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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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Rochester

Anonymous

March 29 2010, 06:13:14 UTC 6 years ago

what gives?
From what I understand 6-7 offers were made so far, with none yet accepted. Rochester only has a very short formal waitlist. It seems like the grad committee makes up the waitlist from a pool of non-rejected applicants as needed. If you haven't been rejected yet, you still have a chance.
- Rochester Grad Student

Re: Rochester

Anonymous

6 years ago

VTech, NIU

Anonymous

March 29 2010, 06:15:59 UTC 6 years ago

For anyone who got funding from either of these places, what does the funding look like? I'm waitlisted (for funding) at both and it would help a great deal if I had an idea what funding looked like this year.
From what I know, the funding is pretty much the same at either school: full tuition remission, and 11,000 annual stipend. That comes with a commitment to 20 hours/week (or so... depending on the class you assist and the general ebb and flow of grading...). The cost of living, also pretty much the same in blacksburg and dekalb. Good luck!
To all unsuccessful applicants: The other day I heard quite a consoling story about another almost entirely unsuccessful applicant. This applicant is now one of the superstar philosophers of the younger generation. S/he is now tenured at a top 20 department after having held a tenure-track position at another top 20 department. S/he's also the author of several important books published by major presses. And guess what? This philosopher was rejected by every program s/he applied to except one!
whether this is consoling depends on which was the 1 school that excepted him/her

Re: anecdotal consolation

Anonymous

6 years ago

Bermudez will leave Wash U. St. Louis soon. I am sorry for (at least some of) the current and prospective students there.

http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2010/03/bermudez-from-wash-ust-louis-to-a-deanship-at-texas-am.html

I do not know much about Texas A&M University. Anyone could shed some lights on the situation? Notice that the position is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
Not sure why you're sorry about this. Bermudez is reputed to be a huge dick. Ousting him is a plus for PNP. The fact that Cohen is likely to decline their offer on the other hand..
For anyone who might be on the waitlists at USC or Yale, I just declined admission to these two places. I accepted admission at Rutgers!
Congratulations. Rutgers was superb before, but it seems to be getting even better.

Re: declined offers, and accepted one!

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6 years ago

Re: declined offers, and accepted one!

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6 years ago

Re: declined offers, and accepted one!

Anonymous

6 years ago

Did CUNY have a recruitment weekend?
Did CUNY send out all the decisions?

Re: cuny recruitment?

Anonymous

6 years ago

I am... I've tried emailing Prof. Green twice in the last 3 weeks, but have received no response. I emailed Ms. Estes (the dept. admin.) this morning and received the following, which I thought might be of interest to some:

"The only think I can tell you is that the department has been making decisions weekly."
Rejected from UCI, and UNM by email and regular mail respectively (although that didnt prevent the latter institution from emailing me regarding taking summer courses online. Did you know you can receive an AA in criminal justice in just 18 months without ever leaving the comfort of your home? ;)).

Accepted by Claremont Graduate University's Religion PhD Program (Philosophy of Religion and Theology Specialization) with full funding. Informally notified CGU of my intent to accept their offer last week.

Some Biographical info: 3 Presentations, 1 publication (international peer reviewed philosophy journal), BA 3.7 Philosophy/Politics (Theory Concentration) from the Catholic University of America, MA 3.94, Philosophy, Department Honors, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles). GREs: 1330 (V680, Q650) 6.0
Was accepted by UW-Milwaukee on (3/15) and wait-listed for a TAship. Got an e-mail from Prof. Sensat just now (3/29) with an offer for said TAship. I didn't apply anywhere else, so I'm going to accept.

Background: Philosophy BA at east coast LAC, positively horrible GPA (I failed five classes), 800Q/760V/5.0AW GREs.
For the benefit of future generations (showing them a successful profile) would you mind elaborating on your failures? Did you say in your SOP "Well, because of medical condition X I failed some stuff but I'm better now", or did you just fail them?

Re: In off of TAship waitlist at UWM

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6 years ago

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Re: In off of TAship waitlist at UWM

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6 years ago

Ok, so I know that on this forum people debated unfunded MA programs versus low-ranked PhD programs, or other similar incarnations.

However, I only applied to MA programs this year. I'm on the waitlist at all of them (and haven't heard from Brandeis). I have information that I will probably accepted at one of the places (I really can't elaborate because it's not official) but I was told point blank that they are out of funding.

Is it worth it to go to a relatively well-known MA program unfunded? Or should I bite the bullet and take a year and apply more broadly (with an improved application, of course). I'd appreciate any insights!
Well, what do you think your reason for a lack of success is?

