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                    The Application Process

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Application to the M.F.A. program requires the completion of an application form with all of the required supporting materials (see below) and payment of the $40 application fee.

The program accepts applications throughout the year on a rolling basis, so please feel free to apply at any time.

We begin accepting and filling each cohort on the following dates:

         March 1 for Summer Residency

         September 1 for Winter Residency (preferred deadline)

         September 30 for Winter Residency (extended deadline)

The best chance to be admitted into the program is to apply by the deadlines; however, if you have arrived at the site after the deadline and are still interested in applying, reach out to us and let us know. We're excited that you're here, and we will work with you to make sure your application is read as soon as possible.

To apply for the M.F.A program, applicants must fill out an application form.
CLICK HERE: The M.F.A. Application Form
In order to complete this form, applicants need to have available all of the listed materials on this page.
This 2-3 page letter indicates the applicant's purpose in applying to the program, including short-term and long-term writing goals.
The letter may include the student’s related experience (writing, publishing, and studying creative writing), self-perceived strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and any other reflection that may be relevant to one’s development as a literary artist.
This document is a way for us to get to know our applicants: it helps us begin to see how your journey might include the Randolph M.F.A.
This is the most important piece of your application.
Students primarily study one genre and should submit a writing sample in the genre in which they would like to be considered for admittance*:
Fiction sample: 12-20 pages in length (Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced), comprising one or more short stories or a book excerpt.
Poetry sample: 8-10 pages in length (Times New Roman, 12-point font, single-spaced or spaced as style suggests), comprising one or more poems.
Nonfiction sample: 12-20 pages in length (Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced), comprising one or more short essays or a book excerpt.
*If applying in multiple genres, please submit one document with two or three samples
On the application form, you will be asked to provide the email address for two references who will be contacted to submit a recommendation letter on your behalf.

You may choose anyone who you think can best speak to your ability to be successful in our program.  

For an unofficial transcript, please upload an electronic version of your transcript. Please ensure that your name and the institution’s name are legible.

Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance into the program.

This document is optional. You are welcome to include it if you believe it will help us better evaluate you.
For international students: TOEFL or IELTS scores are required to establish English proficiency only if your home language is not English and if your primary language of instruction has not been English for at least five years.
Please upload your unofficial TOEFL or IELTS test scores.
Official scores will be requested upon acceptance into the program.
At the end of the application form, you will be given instructions for paying the application fee via PayPal, which will allow you to use either a credit card, a bank account, or your PayPal account.

The current application fee is $40.*

*Students applying in more than one genre must submit an additional application fee for each additional genre.
To be considered for any grants or scholarships that are provided by the M.F.A. program, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at

Please use the Randolph College federal code number when submitting FAFSA: 003734.

We're looking for people who love language and stories:

students eager to write something meaningful.