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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'm curious- did anyone cite psychology, linguistics or some similarly relevant non-philosophy disciplines in their writing samples? If so, how did you do?

As we discussed, there are plenty of empirically-informed faculty around, but there's no guarantee, before applying, that it's one of those faculty that reads your paper. And if someone who dislikes that sort of philosophy is the one reading your paper...

Maybe I'm paranoid, but I played it safe and didn't cite cognate disciplines in my writing sample, even though I was tempted to.
My writing sample was interdisciplinary. About the first 14 pages are straight philosophy, that there is a 4 page section lending support from neuro and cog sci, then conclusion. I applied to programs that have strong empirical leanings...Been accepted to 3, rejected from 4.

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March 19 2010, 19:57:38 UTC 7 years ago

I don't really get it... I know of no half-decent philosopher who would automatically scoff at a relevant reference to empirical research. Even the philosophers who rely greatest on a priori methodology would OF COURSE be interested by empirical findings, provided they are genuinely relevant to the issue at hand. This is certainly the case in e.g. philosophy of mind. And indeed, any philosopher who looks down on references to work in other disciplines is just an idiot. Seriously, has anyone actually ever heard of that happening? ("Oh, I thought the argument was good, but that reference to the paper in Psychological Review... well, that was just disgusting! [WTF??!!])

Now, it is certainly true that there are many philosophers who don't themselves employ empirical research in their work. And there are also many philosophers who think that empirical research is often irrelevant to their concerns. But that's a far cry from automatically discounting papers that talk about empirical stuff simply because they talk about empirical stuff. I know of no case in which this has ever happened.

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March 19 2010, 20:00:52 UTC 7 years ago

I have several anecdotes to the contrary. I like your optimism though, and wish things were that way!

Of course, over time this is becoming better. We're better off than things were 10 years ago.

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Anyone have any inside information on when they might make decisions?
It seems like late into the game and TGC has them at 2nd week of March last year.
I have no idea if I've been accepted or rejected to UNM, but I did get an email addressed to "{#FirstName#}" inviting me to attend summer school. Has anyone else experienced this deeply personal dialogue with UNM?
I received the email also. I also got an acceptance letter from UNM today in the mail.
Hello: I just wanted to know all the schools out there that offer free application fees. Currently, I know that Vanderbilt, Loyola, Duquense, and this year Emory offered free application fees. Are their any others? What about schools outside of the States?

Also, what schools do not make you submit your GRE? I know that this is the case with MIT, Cornell, and most non-US schools. Any others here in the States?
Note well that Toronto does require GRE scores.

I think (?) that many UK apps are free.

Most Canadian apps are more expensive than many American apps (most are over 100).
has anyone been notified they've been waitlisted?
I have the same question... I haven't been rejected nor accepted. I wrote them asking about my status but I haven't get an answer. Anyone with more info?

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Saw this on TGC -- does it belong to anyone here? What did the letter say? I am tempted to go ahead and accept the offer I have, but I would like to hear *something* from Loyola, for closure's sake...
The TGC post was mine. I contacted Cutrofello a few weeks back and was told that I was on an official waitlist and would hear more in April. At the time he mentioned that there were 185 applicants and only 3 funded spots (he seemed to suggest that they may make some unfunded offers). Yesterday, I received a very generic letter from the Dean of the graduate school saying that I had been rejected...no other information.

Cincinnati

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March 20 2010, 00:51:26 UTC 7 years ago

Has anyone applied there? If so, have you heard anything?
I applied there last year and never heard anything, not even a rejection. I wrote an email inquiry to the DGS about my application status in April which was ignored.

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(If you have no idea as to what the title refers to, have a look here: http://community.livejournal.com/who_got_in/98287.html?thread=15288815#t15288815)

Firstly, let me share some aggregates from the poll. Of the 65 people who took the time to fill the poll out:

* 23 were mainly interested in M&E, 13 in Theory of Value, 11 in History of Phil, 8 in Phil of Sci/Maths, and 10 in other areas.

