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Which colleges offer the best undergraduate writing programs?

Iconoclast_JMIconoclast_JM Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited October 2011 in College Search & Selection
I belong to the class of 2007 and I intend to major in either Journalism, Creative Writing, or English Composition. I scored a 2280 on the SAT Reasoning Test (CR:720 M:760 W:800) but my weighted G.P.A. will only be a 3.6 by the time that I apply for college(I have maintained a 4.0 G.P.A since the second semester of my sophmore year). Which schools offer the best undergraduate writing programs that i could potentially qualify for?
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Replies to: Which colleges offer the best undergraduate writing programs?

  • pirt8528pirt8528 . Posts: 358 Member
    you could potentially qualify for many top shcools with such numbers. although the name of the following school may scare you away, consider it. The University of Iowa is renowned for its top creative writing program and for its job placement as well.
  • Drew00Drew00 Registered User Posts: 2,964 Senior Member
    Iowa's strength is mainly it's MFA program. Look into Johns Hopkins University.
  • DRabDRab Registered User Posts: 6,104 Senior Member
    Search for lists of schools good at creative writing, and keep in mind many will not have journalism, and that some will only have creative writing as an emphasis with a greater emphasis on the analysis of literature.
  • improvethesilenceimprovethesilence Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    I'm very much in the same boat as you, with similar SAT score/grades (2270/3.7) and interests, so I've done some research.

    Middlebury's English program is quite distinguished, as it is associated with the Breadloaf Writer's Conference. With your stats, it's a sound match. Most liberal arts colleges offer excellent creative writing options, if not majors, among them Reed, Vassar, Swarthmore, and Sarah Lawrence. The aforementioned University of Iowa is better known for its graduate Writers' Workshop, but I would argue that the undergraduates are thus able to benefit from the same high quality education.

    In regard to journalism, you should especially look into Northwestern. It has an excellent journalism school. Others to consider are USC, Syracuse, and Mizzou.
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Registered User Posts: 6,590 Senior Member
    from Rugg's Recommendations:
    Agnes Scott
    U Alabama
    Carnegie Mellon
    Fla St
    U Iowa
    John's Hopkins
    Lewis-Clark State (ID)
    Long Island U Southhampton
    U Maine Farmington
    U of Michigan
    SUNY New Paltz
    NC State
    U Oregon
    U Pitt
    St Andrews (NC)
    San Fran St
    C of Santa Fe
    Sarah Lawrence
    Sweet Briar
    Washington Coll (MD)
    Wheaton (MA)
    Wichita State

    US News graduate creative writing programs:
    1. University of Iowa 4.5
    2. John Hopkins University (MD) 4.2
    3. University of Houston (TX) 4.2
    4. Columbia University (NY) 4.1
    5. University of Virginia 4.1
    6. New York University 4.0
    7. University of California, Irvine (CA) 4.0
    8. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI) 4.0
    9. University of Arizona 3.9
    10. Boston University 3.8
    11. Cornell University 3.8
    12. University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MA) 3.8
    13. University of Montana (MT) 3.8
    14. University of Washington 3.8
    15. Washington University (MO) 3.8
    16. Brown University (RI) 3.7
    17. Indiana University, Bloomington (IN) 3.7
    18. University of Arkansas (AR) 3.7
    19. University of Utah 3.7
    20. Arizona State University 3.6
    21. Emerson College (MA) 3.6
    22. George Mason University (VA) 3.6
    23. Hollins College (VA) 3.6
    24. Sarah Lawrence College (NY) 3.6
    25. Syracuse University (NY) 3.6
  • scuenglishscuenglish Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Santa Clara University has an English Department. It's a beautiful campus and it's in the heart of Silicon Valley, 35 minutes south of San Francisco, California. Check out the site at Santa Clara University - College of Arts and Sciences - Department of English
  • Rachel233Rachel233 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Susquehanna University has a fantastic undergrad Creative Writing program. It's highly competitive and is structured like a graduate MFA program. Also, the school has an excellent Honors program.
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Super Moderator Posts: 35,906 Super Moderator
    The OPs have to be long gone from 2006
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