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  1. For place studies: Nebraska and Iowa both come to mind. I also know of recent students who have had an interest in doing place studies and have graduated from Rice and Hawaii.
  2. I'm not sure if most top 25 schools publish they want a 166V. A few schools mention that they might average a 166, but that means there are both scores above and below that score. Other schools mention it might be their median score which means even less in terms of accepted scores. I'd also encourage you to take a look beyond the top 25. Beyond US news rankings, it's important to look at how well regarded programs are in your specific subfield. Notre Dame and Alabama aren't in the top 25; but they're considered great programs if your interest lies in early modern studies. Take a look at professors within the subfield, what type of offers are being obtained by students in different subfields and what affiliations universities have with certain external organizations. You might be surprised by how many programs you might become interested in learning more about.
  3. Please note the word, generally. It's also important to realize that the majority of MFA programs do not have a separate program for nonfiction. Most lump it with fiction and label it 'prose'. Of the programs that designate a set amount of nonfiction writers, that number is often as low as one or two. Unfortunately, creative non-fiction is seem as a sort of a step-child in Creative Writing. Comparing Chicago to Iowa is a bit unfair. A fairer comparison might be looking at Wisconsin-Madison which ranks in the top 20 for both Creative Writing and Literature PHDs. https://www.gradsch.wisc.edu/webextras/education/academicprograms/profiles/243.pdf (CW) https://www.gradsch.wisc.edu/webextras/education/academicprograms/profiles/405PHD.pdf (Lit PHD) Let's look at the past 4 years of available data for each which would cover a period that someone may do an undergraduate degree in. The English PHD program received 266, 246, 180 and 213 applications. They accepted 42, 40, 23, 37 or 42/266, 40/246, 23/180, 37/213. This is a 13-17 percent admit rate. The Creative Writing program received 596, 321, 603, and 267 applications. They accepted 9, 12, 8, 11. This is the equivalent of 1-4 percent admit rate. Minnesota: Creative Writing: https://apps.grad.umn.edu/stats/ad/1120300.shtml English: https://apps.grad.umn.edu/stats/ad/1027600.shtml The goal here isn't to dissuade you from pursuing a degree but I think it's also important for you to know why you're interested in either. Both of them are remarkably different and each offers its own set of ways of trying to make it through the top. An MFA degree does not guarantee a book deal. If Academia is the main goal, most places will want you to have at least 1, if not 2, books published. Competing for spots in lit magazines and fellowships will also help to shape your CV. A PHD degree comes with it's own set of challenges. A big name might help you land interviews, but you'll have to sell yourself through your experiences. It isn't uncommon to see universities expect a stellar publication record in addition to teaching experience.
  4. I'm sorry but I do have to disagree here. Not all PHD programs are fully-funded. Some programs only fund 30-50 percent of their students. Some programs may not fund the first year. Others might require you to pay more mandatory fees while others may not require you to pay any fees at all.
  5. An MFA and a PHD are two very different degrees. Speaking generally, MFA programs receive more applications than PHD programs in English do. What is your end goal?
  6. Curiosity strikes: Did you just use 1 writing sample? Is there any case that you would recommend having an additional sample ready just in case?
  7. This is impossible to answer since it depends on the school. Some schools will offer top offs to some students to better attract them. Some will offer different packages depending on the amount of work you do for the department per week.
  8. Good luck @lyonessrampant. I'm sure you'll do great.
  9. There are a lot of schools that can offer you a lot of things depending on what you're interested in. What kind of theory are you interested in? Can you stand extreme hot or cold weather? Do you prefer the city or rural areas? Would you prefer a "competitive" or "friendlier" cohort? Each university will have its own method of doing things. Its strengths in different niches would be something to pay attention to. How important is Technical writing? How important is it for the program to be interdisciplinary? In addition to those already mentioned, I'd consider looking into: Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Writing Studies) Michigan State (WRAC) Carnegie Mellon Northwestern (Rhetoric and Civic Culture) University of California, Irvine University of New Hampshire If you're interested in technical writing: NC State Iowa State Clemson
  10. Congrats
  11. Withdrawing after the 15th requires permission from the school you accepted from in order to be released. " In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15 and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer."
  12. In terms of potentially "burning bridges": You mentioned that you only know of one person within the last 10 years who stopped after the MA? Do you know how many people have an external MA and have been accepted into Illinois? "Most of our Ph.D. students have received their M.A.s at Illinois," it sounds like 1)The MA degree is required 2)External M.A.s are only accepted depending on how many with Master degrees from Illinois goes elsewhere. It be interesting to see if people with external Master degrees could bring you to a number that might be closer to the real number of people leaving after obtaining a Master's. " We offer admission to approximately 40 students per year applying to the M.A. in Literature program and to approximately 5-10 students in three other programs: the Ph.D. in Literature, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Writing Studies." This wording makes it seem confusing. If half of the 40 accept, does that mean that only those admitted get accepted into the PHD? Illinois and Georgetown are both well-respected institutions. At the MA level, ranking doesn't matter. On the PHD level, ranking might matter a little bit more. However, if you'd be miserable spending an extended amount of time somewhere, I think that's also something to be considered. What specifically about the midwest turns you off? Why is the minor important to you? Do you know what the stipend would be at Georgetown? I think DC usually ranks in the top 5 most expensive cities in the US. What specifically about DC can it offer you? Can you afford the lifestyle you'd like based on their offer? Do you think you can do everything you'd like to do in DC in 2 years while still being able to keep on top of your coursework? Are you comfortable with the fact that you'd most likely be living with 1-2 roommates? I agree with @fmd on this one.
  13. I'm not sure where you're pulling your information from but: Princeton and Duke are both well-regarded schools. Both schools are "regarded" as top 20 programs in multiple fields. Princeton is in the Ivy League but one has to remember that the Ivy League is a sports conference. It doesn't mean that schools that aren't in it don't offer "better" academics. There are a lot of great schools comparable to Princeton and Duke.
  14. Relationships can work out depending on the individuals involved. MA rankings (which don't exist) don't matter. Placement numbers into PHDs don't tell much. We know where they may have gotten their MA from but we don't know where they got their BA from, GRE scores, SOP, Writing Sample, Letters of Recommendations, their publishing history, their publication history, their conference history, their teaching experience, or their research experiences. Nor do we know what their research interests are. We also don't know whether or not they accepted an offer to be closer to family or if there was a family emergency that influenced their choice. We don't know whether or not they would have been accepted into a PHD program the following year because that particular spot was already filled by someone else that the university accepted.
  15. Usually, the sublets tell you when things are available. Right now, I'm seeing sublets that are available on 05/2017, 06/2017, 06/2017, 07/2017. If the sublet or apartment isn't available right now, it tells you when it will become available under the "share" button right after you click on the property.