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So as I mentioned, I've turned down Baylor, but at this late stage in the game, I don't think I'll be coming off the wait list at Iowa. Heart: broken! Ah well, next year... :(

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Me too! I'll just have turned 29 when I start my Ph.D. next fall. I'm convinced we're like fine wines and better due to our age ;)

Same for me! I think there's a big 28-32 crowd populating Grad Cafe.

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Also stoked for Tybalt. Big congrats!

Even though your season appeared pretty rough (I've been watching) you always maintained a good attitude about it. I'm certain that Rochester will benefit from having you there.

So glad this is almost over.

Thanks (to everyone)! Looking at it now, it was stressful, but it went fairly well. Out of 11 applications, 7 were outright rejections, and most of those were "reach" schools for me. Back in November, I would have been thrilled to somehow know that I'd end up with two acceptances and three wait-lists. It's amazing the difference a phone call can make!

Now to the real conundrum. I need to figure out where one would attempt to buy a pallet of Ramen...:)

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So as I mentioned, I've turned down Baylor, but at this late stage in the game, I don't think I'll be coming off the wait list at Iowa. Heart: broken! Ah well, next year... :(

Unless they've said something to that effect, I wouldn't give up hope yet. I get the feeling that schools have been accepting fewer but waitlisting more this season (due to the uncertainty of funding due to the economy).

As such, lots of people seem to be deciding in the last few days. I also met a bunch of people at the CEA conference a couple of weeks ago who told me they got in to their programs off of the waitlist (and almost all of them were notified on the last or second to last day).

Good luck!

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I have just declined a funded PhD offer at the University of Washington. Hope this helps one of you on the waitlist for first-year funding.

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Thanks (to everyone)! Looking at it now, it was stressful, but it went fairly well. Out of 11 applications, 7 were outright rejections, and most of those were "reach" schools for me. Back in November, I would have been thrilled to somehow know that I'd end up with two acceptances and three wait-lists. It's amazing the difference a phone call can make!

That's totally awesome :)

I remember you posting a while back that you were hoping not to get screwed over by undergrad transcripts issues that you had no control over. It's good to know that good programs judge candidates for what they're really worth, and not for things that happened 10 years ago, or that they had no control over. Congratulations again!

After going through all the blood and sweat and tears with everyone else on the board, it's so nice to be able to celebrate each other's successes. Yay! We rock! :)

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I turned down an offer from University of Illinois at Chicago and am praying to get in off the waitlist at UVa.

Is there a specified hour for the April 15th deadline? Midnight on EST?

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Just declined Purdue and University of Washington-Seattle. Good luck to Purdue wait-listers...seriously the nicest department ever.

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Same for me! I think there's a big 28-32 crowd populating Grad Cafe.

So, at 37 I guess I'm ancient!

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For anyone accepting an offer at UW-Seattle: Declining my offer there was difficult. They are a great department and their DGS is one of the kindest, most helpful people I was in contact with through the whole application process.

Enjoy the next several years there!

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Officially declined a super-nice package from U of Denver w/doctoral studies fellowship. I hope this makes someone's day - it's an amazing city & a beautiful campus!

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Just declined a funded offer at Indiana-Bloomington. My field is British Romanticism. Hope this goes to one of y'all--it looks like a great program.

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I'm not sure if it's better to hold out for more funding from a school that I've already been accepted to (waitlisted for first-year funding) or to go ahead and tell them yes. Opinions? I don't want to miss out on a chance for more funding by saying yes too "soon" (soon in quotes 'cause it's April 14).

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I'd email and say you're heavily leaning to said school but say you're really concerned about the lack of first-year funding. Ask if there are any updates about getting funding and also ask if there are any top-off funds or anything that, if you don't get full first-year funding, could at least help ameliorate your financial concerns. Good luck!

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I just accepted a Ph.D spot in University of Arizona RCTE and turned down Virginia Tech (Rhet/Writing), and Arizona State (Rhet/Comp/Linguistics). Good luck to everyone. Anyone else here accepted at RCTE?

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Thanks (to everyone)! Looking at it now, it was stressful, but it went fairly well. Out of 11 applications, 7 were outright rejections, and most of those were "reach" schools for me. Back in November, I would have been thrilled to somehow know that I'd end up with two acceptances and three wait-lists. It's amazing the difference a phone call can make!

Now to the real conundrum. I need to figure out where one would attempt to buy a pallet of Ramen...:)

No Ramen necessary, friend :D I'm so, so happy that things worked out for you, and if it is in fact my spot that you've got, that makes me so glad that I made the choice that I did! I was feeling a bit shaky about declining Rochester because I loved the people there so much, but not anymore :)

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According to the Chronicle of Higher Ed, the average age for a doctoral student in the US is 35.

What's the average percentage of degree completion, I wonder.

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Just declined Purdue and University of Washington-Seattle. Good luck to Purdue wait-listers...seriously the nicest department ever.

Was your UW offer funded?

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Unfortunately not, though I was first on a waitlist for 5 years of funding--no funding the first year.

Was your UW offer funded?

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Just declined:

  • 4-year fully-funded offer to University of Washington-Seattle (English)
  • 5-year partially funded offer to the New School in Social Research (Philosophy)

Hope they go to someone on here!

Edited by sivlE

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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 to think about it tonight and decide tomorrow. I doubt they'll take two people from the same (small) MA program.

EDIT--Then again, they might just call me with fantastic news just minutes after I was being all gloom and doom depressing on the Gradcafe...:)

yay! i'm so glad you got a spot this season!

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Just got a phone call from the DGS at SUNY Buffalo, and I'm in the PhD program off the waitlist with full funding! I'm so happy I could scream! I was totally planning on taking out loans and getting my MA, and now I don't need to worry about it anymore. Plus, Buffalo is my hometown and I can't wait to get started at school. AAAAH!

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Just got a phone call from the DGS at SUNY Buffalo, and I'm in the PhD program off the waitlist with full funding! I'm so happy I could scream! I was totally planning on taking out loans and getting my MA, and now I don't need to worry about it anymore. Plus, Buffalo is my hometown and I can't wait to get started at school. AAAAH!

Congratulations!!!

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