2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

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Catria
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2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Catria » Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:50 pm

This is one of the most useful resources MathematicsGRE.com has to offer. Share your application info and results here so we can learn from each other.

Previous threads:

2010 - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=357
2011 - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=495
2012 - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=685
2013 - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1003
2014 - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1523

I will warn you, however, that mathematics graduate programs do not pick people with some sort of strict formula. That said, I believe that the years of data that are forming on this site are a good source to see where students might be competitive. Keeping that in mind, please adhere to the following format:


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[b]Undergrad Institution:[/b] (School or type of school (such as Big state/Lib Arts/Ivy/Technical/Foreign (Country?))
[b]Major(s):[/b]
[b]Minor(s):[/b]
[b]GPA:[/b]
[b]Type of Student:[/b] (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?)

[b]GRE Revised General Test:[/b]
[b]Q:[/b] xxx (xx%)
[b]V:[/b] xxx (xx%)
[b]W:[/b] x.x (xx%)
[b]GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:[/b]
[b]M:[/b] xxx (xx%)

[b]TOEFL Score:[/b] (xx = Rxx/Lxx/Sxx/Wxx) (if applicable)

[b]Program Applying:[/b] (Pure Math/Applied Math/Statistics/Operation Research/Biostatistics)

[b]Research Experience:[/b] (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications or conference talks etc...)
[b]Awards/Honors/Recognitions:[/b] (Within your school or outside?)
[b]Pertinent Activities or Jobs:[/b] (Such as tutor, TA, etc...)
[b]Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:[/b] (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)
[b]Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:[/b]

[b]Applying to Where:[/b] (Color use here is welcome)
[u]School[/u] - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
[u]School[/u] - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
[u]School[/u] - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined

Kaa1el
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Kaa1el » Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:10 am

Undergrad Institution: Boiler Up!
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA: 3.97
Type of Student: International, Male, Asian

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (95%)
V: 155 (67%)
W: 3.0 (15%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 840 (87%)
M: 870 (92%) (second try)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math (Set Theory/Foundations/Topology etc.)

Research Experience: 1 REU(s), 2 conference talk(s)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: various scholarships, departmental prizes
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 1 semester
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: grad classes
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:

1. ucb rejected
2. ucla rejected
3. mit rejected
4. chicago rejected
5. oxford interview accepted
6. stanford rejected
7. princeton rejected
8. harvard rejected
9. caltech rejected
10. cmu interview accepted
11. notredame
12. wisc waitlist
13. uiuc rejected
14. penn
15. cornell rejected
16. michigan
17. rutgers waitlist

all submitted
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algebraicallyminded
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby algebraicallyminded » Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:04 am

Undergrad Institution: U Wisc
Grad Institution: SNU
Major(s): Math
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.78/4.0, 4.07/4.3
Type of Student: International

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: xxx (xx%)
V: xxx (xx%)
W: x.x (xx%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 820 (83%)

TOEFL Score: (xx = Rxx/Lxx/Sxx/Wxx) Waived

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: A point counting problem on curves over finite fields, coauthored with my undergraduate supervisor and a classmate-published in a decent journal. Currently working on extending the work scheme-theoretically (in a different direction) as a conjecture for master's thesis.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A departmental award from U Wisc and another from SNU
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor (U Wisc), TA/Grader (SNU)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Not so much!
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I poured my heart on the SOP.

Applying to Where: All in Pure Math

1. Stanford - Rejected on Jan 31.
2. U Chicago - Rejected on ? (They just posted it on website.)
3. Berkeley - Rejected on Mar 4.
4. Columbia - Rejected on Jan 30.
5. U Mich - Admitted on April 4 (off the wait-list) $25000 / yr - without summer teaching, no fees Attending
6. Brown - Rejected on Feb 28.
7. U Penn - Waitlisted on Mar 18 (asked for my status)
8. U Wisc - Admitted on Feb 14 - $15342 / yr Declined
9. U Texas - They did not respond.
10. UCSD - Rejected on Mar 24.
11. U Wash - Admitted on Mar 21 (off the wait-list) $22606 / yr Declined
12. GA Tech - Admitted on Feb 9. $2100 / month Declined - second best choice though
13. Rice - They did not respond.
14. Boston U - Admitted on Feb 19. $31500 / yr - no fees Declined
15. U GA - They did not respond.
16. Emory - Rejected on Feb 11.
17. U Conn - Admitted on Mar 2. $20965 / yr Declined

Below are European programs

18. Bonn Rejected on Jan 20.
19. U Warwick Admitted on Jan 6. - Funding was not recommended
20. ALGANT Admitted on Mar 16 without funding
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rsk
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby rsk » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:55 am

Undergrad Institution: Clemson
Major(s): Physics, Math
Minor(s): Philosophy
GPA: 3.6/4.0
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 161 (81%) Not my best, but I don't care enough to retake.
V: 160 (84%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 590 (33%) Didn't report obviously.

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: Did about 8 months of research in atmospheric physics, mostly modeling. No paper submitted yet. Presented in local group seminars, but no conferences or anything.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Honors college, departmental honors in physics, cum laude, dean's list, Golden Key, NSCS.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Worked as a paid physics research assistant for 8 months (see above).
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: For what little it might be worth, I'm an army veteran with service in Afghanistan. I was also chapter president of my fraternity.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I graduated undergrad last December, so I have my degrees. That may hurt, help, or not matter.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Reach:
1) Miami - accepted 3/18 (funding: none) Declined
2) NC State - rejected 4/10
3) Tennessee - accepted 2/3 (funding: none) Declined
4) Florida State - accepted 3/4 (funding: none) Declined

Middle:
1) South Carolina - accepted 4/14 off the waitlist (funding: 17.5k + 4k summers, full tuition, health insurance) Attending

Safety:
1) UAB - accepted 4/3 (funding: 20.8k for 12 months, full tuition, health insurance) Declined
2) Houston - accepted 4/18 (funding: none) Declined
3) UNC Charlotte - accepted 3/11 (funding: 16.8k for 9 months, full tuition, health insurance) Declined

Note: To determine what I considered reach, middle, or safety, I used Peterson's acceptance rate data for these programs. Acceptance of <40% is a reach, of 40-70% is a middle, and >70% is a safety. Needless to say, I'm extra cautious lol.

Followup: In hindsight, using the Peterson's data was probably worse than using rankings. A big problem is the ambiguity of what "accepted" means to each program. Some report everyone accepted, including masters students. Some report only those accepted to the PhD program. Plus, none seem to report how many are accepted with funding, so one could easily get accepted, but not funded (which you can see happened to me a lot). The lesson: Take what you consider reach/middle/safety schools with a grain of salt, though rankings are still probably the best way to guess.
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visgraf
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby visgraf » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: Harvard
Major(s): Math
GPA: 3.93/4.00; Major GPA: 3.97/4.00
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 170 (99%)
W: 5.0/6.0 (93%)

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 770 (75%)

Program Applying: Pure Math: Harmonic Analysis and PDE

Research Experience: Nothing I know to be original. A fair amount of original expository work.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: graduated cum laude, National Merit Scholar, John Harvard Scholar.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Taught linear algebra and real analysis to high school students for a year.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Ambitious coursework; did very well in the five graduate courses I took in my last year. I created and maintain a math blog with decent traffic.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I graduated a year early in 2012 and was hired by a school to design a course for its top math students. I made the mistake of not having letters of rec written and put on file before I graduated. So letters will be written by people whose last interactions with me were ~2 years ago. Based on my email correspondences with the professors, I think they will be strong; but schools might consider me "unwanted goods" not being fresh out of undergrad.

