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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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Also, how many others out there are on the wait list? Just trying to gauge my chances.
If you don't mind my axing, how were you informed that you're waitlisted? Did you inquire about your status or were you sent an unsolicited email?
While at a prospective visit, it is very likely that you will be sitting down one-on-one with the faculty members who are candidates for being your advisor, if you should decide to attend. I know there have been posts for sharing questions to ask about departments in general. But does anyone have suggestions regarding questions to ask the specific faculty members you are interested in working with?
-Are you crazy?

-Will you ignore me for months while I'm dissertating, then tell me I need to rewrite several chapters?

-Are you crazy?

-Do you plan to be on leave within the next five years?

-Are you crazy?
Hi! I have been having really bad luck and my three choices are the BC MA and the MAPH and the MPSS, all pretty much unfunded (I got $15,000 for the MPSS but it costs $60,000 and I certainly can't pay $45,000).
Is the problem you have really with BC or is it just with Continental philosophy in general (problem in the sense of getting into good PhD programs). I don't know if I should just decline all 3 options and try again to PhD programs next year, or if I should gather some debt for the MA. What you said earlier does not bode well, so I'm just trying to get all the info I can. Thanks!
Hey-- I have no problem with Continental philosophy; I couldn't study philosophy any other way (I have a BA in phil from from a leiter top 10; find mind/language interesting, but could never spend my life studying analytic; I'm receptive to certain strains in Continental thought, have insights in these domains, and would love to opportunity to conduct funded research at the PhD level).

My problem, or The problem is one that I think several other people on this board have expressed (as well as most of my peers in the field)-- that is, Continental is a marginalized area of study in the US, there are only a dozen or so schools that conduct such research and that guarantee some amount of success on the job market. Whether the Analytic scholars would like to admit it or not, there is an extremely competitive set of schools where one can rigorously research Continental thought. Correctly reading Hegel, Lacan, Horkheimer, Derrida, etc and articulating meaningful thought on the themes brought up by such thinkers is not easy. Given the scarcity of departments that seriously engage in such practice, admission to these schools is extremely competitive- especially right now. Many departments are taking fewer students due to financial pressure. (This is my problem with the state of academic philosophy in the US-- not with continental philosophy as a practice)

Regarding BC
I know many former MA students at BC who are quite brilliant but have had no luck getting into one of these schools. My cohort right now is having an extremely difficult time getting into these schools.

I have learned much at BC, but it has been costly- I'm in the hole abouot $45k. (On top of that the department itself is slightly dismissive of MA students, but that's not exactly the problem). BC does place several students at good PhD programs each year, however-- several out of 20 or so (there are about 50 or so MA students, a large amount-- a cash cow really). Studying at BC will certainly allow you to improve your CV; you will learn a lot if you take the appropriate courses (there is some fluff here, but its easily avoided-- most classes are quite challenging). But- its not exactly a warm environment to do so, and there is no guarantee that you will get into a PhD program once you complete your MA.

I honestly don't know what to tell you other than that. Unfunded grad school in general I think is not a great plan... I wish you luck. I remember having these same thoughts a few years back, but I went ahead with it all anyway...


"I know now what I knew then
But I didn't know then what I know now"



UBC

Anonymous

March 12 2010, 06:26:53 UTC 6 years ago

accepted to the MA program with half-TAship for the first year.

Re: UBC

Anonymous

March 13 2010, 02:36:46 UTC 6 years ago

(OP here) I'm wondering if anyone can help me with the following part of the email I received from UBC's graduate advisor:

"We can only offer fellowship support up to the level that we can guarantee to fund. Thus, to this point, we cannot offer you any more financial aid. We are hopeful that over the next few weeks more funding will become available."

Basically, I'm not sure whether I should get my hopes up about getting more funding...

