because the data set does not include who applied where, we're still fuzzy on this. Especially interesting is the influx of law programs a few years back: Perhaps one student went application-crazy, or several graduating students decided to take the law path.

Anyhow, for what it's worth, this is an incomplete and out-of-date report on Tufts' placement. I didn't press for further information - though perhaps I should have - when I read about the financial situation, which immediately ruled out my being able to go there.
That's really useful. Thanks for putting that together! :)
Is it normal for masters programs to offer funding packages that only guarantee funding for one year or should this be seen as a red flag?
Unless you only have to pay tuition for one year, like at Tufts (or it's a one year program, like at Toronto),then it's not normal. I would DEFINITELY check up on funding for the second year, especially given the cuts which almost all departments are having to make this year (which will likely be worse next year).
One person a while back posted that they had been accepted off the waitlist and that they were planning on declining the offer. I'm wondering if anyone else has been accepted off of the waitlist?
Does anyone know how long the waitlist is?
Officially out at Arizona. I never received notification from the department, but the status on my online application was finally updated.

So, it looks like my decision is going to (hopefully!) come down to Indiana or Wash U. A add the parenthetical hopefully because I am still officially waitlisted at both places; however, both places expressed a high likelihood of me being extended an offer.

But if they end up not extending me an offer, I still have that nice Georgia State neurophilosophy fellowship! (In a way, I really want to go to Georgia State for two years, but I don't think I could live with myself if I passed up a solid, definite PhD offer for Georgia State.)
My status has not been changed and I still haven't heard anything (although when I called about a week and a half ago I was told that I was still on the second "long" waitlist). Is anyone else in this situation?

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CUNY called me last Thursday and said I was accepted but on the waitlist for funding. (I'm the one who posted on gradcafe.) No details yet on the waitlist (how big, what chances are, etc.)

I will be declining an offer from this terrible, terrible place soon.
Wassup my homies.

I have an update regarding Riverside. I got this e-mail from Hoffman:

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Dear Nr [name],

Thank you for your interest in UCR. We are aiming at a class of eight. We
made sixteen offers and have three others on our waiting list. You are not
among those top nineteen. However, I'm not confident that we are going to
reach our target of eight of out of those nineteen, so we will be revisiting
our applications this week to expand our waiting list and perhaps make
additional recommendations for admission.

Paul Hoffman

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That is exactly the same email I received, except mine read "we may revisit applications." So now I guess they definitely are revisiting them.

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MIT MA

Anonymous

April 1 2009, 00:47:39 UTC 8 years ago

Does anyone know whether or not MIT ever accepts masters students?

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April 1 2009, 01:32:13 UTC 8 years ago

It says on their website that they do not.

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Who's thinking of declining UNC and when?
I most likely will, by the middle of next week at the latest.

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I need help please... I didn't even think about applying to Brandeis before but it just kind of clicked that it might be a very good idea for me. The deadline for priority consideration is "before" tomorrow so I could still apply right now. I was beginning to fill in the application and then it occurred to me that even though the deadline is tomorrow, if I manage to get all my supplementary materials in by the end of the week (I would pay to send everything express, overnight, whatever), there is no way that Brandeis would be able to get back to me by April 15th, right? This means that I would already need to accept or decline other offers before I had heard back. How does this work? Is anyone else on here applying to Brandeis? Are they going to be able to get back to all of us in time and if not, is it worth applying? If I wait until tomorrow to call and ask Brandeis about this it I will not be able to get my app. in on time. Any comments would be VERY much appreciated... thank you!
It's worth tossing in an application and a phone call anyway. If Brandeis wants to have a serious stab at nabbing good students for the M.A., they'll make every effort to notify admitted students prior to the April 15 deadline. Otherwise most students will have committed elsewhere. You may wish to inquire whether you can send your sample electronically; in most cases, departments don't like it, but this close to deadline it might be preferred.

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Hope that helps someone.
So when will that waitlist action pick up? Things have been tragically slow for me and this board. Has anyone accepted an offer? Anyone even done visiting? For my part, I plan to begin to declining offers today with the following form letter:

Dear XXX,

Thank you for your interest in me. I receive many well qualified offers and, because of budget constraints, and am only to accept one. I regret to inform you that it was not possible to accept your offer this year. Again, thank you for your interest in me, and I wish you luck in the future endeavors.
Haha, that's great!

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