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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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My michigan status check has just been saying "Application is Complete" since January. Does anyone know if they update that to saying anything like "Under Review" or if you're accepted/rejected does it just change to "Application Accepted/Rejected"?
I applied to Michigan several years ago (and was rejected) and am applying again. When I log into Wolverine I still see the old application. My status still says "Application is Complete".

That said, I think that they do post the decision on wolverine too (although my old one is not available any more), but it won't affect the "application is complete" as far as I can tell
How binding are the interets in your SOP? I've recently gained an interest in an area that's completely unrelated to my thesis topic. I don't plan on changing my thesis topic, but I'd also really like to develop a strong competency in this really, really unrelated secondary area. Is this ok?

As far as I can tell/know once you show up no one cares what you wrote on your SOP. I know someone whose SOP was about Heidegger and his dissertation was on contemporary analytic metaphysics.

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So far I've had two accetpances where people told me (on the phone) to check out the course lists for a course to sit in on. Is this standard?

It just feels kind of weird to me: I won't have done the readings (or at least previous readings), and I might be ruining whatever sort of classroom dynamic they have. The only grad classes I've been in are at my undergrad institution, and we've never had any drop ins in my memory, and classes are always really small (5-8) and conversational. Maybe it would be a good idea to sit in on a class and see how they are- but then, by being there, it seems like I would change the class.
Yes, that is standard. It is important that you get to check out what the seminars are like at the schools you are interested in going to. If it was going to be a problem for the seminars, they wouldn't have asked. But, given that they have accepted you, they want you to go to their school, so they want to show you what you got. It's a good idea to look into the readings that the seminar is looking at before you go, that way you will have something to say. Impressing your professors starts now.

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Using Leiter-rankins as a rough guide, how low would you go for a good advisor/strength in subfield given the opportunity to go to a higher ranking school?

Leiter says if they're within .4, you should rely on more specific stuff. Following that rule of thumb, given suitable strength in areas/good advisors/etc, a student should go to Arizona or St Andrews instead of, say, Harvard. Agree/disagree?
dude a Harvard degree will always help you, no matter where you try to get a job...

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February 20 2010, 21:03:28 UTC 7 years ago

Guys, I was rejected by Northwestern, but accepted by Arizona. Don't lose hope.

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February 22 2010, 03:41:02 UTC 7 years ago

I am wondering about the make-up of Northwestern's committee this year. I was also rejected by Northwestern but accepted to a program ranked ~20 and with extra moo-lah at that. So, in particular, I am thinking maybe Goldberg, Lackey and Reed were perhaps not members of the adcomm. Perhaps this was a year for those studying history, continental phil and history, leaving M&E wankers high and dry.

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nope.

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there's another acceptance on gradcafe, and a mysterious post yesterday about 3-4 people being accepted this year w/funding. are the people who have been accepted here? anyone know what's going on?
I called the department last week and was told that decisions have been mailed. I received my rejection today, and I think the accepted applicants will be receiving a phone call unless they are on the wait list. Good luck!

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Last time we did this, there were still quite a few of us (& I'm still no decision, btw). It would be nice to believe that their call is on the way, but it is more likely that they have just been lazy with the update.
There is no any news about UIC decision on tgc. However, according to previous post, it seems that someone from GSU's master program has been admitted into UIC.

see here:
http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwphi/4632.html

Does anyone hear anything about UIC?
I didn't receive any message from the UIC, either.
So stressful.

Rice

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February 21 2010, 08:27:20 UTC 7 years ago

Does anyone have an idea when we can expect to hear word from Rice? And for those of you who did apply to Rice, I'd be interested to hear your stats and the topic of your writing sample.
I just declined an offer for admissions from CU today. Good luck to all the waitlisted people out there!
I didn't apply there - but I just wanted to say that it is truly awesome of you to decline so quickly, and the post this here. People can use a little hope! Nice.

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TGC has two wait lists on Feb 8 and nothing else.
Is the CA budget crisis so bad that that is all they can afford?

Anyone know about any acceptances?
I am one of the waitlisted applicants that posted my status last week. In the email I received, it was mentioned that, due to budget constraints, Davis would only be accepting 4 people this year. Furthermore, unlike other years in which they might put out, say, 8 offers for 4 spots, this year they are only putting out 4 offers at a time so as to ensure that they don't overextend their resources. The wait list was described as "short" and it is either un-ranked or they wish not to share that ranking, as my question about specific ordering and size was avoided. If you have yet to hear from them, I don't know what to tell you. For my part, I am starting to wonder why we have not seen any posts about people being accepted. I guess I should accept the fact that there are some out there (lucky devils) who have not discovered Grad Cafe and Who Got In. Perhaps those accepted to UC Davis all fall into that category.

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Question for women: Did you find yourself reviewing the number of women on staff at your perspective schools when you were deciding where to apply? Do you think it will play a role in where you ultimately decide to go, should you be given a choice of schools?
As a member of this under-represented class, I myself was swayed by the number of female faculty at the schools I looked into; and I am hesitant to head to a school that drastically under-represents women in their faculty. There is a school in which I'm interested that has a whopping 2 female prof's in their department...and that troubles me. Anyone else having similar thoughts/concerns?
As a female pretty far along in a male-dominated program, I would recommend looking at the percentage of women among graduate students, since this will affect your life at the school much more drastically than the percentage of women in the faculty. Also, although the faculty at my university is about 10% women, I regularly interact with female professors. So just going on straight numbers will not provide you with an accurate representation of your potential future community. If you are concerned with interacting with women faculty members, go somewhere where women teach classes you would want to take, or with women whom you would like to serve on your committees, and so on.

