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Not to be Johnny Stormcloud, but it's not looking very likely at Rochester now, either. There were two of us in my MA cohort on the UR wait list. The other one got a phone call today. She's going t

Everytime I see this thread, I start playing "Gangster's Paradise" in my head. . .

I pretty much lurk around Grad Cafe anonymously, making a post here and there. And this is pretty much the only forum I check, and not to sound like a stalker, but in recent weeks I've been checking t

I just turned down a PhD offer at Iowa. It wasn't full funding, only 50% with a lot of teaching and research responsibilities, but the money seemed doable to me. Also, I had been accepted off the wait-list. Good luck!!!!

Just as a point of clarification, Iowa only offers full funding for PhD admits. A 50% appointment at Iowa (and elsewhere) IS full funding. It carries a full tuition waiver, stipend, and health insurance. The 50% number is based on a 40-hour work week. So a 100% appointment would be 40 hours. As a TA or Instructor, the idea is that you don't work more than 20 hours a week, and that is where 50% comes from.

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Just turned down three offers:

  • UMass- Amherst English Ph.D.-- plus Teaching Assistantship award
  • CUNY Graduate Center Ph.D. -- plus Enhanced Chancellor's Fellowship
  • College of William and Mary American Studies Ph.D.-- was wait-listed for a fellowship, but their funding is really good and I hope that someone else will benefit from being bumped up the waitlist another place!

Hope that helps some people out. Those are all really great places and there's money to be had.

That being said, I'm still waiting to hear from Michigan-- such a great program, great financial packages, and the DGS said she'd let me know ASAP, hopefully Monday. I hope people decline Michigan in droves today and tomorrow... to go to other great programs, of course!

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Declining Berkeley, Penn and Yale -- all fully funded PhD offers. Hope the space + money go toward someone here who'll make better use of it than I would have!

If you don't mind me asking, where are you going? If you're declining these schools I feel like there are only a few options, one of which makes me very nervous...

On that note, anyone turning down Princeton?

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If you don't mind me asking, where are you going? If you're declining these schools I feel like there are only a few options, one of which makes me very nervous...

On that note, anyone turning down Princeton?

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news -- I accepted an offer at Princeton today.

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Just turned down Stony Brook and West Virginia. Hope that helps someone out there!

What is your sub-field? Any idea which way you're leaning at this point? (Rochester is one of my wait-lists--I just visited the campus yesterday afternoon with another wait-listed student, and the campus was just beautiful).

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Just removed myself from the waitlist at Loyola—Chicago. Last week, declined an offer from UNC-Greensboro.

Just turned down a fully funded decision at the University of Oregon, including the Krohn's fellowship in Literature and the Environment. (Seriously, one of the most excruciating decisions of my life.)

Boston University, here I come. Wait, did I make the wrong decision? I wonder if I'll sleep at all tonight...

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What is your sub-field? Any idea which way you're leaning at this point? (Rochester is one of my wait-lists--I just visited the campus yesterday afternoon with another wait-listed student, and the campus was just beautiful).

Hey Tybalt, I'm down to Rochester and Indiana (where I'm on the waitlist), and there is a definite possibility that I will be declining Rochester - I'll post here immediately if I do! I'm a medievalist, so I don't know if that's helpful, but I thought it couldn't hurt to let you know. Good luck!:)

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