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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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Any one else here got this program on their radar? So far I've heard nothing.

Anonymous

February 22 2010, 23:08:48 UTC 7 years ago

VU is accepting 5 fully-funded students. 1 additional student receives funding by way of the "philosophy and theology" assistantship, which requires that a student take X amount of classes in theology, write a dissertation that speaks to both disciplines, and usually has a TA duties either in the writing center, as support to a prof, or Y or Z.

They made their decisions last week and, to my knowledge, everyone that has been accepted has been contacted. I believe that most of the waitlisted persons have been contacted as well. Regarding the phil/theo: they have made a decision; however, I do not know if the recipient will accept or decline.
Vu means Villanova?

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Have any of you received an email from JS with an offer yet?
Where else have you been admitted? Are you inclined towards accepting an offer yet? Tell us about yourselves.
and trying to get a sense of how long this list is. I see three on tgc and I make four. Anyone else out there waitlisted as well? Do you think you will accept the offer if you get one?

Anonymous

February 23 2010, 00:43:10 UTC 7 years ago

I got accepted today and was told they admitted 17 people, hoping for 9. Sounds like the decisions have already been made. However, they are phoning people, not sending a mass email so you may not have gotten your call yet. They started on Saturday it seems and I just got my call today.

Anonymous

February 23 2010, 00:44:15 UTC 7 years ago

where dude?

^is re Toronto

Anonymous

7 years ago

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7 years ago

Toronto Phil is making some moves, any word on the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology? TGC is mute.
I applied there last year and only got informed of my rejection on April 9 after I contacted them.
Seemingly, last year Rutgers made their acceptance calls on March 3-4 (tues-wed), and the waitlist posts started popping up on March 6 (fri).

For those of you still coming up 'no decision' on status check, come along on a magical journey of self delusion and desperation as we pass the next couple of days in ulcer inducing insomnia...

philosophy is fun!

p.s. does anyone ever actually turn down a Rutgers offer, anyway?
Definitely. There will be people who turn down offers probably anywhere. One of my fellow grad students (at my comparably PGR-ranked institution) turned down an offer from Rutgers to come here; I think some people turned down offers here to go to Rutgers and other comparably-ranked places (I got in here off the wait list, so somebody must have). Remember that the top places will often be admitting a lot of the same people, and those people can only accept one of their offers. Also, just because some place is more highly ranked than another place doesn't mean it's the best place for every individual, or that everybody will choose the more highly ranked place. Maybe you get into place X which is ranked in the top 5 overall, but place Y is way better for your primary interest area even though it's only ranked in the top ten. Or maybe it's in a location you much prefer, and your husband/wife/whatever lives there. It definitely happens. Otherwise these places wouldn't make more offers than they planned on taking (which even the very top places do). However, the question is whether more people than they anticipate will decline their offers, because that's when they'd go to the wait list. (Although they may anticipate going to the wait list anyway. Especially in recession years, they may make less offers just to be safe in case more people accept than they expect.)

Re: Constructive neuroticism...

Anonymous

7 years ago

ugh

Anonymous

February 23 2010, 02:55:18 UTC 7 years ago

starting to become heartily disheartened. haven't heard anything yet, so i'm assuming mostly bad news. thought i had *good* (i.e. not totally hopeless) chances given my stats: 3.8 GPA at an ivy-league leiter top 10 program. GRE 1450+, 6AW. 4 very strong letters (3 from very well known philosophers). my writing sample started as an A paper in a graduate seminar. i was later invited to be a commentator at a philosophy conference based on that paper. i spent 4 months reworking it, going through 6 drafts with input from some of my old undergraduate professors at every stage.

admittedly i applied mostly to most selective programs (almost all top 20). still, what the fuck do you have to do to get into these places?

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Anonymous

February 23 2010, 03:01:08 UTC 7 years ago

There's no set of actions that will get you guaranteed admissions to a competitive place (well, you could publish six articles in Analysis, I guess). There are way many more qualified applicants than spots.

Several factors that are totally out of your control might influence the results : balance of interests among their current students, who is busy advising other people and who wants to take on advisees, etc. Just keep in mind *how many* people are applying.

Toronto took their stats down I think, but a while ago their website mentioned 400 applicants last year and an entering class of 12 (and top leiter ivies are even harder). Once you have those hundreds of people applying, there's going to be people with numbers as good as yours, and samples better than yours. Luck becomes a factor.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Chris Weaver here, with a negative post about myself :)

Here are the places I was rejected from:

I was rejected by:

(1) MIT
(2) Arizona
(3) Indiana
(4) UChicago [most likely rejected here]

I expect to be rejected from:

(1) Pitt
(2) Wisc at Madison

All of the above departments are great programs. Congrats to those who got in there...I would have loved to go to MIT in particular.

Waiting to hear back from:

Harvard
Oxford
Princeton
Notre Dame
CUNY

Thanks for making yourself a bit vulnerable for the sake of the rest of us. Very classy move. :)

And congrats to you, too!