Applying to Where:

Reach:
UCLA Rejected off waitlist 3/4/15
Princeton Rejected 1/22/15
Berkeley Rejected 3/3/15
U Chicago Rejected 2/27/15
UT, Austin Accepted 3/20/15; 30k/year, no teaching duties for three years; Attending!
NYU Rejected from PhD; admitted to unfunded Masters 3/20/15
Yale Waitlisted 1/22/15; Asked if still interested in offer 4/13/14, Declined
UW, Madison Accepted 2/13/15 TAship funding for five years plus additional funding for first year; Declined 4/3/15
U Michigan, Ann Arbor Rejected 3/27/15

Manageable
Purdue Accepted 2/4/15 TA; Declined 3/17/15
GA Tech Accepted 1/25/15 25k TA; Declined 3/23/15
Texas AM Accepted 1/30/15 TA, Awarded Graduate Merit Fellowship; Declined 4/1/15

Fellowships
NDSEG Rejected 4/1/15
SMART Advanced to second round
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xor
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Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:34 am

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby xor » Tue Sep 23, 2014 2:48 pm

Undergrad Institution: Arguably in the top 2 in my country (Nigeria)
Major(s): Electrical Engineering
Minor(s): Electronic Engineering
GPA: 80%
Type of Student: International Male

Edit: After using the WES GPA calculator to estimate my GPA on the U.S. scale, it converted to about 3.45 of 4.0 https://www.wes.org/calculator/igpa.asp

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 800 (92%) approx. 170
V: 590 (81%) approx. 156
W: 4.5 (80%)

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 560 (26%)
Horrible, horrible, horrible GRE score; but I only sent it to Notre Dame ACMS. I really thought it was going to be better, but I obviously needed more preparation as a non-traditional student. So many unfamiliar math topics, and I have been having to read up since then. A little too late.

Program Applying: Applied and Computational Math (Ph.D.) except for Stanford ICME Masters

Research Experience: Informal research only. Assisted a masters student at Imperial College, London with computational aspects of his petrochemical thesis. Previously assisted a PhD candidate with her reservoir simulation software project while I was an undergraduate.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Graduated (BSc) 7 years ago. Been working as a software developer since then.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Strong interests in academic track.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
KAUST - (no response whatsoever till now. No longer expecting any. Withdrawing.)
Stanford - REJECTED 15-Mar (Besides the obvious Stanford "standards", one of my referees was a serious problem; didn't submit my letter)
Rice - REJECTED 15-Apr-2015
Notre Dame Admitted with funding guaranteed for 5 years. Probably attending, as I have no feedback from the other places I applied to. ACCEPTED. ATTENDING.
U Maryland REJECTED 10-Apr
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mkaushish
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby mkaushish » Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:00 pm

Undergrad Institution: Liberal Arts
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.42 overall, 3.87 major
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Revised General Test: (Taking November 5th)
Q: xxx (xx%)
V: xxx (xx%)
W: x.x (xx%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: (Taking October 25th)
M: xxx (xx%)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: None
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduated with High Honours in Mathematics, got a award for outstanding achievement from the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Been working in math education for the last few years having taught high school, undergraduate and a few post graduate students. Also assisted professors, graded papers and took lab classes while at college
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I'm writing a textbook on mathematical thinking, will be working on a MOOC on rational inquiry for the Indian Government, and might be involved in the writing of the national textbooks
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: The problem with my application is that I have taken a three year break since finishing college, which I have heard is harmful to the application. Also, I am not very good at tests with two minutes per question, and calculus was a lot longer ago for me than for most others, so I am not looking forward to my MGRE results!

Applying to Where: Not sure but this is my first list (might be a little optimistic!):
University of Texas
Stanford
Dartmouth
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

mathgirl1016
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby mathgirl1016 » Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:20 am

Undergrad Institution: Medium Size Midwest
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Accounting
GPA: 3.66 (UG) 3.92 (Grad)
Type of Student: US, Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 156 :(
V: 147 :(
W: 3.5 :( (I do not do well on standardized exams)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:


TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: One co-authored published research paper, two conference presentations.
Awards/Honors/Recognition's: NA
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for two years

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Reach:
Michigan State- Rejected 2/27. Disappointed, but not shocked.
University of Illinois- Chicago- Rejected 4/3.
Washington University- St. Louis- Rejected 3/3.
University of Iowa- Rejected 4/17.

Manageable:
University of Missouri- Admitted 2/6, funded, plus additional scholarship for the first year. Excited!!! Very good fit!! Attending!!!
UConn- Rejected 3/25. A little surprised, but accepted to a higher ranked program already.
Auburn University- Admitted 4/16. No funding.Declined.

Safety:
Northern Illinois University- Admitted 3/13 with funding. Declined.. Declined.
St. Louis University- Admitted 1/29, funded 2/6. Declined.
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Headstrung
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Headstrung » Mon Sep 29, 2014 4:17 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small Private
Major: Computational Mathematics
AoC: Computer Science
GPA: Overall: 3.58, Major: 3.70
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 164 (88%)
V: 154 (63%)
W: 3.5 (38%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: xxx (xx%)

TOEFL Score: NA
Program Applying: PhD - Statistics (Machine Learning, Optimization, Scientific Computing)

Research Experience: Research leading to publications in Mathematical Physics and Quantitative Finance, one conference presentation
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduated cum laude, McNair Scholar, department and university scholarships, dean's list, Eagle Scout
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Currently working as a Data Scientist at a manufacturing company and Adjuct Instructor at a state college, Teaching Assistant for three semesters
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Great letters of recommendation, graduate class in statistics
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Graduated a semester early, I am not sure how this will affect my applications.

Fellowships:
  • NSF GRFP - Not Selected March 31st
  • NDSEG Fellowship - Not Selected April 1st
  • DOE CSGF - Not Selected April 10th
  • SMART - Not Selected April 17th

Far Reach:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ORC - Rejected February 20th
  • University of Washington, Statistics - Rejected January 25th
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Joint Statistics and Machine Learning - Rejected February 6th
  • University of Maryland at College Park, AMSC - Rejected April 16th
  • Stanford University, ICME - Rejected February 5th
  • The University of Chicago, Statistics - Rejected February 20th

Reach:
  • University of Texas at Austin, SDS - Rejected February 4th
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Statistics - Wait Listed March 3rd - Rejected April 16th
  • Johns Hopkins University, AMS - Accepted February 26th - Attending
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, CSE - Pending

Safety:
  • University of Central Florida, Mathematics - Accepted March 5th - Declined


Thoughts:
I wish I knew what dragged my applications down the most. In my opinion, the worst aspects of my profile were my GPA and GRE scores. My undergraduate institution was not well known and my department did not offer graduate degrees, in fact my degree program was very new. I am also changing research interests from Applied Mathematics to Statistics. Although the change is not significant, graduate programs may have preferred a Statistics background instead of my background in PDEs. I know that the NSF reviewers did not like that my research background was so diverse.

On the other hand, the best parts of my profile were the two publications, one in a major journal, and the awards and honours I received from my undergraduate school and department. I had a lot of interaction with my recommenders during my undergraduate years and am certain that their recommendations were very strong. I was not able to continue directly to graduate school after completing my undergraduate work. Instead, I spent the year and a half working as a Data Scientist where I was on the application end of Statistics. I do not believe this was seen as a bad thing.

Although I am surprised with the outcome of my applications, I cannot say that I am disappointed. I am very excited to be attending Johns Hopkins University and am honoured they have given me the opportunity to be a graduate student there.
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CarpeDiem
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby CarpeDiem » Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:11 pm

Undergrad Institution: Liberal Arts
Major(s): Mathematics
Actuarial Science
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: overall 3.904 math Major: 3.99
Type of Student: International, Male, Asian

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: xxx (xx%)
V: xxx (xx%)
W: xxx (xx%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: xxx (xx%) Took it in Sept, and taking it again in Oct.

