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2 hours ago, vollie said:

Actually, I hate to be using this account just to ask questions, but as someone who’s contemplating staying home and reapplying next year if I don’t get any funded offers...

None of my mentors had English MAs (all Creative Writing professors and non-academics), and I didn’t do a lot of the things I see mentioned in this thread as things typical of an applicant because I didn’t know they were typical of applicants. I didn’t do an Honors Thesis because I graduated early for financial/personal reasons (I would have needed to stay a full senior year), and I’ve never been able to attend or present at a conference- the time I would have used for research ended up being used on internships and jobs, and my university didn’t have many opportunities for humanities research for undergrads.

Did I miss out on my shot for a funded MA by not doing these things? Should I have never thought I could get into one without it in the first place? It seems like it was way more important of a factor than I thought. I only applied to standalone MAs, not MA/PhDs. 

I don’t think so at all! I don’t think folks applying with BAs are expected to have conferences or publications under their belts. Lots of people don’t do honors theses (is that the plural? I had a lot of beer last night and words all look wrong today) and I don’t think that’s a problem either. What you need is a clear, concise, and intriguing SoP (that is also magically  aligned with whatever the dynamic needs and desires of the department are that year, haha), and an excellently written and intriguing writing sample. Have hope! You can do this! And I would highly suggest taking that year to reapply over doing an unfunded MA. Just my two cents.

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On 3/20/2019 at 11:43 AM, Bopie5 said:

Helpful information:

1) UCSB, Michigan, and Northwestern all have a policy not to offer feedback (citing volume of apps received)

2) UCSB's adcomm chair told me that this year they had around 200 applicants for 6-8 positions.

3) Michigan's director of graduate studies said that admission is very competitive, and "historically only 8-10% of applicants are offered admission"

4) Aaron Barstow from UC Davis said they had 156 applicants this year; didn't say how many offers were made. 

Hope this is helpful in getting a sense of the lay of the land!

First, thank you to @Bopie5 for writing about asking for feedback from Davis, that was SUPER helpful. Since then, they must have finalized the applicants, because my email said "163 applications and only offered 24 of them admission" !

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6 hours ago, vollie said:

Actually, I hate to be using this account just to ask questions, but as someone who’s contemplating staying home and reapplying next year if I don’t get any funded offers...

None of my mentors had English MAs (all Creative Writing professors and non-academics), and I didn’t do a lot of the things I see mentioned in this thread as things typical of an applicant because I didn’t know they were typical of applicants. I didn’t do an Honors Thesis because I graduated early for financial/personal reasons (I would have needed to stay a full senior year), and I’ve never been able to attend or present at a conference- the time I would have used for research ended up being used on internships and jobs, and my university didn’t have many opportunities for humanities research for undergrads.

Did I miss out on my shot for a funded MA by not doing these things? Should I have never thought I could get into one without it in the first place? It seems like it was way more important of a factor than I thought. I only applied to standalone MAs, not MA/PhDs. 

I agree with everyone else. I don't think you missed out. The MA program is usually where you start working on the professionalization aspect (conference papers, publications, etc). While those aspects would obviously look nice on a MA application, they are not expected. The SOP and writing sample are the most important aspects. My recommendation should you reapply next year is to research programs where MA students usually receive funding. One issue with some universities is if they have a Ph.D. program, most of the funds are usually allocated for those students, and whatever is left (if anything) goes to MA students. However, you will be able to find programs that fit your interest which offer funding for MA. I know of certain programs in the Northeast/New England area (I live there) that do, so if you ever wanted to message me, I could recommend some. 

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Following Bopie's example (also @Bopie5 CONGRATS ON THAT VILLANOVA ACCEPTANCE! I am sending so many vibes to the funding deities that you get great funding) and also sending e-mails requesting feedback. Sent an e-mail to University of Washington, fingers crossed. It's tempting to send an e-mail to Yale and UCLA but my gut tells me to leave the schools be, and no e-mails to either Columbia or Cornell since the application volume must be high O_O (and as an addendum, Cornell's rejection letter makes it clear that it was the final receipt of any results. of all the ones I received... I believe UW does allow questions)

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1 hour ago, Ranmaag said:

(also @Bopie5 CONGRATS ON THAT VILLANOVA ACCEPTANCE! I am sending so many vibes to the funding deities that you get great funding)

Thank you thank you! Let's hope those funding deities smile upon me and my future (weirdly, the GradCafe emoji function doesn't let me insert the praying hands or the crossed fingers emoji, but mentally insert both of those here haha)

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UVA movement - I got my rejection FINALLY and someone else at the visiting weekend i’m at at UNC got official waitlist notification.

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Hello guys, 

I've submitted my application for MA English at UBC since Jan 4. The referee deadline was Jan 18 and all were able to submit. I've been following this thread and noticed the admission decision for this year is too late. (Also I've noticed that the admission decision for September 2019 (this year) is unusually late.) I'm beginning to worry. I even mailed Miranda Burgess in Feb, the MA advisor and she said 'it was still very early and that i should give them some weeks to get back'. It's been over a month and I've mailed her again, but no response. I'm an international student, with a Bachelors outside Canada...Has anyone heard from UBC English at all? Kindly share your experiences

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Hi guys, has anyone heard back from UBC since the Jan 4 deadline? The status on the portal still says 'in progress'. The admission decision is unusually late. I'm quite worried.

