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2017 Notifications

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It’s our third annual notifications post! Below, you’ll find information about creative writing acceptance, rejection and waitlist notifications; MA and low-res programs are included.

We collect this information from Gradcafe. We cannot guarantee the data is 100 percent accurate as it is user submitted and unverifiable.

Please let us know if a program is still notifying applicants, or if anything is inaccurate.

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

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Updated 4/9/17 8:42 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.

  • Adelphi University: fiction acceptance and rejection.
  • University of Alabama: some poetry and fiction notifications.
  • University of Alaska: creative non-fiction acceptance.
  • American University: poetry and CNF acceptances, and a poetry rejection.
  • University of Arizona: all notifications sent.
  • Arizona State: fiction acceptance and poetry rejection.
  • University of Arkansas: poetry acceptance and fiction rejections.
  • University of Baltimore: acceptance.
  • Bennington College: fiction acceptance.
  • Boise State University: all notifications sent.
  • Boston University: all notifications sent.
  • Bowling Green State: fiction acceptances.
  • University of British Columbia: rejections.
  • Brooklyn College: fiction and poetry acceptances and waitlists.
  • Brown University: all notifications sent.
  • California College of the Arts: acceptance.
  • University of California, Davis: fiction acceptances and a waitlist.
  • California Institute for the Arts: poetry and fiction acceptances.
  • University of California, Irvine: fiction and poetry rejections.
  • University of California, Riverside: creative non-fiction and fiction acceptances, rejections and waitlists.
  • University of California, San Diego: fiction and poetry rejections.
  • California State, Long Beach: poetry acceptance.
  • Cambridge University: rejection.
  • University of Central Florida: poetry and fiction acceptances.
  • Chapman University: creative non-fiction and fiction acceptances.
  • City College of New York: poetry and creative non-fiction acceptances.
  • College of Charleston: fiction waitlists.
  • Chatham University: poetry and fiction acceptances.
  • University of Colorado, Boulder: fiction acceptance, creative non-fiction rejection and poetry waitlists and acceptances.
  • Colorado State University: all notifications sent.
  • Columbia College Chicago: poetry and fiction acceptances and a rejection.
  • Columbia University: fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction acceptances, and fiction waitlists.
  • Cornell University: all notifications sent.
  • Creighton University: fiction acceptance.
  • University of East Anglia: fiction rejection.
  • Eastern Washington University: creative non-fiction and fiction acceptances.
  • Emerson College: fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction acceptances.
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University: acceptance.
  • University of Florida: fiction and poetry acceptances and rejections, and a waitlist.
  • Florida Atlantic University: fiction acceptance and rejection.
  • Florida International University: poetry acceptance.
  • George Mason University: fiction acceptances.
  • Georgia College and State University: fiction acceptance.
  • Goddard College: acceptance.
  • Hamline University: fiction acceptance.
  • Hollins University: poetry and fiction acceptances and creative non-fiction and fiction waitlists. Some rejections.
  • University of Houston: all notifications sent.
  • Hunter College: poetry acceptances and fiction rejections.
  • University of Idaho: fiction acceptances and waitlists, and a creative non-fiction acceptance.
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: all notifications sent.
  • Indiana University: fiction acceptance and poetry waitlists.
  • Institute of American Indian Arts: fiction acceptances.
  • Iowa Writer’s Workshop: all notifications sent.
  • University of Iowa: creative non-fiction rejections, and an acceptance in creative writing in Spanish.
  • Iowa State University: creative non-fiction and fiction waitlists.
  • Johns Hopkins: all notifications sent.
  • University of Kansas: fiction acceptances and a fiction rejection.
  • University of Kentucky: poetry acceptances.
  • Kingston University: fiction acceptances.
  • Lancaster University: fiction acceptance.
  • Lesley University: creative non-fiction acceptance.
  • Long Island University: fiction acceptance.
  • Louisiana State University: fiction acceptances and rejections, and poetry waitlists and rejections.
  • Manhattanville College: fiction acceptance.
  • University of Maryland – College Park: acceptance and fiction rejections.
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst): all notifications sent.
  • University of Massachusetts (Boston): poetry and fiction acceptances.
  • Mcneese State University: fiction acceptances, waitlists and rejections, poetry waitlists and a creative non-fiction rejection.
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland: fiction acceptance.
  • University of Miami: fiction acceptances and waitlists.