* 19 identified the prestige of their Bachelor's institution as '3,' 14 as '2,' 14 as '1,' and 18 as '0.'

* 6 had an overall GPA of 4.0 (another 6 had 1st class degrees), 20 had a 3.9, 11 had a 3.8, 8 had a 3.7, 4 had a 3.6, 3 had a 3.5, and 6 had an overall GPA lower than 3.5. (For some odd reason, 1 person decided to abstain.)

* 18 had a Phil GPA of 4.0, 23 had a 3.9, 11 had a 3.8, and 8 had a Phil GPA lower than 3.8 -- no one had a Phil GPA lower than 3.3. (5 people abstained here, some of which presumably were those who had obtained 1st class degrees.)

* 30 had a Master's degree. 14 of those identified the prestige of their Master's institution as '3,' 8 as '2,' 4 as '1,' and 4 as '0.' No one had a Master's GPA of 3.5 or lower.

Now, I have thus far only input 20 of the submissions into my spreadsheet, so I have nothing interesting to share about correlation coefficients yet. (Stay tuned for "The PSR, results, II.") However, here are some of my observations:

* Of the 20 submissions input, 15 listed their results for more than one school. Of these 15, 7 were shut-out, whereas 6 were accepted into at least one Top 20 program. (8 had Master's degrees.)

* All of those who were accepted into at least one Top 20 program had either 1) a high Bachelor's Phil GPA (4.0 or 3.9) from a prestigious institution ('3' or '2'), or 2) a cumulative GRE score of 1400 or greater -- 2 of the 6 satisfied both criteria.

* Of those who were NOT accepted into at least one Top 20 program, 4 (i.e., a little less than half) did not satisfy either of the above criteria -- none of the 9 satisfied both.

* Only 2 of the 8 people with Master's degrees were accepted into at least one Top 20 program, despite all of these Master's degrees being from prestigious institutions ('3' or '2') and the vast majority being completed with good GPAs (6 of the 8 had GPAs of 4.0, 3.9, or 3.8).

While I will upload my spreadsheet for all to see once it is complete, this may be a good time for those with particular statistics they're keen to hear to request them (this'll cause a little extra legwork for me, but that's OK -- I'm the one who's most familiar with my s/sheet, so it's easiest for me to work them out). However, please BE SPECIFIC in your requests. That said, don't take it to the extreme: I shall not bother providing school-specific statistics, but I don't mind 'peculiar' requests, e.g., "What was the average Quant GRE score of those accepted to at least one Top 5 program compared to those not?"
I'd be interested in any correlation between success + area and quality (gpa, gre, et.c). For example, is it "easier" for a values person to get admitted (just choosing a random area).

I'd like to see a fine-grained look at GREs- was 1400 the important thing, or was there evidence that one score was preferred.



Rejected from CUNY today via Postal Service. I'm officially shut out.

So long suckers!

Ass.

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Addicted

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March 20 2010, 15:13:23 UTC 7 years ago

Activity on this board is dwindling, I've got my results, yet I still find myself checking in 20 times a day. I need rehab...
I hear you.

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7 years ago

Did anyone else apply to Loyola Marymount? Their deadline was only this past Monday, but I'm hoping to receive some news this week.
Which Loyola Marymount?

Rutgers

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March 20 2010, 15:33:58 UTC 7 years ago

There's now two tgc reports of rejection and later being waitlisted- anyone want to elaborate on this?

I was just about to email my acceptance of another offer, but now stuff like this makes me hesitate... (even though the chance that they will do it is tiny and closer to nonexistant).
Entirely unexpected: I got a form (rejection) email from the graduate admissions office in February, and then yesterday I got an email from Jason Stanley claiming that the admission process is now completed and that I've been placed on the wait list. (My online status hasn't changed from "denied admission," though.) No info about odds, numbers, funding, etc. I'll admit I'm slight afraid to reply just in case there's been a terrible mistake.

