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2016 Notifications

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Yes, it’s that time of year again already. Buckle up!

If you’re wondering whether applicants have heard back from programs, check out GradCafe. We recommend searching for “creative writing,” “fiction” and/or “poetry.” We cannot guarantee the below data from GradCafe is 100 percent accurate.

Please let us know if a program is still notifying applicants.

Where did you apply? Have you heard back from programs? Share below and good luck!

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Updated 4/18/16 7:18 PM

Programs that have notified so far according to GradCafe results. This does not necessarily mean they are done notifying. Programs are listed in alphabetical order.

  • University of Alabama: most genres notified.
  • University of Alaska-Fairbanks: acceptances in poetry and fiction.
  • American University: acceptance in fiction.
  • Antioch College: acceptance in poetry.
  • University of Arizona (Tucson): all genres notified.
  • Arizona State University: all genres notified.
  • University of Arkansas: rejections, acceptances and waitlists in fiction and acceptance and waitlists in poetry.
  • University of Baltimore: acceptances in fiction and poetry.
  • Bennington College: acceptance in fiction.
  • Boise State: all genres notified.
  • Boston University: all genres notified.
  • Bowling Green State University: acceptances in poetry and fiction.
  • Brooklyn College: acceptances in poetry and rejections and waitlists in fiction.
  • Brown University: all genres notified.
  • University of British Columbia: rejections in fiction and creative non-fiction.
  • Butler University: acceptances in poetry and fiction.
  • California Institute of the Arts: acceptances in fiction.
  • University of California, Davis: acceptance in fiction.
  • University of California, Irvine: offers supposedly made.
  • University of California, Riverside: most genres notified.
  • University of California, San Diego: rejections and a waitlist in fiction.
  • California State University, Long Beach: acceptances in fiction and poetry.
  • California State University, San Jose: acceptance in poetry.
  • University of Central Florida: acceptances in poetry.
  • Chapman University: acceptances in creative non-fiction and fiction.
  • Chatham University: acceptances and rejections in fiction.
  • University of Colorado-Boulder: acceptance in fiction.
  • Colorado State University: acceptances and rejections in fiction.
  • Columbia College Chicago: acceptances in fiction and poetry.
  • Columbia University: acceptances in creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry.
  • Cornell University: all genres notified.
  • University of East Anglia: acceptance in poetry.
  • Eastern Washington University: acceptance in creative non-fiction and fiction.
  • Emerson College: acceptances in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.
  • University of Florida: rejections in fiction.
  • Florida Atlantic University: acceptances in creative non-fiction and fiction.
  • Florida International University: acceptance in creative non-fiction.
  • Florida State University: acceptance in poetry.
  • George Mason University: acceptances in creative non-fiction, poetry and fiction.
  • Georgia College and State University: acceptances in creative non-fiction and poetry and a rejection in fiction.
  • Georgia State University: acceptances in poetry.
  • Guelph-Humber (Toronto): acceptances in poetry and creative non-fiction.
  • Hollins University: acceptances in creative non-fiction and fiction, waitlists in fiction and rejections in poetry.
  • University of Houston: most genres notified (check online portal).
  • Hunter College: acceptance in creative non-fiction and rejections in fiction.
  • University of Idaho: acceptances in fiction and a rejection in poetry.
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: all genres notified.
  • Indiana University: all genres notified.
  • Institute of American Indian Arts: acceptance in poetry.
  • University of Iowa: acceptance in creative non-fiction.
  • Iowa State University: acceptance in fiction.
  • Iowa Writer’s Workshop: all genres notified.
  • Johns Hopkins University: all genres notified.
  • Kansas University: acceptance in fiction.
  • University of Kentucky: acceptance in fiction.
  • Louisiana State University: all genres notified.
  • Ohio State University: all genres notified.
  • Oklahoma State University: acceptance in creative non-fiction.
  • University of Oregon: acceptance in fiction.
  • Oregon State University: acceptance and waitlists in fiction.
  • Manhattanville College: acceptance in poetry.
  • University of Maryland: acceptances in fiction.
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst: acceptances in fiction and in poetry and rejections in fiction.
  • University of Massachusetts Boston: acceptances and waitlists in fiction.
  • McNeese State University: all genres notified.
  • University of Miami: acceptances in poetry.
  • Miami University: acceptance.
  • University of Michigan: all genres notified.
  • Mills College: acceptances in fiction and poetry.
  • The University of Minnesota: all genres notified.