  • Miami University (low-res): fiction acceptance.
  • Miami University (Ohio): fiction waitlist.
  • Michener Center: poetry and fiction acceptances and fiction rejections.
  • University of Michigan: all notifications sent.
  • Mills College: creative non-fiction acceptance.
  • University of Minnesota: fiction acceptances and waitlists.
  • Minnesota State Mankato: fiction acceptances.
  • Mississippi University for Women: creative non-fiction acceptance.
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City: fiction acceptance.
  • University of Montana: poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction acceptances, and a fiction rejection.
  • Naropa University: poetry acceptance.
  • NEOMFA: fiction acceptance.
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas: fiction acceptance and a waitlist.
  • University of New Hampshire: poetry acceptance.
  • University of New Mexico: fiction and creative non-fiction acceptances and rejections.
  • New Mexico State University: acceptance.
  • University of New Orleans: poetry and fiction acceptances, and a rejection.
  • College of New Rochelle: fiction acceptance.
  • The New School: poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction acceptances, and a fiction waitlist.
  • New Writers Project: all notifications sent.
  • New York University: fiction and poetry acceptances, rejections and waitlists.
  • Northern Arizona University: poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction acceptances.
  • University of North Carolina-Greensboro: poetry acceptance and fiction rejection.
  • University of North Carolina-Wilmington: creative non-fiction and fiction acceptances, and fiction and poetry waitlists.
  • Northern Michigan University: fiction acceptance.
  • Northwestern University: creative non-fiction acceptance.
  • Notre Dame: all notifications sent.
  • Ohio State University: all notifications sent.
  • Old Dominion University: poetry acceptance.
  • Ole Miss: fiction acceptance.
  • University of Oregon: all notifications sent.
  • Oregon State University: all notifications sent.
  • Otis College of Art and Design: fiction acceptance.
  • University of Oxford: fiction rejection.
  • Pacific University: fiction acceptances.
  • University of Pittsburgh: all notifications sent.
  • Portland State University: fiction acceptances, rejections and waitlists, and a creative non-fiction waitlist and rejection.
  • Pratt Institute: fiction acceptance.
  • Purdue University: fiction waitlists.
  • Queens University of Charlotte: fiction acceptance.
  • Queens College: poetry acceptance.
  • Rainier Writing Workshop: creative non-fiction acceptance.
  • Rutgers-Camden: fiction acceptance, waitlists and rejections.
  • Rutgers-Newark: fiction and poetry rejections and waitlists.
  • Saint Mary’s College of California: fiction acceptance.
  • San Diego State University: fiction acceptance.
  • University of San Francisco: fiction and poetry acceptances.
  • San Francisco State University: creative non-fiction acceptance, and fiction rejections.
  • Sarah Lawrence: fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry acceptances.
  • Savannah College of Art and Design: fiction acceptance.
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago: fiction rejection, and poetry acceptances and rejections.
  • University of South Carolina: poetry acceptances and poetry and fiction waitlists.
  • University of South Florida: fiction waitlists.
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale: poetry waitlists.
  • Spalding University: creative non-fiction acceptance.
  • Stonecoast: creative non-fiction acceptance.
  • Stony Brook Southampton: fiction and creative non-fiction acceptances, and a fiction rejection.
  • Syracuse University: all notifications sent.
  • Temple University: poetry and fiction acceptances, and a poetry rejection.
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville: fiction and poetry waitlists.
  • Texas State San Marcos: fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry acceptances.
  • University of Toronto: rejection.
  • University of Utah: poetry acceptance.
  • Vanderbilt: all notifications sent.
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts: poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction acceptances.
  • University of Victoria: creative non-fiction acceptances and rejections.
  • University of Virginia: all notifications sent.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University: fiction and poetry acceptances, and a poetry rejection.
  • Virginia Tech: all notifications sent.
  • Warren Wilson: fiction acceptances and rejections.
  • University of Washington-Bothell: fiction acceptance.
  • University of Washington-Seattle: poetry acceptances and waitlists.
  • Washington University in St. Louis: all notifications sent.
  • Western Michigan University: fiction acceptances and waitlists.
  • Western State Colorado University: fiction acceptance.
  • West Virginia University: poetry rejection.
  • Western Washington University: poetry acceptance.
  • University of Wisconsin: poetry waitlists.
  • Writers Foundry at St. Josephs: fiction acceptance.
  • University of Wyoming: all notifications sent.
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50 Comments

