little bit of narrowing down

Washington state- it’s a maybe with this school
Application deadline January 31
• A prospective student must have received a baccalaureate degree from a college or university-- accredited by a recognized association--with a grade point average of 3.00 in the most recent 60 semester hours. Students with a baccalaureate degree from a non-accredited institution may be considered only upon special petition to the Dean of the Graduate School.
• International applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, usually a minimum of four years of study beyond grade 12, demonstrated proficiency in English, minimum TOEFL of 550 or equivalent, and evidence of financial support.
• Students must be accepted by the department or program in which they seek a degree or graduate study.

• GRE/GMAT scores and dates (if available, and required by department)
• Three letters of recommendation
• Official transcripts
• Departmental information
• TOEFL scores and dates (international applicants)
• Financial information (international applicants)

University Nevada
Application deadline January 15
I think I liked this school, but I can’t meet the application requirements.
• BA or BS degree from an accredited institution, with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75. (NOTE: If the overall GPA is less than 2.75, then the GPA for the final 60 credits alone must be 3.0.)
• Students need not have been English majors, but must have a minimum of 21 semester credits in English courses above and beyond the freshman composition level, with a generally superior performance in these classes.
• Scores of 50th percentile on the General Verbal Tests and 25th percentile on the Advanced Literature Test of the Graduate Record Examination.
• Two letters of recommendation, send directly to the English Department.

University of Arizona- I’m kinda eh about this school, still don’t want to go to school in Arizona.

• Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended
• A statement of purpose (Why are you interested in getting an advanced degree in literature? Why are you interested in doing so at the University of Arizona?)
• Three letters of recommendation from professors who know your academic work and your potential for advanced study in literature. (Fillable/printable form below)
• A writing sample in the form of a critical paper written for an upper-level literature course (maximum length 25 pages). For students entering with an MA in hand, we recommend that the writing sample be article-length, since it will serve also as a Qualifying Examination Paper.
• Applicants who have been Graduate Teaching Assistants at another institution: Include syllabi of the course(s) taught
• Official General Aptitude and Subject Test in Literature scores from the Graduate Record Examination (code should be marked 2500, 2501 or 2502). Institution Code is 4832.
• International students: Include Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (must be above 550). Institution Code is 4832.
• International students: Include Official Test of Spoken English (TSE) scores (must be above 230)
• Application Checklist and Cover Sheet

And now I’m pretty sure I can’t make the requirements for application

University of New Mexico-
British and Irish Literature:
British and Irish literature is central to the study of the western cultural heritage and the history of the English language. British/Irish literature covers such great intellectual and historical movements as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism, and such major writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, Byron, the Brontës, Joyce, Woolf. Students who study this literature learn the early and later development of such genres as poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction prose. Its texts, ranging over fifteen hundred years, inform other literatures in English and in other languages. They also help students appreciate interactions that exist among history, social criticism, and literature. UNM’s English Department offers a comprehensive set of graduate courses and advanced seminars in British and Irish literatures, from Anglo-Saxon to postmodernism and postcolonialism. The British/Irish literature group also sponsors special programs, such as an ongoing Irish lecture series and a Medieval Studies lecture series now in its nineteenth year.
Sounds interesting though I can’t find anything on how to apply

Rice- it sounds interesting, but I can’t find any real information on their programs, just an overview of the entire graduate school.

UNT- sounds interesting
Application deadline January 15
• Complete official transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended; transcripts sent to the UNT Graduate School.
• For degree-seeking students, official score reports of the appropriate standardized examination (the GRE, for example). These examinations may be taken at the UNT Testing Service. (The UNT school code for the GRE is 6481.)
• Those seeking either non-degree status or a Graduate Academic Certificate do not need a standardized examination.
• Completed Toulouse School of Graduate Studies Application form (the on-line application through; link below).
• Completed application form for International Students (the on-line application through; link below).
• Application fee (non-refundable; US residents: $50; International students: $75);
1. A completed graduate application form with the intended major indicated in the appropriate blank.
2. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores sent from the Educational Testing Service. Candidates applying for all MA programs in English must take the GRE verbal and analytical writing sections.
3. Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) examination for students whose native language is not English.
4. Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate academic work.
5. For the major in creative writing only, a writing samples portfolio consisting of a creative writing sample (10 pages of poetry or 15–25 pages of fiction) and a critical writing sample (a paper of 10–20 pages)

UT Arlington- (this is where my mom and dad went)
1. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate work, with a minimum of 3.4 in the English major or upper-level English courses.
2. GRE scores: a minimum of 500 verbal and at least a 500 on the old analytical portion or at least a 4.5 on the new Analytical Writing measure. (We will not consider the math scores. We do not require the English subject test.)
3. A writing sample that demonstrates a sophisticated prose style and the ability to construct complex arguments.
4. Three letters of recommendation that attest to the prospective student's intellectual and scholarly potential. At least two of these should be from former professors.

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so um yeah, still bad about updating every day, though I have been doing work every day.

I've been working on my statement of purpose and when i finish the last paragraph i'll email off a copy, and my steinbeck paper. but mostly i've been looking at schools, going back through my list, and into the new ones as well.