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  1. I'd recommend also looking into more traditional disciplines who might also offer a graduate certificate in Women/Gender/Feminist studies. If I'm remembering correctly, the majority of people hired to be WGSS professors have their degree from a different discipline. There is no official ranking of prestige nor is it the only department which doesn't consider prestige. Due to the very limited jobs, I'd really recommend choosing a place which will cover your expenses enough so that you won't have to take out additional loans nor work an additional job. Your best work will occur when you don't ha
  2. First of all, congratulations on your acceptance to WashU. Probably one of the most underrated colleges considering their vast resources they have. I'd start looking for apartments now. April and May are likely the best months to start looking for apartments and the best places go within hours. Knowing what you want specifically will allow you to stay ahead of the market because it allows you to establish what is and isn't negotiable. If you can't be there in person for a viewing, it's likely that a current student in your program can visit the place for you and provide photos/feedback o
  3. While some universities notify applicants earlier if they nominate them for a grad school fellowship, WashU has a different process. There are criteria that have to be met in order to be met which can be found here: https://graduateschool.wustl.edu/olin-application This is also noted: Applicants are considered without regard to age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin and with regard only to the excellence of their qualifications. Selection is by a committee chaired by the Director of the Olin Fellowship Program. The announcement of the award of Olin Fe
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. @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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.)
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