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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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Hope this helps someone.
Hooray. Score one for the waitlisters like myself! Congrats on having better offers than OSU.
Mail came today, still no rejection, hope is glimmering. I'm thinking of contacting the department tomorrow to see what's up. But maybe the mail is just slow? Inquiring and being shot down hurts more than a regular old reject and I don’t want to endure additional pain. So if you don't mind sharing, has anyone living in the southeastern USA received a rejection letter?
Hey. I'm not sure you should get your hopes down yet. I've heard NOTHING from CUNY and I live in New York City. So, it looks like they have not finished communicating their decisions.

Re: Question for CUNY Rejects

Anonymous

7 years ago

I just declined a funded position at VT. I hope it passes to one of ya'll.
Except for an apparent early admittance, you are now the LAGGIEST PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT IN THE STATES
How weird was that? We are of course rejected aren't we? I almost find it funny, except because it's tragic.

Re: did you get Jim Pryor's e-mail?

Anonymous

7 years ago

Was waitlisted for funding. Not sure where I was on the waitlist, though.
Thanks. I hope you were higher up than #10 (my spot). :)

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Anonymous

March 25 2010, 03:54:33 UTC 7 years ago

I'm a little late to the game, and haven't read the whole post, but the initial statement strikes me as very ill-informed. As I noticed the poster accuses someone of not actually questioning the veracity of the claims, I'll do a little bit of that here (though, as I said, I haven't read the whole thread, so for all i know someone has already made these points).

First, Gil Harman is great--eccentric, sure; but extremely helpful and supportive. Always has his door open and is up for drop-bys at any time. Responds quickly to work.

"Nepotism is a regular occurrence within the department"--true, can't really argue with that, but it strikes me as a bit overblown. Currently Tom Kelly and Sarah McGrath are married, but they didn't get together until they were both already at Princeton; Delia Graff Fara and Mike Fara are together though (a) they were both hired at the same time from Cornell, (b) they're both brilliant, and (c) Mike is now a first year med-student at Cornell; Sarah-Jane is married to Mark Johnston, but (see below) it's unclear when they got together; and, yes, Liz Harman is the daughter of Gil Harman. So, there are certainly faculty members who are linked by blood and marriage but it doesn't strike me as obscene and certainly doesn't in any way seem to be a reason not to come to Princeton. Furthermore I find the mention of Alexis Burgess odd--he's brilliant; are you suggesting somehow his acceptance or reception of the phd was in any way ill-deserved (it's not like we hired him)

(2) Affairs between faculty and graduate students. It is well known that Mark Johnston had an affair with Sarah Jane Leslie while she was a graduate student.

Firstly, that's not 'well-known'. Though it's true they are married now, the timeline and details of that relationship are in no way well known.

The ensuing pregnancy and miscarriage led the Princeton faculty to give her a professorship.

S-J was hired *before* the miscarriage (and, in fact, before the pregnancy). She was hired as an instructor in '06 and professor in '07. The miscarriage and pregnancy occurred after both these events. So, say what you want about the issues of SJ's and Mark's relationship, but don't make the ridiculous and incredibly offensive claim that the pregnancy and miscarriage had any role in the faculty's decision.

In most cases, degree-granting institutions don't offer professorships to their graduates.

In most cases, yes. But not all. As far as I know, we've done that with SJ and Paul Benaceraff (and I challenge anyone to question the wisdom of the latter decision). How on earth that would constitute a reason not to come to Princeton is beyond me.

This sort of moral flexibility from a department can be frustrating to grad students at Princeton like me who are doing everything right. They're ranking us the whole time and not on a wholly objective basis.....

I find it incredibly frustrating that a current grad student at Princeton would anonymously post something like this, which has broad reaching effects beyond just 'informing prospectives', when it's based on several dubious claims and exagerrations

Anonymous

March 25 2010, 07:05:41 UTC 7 years ago

I DONT SEE WHY PEOPLE ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT ALL THE HOOKIN' UP GOIN' ON BETWEEN THE FACULTY AND STUDENTS AT PRINCETON PHILOSOPHY. IT JUST SHOWS THEIR SERIOUS COMMITMENT TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF ACTION....


