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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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It's often said that you get in based on the strength of your writing sample. I got in, and apparently people liked it, but I feel like I've barely been taught to write. I'm curious about how my fellow future grad students write, and when or how they have been taught. My education can basically be summed up as follows:

9th grad English teacher: Slam out a really rough draft early on and edit it a lot.
1st year TA: You use a lot of quote; I like that.
i've always found argumentative papers easier to write than others (whether its medievalmetphysics or 20th century mind/language)... analyze an argument, mince words... can be exhaustive but its pretty mechanical... interpretive papers, now that's another thing, and usually requires at least one period of sustained isolation (3-4 days/nights using various chemicals to stay *up*... usually my most creative work comes out in this fashion) then a good period of editing my insights... What are interpretive papers? Didn't really do them 'till I started doing graduate work-- but an example title "Ontology and Re-spiration: On language and the tonality of Geist in Hegel's Logic." Also, many of my insights come hard psychadelic drug use. Then I spend months articulating them. I'm curious how many other philosophers are users of this variety...
I expect some blacklash "you don't need drugs to do philosophy" etc.. true.. makes for boring philosophy in my book...

Re: How do you write?

Anonymous

7 years ago

What do people think about transferring out of a low ranked PHD program after two years to a higher ranked one. Has anyone ever done it?
Yes, it's been done. Some actions to consider taking:

(1)Tell your low ranked program, before accepting, that you might want to transfer later.

(2) Ask the people who will be writing you letters if they are comfortable with your transferring.

It can be done, but don't burn bridges.

Re: Transfer out of PHD Program

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: Transfer out of PHD Program

Anonymous

7 years ago

OK, let's get organized about this Brown stuff... at 12:38 PM EST I count 5 acceptances and 6 wait-listers (including myself).

If there is any more information to be discussed (more notifications, accepted students considerations of accepting or declining admission, etc), let's try and keep it conveniently under one thread.
Aaargh I haven't heard a thing yet... possibly because my surname begins with a letter towards the end of the alphabet.

Marquette

Anonymous

March 1 2010, 17:45:18 UTC 7 years ago

Details on the tcg post? Thanks and congrats! Has anyone else heard from them?
That was me! (I responded to the last Marquette section that I too had applied)
I got the phone call this morning from Dr. Vandevelde. I was too excited to ask how many people and all that news, sorry. Though he said there was a packet in the mail with a bunch of info and that I can email him any questions I had so perhaps there will be more helpful info then. I am so thrilled because so far all I have received is rejections.

Re: Marquette

Anonymous

7 years ago

UNL

Anonymous

March 1 2010, 17:47:36 UTC 7 years ago

Anyone hear from Nebraska last week? Word on the street was that they were going to make funding decisions the last week of February.

Re: UNL

Anonymous

March 1 2010, 18:11:41 UTC 7 years ago

Not a word here. Maybe later today, or this week? Probably soon?
If I haven't been notified one way or the other by Harvard, can I assume I've been rejected?

Re: Harvard

Anonymous

March 1 2010, 20:18:55 UTC 7 years ago

I think many of us are in the same boat. And I think we're all rejected.

Re: Harvard

Anonymous

7 years ago

http://el-prod.baylor.edu/certain_doubts/?page_id=774

What is interesting about this one is that it ranks 99 programs.
It's awful. Have you looked at the rankings? And then compared the faculties? I mean, I'm sure I'm a little biased by the PGR rankings, but come on: on one of their ranking methods (the second list) Miami comes in at number five! No offense to Miami, but any method that ranks them as number five overall is fundamentally flawed.

Come on!

Anonymous

March 1 2010, 18:50:44 UTC 7 years ago

It's extremely inconsiderate from schools to delay their notifications if rejection that much, and it only makes their kind words sound more hypocritical.
Like a previous post, I'm also wait-listed for funding at the University of South Florida. If no other programs offer me funding I'm willing to pay for 1 yr max at USF so long as I'm confident they can support me the following years. If not, however, I'll have to bite the bullet and try again next year.

Does anyone know how PhD offers without funding usually work? Would they really expect me to pay for more than one year? I'm still waiting on the official acceptance letter in the mail, which will explain the funding situation, but for now (for some peace of mind) any advice? Thanks.

P.S. For those USF prospects above, I'm also going for 20th century continental, specifically Heidegger. This makes 3 of us on Prof. Guignon, not to mention his current students. Is this bad? Spreading him too thin?
It depends on how many unfunded students they accept. My understanding is that some schools accept many more unfunded students than they could ever offer funding (in subsequent years). What I have heard, but don't have personal experience with, is that whether or not you get funding in subsequent years depends a lot on your performance in the first year.
The world wants to know.
New York, last I heard.

Re: Columbia, where are you?

Anonymous

7 years ago

I'm aware that by now I'm rejected from Notre Dame, but has anyone received official rejection and/or contacted the department by chance?
I applied and have not heard anything either.

Re: ND rejection

Anonymous

7 years ago

I know it's early, and I know decisions take time, but with the new round of acceptances out, can we start a thread for school offers people are confident that they will decline? I'm not trying to push!!! I'm just thinking that this could be helpful (for more people than just me, but yes, helpful for me too).
Thanks!

Tufts?

Anonymous

March 1 2010, 19:27:14 UTC 7 years ago

Details?

Re: Tufts?

Anonymous

March 1 2010, 19:32:02 UTC 7 years ago

also on the rejection - was it from inquiry or automated?

Re: Tufts?

Anonymous

7 years ago

Wondering if anything at all can be learned from what it says on the 'check application status' pdf page on the Columbia website.
The top line all the way on the right says application status and 'At Department'. My status says Complete ENO (sic) and 'Yes'. I assume this means 'Complete Enough'(?) and that the application is physically at the department. Anybody have anything different or enlightening to report?
'Complete' and 'Yes'

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7 years ago

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Anonymous

7 years ago

So I've heard back from 5 schools—got into 2, rejected from 3, and am waiting for 4 more. I'm thinking the last 4 are probably rejections and they may or may not be snail-mailing their way to me now. What do you think, how long should I wait before I email the departments and ask for my rejections? I just want it over already!
Email now. Is it really plausible to think that a department is going to reject an applicant because an applicant asked if they have made their decisions? I doubt this would happen as long as the applicant asks nicely. Go forth and email!

And please report back :)