Ashland University MFA Program Ranks Well in MFA Index

Ashland University MFA Program Ranks Well in MFA Index

9/30/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – The annual MFA issue of Poets & Writers magazine is out and Ashland University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is listed among the 26 low-residency programs featured.

Of the 47 low-residency MFA programs available in the United States, Ashland University’s program ranks second in job placement, fourth in fellowship placement and 11th in selectivity, according to the magazine’s index. While the AU program did not place in a six-year popularity survey, it placed 19th in the popularity survey for 2011.

“We are very pleased that Ashland’s MFA program placed so well for being a relatively newer program,” said Sarah Wells, administrative director of Ashland’s MFA Program.

Wells said the 26 programs that Poets & Writers chose to feature are those that either placed in the first 25 in a popularity survey taken over six years by a total of 302 applicants to low-residency programs or appear in the first 25 in at least two of the following three categories: selectivity (how selective they are in accepting applicants), fellowship placement (which had the most graduates receive any of 42 creative writing fellowships over the past decade), and job placement (which had the most graduates hired as full-time creative writing faculty at the college level over the last five years), adjusted for program size.

Ashland University's low-residency program is in its sixth year and recently completed its seventh annual residency. Its unique two-genre program focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

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