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  1. I don't think MFA programs have tiers the same way most other disciplines do. That said, I've heard mixed reviews of the New School, mostly owing to the price tag. I've also heard complaints about the large size of the cohort. However, there are some people on Draft who've attended the program and have positive things to say. I'd worry less about reputation and more about whether this program is the right fit. For me, the class size and cost would not be ideal.
  2. I didn't apply to these programs, so I don't know how they determine funding. However, it's certainly worth it to ask. You could send something along the lines of: "Dear [admissions coordinator], I was recently admitted to X Program, and I haven't received funding information yet. Do you know when admitted students will hear about scholarships and assistantships? Best, [your name]" I usually go short and sweet with these emails, so embellish as needed.
  3. @anarchisttiger I'm doing my best to take care of myself. Working from home currently, and I feel very fortunate that I'm able to do so. Starting an MFA this year feels more uncertain than ever, but I'm not sure how important that is at this point... How are you holding up?
  4. I've never heard of that happening, and it sounds very sketchy. The funding offer may have changed since this health crisis is also an economic crisis, but that's no excuse for the attitude you described.
  5. Anecdotally, Columbia is viewed as having a high acceptance rate (by MFA standards, at least) because a) it's a large cohort and b) the lack of funding deters a lot of people from accepting their offer. They only have a couple of fully funded positions. Since Rutgers - Newark is fully funded and well-known, I would guess that there's more competition for those spots. I don't think there's anything wrong with thinking this over now. In fact, I think it's smart to mull over the possibility of going to grad school during the impending economic depression. Keep in mind that you will almost surely graduate into a very tough job market. Education budgets will be nuked even harder than they already have been, so I wouldn't bank on getting a job in academia (not that that approach was wise before, anyway...). There won't be a ton of prospects for people like us, and we'll have to get crafty to get by. I don't know your circumstances, but this is something to seriously consider.
  6. Congratulations on your acceptance and waitlists! Columbia's funding situation is tricky, but you're lucky that your waitlists are both well-funded. And truly, you should feel proud of your results. From my layman's perspective, I'd say that getting a waitlist from Rutgers might be harder than an acceptance from Columbia. That program is crazy competitive.
  7. I'm worried about the long-term economic impacts and how that will affect funding and the job market. I saw someone online suggest that we could go through another round of what happened in academia during the 2008 financial crisis. I was fairly young then, however, so I don't know much about that. I'm curious if anyone can speak to it? What sort of changes could we expect?
  8. Based on what I'm seeing, yes. On the Results page, there are three acceptances: 3/5, 3/11, 3/15. They seem to be notifying by phone, so that could account for the spread. For the record, I haven't applied to Columbia and have no "inside info." This is just what I've seen here and on Draft.
  9. It seems like acceptances are coming out in waves. Since they've already sent out some acceptances and rejections, I'd say you're not out of the running yet. Sorry if that's all old news.
  10. Hey, thanks so much for offering up your knowledge! To start off which, can you share the biggest positives and negatives from your MFA experience?
  11. @bibliophile222 That's a great way to look at it! I agree that despite the stress and panic, it's forcing us to take a hard look at our society and what's not working. From that perspective, this may lead to some long-needed changes that benefit us more than the outbreak hurts us (in the long run, that is).
  12. I'm glad I can help you hash it out! And that's true, we really can't take anything for granted... I hope you're able to work something out, and let us know what you decide! At the very least, you can rest easy knowing that you'll definitely be attending a program this fall.
  13. Those are strong reasons to favor a program. It's unfortunate, though, that your options for extra funds are limited... Personally, I think trying to work a part-time job on top of TA duties would be more than I could handle. Plus, the whole point of the MFA is having time to write -- and would you really have time with another job? Your other option is a loan, which I would favor if it wasn't more than $15-20k for the duration of the program (since that's easy enough to pay off, in my opinion). Also apologies if you weren't looking for advice. Those are just my thoughts as a third party who knows nothing about your personal circumstances. As for me, if I don't get funded, I won't go. It would be too much debt, and the financial stress would make it hard to fully enjoy the program... I've harped on this many times on this site, but I consider financial freedom a bigger boon than an MFA when it comes to """making it""" as a writer (whatever that means).
  14. Just saw this on Draft: "For those waiting on UC Riverside: I just got off the phone with Michael Jayme and he said they are about halfway through admissions! They are accepting 3 nonfiction, 4 fiction, 4 poetry (I’m not sure about those who applied in Writing for the Performing Arts). Those numbers are set to ensure all admitted students have a TA position in the 2nd year. Complications with corona are affecting the speed of the process, but you should be hearing soon!"
  15. I appreciate your concern for people in the program and other applicants, but waiting doesn't make you an asshole. You're making a life-altering choice, so you shouldn't feel bad about taking your time; that's simply the smart thing to do. If you're certain you don't want to go to the other school that accepted you, however, it would be kind to turn it down now. Can I ask why you don't want to attend the better funded program, though? As for GMU, it fully funds about 2/3rds of its students. However, offers come out on a rolling basis. I know that at least one person has been offered a TAship (which they turned down), and since then no one on Draft has heard anything. I'm trying to stay hopeful since I was a first round acceptance (seems like they started sending out more acceptances this week), but it's nerve-wracking. One of the program vets I spoke to told me they heard in late April...
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