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  1. @snorkles Thanks! Oh, yeah, I definitely agree they each have amazing departments in their own right. Ultimately, it all came down to minute differences and where I could imagine myself the happiest for 5+ years because they all seemed like strong academic fits.
  2. Hi! I also applied during senior year (current undergrad senior) and will attend during the fall. In all honesty, I applied because I felt as if I was in the mental headspace for it --at least in terms of what I want to research, my guiding research questions, and writing sample. I started preparing my application well in advance during early 2018. Like you, I decided I wanted to go to graduate school relatively early in my undergraduate career, so I didn't think twice about it by the time I was eligible to apply. As someone who applied to nine schools this cycle while in undergrad, I can say
  3. Turned down WashU, UVA, UW-Madison, and a fully-funded spot in the MA program at Georgetown. I turned down a couple of these more recently than others, but hopefully, it helps someone out! ☺️
  4. In the end, I believe academic fit ultimately trumps rankings, especially considering lists like US News are not super reliable for an assortment of reasons (and, of course, does not consider individual departmental strengths). Something to consider is the fact that since the POI at the prestigious university is a big name, they might not have as much time to provide individualized attention (senior and/or big-name scholars might teach fewer classes or might not even take on new students). Plus, it would be different if you had several POI at this higher-ranked university--you only mentioned o
  5. @roadrunner_33 I haven't heard back either! I keep checking my portal but it seems like all acceptances and rejections went out already...? It's weird!
  6. @Englishandteamakesahappyme @arbie @sugilite That's my post on the board from this morning!!! I am still in utter shock!!!!! Thank you! As for Brown phone calls, I agree with @santraash -- I don't think it's the norm (due to previous results and the info I received via phone, which was very specific to my application, but hey, who knows?). I also received a nice acceptance email from the DGS not too long ago, so maybe information will go out shortly if it hasn't already! Best of luck!!!
  7. @mwils15 @dreamumlifdon Hi, I'm the acceptance on the board! I was notified via email earlier today from the department coordinator and DGS. Not too much info yet other than the fact that I was awarded a funding package and will receive further details later this week via phone. It seems like they're notifying funding recipients first, though I'm still surprised I heard something back so soon. Best of luck to you both!
  8. Accepted at Johns Hopkins and I am freaking out!!!! ?
  9. @SomeoneAcceptMe Hi, long-time lurker here! To echo what @Warelin said, I received notification yesterday afternoon via phone (I was told I would receive an official acceptance email from DGS within the next couple days). I'm also a domestic applicant. It seems like last year they notified students well into early February, so don't lose hope. Best of luck!!!
  10. Hi, everyone! I'm an Americanist with a particular emphasis on constructions of racial identity in the American novel as well as literary history and its engagement with popular culture between the wars (1918-1939; Harlem Renaissance and Lost Generation writers tend to be primary figures I focus on).
  11. How much does the Analytical Writing section "count" for a student preparing to apply to a Ph.D. program in English Literature? For example, my scores were dismal: I received a V156 and a Q141. I'm a terrible standardized tester; perhaps my only saving grace is my 6.0 in Analytical Writing. That aside, I think I have no qualms with articulating "fit" in my applications, received positive comments regarding the strength of my SOP, and, lastly, a relatively decent writing sample I spent quite some time working on to bolster my application. I have a 3.82 GPA overall, a 4.0 in my major (English in
  12. I'm in a bit of a pickle. I have a 3.82 overall undergraduate GPA and a 4.0 in my majors (English and History w/Honors Scholar designation). I love reading, I have considerable undergraduate research experience (rare considering my major and interests), I have presented at two conferences, I have received awards from my department, I’m completing an Honors-level thesis, and I attend a decent public state university where I fostered great relationships with faculty. But I can’t get my GRE scores higher. I took the test once already and received a 153 V, a 140 Q (I realize this one is especially
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