  1. I received an acceptance from South Carolina for Fiction. I’m an international applicant.

    Thought this might be beneficial for people to know. Perhaps not 🙂

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  2. stickfigureman says

    There have also been acceptances at Purdue and Minnesota (both in poetry) reported on MFA Draft that aren’t posted on Grad Cafe yet.

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  3. Caitlin Porter says

    Grad Cafe is the devil. I’ve started suspecting that a few schools (UNM, Iowa), who have had postings of success but no failures, are letting those accepted know before sending out rejections. Does anyone think this is accurate?

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  4. Anonymous says

    Alabama definitely hasn’t sent out all their notifications for poetry.

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  5. I know this is for MFA years, but wondering if anyone has heard anything from USC for creative writing Phd. Notifications? Interviews? Anything? I have an MFA already and only applied to USC since I’m older and there’s only a few institutions I’d be willing to do Phd time at. Trying to get into USC is a lot like trying to win the power ball odds wise, though, just to get an idea what I look like to selection committees.

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  6. Ah…the pain of it…9 rejections…4 more to report. Can I endure? Wondering if I should try again another year, aim at an MA in English (yuck) or do a low residency MFA…any thoughts? Miserable.

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      • Jenee Skinner says

        Does anyone know of any MA programs with funding that are still admitting students at this point?

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    • Sylvie says

      I’m in a similar boat! I applied to 6 schools this year, and have received 3 rejections (with the other schools being ones that I know have sent out acceptances). I do think you should try again, as a sh*t ton of people do and are luckier the second/third time around. Maybe wait until 2019, though? J

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  7. Jenny says

    No rejections from NYU yet – does anyone know what’s going on? How long do their acceptances roll out or are they done?

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  8. MFA L'ETRANGER says

    Well, CUNY Hunter has started rolling out the rejection letters…

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  9. Anonymous says

    Anyone hear back from UC Riverside (poetry)? Acceptances, rejections, waitlist offers…anything?

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  10. Luke Perry says

    I recently visited the GradCafe forum and noticed two UC Riverside updates (one, poetry and the other unknown). Does anyone know how far along they are with the notification process? Poetry/Fiction acceptances, rejections, waitlist offers…

    Thanks.

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  11. Anna Green says

    Does anyone know how far into the process Boston University is right now? I know they don’t usually notify people until early April, but GradCafe posts some get calls mkd-March.

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    • I just heard from them yesterday (in response to an email I had sent) that they had sent some acceptances but were still reading and I would find out early April.

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    • I heard from them yesterday that they had sent some acceptances but were still reading and I should hear from them in early April. That would be for poetry.

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  12. Julia Dunn says

    I was accepted into Mills College’s MFA in Creative Writing for the Creative Nonfiction genre today!

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  13. Sina says

    Hi. I’ve applied to 7 MFA programs at different universities. So far, I have only received 3 rejections. Waiting for the rest of them is becoming unbearable. Why nothing comes up? Any news is a good news for me, even 4 more rejections; I just can’t wait any more! 😦
    Does anybody have any news from Miami University, University of Kansas, UC Riverside, Western Kentucky University?

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  14. Hello,
    I received an acceptance for both poetry and fiction from University of San Francisco, but I am still to hear from George Mason. I reapplied to GMU this year after being accepted last year but I couldn’t pursue because of lack of funding. Any news from them?

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  15. Hillary York says

    Does anyone know if Boston U. has accepted or wait listed all the poetry applications they’re going to? The waiting is killing me.

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