Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ID Photo Requirements


ID Photo requirements for Online Students

Photos must be:
  • In color 
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the image's total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance 
  • Taken in front of a plain white, off-white or blue background. 
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera. 
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open. 
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis.
  • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily. 
  • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face. 
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  • If you normally wear glasses (without tinted lenses), a hearing device, or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo. 
  • Dark glasses or glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable. 
  • Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash. 
  • File size should be 200kb or smaller

LU MFA New Student Questions

Lindenwood University
MFA in Writing Program
New Student Questionnaire

Welcome to our program! Please briefly respond to the questions below and return this form by email to bmead@lindenwood.edu. Thank you!

Date of MFA Program Acceptance: 

1. Where did you hear about Lindenwood’s MFA in Writing Program?

2. What most interested you about Lindenwood’s MFA in Writing Program (variety of writing genres, accelerated delivery, faculty, online option, etc.)?

3. Will you be taking your coursework in the classroom, or fully online, or a combination of both?

4. If you will be a fully online student, what is your state of residence?

5. What quarter do you plan to begin coursework (summer: July-Sept; fall: Oct-Dec; winter: Jan-March; spring: April-June)?

6. Do you qualify for either of the grants offered by our program? (Students age 60+ receive a 50% tuition discount. Current teachers of elementary, middle school, or high school receive $60 off per credit hour—note that teachers will need to fill out the teacher grant form and email it to Beth each quarter at the time of registration.)

Thank you!
Beth Mead, LU MFA Program Director

University Admissions Requirements

for MFA in Writing applicants

After the Director has accepted you into the MFA Program, the second step of the application process is to apply for admission to the university. That process is handled through the university Admissions office. If you have not already done so, please fill out the application for admission to the university here:

Additionally, the items listed below must be submitted to Alexis Wood in Admissions. It takes approximately two weeks for all received application materials to be processed. I will notify Alexis that you have been accepted into the MFA program.

University Admissions Requirements:

In your correspondence with Admissions, please note that your degree is MFA in Writing, as some requirements are different for this degree program (for example, MFA applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation).

  • Professional Resume (email to Alexis at AWood2@lindenwood.edu)
  • Personal Statement: One page letter describing why you would like to be part of the program and what your professional goals are. This may be the same Statement of Purpose that you submitted to Beth Mead for the MFA Program, but please email a copy directly to Alexis at AWood2@lindenwood.edu.
  • Official Undergraduate Transcripts: Have your official transcripts mailed to:
Lindenwood University
Evening and Graduate Admissions
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301
  • A color copy of your driver’s license (fully online students only): This can be either scanned via e-mail (AWood2@lindenwood.edu) or faxed to Admissions at 636-949-4109
  • A digital copy of an identification photo j-peg (or an LU ID card for on-campus students): The attached document lists the preferred guidelines for this photo (email to eveningadmissions@lindenwood.edu

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Beth Mead (bmead@lindenwood.edu or 636-949-4524), or Alexis Wood in Admissions (AWood2@lindenwood.edu or 636-627-6683), or the main Admissions office (eveningadmissions@lindenwood.edu or 636-949-4933). Thank you! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Quick Links FA QTR 16

LU MFA info links for Fall Quarter 2016: 

Teacher Grant

Degree Application Deadlines and Instructions (includes transfer credit info)

Class Schedule FA QTR 16

THESIS Enrollment Instructions & Guidelines

Registration Instructions
Quick Tips for Registration Problems
Registration FAQs

First Assignment info for Online Classes FA QTR 16
First Assignment for On-Campus Journal Editing: Poetry Cluster
First Assignment for On-Campus Advanced Scriptwriting Cluster

Canvas Basics for Online MFA Students
Canvas Info for On-Campus MFA Students
Student Authentication Requirement

Important Upcoming Dates for MFA Students
Academic Calendar 2016-2017
Projected Class Schedule (subject to change)

Emphasis Option

Other Helpful LU MFA info links:
MFA Program website 
MFA Faculty
LU MFA Foundations (faculty posts on the craft of writing)
LU MFA Facebook page (calls for submissions, publications, events, etc.)
LU MFA Student & Alumni Facebook group (log in to view; click button to Join)

Quick Tips for Registration Problems

If you have problems when trying to self-register for classes, refer to the following tips:

