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  1. As a recent graduate of WashU, I'm happy to report that the University at-large has recently started to subsidize 90 percent of monthly healthcare premiums (used to be 85 percent) and dental premiums. For the past few years, they've also added an additional week of stipend coverage and are expected to start offering 12 month stipends in the next year or two for all new and currently enrolled students receiving a stipend. The English Department has also made two new fantastic hires in which I'm sure would be wonderful advisers for those interested in Gender and Sexuality, ethnic studies, p
  2. Best of luck on your decision! Always happy to answer questions about my former city for anyone who wants to know. It is a place that I really enjoyed.
  3. For what it's worth: Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) is ranked #6 for Best Medical Schools in Research. It shares that ranking with Columbia, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, UCLA, and UCSF. They have 470 people enrolled in their program. Baylor is ranked #22 for Best Medical Schools in Research. They have 758 people enrolled in their program. A smaller program might allow for more personalized attention. WashU ranks #31 for Best Medical Schools in Primary Care. It shares this ranking with Columbia and Vanderbilt. Baylor ranks #4 for Primary Care. According to US NEWS
  4. The University of Washington is very different from Washington University. UW is in Seattle. WashU is in St. Louis. Both WashU and Johns Hopkins offer top notch educations. I don't think you could go wrong with either.
  5. I'm not as well-versed with Boston College and Northeastern but UChicago has a tendency to accept most people into their MAPH program as long as they don't have a Master's degree in a related field. An offer of 75 percent or more from UChicago during the first year might be an indicator that UChicago is strongly interested though. Otherwise, I think it's important to remember that MAPH runs separately from individual departments and that might impact individual interactions. It's also important to remember that even if it's a one year program, most people will likely not apply until year 2 b
  6. I think this greatly depends on the institution and their relationship with their union. A union can be a great thing but it can also make for a draining experience if it has a strained relationship with the department. I have had several friends who have had to withhold teaching several times because they needed to strike because future tuition waivers were threatened to no longer be part of the package deal. This impacts all grad students at all levels as well as undergraduates being taught by graduate students. It might also be worthwhile to see how much the union fee is at any university a
  7. Congratulations! I've had several friends who graduated from WashU's MSW program and they speak highly of it. I made it through St. Louis without driving. And I saw transportation options improve greatly from when I started and when I ended. Washington University provides all of its students with a Metro Transit Pass. The Metro Transit Pass allows you to ride the buses and light rail in St. Louis. The light rail map can be found here: https://www.metrostlouis.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/MK180468redblueline_update_CORTEX.jpg The Skinker stop drops you off right by campus as does
  8. @Bumblebea: I think you're misinterpreting the intent behind what I'm saying and I realize that my word choice may have been a bit sloppy. As such, I'd like to apologize for that. What I listed above isn't what I believe got me the position or areas in which I believe others didn't do as good of a job at. However, I think it's important to realize that biases do exist even as we try our best to avoid them. I'm aware that people can do all the "right" things and still not get a job offer. However, I think it's important to realize that there are a lot of invisible factors that applicants h
  9. I think this is the key; there are no safe programs. I think there are a lot of factors that come into play.And I'd like to make mention here that I'm not aiming this at you. Some factors might matter to some, and not matter to others: Is the University hiring in your subfield? Do you fit the culture of the university? Are they looking for a "diverse" hire? Can you afford the cost of being on the job market? Are you published in journals they care about or respect? Have you completed a postdoc? Do you have book publications? Have you won any grants? Are they looking to balanc
  10. The job market is bad and some universities are adding new job requirements for applicants to be considered. However, I'd like to push back that there aren't even 20 programs you can graduate from to find TT work. I graduated from a program in English that has never been considered (to my best knowledge) a top 20 program by the USNews. I went into a field that wasn't "popular" at the time. I ended up finding full-time employment at what most would consider a "dream" university at all levels for their education. My experience, publications and getting to know professors helped me land my positi
  11. I lived in St. Louis for six years. I never experienced racism or homophobia. I imagine a lot of it might depend on where you live but I think sticking close to the city will eliminate a lot of that fear. I think you'd be at a higher chance of experiencing racism if you were living 30 minutes or more from St. Louis. I think you'd be safe as long as you were somewhere that was served by either the Metro Buses or MetroLink: https://www.metrostlouis.org/ Another reason I'd advise living close to a bus stop or the Metro is because a lot of the local universities provide a discounted or free met
  12. Best of luck on your decision! Please let me know if I can out in answering any questions. (Also, I'm not sure if you visited last weekend, but I heard current graduate students say that they really enjoyed meeting potential cohort members.)
  13. I think there are a few questions to ask here: 1. Are the opportunities to teach upper division courses guaranteed and are they in an area you're interested in? 2. Do you think you can balance coursework with teaching while also adjusting to a new location? The coursework period is a time where you can get substantial feedback on papers. That feedback and relationship buiding might not be possible if you're balancing too many things. 3. Are you required to teach during your dissertation year? 4. Have you taught before? 5. What's the time-to-completion for both programs? It's possib
  14. I applaud UC/CSU if that's the case without any strings. However, I've spoken with many universities during my tenure-track and there is often a lot of red-tape around promotions. UC/CSU might increase pay for their lecturers if they obtain a PHD but the only way to be secure is through a tenured position. It's also likely that the any pay increase will be negated through the actual cost of an online PHD program as most are unfunded. ODU lists the cost of attendance at $595 per credit hour and requires 48 credit hours. This means the program will cost $28,650 if there are no additional inc
  15. Which is why placement records are a better indicator than USNews rankings: https://english.wustl.edu/phd-careers Universities with bigger pockets are often able to provide certain resources that attract more faculty and provide its students the resources that cash-strapped universities may not always be able to provide. I think the USNews is a good place to start and would caution going beyond the top 50 with very few exceptions. However, I don't think all universities ranked in the 20s or 30s are equal. Some might be better than top 20 schools based on individual subfields. I think it's im
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