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To all those who have been accepted to Purdue's Phil & Lit program-

Anyone heard any word about funding? I have gotten about an email a day with info about the school, setting up an email account, etc. However, no word on funding. Just wondering if anyone else has heard anything.

Thanks!
A heads up for all Brandeis master's applicants. I have it on excellent authority that the Brandeis admissions committee will meet this coming Thursday. I believe the first acceptance notifications will be made sometime after that and the first round of financial offers will be made as well. For those who haven't applied before the priority deadline of March 15th, there will be a second round and there is likely going to be a chance that people who applied after the priority deadline might get some sort of funding as well.

Marquette

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March 20 2010, 17:17:57 UTC 7 years ago

So what is the deal with Marquette? I have yet to hear anything. However, it appears that Marquette has sent out only one funded acceptance (according to TGC) and a few wait lists for funding. Is there really only one funded acceptance? Has anyone on the waitlist heard anything? And should I assume that no news is bad news at this point?
Well I received a rejection letter in the mail...so I would think that no news is good news, even at this point. :) Good luck!

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Anyone with an offer for funding at SPEL thinking of declining? I'm on the wait list for funding and am curious to know how good my chances are.
I know that one person (not me) fully funded at SPEL is definitely planning to accept. I don't know the total number of admits or waitlist folks, however.
I just got into New Schools PhD with 50% tuition remission. I will have an MA from BC this May. I am not terribly excited about NSSR, but I've had bad luck this season-- I'm waitlisted at Fordham and still waiting on Duquesne. Does anyone know if PhDs get better funding after the first year? Also, I had some sort of personal message on my acceptance letter-- slightly illegible- from Robert MacDonald, Director of Grad. Admissions-- seems to say ""Excellent work, you should be proud! "Good fit Come ... (cant make rest out-- could be "join us") Anyone else get a "special" note? [A phone call would have been a little nicer if they really wanted me... and better funding!]
Some tgc forum comments indiciated other people got the notes.

As far as I know, that funding doesn't get better.

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I was in the first wave of students sent an email about being on the waitlist. I'm trying not to infer too much from that fact because the email from Georges Rey wasn't particularly informative. Does anyone know about the ranking of the waitlist? How many of you acceptees plan on accepting the offer? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I've been accepted and probably am going to decline, though I won't know for sure until the 1st week of April.

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Tennessee

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March 21 2010, 17:38:22 UTC 7 years ago

So it looks like I'm likely headed to Tennessee for the next 5 years (accepted to Memphis, waitlisted at Vanderbilt - have other offers but so far they don't measure up to these 2)...any Tennesseans out there have any thoughts on what it's like to live there? I've traveled quite a bit, but I've never been to TN, or really, the South at all - and I've no idea what to expect.
Thanks for your thoughts / insight!
I love tennessee// I'm from California (LA and undergrad in Bay), I've lived in Minneapolis and Boston since then, and visited Eastern TN last May-- some of the best fun I've ever had (of course I get a kick out of delta blues and bbq-- so memphis would be my choice over nashville)

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Are you leaning heavily towards Emory? Are you pretty sure Emory is an unlikely destination for you?

Information about either case is much, much appreciated.

Please?
Has anyone been accepted off of any school's waitlist? If so, what school and what, if any, additional info did you receive from the department? Or, is it still entirely too early for these types of acceptances to be occurring?
Last week of March is typically when it begins to happen.
To the person who is waitlisted for Memphis: does it also say you're waitlisted on the website?
Is it acceptable/sensible to contact a professor while their institution is on spring break?

This "stages" of admission thing blows
Have you ever gotten an email while on vacation about something? Seriously, there's NOTHING wrong with sending an email. The worst that will happen is that they wait until they're back in the office to answer.
Well, I am still waiting to hear from BC. Anyone else in the same boat?
A friend has been accepted to BC and campus visits were last week. Not sure if this means they won't send out more offers

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