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato: acceptances and waitlist in fiction and in creative non-fiction.
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City: acceptance.
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis: acceptance in poetry.
  • University of Mississippi: acceptance in poetry and waitlist in fiction.
  • University of Montana-Missoula: acceptances in creative-non fiction and fiction and rejection in creative non-fiction.
  • Naropa University: acceptance in poetry.
  • NEOMFA: acceptance in poetry.
  • University of Nevada, Reno: acceptance, and rejection in fiction.
  • University of New Hampshire: acceptances in poetry.
  • University of New Mexico: acceptances and waitlists in fiction and an acceptance in creative non-fiction.
  • New Mexico State University: rejections in fiction and an acceptance in poetry.
  • University of New Orleans: acceptances in fiction and poetry and a waitlist in fiction.
  • The New School: acceptances in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction and a waitlist in fiction.
  • New Writers Project: all genres notified.
  • New York University: all genres notified.
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro: acceptances and rejections in fiction and an acceptance in poetry.
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington: acceptances and waitlists in fiction and poetry.
  • North Carolina State University: acceptance in fiction and waitlists in poetry.
  • Northern Arizona University: acceptances in poetry and fiction.
  • Northern Michigan University: acceptances in fiction and poetry and a rejection in poetry.
  • University of Notre Dame: all genres notified.
  • Old Dominion University: rejection in poetry and acceptance in fiction.
  • University of Oregon: all genres notified.
  • Oregon State University: acceptances, rejections and waitlists in poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction.
  • Otis College of Art and Design: acceptance.
  • Oxford University: interview notification.
  • Pacific University: acceptance in fiction.
  • Pacific Lutheran University: acceptance in poetry.
  • University of Pittsburgh: acceptances in creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry and rejections in creative-non fiction, fiction and poetry.
  • Portland State University: acceptances and waitlists in fiction and poetry, and rejections in fiction and creative non-fiction.
  • Pratt Institute: acceptances in poetry and rejection in fiction.
  • Purdue University: most genres notified.
  • Rainier Writing Workshop: acceptance in creative non-fiction.
  • Rutgers University-Camden: acceptances in fiction and creative non-fiction.
  • Rutgers University-Newark: acceptances in fiction and poetry and a waitlist in fiction.
  • San Diego State University: acceptances in fiction and poetry.
  • University of San Francisco: acceptances in poetry.
  • San Francisco State University: acceptance in poetry.
  • Sarah Lawrence: acceptances in creative non-fiction and fiction.
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago: acceptance in fiction.
  • SIUC: waitlist in fiction.
  • The University of South Carolina-Columbia: acceptances and rejections in fiction.
  • University of South Florida: acceptances in poetry and in creative non-fiction and waitlists in fiction and poetry.
  • San Jose State University: acceptance in fiction.
  • Saint Marys College of California: acceptances in fiction and poetry.
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale: acceptance in poetry and rejection in fiction.
  • University of St. Andrews: acceptance in fiction.
  • Stony Brook Southampton: acceptances in fiction and poetry and a rejection in fiction.
  • Syracuse University: all genres notified.
  • Temple University: acceptances and rejections in fiction and poetry.
  • University of Texas at Austin—Michener Center: all genres notified.
  • Texas State University: acceptances and waitlists in fiction.
  • University of Utah: acceptance in poetry.
  • Vanderbilt University: all genres notified.
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts: acceptances in poetry.
  • University of Virginia: all genres notified.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University: acceptances, waitlists and rejections in poetry.
  • Virginia Tech: all genres notified.
  • University of Washington: acceptances and waitlists in fiction.
  • University of Washington Bothell: rejection in fiction.
  • Washington University in St. Louis: all genres notified.
  • West Virginia University: most genres notified (rejection letters being mailed).
  • Western Kentucky University: acceptances in poetry and fiction.
  • Western Michigan University: acceptances in poetry and waitlists in fiction and poetry.
  • Western Washington University: acceptances and waitlists in fiction
  • Wichita State University: acceptance in fiction.
  • William Paterson University: acceptance.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison: all genres notified.
  • University of Wyoming: all genres notified.
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60 Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    Thank you so much for doing this. I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for exactly this sort of thing.