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math (Number Theory/Algebra)
Statistics

Research Experience: 1 summer research in number theory with my professor and another student. Co-authored a paper that is currently under review. Attended JMM student poster session and presented at a undergraduate level conference.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: one departmental award, scholarships from the college,
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: math tutor, math club president,
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Scored a 10 on 2013 Putnam Competition
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Reach:
University of California - San Diego
University of California - Los Angeles

Manageable:

Safety:

st2014
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Joined: Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:24 am

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby st2014 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:42 am

Undergrad Institution: Big State
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163 (86%)
V: 159 (81%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: Not taken

Program Applying: (Statistics/Operation Research/)

Research Experience: 3 REUs in statistics, probability and applications, (top 10 math departments).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several scholarships for academic excellence.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Mathematics tutor for several years, TA for 5-10 undergrad courses.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Berkeley - Statistics
Harvard University - Statistics
Princeton University - ORFE
University of Chicago - Statistics
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) - Statistics
Yale University - Statistics
+ Other Choices
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AspiringMathPerson
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Joined: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:58 pm

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby AspiringMathPerson » Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: University of California (Top 10 in Math)
Major: Mathematics
GPA: 3.466
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 165 (90%)
V: 152 (54%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 640 (46%)

TOEFL Score: Not applicable

Program Applying: Pure Mathematics

Research Experience: None
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's Honors List for several terms
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Grader for lower division mathematics courses
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took honors classes, planning on enrolling in one graduate class a term this year, one letter writer is pretty well known in his area and knows several faculty at the schools I am applying to, though, I cannot comment on the strength of his or others' letters.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:
PhD:
University of California, Irvine - Waitlisted 4/8. Rejected 4/14.
University of California, Riverside - Accepted 2/3. Declined 4/15.
University of California, Santa Barbara - Waitlisted 4/7. Rejected 4/14.
University of California, Santa Cruz - Accepted 2/13.Declined 4/15.
University of Southern California - Waitlisted 4/7. Accepted 4/15. Attending!

MS:
California State University, Long Beach - Accepted 3/24.
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dlee5h
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Joined: Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:15 am

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby dlee5h » Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:36 am

Undergrad Institution: UC Irvine
Grad Institution: NYU
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): None
GPA: 3.571 (Undergrad); 3.95 (Grad)
Type of Student: Domestic, Male, Asian-American

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (94%)
V: 166 (96%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 780 (77%) (September score; took again in October)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math (Probability); Statistics

Research Experience: 2 current projects at NYU: 1) eigenbounds of algebraic numbers; 2) enumeration of rigid sphere packings. 2 independent study/research: 1) set theory (UCI); 2) model theory (UCI)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List, Phi Beta Kappa, top 600 on 2004 Putnam, Chancellor's Achievement Scholar (UCI), National Merit Scholar
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for over 10 years on and off, actuary for 2.5 years, corporate bond trading intern for 1 year, undergraduate Linear Algebra grader (NYU)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Recommendation from Abel-prize winner
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Been out of school for six years (which might hurt); good connections with faculty at NYU (which might help slightly with NYU)

Applying to Where:

Super Reach:
MIT
Stanford - Stats
Berkeley - Stats
Chicago
UCLA
Columbia
NYU (side note: I spoke with a former director of the math department and he estimated that they accept 2.5% of applicants)

Reach:
Wisconsin
Toronto
UBC
Minnesota
Northwestern
UIUC

Reasonable:
UCSD
Washington
Utah - $17k TA
UCI
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jjharty10
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby jjharty10 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large Regional State School
Major(s):Mathematics
Minor(s):None
GPA: 4.000 in major, 3.950 overall
Type of Student: DMW

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 162 (89%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: ~~~ (~~%) Only sent the scores to UGA

Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: REU at home university in 2014
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Various scholarships and honors
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Mathematics tutor for underrepresented students
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I am currently taking a grad course and working on an Honors thesis. My focus has been on pure math as an undergrad so this may hurt a bit. Who knows!

Applying to Where:

Reach
University of Georgia Accepted. GSA at $21K for 2 years

Mid-Range
Virginia Tech Pending
North Carolina State University TA + Fellowship at $20K

Safety:
University of South Carolina Accepted. TA at $17.5K w/ Presidential Fellowship at $8K
[u]*Current Uni* Accepted. No word on funding yet
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Prometheus_1776
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Joined: Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:39 am

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Prometheus_1776 » Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:20 pm

Undergrad Institution: Foreign (Asia)
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.60/4.00
Type of Student: International

Grad Institution: ETH, Zurich
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 5.45/6.00

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 166 (92%)
V: 164 (93%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: Giving on the 25th of October

TOEFL Score: 118/120

Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: Spent a year as a research assistant in Mathematical Biology at my undergraduate institute. 2 publications in recognised (but not particularly fancy) math-bio journals. Currently doing two projects at my grad institute. The first one is about entropy measure-valued solutions for compressible fluid flow and the second one is about regularity theory for stochastic differential equations. One of these projects will be the subject of my Master's thesis.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List all four years at my undergraduate institute. Graduated with distinction.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: One semester TA-ship for single-variable calculus.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Grad classes I have taken so far include Functional Analysis, Elliptic and Parabolic PDEs, a CFD course, Measure Theory, Probability Theory and Stochastic Ordinary Differential Equations.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Nothing much comes to mind. Got awarded a Fulbright Scholarship that I didn't avail. Also, my undergrad institute is almost totally unknown. So having done well at ETH Zurich will reflect well on my application I think.

Applying to Where: I have a tentative list but the final list will depend on what score I get in the MGRE. I have a pretty good idea about what I want to do for my Phd so I will most likely only apply to specific schools that have faculty working on Systems of Hyperbolic Conservation Laws. U of Washington, Seattle and U of Maryland, College Park come to mind. But if I get >80% on the MGRE, I might apply to some of the top ten schools.
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timippos
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Joined: Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:01 pm

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby timippos » Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:26 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big US state school with good math program.
Major(s): Mathematics.
Minor(s): None.
GPA: 3.75, 3.6 upper div major.
Type of Student: International male.

GRE Revised General Test: Q and V all above 90%, W 80%.
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: Yet to take, but not anticipating a great score.
TOEFL Score: Requirement waived, last time taking was 116/120 in 2010.

Program Applying: Pure math PhD.

Research Experience: N/A.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Department honors.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Some grading job, nothing spectacular.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Taken grad sequence in field of interest, two famous recommenders in the field who know me well, the other one is a famous professor in another field but with whom I've only taken a class without much interaction.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: (All pure math PhD)
Crap shot
U Chicago
UC Berkeley
UCLA

More realistic
UIUC
Wisconsin-Madison
UIC Chicago
CMU
UC Irvine
UCSD

Masters
Will apply to some master programs where I am quite sure I can get in, in case PhD applications don't work out.

clarinetist
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby clarinetist » Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:28 am

Undergrad Institution: Very unknown liberal-arts/state school
Major(s): Mathematics, Statistics
Minor(s): Music
GPA: 3.62/4 cumulative, 3.5/4 Math GPA
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 158 (71%), 161 retake (80%)
V: 154 (63%), 154 (63%)
W: 4.0 (56%), 3.5 (38%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: (just took it)
M: 530 (18%) [Yeah, I'm just glad I'm doing statistics. Going to retake this in April/September]

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: M.S. Statistics

Research Experience: All at my school: one on time scale calculus, one on mathematics and music, one on music theory, and another on measure-theoretic probability. One conference talk.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Outstanding Senior Award through the math department, department honors, university honors

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for four years, graded for 6 courses (including probability, calc. III, and abstract algebra), "Honors Tutor" for an elementary stats class and Calc. I, both Honors courses. Primary coordinator for Calc. I final exam review sessions for two years. Worked for an actuarial study materials company where I constructed exams and solutions, and critiqued current probability study manuals. Currently working as an actuary.

