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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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Has anyone had to write a cover letter for an application, and if so, how did you do it? I just tried to follow the format of a typical cover letter, and then get pretty much to the point by saying how I found the program, why I should be accepted, and generally trying to show some excitement for the program. There is a separate statement of purpose, and I've applied to eight other schools so far, none of which have asked for a cover letter.
PNP, eh? I kept my letter pretty simple.

Anonymous

January 17 2010, 05:56:28 UTC 7 years ago

Agh.

Why is it not the third week of February yet?

Carry on.
Apparently Warwick requires that all of your LoR's are from your "hometown"? wtf?! Seems like a rather absurd/draconian requirement. Anybody have an ideas what reasoning is behind this?
By "hometown", do you mean the university/town where you did your degree? Definitely seems irregular, if that's the case.

My guess as to their justification would be that a professor from your current place would have interacted with you more, which might not be the case at all. Shrug.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

How much do you think it would help one's application if they listed that they had taught a class for a semester at a small liberal arts college (not an institution that they had previously attended as a student)?
See above for more one this very issue. My guess is that it couldn't hurt.

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7 years ago

If the gradcafe sets any sort of precedent or is any indication for who we should be hearing from first, I would say that we should expect to hear decisions from UNC, OSU, Wisconsin-Madison, Missouri, and some UC schools first this application season (in particular the first week of February). I also I think that NYU is known for sending out acceptances for their "super star" applicants anytime now. The waiting game continues...
Some other early Febs: Pitt HPS, Northwestern

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7 years ago

Interesting post over at PEA Soup. Just curious if anyone here has applied to a program that does interviews (either by phone or on-campus)? When trying to compose my list of places to apply to, I do seem to remember one program mentioning that they do interviews, though which program that is now escapes me.

http://peasoup.typepad.com/peasoup/2010/01/interviews-for-grad-school-admissions.html
I want to guess that it's Emory, even though their website doesn't mention interviews. I know that Emory for sure (well, according to tgc reports) interviews people from other disciplines that don't usually interview (religion, comp lit), and maybe their philosophy department decided to give it a try.
On last year's WGI blog, occasionally a graduate student would update the masses with info regarding how the application process was progressing at their particular institution. Is anyone here in a position to so this year?
If I get some info I will update from one of the top 10s.

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7 years ago

Has anyone noticed that Leiter often acts like a little child, attacking people on his blog and closing all comments, etc. Honestly, he sometimes his tone just comes off as so demeaning and self-righteous. I think people just put up with his crap because sometimes he posts useful info.
Yeah he definitely comes off as extremely petty on that blog. Maybe it isn't indicative of his true nature, but honestly, I didn't throw up an app to Chicago because of him. If that is the kind of ridiculousness that I'm going to be surrounded by for at least 5 years, then I'm really not that interested.

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FWIW

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January 20 2010, 17:52:30 UTC 7 years ago

Nietzsche, a figure "ostensibly" studied in depth by Leiter, diagnosed this phenomenon a hundred years ago - resentment.

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January 20 2010, 18:11:17 UTC 7 years ago

I lived in Austin until about three years ago and have bumped into Leiter a couple times outside of an academic context. The guy is a total asshole.
Don't get me wrong: I think that the Gourmet report (despite it's flaws) is a great service to the philosophical community, but Leiter is a very off-putting individual (to say the least).
I wouldn't work with the guy if he was at the only Philosophy PhD program in the world. Even though I occasionally find myself in agreement with the guy (very rarely albeit), his arrogant and child-like demeanor makes it hard for me to respect his work or take him very seriously.

Anonymous

January 20 2010, 18:42:12 UTC 7 years ago

Let's all just come right out and say it. Everyone on the inside hates Brian Leiter.

Anonymous

January 21 2010, 00:32:25 UTC 7 years ago

It continues to not be February. I am Displeased.

Anonymous

January 26 2010, 16:40:34 UTC 7 years ago

omg, totally
me:
BA philosophy, rhetoric
MA philosophy

AOS: political phil., phil. of religion, phil. of law, nietzsche, aesthetics

apps:
1) harvard
2) nyu
3) columbia
4) brown
5) syracuse
6) chicago
7) ucsd
8) berkeley *rhetoric phd*
You must not care that much about phil of religion!

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January 21 2010, 19:18:04 UTC 7 years ago

rhetoric phD? that's a joke

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January 21 2010, 19:29:44 UTC 7 years ago

http://rhetoric.berkeley.edu/graduate.html

Anonymous

7 years ago

Anyone know if the acceptance to Ohio State posted on tgc is for the Philosophy department or for Education?
Looks like it is for the School of Education

http://ehe.osu.edu/epl/academics/epp/phd-epp.cfm

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7 years ago

Obviously a fellowship nomination preceding an admission is a positive thing, and the stats must vary from fellowship to fellowship and school to school... but I'll throw this question out anyways...

How positive is it if a DGS emails you with a one-year fellowship offer that includes a stipend over $5k greater than that school's average yearly allowance? Does it mean any more if it is a diversity fellowship?
I really don't understand your post. Are you asking whether or not it is a good thing to be offered a fellowship? The answer seems to me to be obvious; so much so, it makes me wonder about your nomination for a fellowship. Maybe I'm misreading you, if so please clarify.

