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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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Why is everyone here so obsessed with the Leiter Report and his Philosophical Gourmet list? From what I have heard, Brian Leiter himself is not the most trustworthy individual when it comes to unbiased representation of philosophical strengths. Just expressing some reservations on the fellow...
Subtle troll.

/popcorn

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7 years ago

For a variety of reasons, I couldn't take the GRE any earlier than today. I got 650V, 690Q (1340). I'm deeply disappointed, as I was expecting a score in the mid-1400s. How bad are these numbers, especially combined with a fair-to-middling GPA (3.3 overall, 3.8 phil)?
I don't think you need to be too disappointed. You did not score low enough to hurt yourself, and GRE's are probably the least important of the four big criteria of your app (GRE, GPA, writing sample, letters).

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December 6 2009, 02:37:27 UTC 7 years ago

Sooo...

Is anyone else having nightmares?

Anonymous

December 6 2009, 10:52:19 UTC 7 years ago

yes, big time! especially with all the news about philosophy departments cutting back on admittances (or suspending them altogether). it's never a good year for philosophy grad school applications, and i happen to be competing in what sounds like the worst ever :(

Anonymous

7 years ago

Hello all,

Stats:

Undergrad-
B.A. in Philosophy (Physics Minor) from an (practically) unknown
institution. GPA: 3.4, PHIL GPA: 3.8

Graduate-
M.A. from GRP Program. GPA: 4.0.

GRE-
Try #1: V:610 Q:730 A:4.0
Try #2: V:700 Q:650 A:4.0

LOR-
4 Strong Letters

Writing Sample-
Early Modern or HPS

Interests-
Philosophy of Science
Logic
Epistemology
Early Modern


The List:

Miami
Notre Dame
Pittsburgh HPS
Purdue
Rutgers
UC Berkeley
UC Boulder
UC San Diego
UI Chicago
UMD College Park
Chapel Hill
University of Iowa
Madison
Seattle
Western Ontario
Yale


Good Luck Everyone... This should be fun.
Which Miami are you referring to?

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December 8 2009, 18:13:34 UTC 7 years ago

This little one is going to be retaking the GRE on Thursday. Wish me luck!

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December 10 2009, 06:09:21 UTC 7 years ago

I hope it went well!

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Oh, and GREs are 720 VR, 710 QR, 6.0 AW.

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I was told it isn't worth reapplying to schools I was rejected from last year. Any thoughts about this advice?
well if your application is significantly stronger than it was last year, and you really want to go to those schools, then you should reapply.

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I am trying to decide between four papers for my writing sample.
Which is the best option:

a. Submit your best paper
b. Submit your best paper in your area of interest
c. Tailor your WS submission to the program's strengths






A+B+C

or

A

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I am posting this because I haven't seen anyone mention it yet. In case you are thinking of Duke, see the discussion from Leiter's blog below (particularly the comments). Duke may not be taking any students this year. If that's what they decide, they will refund your app. fee.

http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2009/11/schools-cutting-phd-admissions-because-of-budget-issues.html#comments

They've made the decision already. Duke isn't accepting anyone this year: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2009/12/duke-philosophy-suspending-phd-admissions-for-this-year.html
All applications finally in! Did anyone else have trouble writing the additional essay needed for the California (and some other) schools about barriers to access education? That was NOT fun! =)
Yeah, Michigan had that question too. I take it the basic purpose is to give some consideration to people whose grades, GRE, etc., might have been negatively affected by social/economic factors - that is, they might in fact be more qualified than some of their materials suggest. Or perhaps they're also using it as a roundabout way to do some affirmative action - get more disadvantaged minority/low-income students into programs where they're traditionally underrepresented. Of course, that means those who *haven't* really faced economic/social disadvantages don't have much to say in that section. Seems like a small price to pay, though, for an overall fairer (and possibly more meritocratic, depending on how it's used) admissions process.

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I'm not sure which comm I should ask this in. I'm only an undergrad but I'm planning to take the GRE next year and I'm researching programs now. I was just wondering if anyone knows about UPenn for grad school, especially from the people who are going there or applying. I'm mainly interested in Kant and aesthetics. I actually only became interested in applying there (in the near future) from using Paul Guyer's articles a lot in my papers.

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December 11 2009, 04:57:07 UTC 7 years ago

This little one retook the GRE today and scored a 1430!

Hey, question - what's up with this junior/senior GPA crap? Is that what I'm supposed to be listing? I'm confused.

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December 11 2009, 23:36:41 UTC 7 years ago

Great job! How much did it go up from last time?

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December 12 2009, 00:59:00 UTC 7 years ago

What's the difference (or should I say, differance - SNAP) between a Statement of Purpose and an autobiographical essay. I am supposed to write both for New School, and, to be honest, I'm terrified by what an autobiographical essay could mean.

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December 12 2009, 07:26:39 UTC 7 years ago

Is the autobiographical essay a part of the standard application for the school, or specific to the department. If it's the former, write whatever you want, I doubt the the ad comm will care at all.
How typical is it for applicants to PhD programs coming from an MA program to have multiple conference presentations?
Who knows?

But I wouldn't worry about it too much--other parts of the application (like the writing sample) will count for a lot more. My guess, for what it's worth, is that presentations at grad conferences are fairly typical and count for very little, whereas other presentations (like at the APA or at group meetings that aren't grad-only) are fairly rare and count for more (but still less than things like the writing sample).

