College Search Preliminaries

What follows is a list of colleges and universities that have drawn the interest of this year’s CW juniors: 

OUT-OF-STATE SCHOOLS

Public Research Universities:

Public Liberal Arts Colleges:

Private Liberal Arts Colleges:

International:

IN-STATE SCHOOLS

Public Research Universities:

Public Liberal Arts College:

Private Liberal Arts College:

Community College:

11 OTHER SCHOOLS A WRITERLY TYPE MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER

[Note that, with the exception of Ball State, Grand Valley State, and UNC, these are private liberal arts colleges.]

But the fact of the matter is that you’ll be able to study creative writing and/or develop your craft wherever you go. Best to have a general idea of some basic signs that a school has committed some resources to building a writing community—a reading series of notable visiting writers, scholarship/award money for undergrad writers, working writers on faculty, a varied creative writing curriculum, etc.

Which, finally, leads us to this: the Associated Writers & Writing Programs’ “Hallmarks of an Effective BFA or BA Major in Creative Writing.” Very useful guidelines, even if you’re not thinking of majoring in CW, because if a school you’re considering meets all these “hallmarks,” you know you’ll at least have the option to continue your advanced study of writing where you leave off at ASFA. (Kinda-sorta, anyway.)

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