Re: UBC

Anonymous

6 years ago

Re: UBC

ttuphilosopher

6 years ago

I have it on good authority that a scholarship committee is due to meet in the next few days (possibly even today), meaning that at least some of the BPhil funding decisions will be made soon. Good luck to anyone who is in the running - I've withdrawn myself from consideration.
I can confirm that this is indeed the case. (I have been nominated for funding by the department, probably as the above poster has as well.)

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

So, I got rejected from Stonybrook's PhD a while ago, so they said they sent my application to the MA program. I haven't heard a thing since, but this morning I got an email about their Philosophy and the Arts conference, which they forwarded to "prospective students". Did anyone else get this email?
Same thing happened to me.

Re: SUNY Stony brook

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6 years ago

Re: SUNY Stony brook

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6 years ago

Re: SUNY Stony brook

Anonymous

6 years ago

Who's going? Which day (March 31 or April 1)? Where are you from? Just curious who I might be meeting there.

I'm going, not sure which day, and I'm from DC.
Did you receive a visiting day notification e-mail from Prof. Richard Bett? Even though I got accepted to Johns Hopkins U, I did not have any information about JHU's visiting day schedule till now. Thanks.

Re: Hopkins Visit Days...

Anonymous

6 years ago

Re: Hopkins Visit Days...

Anonymous

6 years ago

Went to validate my email, and Livejournal said the validation email was sent, yet I have yet to receive said email. Anyone else have trouble with this? If so, how was this problem solved?
Try checking your spam/junk folder. Maybe it was diverted there.
Just to (once again) confirm what has already been said: all offers of admission to Harvard have been made.

I called the department. I want closure, dammit! ;)
Hi guys,

Anyone admitted from the second round to NIU? I got word from the a long time ago that, although I was not a first round admit, my application was "alive and well in the department" and that they "looked forward to contacting me with more information". That was like 3 weeks ago.

Has anyone who was NOT admitted in the first round of emails since been admitted?
I was in this situation two years ago and they didn't notify me that I was admitted, "second round", until April 11th. In other words, if you are not admitted first round, you've been waitlisted and probably won't hear anything until either enough initial admits decline or enough accept, in which case you're out.

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6 years ago

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NSSR

Anonymous

March 12 2010, 19:17:19 UTC 6 years ago

Has anyone harassed NSSR yet?
Any info on the current status?

Also-- have people you have been accepted in previous years always received an e-mail concurrently with a postal letter, or has it ever happened that the sole form of notification of an acceptance has been a letter?

Just Curious
haven't heard anything; not expecting funding even if accepted since, according to gradcafe, they already accepted 1 student w/ full funding (they only give out that package to one student a year is my understanding)

Re: NSSR

Anonymous

6 years ago

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parapraxis21

6 years ago

I thought the choice was obvious but I'm not too sure now. I talked to Scarantino and he really wants me to attend GSU. I was thinking of spring boarding from Urbana Champaign after 2 years though. I guess a lot of people do that. Any thoughts?
If you were planning on leaving UIUC anyway, then maybe GSU is the way to go.
I emailed the department (as I mentioned earlier, I want closure!) and was informed that a first round of acceptances has been made (which we knew), but they are reserving the right to make a second round. However, this basically never happens. So, if you haven't heard, your chances of admission are "unlikely".

They had 200 applications for less than 20 spots.

Guess what this means? I'm done waiting! And damn, that's a good feeling.

Good luck to y'all!
Phil Kremer told me the same thing about the MA. Second round possible, but extremely unlikely.
I just called the department. The person on the other end reported that letters were sent out today... but didn't have access to a list of admitted candidates, a la DePaul. So if you're still waiting for news, you should probably receive it sometime in the next week or so via a letter (...I think they send both acceptances and rejections by snail mail, strangely enough).

This is the only Ph.D. program I have yet to hear from. Well, other than Chicago, but at this point, I'm definitely either rejected or MAPH'd, so... yeah.
Thanks for doing this; I think that UNM is my last hope. I'm 0/6, but really 0/10 (haven't heard from Vandy, Penn State, BC, or Kentucky & this pretty much gaurantees rejection).
This narrows it down to BU (yeah right!) and UNM (pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease).....

