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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 agree with above posters, it seems way too early for SU given there past acceptance dates. On another note, it's sad that we've (I've) become so suspicious of the grad cafe postings that the early report system has ceased to be informative.

Nothing seems informative anymore here. From the moment suspicion starts to spread, communication becomes impossible (hence the impossibility to universalize lying, I guess).

Re: Syracuse Fake?

Anonymous

7 years ago

Re: Syracuse Fake?

Anonymous

7 years ago

I might be applying next year and I thought I'd ask if I could get an idea of places where one could study both traditions simultaneously.
Fordham, Syracuse, Rice, Northwestern, Cornell, Notre Dame...
Slow day. Calm before the storm?
Seriously.

In other news, it looks like someone got turned down from UCSB over at the GradCafe.

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7 years ago

Here's a question for you: About how many times a day do you check TGC or this forum? I'm up to at least two dozen, myself, and I'm just curious whether this makes me more obsessive than average.
I think I'm more or less in the same ball park.

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I got an email from the DGS at Wash U St. Louis this afternoon. They received 140 applications, and they've "identified" the top 26. They'll make the final decisions on those 26 over the next two weeks.
Holy shit! Thanks for the update. Was the email a response to an inquiry?

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Anonymous

February 2 2010, 23:21:46 UTC 7 years ago

Very unlikely I'm in with that 26, but a guy can hope.
I noticed that someone posted a Virginia acceptance on Grad Cafe. Does anyone have any other information?
It's a university-wide fellowship opportunity. Typically, fellowship admits come earlier than the rest; so, that acceptance is not an indication that you didn't get in. You just weren't offered that fellowship.
Looks like an international applicant got accepted today by phone. Last year, they wait-listed on the same day that they made offers of acceptance. Scheisse! Their deadline was on the 15th (and they get craploads of apps due to their very affordable app fee), that's a quick turnaround (but apparently typical for them).
This probably doesn't bode well for me, and their earliest rejection from last year wasn't until Mar. 9! I hate the wait! It's almost like I don't even care about rejections (just wanna know either way).
I also find this disheartening.

Re: Vandy?

j_afham

7 years ago

Rather than hectically speculate, can any insiders or well-informed people give us a clue as to which stage in the process committees are at? Are reviews of the whole pool still ongoing; have they made a selection; are they reading our samples?

Schools I applied to:

Brown
Chicago
Columbia
Cornell
CUNY
Georgetown
Harvard
NYU
Princeton
Rutgers
Yale

Seriously and accurately informative comments only, please...
I'm an undergrad at Rutgers working closely with a faculty member. Rutgers only last Friday began reviewing apps.

Re: Estimate stage of admissions process

Anonymous

7 years ago

As a distraction:
what do you think is the most exciting, innovative, "happening" field or subfield, in analytic philosophy? Some have mentioned on this board that cognitive science inspired philosophy of mind is the "next big thing." I, for one, venture that the most trendy field is ethics, especially bioethics.
really? ethics...

I'd bet on LEM maintaining the spotlight. It's massive.
According to my status update, "the department has recommended you for admission. The Graduate School will be reviewing your file."

I don't know whether it's a done deal, but it seems like good news!
Congrats!

Re: UW-Madison

Anonymous

7 years ago

Numbers!

Anonymous

February 3 2010, 14:41:33 UTC 7 years ago

Here's some data! The following are the number of applications received based on last year's results. Keep in mind that the number of available spots can greatly affect what these numbers mean.

In no particular order:

PRINCETON: 237
HARVARD: 240
STANFORD: 180
WASHU: 140
UPENN: 140
DUKE: 112
BOSTON: 200+
TORONTO: 300+
UNC: 260+
MICHIGAN: 200
CORNELL: 305
ND: 285
OREGON: 113
EMORY: 200+
COLORADO: 200+

Feel free to add to the list.
I find it interesting that rank ~15 programs (UofT, Cornell) seem to get way more applications than Harvard & Princeton.