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7 years ago

Any info on number of applicants, other acceptances, timelines, etc?
The TGC post says it's for their Masters' Program. It seem odd to have an MA offer go out before PhD offers. Could this be Miami Ohio?

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Got home and saw the Rochester acceptances. Now I'm pissed I didn't check the PO Box on the way home. Hope I have time in the morning. And thank you TGC for generating useless anxiety. And thank you Rochester for not using technology.
I'm interested in where most of the people on this forum stand on the metaphysical issue of theism.

Post THEIST if you believe there is a God.

Post AGNOSTIC if you neither believe there is a God nor believe there is not a God.

Post ATHEIST if you believe there is not a God.

(The nature of "God" [Judeo-Christian, Prime Mover, Ground of All Being, etc.] is of course open to debate. Feel free to mention this in your answer.)

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Anonymous

February 23 2010, 04:53:58 UTC 7 years ago

THEIST

Logic, philosophy of science
So what's the protocol for contacting schools you haven't heard from? Should you wait until mid-March or would anytime now be appropriate?
I'd say it's appropriate after you know for sure that they have already accepted, waitlisted and rejected people.

You could make an exception if you have some special reason (you're going to be in the area on another visit, you're about to make a decision on some other school).
Who received an e-mail yesterday?!
That would probably be my post. I received the email Monday evening. Anyone else here admitted? Familiar with the department?

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Waitlisted for funding.
Yay! That's fantastic! Congrats!

So that whole you at Pitt, me at Penn thing could actually happen - haha!

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Anonymous

February 23 2010, 09:35:57 UTC 7 years ago

conceptual skeptic... conceptual clarification (logically) comes before existential questions.

whether this makes me an agnostic or an atheist doesn't really matter to me... atheism seems too dogmatic, yet i can't state any inclination to believe in a conscious deity.

interests: pragmatism, critical theory, metaethics, social philosophy

Anonymous

February 23 2010, 09:36:33 UTC 7 years ago

whoops, meant to post under the god thread.

Anonymous

7 years ago

sadrael

7 years ago

According to past records, both of them should issue their result soon. Is there anyone who knows about the situations of these two places for this year? For example, do they have financial crisis, and around how many people they are going to admit, etc.?
I'm waiting o hear from these two too...my UCL acknowledgement letter said I'd hear Feb 15 but nothing yet.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Today. Yale rejections (boo), Notre Dame acceptances.

What else?
Rutgers' system won't let me in. I'm wondering why. There is a number of possible reasons (at least given my current epistemic position):

1. Although I deem I know my birth date and my gender pretty well after all these years, and although I c&p'ed my RUID number, I made some mistake filling in the required data.
2. A technical problem with the website / my file.
3. Some change was made in my file. (Naturally, this is the most interesting possibility.)
4. The system can't take any longer my obsessive behaviour and has decided to put an end to it.

Did anyone else experienced the same phenomena and/or would like to participate in this unhelpful, pointless discussion?
try again, mine said 'no decision' last night and 'denied' this morning...ouch.

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7 years ago

There was a helpful thread a while back, but is there any new info?

I'm particularly interested in NIU, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, and UW-Milwaukee. Thanks!

If by 'buzz' you mean 'where to go' you should first specify your interests and goals. Presumably the second part of this is to get into a good PhD program. Even given that where you should go should depend on what you're interested in.

Re: Any buzz on MA programs out there?

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7 years ago

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Two days ago (Sunday) there was one post about UCLA. Does anybody know if anybody else has heard anything from UCLA, or whether they are done?
I don't know if they're done, but someone I know was just admitted to UCLA.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

It seems pretty common now that applicants and even faculty take it that there's a large amount of chance in admissions. That is, even if a student is well-qualified and even particularly well-suited to a particular set of programs, she may not get in because of fundamental flaws in the admissions process. This kind of skepticism about the capacity of the process to generally collect the most suitable applicants pervades this forum. However, while it's not surprising that such an attitude is prevalent given the psychological stresses associated with admissions, it's unclear why this view is so prevalent.

It seems like the main evidence offered that casts doubt on the process are cases where an individual, her letter writers, and friends all thought she was suitable for some set of programs but then she failed to be admitted to them (or got into some unexpected set of programs). But it seems obvious that the judgments of one's friends, self, and letter writers are clearly skewed. Notably this skewing doesn't simply shade the applicant's prospects to the better, though this is often the case, but instead indicates an expectation. But expectations are conditioned by all sorts of factors, many of which completely irrelevant to one's suitability to a certain set of programs. Indeed, it's analytic that the members of a faculty at a particular program are the one's whose judgments wholly determine what constitutes suitability for their own program. Hence, people should stop grousing about on how unfair things are, take their lumps, and look for something else to do.
^ Brought to you by the Thought Police: Optimism Dept.
Email this morning from Gerald Postema.
Congrats (!?), could you elaborate if the email was personal or to a suppressed list of recipients? Also, what time was the email?
Thanks!

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Anonymous

7 years ago