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Asian minority (not too many people of my ethnicity go into math)

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Passed four actuarial exams, about to achieve actuarial designation. Specific interest in stochastic processes, nonparametric statistics, and/or mathematical statistics. Specifically indicated that I don't need funding because of my full-time job.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Iowa State University - M.S. Statistics [pretty much here or bust]. Accepted! Without funding, as I expected for the online program. I can fund this with my current position.
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petepete
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Joined: Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:57 pm

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby petepete » Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:51 am

Undergrad Institution: Foreign
Major(s): Mathematics (nothing like minor)
GPA: about 3.85 if converted for BSc, will be 4.0 for my master's
Type of Student: international white male



GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 160 (84%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 810 (82%)

TOEFL Score: (111 = R30/L29/S24/W28)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: none
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: several scholarships
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: long-time tutor
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: several grad classes, as I will have an MSc; will have an MA in Linguistics too; know pretty well what I want to do
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: well-known recommenders

Applying to Where: (all Pure Math except if stated otherwise or there is no distinction between applied/pure)
dreaming:
Berkeley Logic - rejected (3/20)
UCLA - rejected (2/25)
Harvard - rejected (2/20)

a little bit less of dreaming:
Rutgers - unofficially accepted (3/16) with 26k TA for first year; support for other years guaranteed; officially accepted (3/20)
Carnegie Mellon - submitted
UC Irvine - accepted (4/3) with 18k TA

As you see, I don't have any safety options. I know pretty well what field I am interested in and I am applying - more or less - to all universities where research in this area is done. If it doesn't work out I might do other things and apply again next year.
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Kilgore_Trout
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Kilgore_Trout » Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:56 am

Undergrad Institution: Flagship Research University
Major(s): Mathematics and Physics
Minor(s): Classical Studies (Don't ask)
GPA: Math(3.93) Physics(4.0) General(3.96)
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 165 (90%)
V: 163 (92%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 650 (48%) :shock:

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Applied Math (Math. Physics, Scientific Computing, Optimiztion)

Research Experience: 1 REU applied math in Physics field, published paper and conference presentation
1.5 years of computational work for High Energy Physics, 6 months in condensed matter lab
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Phi Beta Kappa, Dean's List, Sigma Phi Sigma....
Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: extensive experience in Physics
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Mad Programming Skills, Some number of grad classes, our school has undergrad coding for grad classes so what is grad and what is undergrad is kind of blurred

Applying to Where:

Columbia-
U of Washington-2/3 Rejected, Accepted for unfunded masters - 3/29 Declined
Northwestern-Waitlisted 2/22 - Accepted!! 4/7 2.3K/month (Fellowship not TA) +5k signing bonus -ATTENDING!!! :D
NYU-3/20 Rejected, Accepted for unfunded masters - 3/29 Declined
Michigan-3/26 Rejected
Maryland-4/10 Rejected
Old Dominion- Accepted 4/1 - 4/1 Declined
Nebraska-Waitlisted 3/2- Withdraw Application
Florida State-Accepted 1/20 - $17k + 10k Fellowship (lasts for 5 years)- 4/8 Declined

Other Stuff

Old Dominion (PhD in Physics)-Accepted 2/6- $24k funding- 4/7 Declined
SULI (Summer)- Unofficial Acceptance from Mentor
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valadin92
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby valadin92 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: top 10 math school
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s: Physics
GPA: 4.9/5.0, 10/156 in class
Type of Student: Domestic Chicano Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 169 (99%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
Oct 25: 730 (67%) :oops: this is now the weakest aspect of my application. yay me for barely preparing!

Program Applying: PhD in Geometric Analysis/PDE

Research Experience: 4 research projects in undergrad, 2 substantial. One (in applied tropical algebra) resulted in 3 conference papers/invited talks, and most of the results are being incorporated into a book. The other (in non-linear hyperbolic pde) resulted in a preprint, which is currently in preparation.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nothing special. supportee of donor research fund, national merit/hispanic scholar, AP stuff...
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Besides the paid research positions, lots of teaching. Taught math classes to middle/high schoolers under university program. Have held various math tutoring positions.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I think that I will have at least one extremely strong recommendation, and the two others will be great/good. All from very respected faculty in analysis and geometry. Also I will have taken around 14-16 graduate classes in math and physics by the time I graduate, and 13 by the time I've applied.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I organize weekly advanced seminars for undergraduates on various math topics.

Applying to Where:

Beyond Reach:

Princeton - Rejected 1/22
U Chicago - Accepted 4/3 - Declined

Reach:

NYU Courant - Accepted 2/5 w/ 5 yr 32k/yr MacCracken Fellowship - Declined
UC Berkeley - Accepted 2/3 w/ 5 yr 30k/yr Chancellor's Fellowship - Attending
UC Los Angeles - Accepted 1/23 w/ 5 yr 27k/yr support - Declined
Cambridge - Withdrawn 2/5. Their funding system for foreign students is a mess! Also at this point I have other choices.
Columbia - Rejected 1/29

Manageable:

Brown - Accepted 2/16 w/ 5 yr 27k/yr support - Declined
ETH Zurich - Received email on 6/11 about scholarship - Declined

Grants:
NSF GRFP

Take Aways: If you f*** up your GRE's it isn't the end of the world (like I thought it was), but I wouldn't recommend it. Also, if you're applying to Oxbridge, spend some time figuring out the funding situation in October or November.
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coffeeboy
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby coffeeboy » Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:53 pm

SORRY I GAVE UP.
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Mezox
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Mezox » Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:36 pm

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grad
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby grad » Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:13 am

Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts school
Grad Institution: Large state school, mid-range math ranking
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): N/A
Undergrad GPA: 4.10 (out of 4.30)
Grad GPA 4.00 (out of 4.00)
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (94%)
V: 165 (95%)
W: 6.0 (99%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 700 (61%) (two years ago)
M: 850 (88%) (last month)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math (Geometry/Topology)

Research Experience: 2 REUs, one graduate research experience, one publication, undergraduate honors thesis.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Valedictorian of undergrad institution, several math department awards. NSF graduate fellowship.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Several semesters of TA. Graduate seminars.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Two letters from well-known professors.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I'm currently a second year graduate student. The first time I applied to schools, I got a somewhat mediocre score on the math GRE and I think it held me back from getting into some of the top programs I applied to. However, I'm overqualified at my current institution and I want to transfer to a top 25 program.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Reach:
SUNY - Stony Brook - rejected 03/16
Harvard - rejected 02/23
MIT - rejected 02/12
University of Chicago - rejected 02/27
Columbia - rejected 01/29
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign - accepted 02/03!
Cornell - rejected 02/06
University of Maryland - College Park - accepted 02/25!
Northwestern - received email asking if I was interested 01/30
UPenn - accepted 02/28!
UCLA - accepted 01/23! (email was flagged as spam for a week before I found it)
Yale - accepted 01/22!
Brown - accepted 02/16!
Duke - rejected 03/05
University of Washington - waitlisted 03/13, withdrew application

Reasonable:
Lol nope.

Safety:
Lol nope.
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deekin
Posts: 12
Joined: Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:36 pm

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby deekin » Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:36 am

Undergrad Institution: Medium-size midwest state school
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): Physics
GPA: 3.75, Math: 4.0
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163 (86%)
V: 168 (98%)
W: 4.0 (50% or so)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 620 (41%)

Program Applying: Pure math

Research Experience: Research at my school in knot theory and another project in condensed matter. No papers.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list, a semester scholarship for academic achievement in the math dept, a bunch of study abroad scholarships.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Grader for about 4 semesters, Differential Equations and Calc 1.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Nontraditional student. Took some time off in the middle of my degree.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
UC Davis - Math PhD - Waitlisted 03/23/2015. Rejected
Georgia Tech - Math PhD - Rejected 02/03/2015
Louisiana State - Math PhD - Accepted but waitlisted for funding. Declined
Indiana - Math PhD - Waitlisted 02/09/2015. Rejected
Michigan State - Math PhD - Admitted! Email on 02/04/2015. TAship. ATTENDING!
Stony Brook - Math PhD - Rejected. 02/27/2015
George Washington - Math PhD - Admitted! Email on 01/29/2015. Declined
UCLA - Math PhD - Rejected 01/29/2015. Emailed to check website.
UT Austin - Math PhD - Rejected 04/14/2015
Rice - Math PhD - Have heard nothing, assuming rejection 04/14/2015
Ohio State - Math PhD - Waitlisted 03/02/2015. Withdrawn
Columbia - Math PhD - Rejected 01/29/2015. Emailed to check website.
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - Math PhD - Rejected 04/13/2015
UCSB - Math PhD - Rejected 03/04/2015
U of Iowa - Math PhD - Email asking if I would be likely to accept an offer. Declined.

