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  1. Congrats @Cassidyaxx! I've just reluctantly turned down WUSTL, hopefully someone here gets some good news!
  2. I'm predicting UVA and Washington will be this week (the DGS for UW said final decisions will be probably sent on or around Feb 18).
  3. I mean, according to these stats (https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/documents/stats/ENGL_Grad_Profile_Final.pdf) it seems it's even twice as difficult to get into UC Santa Barbara English if you're simply not a Californian? Which I found pretty odd, and is one of the reasons I decided at the last minute not to apply. I should note these statistics are from 2013, but I'm assuming their in-state practices haven't drastically changed.
  4. How large are the biggest English PhD cohorts, and which programs? I was reading that UVA has ten people per cohort but self-describes the PhD program as “small”—so how big is big? I’ve heard cohorts will be smaller at many places this year, but I’m curious about a general reference point.
  5. You seem competitive to me! I wouldn’t give up hope—this seems to have been an unusually intense cycle with schools getting far more applications than usual. From my quite limited experience, international students don’t seem to be at a significant disadvantage, besides a lack of familiarity with the US system (though I’ve heard it may be trickier for international students to get into UC California schools, but don’t quote me on this). I’d suggest perhaps trading SOPs with someone on here next cycle for feedback (I could probably look at yours) and reading some US examples—in particular I’d
  6. Perhaps some are, but I think part of the problem is that it seems many of these rejection letters (like Vandy's) aren't even from the English department, but from the "vice provost for graduate education," and just talk about the graduate school in general recieving many apps. So distant... especially when we put our hearts and souls (and paychecks) into these applications!
  7. I'm graduating this May, currently in my second year (planning on starting phd in the fall). I'm teaching one class of first year composition each semester for my university, but not teaching middle/ hs during the program. My current professors were really helpful in giving feedback for my SOP, and my writing sample comes from an MA seminar paper. It can also be nice to have solidarity/ venting sessions with classmates who are also applying.
  8. I'm not exactly in this group, but adjacent--I taught middle and high school before pursuing an MA, now a PhD. I personally felt so out of the loop with the discipline of English that crafting a "relevant" SOP and writing sample that engages in current discourse for PhD apps felt very out of reach (when I was still teaching), and my MA has been so informative, enjoyable, and edifying. Though I also wasn't an English major in undergrad, which is probably relevant.
  9. I've started rewriting the lyrics to Ariana Grande's thank u, next, which I think goes along quite well with grad admissions: "thought I'd end up at Duke... but it wasn't a match" 😄 (to be continued pending further rejections haha)
  10. That conflicted feel every Sunday when you don't want to work the next day, but you want Monday to come for more ~cursed admissions updates~ ... like even when I didn't apply to schools I thrive on learning the info for some reason. What have I become? Best of luck everyone!
  11. I think there's a fair chance y'all or some of you are waitlisted-- no one's posted any of those this cycle and there have been WUSTL waitlistees in years past. My waitlist email from BC came a couple days after the acceptances and rejections were posted.
  12. Argh sorry about all this admissions crypticness-- I'll just paste the bulk of the UW email here for the sake of transparency, I'm not sure about state resident status: "I am pleased to let you know that your application has been advanced for consideration into the second round of our review process. The applications included in the second round of review represent just under 15% of our total applications for admission to the Literature and Culture track, so this is a significant achievement, although it is important to note that we have not yet selected our finalists and this letter does
  13. What is happening!!! Maybe they are rejecting everyone they're not considering for interviews!? Haven't gotten anything.
  14. I had that exact same experience with the Oregon and Washington emails that day! Was first so mad (especially because the teaching application for Oregon was so much extra legwork) and then pleasantly confused by the Washington email. I feel like the UW sexual misconduct declaration could have been just part of the application for everyone to streamline things, or at the end of the process when they're actually selecting people, but whatever. It also is directly tied to hiring employees in the state of Washington (a state legal requirement), so if anyone applied and DIDN'T select that you're
  15. No, I have thought about asking, but yeah it does still seem a bit early and I don't want to come across as too demanding 🙃... I'm leaning towards hypothesizing no ND interviews at all this year as it's getting later and later, but zooms may still happen I suppose?
  16. The first Duke English result being a waitlist (when they typically don't seem to waitlist much) and 2 weeks later than usual just seems bizarre...
  17. I am one of the WUSTL admits-- so relieved to have an acceptance but I feel for your angst. Apparently they could only accept 2-3% of applications this year!? If it's any small help, it was a personal email from the DGS--my portal still isn't updated. So maybe they're going out one by one and there are still some to come? Sorry for all the dread, this process can be so so terrible. I was anxiously refreshing GC constantly so much beforehand.
  18. I'm one of the waitlisted, but I was accepted to the MA 2 years ago, and I would guess that your hypothesis is right--decisions for the MA typically go out late February/ early March. It's also possible they're still emailing the waitlistees--I got my notification about an hour ago.
  19. Also it seems some places that typically interview in person just aren't doing it at all this year--Notre Dame should have sent out interview requests 2 weeks ago but it's been radio silence. Though maybe they'll do zoom inteviews in Feb, who knows...
  20. I find myself unhealthily wishing that gradcafe had a "time notified" slot on the results board! 🙃 I had convinced myself a couple schools would definitely notify today... alas
  21. I've also heard nothing from BC, and just says "submitted" on portal...wondering if we're waitlisted? (That said, my MA application from 2019 is also still listed as just "submitted," and I was accepted then.)
  22. Thanks for all this sound advice. So as an update, I was pretty much committed to Duquesne especially after reading all this, but then Wake offered me a $10,000 stipend... And after talking with students there, no one seems to be going further into debt, and they have time to work part-time jobs to make ends meet pretty comfortably. Duquesne is still offering more money, but the program seems more rigorous at Wake (based off of my perhaps faulty one day visits). There are professors I like and share interests with at both places. Oh the conflict!!
  23. Waiting on a waitlist, and was told I might have to wait to know until April 15. Could I realistically wait until April 15 before committing to another program, and tell them on April 15 my decision (when I realize whether I'm off or not)? Or are you expected to let schools know on the 14th? Basically I want to put off accepting as long as possible without being obnoxious.
  24. I’m planning on making a visit to school that is paying for flights— should I fork up the money to visit a school that isn’t paying for flights, just so I have a basis of comparison with the other school at least? I’m a teacher who will be on spring break so I do have the time.
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