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'nepotism'

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I know this has been raised before but I'm trying to figure out how many people have yet to hear from UCLA.
If you haven't heard from UCLA (and applied there) would you please kindly chime in for a head-count? (I'm ONE)
Alternatively, if you've been wait-listed there, could you please say so too.
Thanks!

Re: UCLA no decision-ers

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: UCLA no decision-ers

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Re: UCLA no decision-ers

Anonymous

7 years ago

Anyone declining New Mexico?
For all you out there on the wait lists...

I turned down a funded position at NIU today, as well as admission to Houston. I'll be taking myself off the wait list at UWM too.

will be declining the MA at NSSR. hope that helps someone out.

Re: ma decisions

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: ma decisions

smachel27

7 years ago

How many of us are still waiting on CUNY?
Let's have a head count: ONE
TWO

Re: CUNY?!!!?!!!

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: CUNY?!!!?!!!

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: CUNY?!!!?!!!

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: CUNY?!!!?!!!

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: CUNY?!!!?!!!

Anonymous

7 years ago

Duquesne

Anonymous

March 26 2010, 02:02:14 UTC 7 years ago

I was wait-listed at Duquesne today, has anyone else heard anything?
I was accepted to the Masters program today.

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myprotagonist

7 years ago

Re: Duquesne

Anonymous

7 years ago

Where the fucking hell are the decisions? They are so so much later than every other school (it seems).

I'm really loosing it. I just want a non-waitlist response from someone. For once.
It seams to me that you're impatience is unjustified considering they're late deadline.

Re: Soo...Brandeis is being terrible

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Re: Soo...Brandeis is being terrible

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Re: Soo...Brandeis is being terrible

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Re: Soo...Brandeis is being terrible

Anonymous

7 years ago

Finally!

Anonymous

March 26 2010, 04:30:25 UTC 7 years ago

I applied to Ph.D programs in 2008, was lucky enough to get into a good program, and now occasionally check this site out for its entertainment value (I assure you, it's funny when it's not happening to you). Why do I check it out? Because I like to see the exact moment when everyone's stress boils over and people just start posting batshit crazy things. Even better- people are too stressed (and addicted to checking/posting) to ignore it, so they engage the crazy. They examine the crazy from new angles. They consider its logical entailments. They print it out, put it under their pillows, and cry themselves to sleep at night wondering why an omniscient, omnibenevolent God would allow such an awful human being to get a funded offer at a Leiter-5 (because, after all, the poster said he was a grad student there...).

The people my year went nuts (myself included!). Same with the next year. And now you've all lost your shit. Thank you for giving me the human drama I so eagerly await every Spring.

Oh, and Good luck!

I should be more clear- I'm referring to the Princeton nonsense.

Re: Finally!

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: Finally!

Anonymous

7 years ago

Just curious - were your acceptances in response to email inquiry? I'm especially curious about the MA acceptance.
I'm the one who was wait-listed and they just e-mailed me. I think the person who was accepted to the MA said it was by e-mail, but I'm not sure...

Re: Duquesne posts on TGC

Anonymous

7 years ago

IDEA

Anonymous

March 26 2010, 05:43:37 UTC 7 years ago

It seems that a lot of current grad students, as well as MA students who are in the application process, and in some cases undergrads like me, could really be helpful with the whole decision process. For example, I come from the University of Colorado. I can tell you that the faculty is so accessible and friendly that I know the names of their children and/or dogs and will likely remain in contact with several of them as the years pass. Not that they are not serious academics either, just that I was never brushed aside as a student, and was almost always able to find times to meet with professors and talk about my work, the class, philosophy in general, applying to graduate school, or whatever else. Any experience I have with classes and such is from an undergrad perspective, but maybe there is something helpful there for students who are considering CU.

