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  1. On this, you'll be best off simply looking through the tags on Cocoon and following the cross-linked articles. Here's a few though: https://philosopherscocoon.typepad.com/blog/2019/08/supporting-non-academic-careers-guest-post-by-kevin-js-zollman.html https://philosopherscocoon.typepad.com/blog/2020/07/can-good-publications-offset-grad-program-rank.html https://philosopherscocoon.typepad.com/blog/2019/06/aos-job-types-and-placement-a-hypothesis.html https://philosopherscocoon.typepad.com/blog/2020/05/motivating-phd-programs-to-focus-on-industry-jobs.html https://philo
  2. Hi again, No problem: ABD means "All But Dissertation." Yes out of coursework, though not always teaching. Should be doing research, but it varies a great deal by department what the support is like during that phase, which is a key part of any program. It's easy to be excited about a program when things are well-funded, structured by coursework, and you have frequent contact with your cohort. Things get different when you are in the comprehensive exams and dissertation phase. To your point regarding TT jobs: you should consider reading up on this through posts on DailyNous and Philo
  3. Chiming in to say that I agree with everything @SmugSnugInARug has said. I have been through a shutout too, and it's important that you work at not associating your success in philosophy graduate admissions with your own self worth. I know it is hard to do, but it's something to work on.
  4. I'm surprised you find these results disappointing, especially give how competitive this cycle was and given it sounds like you are applying straight out of your undergraduate degree. @Marcus_Aurelius is right on this, and the typical answer to questions like this is that you are better to take the bird in hand than to try again (and risk getting in nowhere). This said, it may be that you now think that they may not be a good fit or something else. If that's the case, think very carefully about which will be the best fit for you, your research interests (allowing that they may shift somewhat)
  5. Occasionally people ask questions like this on the forum, so there is now a boilerplate answer: there is no reasonable way to make an "educated guess" about those who don't get offers this year. Even who will get offers and who won't (as washabirva's point illustrates) is quite unlikely to be fruitful, unless we're comparing fringe cases and making a lot of generalizations. The only way we could approach an educated account of this would be through a disciplinary survey of applicants, which I believe someone has put together this year. Even then, having a raw account of how many people ar
  6. Putting it out there: there are a lot of posts on this board from applicants who have profiles similar to yours. It might be worth doing an AMA of sorts, or at least a write-up of your experience, once things are settled down a bit. It could be very helpful for people in a similar situation.
  7. Edit: was not making a helping contribution. This is a thread for venting and commiserating. Sorry all.
  8. I've had a brief chat with someone else I know who was just admitted to the same program, we each received an automated e-mail around 1:15PM. It is probably worth checking the portal for any update. Sorry if this means a no-go for UBC, but you've got many more irons it the fire it looks like!
  9. Update I literally just got in at UBC.
  10. Saw a UBC post on the results page--anyone on here have info?
  11. To throw in one example: places like Michigan are transparent about these things. See here and sort for philosophy: https://tableau.dsc.umich.edu/t/UM-Public/views/RackhamDoctoralProgramStatistics/ProgramStatistics?:embed=y&:showAppBanner=false&:showShareOptions=true&:display_count=no&:showVizHome=no&FOSDParameter=All+Rackham I haven't encountered many schools who are like this, but they do exist. I, for one, think departments in every discipline should aim for this kind of transparency, but that would take an institutional change I imagine.
  12. Hi all, This is a very general question, but I'm trying to broaden my horizons. I am a Philosophy applicant, but I'm also thinking about next steps if things don't work out this time around. I have considered applying to policy-focused programs and interdisciplinary social science programs if I don't make it into a PhD program in philosophy this time around, I wonder if anyone could suggest where I might look to find benchmarks for other areas of study (I don't want to be a lawyer). To be clear: I know GRE scores aren't everything and don't determine that anyone gets into whatever program
  13. He's the graduate admissions coordinator at MIT at the moment and we'd had a very brief chat about some of my documents back in January. I e-mailed him right after the rejections to thank the department for the fast turn around on the rejections (sometimes we wait a long time to hear about rejections officially or not at all), and he was forthcoming about the number of applicants and slots. EDIT: No info about waitlists, but I didn't ask. Don't forget that the information we can glean from posts on GradCafe and Facebook are quite limited.
  14. FYI for those rejected from MIT: Alex Byrne mentioned they had more applicants than usual with +300 for only 4 slots this year.
  15. Wow wow wow, we definitely need this story 😂😂
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