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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

2010 Creative Writing MFA Rankings: The Top Fifty

If this link ever stops working, below is a list of the top 50 MFA programs for Creative Writing in the US (Seth Abramson's list as published in Poets & Writers magazine).

Rank
School
Votes
(of 508)

Poetry
Rank
Fiction
Rank
Nonfiction
Rank
Total
Funding
Rank
Annual
Funding
Rank



1 University of Iowa in Iowa City 253 1 1 1 21 22

2 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 169 3 2 * 16 4

3 University of Virginia, Charlottesville 144 2 4 * 21 21

4 University of Massachusetts, Amherst 132 4 5 * 40 41

4 University of Texas, Austin 132 5 6 * 1 1

6 University of Wisconsin, Madison 129 6 11 * 21 22

7
Brown University in Providence 127 8 3 * 19 20

8 New York University in New York City 125 7 7 * + +

9 Cornell University in Ithaca, New York 110 9 7 * 10 2

10 University of Oregon, Eugene 104 15 12 * 27 29

11 Syracuse University in New York 97 20 10 * 5 7

12 Indiana University, Bloomington 93 13 14 * 6 8

13 University of California, Irvine 91 26 9 * 26 28

14 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 85 17 14 8 29 27

15 Brooklyn College, CUNY 81 39 13 * * *

16
University of Montana, Missoula 78 17 17 17 47 46

17
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore 77 11 16 * 30 30

18
Vanderbilt University in Nashville 76 13 18 23 25 26

19
University of North Carolina, Greensboro 75 10 19 * 33 31

20
Washington University, St. Louis 70 15 24 * 12 3

21
University of Florida, Gainesville 67 22 21 * 13 16

22
Columbia University in New York City 66 38 19 10 * *

23
University of Notre Dame in Indiana 62 34 22 12 + +

24
Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia 56 32 26 4 + +

24
University of North Carolina, Wilmington 56 22 25 5 41 42

26
Arizona State University, Tempe 55 19 28 35 15 18

26
Hunter College, CUNY 55 45 22 6 * *

26
University of Houston in Texas 55 11 34 18 34 34

29
Colorado State University, Fort Collins 53 20 34 * 42 43

29
The New School in New York City 53 47 27 3 * *

31
Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York 52 27 33 8 * *

31
University of Washington, Seattle 52 27 28 * * *

33
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa 51 25 31 29 2 18

34
University of Arizona, Tucson 49 32 28 2 + +

35
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana 45 22 40 * 9 10

36
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 41 31 45 * 17 24

37
George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia 40 39 34 12 + +

38
Boston University in Massachusetts 39 39 38 * + +

39
University of Nevada, Las Vegas 38 48 31 * 35 35

40
Ohio State University, Columbus 35 27 + 35 7 9

41
University of Maryland, College Park 34 37 44 * * *

42
Florida State University, Tallahassee 33 39 + * 38 38

42
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge 33 * 46 * 3 5

42
Rutgers University, Newark in New Jersey 33 * 37 12 *
*

42
University of New Hampshire, Durham 33 39 40 7 * *

46
Pennsylvania State University, University Park 32 45 46 11 28 14

47
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 31 27 48 * 14 17

47
Texas State University, San Marcos 31 * 40 * + +

49
University of Mississippi, Oxford 31 + 40 * 18 25

50
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 30 34 + * 4 6

50
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond 30 + 38 * 31 32

50
Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg 30 34 + * 8 10

Note: An honorable mention goes to Bowling Green State University, a two-year program in Ohio that ranks among the top fifty programs in selectivity (#47), total funding (#46), annual funding (#45), and poetry (#48), and received pluses in overall votes and fiction. For a ranking of the additional eighty-eight full-residency MFA programs, click here.

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