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  1. goldenstardust11

    standards of professionalism

    Once an institution becomes involved, it's quite different. Best to represent yourself well (which is wholly under your control) and adopt a charitable stance towards the kind of bulk e-mails that schools send out on departments' behalf. With over 200 applicants annually at some schools, it's not feasible that the department can reach out to everyone independently and thus the institution itself has a mechanism by which they communicate with applicants once the department has made its decision. It's a frustrating process on all sides, but it is what it is and the least we can do is be grateful to the people who have taken the time to consider our applications (imo at least!) Thanks to the frustrated faculty member for voicing their frustration.
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    2018 Acceptance/Rejection Thread

    The thing that's weirdly hard to remember is that they go through this every year. They know that it's a big decision for you and that such a thing takes time to consider. I would just be candid and should they write you asking for an update (which they do because they'll also be trying to secure their cohort for next year and because they'll be getting questions from their waitlisted students too), let them know that you're still considering their offer and are very grateful for the opportunity, but are waiting to hear back from another school you're waitlisted at before making your final decision. They'll understand. Congrats on a successful app cycle either way!
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    2018 Philosophy Applicants, Assemble!

    I wrote a thank you note and gave them each a couple bars of organic dark chocolate. I intentionally did this before I had heard back from any schools (but after their letters were submitted) so they got thanked for their efforts regardless of the end result.
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    2018 Philosophy Applicants, Assemble!

    Gotcha! Well, generally, I waited until I heard back from programs to research more into them. For instance, once I heard back from somewhere, I'd scour their department's website and make my list of questions that I wanted to ask during visits. That way, you're not pointlessly looking at information now for a program that you won't wind up considering down the road. Generally speaking, I'd recommend researching every program you get into upon hearing back and trying to visit as many as you can reasonably visit (should you be in the fortunate position of having multiple offers to consider!) Visits made the ultimate decision for me, but the research I did helped me get the most out of those visits :). As far as what to look into - check out the faculty pages for a sense of the direction the department's heading - do a lot of the younger faculty tend to work in related areas that are different from the longer-standing faculty? Delicately ask current students or maybe a faculty member about the direction of the department. Research additional funding opportunities (languages, summer funding, conference travel) and start to make a comparison among the offers you receive - does one pay for health insurance? etc. All these factors add up. Also research cost of living/commute differences. During visits, check out faculty you're interested in working with and ask students who have experience working with them what they're like as an advisor. Check out your research and teaching obligations and talk to the students about how they balance their workload. Offers may be the same in terms of funding but one place might require much more work than another - check out what kind of work it is, whether you can envision yourself being happy doing it, and how you'd get it done! I really think the best way to prepare now is to take a break from thinking about it, but hopefully these ideas will help once it comes to be time to start making decisions
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    2018 Philosophy Applicants, Assemble!

    First off, congratulations on finishing all those applications! It's awesome to be done so early and now it's out of your hands. I'm with you on speculation being tempting but utterly fruitless. It is a fairly unpredictable process. (I applied to programs last year and I remember after I was done I just went into despair over not having a clue what was gonna happen and I spent entirely too much time on this site looking at threads from years' past trying to conceive of some kind of prediction. There is no predicting!) So, my advice would definitely be don't do what I did. Try to the best of your ability to stop thinking about it altogether until you start to hear back for interviews (or better yet acceptances!). Instead, crack open some of those books (probably the nonfiction ones ). The one thing that did get me through was I watched like the entirety of Gilmore Girls over again and got into some pretty dreadful reality tv - just trying to empty my mind from the stress/all the work that apps take out of you. If you're still in school, throw yourself into your studies. Go out with friends a LOT and do anything to keep your mind off of it - there's really nothing you can do now and that should ideally be liberating . Good luck!
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    Retake GRE?

    Yup! it should still be worth applying. The departments themselves don't typically care about the GRE as much as the graduate school; I would recommend taking a look at the graduate division's requirements for the school you're applying to and see where you fall before applying. If some schools have a cut off above what you scored, then it might be worth saving the time, but I think your verbal score will be enough for most departments to shrug off the lower quantitative score - especially if you're going for a more historical area
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    Who should I ask for my third letter?

    Go with A. You already have two strong letters from recognized people in the field, and that should be more than enough. The third will largely serve to reinforce and enhance what those two have said if the committee is familiar with the first two. And either way, three stellar letters are nearly always better than two and a lukewarm one. Good luck!
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    GPA and GRE

    Lol you have -amazing- gre scores for Q & V. I didn't apply to PGR schools (my interests are in continental - history of philosophy), but my quantitative was 156 and I did fine. I can't imagine a 165 will hurt you, even in the highly competitive ranked programs, GRE scores (while important insofar as everything is important) are not the make-or-break aspect of your package, and your GRE scores are more than good enough not to hurt you, as far as I know. Good luck! And congrats on a great score Oh and the AW pretty much doesn't matter as long as you don't score horribly atrociously. If you get a 4.5, you should be totally fine as long as your sample is killer.
  9. I was strategic in a slightly different way, but I think that my topic helped a lot with where I wound up being accepted. Rather than focusing on what others might do, I tried to pick a topic that aligned as many of my strengths as possible. I think that kinda helped make it unique naturally, if that makes sense. I've worked the most with Hegel and was most comfortable with his Phenomenology, so I wrote my sample on that (like @isostheneia!). But I also know ancient Greek and had taken courses in ancient philosophy and the philosophy of tragedy, so I wrote on Hegel's Antigone, where I could use some of my own translations and bring in ancient ideas as well as working with some contemporary secondary literature on Hegel's work. All the schools that accepted me had professors working in both ancient Greek and modern German philosophy and a smaller subset of them were really excited by the work in tragedy. So, I think the best bet is to write about something that you're confident that you can produce your best work in. Especially if it can pull together multiple strengths in a natural way, even better!
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    Advice for Applying: MA or PhD?

    Yeah, if I were you I'd apply to mostly PhD programs and then throw in maybe 3-4 funded, targeted MAs that have a good track record of getting applicants into the programs you're interested in. Good luck!
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    Acceptance Thread

    Congratulations! Great news.
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    Declining offers 2017

    Declined an offer to Duquesne. Good luck! (I also removed myself from the wait lists at BU and TAMU)
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    Acceptance Thread

    Congratulations! Glad that you had such a positive meeting!
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    Meeting with professors during campus visit

    If you can, I'd still visit. I'm visiting a couple of departments who can't help fund the travel. Luckily I'm very close to both of them, so the cost isn't too high. So if their assistance is enough to make it affordable for you to go, I'd still say it's worth it and not necessarily too hard a strike against the dept.
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    Acceptance Thread

    That's wonderful! Congratulations!!
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