UC Irvine ranks No. 2 in MFA programs

UC Irvine has been ranked second nationwide in this week’s Writer Wednesday, the Huffington Post article that compiled what its editors consider the best master’s of fine arts writing programs.

The university received the high rankings due to its notable alumni — who include Alice Sebold (“The Lovely Bones”) and Michael Chabon (“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”) — as well as an extensive focus on creative writing, which includes MFA readings and a writer’s workshop with faculty. UCI ranked behind No. 1 Boston University and ahead of No. 3 Cornell.

UCI was listed in the Top 10 Graduate Programs in Creative Writing, Five Highly Selective Programs, and Five Programs with Notable Alumni in The Atlantic’s 2007 Best of the Best article.

The list was largely derived from a 2007 article in The Atlantic Monthly, which listed a multitude of programs in five different categories, such as Five Highly Selective Programs to Five Programs with Notable Alumni.

— Joanna Clay