University of Toronto - Math Masters - Rejected 03/10/2015
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leonardogonoli
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby leonardogonoli » Sat Nov 15, 2014 10:19 pm

Undergrad Institution: Foreign institution in Brazil with exchange period at large state school in U.S.
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): ---
GPA: 3.97
Type of Student: International (Brazil)

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 166 (92%)
V: 158 (78%)
W: 3.5 (38%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: ----

TOEFL Score: I didn't need to take because of my exchange time at U.S.

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: 2 years of independent studies at my country, plus two semesters at U.S.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at National Olympiads during High School
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: One semester of tutoring in Linear Algebra
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I took several mixed classes (undergrad/grad in the same class) plus one grad class taking A in all of them, except for one A-
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:
Texas A&M - Mathematics - Waitlisted 03/06/2015
Washington University in St. Louis - Mathematics - Submitted
SUNY Albany - Mathematics - Submitted (asked me about my interest)
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fs69
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby fs69 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:04 pm

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functorofpoints
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Joined: Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:09 am

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby functorofpoints » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:43 am

Undergrad Institution: Big state school
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): None
GPA: 3.34 (explained below, but it's really 3.60)
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (95%)
V: 162 (89%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 800 (80%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD, Algebraic Geometry/Rep Theory or something like that

Research Experience: Middle-tier REU freshman year, (crappy) paper submitted just published but not in time to make it onto the application
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Putnam top 500 in 2013
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Was a quant over the summer (not sure how relevant), taught math at a camp
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I suspect I have one or two extremely strong letters plus one okay one, but this is obviously something I can't say for sure. 2 of 3 recommenders are somewhat famous but I don't know how much that matters. 9 graduate classes, grades not super great (a tiny bit better than overall GPA would suggest) but pretty solid junior year, did a reading course thingy too which I'm getting a letter for.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have an F for a silly reason that the professor agreed to waive (but hasn't gone through with the dean and whatever yet), so my GPA looks horrible, but it's addressed by the professor.

Applying to Where:

Reach:
UC Berkeley Rejected, 3/3/2015
MIT Rejected, 2/11/2015
Stanford Rejected, 1/30/2015
Columbia Rejected, 1/29/2015

Manageable (I hope at least?):
UCLA Rejected, 1/29/2015
Brown Rejected, 2/27/2015
Yale

Safety:
Not sure, UT Austin, Rutgers, UIUC, UCSD still thinking about it. Application fees suck :/

So nervous... :(
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AppliedMathKid
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby AppliedMathKid » Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:40 am

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Brick
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Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:59 am

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Brick » Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:54 pm

Undergrad Institution: NJIT
Major(s): Applied Math
GPA: 3.83/4.0
Type of Student: Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 164 (88%)
V: 156 (71%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 670 (53%) (not sending if not required, didn't study enough)

Program Applying: Applied Math/Math

Research Experience: Independent study and summer research spent doing dynamical systems analysis on cardiac cells.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Small scholarship, provost undergraduate research fellowship, dean's list (kind of lacking in here and extracurriculars)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Undergrad course in number theory. Graduate courses in analysis and numerical methods.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Skipped highschool and graduating at 18, learned calc 1-3 through self study.

Applying to Where:
Manageable? Idk:
Lehigh U.-Applied Math pending, phone call with grad director Jan 30, accepted Feb 12, later funded 20k
New Jersey Institute of Technology - Applied Math accepted Jan 23, Feb 27 offered Fellowship 25k
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Applied Math accepted Jan 15, funding to be decided. Funded 18.5k TAship March 2nd :) Will Attend.
Reach:
Penn State U. - Math Never got back to me
Rutgers New Brunswick-Math Never got back to me
Advice appreciated!
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mathbee
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby mathbee » Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:05 pm

Undergrad Institution: International School(among best undergrad institutes within country)
Major(s):Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA:7.1/10 (Batch average is about 6/10)
Type of Student: International Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 165
V: 154
W: 3.0
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 660 (51%)

TOEFL Score: 109/120

Program Applying: Some Pure Math/Applied Math - Differential Equations and Numerical Analysis

Research Experience: 3 research projects at home university - each about 5 months long,- related to numerical methods and evaluation of differential equations and integro-differential equations and PDEs.
Presentations for each project done at college.
One paper submitted to arXiv and submitting to an student journal .
Upcoming thesis project at NUS in the same field.
Summer research project with fellowship at a nationally reputed institution.

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Did all available (about 8-10) grad-level courses - including PDE, Functional Analysis, Numerical Analysis of ODEs
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: All Recos should be strong and all my recommenders know me from very long projects.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Almost final list:open to suggestion based on possibility
Upper Reach/Dream:
UCLA
NYU/Texas Austin(Unsure)

Reach:
University of Minnesota
Georgia Tech
Purdue
Texas A&M (Unsure)

Match:
University of Southern California
Arizona State University
UIUC

Safety:
University of Florida
University of Iowa

Please give me some advise as to my selection on universities as I've started to apply, and need to fix on the colleges immediately!
All the best to everyone!

Fw1812
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Fw1812 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:15 pm

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bernface
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby bernface » Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:22 pm

Undergrad Institution: Domestic large undergrad in the northeast
Major(s): BA - Mathematics
Minor(s): Secondary Education and Business Administration
GPA: 3.22 (meh)
Type of Student: Domestic White Female

Grad Institution: Domestic large grad in the northeast
Major(s): EdM, Curriculum and Teaching (focus on mathematics)
GPA: 3.41 (meh)


GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163 (86%)
V: 158 (78%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 560 (26%) Needless to say, this was a major blow. My numbers on paper are substandard at best. I don't know how much this will hurt my applications. Some schools didnt require the subject test, but I sent it anyway. I'm not the best speed test taker, and I barely answered half the questions on the exam. Total bummer.

TOEFL Score: n/a

Program Applying: PhD Pure math, focus on number theory and algebra (but mentioned in all my SOPs that I would happy to be on a masters track first)

Research Experience: none
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: none
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Taught high school math for 4 years, including a year of calculus, and was a math tutor at my undergrad for almost all undergrad math classes. Currently an adjunct professor at a community college teaching learning math support and working in the math lab tutoring. (I would seriously be a PHENOMENAL TA, so I got that going for me)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Great letters of rec from grad and undergrad professors, plus my school principal (I know its not an academic reference, but I worked there for four years and he really knows I know my math stuff, and my teaching stuff too). Being a girl helps too, I think. I'm fine with that, I'll take what I can get.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Did the PROMYS for teachers program at BU, intensive graduate course on number theory. It was awesome and I rocked at it.

Applying to Where: Spreading quite a large net (sorry letter writers! :? )

Dreams and Wishes:
University of Washington - Rejected 2/12/15 via email to check status
Columbia University - Rejected 1/29/15 via email to check status
UT Austin -Emailed math department to ask, told they could not make me an offer. 4/8/15
UI Urbana Champaign- Rejected 2/23/15 via email (kind of rudely, really).
Northwestern University-Rejected 2/11/15 via email
University of Michigan-Rejected 3/21/15 via email.

Here's Hoping:
UC Boulder -Rejected 2/25/15 via email.
Ohio State Rejected 4/8, response to my email asking about status
UC Santa Barbara-Rejected 3/3/15 via email.
UC San Diego-Rejected 3/6/15 via email.

In the realm of good possibility:
Boston University - Rejected 4/2/15 via email
Northeastern University-Apparently Rejected Emailed 4/2/15 to check, they never wrote back or got in touch with me in any way to let me know their decision. Whatever Northeastern. They were my undergrad so I figured what the hey, but they don't have the program I want anyway. Good riddance.
Tulane University-Waitlisted 4/6/15 Withdrew application Got an offer from Hawaii first, still on waitlist here, so I withdrew.
George Washington University- Rejected for the PhD program, but admitted to their masters, unfunded. 4/1/15
University of Hawaii at Manoa- Admitted! Admitted 4/2/15, was on short list for TA offer as of 4/8/15, offered TA position 4/10/15! $17.5k stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance. ATTENDING!

Wow, it only takes one. 15 schools, only one acceptance, but I really lucked out - the department seems like an incredible fit for me, I have a few contacts there, and I am absolutely thrilled. Looks like I'm moving to Hawaii!!