The MA can provide:
-Name recongition if your ug was particularly unknown
-Philosophy coursework if you changed majors late/now
-More I can't think of off the top of my head.

If that sounds like stuff you need... do the MA, I guess. Those people that are in debt at Tufts swear by it over and over again on this forum.

But if your reason for failure is something you don't need an MA for... say, you know you didn't polish your sample like you needed to, or you bombed the GRE... then I would consider reapplying next year.

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March 30 2010, 02:44:24 UTC 6 years ago

Now that all this messy admissions stuff has settled down, why don't we all write some nice Derrida/Foucault slash.

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March 30 2010, 02:51:18 UTC 6 years ago

Captain, there's a contradiction in the concept.

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To the person who posted a few days ago about declining Purdue:

Have you declined so yet? I was about to contact Dr. Brower, but I figured I'd ask here first. I'm right near the top of the waitlist, and I'm eager to hear some good news. Is anyone else planning on declining or accepting a TAship at Purdue? Unfortunately, there are only a few spots available.

Also, does anyone plan to decline an offer at Wisconsin-Madison? I think I'm near the top of that waitlist as well.

I already declined a Purdue U offer. However, since I applied to Purdue U with a Fulbright fellowship, the Fulbright commission will forward my declination message to Purdue U in a few days. Good luck!

Anonymous

March 30 2010, 20:28:01 UTC 6 years ago

The above question is precisely my what I was thinking.

Anonymous

March 30 2010, 21:20:17 UTC 6 years ago

Which one are you interested in: Purdue or Wisconsin?
Has anyone been accepted off of the MIT waitlist?
I am also on the MIT wait list and I have heard nothing from them yet. I emailed Holton at one point and he told me that any activity would likely occur in the last few days before the April 15th deadline.
Philosophy program (not PNP)
any insights on what department is better for phil of mind and of cognitive science and situated cognition??
I don't know as much about Mind, but UBC looks to me like it has more faculty in the field/related fields. Overall, they're probably close enough that other factors should decide. That's my assessment, at any rate. Hope it's helpful (and/or right!).

Re: miami vs ubc

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Hope this is good news for someone.

UNC visit

Anonymous

March 31 2010, 15:22:24 UTC 6 years ago

Anyone attend the UNC prospective student visit? How did it go?
Above someone asked about the UNC open house. A lot of schools are having open houses right now. If there is anything that you can share that might be helpful to those who couldn't attend, please post it.

In at CUNY

Anonymous

March 31 2010, 18:49:10 UTC 6 years ago

Just got an acceptance email from Prof. Vasilou. I sent an inquiry to Prof. Neale and hour ago, and I assume that this is a response to my inquiry.
I am on a waitlist for funding, but they are optimistic
Nice. Are you the same poster as on gradcafe?

Re: In at CUNY

Anonymous

6 years ago

Is this board still working?
There hasn't been a post in like over 12 hours...on a weekday?
(turns around - is this a weekday? what day is this?)
the dude
Hope this helps someone!

(Will very likely -- but not definitely -- turn down funded offer at CUNY soon, too. . . .)
Please do this for God's sake :) We need your help!
They said, in what I believe was the same email to all waitlistees, that they expected to have info by the end of March. I haven't heard anything.
Same here. I'm pretty pessimistic about getting off the waitlist at Madison.
anyone STILL not heard anything from UCLA (and still have a 'no decision' on the decision status page)?
I contacted them yesterday...no response still
Congratulations to all who have been accepted and heres to next year for those who were not.

I've noticed that in contrast to previous years of this forum, very few people have been providing their admissions profiles along with their acceptance or rejection updates. I realize that there are issues of privacy, however I think it would be possible to remain anonymous while contributing to a growing picture of the realities of philosophy Phd admission. We often complain that there should me more openness across the board, maybe we could start here....

So...

I'd like to ask everyone who was accepted to give a prudential outline of their stats and a list of schools to which they either admitted or rejected. This could include rough GRE and GPA figures, generalized characterizations of institutional background and prestige of recommenders, and . You dont necessarily have to be exact to help give others a good idea of the kinds of profiles certain schools are looking for.


To be fair, there was a pretty big response to the PSR, i.e., the poll I ran a month back, so it's not as if people have been especially withholding with their profiles. (There were 65 responses in total.) Once I get up the courage to tackle the data entry that remains (some 45 responses -- it's probably a 3 to 4 hour job in total, and I don't have that sort of time to spare at the moment), we shall have a valuable window into what's important and what's not as far as one's 'numbers' go in Phil admissions. However, it'd still be great if people took the time to type out their impressions from this cycle, particularly those concerning the 'intangible' aspects of their profile.