Washington University has an excellent creative writing MFA program, lots of super specific class options, and a number of scholarships specifically earmarked for creative writing students.
MIT might not be a school you generally associate with writing, but it actually has an excellent program that offers courses in digital media and science writing, as well as creative writing, and provides plenty of guidance on how graduates can navigate the tricky job market.
(If you don't see a school you were expecting, it's likely because they only have a minor.) Now, let's get to the good stuff: the list of schools!
The exact numbering is always arguable, so look at it as a general trend from absolutely amazing to still super great, rather than fixating on why one school is ranked #3 and another is ranked #4.
University of Michigan is one of the best state universities in the country and has a top-notch MFA program.
If you're looking to attend a big school with a great creative writing major, this is a fantastic choice.I didn't include NYU in the main list because it doesn't have a dedicated creative writing major, but it's a great school for aspiring writers nonetheless, offering one of the most impressive creative writing faculties in the country and all the benefits of a Manhattan location.Just because Northwestern is a great school for creative writing doesn't mean you should set your heart on going there.(The football fans are completely terrifying, for one thing.) So where should you go then?Here are some questions to ask yourself when looking at creative writing programs to help you determine the best school for you: Look at the course offerings and see whether they interest you.Northwestern's undergrad creative writing program boasts acclaimed professors and an unparalleled track record of turning out successful writers (including author Veronica Roth and short-story writer Karen Russell).Outside the classroom, you can work on the student-run literary journal, intern at a publication in nearby Chicago, or submit to the Department of English's yearly writing competition.Johns Hopkins is another school that's known more for engineering than it is for writing, but, like MIT, it has a dedicated writing program.As a major here, you must take not only courses in prose, poetry, and literature, but also classes on topics such as philosophy and history.To help with that, I'll explain how I came up with this highly unscientific list of great creative writing colleges.I started by narrowing my search down to schools that offered a specific creative writing major.