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Philosophy 2010

This is for anyone applying to Philosophy graduate programs during the 2009-2010 academic year. Please share acceptances, rejections, wait-list notifications, and so on.

Best of luck to everyone applying!
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Highly competitive of course, but I don't think as competitive. When people in your position are trying to get into PhD programs they are also going against people with MAs (which means more courses taken, usually better writing sample, etc). Obviously there is no such worry when applying to MA programs.

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February 13 2010, 01:48:28 UTC 7 years ago

I was originally planning to apply only to MA programs but took one of my LoR writer's advice and went for some mid to lower tier Phd programs as well. He said that since there are so few really high quality standalone MA programs (GSU, Tufts, Milwaukee etc), they end up being just as competitive as the top Phd departments.

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There's a rejection up on TGC. Anyone have any info here? Is this the first round of rejections, and the review process is sell under way? Or have acceptance and waitlists have already been sent, so all that Stanford has left to do is to notify those who've been rejected? My suspicion is that the latter is the case, but I guess we can all have hope until we get official confirmation.
The Philosophy & Education post? Thought that was something different. And yeah, it does seem that the Stanford philosophy acceptances have been out for a while now.

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February 13 2010, 02:07:33 UTC 7 years ago

I posted the comment above on my iPhone, and the spelling and grammar errors make it borderline incoherent. Hope you guys get the drift of what I meant to ask. Does Stanford do rejections in waves, of which the GC post is a part of? Or have acceptances already been all sent, and this rejection is just the first of all the rejections?

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February 13 2010, 02:10:02 UTC 7 years ago

Oh, good catch. Didn't see the "education" part in my haste.

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February 13 2010, 04:09:23 UTC 7 years ago

Acceptance posted on TGC. Is that someone from this board? If so, do you know if all acceptances went out today?

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February 13 2010, 05:03:06 UTC 7 years ago

Balls. I hope all the acceptances haven't been sent today, but I have a sinking feeling that they probably did. It doesn't take that much time to place a few phone calls of acceptance, so if they placed at least one today, I don't see why they wouldn't have been able to get to all of them.

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I'm curious...
I'm one.
750V, 780Q, 6AW. I'm an international (non-Anglo-Saxon) applicant, so my GPA doesn't mean much. Suffice to say, according to my country's grading system, it's a very high GPA.

UPenn is the lowest-ranked program I applied to. Given my stats, I figured I'd give it a shot to apply to quite a few top-ranked programs. I have no idea how my writing sample compares to American ones but I got a perfect grade for the paper it is based on. My letters are from one somehow well-known and form two completely unknown (from an Anglo-Saxon perspective) full professors. My B.A. (major in philosophy) is from one of the best universities on the European Continent.

Should I already lose all hope or is there still a chance that the people at UPenn considered me a very strong applicant (with respect to my writing sample and my letters) but thought that I didn't quite fit their program? Is it even possible that they rejected me because they think I would get into a better program and would not accept their offer? In the very rare moment when I'm still struck by hubris I fear that the latter might actually be the case, though I realize how crazy it sounds.

Some input from someone with experience would be much appreciated!
Occasionally schools will reject overqualified applicants. But that happens only when there is a massive disparity. Penn is a very good department and is almost certainly not going to reject thinking that you will surely go elsewhere.

On the other hand, because Penn is very good, there is no reason to think that striking out with Penn means that you are finished. There is always some eccentricity in admissions. There's no reason to despair yet.
i haven't gotten a rejection... or an acceptance from them. what does this mean?
i would call them if i were you/ you may still be on their list/ i am not however (rejected yesterday)
There can be only one!

(Or, five to ten, probably.)

Anyways, who hasn't been rejected/waitlisted yet?
I was rejected yesterday. I take it you are survivor. Good luck!

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February 13 2010, 17:01:23 UTC 7 years ago

You applied to Johns Hopkins not knowing its real name?

