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  1. Insider tip: Boston College acceptances have gone out. However, at least one person has a strong competing offer, and last year people were still being admitted even after the visit day because some in the first round didn't accept. So there could be more to come.
  2. If you don't get in this year, try Boston College next year. Not only do we have a huge contingent of religious history faculty and grad students, but immigration as well. Also, this is a weird response to get. Tons of people do religion at Harvard, as well, and are all in the history department.
  3. UPenn also interviews, usually by Skype. A pretty good number of people on here last year did interviews with them, but it was over a rather long period (2-3 weeks if I recall).
  4. What is your field? I looked back at my email and my acceptance email from last year came on 2/11.
  5. You should check out Robin Fleming at Boston College. There's a strong Medieval contingent there, and I hear she's great. Also, there is some paid work for MA students, teaching experience if you want it, etc.
  6. I wouldn't worry too much about this. Some applications will ask you to list your level of proficiency, and a couple might ask you to detail your language courses, but in my experience no one asked for formal proof, either on the application or the interview process. I think answering whatever the application asks, mentioning it briefly in your statement, and using a sample that has footnotes to primary sources in German/French, is more than sufficient. And like biisis said, keep in mind that the level of "proficiency" required by most programs is fairly low.
  7. Sorry if this question has been asked/answered: How the hell are you supposed to find a place to live if all the leases start September 1, either the same day or a week after most schools' classes start? I assumed there would also be some available for June/July/August, which would be much better for moving, but the realtor just told me there wasn't a good chance of that. I'm really not interested in moving to a one or two-month sublet and then moving again. Help?
  8. Has anyone ever gotten a waitlist acceptance on April 14-15, and how did you handle deciding on such short notice? Was your mind made up as soon as you got it, or did you ask anybody for a couple more days to consider it?
  9. The NSSR's reputation in NYC (confirmed by current students I quizzed when considering applying) is that it has amazing faculty (esp. in Continental philosophy), but that very few students get funding, meaning most either have to borrow or end up taking up to 10 years to finish because they have to work.
  10. Yep, they told me to write that you probably shouldn't go to their program unless you're rich or have special circumstances.
  11. Hi all, I'm a graduating Draper student starting a PhD this fall. Just posted this overview of the program before I saw this thread. Feel free to PM me with questions.
  12. I’ve noticed a few posts on here about NYU’s Draper Program, both when I was applying and since. Since there have been few posts from people who have attended, I thought I would try to give an insider’s perspective. I don’t believe in simple, do-or-don’t advice on graduate school, but hopefully I can give you enough information to make an informed decision on your own. The first few paragraphs will be merely descriptive, and then I will address some pros and cons below. The program requires 32 credits (about 8 courses) and takes roughly two years, more or less depending on whether or not y
  13. Not quite on topic but related: a POI recommended Pierre Bayard's very entertaining "How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read," which I found to be a good way to break the spell of the "I'm illiterate if I didn't read every word" panic. He argues roughly that the ideas in books rarely matter as much as their relations to other ideas, and that figuring out those networks of ideas rarely requires reading whole books. Even more relevant to grad school coursework, he says that sometimes reading carefully is actually a hindrance to the comprehension of broad context, which is really why books matte
  14. Also in general, remember that they're all professionals, they've been through this kind of stuff, they know it's a hard decision, etc. I don't think most of them take it personally, and they have lots of other things to care about besides what grad students they get.
  15. I got rejected from History-French this week, and one other person on the board did. I assume that's it...
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