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Best undergrad for English/creative writing

TopProspectsTopProspects Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited January 2005 in College Search & Selection
Anyone have a link to USNWR or any other rankings for this catagory for me?
Post edited by TopProspects on

Replies to: Best undergrad for English/creative writing

  • IBclass06IBclass06 Registered User Posts: 2,846 Senior Member
    Here's a link to the National Research Council rankings:

  • monydadmonydad Registered User Posts: 7,779 Senior Member
    When reviewing IBclass06's link, please bear in mind that :
    1) it is not an undergrad ranking at all; and
    2) it does not include creative writing. Not that this matters, due to #1 above.
  • TheDadTheDad Registered User, ! Posts: 10,225 Senior Member
    MONYdad, don't confuse 'em with the facts.
  • GlobalistGlobalist Registered User Posts: 1,586 Senior Member
    There are plenty of schools w/ great English departments & creative writing programs. Here's some undergrad info. on The University of Virginia's program. The NRC ranked the grad English program at #4. Last year's Pulitzer Prize winners in Poetry (Franz Wright) and Fiction (Edward P. Jones) were UVa grads.

  • hormesis3hormesis3 - Posts: 114 Junior Member
    Best undergrad for English/creative writing
    Anyone have a link to USNWR or any other rankings for this catagory for me?

    For the future, keep in mind that The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop is recognized as having the best graduate level (MFA) creative writing program (http://www.uiowa.edu/~iww/about.htm):

    "The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop was the first creative writing degree program in the United States and the model for contemporary writing programs. Workshop alumni have won a dozen Pulitzer Prizes (most recently Michael Cunningham in fiction and Mark Strand in poetry, both in 1999), as well as numerous National Book Awards and other major literary honors. Four recent U.S. Poet Laureates have been graduates of the Workshop. In 2003, the Workshop received a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was the first Medal awarded to a university, and only the second given to an institution rather than an individual."

    It has been recognized by USNews, but I knew of its incredible reputation without the rankings ( I also know someone who's daughter is currently at the Workshop and she is incredibly happy) (http://www-as.phy.ohiou.edu/~rouzie/569A/compcreative/University.htm):

    School U. S. and World Report Ranking for 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
    26. University of Florida 3.6
    27. University of Maryland, College Park (MD) 3.6
    28. University of Pittsburgh 3.6
    29. Warren Wilson College (NC) 3.6
    30. University of California, Davis (CA) 3.5
    31. University of Southern Mississippi (MS) 3.5
    32. University of Texas, Austin (TX) 3.5
    33. Iowa State University 3.4
    34. University of Missouri, Columbia (MO) 3.4
    35. University of Oregon 3.4
    36. University of Southern California (CA) 3.4
    37. Bennington College (CT) 3.3
    38. CUNY--City College of New York (NY) 3.3
    39. Florida State University 3.3
    40. Ohio University 3.3
    41. Ohio State University 3.3
    42. Penn State University, University Park (PA) 3.3
    43. University of Alabama (AL) 3.3
    44. University of Denver (CO) 3.3
    45. University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC) 3.3
    46. San Francisco State University 3.2
    47. University of Cincinnati 3.2
    48. University of New Hampshire 3.2
    49. Western Michigan University (MI) 3.2
    50. American University (DC) 3.1
    51. Colorado State University (CO) 3.1
    52. Eastern Washington University 3.1
    53. Georgia State University 3.1
    54. New Mexico State University (NM) 3.1
    55. Saint Mary's College of California 3.1
    56. San Diego State University 3.1
    57. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (IL) 3.1
    58. Temple University (PA) 3.1
    59. University of Colorado, Boulder (CO) 3.1
    60. Virginia Commonwealth University 3.1
    61. Wichita State University (KS) 3.1
    62. Brooklyn College (NY) 3.0
    63. California State University, Fresno (CA) 3.0
    64. Mills College (CA) 3.0
    65. SUNY, Albany 3.0
    66. University of Georgia 3.0
    67. University of Hawaii, Mano (HW) 3.0
    68. University of Illinois, Urbana--Champaign (IL) 3.0
    69. University of Minnesota (MN) 3.0
    70. Vermont College of Norwich University (VT) 3.0
    71. SUNY--Binghamton (NY) 3.0
  • GlobalistGlobalist Registered User Posts: 1,586 Senior Member
    Yes, the Iowa program is a very well-known and highly-regarded program.
  • reidmreidm Registered User Posts: 1,050 Senior Member
    TopProspects, you may want to re-post this in an area where people would actually answer your question.
  • dave72dave72 Registered User Posts: 639 Member
    (replying to Globalist) Franz Wright went to Oberlin, not UVa. And Oberlin is one of the strongest LACs for Creative Writing and English.
  • RaboKarabekianRaboKarabekian Registered User Posts: 2,820 Senior Member
    Hamilton is good for creative writing
  • carolyncarolyn Registered User Posts: 7,435 Senior Member
    My personal top picks for UNDERgraduate creative writing programs (based on close examination of each schools actual offerings for undergrads): Kenyon, Oberlin, Knox College, Brown, Sarah Lawrence Johns Hopkins (yes, Johns Hopkins), Iowa. Other great choices: Bard, Bennington, Gettysburg, UC Riverside, Columbia, Eckerd, Emerson, U of Pittsburgh, U of Redlands, Wheaton (Mass), Washington College, U of Oregon, U of Michigan, Beloit.
  • GlobalistGlobalist Registered User Posts: 1,586 Senior Member
    Dave72, yes I know Franz Wright went to Oberlin, but he got his MFA in Creative Writing at UVa. Read my 2nd link.
  • bowtoserenitybowtoserenity Registered User Posts: 398 Member
    My personal 2 cents,

    My English Teacher went to U of Iowa majoring in Creative Writng as an undergrad. He had a fabulous experience. Yea.... it's darn good....
  • UmiVUmiV Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    I'm a student at JHU, and I can tell you that its English and Writing Seminar departments are highly regarded as top programs of their kind in the country... no, we're not all premeds! Some other good picks would be traditional LAC's and the like.
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