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February 13 2010, 17:03:16 UTC 7 years ago

oops, this was directed at the author of "Nebraska et al."

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February 13 2010, 17:27:27 UTC 7 years ago

cheese is a kind of meat. a sweet yellow treat.
I am going to kill you

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Are philosophy majors the only ones who obsess and speculate to this degree about their grad school apps? None of the "who got in" discussion pages for other disciplines seem to have much going on at all. (What does this say about philosophers?)
Perhaps there are other outlets for obsessive and unnecessary behavior available to Lit. and Hist. students?
There's a lot of discussion about other disciplines on tgc. Philosophy seems to gather here, who knows why.

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Has anyone else been checking their spam folder just to see if an acceptance (or three) has been directed there?

It is the first time I have bothered to look in my gmail spam...I think that the marketing subject bar is hilarious with the advertisements for spam recipes it displays(e.g.,"Spam Swiss Pie - Bake 45-55 minutes or until eggs are set").

This is totally consolation for not hearing from any schools.

I hadn't even thought of that till you said something.

But luckily, I created a separate gmail account from which I do all grad school related stuff. And I have a nice little google desktop widget set up to show me the 6 most recent emails from that account (and above it an RSS feed for TGC, c'mon now, it's that time of year).

But my spam folder's empty, so alas no hidden acceptances =[
What does everyone think about doing your undergrad and Ph.D at the same school? My concern is not about acceptance, but rather job prospects. I have heard from some people that schools look down upon an applicant with all degrees from the same school when considering them for a faculty position. Is this just one of those things that varies from school to school?
I think it varies, but the majority do treat incest as a bad thing. There's always some exceptions though (a prof at my school did his BA, MA and PhD here, now teaches here, and wins awards (not philosophy)).

I'm curious- have you already been accepted by your undergrad? Some seem to particularly discourage it; there was a Rutgers tgs rejection that noted how an advisor told a student that it was rare to accept undergrads (probably to protect them from the incest stigma).

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Inspired by the Arizona thread. Last time we talked Indiana there were three of us, but it wasn't a specifically looking-for-survivors thread. I'm one.
I'm a survivor (what!)
I'm gonna make it (what!)
I'm will survive (what!)
Keep on survivin' (what!)


Ahem. Sorry, I mean two.

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OSU phone acceptance via TGC. Is this you? If so, tell me everything! And I mean everything.
Fuck! Now there's another! What the fuck is going on? Shit!

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It's been observed a couple times that there are a lot of people interested in phil of cog sci, naturalized philosophy of mind, etc. I'm curious about what your backgrounds are- philosophy, or a double major in a related discipline, or some combination of major and minor?

Do you think it will help you (yay, they know more about their AOI!) or hinder you (grr, they haven't done enough philosophy!). Or for the ones that haven't studied cognitive disciplines, do you think they'll be skeptical of your lack of background, or do you think the focus in philosophy will help you?

Myself, I'm in a joint phil/cog sci undergrad program.

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February 14 2010, 00:13:18 UTC 7 years ago

I was one of those who got a call,and I've also been admitted via website for several days now. I believe that the calls today went out to those who have been admitted already and were nominated for fellowships.
Argg...I just realized that Monday is a holiday. While I am thrilled to be off work, this also means that there will probably not be any news for those of us playing the waiting game. Certainly no news by mail. What do people think about this long weekend? Will it lessen our chances of hearing news Monday and even perhaps beyond?

Also, Happy Valentines Day, Presidents Day & Anna Howard Shaw Day!
Probably won't make any differences unless the school is closed (mine is not).
So, how many of you guys applied to 15 or more schools, and did you do so because you were less than confident about your dossier or simply that you wanted more choices?

I applied to exactly 15 schools, and I did so because I only had 1 letter from a full professor. I'm from a top Leiter school though, so I'm hoping adcoms give me the benefit of the doubt.

