2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

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Ivanjam
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2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Ivanjam » Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:05 pm

It's time to start the ball rolling for 2016! Select the code in the box below, paste into your post and edit as necessary. All the best to this year's applicants!

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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
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Ivanjam
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Ivanjam » Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:34 pm

Undergrad Institution: Foreign
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA: 3.93/4.00
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TheGreenBook
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby TheGreenBook » Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:05 am

Undergrad Institution: Small SUNY School
Major(s): Mathematics, Computer Science
GPA: 3.6/4 Math, 3.7/4 Computer Science
Type of Student: Domestic, Male, Minority

Grad Institution: Same school
Major(s): Mathematics (Masters)
GPA: 3.4/4

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 160 (78%)
V: 161 (87%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: Did not take.




Program Applying: Mostly pure and leaning heavily towards algebra/number theory, though some of the schools I have looked at have interesting looking applied projects ongoing as well. All for PhDs.

Research Experience: I have done two REUs (one in machine learning and one in numerical analysis), and I have been doing research with a professor at my school for a few years. .

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I am a graduate assistant for my program (they only have 5 out of the roughly 40 students), and I received the departmental graduate award for algebra. Also, the poster I presented from the second REU received a presentation award.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I have been tutoring for 3 years, and I am currently grading for a swing-class (cross-listed as a graduate and undergraduate).

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I am in the CSTEP/McNair program. This likely will not help directly with admittance, but some schools accept application waivers from students in these programs, so I can apply to more schools than I otherwise could.

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

Applying to Where:

Reach
Brandeis University - Applied
University of Iowa - Accepted 2/17/16 with TA
University of Notre Dame - Accepted 2/03/16, fellowship first year and TA after

Manageable
University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Accepted 2/19/16 with TA
University of Oklahoma - Withdrawn
University of Rochester - Applied

Safety
Kansas State - Accepted 2/16/16 with TA (Declined)
SUNY Binghamton - Accepted 1/20/16 and nominated for fellowship
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ibr
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby ibr » Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:32 am

Undergrad Institution: Public brazilian university.
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.72/4
Type of Student: International (Brazil), Male.

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 149 (41%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: xxx (xx%) (yet to take)

TOEFL Score: (102 = R26/L28/S24/W24)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: No
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Bronze medal on the Brazilian Mathematics Olympiad, 3 times honorable mention on the Brazilian Physics Olympiad and Bronze medal on the Universitary Iberoamerican Mathematics Olympiad.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA Linear Algebra (1 semester)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took ~10 grad classes (of one semester each).
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Not sure what to put here.

Applying to Where:

Berkeley - Pure Math - Rejected
UCLA - Pure Math - Rejected
Cornell - Pure Math - Accepted (ATTENDING)
Georgia Tech - Pure Math - Accepted (Declined)
University of Wisconsin at Madison - Pure Math - Accepted (Declined)
Indiana University at Bloomington - Pure Math - Accepted (Declined)
University of Missouri - Pure Math - Accepted (Declined)
Michigan State University - Pure Math - Accepted (Declined)
Purdue - Pure Math - Rejected
UIUC - Pure Math - Waitlisted (Declined)
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mikhailgaerlan
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby mikhailgaerlan » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:37 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large State University (virtually unknown and unranked)
Majors: B.S. Physics, B.S. Mathematics
GPA: 3.97/4.00
Math GPA: 4.00/4.00
Physics GPA: 4.00/4.00
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test: 2 October 2015
Q: 166 (92%)
V: 158 (79%) :?
W: 3.5 (38%) :(
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 630 (44%) (April 2015) :(
M: 630 (44%) (October 2015) :(
Only submitted to UC San Diego and UC Davis.
GRE Subject Test in Physics:
P: 700 (51%) (September 2015) :?

