Okay, I'm old and clueless, but I'm working on getting into a doctoral program, hopefully by spring. I had my eyes on WVU, but they don't accept people second semester. I've contacted Tennessee (I'm planning on an early American history program, and they have the Jackson and Polk presidential papers) and Vanderbilt, which has an interesting Frontier and Indigenous People specialization.

My birth father got his PhD at UT. I'm pretty clueless. Does anyone have any advice on applying, getting assitantships, etc.? How hard is it to get accepted? Anybody know anything about Kentucky's program? Any other schools?

Any advice or info would be appreciated. Thanks.