So far I've heard back from 2 schools, both of which were rejections (RU, Indiana).

I'm hoping to do graduate work in epistemology.
I applied to 20 programs because my advisor told me to do so. He said, "you have exactly two options: apply to 20 programs, or die." (he explained that the 'or' is inclusive - he'll likely kill me even though I applied to 20 programs).

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February 14 2010, 03:08:42 UTC 7 years ago

I applied to about 8 physics PhD programs. I majored in philosophy at a top 20 Leiter school. Will I get in? Only Kripke knows...

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February 14 2010, 03:12:15 UTC 7 years ago

Hey man, you went to a top-20 Leiter school. Of course they'll let you in to any department you want.

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Classist...

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Arizona

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February 14 2010, 06:14:15 UTC 7 years ago

Acceptance on tgc (not me)
Congratulations to the him/her. I wonder at the TGC poster's stats, taking the comment: "Received the email this afternoon. Never thought I'd be accepted."

For those of us who were rejected on Friday, can we take solace in thinking that we have reasonably strong applications, given that we were rejected in the last bunch before acceptances went out? Or is this not a sound idea?

For me: Arizona rejection on Friday, never heard anything from Chicago (but according to that poster here, the acceptances have gone out). That leaves a few places left. I probably should have applied to 'closer to 20' places rather than 'less than 10'. Worried about shutout.

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This was posted less than two weeks ago:

"We've reached 1000 comments before most admissions notifications have even been sent out. What the hell is wrong with you people?"
I assumed they meant we weren't chatty enough... so we stepped it up a notch. ;)
I am seeing that a lot of you are much more qualified than me, so I wanted to ask what you think my chances might be. I feel that I have a couple aces up my sleeve, so let's see if they actually matter.

I have a 3.6 GPA, 600 verbal, 340 quantitative, and a 6.0 analytic writing on my GRE. I am aware that my quantitative score is low, but I have a disability in mathematics that is documented, and I provided that information to each school that I applied to in my statement of intent. I am also Hispanic, and I know that schools are looking for that minority right now, so I feel that I might have a couple of things that they are looking for just in being a disabled minority. My letters are recommendation should be glowing, and I have a good writing sample, in my opinion.

What are your thoughts on my chances?
As with anyone: admissions results are unpredictable, and the best thing to do it wait.

Your 340 Q is excused by the letter, but 600V still isn't too hot, so that might result in you getting not looked over at a very competitive place. Other than that, there's not much to say.

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Although certainly not typical (maybe even anomalous) in our august profession, this is an encouraging sign. Rusty Jones, a scholar of ancient philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, is headed to Cambridge. See for yourself (on Leiter, and) here: http://www.ou.edu/ouphil/index.html

Oklahoma isn't even included in the Leiter ancient philosophy specialty rankings.
This Jones must be awesome. It goes to show that talent travels with you no matter where you go. Congratulations, Rusty, for your talent and productivity!
Shit, in this job market it's even encouraging to see TN place someone at West Georgia.

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February 14 2010, 22:42:56 UTC 7 years ago

they don't have the time to carefully read all the writing samples, these are busy people here. The writing sample is the last thing they look at. people are weeded out through gpa, gre, and letters. the letters are a much better way to measure the aptitude of the student and their ability to perform in graduate school.

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February 15 2010, 13:28:58 UTC 7 years ago

I'll admit that I haven't done much of this...you know, it's only my third round of applications. I've only completed an MA, and missed an admission to a top 25 program by one slot last year. But, from my understanding, the writing sample is extraordinarily important. Yes, GRE and GPA are used to do an initial weeding out and letters are important. But GREs can have anomalies, GPAs can often be explained away, and letters are notoriously biased (they suffer from the Lake Wobegon effect, all of the applicants are above average). Writing samples are the only piece of information in front of an admissions committee that allows them to judge philosophical aptitude; they are by far the most important bit of an application, at least if you consider yourself a competitive applicant.