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February 21 2010, 20:20:51 UTC 7 years ago

To the applicant who posted a rejection via email from CU Boulder on TGC: did you inquire about your status, or was the email unsolicited?
I wasn't the one who posted there, but I did receive a rejection unsolicited. It did, however, come with an acceptance to their MA program.

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Received an email a few days ago from Mitchell Green with the following message:

"The Admissions Committee has not yet made final decisions concerning admission and fellowship support for any applicants. However, I feel you have a very good chance of receiving an offer of admission with fellowship support.

I expect this decision to be made within the next week."

So i guess that we should have decisions within a week from Virginia
Was this in response to a query?

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I'm wondering if anybody has been waitlisted at any of the following schools. These are all schools that I've applied to and have seen acceptances from but no wait-lists:
1. Berkeley
2. North Carolina
3. Pitt
4. Rutgers

Thanks!

There's quite a lot of schools that haven't officially waitlisted people. I'm wondering if their response to budget problems is to have a limited number of active offers at any time (rather than, say, accept 10, hope for 5, and waitlist a bunch more, this year they're accepting 5, waiting, getting to the other 5 if they have to...).

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I've noticed that the acceptances/rejections have been from the History and Philosophy of Science crew, anyone know if that means that the regular Philosophy PHD acceptances/rejections have been sent out?
Several of the tgc acceptances from Pitt are for the Philosophy PhD. I am one of them.

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This was originally a response to one of the posts above, but I thought it would be better to post as a new thread than have it buried in the above one. Somebody wrote:

"I guess I should accept the fact that there are some out there (lucky devils) who have not discovered Grad Cafe and Who Got In."

(They were pondering the fact that they were officially told that four people had been accepted to a school, yet had seen no acceptances reported on the forums.) Well, there definitely are many such people. In fact, I might even venture to guess that they are the majority of applicants. This is just based on anecdotal evidence, but it seems fairly strong. I'm a first-year in a "major" Leiter program (on any reasonable precisification of "major"). Out of the handful of current grad students in my PhD program who I have talked to about these forums and the few I know elsewhere, I would say that perhaps over half have never looked at them. I have asked several people whether they were looking at them this year for nostalgic reasons (as I am) or whether they looked at them last year, and many either didn't know what I was talking about or else had heard of the forums but didn't actually look at them. So that might seem to invalidate many of the inferences that are made on here, for better or worse. Just thought you guys should have the straight dope.
I agree with this, although I also only have anecdotal evidence. I'm one of three people at my UG institution applying this season, but only I use these sites (I mentioned them to the others, but they weren't really interested).

UCLA?

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February 22 2010, 02:49:55 UTC 7 years ago

Somebody just posted a UCLA acceptance on Grad Cafe. Anybody want to claim it? Is this credible for this hour on a Sunday night?
Its real. John Carriero called me at 430. Six years guaranteed funding, 2 as a TA and four on fellowship. Didnt say anything about other offers going out, but only that visiting day is April 5-7.
Any know when we can expect to hear from Brown?
For magic brownies, you should have applied to Boulder.

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area code 497...

and then 825 something.

is this berkeley giving me the green light?

internet tells me its an area code from norther arkansas or northern CA. Suffice to say that I didnt apply to too many N Ark phd programs...

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February 22 2010, 03:20:44 UTC 7 years ago

Why don't you try answering the phone?

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February 22 2010, 04:00:28 UTC 7 years ago

I've been already rejected from Indiana and Rutgers...8 more to go...
Spring's almost here. Let's start cooking and gardening. If we get rejected, let's make a million dollars.

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I haven't heard from some programms I applied to and I know some people (close friends and from people on this website) that have been already rejected. Does this mean that I'm still in the battle or they just forget to let me know they rejected me?
"I'm still in the battle"

Maybe.

"they just forget to let me know they rejected me"

Maybe.

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I've still got quite a few programs to hear from and I'm confident that the majority of them will reject me. A few posters here and on TGC have emailed departments to inquire about their status before they were contacted. I don't see anything wrong with this. If the department has made their offers and has put together their waitlist, it makes no sense to wait several weeks (or in some cases, months) to notify rejected applicants (our sanity is at stake here!). If you know of multiple acceptances and waitlists and you've heard nothing by late Feb. or early Mar., I think it's reasonable to inquire about your status.

I'm curious to hear what others think - when is the right time to call/email if you've heard nothing?
If the program hasn't sent out a generic e-mail to applicants that provides some timeline of notifications, it is okay to call or e-mail someone in the department to find out. The departments understand how stressful the wait can be and taking a minute to respond to an e-mail is worth the $50+ we pay in application fees. Just don't call them every week.
For those who applied to the Committee on Social Thought, I have unofficial word that they are greenlighted to accept 3 with full funding, aiming to have 2 of those matriculate, as well as accept 2 more with no funding for the first two years and the option for the next three. It also looks like the mid-March timeline is real, and earlier acceptances should not be expected.
I wonder when they are going to notify rejected applicants? Anyone who was accepted or waitlisted have any info on this?
Apparently all acceptances and all waitlisters have been notified. I have this on the best sort of authority.