  • Confirm that you are in the correct term in your student portal. Check this at the top of the left column. For fall quarter registration, the term should be FA QTR 16 (not SEM).
  • Disable your pop-up blocker before enrolling, or the system may kick you out when you submit your classes. 
  • Just before registration opens (for fall, this will be at noon CST on Sunday 8/21), log out of the portal and then log back in (choosing the correct term) to ensure that your portal is enabled for registration.
  • Try a different browser. If you have registration issues after choosing the correct term, disabling your pop-up blocker, and logging out of the portal and logging back in, then your internet browser may be the problem. If you still have issues with a different browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.), and after confirming all of the above info, please email Beth.
  • NOTE: If you click the Registration button in the portal before registration opens (for fall, at noon CST on 8/21), you will receive an error message. That button will not be active until portals are enabled at the start date/time for registration each quarter. 

Student Authentication Requirement

To meet federal requirements for online classes, Lindenwood University will require student authentication measures in all online classes beginning Fall 2016.

As of Fall Quarter 2016, all MFA in Writing online classes will include three video journal assignments (only viewable by the instructor). The video component is necessary as it is now a federal requirement for fully online classes to provide measures for student authentication and identity verification during the class. You will have a video assignment at the beginning, middle, and end of every online class. This helps verify that the student enrolled in the class is the student doing the coursework, as the video images can be compared with the student ID photos on file. These video journals can only be viewed by the instructor. You can use the Canvas app on a smartphone to record videos if you do not have a webcam on your computer. Instructions for the video assignments are included in the modules for Week 1, Week 6, and Week 11 in each online class.

An additional authentication measure in MFA classes is the extensive student writing required in our courses, which enables the instructor to become familiar with students' writing styles (discussions, journals, and other written assignments).

Degree Application Deadlines and Instructions


-If you will complete your degree in March 2017 or in June 2017 (at the end of winter quarter or spring quarter), you must complete the electronic degree application form in your student portal no later than December 30, 2016.

-If you will complete your degree in September 2017 (at the end of summer quarter), you must complete the electronic degree application form in your student portal no later than March 30, 2017.

-If you will complete your degree in December 2017 (at the end of fall quarter), you must complete the electronic degree application form in your student portal no later than May 30, 2017.


-Check your Transcript in your student portal to see the number of credit hours you have completed to date.

-The MFA in Writing degree requires 48 credit hours. The last 3 credit hours taken must be the Graduate Thesis class.

-Estimate the number of credit hours you plan to take each quarter. We offer four quarters per year. This will determine your projected date of graduation.

-If you have taken graduate classes at other universities that are applicable to the MFA degree, email Beth to request a transfer evaluation. Up to 9 credit hours of applicable graduate coursework may be applied to your MFA at LU. The graduate transfer credit process is not automatic and must be requested in writing via email to Beth. This should be done as early as possible to allow time for the transfer credit to be approved and applied to your LU transcript, so that you can accurately determine your projected date of graduation.

-If you have declared an emphasis area for the MFA degree, the number of credit hours required remains the same, but you must include at least one of the required classes for your emphasis area as part of your 48 credit hours of coursework, and your thesis must focus on the emphasis area.

-Contact Beth with any questions about your degree program.


-In your student portal, you will see a menu item in the left column called Forms. You will click this link to access the online degree application.

-Enter your name exactly as you'd like it to appear on your diploma.

-Choose Beth Mead as your advisor.

-Choose the degree MFA in Writing. Do NOT choose Creative Writing (this is an undergraduate focus for the BA in English degree).

-If you have officially declared an emphasis (by contacting Beth to request this, filling out the required paperwork, returning the paperwork to Beth, and confirming that the emphasis is listed in your portal with your declared degree), you will choose your emphasis area from the drop-down list (Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Nonfiction).

-Choose the graduation date that reflects when you will complete your degree requirements. This is the end of your final quarter, when you will complete your Thesis. The Thesis must be taken in your final quarter in the program. For example, if you plan to do the Thesis in winter quarter (Jan-March), your graduation date is March 30.

-Note that your graduation date/date of degree completion is not the same as the date of the graduation ceremony (Commencement). Two ceremonies are held each year. The May ceremony is open to students who complete their degrees in March or June. The December ceremony is open to students who complete their degrees in September or December. It is not required to walk in the ceremony. The MFA Reading is usually held the night before graduation, to allow students who are travelling from out-of-state to participate in both events.