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May the late submission of updated materials penalize your application? To what extent does an application that was completed by the deadline but modified after it risk not being considered (even if it's better than not revised)?
It sounds as though you had everything submitted on time, but are updating things after the deadline(?). If I read you right, then the answer to your question is that updating application materials after the deadline will not have any negative effect on your application (worst case scenario: they read the stuff that you initially submitted). Normally you have to contact the department in order to submit revised materials, but if there is some online system that allows you to continually update, then there should be no problem.
I am curious: How many individuals applying have been told by several of their professors that they should not worry about getting accepted to the top programs?
Last year I had a peer that told me that a faculty member had told her not to worry, they really wanted her and she had a position. This year, she is applying again because apparently the professor did not come through on his/her words. I would take any "promise" from a professor with a grain of salt. No one can promise anything before the letters go out. Plus it is not one professors decision who is in and who is out. Just my two cents!

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Someone says, on TGC, that he or she got acceptance via phone from Standford. Is it true? It seems that it's too early for Standford to announce its decision.
It's spelled `Stanford', and yes it is true. Source: it was me.

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January 23 2010, 20:36:49 UTC 7 years ago

Accepted to MSU with a 12,000 assistantship via email.

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January 23 2010, 21:02:00 UTC 7 years ago

congrats!!

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Hi, I am a graduating senior at a state school. I have a 4.0gpa, 1350gre, four strong letters of recommendation and a writing sample on Gadamer and Heidegger. My interests are in 20th Century Continental Philosophy, particularly Marxist political philosophy, philosophical hermeneutics and phenomenology. I am also working on an honors thesis and presenting a paper at a conference next month. Here is where I applied:
1.University of Chicago
2.Emory
3.SUNY Stony Brook
4.U. of Memphis
5. UC Riverside
6. Boston College
7. New School for Social Research (MA)
8. Duquesne
9. DePaul
10. Northwestern
11. Villanova

Does anyone have any idea how good my chances are? I guess there's not much to do now but wait!
Welcome to the madness. Regarding your chances, your grades and GRE scores seem perfectly adequate, but everything depends on the quality of your writing sample and letters. And, those are impossible for us to assess, so.

Also, is it me, or are there many more continental folks on Who_Got_In this year than last? It seems like those of us (me) with a more analytic bent are outnumbered this year. (I've never read a page of Heidegger or Kierkegaard.)

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Is it customary for admits to be invited (expenses paid) to the campuses for a look-see? Separately, would it be bad form to decline, say because you only got into that one school and sure as hell aren't sitting out a year (thus obviating the need for a visit to help with any decision), and have other commitments that would make a trip difficult)?
If you are serious about attending the school and the expenses will be covered by the department/school, irrespective of how many programs to which you have gained admission, then you should attend their prospectives visit. It is a great way to meet the professors with whom you wish to work, to show your sincere interest in the program, to connect with other successful admits with whom you may work, and to get valuable information from current students about places to live, the town/city, transportation, etc.

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How did people come to find this forum? If you could include the current school you are at (if applicable) in your response, that may be helpful and interesting, as I have a sneaking suspicion that forums such as these may be largely a secret to smaller departments. Just a hunch.
From the applying to grad community, which came from googling something along the lines of: grad school admission advice.

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But I'm DYING here waiting!!! I can barely concentrate on my current work at all!!!
Ugh, I think we are all like that.

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My App

Anonymous

January 26 2010, 04:27:34 UTC 7 years ago

Feeling crappy about this, but here goes:

GRE: 770q (87%), 600v (86%), 4.5a
GPA: 3.55 cumulative, 3.59 philosophy, 3.72 last two years

I think my early deadlines had a worse writing sample than my later deadlines as I continued to improve on it, but my writing sample was probably just good, not great.

I think one LOR will be stellar, another really good, and the third just good.

My interests are meta-ethics, epistemology, and aesthetics.

Schools:
Ohio State PhD
Brown PhD
U of A PhD
FSU PhD
UMass, Amherst PhD
U of Wisconsin PhD
U of Rochester PhD
Tufts MA
Cornell PhD
UC San DIego PhD
Northern Ill U MA
Virginia Tech MA

Hi Zach
it's late in the game now, but you could contact the departments that had early deadlines and see if they will accept an updated writing sample. worst case, they say no.. can't hurt to ask (especially if you think it's substantially better!).

Re: My App

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7 years ago

Anyone have thoughts on the New School ?
Is it easier to get into than schools that only admit with full funding?

I applied last year while stile finishing up my Master's and was not offered admission.
I e-mailed j.m. Bernstein about my chances this year, and he said a completed Master's "may make a huge difference" so I'm counting on that
NSSR is the only program I have applied to this year!
Decisions go out late March : /

Comments on NSSR, anyone ? I think they get way more MA applications than for PhD, b/c a Master's degree is a pre-requisite for their PhD program, so you don't have a bunch of fresh undergrads applying directly to PhD
Uh, why apply to only one school? Aren't there any others that roughly fit your interests that you have a shot on getting admission to?

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