joga wrote:I don't think any sensible advice can be given over such an open question; but that is just me! I believe we can help better if you provide ur interests of study and also i guess u are asking for PhD?

Yes it's for math PhD. Since I plan to choose my specific area after the first year's study, I care about generally which is better at pure math(for applied math, obviously Maryland). If I feel that I am good enough at first-year's courses, I tend to study algebraic geometry, number theory or mathematical physics. If not, maybe stochastic processes. However, it seems very few professors at either school study this area.

I am also likely to choose combinatorics, PDE, topology or differential geometry.

I know it's a difficult decision, but I have asked for a few extra days to make a final decision. I have to choose one quickly.