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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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I haven't seen this delicate topic mentioned yet: How do you inform your friends, family, and especially letter writers that despite all of the time, money, stress, passion, and work you've put into applying to graduate school for the not-always-practical degree in philosophy, you've been shut out?

It is a public shaming. FML
I second your sentiments. Though I have not been completely shut out yet, I feel that the chances of this happening are high since I only applied to four schools (due to a sort of personal crisis in December).

I am approaching it this way. I tell people that this has been a "valuable learning experience" (not really), that my application will be much better next year (actually true), and that I will grow a lot as a person in this next year (total lie). People just don't understand how ridiculously competitive academic philosophy really is. And even if we get into grad school, job prospects are horrific.

This is a skill we should all cultivate now.

Re: Ssssshut out....

Anonymous

7 years ago

There is nothing to say. They will never understand. I went through this last year and it was one of the lowest points of my life.

Next year is your only consolation.

Anonymous

March 16 2010, 19:35:40 UTC 7 years ago

How did you spend the time between admissions seasons? What can you recommend to likely shut-outs that would make a second round of applications feel like more than a re-rolling of the dice?

spaceorgy

7 years ago

om_philosopher

7 years ago

Anonymous

7 years ago

Just declined at UCSD, so hopefully that opens a spot up on the waitlist for someone.

I also just emailed NYU and UCLA, from whom I've heard nothing. My advisor told me I didn't get into NYU (apparently they share this information with each other), but I enquired to see if they have sent out all the waitlists already...just thought I'd probe and see what response I got (if any)...
I'm curious about the NYU waitlist too. In past years at least a few people on TGC have reported getting waitlisted by NYU about a week after acceptances went out, but so far this year no one has. Let us know what you find out.

Re: UCSD/UCLA/NYU

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: UCSD/UCLA/NYU

Anonymous

7 years ago

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Anonymous

7 years ago

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Anonymous

7 years ago

I've seen a few scattered MA acceptances. What about the PhD program? Any acceptances? Rejections? Waitlisters? I've heard nothing other than a vague promise on their website that "notification will most likely come in March."
i have been accepted to the Phd program there. got the notification a couple of weeks ago

anyone?

Anonymous

March 16 2010, 13:28:10 UTC 7 years ago

anyone heard from UWO, Macmaster, Laurier for MA?
Someone I know was accepted to UWO's MA some time ago.

Re: anyone?

Anonymous

7 years ago

So I received a Pitt (Department of Philosophy) waitlist notification yesterday (dated 02/25/2010). As with the notification that has been discussed previously, it is by James Allen and claims that the list "is not long". It also says "you are very highly placed on it."

One thing that worries me is that there have only been two acceptance posts on TGC but four waitlist posts. I wonder how many acceptances they sent out and how many people are on their waitlist. Also, to the other people who have been waitlisted: Do your letters also include the thing about being highly placed? I'm wondering whether they say this to everyone, since I think there are a few incentives to do this and other incentives not to do it.

And does anyone know whether Pitt tends to accept people off the waitlist. Is it true what the letter says, that "in the last several years it has been quite common for us to admit students initially placed on the waiting list"?

Also, is anyone thinking of declining Pitt? And how many of you on the waitlist would accept the offer if they got one? I would definitely accept since Pitt would actually be my first choice.
"I think there are a few incentives to do this and other incentives not to do it."

I think you're right. I'm not on the Pitt waitlist, but I'm on several others, all of which are (too) flattering, apologetic, etc. I think they're worried about not getting the cohort they want, so they do what they can to make waitlisters happy.

That said, their worry comes from the fact that yes, there really is a problem with them not getting the cohort they want. All the same people accepted to a certain few schools, and so on. It just means you might get the dubious privilege of waiting until April 15 to know what's going on ;).
What does it mean when I haven;t heard anything yet? This is my first experience with grad school apps. Nothing is available on line and no response from department contacts. Rejected since no communication?
that depends on where you applied. Some schools seem fair to assume that if you havent heard, you are probably out, but others not. good luck with the waiting, i know it can be painful

Re: I haven't heard anything!!!!!

Anonymous

7 years ago

Anonymous

March 16 2010, 15:32:45 UTC 7 years ago

Are you two mind sharing your home countries? I wonder if the application is related to one's nationality. And besides, what are your writing samples about? I think your status are really strong as an international students.

Cornell

Anonymous

March 16 2010, 15:37:09 UTC 7 years ago

To the other poster who hadn't heard anything from Cornell either- I just called the department, and they told me that they've already sent out all of their e-mails; meaning, if I didn't get an acceptance, I wasn't accepted.

So, what I'd like to know is, how/why did we get left off the rejection e-mail? Please post if you get a different response to that e-mail you sent.
Just received a response from Cornell stating that I was not offered admission. It seems that no response equals rejection at this point.

