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  1. 2018 Acceptance/Rejection Thread

    Thanks - this sounds roughly in line with my initial intuitions at least. I've responded with short (hopefully) polite emails to the initial notice of being waitlisted - just thanking the sender for the update and saying I'll hope for a positive outcome - and left it at that. I didn't think to ask about my place on the waitlist or anything like that, because there was already some addressing of that question in the original emails (usually that it would be difficult to answer it, which I took to mean 'don't ask us this'). I also didn't want to come across as trying to get an upper hand over other applicants - and indeed I really don't want to gain any upper hands in any unfair way. But I wondered if there was some general understanding about what's acceptable and/or expected to do, that wouldn't rub anyone the wrong way. Which is why I asked.
  2. 2018 Acceptance/Rejection Thread

    Out of interest, do people think there are any significant do's and don't do's with regard to being on a waitlist? Are people inclined to reach out, send more materials, etc, or just wait until the university/ies contact you?
  3. MIT accepted/waitlisted

    Responded to the OP, but to put it out there in case it's useful for anyone else making decisions: I'm unlikely to take myself off the waitlist unless something dramatic happens.
  4. 2018 Acceptance/Rejection Thread

    At least some Tufts acceptances seem to be out!

    Accepted at Tufts as well, with a $30.5K scholarship. Don't think I'd be able to join on that package, so will inquire about financial possibilities. But it certainly feels nice to have at least one acceptance under my belt, for what it's worth!

    Congrats guys! Trying to get my tab to load so I can find out my decision as well lol.
  7. Shut Out Discussion Thread

    Thanks for the encouragement! It's kind of hard to see things very optimistically from this end of a rejection-barrage, so it's always nice to hear things like this. I did send GSU an e-mail the other day asking about their more generous assistantships (if they're all gone or not) and just how fixed their finances are, so perhaps there's still a chance there - if I do end up getting in, of course, haha. And I suppose it's no crime to dream about last-minute news from NYU or MIT (or UNC, who I'm still waiting to hear from!).
  8. 2018 Acceptance/Rejection Thread

    Rejected at Rutgers (saw on the portal earlier today and just received an e-mail as well). As someone who lives on the other side of the world, I certainly hope not!
  9. Shut Out Discussion Thread

    This was me, and yeah, I'm finding it very hard to know whether to be encouraged or discouraged by the application cycle so far. I may well end up being effectively shut out, and I don't really know what I'd do if that were to be the case. I suppose I'd have to find the heart and funds to reapply next year, since at the moment - like most other people, I assume - it's hard to imagine what I'd do if not philosophy!

    Transformative experience and the imagination.

    I believe it's one each for Legal & Political Philosophy and Kant & Post-Kantian German Philosophy, and then a couple for the Brains & Behaviour track. So not really that many, I'm afraid.

    Congratulations! Still on the wait-list here, so it's good to hear people are still getting the generous assistantships.
  13. 2018 Acceptance/Rejection Thread

    Yeah, my professor told me early on that there was a good amount of randomness in the process, but I still wasn't prepared for this set of results!
  14. 2018 Acceptance/Rejection Thread

    Hi friends! I hadn't heard of this site until roughly this morning, and I wish I'd come across it earlier. So, anyway, first post at this late stage, because I'm feeling a bit down and confused about my applications. So far, I've had rejections from UMichigan, Wisconsin-Madison, Notre Dame, and Yale; and I've been wait-listed at MIT, GSU (for the MA), and, as of this morning, NYU. Now, it's pretty nice to not have been rejected outright at MIT and NYU, since they're both very good departments - but by the same token, I know it's unlikely that I'll get off the wait-list and onto an admissions list. GSU seems like a great place and maybe more likely to accept me, but since I missed out on their more generous assistantships, I'll have to do some calculations to see if it would be plausible to attend. We'll see. I'm still waiting for word from Rutgers, UNC Chapel Hill, and Tufts, but I know it's not the likeliest thing in the world at this stage. Anyway - sorry for the self-pitying post, I just wanted to spill a bit. It is of course onwards and upwards and I'm sure something will work out at some point!