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    PhD in English (Literature)

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  1. My first recommendation for you will be to read through these forums a bit. There is a lot of wisdom and advice in these forums and many of these questions, and future questions you will have, have been discussed and answered in depth already. Taking the time to go through some past threads will be useful. Anyway: 2. If the GRE is necessary for the schools you're applying to, yes, re-taking it might be good. Some schools use it to make initial cuts and some don't pay attention to it, but if they do, you probably need at least 90 for verbal to make sure you're kept in the running. Aga
  2. This seems like a school-specific policy so your best bet is to look through the graduate school, department, or registrar websites about grading policies. Assuming S/U means Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, my first instinct is that this is a COVID-based policy that allows students to take a course for transcript credit but without being graded (so anything between a C - A+ would be the same), since my school has the same policy, and it was just meant to give students flexibility given our current situation.
  3. No, I think you should reach out ASAP. All initial decisions should be made by now (though there were posts here recently about Penn State abhorrently doing rolling admissions).
  4. Congratulations! It's always so great to see people succeed after persevering through multiple cycles!
  5. Oh wow I had no idea any program had such high acceptance rates, even if temporarily.
  6. That does seem insanely high, especially given the numbers this cycle and how popular a school they've been in previous cycle. Perhaps they typoed and meant to say 2%? That would suggest a pool of over 250 which is closer to the numbers from other schools. The cynical perspective might see the 20%, if not an error, to be a ploy to suggest that it's worth applying to the school; but this would be cruel, disingenuous, and would clash with what you've said about their letter. Of course, if it is simply the truth then holy shit, why is no one applying to UI-Champaign?
  7. I'm glad it's of some help. I definitely think finances should be your biggest concern. As has been said previously, there are many people who get in without doing an MA so it's up to you to figure out what you need to improve about your application and whether an MA would help you achieve that. If you do decide to come to UVA, feel free to PM if you have any Charlottesville or department-related questions.
  8. I would ask UCDavis if you'd be able to be long-distance/online once you finished coursework. If so (and you'd need to get this in writing) you could do your coursework, get to know the faculty, etc. while your partner is deployed, do one year of separation (in which you might be able to progressively relocate to NY so it's not so jarring for the kids), and then relocate to NY and do everything long-distance. Of course, the negative here is that you and the kids would have to relocate twice in a short amount of time. If not, while there are no guarantees you'd get another offer in a new c
  9. I agree that rankings are meaningless, but I didn't say ranking, I said prestige (or at least, perceived prestige) and that is meaningful. I've said this many times (and I know not everyone agrees on this), but coming from a known quantity institution plays a big role in your image and perceived risk for committees. Doing graduate-level work at a respected program, and having the LoRs and SoP to show that, will carry some weight, especially for those who do not have the privilege of coming from well-known programs. I agree with these notions in the abstract, but they are abstrac
  10. I think this is partly true. If you come from an institution that is not well-know, doing your MA at an institution that is (and demonstrating that you have performed well in that context) can mitigate your perceived risk. The other issue with prestige comes in the form of letter writers: if a well-known scholar is able to speak highly of you that also mitigates your perceived risk. This is why if you choose to take the financial risk of doing an unfunded MA (which I'm not saying you should), I think a 2-year MA gives you more opportunities to build rapport (and develop your materials) than a
  11. I’m not in the MA program but during coursework it’s basically the same thing so I do have familiarity with it. In terms of cohort sizes it probably depends on the amount of applicants but the last cohort was 11 and the previous one was nearly 30 (there’s also a small group of students who are BA/MAs). These cohorts include the partly-funded teaching concentration MAs. The 30-person cohort was abnormally large so I think most years it’s 10-20. MAs do various things. I know some go into K-12 teaching, other humanities positions, and some go into PhDs. I don’t know their placement rate but
  12. UVA's virtual visits are this week though I'm not sure what's on deck or how it works (in general and re: waitlists).
  13. If they were still deliberating on who to select I'd say maybe, but now I'm not sure it accomplishes much since they already think you're capable, they're just waiting to see who takes their spot so they can offer one to you. That said, will it hurt your chances? Probably not.
  14. Actually, I really don’t think this is the case. While the UChicago situation was much publicized, I’m not sure we should draw too many conclusions from it. For one, the Covid situation was only partly the determinant in that decision. Historical inequalities in admissions and in the academy led to a decision to create a seismic change in the department culture (I imagine). While many departments have probably considered this given the past year, we shouldn’t forget that humanities departments are liberal havens and liberals love to make small temporal changes in lieu of massive systemic ones.
  15. I’m afraid it’s just a matter of waiting. Replying stating your continued interest (and perhaps a “let me know if you require anything else” type line) is all you can really do. Definitely do not send a million emails. Infrequent check-ins might be fine, but depends on how nice the admissions people are. I think I found out I was waitlisted in early March so in early April I asked about movement on the waitlist and then again a couple of days before the deadline. Both times I was told they were waiting for responses and had no new information but a few hours later I was notified that an offer
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