Re: Update on UNM

Anonymous

6 years ago

Re: Update on UNM

Anonymous

6 years ago

Anyone have any insider info as to what is going on there?

Should we expect to hear soon?

If we haven't been rejected, is there a good chance we'll be expected?

I'm dying over here.
* by "expected", I meant "accepted."

Re: Columbia - What's the deal?

Anonymous

6 years ago

Re: Columbia - What's the deal?

Anonymous

6 years ago

Just got an e-mail in response to an inquiry - though "a few" have gotten offers, the faculty is still reviewing apps to see about a waitlist. I *think* that means all initial offers were made. The email indicated that decisions on that list would be made by late next week. Of course, that seems to mean UCLA takes a month to do up a waitlist...
thanks! good work

Rochester

Anonymous

March 12 2010, 22:23:42 UTC 6 years ago

I still haven't heard from Rochester. Does anyone have data on how many acceptances they made and whether there is a waitlist?
I am in the same boat with you. Good luck!

Re: Rochester

Anonymous

6 years ago

Hearing nothing from half a dozen programs.


http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2010/03/deciding-betwee.html

Don't feed the beast.

Re: Leiter on Graduate Admissions

Anonymous

6 years ago

CUNY

Anonymous

March 13 2010, 00:18:32 UTC 6 years ago

Just emailed them and got the following response: "We are still making final decisions on this end. At the moment, you are on a wait-list for admission and a fellowship. I hope to have more information for you in a week or so." I presume the reply is not refering to the "decline and accept from waitlist" process, for at this point it would be too early for that ("in a week or so"). Rather, it means that the offers have not been sent out (and this fits the data from TGC). But I am not sure. I am not a native speaker, so I may misunderstand the subtlety here. Any one could help with this?

Re: CUNY

Anonymous

March 13 2010, 16:11:48 UTC 6 years ago

It is difficult to tell exactly what is being said, but I think you're right about it not referring to the "decline and accept from waitlist" process. My guess is that they are still firming things up - in other words, they are pretty certain that their list of accepted students is final, but maybe they need to wait to find out if their department can get enough funding for all of the students they wish to accept? So you could be a student they wish to accept with funding, but they need to determine first if they have the funding to make the offer. Best of luck!

Re: CUNY

Anonymous

6 years ago

Columbia

Anonymous

March 13 2010, 02:05:49 UTC 6 years ago

Just got an email telling me to check my status online. Rejected. Oh well.
Same here
Anyone here planning to do philosophy of science? Which science?
Which schools are you getting into?
Which schools are you not getting into?

I'm now officially rejected at Harvard and Columbia. I wonder if this has to do with my proposed concentration (phil bio), or with other aspects of my application. Thoughts?

I specialize in the metaphysics of science, particularly foundations of statistical mechanics (causal explanation in SM), and causation simpliciter.

I'm probably headed to Rutgers, though I have choices.

Rutgers Faculty Relevant to this Specialization:

Tim Maudlin
Barry Loewer
Jonathan Schaffer
Dean Zimmerman

Re: Philosophy of science?

Anonymous

6 years ago

Re: Philosophy of science?

Anonymous

6 years ago

Memphis

Anonymous

March 13 2010, 04:30:20 UTC 6 years ago

I just checked my status on the U. of Memphis website and it says "Decision: Please Contact Admissions Office." They don't list an e-mail so I guess I'll have to wait until Monday to call. Does anyone else have this on their page? What do you think it means?
Interesting. Mine still has no decision, but I assumed that my chances were pretty much 0 at this point.

Re: Memphis

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6 years ago

Re: Memphis

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6 years ago

Who here still hasn't heard anything from Columbia?

One.

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6 years ago

Re: Columbia survivor count, pt 2

Anonymous

6 years ago

Asked to be taken off the wait list. I was in the top 5. This was painful, but hopefully, someone will get good news.