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On 3/21/2019 at 10:06 AM, Clarara said:

Hey! Does anyone know if there's an invisible waitlist for Fordham? 

They haven't mentioned anything of the sort.  When I visited, I got the feeling that they are a kind of school that only sends out a select number of acceptances a year.  Fellowship support and summer support weighs heavily on their admissions decisions. 

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2 hours ago, placeinspace said:

WSU apparently really follows that April 15 deadline. They haven't released any decisions yet based on email response someone posted on the results page.

that was me. I got that email last week and i'm like "uh ok"

 

I also have a visit coming up at SIUC. I proposed two dates since they encourage a visit, but don't require one, and I. AM. NERVOUS.

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Gradcafe is a wonderful place, y'all. I had the BU visit yesterday and I was super nervous for it to be full of forced interaction. But as soon as I got there, so many people recognized eachother from GC!!! It was so amazing and so nice to talk about things we've discussed on here in person. It was also nice to discuss how we thought the visit was going when there were no faculty or grad students around. I also am feeling a little more positive about the waitlist and am desperately hoping to move off of it! Good luck everybody!

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15 hours ago, cassidyaxx said:

But as soon as I got there, so many people recognized eachother from GC!!! It was so amazing and so nice to talk about things we've discussed on here in person.

Word, this is exactly how the Rice visit weekend was. It instantly helped the feel of the visit become more collegial :) 

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Just sent an email to Loyola asking about negotiating funding, and let me tell you after years, honestly, of begging the gods to get into a program it felt INCREDIBLY awkward to essentially say thanks so much but you can you give me some more, please? I hope he responds quickly so I don't have too much time to re-read the email and sweat about it.

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6 minutes ago, kendalldinniene said:

Just sent an email to Loyola asking about negotiating funding, and let me tell you after years, honestly, of begging the gods to get into a program it felt INCREDIBLY awkward to essentially say thanks so much but you can you give me some more, please? I hope he responds quickly so I don't have too much time to re-read the email and sweat about it.

Sending all positive vibes your way.

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10 hours ago, kendalldinniene said:

Just sent an email to Loyola asking about negotiating funding, and let me tell you after years, honestly, of begging the gods to get into a program it felt INCREDIBLY awkward to essentially say thanks so much but you can you give me some more, please? I hope he responds quickly so I don't have too much time to re-read the email and sweat about it.

Just FYI for future students, there’s no room for negotiating funding at Loyola besides a possible additional first year fellowship.

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Soooo i'm a little perplexed. I emailed UNC Chapel Hill to inquire about my (assumed) rejection a few days ago. I hadn't gotten an app. status update, and I was looking for some closure. However, they informed me that a decision hadn't been made regarding my application. Is it possible that I am actually still being considered for admittance? I wasn't given a waitlist notification, and I would assume that they're solely doling out whatever room they have left to those with a position on the waitlist. Basically, I'm just utterly confused and I feel like my crush is leading me on, lol.

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7 minutes ago, alexisnj said:

Soooo i'm a little perplexed. I emailed UNC Chapel Hill to inquire about my (assumed) rejection a few days ago. I hadn't gotten an app. status update, and I was looking for some closure. However, they informed me that a decision hadn't been made regarding my application. Is it possible that I am actually still being considered for admittance? I wasn't given a waitlist notification, and I would assume that they're solely doling out whatever room they have left to those with a position on the waitlist. Basically, I'm just utterly confused and I feel like my crush is leading me on, lol.

The same thing happened to me last week!

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im in the same boat as @alexisnj and @tacocat211  I called the department today and was told to email the DGS. But I had a feeling the person I was speaking to was looking at my file and could see that I was rejected and just didn’t want to tell me over the phone. I am basing this off of nothing concrete except for the way she said my name and confirmed it and told me to email. Lol 

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@arbie They informed me about my limbo status via email, so the committee could very well be undecided on us! It’s incredibly frustrating though— to have the tiniest fragment of hope dangled in front of you. I’d rather be rejected than on their non disclosed waitlist, or whatever this is. 

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26 minutes ago, alexisnj said:

@arbie They informed me about my limbo status via email, so the committee could very well be undecided on us! It’s incredibly frustrating though— to have the tiniest fragment of hope dangled in front of you. I’d rather be rejected than on their non disclosed waitlist, or whatever this is. 

At least it means we’re qualified and not an instant reject! Have any rejections been posted from UNC yet though? Fingers crossed for us both!

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@tacocat211 that's awesome news!  It's going to go great!

 

On another note, anyone else struck by how funny it is that this one thing has been so all-consuming for you for so long, but no one else in your life (or maybe mostly no one else) really gets exactly what the hell you're on about?  Listening to my parents try to tell people what I'll be studying is always a hilarious reality check.

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