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  2. ssrcw says

    Waiting for anything about Michener… Going crazy… Slowly, painfully…

    Also thank you for posting this! So helpful.

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  3. Feisty Gal says

    Do we know it’s legit? 1) Very early…average date for first acceptances the past few years is February 17th 2) The call would most likely come from Sam Chang 3) How can it be the “top fellowship” when they are still mid-application process? Just wondering…

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    • I can’t say for sure if it’s legit or not. It’s not necessarily too early for someone to be getting a call.

      Either way, Iowa takes 25 in each genre so there’s plenty of room for more acceptances.

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  4. Kapper9 says

    Any other fiction candidates who applied to Minnesota still waiting? I still haven’t hear back … it’s been driving me sufficiently nuts since I saw the first acceptance on GradCafe.

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  5. I’ve been going crazy since January 28th when I received an unofficial notification of acceptance to George Mason’s Poetry program. I didn’t get an official email until February 8th, I’m not sure why it took so long to get the official offer. I’m glad to know most schools won’t be giving out acceptances until at least the 17th, because after that early notification I wasn’t sure what dates to expect to hear by. Thank you for keeping this information current and good luck to everyone waiting!

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  6. Does anyone know if Wisconsin already sent out ALL of their acceptances and most of their waitlist? Is is atypical for there to be more acceptances after waitlists have been notified?

    And Iowa has gone radio silence? Does that mean the acceptances are over?

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    • Judging by previous years, it’s very likely Wisconsin has sent out all of their acceptances and waitlists.

      Iowa admits 25 in each genre so we’ll probably be hearing from them again soon.

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  7. Does anyone happen to know how notification phases work at the University of Alabama? Do they take place in waves? Are you notified if wait listed and do rejections occur early, mid way, etc.? Any idea of how many they are admtting? Thanks. Online my workflow status graph for app. shows cw dept. review graph still in evaluation stage and it looks like nothing has been decided yet since last segment of graph is blank on “final decision” section. But they may just be giving snail mail rejection time to crawl here. 😉 Good luck to all.

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      • I’m sending positive thoughts your way! As long as you submit by deadline you should be considered. Bet you’really still okay.I also think I read on the website something like… there is sometimes a lag between work flow place app actually is in comparison to the graph. I recall mine was not shaded at all many weeks. Noticed a few acceptances on grad cafe at first of this week.

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  8. Colorado State University sent me an email that started with:

    “As we move along in the process of selecting candidates who have applied for an English Department Graduate Teaching Assistantship, we want to remind you that a condition of employment at Colorado State University is a background check.”

    I was then informed that I would now be subject to said background check.

    Someone else received the same email, accd to my Grad Cafe searches. I am not on Facebook thus not in MFA Draft, so I only know that this one other person and I have received this email.

    Is this is a good sign? Or just an average sign? Is everyone getting this email?

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  9. Has UMass Amherst sent out all acceptances for fiction? My status still shows applied in the application site. Please let me know.

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  10. My heart practically stopped when I saw the University of Alabama listed on caller ID tonight. Just a recruitment call. Bummer.

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  11. Thanks for the list!

    University of Florida has started notifying the fiction applicants they wait listed.

    Are there forums where candidates can ‘meet’ others who were accepted to a program? I’ve been accepted to UMass and I’d love to get to know the other folks who got in.

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  12. I was accepted into Adelphi University’s MFA program for fiction. Still waiting on 7 others…including Portland.

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      • Anonymous says

        I don’t think they can fully-fund anyone else at this point (they only offer a few scholarships) but there are TAships and other opportunities to make money during the school year.

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  13. Mystery Guy says

    Hey, MFA Years, thanks for the awesome website! I know Rutgers-Camden has started sending out acceptances for poetry because I got a phone call and an e-mail recently. So stoked! Still waiting on funding…

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  14. Andy says

    Does anyone know if Brown has finalized their list of accepted poetry applicants? Has anyone received a rejection? There’s only one acceptance on grad cafe that I know of.

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  15. In at Butler. Apps were due less than a week ago, so the quick turn around was surprising!

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  16. Thus far I’ve only seen one interview notification from the University of Oxford’s MST. Any idea if all interviews have taken place?
    Thanks

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    • Anonymous says

      I have an interview Monday but I did see at least one acceptance already on Grad Cafe. Do you know if everyone gets an interview?

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  17. Anonymous says

    Thanks for the list.
    Thus far I’ve only seen one post regarding an interview for Oxfords’s MST; any idea if all interviewees have been notified?
    Thanks

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  18. Tenys says

    I have been accepted to one program and wait listed for another. I have one more program pending. The program that “wait listed” me has been my DREAM school since I was sixteen. What should I do to improve my chances of being accepted? Thanks in advance for your advice!

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  19. Andy says

    Does anyone feel Columbia is worth the 90k debt? I’m a hopeful wait lister…Any advice? Much appreciated.

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  20. I still haven’t heard from WUSTL. I think people were notified in January either way. What does this mean?

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  21. Anonymous says

    Does anyone know about San Diego State University and their poetry acceptances? I don’t see any on grad cafe or draft. This is one I’m still waiting on…

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  22. Kip says

    Would anyone recommend calling the admissions office and asking for their place in a wait list even if the admissions office has already emailed that they cannot disclose it?

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  23. Melissa Johnson says

    I was accepted to WCSU in Connecticut for the fall semester. Got my official acceptance letter Friday.

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