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    Rutgers English

    Rutgers is most famously known for its Victorian Literature. It's probably one of the best 5 programs to go for it. Notre Dame is most famously known for its Early Modern. It's probably one of the top 3 programs for EM. More importantly, location is important as it could have a major impact on your day-to-day life and depression. I've seen way too many people drop out because (despite being in a top program), they were unhappy with the location, didn't feel properly supported and relied too heavily on the name of the degree and were just doing the bare minimum to get by. As a result, their scholarship suffered and it showed. If you're happy with Rutgers, go there. It's a great program for many things. I think a lot of the professors who have graduated a long time ago aren't aware of how much applying to graduate schools have changed and might also be unaware of the great work that other schools are producing. Most job openings are not at heavy-research schools. Most job openings are at teaching-focused schools which often prefer candidates to have a record of great teaching.
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    What to ask during visits?

    I'm not quite sure the extra ~40 percent chance of landing an academic job applies to all schools. It might help at certain R1 schools but the competition for those schools are mostly people from other R1 schools who have spent a considerable amount of time networking with others as well. I have also experienced that there are some universities that will not consider hiring a PHD from the ivies because they've been burned in the past because the individual was always chasing the next big thing. Hiring can be expensive so I can understand why they would want someone to stay at their university. Part of the reason why Harvard and Yale place so well is because people with Type-A personalities are applying to them and choosing them over the same schools. Once upon a time, those schools might've been one of a few places that could offer you instant success. But graduates from those schools are now found in so many different places that your adviser is more instrumental in your success than the college you go to. It's often said that people who turned down offers from the Ivies at the undergraduate level are able to do just as well as those who accepted their offer to the Ivies. I imagine the same is true at the graduate level because those students are the ones that are most often applying for those grants, fellowships and postdocs. It might require a bit more work if you choose not to attend because it might not be required to apply for funding as part of the program, but I think support from your adviser, family, friends and partner are all crucial elements to succeeding.
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    Current English PhD students - Q&A

    @emprof: This might be an uncommon scenario: What advice would you give to someone who is currently in a PHD program but the department's interests and their interests no longer match? If they're happy with the school in general, would you recommend that they apply elsewhere? Is there a way to address this concern? Is this concern something that your department has seen in the past?
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    PhD Research: Funding

    There are a few schools in the top 30/40 who do not guarantee funding. In recent cycles, the following come to mind: University of Wisconsin offered a 3 year package to multiple phd students. The University of North Carolina doesn't guarantee first year funding. Penn State University doesn't guarantee funding to international students. The University of Illinois has had 3 strikes in the past 5 years due to tuition waivers being threatened to being withdrawn. The University of Colorado doesn't fund all PHD applicants. They make it known on their page that they only fund 4 spots and the remainder of acceptances are unfunded.

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