Looking at the previous years' threads has been a huge help in applying, and I'm posting this to return the favor!
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unclecat
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby unclecat » Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:29 pm

Undergrad Institution: Fighting Irish!
Major(s): Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (yes this is one major lol)
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.86/3.97(major)
Type of Student: International

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 160 (84%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 720 (65%) (Some dream schools require this orz)

TOEFL Score: (110 = R30/L30/S24/W26) (I should do better)

Program Applying: Statistics

Research Experience: Two semesters with a young professor in fin. math and half a year with a big name in our school in bio-complexity.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: summer research grant
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Grader for one semester, vp of actuarial science club.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Three grad classes this semester(two of the professors wrote letters for me), nothing else. Pretty much a boring guy.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: (Passed four actuarial exams in sophomore year?) Just kidding, I definitely would not talk about this in my application.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Everyone loves Stanford
Would be very happy to be accepted by any of the following schools:
Michigan
Wisconsin rejected(1/17) very unhappy :(
Minnesota
Texas A&M
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SwifferCat
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby SwifferCat » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:30 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts college
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): None
GPA: 3.8 cumulative
Type of Student: Domestic Hispanic Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (95%)
V: 161 (87%)
W: 3.0 (15%) :(
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 820 (83%)

Program Applying: Pure math, analysis

Research Experience: Some. Did an REU and obtained some cool results, paper in the works.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nothing special
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: One of my letter writers is pretty well known for geometric analysis, his letter should be very strong. Also pretty strong letters from REU advisor and another professor. Many independent studies.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Princeton
U Chicago
Yale
Michigan Ann Arbor
Minnesota Twin Cities
Northwestern
Illinois at Urbana
U of Washington Seattle
Indiana Bloomington

DumpsterDoofus
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby DumpsterDoofus » Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:57 am

Undergrad Institution: University of Rochester (small private school)
Major(s): Math, Chemistry
GPA: 3.81
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 165 (95%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 710 (63%) (GET REKT LOL)

Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: 1 REU in organic chem (no publications), 1 REU in graph rankings (two publications), 1 REU in chemical physics (one publication). Did 1.5 years at very-high-ranked chemical physics program, but had to drop out due to disinterest along with a terrible sleep disorder that was ravaging my memory and cognitive function. No publications there.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Phi Beta Kappa, high distinction, not much else.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA'ed about 6 classes. Active on StackExchange network.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took a reasonable number of grad classes. Very good with Mathematica, okay with Julia/MATLAB/Igor Pro, rudimentary grasp of C/Python/CUDA.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Still dealing with sleep disorder (unlikely to ever go away, unfortunately), but pharmaceutical sleep aids have made the issue much less of a show-stopper. Older than most applicants.

Applying to Where:
Portland State University - Applied Math
University of New Mexico Albuquerque - Applied Math
University of Colorado Denver - Applied Math

Portland State University is my top choice at the moment; not sure about my chances, so if anyone has experience with PSU admissions feel free to PM me (it looks like only one other person on this website ever applied to PSU, and they didn't say whether they got in or not).

Lentes
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Lentes » Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:07 am

Undergrad Institution: Small engineering school in Florida
Major(s): Aerospace Engineering, Mathematical Sciences
Master's Major: Applied Mathematics
Minor(s): None
GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: International hispanic male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 162 (89%)
V: 162 (83%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 770 (75%) (low due to complete lack of background in several math topics such as Algebra, Probability, Complex Variables (at the time), Combinatorics, etc. I have a strong background in analysis though)

TOEFL Score: Not required

Program Applying: Programs in Analysis or PDEs

Research Experience: Did undergraduate research for a year, then was graduate mentor during the summer for a math REU at my school, gave presentations at the YMC, ERUMC, SIAM-SEAS, and accepted for a conference talk at the JMM in San Antonio

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Outstanding Senior of the Year 2014 (campus-wide honor)
Winner of a scholarship from the math department at my school for two years
Winner of a Physics competition at my school
Best Research Project in Mathematics at my school
Honorable Mention at the Asian Pacific Math Olympiad 2010


Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for 1 and a half year in math, TA for a full semester now, and will be TA for a full year before the Fall 2015.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took 3 math graduate classes as an undergraduate while double majoring (with math as my second major); being recommended very strongly by 5 math professors at my school, at least two of which are well known in the PDE community, and another is the Vicepresident of my school. I'm Latin-American too?

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:

MIT Rejected 02/11
NYU Rejected 03/09
Stanford Rejected 01/30
UChicago Rejected 02/27
Texas-Austin Rejected 04/14
Minnesota-Twin Cities Accepted 04/21, fully funded!! Attending!!
UCLA Rejected 02/26
UCBerkeley Rejected 03/04
Cambridge Rejected 01/20
Oxford Interview Accepted 02/21

Do you think I have a chance at some of them? I applied only to what I perceive as some of the strongest programs in Analysis/PDEs because I would prefer to stay at my undergraduate institution to do my Ph.D over other programs. But if I get into any of the above programs with a reasonable assistantship, then I'll go.

Conclusion and Advice for others: I have learned through this application process that the reputation of the undergraduate school matters a lot; far more than what you would normally expect, and unfortunately so. Also, the Mathematics Subject GRE is extremely important if you did not study at a Top of the Top school, so don't treat it lightly! Finally, make sure to apply to a LOT of places! Even 10 schools may not be enough, especially if you come from a smaller school. I have been accepted to two of my dream programs so I am happy, and in the end it seems to have worked in my favor that I did not apply to lower level schools (because otherwise I might have been accepted in one such school and would not have had the chance to be accepted off the waitlist from Minnesota). Thank you MathematicsGRE community for your support!
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unitofobscurity
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby unitofobscurity » Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:56 am

Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts college with strong math
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): Many (~10) physics classes, also lots of Chinese classes. But no formal minor per se.
GPA: 3.31 overall, 3.56 for math, 3.79 math above linear algebra (requested by UCLA and a couple other places)
Type of Student: Canadian male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 169 (97%)
V: 166 (96%)
W: 5.5 (98%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 630 (44%) (my college has very few timed exams)

Program Applying: Model theory and probability (mostly separately, but in principle together)

Research Experience: Undergrad honors thesis in nonstandard analysis, post-bac in complex systems, summer seminar (reading, not original research) in number theory, 3 years (!!) of physics REUs at a national lab. (I switched to math very late) Two papers in preparation aside from thesis.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: None as such. Not big on Putnam &c.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Worked for several years in a lab (was pretty high up — getting extra rec from my supervisor), smattering of teaching and tutoring experience.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I don't think that many people apply for logic programs? I think two of my letters will be really excellent and one will be perfunctory.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I had a very rough sophomore and junior year personally, so my grades are pretty meh. My grades as a senior are excellent though (except for a C in a music class? Go figure.) Oh, I also have decent French — hence the one program in France.

(Guess the ordering used for programs)

PhD Programs:
Berkeley (Logic and Methodology of Science) - Rejected 3/19
UCLA - Rejected 2/21
Wisconsin - Rejected 2/19
Chicago - Rejected 2/27
Illinois Chicago - Rejected 3/16
Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Rejected 2/6
Carnegie Mellon (Pure and Applied Logic, via Math) - Rejected 4/10
Carnegie Mellon (Pure and Applied Logic, via Philosophy) - Accepted 2/6, 20k TA/fellowship — will attend.
NYU - Rejected 3/20, but admitted to unfunded MA program
Berlin Mathematical School - Rejected 1/27
Washington - Rejected 4/1
Minnesota - Withdrawn 2/19
Toronto - Rejected by mail, postmarked 4/22, received 4/28 — wow, so much for the 4/15 convention

Master's Programs:
Waterloo - Rejected 2/4
McGill - Unofficial offer 3/25 from a CS prof with a math courtesy appointment, if funding becomes available — declined
Oxford (Math and Found. Comp. Sci.) - Accepted 3/23, awaiting funding — declined
Paris VII (Logic and Found. Comp. Sci.) - Rejected 2/13 by scholarship committee (PGSM), could still enroll without funding — declined

Notes:
1. (1/25) While I've been filling out these applications over the last few months, my research interests have shifted a small but appreciable amount. Woops. I wouldn't apply for a lot of these programs now, and I dropped several (Cornell, Michigan, Bonn, Paris XI) along the way. Overall a good learning experience. If I get rejected everywhere I actually like, I may apply for a Master's at Technische Universität Darmstadt — it would be unfunded, but the fees are only a few hundred euros a year, they have people doing things that interest me, and their deadline is after the US admissions cycle.