UWM Admit

Anonymous

March 16 2010, 18:07:00 UTC 7 years ago

Can anyone claim the TGC post? What info do you have??!
Thanks!
hey, I was the poster. I got an email from the department saying that they were recommending me for admission, but that I was on the shortlist for a TA-ship. They provided some graduate students' emails and their interests for us to contact to answer questions and stuff. Besides that, not much else.

Undecided right now as to whether I'll accept.

Re: UWM Admit

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: UWM Admit

pure_becoming

7 years ago

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Anonymous

7 years ago

If there is anybody out there who is planning to decline Stanford please post something here about your decision. Please!
I think I will. But I will make my final decision in (at very most) 2 weeks. Hope this helps!

Re: Declining Stanford?

Anonymous

7 years ago

Has anyone been waitlisted at BC? Do they even have a waitlist?
What is up with that Western Ontario email?

et tu BU?

Anonymous

March 16 2010, 20:40:43 UTC 7 years ago

It seems like so long ago that I navigated your third rate web page...you are seemingly the last of the group... are you timid? How will you end my application season?

Love,

Cornelius Cheesecake
They have pretty early deadlines for us (Dec. 1 to Jan. 15), but they indulge themselves with a god damn April 15. What the hell is going on with the whole thing? I am from abroad, and though I know this well several years ago, I still feel a very big "culture shock" when experiencing it. How many hours do they spend on our applications every week? Do they assume that applicants can just go for vacations from Jan. to April? I want to know whether I need to re-work the god damn application now (I am not shut out, but I have started to re-work it last month, though)! Not expecting real answers for these; just really angry.
This is a pretty dumb comment. The April 15 deadline protects the applicants, not the departments — once they extend us an offer, they have to hold it open until April 15. So applicants aren't under pressure to make up their minds prior to knowing what their options are going to be.

A few departments are slow to make decisions, but that's hardly a criticism of the whole system.
Just put an end to this already... We're in the second half of March, for crying out loud.
This goes for CUNY, Miami, and Syracuse, too.

Re: Come on Virginia

Anonymous

7 years ago

http://philosophersanon.blogspot.com/2010/03/incoming-student-visit-donts.html

Memphis

Anonymous

March 17 2010, 08:40:53 UTC 7 years ago

Did someone decline an offer at Memphis?
I was one of the original three accepted to Memphis, and I have not declined my offer. I should have my final decision by April 5th. I hope this helps.

Re: Memphis

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: Memphis

patchchloe

7 years ago

How many you you lucky and amazing applicants who got at least one accpetance to a PhD program do NOT have an MA in philosophy?

I'm idly curious how true it is that ever-increasingly an MA in philosophy is needed to gain acceptance. I for one, have an MA in a related field, and, while the jury is still out, I do not expect admission from a PhD program (but have made it into some MAs).
I was accepted to a reach school, a mid-ground school, and one fall back, all with funding. Rejected from 10 others, wait-listed at 2, and accepted to one masters program. I do not have a Masters.

Re: BA vs MA roll call

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: BA vs MA roll call

Anonymous

7 years ago

To those of you accepted to NSSR-- did you receive an e-mail in addition to your letter?
Also, to ppl rejected- did you receive an e-mail informing you that decisions were mailed out?

Thanks
I was accepted and did not receive an e-mail. They fed-ex-ed the package to my doorstep.

Mcmaster

Anonymous

March 17 2010, 14:33:20 UTC 7 years ago

Anyone received offers from Mcmaster (MA)? I've heard some rejections went out in early March

UCSB

Anonymous

March 17 2010, 15:32:46 UTC 7 years ago

Anyone have any info on where they are in the process? No response to email inquiry, and they're getting close to going on break, so I have to imagine they're close to making final decisions on people who weren't nominated for university fellowships.

Re: UCSB

Anonymous

March 17 2010, 17:45:01 UTC 7 years ago

I spoke to someone in the department two ago and she said that the department committee has not yet met. I would guess, then, that information about departmental funding won't be available for another couple of weeks.

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7 years ago

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Hope this helps someone out.
So I still haven't heard anything from Berkeley. I know many acceptances and rejections have been made. That's why I e-mailed the department last week. No response. Is anyone in a similar situation? Would it be rude if I e-mailed them again?
I still haven't heard either.

Re: Berkeley limbo

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: Berkeley limbo

Anonymous

7 years ago

Would someone be willing to contact UWM (that means Milwaukee) and find out if the people who haven't heard are automatically out of contention for admission (not including waitlist)??

I emailed them after the first admission result was posted and posted the info here for everyone. I'm afraid to contact them only a week later, I think it looks bad.

So...please? And thank you!