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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 got a BA in Philosophy and History from a big time state school.

GRE: 600 V, 640 Q, 5.0 AW
GPA: 3.7; Philosophy GPA; 3.9
Letters: Two strong letters; One supportive letter
Interests: Normative Ethics

Ohio State University
U. Southern California
U. Washington, Seattle
UT Austin
Florida State U
U. Virginia
U. Wisconson, Madison
U. Illinois, Urbana
Cornell
Washington U. St. Louis
Indiana U, Bloomington
UC Santa Barbara
U. Rochester
U. Missouri, Columbia
Rice University
What were your principles of selection here?

Re: Round 2

spaceorgy

7 years ago

Hey all,

I have yet to send all of my letters of rec, GRE scores. Given that deadlines are, say, Jan 1. How late do you think they will take them?
Even if you do consider some schools with Jan. 1 deadlines, you should certainly be looking at PhD programs with later dates and perhaps some MA programs, which tend to have later deadlines.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

I've pretty much completed the necessary forms, fees, and so on for 9 programs. Thinking of trying a few more. Sort background: BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Phil, Lit, His) from an unknown private school. 3.94 GPA, 4.0 in philosophy. Some advanced experience in a study abroad program at Oxford. GREs, taken twice, best scores are 640 V, 620 M, 5.0 AW. Feel good about writing sample - it was a refined version of one of my Oxford papers. My letters will all be very good, as I'm close to my professors, but nobody has connections. One of my letter writers for many of the programs is my tutor from Oxford (just completed his DPhil). I feel like my GRE scores are mediocre at best, and I might be at a disadvantage because I'm an unknown entity.

Schools: Duquesne, Fordham, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Purdue, Boston College (all Phds); Loyola Marymount, SIU Carbondale (MAs), and maybe Miami of Ohio (MA).

It's kind of strange to be basically done (still coordinating a few letters for the apps that are due in early February) after all the stress that goes into applying. I wish I could have done GREs in the summer. This past semester I had a massive independent study and a lot of other things going on, but my thinking is that I did the best I could on everything, and now it's time to play the waiting game. Good luck to everyone!
What is your area of interest? I think you might want to consider applying to a few ranked schools, or at least closely look at the placement records of the places you applied to. With your time at Oxford and a good writing sample you would likely get a serious look from some mid-ranked schools. Even if you are interested in non-analytic philosophy, you might have a chance at some great schools like Georgetown or Chicago which are strong in that area.

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Summer

Anonymous

December 31 2009, 04:20:49 UTC 7 years ago

In the continental discussion above something interesting came up- a young scholars program where a senior undergraduate could apply to study at a specialized library (and get a bit of money for food, according to the website!).

I was wondering if anyone knew of similar summer programs at other schools. Not specifically a graduate admissions question, but, assuming all the admissions business goes well, we still might need something to do this summer :P!
When you begin considering offers of admissions, assuming you are fortunate enough to have multiple offers, do you think the presence of a woman on staff will influence your decision, esp. if she happens to work in your area?
I know a couple of women in last year's application cycle for whom that was a significant consideration.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Hello everyone,

I've never posted in this forum, but I've been applying to highly-ranked Ph.D programs this year.(I would prefer not to post identifying information.)

I have the following general question: Does anyone have any idea approximately how many prospective Ph.D students there are (say, in the states)in a given year? I'm sure it fluctuates, but does anyone have even a ballpark estimate? Individual programs give information about the number of applicants, but this is only moderately useful because most applicants apply to quite a few programs.

I'm open to entertaining creative methods of guess-timation. This question has been on my mind throughout the whole process.

Hope you're all faring well in the app. process.
I guess I should clarify that I'm interested only in the number of philosophy Ph.D applicants.

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Anonymous

January 4 2010, 01:54:58 UTC 7 years ago

If we had access to the info for each school with a PhD program, we could add up the numbers of apps each school receives and divide the sum by some number that represents how many apps. the average student submits (10?)to get a reasonable estimate.

No idea how to get that initial sum, though. Many schools don't publish the number of apps they receive

Late LOR

Anonymous

January 5 2010, 19:29:25 UTC 7 years ago

So, as some of you might know, Columbia's deadline was the 3rd and 1 of my recommenders hasn't submitted his letter there yet. He has told me, however, that he might get it done by tonight, since he has some more grading to finish up, and tonight is the latest he can submit grades for his students. Should I email either the graduate director or graduate admissions at Columbia to let them know that my last letter will be in soon?

Thanks.
It is my understanding that adcoms fully expect some LORs to arrive somewhat late and don't penalize the applicant for it. My source for this is the advice of several professors, including the former director of grad admissions at a "top 20" school.

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Does anyone who here who has applied/is applying to Rice recall how one's transcripts are to be submitted? Are they to be uploaded online, or to be be sent to the department? Rice is another department whose reqs. for admission aren't clear on their website. In addition, the online application won't let me look at the individual sections of my file, which has already been submitted, and since I can't remember whether I intended to send out my transcript later, since they have such a late deadline, or if I've already uploaded an unofficial copy, I'm not really sure how to find out the answer to my question. I've already called the dept., but no one's picking up.

