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Continuing the Philosophy Admissions Blog


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Howdy fellow philosophers,

Some of you may remember me from last year - I ran the Philosophy Admissions blog in order to create predictions and keep track of information regarding the release of admissions information. I also acted as a resource to some of you who wished to seek my general advice about the application process and especially the dreaded waiting period.

Many people seemed to find the blog a helpful resource while trying to navigate the admissions process. But since I'm now in a PhD program, I will be prioritizing things other than blog maintenance and forum upkeep. It would be unfortunate, though, for that to mean that this year's applicants don't have access to the kinds of resources that such a blog provides.

What I am looking for is someone involved in the admissions process this year who would be willing to take over operating the blog - at least at the day-to-day level. The job primarily involves doing the amount of checking of results and releases that I was going to be doing anyway, but with the added benefit of helping out some fellow philosophers. So it wasn't much extra cost (though there was some work involved at points, such as with creating predictions for the various schools), and gave me a welcome outlet for my obsessiveness with respect to philosophy admissions. Last year, I began the process of including more schools not on the Leiter report. I was starting to extend into predictions for programs that focus on continental philosophy. I hope the new editor will continue with this trend. I also took a more active role in participating in the forums and responding to emails and messages. The new editor may decide to do this and may decide against it. 

We also last year introduced Nat, a applicant that would call the various departments anonymously to receive direct information from them at points. We may continue with this or we may not. It will be up to you this year to decide. 

If anyone is interested in having this kind of editorial role on the blog, please let me know by replying or messaging me with a short note.

<Note that above is nearly exactly the same as Sid post last year. I've added a few more points for the expansion of the job and of the predictions.>

Best of luck to everyone applying this year!

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Unfortunately I don't have the time to help with this but it's a great idea. The only other information I wish you included was statistics on acceptance rates. Sometimes they are published on the universities' websites but sometimes they are in the rejection letters, e.g. "We were unfortunately only able to admit 3 of the 200 applicants". Otherwise, the website is very comprehensive. I hope you're able to find a new editor.

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On 12/21/2016 at 9:37 AM, jacbarcan said:

Howdy fellow philosophers,

Some of you may remember me from last year - I ran the Philosophy Admissions blog in order to create predictions and keep track of information regarding the release of admissions information. I also acted as a resource to some of you who wished to seek my general advice about the application process and especially the dreaded waiting period.

Many people seemed to find the blog a helpful resource while trying to navigate the admissions process. But since I'm now in a PhD program, I will be prioritizing things other than blog maintenance and forum upkeep. It would be unfortunate, though, for that to mean that this year's applicants don't have access to the kinds of resources that such a blog provides.

What I am looking for is someone involved in the admissions process this year who would be willing to take over operating the blog - at least at the day-to-day level. The job primarily involves doing the amount of checking of results and releases that I was going to be doing anyway, but with the added benefit of helping out some fellow philosophers. So it wasn't much extra cost (though there was some work involved at points, such as with creating predictions for the various schools), and gave me a welcome outlet for my obsessiveness with respect to philosophy admissions. Last year, I began the process of including more schools not on the Leiter report. I was starting to extend into predictions for programs that focus on continental philosophy. I hope the new editor will continue with this trend. I also took a more active role in participating in the forums and responding to emails and messages. The new editor may decide to do this and may decide against it. 

We also last year introduced Nat, a applicant that would call the various departments anonymously to receive direct information from them at points. We may continue with this or we may not. It will be up to you this year to decide. 

If anyone is interested in having this kind of editorial role on the blog, please let me know by replying or messaging me with a short note.

<Note that above is nearly exactly the same as Sid post last year. I've added a few more points for the expansion of the job and of the predictions.>

Best of luck to everyone applying this year!

That's a great one, very useful. Thanks for this.

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