2. (2/6) Extremely pleased to receive an offer from CMU. The PAL program is very cool — it may well be my top choice, at this point. It was funny to get this on the same day as a first-round rejection from UIUC, a place that seemed like a much better option a couple months ago.

3. (4/29) I may not have racked up a zillion acceptances, but I got into a program that's a fantastic fit for me, and I feel like I'll be starting grad school with more energy and focus than I could have brought to the table even a few months ago. I think I should have realized a bit earlier that the work I'm interested in doesn't just happen in math departments! Certainly, if I had know that 4/5 of my offers would all be from programs/professors that are interdisciplinary with philosophy or CS (or outside the US for that matter), I probably could have saved myself a lot of GRE-related heartache. But ah well. (On a different note, found out subsequently that a lot of the state schools I was rejected from are having a harder time summoning funding for international students, these days. Sad to see the American public education system squeezed, but at least there are privately endowed programs for us aliens.) I suppose my advice for next year's applicants would be: think very carefully about what you want to do, do your best to contact professors with your interest beforehand, take the GRE seriously; and, be open-minded enough to look for a match in places where you might not expect it. Good luck!
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algtop02
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby algtop02 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:28 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top liberal arts
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): None
GPA: 4.03
Type of Student: dwm

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170
V: 164
W: -- (come on, ETS)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:

M: 710 (63%) ( :( )

Program Applying: Math Ph.D, mostly.

Research Experience: One REU, senior thesis, one published piece of applied work. Many conference talks.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Goldwater, PBK, general academic stuff from school.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor, TA.

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took year abroad , got strong grades in hard classes like Complex, Galois. Will taken ~8 grad courses before graduation. Should have very strong letters.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

PhD Programs:
Chicago
Yale
Cornell
Brown
Michigan
Wisconsin
Cambridge (Part III)
Oxford

Tmoney$$$
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Tmoney$$$ » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:08 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small Liberal Arts
Major(s): Mathematics/Accounting
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.99
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (95%)
V: 154 (63%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 580 (31%) :(

TOEFL Score:

Program Applying: Math Ph.D.

Research Experience: 1 REU, Senior Project
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List, several accounting awards
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math/Accounting Tutor for 3+ years, Supplemental Instructor for several courses
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Louisiana State University - Mathematics - Ph.D. / Accepted / Pending Financial Aid
University of Washington - Mathematics - Ph.D. / Rejected 2/12
Cornell University - Mathematics - Ph.D. / Rejected 2/6
Florida State University - Financial Mathematics - Ph.D. / Accepted w/ TA
North Carolina State University - Mathematics - Ph.D. / Pending
University of Connecticut - Mathematics - Ph.D. / Pending
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Transformiao
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Transformiao » Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:20 pm

Undergrad Institution: Ivy League
Major(s): Biostatistics, Economics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA: 3.96/4.00 (converted)
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 98%
V: 97%
W: 98%
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 83% (submitted to all schools)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Economics/Biostatistics/Statistics/Operations Research

Research Experience: Nothing formal, but wrote a few research papers for some grad classes
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Top five in college (one of several colleges out of entire university), outstanding TA award
Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
(1) TA'd introductory, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate coursework in statistics and probability theory
(2) Board member of university math club
(3) Prepared local middle school math club for math competitions
(4) Interned in business analytics for a very large and well-known company
(5) Currently working for a large insurance/human resources company
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took a total of five graduate classes in math/stats/economics in my undergraduate years. I asked a total of six recommenders, choosing appropriate subsets of three depending on the program (initially, I was planning on applying to 20 schools to cycle through all C(6, 3) = 20 subsets of recommenders, but dissuaded myself from such a decision haha). Approximately 80th percentile on Putnam competition, and passed two actuary exams.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
UWashington - PhD Biostatistics / Accepted!
Duke - PhD Biostatistics / Declined interview, withdrew
UC Berkeley - PhD Statistics / Rejected 3/11/2015
Harvard - PhD Biostatistics / Accepted!
MIT - PhD Operations Research / Rejected 2/20/2015
Columbia - PhD Operations Research / Accepted!
Yale - PhD Economics / Rejected 2/20/2015
UPenn - PhD Economics / Rejected 3/1/2015
Stanford - PhD Statistics / Rejected 2/6/2015
UChicago - PhD Statistics / Rejected from PhD 3/2/2015 Accepted to Master's
Princeton - PhD Operations Research / Rejected 2/13/2015
Cornell - PhD Operations Research / Accepted!
Johns Hopkins - PhD Biostatistics / Declined interview, but accepted?!
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Iamsluggy
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Iamsluggy » Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:34 am

Undergrad Institution: Big State R1
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA: 4.0 Math, 3.6 Overall
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (94%)
V: 156 (71%)
W: 3.5 (38%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 700 (61%)

Program Applying: Pure Math (Algebraic Geometry, Commutative Algebra)

Research Experience: 1 REU in geometric group theory, senior thesis in commutative algebra
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: research grant from university and scholarship from math department
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: tutor for math department and grader for two upper level math classes
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 2 semesters grad algebra, 2 semesters topology, 2 semesters analysis, complex analysis, differential geometry, 2 semesters undergrad abstract algebra, and 3 independent study courses


Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
U Michigan - Ann Arbor - Pending
U Wisconsin - Madison - Rejected
U Illinois - UC - Rejected
U Kansas - Accepted w/ fellowship
UC Berkeley - Rejected
U Utah - Accepted w/ fellowship
U Texas - Austin - Pending
Ohio State - Accepted w/ TA
Purdue - Accepted w/ TA
Stony Brook - Pending
U Virginia - Accepted w/ fellowship
U Missouri - Accepted w/ fellowship
Boston College - Accepted w/ TA
Notre Dame - Accepted w/ fellowship
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Ecneps
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Ecneps » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:39 am

Undergrad Institution: Small unknown state
Major(s):Mathematics
Minor(s):Statistics
GPA:
Overall: 2.92
Major: 3.2
Last 60 hrs: 3.5

Master's Institution: Medium state school (Ranked top 100)
Major(s):Mathematics
GPA:3.9

Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163
V: 155
W: 3.5
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 670


Program Applying: Mathematics Ph.D.

Research Experience: nope.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: various honor rolls
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Instructor at Community College


Applying to Where:

UT Austin: Submitted
University of Washington: Rejected 2/24 Emailed to check status.
Southern California (USC): Rejected 4/18
Texas A&M: Submitted
UC Irvine: Rejected 4/14
UC Davis Applied Math: Accepted 4/10 18k + Tuition & fees Declined 4/14
University of Arizona: Accepted 4/8 16k + Tuition & fees ATTENDING!
UMass Amherst: Withdrawn 4/10
Oregon State University: Unofficial Acceptance from GD 4/3 Declined 4/13
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hakandoga
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Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:34 am

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby hakandoga » Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:42 am

Tmoney$$$ wrote:Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Louisiana State University - Mathematics - Ph.D. / Admitted / Pending Financial Aid
University of Washington - Mathematics - Ph.D. / Pending
Cornell University - Mathematics - Ph.D. / Pending
Florida State University - Financial Mathematics - Ph.D. / Pending
North Carolina State University - Mathematics - Ph.D. / Pending
University of Connecticut - Mathematics - Ph.D. / Pending

Hi, I am just wondering when you recieved the admission from Louisiana? I also applied there and they changed this application system, and I know that they send the results in the beginning of February? Did they send an email to you, or phone call? Thank you ((:

MSc_in_SMC
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby MSc_in_SMC » Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:47 pm

Undergrad Institution: Canadian SLAC
Major(s): Mathematics and Statistics
Minor(s): Economics
GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: Canadian Male

Graduate Institution: Canadian Research University
Major(s): MSc Statistics
GPA: 94%


GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 167 (97%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: N/A

Program Applying: PhD Statistics

Research Experience: 3 Summer RAs at Undergraduate Institution, RA at Graduate Institution, all in Statistics. 2 publications accepted, 3 submitted. Several Conference Talks.
Awards/Honours/Recognitions: 4 student awards for Conference Talks (2 Regional, 2 National)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 6 Semesters TA during undergrad, 1 Semester during Grad.