Thanks.
I had the exact same problem! I called and no one answered or called back. I emailed someone and he said to send it here (the same place to send one's writing sample):

Ph.D. Admissions Committee
Rice University
Philosophy Department MS 14
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
U.S.A.
Received e-mail for admissions today that my app was complete etc. The review process will begin "shortly" and decisions made by March 15th....
Hi,

I have no GPA since I'm French. Both system cannot be compared, definitely. A perfect GPA would make nearly no sense in France.

Two letters from French professors, well-known in France, far less in the US, but who know me well.
One letter from a US professor in a top-15 program.
GRE: V 660, Q 720, AW 4.5

WS: ethics, not proud of it (response paper rather than personal thesis, lacks a bit of structure, a few typos)

AOS: ethics, applied ethics

NYU
Rutgers
Princeton
Harvard
Yale
Columbia
CUNY

I'm realistic about my chances of admissions. They are close to zero.
Addendum:

- I've got an MA in philosophy in France, and a long way in philosophy behind me already.

- I should have applied to Oxford too. I kind of missed the deadline since my recommenders won't have time to submit their letters by January 8.

- Also considering Michigan, Pittsburgh, Cornell. Cons: it's already been so expensive. Adding score reports for the GRE (and TOEFL!) plus application fees is maybe too much by now. Pros: it gives me time to revise my sample.

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From a respected public school in the northeast:

GPA: Overall - 3.75 Phil- 3.95 (double major Poli Sci - 3.9)

680 V 760 Q 5.5 AW

Plus minority bonus points

Rutgers
Columbia
Pitt
Mich
Brown
Minnesota
SIU-Carbondale
Emory
Vanderbilt
Oregon
Tufts (MA)


AOS: Moral and political philosophy/ American Pragmatism/ critical theory (depending on the schools, I've been more or less forward about these interests in my PS)...
That's a crazy list. Are you sure you know what you are doing?
Anyone have an approximate date for when decisions start rolling out? Does it happen in February or mostly in March and early April?
It is possible to start seeing acceptances now, especially if you applied to any schools with rolling admissions. However,the last week of January is when it seems to officially start (see the Grade Cafe postings for the last few years). February should be very active and all hell will probably break loose in March.

For reference

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7 years ago

I had posted this question before in response to my "crazy" list a couple of posts up (I am anon from "Been here for a while..."), but I thought it deserved its own thread... here's my previous response post, with the question posed at the end of it:

"You're both right. I understand that I have to be flexible. I'm an undergrad... my interests may change. Ultimately, my choice may be based on possible job prospects in 6 years rather than the opportunity to study my particular interests now...

By the way... how does everyone else feel about that sort of tension in their school choices? My interests have changed, and I know many schools (especially "top-ranked" ones) are not too friendly to them...How do people feel about maybe sacrificing prestige for an environment friendly to your interests or vice versa in school choices??"

This is an issue that has been weighing heavily on my mind, so any conversation/advice/wisdom anyone can share would be greatly appreciated... best wishes all

(Btw, I understand that this question my be more directed at students with interests outside of M&E or phil of mind/sci... but all comments are welcome)
If I wanted to do something that didn't interest me in exchange for more job security, I'd probably be waiting to hear back from law school applications right now.

Let's say you really care about X, but you write your thesis on Y. Not only did you spend all your thesis years on Y, Y is now your specialty, and it will be what you are qualified to publish on for at least the next several years.

Couple other issues:

-The school might realize you most want to study X, and not admit you anyways.
-You will be less motivated to work (because it's not your interest). Potentially, your work will be lower quality or you will drop out.

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7 years ago

I just got an email that my paper is accepted by the International Kant Congress.I've applied to programs strong in Kant and German Idealism, like Chicago, Standford. But my GRE and GPA is mediocre, and my referees are not very well known, but they know me well. The accepted paper is one part of my writing sample, so supposedly my writing sample is quite good. How do you my chance to get an admission?
You don't provide nearly enough information for other members to give you informed feedback on your question (i.e. "will I get into [insert glamorous program X]?"). From the look of the website, the conference has some really good Kant scholars giving talks. So it's a legit conference. But what sort of paper will you be giving? Will it be a major presentation billed alongside profs and responded to by them? Or will it be one of the spots reserved for grad students? And how are we to know how competitive such spots are?

In general, it's probably less competitive to get such a position at a European conference. You're competing against other Europeans and not the larger community for such scholarship found in the US. Not to say there's nothing over there, but just that it's harder for the larger community to judge whether that counts as a "big deal" or not.

I would suspect that the acceptance of your paper is probably a mildly good sign in favor of your application. But I would hold your breath for Stanford and Chicago-- especially given the fact that your letters are from unknowns.