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Plan B

Anonymous

February 3 2010, 15:41:08 UTC 7 years ago

Worst case scenario, rejected everywhere- what will you do? Thought I'd ask here because I'm interested specifically in philosophy student plan Bs (it's been discussed at tgc, but things like English or History set you up better for teaching...).

As for myself, my university essentially guarantees admission and funding to the MA if you did your undergrad here. It's not a great MA of course, so I've applied to other ones, but it's an option I have. How about you guys?
Sales... urgh.

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Anonymous

February 3 2010, 16:03:56 UTC 7 years ago

Thankfully I was notified very early (1-28) of admission to a place I'm very comfortable going and that really took the pressure off. But my plan in the event of getting skunked was to continue working my dead-end job for a year and have at least a couple stacks of high society built up for the next year, read and study a ton, stay in contact with the people at my undergraduate institution and offer to tutor, maybe sit in on some classes or even take a few, and improve my writing sample (which might have meant chucking it and starting over).

Another thing one can do is learn/improve their proficiency at some foreign language, especially one the knowing of which would help in doing the kind of philosophy they hope to do.
If anyone has information on what's going on at these additional schools, it would be appreciated...
University of Minnesota
UMass Amherst
MIT
University of Arizona
Berkeley
"The Admissions Committee has met and you are near the top of our alternates list."

I'm not sure how to take this.
Sounds promising. I've heard nothing from them, which is much less encouraging.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Something I've been wondering: how do departments determine how many applicants to waitlist? One factor surely is how many of the first admits from previous years chose to reject their offers. If rejection is historically, say, around 50 percent, and the dept. can admit 10, then they would need to waitlist at least 5. But the number must be much greater than that, because many of the people on a given waitlist will of course have offers from other schools that they will accept. This makes me think that the number of waitlistees will generally be much greater than the number of new students the dept. can admit.

Any info?

While we wait, share what your writing sample was about. Feel free to get technical.
I've always been fairly paranoid about this. More than grades, undergrad institution, etc, this is the feature most likely to identify you.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

Got the call from John Lysaker this evening. Screw Vandy's waitlist!

Now, pertinent information for the rest of you. Dr. Lysaker said there were 170 applicants and 5 admissions so far.
Hey, congrats! I've mentioned this here before - I'm a second year at Emory, so feel free to ask any questions now or else I'll probably meet you at your campus visit.

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Anonymous

7 years ago

UCSB

Anonymous

February 4 2010, 01:59:43 UTC 7 years ago

Accepted!

They didn't mention any sort of funding. I'm sure they'll let me know whether I received funding or not soon enough.
congrats!

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7 years ago

via email. No mention of funding.

2/2!
congrats! ;-)
How many apps do some of the top master's programs receive? I'm talking Tufts, Northern Illinois, Milwaukee, Western Michigan, Georgia State, etc. I've never seen any numbers.
You've never seen any numbers? Here: 76, 4, 101, 2989.

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7 years ago

How many applicants get admitted to top programs without any masters and during their senior year, namely, after hardly more than three years of studies? Given the competitive character of the selection process, I still cannot see who's able to have enough classes with great grades, good and reliable letters from good philosophers, good GRE scores, to know what she's up to in the profession, and to write an outstanding paper, after such a short course of study. I guess many applicants complete their application AFTER their graduation, thus taking a year off, and that as many complete it during an MA. But still there are such freaks who seem to know what they want very very early, and to be apt to get it.
Referring to the undergrads as "freaks" seems to suggest that you think they're the minority. However, most of the CVs I've seen show that the majority of PhD students skip the MA.

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If I haven't heard from UW-Madison, should I just assume I'm not getting an acceptance letter at this point?

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Hey, so an idea just popped into my head while replying to a different thread; I thought I'd start another one so as not to threadjack.

While we're all sitting on our hands waiting to hear back, how bout a totally OT thread to get us engaged. Favorite non-philosophy books? Not only would it be interesting to hear what y'all are into, but I could also use some suggestions.

So I'll get started:

1. 59-Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot by Richard Wiseman
2. Destination: Void by Frank Herbert
3. Tea From an Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan
4. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
5. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Any bites?
You have time for non-philosophy books? I envy you.

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