Applying to Where:
Carnegie Mellon - Joint Statistics and Machine Learning - Accepted February 20th Attending!
Carnegie Mellon - Statistics - Accepted February 19th
Columbia - Statistics - Accepted February 11th
Duke - Statistical Science - Interview Offered December 12th, Accepted February 27th
Harvard - Statistics - Waitlisted February 6th
University of British Columbia - Statistics - Accepted February 24th
University of California Berkeley - Statistics - Rejected March 11th
University of Toronto - Statistics - Accepted March 10th
University of Washington - Statistics - Accepted January 16th
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MLHopeful
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Joined: Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:45 pm

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby MLHopeful » Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:08 pm

Undergrad Institution: University of Waterloo (Top math/stats/CS school in Canada)
Major(s): Statistics, Pure Mathematics and joint Combinatorics and Optimization
Minor(s):
GPA: 91.4% (We do percentage grades, but 90%+ converts to an A+)
Type of Student:
White male, US and Canadian citizen

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 166 (96%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 750 (71%) (Only submitted to Stanford)

Program Applying: Statistics, and one CS. Looking to do research in machine learning.

Research Experience: (all through my university, each term is 4 months) In chronological order, 1 full-time research term in abstract harmonic harmonic analysis, 1 part-time term in applying machine learning to HCI, 1 full-time term in applied machine learning. The last term yielded a first author paper that is currently under review, but my supervisor is quite pleased with. All three professors are quite senior.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Various small scholarships for grades and fellowships to do above research - nothing major.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I've been through the co-op program, so have 24 months of full-time work experience. I've done 8 months modeling derivatives at a major investment bank, 4 months in using machine learning for prop trading at the same bank, and 4 months at a top technology firm (think Facebook, Google, Amazon) as a researcher working on things directly related to what I want to study.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I've taken ~33 math (including stat) classes, including 5 PhD-level courses (plus many more cross-listed masters courses). I asked for 4 letters - one from each prof I've done research with, plus my supervisor at the tech firm (who also has a PhD from a top school). My grades have also risen since the start of third year to be around a 95% average.

Applying to Where: (Statistics unless otherwise specified)
UC Berkeley - accepted, February 12
Stanford - rejected, February 6
Washington - accepted, January 16
Columbia - accepted, February 11
Carnegie Mellon - joint statistics and machine learning, and statistics waitlisted, February 25 (withdrew from list immediately)
Chicago accepted, February 9
MIT - computer science rejected, February 26

It would appear that Stanford puts a lot of emphasis on the subject test, and that those schools that recommend submitting the test (Columbia, Washington and Chicago) may still accept you if you don't submit a score. I'm going to my top choice though (Berkeley), so life is good.
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morvarid
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby morvarid » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:45 pm

Undergrad Institution:
Graduate Institute: Top 5 in Asia
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: 3.1 (UG) 3.4 (Grad)
Type of Student: US Permanent resident, Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 161
V: 151
W: 3 :( (I do not do well on standardized exams)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: 600 (36%) :( (I took it once)
TOEFL Score: 101
Program Applying: PhD IN Pure Math
Research Experience: 2009 Two semesters research for graduate Thesis.
Awards/Honors/Recognition's: NA
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Four years math instructor at university and high school level.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)


USC:
UCR:
UCI: Rejected 4/3/15 via email
UCB: Rejected 3/3/15 via email
UCSC: accepted 10/4/13/15 via email 19k for the first year with tuition remission
Michigan State: The program if full! 3/23
University Northern of Illinois: accepted 3/13/15 via call with partial support
Washington University:
Nebraska-Lincoln: Rejected 3/1/15 via email
Purdue Rejected 3/17/15 via email
Wyoming: unofficially accepted (3/23)
Portland State university: (rejected): (we have to accept those top candidates with strong background in both mathematics and one active allied area-very important for our comprehensive exam with 25% of the total weight)
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beezee22
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:44 pm

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby beezee22 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:11 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small Private School
Graduate Institution: Big State School
Major(s): Math
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.47 (UG) 3.65 (Grad)
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163 (86%)
V: 156 (71%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 720 (65%)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Applied Math / Atmospheric Science

Research Experience: Summer internship at JPL, 1 publication, currently working on Master's Thesis research and submitted another paper for a conference
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduate Research Fellowship (from my school)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor (3+ years) and TA (2 years)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Applied Math Programs:

Reach:
NYU - CAOS (my dream :lol: ) - Rejected 3/5
Columbia - Rejected 4/15
Stony Brook - Rejected 3/12 - Offered unfunded Master's.
Minnesota
UW-Madison - Rejected 2/19
University of Chicago - Rejected 2/27
UI-Chicago
Northwestern - Rejected 2/26 - Offered unfunded Master's. One is enough...
UCLA - Rejected 1/29
Berkeley - Rejected 3/3
UCSD - Rejected 3/6
CalTech - Rejected 3/9
University of Michigan - Rejected 3/26
Michigan State - Accepted 2/4 - $17800 TA + $8000 Stipend + Tuition and Health Insurance - declined

Manageable (?):
CUNY Graduate Center
New Jersey Institute of Technology - Accepted 2/25 - $22k TA + Tuition and Fees - declined
USC
UC-Irvine - Accepted 3/3 - $19k TA + Tuition and Fees - declined
CU-Boulder - Accepted 1/30 - TA + $3k stipend + Tuition - declined

Atmospheric Science Programs:
University of Washington - Rejected 4/15
Rutgers University - Accepted 3/16 - $30k RA + Tuition and Health Insurance - ATTENDING!
UW-Madison - Accepted 2/19 - No funding :? - declined

Hopefully sharing this will help with the agony of waiting... :cry: :cry: :cry:
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datacube
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby datacube » Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:04 am

Undergrad Institution: Private
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): None
GPA: 3.93 overall, 4.0 major
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 169 (99%)
W: 6.0 (99%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 910 (98%)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: 1 summer REU
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Putnam top 200 (4 years)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math tutor (1 year), Math grader (3 years)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 2 grad math classes, 1 independent reading with professor, 3 pretty strong recs
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Accepted 1/22
Harvard University - Rejected 2/20
Princeton University - Rejected 1/22
University of California, Berkeley - Accepted 2/3
University of Chicago - Accepted 1/18
Columbia University - Accepted 1/30
University of California, Los Angeles - Accepted 1/23, Declined 1/30
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - Withdrawn 1/31
University of California, San Diego - Withdrawn 1/31
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trampoline_girl
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:39 am

Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby trampoline_girl » Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:58 am

Undergrad Institution: Foreign (English speaking country)
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA: 8.77 (on a 9.0 scale)
Type of Student: International Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (94%)
V: 161 (87%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 650 (48%) - Not what I was hoping for at all :(

TOEFL Score: Not Applicable

Program Applying: Pure Math (combinatorics / graph theory)

Research Experience: Currently writing Masters thesis. Previously completed two summer research projects and an Honours thesis.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several scholarships and departmental awards from my institution.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for mathematics department for three years.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I should have excellent reference letters, one from a very well known professor in his field.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have been working as a sports coach for seven years as well as volunteering as a judge for the same sport.

Applying to Where: (pure mathematics unless otherwise stated)
Princeton - Rejected 22nd January
Columbia - Rejected 29th January
GATech - Pending
UIUC - Rejected 23rd February
Ohio State - Accepted 21st January
Waterloo (combinatorics and optimization) - Accepted 21st January
McGill - Pending
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Re: 2015 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby GPsubjectMath » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:27 pm

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170
V: 160
W: 3.5
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 900

TOEFL Score: 111
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