Monday, February 16, 2009

2009 Recruitment Forum

Now that we're all back from AWP in Chicago and settling in to this year's recruitment, we'd like to open Greensboro's 2009 Recruitment Forum. The purpose of this year's forum will be twofold: 1. We'd like to have a place to post the answers to the most common questions we receive via e-mail and on the telephone. 2. We'd like provide a venue for recruits to question our students here at Greensboro.


Terry Kennedy, Associate Director
Jamey Bradbury, Student
Joellen Craft, Student
Ansel Elkins, Student
Glenn Lester, Student


Anonymous said...

Yay, it's here!

I have a couple of questions.

1)I wouldn't ask, but I'm confident that this falls under the "most asked" category. Have all acceptances/waitlisters been notified? If not, what is that schedule looking like?

2)You mentioned on the Kealey blog faculty forum that knowing someone who knows someone in the program is a big help (in so many words). Does that mean the rest of us are sunk?

Glenn said...


While I can't answer your first question, you should know that I was accepted to UNCG's MFA program without knowing anybody who attended or taught here. And there are many non-insiders like me.

Terry L. Kennedy said...

I can answer #1. We've only read about half of the writing samples that we've received. And out of those, we've only received about half of the credential files from The Graduate school. In other words, we have a long way to go.

We have a very slow review process here in Greensboro--every faculty member reads every application in their genre. For that reason, we also don't mind if applicants call us up to check on their status.

On a related note--our director, Jim Clark, also appreciates knowing if applicants have offers from other programs. It's not always the case that he can speed up the review process, but he'll be the first to tell you if we'll never be able to match an offer from another school.

- terry

Whitney said...


I'm so glad to find this post! I just have a quick, [hopefully] easy question to answer. I recently contacted the graduate dept. and I am missing a recommendation letter. Would this delay my application? I have spoken with Jim, and he informed me that he had not received my application and a "pink slip" from the admissions dept. yet. I have contacted the recommendation writer and asked him to re-send his letter, just FYI. Other than that tardy letter, my materials were received before Christmas.

Also, I paid late, even though the rest of my materials were received before Jan. 1st. Will my application still be considered a "priority" application?

Terry L. Kennedy said...

Hi Whitney,

I just puled your file and your writing sample is already with the committee. We can't take any action on an application until we've received all of the credentials from the Graduate School and, as Jim mention, the "Pink Action Sheet." However, since we're just barely over half-way through all of the application files, your delayed letter shouldn't affect your consideration at all. If you have other questions, please feel free to contact me directly at:

- terry

DJP said...

Thanks for this opportunity. This has been a very lonely process: it's very refreshing to feel like there is someone out there!

I was wondering if the current financial crisis is effecting the number of people you can take and/or the funding offered. I'd be willing to bet it, at least, increased applications?

Thanks for your time,

Danielle Jones-Pruett

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Terry L. Kennedy said...

Hi Danielle,

Although we're not as bad off as some state universities, we certainly haven't been completely shielded from the current financial crisis.

Most likely, won't know our full funding picture until mid-March, but we're expecting that graduate student funding will be affected--especially in the area of tuition waivers.

On the bright side, we are, by design, a small program and this may mean that UNC Greensboro's belt-tightening won't require us to decrease our overall numbers by much, if at all.

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks very much for offering this forum.

Do you know about how many people you'll be offering acceptances to this year? And does that roughly correspond to how many slots you'll have open?



Hi thanks so much for having this forum. My online application status says that I'm missing a recommendation letter, however I know that this person sent it in November. Should I go ahead and ask him to resend it?

Thanks a lot for your help,
Daniela Ugaz

Terry L. Kennedy said...


We've had a few phone calls from applicants today who have checked up on their application via The Graduate School's online system and seen a status of "Not Admitted" or something along those lines.

This does not mean that you have not been accepted in to the MFA Writing Program.

Apparently, once The Graduate School finishes processing a file they automatically change the status to "Not Admitted" meaning "Not Yet Admitted".

For UNC Greensboro, both the good news and the bad news still comes from The Graduate School via snail mail.

If you have any concerns about the status of your application, please don't hesitate to call us here at the office.

Sorry to give some you a shock.

- terry

Anonymous said...

Do we have any ideas when fiction applicants should be receiving responses?

Terry L. Kennedy said...

Good morning,

Our admissions committee is still reading incoming applications so it will be a while yet before they've made all of their final decisions.

Although we do (and have this year) recommend that The Graduate School admit a few candidates in the early stages of our reading, by and large, the majority of the decisions are made between March 15th and April 15th--the AWP deadline for applicants to accept or defer offers of admission.

I've mentioned this before, but I think it's worth repeating: we realize our process is slower than a good many other schools out there and we certainly don't mind when applicants call us up to check on the status of their application. In fact, if you have an offer from another program, please do give Jim Clark, the director of our program, a call. He may not be able to speed up the review of your file, but he will be the first to tell you if you have an offer we just can't match.

Adrienne said...

I was wondering about how people will be notified. Do rejections, as well as acceptances, go out as they are determined, or are all rejected applicants notified at one time? Also, how can we expect to be notified? Is it a phone, letter, or email thing?

Thank you so much.

Terry L. Kennedy said...

Hi Andrienne,

Here at UNC Greensboro, The Graduate School actually sends out the "official" news, whether it be good or bad.

Generally speaking, we begin to send out both the good news and bad news around March 15th and continue through AWP's April 15th deadline for applicants to accept or defer offers of admission.

So far this year, our admissions committee has made a few recommendations of acceptance but, with Spring Break coming this week, they probably won't meet again until March 28th.

As always, if anyone wants an update on their application, please feel free to call the office. We know we have a slow process here in Greensboro, and we don't mind giving specific updates.

- terry