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  1. Waitlisted at Notre Dame, but on the second waitlist from which, "in all probability, no one will be accepted." Also haven't heard from CUNY and Georgetown, where acceptances and rejections went out, so I might be waitlisted at both. I'm not sure, I'm in limbo right now. Apparently some of the people who were accepted at Georgetown were waitlisted for funding, however, so even if I were waitlisted, it's bittersweet.
  2. assuming I was rejected from berkeley, duke, JHU, and wisconsin. the latter three aren't the best fits, so we'll see about future decisions...
  3. This is pedantic and unnecessary. I said what I said, and I wasn't "trying" to say anything else. If 300 applicants apply for 5 slots at a single school, that's about a 2% chance of getting into a given PhD program -- but OP is applying to 20. Of course, that percentage doesn't factor in applicants who have bad grades, or an underdeveloped sample, or not the best letters. Since OP is a strong candidate, I think they have a very good chance of getting in somewhere. This is merely one opinion among many in this thread. But my original comment did not imply that OP will certainly get in somew
  4. I'll clarify -- yes, we know that admissions are an incredibly difficult process, but OP has basically just as good of a shot as any of us at getting into a program. Their GPA is competitive and so is their writing sample. I'm giving OP positive feedback because others on this thread are being very negative about their chances, which really isn't helpful IMO, especially because it discounts that OP *does* have a strong background. I fail to see how pointing that out gives OP a "false hope". But I agree that we should all not put our eggs in one basket, and expect the worst, since PhD admission
  5. I think you have very good chances. You have very good grades from a well-regarded MA program, and your writing sample is on a well-known contemporary philosopher, so plenty of professors at each school will be in a good place to evaluate it. (That's better than a relatively obscure sample topic, imo.) It is very difficult to get in anywhere, of course, but I'm confident you'll end up somewhere you're excited about. Good luck!
  6. Also accepted at OSU via the portal!
  7. This is a group for everyone applying to graduate school in philosophy this cycle, to matriculate in fall 2020. There is also a Facebook group with the same name as this thread, where people can discuss everything about this whole process. Good luck everyone! ☺️
  8. I agree with the suggestion that you should contact philosophers working in ancient/Hellenistic phil. I think it's also worth contacting the faculty members of Classics departments near you, as there are many ancient philosophers working in Classics departments.
  9. quineonthevine


    I'd be surprised if UCLA accepted fewer people than usual this year, as the department recently received a gift of $20 million.
  10. One of my professors submitted two writing samples because she was interested in two very different subjects. (I think one interest was in contemporary analytic philosophy and the other was a historical paper in ancient or modern philosophy.) The benefit of doing that is you can show admission committees you're competent in two very different sub-fields of philosophy. She was admitted to top programs, although I think she applied before the recession, so maybe the situation is different now. But she served on admission committees at my university and elsewhere, and she didn't think it was a ba
  11. I get the sense that many academic philosophers are well-meaning, but there are many reasons (many of them institutional) that can make philosophy an inaccessible and/or hostile environment for people of color and women. One reason has to do with demographics: something like 75% of practicing academic philosophers are white men, and 10% or so are white women. That lack of representation among faculty often dissuades people of color and women from participating in academic philosophy. Another reason is lack of diversity in what is taught at major universities (both with respect to content, such
  12. I haven't heard of graduate schools being like that, but I do know that graduate school in philosophy is often a hostile environment for people of color and women, although it depends on the program. In that sense it can be a vicious environment.
  13. UPenn's department recently dropped the GRE requirement from admissions.
  14. As far as I know, your community college GPA does count as part of the GPA that adcoms consider. Of course they care more about your upper-division coursework, but that substantially brings up your overall GPA.
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