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  1. Schools are curious to see what their peers are and see if they can get a better understanding of why applicants are rejecting their offers to improve their acceptance rate. Are they losing applicants to schools that offer better funding based on the cost of living? Is the applicant only applying to top 10 programs? Is the applicant only applying to schools that have the most name recognition? Is the applicant applying to schools only within a certain demographic region? Are they losing people due to certain placement rates/lack of placement results? It's likely that a lot of reasons might
  2. Hi @Alyson, While higher grades exist more commonly (partly because the demographics are different) in grad school, it is untrue that everyone in grad school has a 4.0 GPA. Different professors have different styles. Some professors might limit the amount of A's in each class. Others might not have any limits. Grades aren't by any means the most important part in the humanities. The reason you get rejected from a program is highly unlikely to do with someone outscoring you by a 10th of a percentage point. If your GPA was below a B+ average (or littered with C's), there might be more reaso
  3. GradCafe is usually most active from November-April. This is usually around the time where people are finishing up their applications and waiting for results.
  4. PHD "rankings" do not extend to MA programs. MA programs are essentially all unranked. It sounds like you'll be happier at school B. Having good experiences and accessible instructors will only result in a stronger grad app for future programs.
  5. Feel free to shoot me a PM if you'd like any help on narrowing your schools/want a look over your SOP.
  6. Best of luck to you next cycle! Traditionally, someone creates the next cycle board between April 16 (the day after funded offers must be responded to) and September. You'll likely find the periods between April and October will be likely less busy than the periods between October and April! What are your research interests?
  7. Very few schools cover relocation. Most schools require you to pay a certain percentage of health insurance and some require you to pay additional fees. I'd inquire within the university to see if they offer health insurance and to clarify if it's included as part of your package. Are they providing a stipend? If they aren't, there's a higher chance that the above won't be included. I'd also inquire with your current professors to see if they know of any professional organizations who might be able to provide additional funding and what the requirements would be to apply for said funding.
  8. @KJC2105- There are so many ways to look into this subject and each discipline might have a different way of looking at it. Have you considered if there's a certain discipline that you might prefer? It's quite possible that a lot of places might not have a PHD specifically in Gender or Sexuality Studies but they might have a graduate certificate which might fulfill what you're looking after and would greatly expand the programs available to you in the Midwest.
  9. In the past, they have mentioned accepting 1 of every 7 applicants or so. They do have a Dashboard though which can be found here. If you click on LAS, you can click on ENG. Clicking on F2020, it looks like 92 people applied, 23 were accepted, and 12 enrolled in their masters/phd program. For their straight to PHD program, it looks like 43 people applied, 15 were admitted, and 6 enrolled. It might be worth mentioning that many factors can determine how many people apply in any given year. Years ago, UIUC made news because the university threatened to take away tuition waivers. The Englis
  10. Warelin

    Nashville, TN

    Have things in Nashville improved since January?
  11. It might be worthwhile to e-mail Toronto and explain that you've also applied to schools within the USA and haven't had a chance to attend their open house. The worse they can say is no. However, different schools in different countries have offered extensions in the past.
  12. I think it might be worth noting here that very few (if any) programs allow students to transfer in. In most cases, programs will place your application along with everyone else's. If accepted, there's a high probability that you'll be starting from scratch. If you pursue this option, you'll also have to explain why (academically) you're seeking admission to a new program. Programs can get really hesitant about people transferring because they fear the same reasons would repeat with the student at their institution. All reasons for a program you select are valid. All programs mi
  13. Is it crucial that you enroll in a Master's program for the upcoming year? There might be alternatives that enhance your application which would make it get into funded Master's programs after this cycle. I'd like to stress that prestige at the Master's level really does not exist. It might sound impressive to the general public but ultimately the general public isn't the one making decisions on admissions. If you must enroll in one of them, look at their classes and what their requirements are. See if there's one which you find more appealing in that manner. Consider location as well. Cons
  14. See you there! I'll be presenting as well.
  15. It is also possible that the school might have a primary/secondary invisible waitlist.
  16. At the PHD level, I can honestly say that no professors I've talked to say that they care where someone went to for their Master's. One person expressed slight interest because they previously taught there and was curious on who was still there. At the applying to jobs level, professors are more interested in who you are a student of. Certain programs might also be better known for subfields which are not reflective of overall ranking. As a result, some programs might have a better understanding of terminology within a certain subfield. I'd second the advice to never pay for a Master's d
  17. You and I are agreeing on a lot of things and disagreeing on others. However, it's dangerous to say that a program's PHD ranking (which is really just the opinion of the approximately 28 people who bother filling out that survey) transfers over to the MA side of things. University of Chicago has the top ranked English PHD program. However, their MAPH program is often regarded as among the lowest of MA programs. While often a 1 year program, many people do choose to take 2 years at MAPH. I agree with you that a 2 year program allows you to build more opportunities and I'd argue that there is
  18. An institution's prestige from the PHD or undergrad level does not translate onto Master programs. What does translate is whether or not they're viewed as cash cows for the institution. People often warn against going to places that have both terminal MA programs and PHD programs because a lot of the resources and faculty attention are often directed towards PHD students. There's a possibility that you'll be able to work with the professors you'd like but there's also a real possibility that they could be overbooked due to working with other students on their dissertation projects. Because of
  19. I think it's always helpful to remember rejection isn't any indication of how smart someone is.
  20. I'm confused with why you're concerned with the below then. Are you hoping to land a job elsewhere?
  21. I think you really should consider adding MFA programs and looking into some PHD programs with a creative dissertation. McSweeney's is a top-notch publication that is often a goal for many.
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