In exchange, maybe someone has something to say about the schools they are coming from? Anything that might be important for those of us who are trying to narrow their decisions down to only one school.... I am considering 5 schools, and sometimes I wish I could just go to each for a year, so that I don't miss out.... (no, really that sounds like a terrible idea)

In any case, if you are a graduate student somewhere, or an undergrad, and would like to say something about your school, maybe this would be a good place to do so.
just an idea.
I have just turned down funded MA offers from Simon Fraser University (TA & Fellowship), Texas Tech University (TA), and University of Houston (TA). I sincerely hope that this benefits some hapless (albeit worthy) waitlisters. Houston particularly has an underrated MA program and it was painful to turn it down. Within the next couple of weeks a funded place at either Milwaukee or GSU will also open up as I will have to turn down one of those two offers.

-So and so
Particularly because most of these MA classes are quite small, it's weird to think that I'll soon be meeting some of the people from this board in the flesh.
I am currently in my second semester (unfunded) at one of the recommended MA programs, but am not happy with the program. I am thinking about applying to transfer to the initial MAs that I applied to but was rejected from a year ago. I am wondering if I am more competitive now with a year of philosophy done and with an improved GRE score and writing sample, or if there is something I am not considering. Does it look bad to transfer from one MA to another?

Any thoughts on advantages and/or disadvantages to applying? Anyone done that here? Did you get admitted?
I think it's always seen as slightly sketchy to transfer from PhD to PhD, and you need a good reason (adviser moving, radically changed interests, etc.). I suspect it would be even more looked down upon to transfer between MAs- after all, they're so brief. Whatever problem you have must be significant, if you can't just make it through another year.

Pittsburgh

Anonymous

March 26 2010, 19:59:22 UTC 7 years ago

Declined Pittsburgh today. Hope this helps someone get in from the waitlist!
Pitt philosophy of HPS?

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7 years ago

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Re: Pittsburgh

Anonymous

7 years ago

I just accepted an offer from Memphis. I will be calling Kentucky, Oregon, Marquette, and Catholic to inform them of this decision. I hope this helps anyone still on wait lists for these schools. Good Luck.
Congrats! Were you one of the visitors last week? I was - and I thought that the people there were pretty great. I'm still undecided, but think you made a great decision!
http://philosophersanon.blogspot.com/2010/03/declining-your-offer.html
Ha! I just clicked over to WGI to post this. It certainly stifled my inclination to write a few ironic e-mails declining acceptance.
I know this is a philosophy board and all... but has anyone heard anything from STS at Cornell? I see that someone just posted a rejection on TGC, but that post says they received an email on Feb. 10. Anyone have any details?
Is it out of line to state reasons (obviously not criticisms or weaknesses of the department) when declining an offer? I ask because I've had plenty of contact - all extremely friendly and positive - with a few professors at a school that I'm going to decline, so I somehow feel unable to write a "form" email.

I'd like to add that I'm under no delusions of self-importance to think that my declining the offer is going to come as a crushing blow to the dept. It's just that I feel kinda bad after more than a month of keeping them waiting and expressing enthusiasm for their program (I was an early acceptance with fellowship).
do you think the programs that rejected you are feeling the same way?

Re: Declining offers...

Anonymous

7 years ago

UCL?

Anonymous

March 29 2010, 02:44:48 UTC 7 years ago

Has anyone received a UCL rejection? I haven't heard anything either way...

Re: UCL?

Anonymous

March 30 2010, 01:56:34 UTC 7 years ago

I emailed them about two weeks ago.
They told me they are processing it. But I have yet received it.

GSU

Anonymous

March 29 2010, 04:31:45 UTC 7 years ago

Just declined my offer to GSU. Hope this helps.

Re: GSU

Anonymous

March 29 2010, 05:24:20 UTC 7 years ago

Are you "so and so"?

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