panicking wrote:What are the relative importance of the following factors when the committee make judgment to admit or not?
The way I see it:
-Application submitted on time or not.
Not submitted on time just shows poorly on your time management skills, but a few days late shouldn't affect you in most schools. If recommendations or physical transcripts or official scores from ETS are a few days late, it is completely fine.
-GRE general taken or not.
The math department may not require general GRE, but in most schools the graduate school would have a minimum general GRE requirement. So, you have to take it. No way around that.
-Super high GRE subject maths or not (like, I just look at UPenn (which is not tier-1 but at least they publish the number) and the average is 820; I assume that the average of something like MIT is probably 900 or something).
Search around on this forum, there are a lot of threads dedicated to this.
-Done any REUs or not (I can't imagine what an undergrad could even do for research, but the existence of REU indicate otherwise).
REU helps, but what is most important is the recommendation of the adviser and his/her opinion about the students ability to be an independent researcher in the future.
-How many letter of recs there are ('cause I heard many people get 5 and more)
More than 3 never helps, unless the school explicitly asks for more.
-Whether the recommenders are strong/well-known researcher.
Very important, but content of recommendation is more important.
-What if no basic maths courses taken?
You're in the trash pile.
Very important unless something else very strong on the application.