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  1. As of this morning I was officially made an offer and accepted at Fordham!
  2. Thanks! I'm not stressing too badly as I've got a spot at Duquesne's MA program that I'll be happy with if Fordham doesn't break my way.
  3. Don't know if this person is on TGC but I'm waiting to make a decision whether someone ahead of me accepts/declines their offer at Fordham. If that's you, could you please PM me your plans?
  4. Delayed rejections for most cases, though there are some "secret waitlists." Varies by school.
  5. I don't think it's controversial to say that if all (or possibly all but one of) your elements are undeniably stellar, then you're golden. The mysteriousness comes in when you have two or more flaws and how adcomms weigh those up. It becomes highly speculative because apart from undergrad prestige, the most important elements are non-numerical.
  6. Lol would love to know myself but committees are just a black box. Don't want to drag the thread off topic, but the short version is that this process is not law school admissions where your numbers decide your fate. Gotta weigh that up against factors like my LoRs which I'm fairly certain were weak given I've been out of school for the better part of a decade, writing sample, etc. I ruminated on this over at the "Dear 2020.." thread.
  7. Would love to be forced into the decision and I think I would be very happy at either. Fordham's job placement is good, New York is a plus for me, and @Rose-Colored Beetle @soproperlybasic have spoken glowingly so its reassuring to know that current students are happy there. The only big reason I'd still say Purdue edges out is that I want to study Deleuze and the DGS, Dan Smith, is one of the best Deleuze academics in the English speaking world. I'm traveling east from California next month, so I'm going to try to visit both.
  8. WL'd at Purdue. If you know you're not going to West Lafayette, you know what to do.
  9. @Marcus_Aurelius @Prose how would you advise applicants choose a "good topic"? Some things (clarity of writing, interesting and forceful argument) seem like givens if you want to succeed, but how does one determine what topic within their field of interest is a good basis for a paper?
  10. Think you might be in the wrong thread forum. Philosophy is a very different ballgame in this respect.
  11. I hope my experience might be helpful especially to someone like me who has spent close to 6 years out of the academy and is looking to go back. I'll start off by mentioning that my cycle has been a bloodbath so far. Given that my GRE/GPA was good, the obvious culprits are a deficient writing sample, bad LoRs, bad SOPs and/or just a lack of easily referenced experience compared to someone coming out of an MA program or undergrad with publications. I suspect all played a part, but I'll address them all briefly. 1. Writing Sample - find a professor, or someone as close to the academy
  12. So the old thread is a treasure trove of advice, but I think half a decade and mostly dead discussion calls for a new iteration of this thread. As March is now underway and people are getting a good idea of their cycle, I'd like to get your perspectives on what went right, what went wrong, and what has been helpful/unhelpful to you. If you could, please provide what your aspirations and/or expectations were going into the cycle and how you believed you performed relative to those goals. What advice would you pass on for someone going through this process at the end of the year? This can cover
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