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Anyone know what the admission stats are for NYU?

What does a successful candidate for admission look like for this school?
I can bench press a car, I'm an ex football star
with degrees from both Harvard and Yale
Girls just can't keep up, I'm a real love machine
I've had far better sex while in jail
I've designed the Sears Tower, I make two grand an hour
I cook the world's best duck flambe
I'll take the pick of the litter, girls jockey for me
I don't need these lines to get laid

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CV

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December 13 2009, 17:51:21 UTC 7 years ago

Is there a particular format for CVs that is preferred for grad applications? Am I supposed to list philosophy courses and grades, or can it just be degree, gpa, and work experience?

Thanks!

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December 13 2009, 19:16:16 UTC 7 years ago

Browse some philosophy department websites and look for a format that you like. Whatever you do, don't make the mistake of listing areas of specialization (should be areas of interest). List all schools attended, teaching experience, awards/honors received, and philosophy classes taken. Some choose to include grades, some don't. List publications and presentations as well, if you have them. Most important, don't feel bad if your CV is only one page long!

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I completed my undergraduate degree requirements from the University of Missouri back in 2004, and have spent the last five years having professional success, two children (and a wife) and attempting to grow up and learn more of the world and more importantly, myself. At the time I wasn't sure what path I would walk in my life, and after reaching an upper executive position at a major marketing firm, I resigned and decided to pursue my desires in philosophy.

This is where the challenges begin. My GPA is about 3.14, however it is much higher in the latter two years, and I have mostly A's in my Philosophy courses. I took three graduate level courses, and have an A, A- and B+ in them respectively.

I am fairly confident that I will be able to provide a top notch writing sample.

However, I have no idea how I will be able to get even a single letter of recommendation. I have begun the dialog with a number of old professors, and even though they remember me, they have had hundreds of students since. How will they be able to provide solid letters of recommendation?

This leads me to the larger question. How, in this overly competitive field, does a non-traditional student get acceptance? And isn't it foolish to create a system that inhibits those with actual experience and life-success from entering the fray? Have we really fallen so far from our philosophical roots, to forget the value and wisdom that only time and experience can bring?

Maybe I'll do a writing sample on that! But in all honesty, I am very discouraged with my chances of getting into any PhD program at this point because even with a great GRE and writing sample, the lack of letters will prevent my consideration.

Any help or guidance would be highly appreciated.
Given how competitive this process is, I'm a bit surprised that you quit your job before getting an acceptance. Most people don't even have a Plan B, and you had one of the best possible ones.
Just submitted my final application (to Cornell). My cheapest was Florida State at $35, and my most expensive was Yale at $95.

Total cost (including fees, GRE, postage, and transcripts): $1325--second largest single purchase I have made after my used pickup truck.

No one should have to apply to 15 schools to make sure they get in somewhere, but after last year's waitlist fiasco (5 waitlists out of 8 schools to which I applied, and not one funded offer), I felt like it was needed.

Who else has finished recently?
I feel your pain. I applied to 13 schools and figure the total cost was around $1100. The cost for each GRE report pissed me off more than anything.

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December 14 2009, 22:21:13 UTC 7 years ago

Is twenty pages (5,000 words) too long for a writing sample?

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December 14 2009, 22:27:42 UTC 7 years ago

The answer to this question is on various departmenal websites :)

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designate?

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Would anyone else be interested in a little moral support throughout this process? I thought we could share AIM names and talk a bit. My screenname is Wondershocked. I'm mainly interested in continental philosophy, but hoping to get some analytic perspective as well at graduate school.
Is anyone applying to Indiana University? How is the writing sample to be submitted? I can't find any useful information about this either on their website or on the online application.

Their website is also very confusing.
Leiter should include a ranking for easiest to navigate application processes. I am beginning to think that ridiculously confusing websites that require a scavenger hunt through their own pages and the graduate school website's pages to find out what to send and where to send it is a ploy to reduce applicant numbers.

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what's a good length for the statement of purpose? I've seen "200-500 words", and "1-2 pages, single-spaced" on different websites. So effectively, 200-1000 words! I'm at about 600 words now. Is that excessive?
Probably not, but it depends on what departments you're applying to. Some have stricter word limits than others.

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7 years ago

An application has a required section on "Research/Work experience" with the following:
"This section will capture your most relevant research experience, including, for example, a senior thesis, an independent research paper, or laboratory work."

I didn't have a senior thesis, or independent study, let alone relevant lab work! I did take a grad philosophy seminar and wrote a research paper. I also wrote a substantial research paper for a history honors course. I could enter those.

Is this probably just a graduate school requirement, something that the philosophy adcom won't even look at?
Does anyone know if, on the application, honestly listing all the other schools you're applying to affect admission prospects one way or the other?
I didn't do it. I don't think this is really a fair question to ask applicants. In any case, I don't see how it could really help your chances, but I could imagine scenarios where it might hurt your chances.

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Is it a good idea to have a cover page for the writing sample, clearly stating the course for which it was written, or the supervising professor?
I don't think so. It's a touch amateur.

Your introduction should make the issue clear, and I don't see that it matters who supervised the paper.

You *might* mention it in your PS in the following way. "I have developed an interest in X. For example, in my WS, a descendant of a paper I wrote for Prof. Y, I argue Z."

But if you use "descendant," make sure you don't mistakenly write "descendent"!

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