Program Applying: Applied and/or computational mathematics and/or physics

Research Experience: Physics research at home university including computational fluid dynamics and experimental and computational nuclear and particle physics. Summer internship at Jefferson Lab. Physics REU program at Cornell University focusing on optimization in accelerator physics.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Society of Scholars (top 2% of university), various departmental scholarships
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Physics tutor, math teaching assistant (grading and proctoring)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Letter of recommendation from a Cornell professor, graduate courses in integral equations and analysis
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:
California Institute of Technology - Ph.D. Computing and Mathematical Sciences / Rejected (3/31)
New York University - Ph.D. Mathematics / Rejected (4/21)
Columbia University - Ph.D. Applied Mathematics / Rejected (4/18)
University of California Davis - Ph.D. Applied Mathematics / Admitted (2/4) / $24K TAship (2/22) / Accepted (4/12)
University of California San Diego - Ph.D. Mathematics / Rejected (3/4)
Georgia Institute of Technology - Ph.D. Computational Science and Engineering (Mathematics) / Rejected (3/4)
Cornell University - Ph.D. Applied Mathematics / Rejected (2/16)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Ph.D. Computer Science / Withdrew (2/9) / Rejected (3/11)
Florida State University - Ph.D. Applied and Computational Mathematics / Admitted (2/29) / $18K TAship (2/29) / Declined (4/14)
Illinois Institute of Technology - Ph.D. Applied Mathematics / Admitted (4/15) / Declined (4/17)
Brandeis University - Ph.D. Physics / Rejected (4/14)
University of Florida - Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering / Applied
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mmo5130
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby mmo5130 » Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:52 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state (well-known for math)
Major(s): Meteorology (M.S.), Meteorology (B.S.), and Mathematics (B.S.)
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: 4.0 (M.S.), 3.98 (B.S.), 4.0 (B.S.)
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 165 (90%)
V: 160 (85%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 710 (63%) (Must have been a lot of smarticle particles that took the test this year. Seems silly to waste more money to retake. There are more important things to worry about--like personal statements.)

Program Applying: Applied Mathematics/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Research Experience: 1 summer REU at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (culminating in a talk, poster, and preprint), 1 summer at a NOAA laboratory (culminating in a talk and preprint), and 2 semesters as a graduate research assistant (presenting at two conferences this winter and submitting a paper for publication this spring).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Numerous departmental and college scholarships, research assistantship, NOAA Hollings scholarship, AMS scholarship, and Goldwater honorable mention.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math tutor for five semesters (did everything from online, face-to-face, and large lecture tutoring up through Diff. Eq.) and T.A. for atmospheric dynamics course.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I know some of the professors at UW. One of my former teachers also has a few connections at Courant and Brown. My primary recommender holds a degree from Princeton and is well known in the oceanographic community. I'm hoping that completion of two Bachelor's and a Master's in 4 years has some merit to it.

Applying to Where:

Brown - App. Math Ph.D. - Rejected (1/28)
Duke - App. Math Ph.D. - Rejected (3/16)
NYU Courant - Atm./Ocean + App. Math Ph.D. - Accepted w/ $28,690/year Fellowship + $1,000 Grant (2/4) - Declined (3/4)
WHOI/MIT - Phys. Oceanography Ph.D. - Waitlisted (3/4) - Withdrew (3/16)
University of Washington - App. Math Ph.D. - Accepted w/ $34,000/year Fellowship + $17,500 Scholarship (1/27) - ATTENDING!
University of Washington - Phys. Oceanography Ph.D. - Accepted w/ $30,360/year Assistantship (2/18) - Declined (3/4)
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LWRS
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby LWRS » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:04 am

Undergrad Institution: University of Iceland
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: 8.03/10
Major GPA: 8.78/10
Type of Student: International (Iceland), Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 165 (95%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 730 (67%)

TOEFL Score: (116 = R30/L30/S28/W28)

Program Applying: Pure Math emphasis on algebra, graph theory. PhD.

Research Experience: None
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 3 time competitor at International Mathematical Olympiad, 2 time Honorable mention recipient. Placed highly and won multiple national high school math competitions.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Will graduate with 40% of my credits from graduate level courses.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: None.

Applying to Where:
Far Reach
UCLA
Yale University

Reach
University of Michigan
University of Wisconsin

Realistic
Duke
University of Minnesota
Georgia Tech
Rice

Safety
University of Washington
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applicant2016
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby applicant2016 » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:11 pm

Undergrad Institution: medium private new england top 35 us news
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): Econ
GPA: 3.83, Math GPA: 3.85
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

Graduate Institution: top applied math school
Major(s): M.S. Math
GPA: 3.57

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (94%)
V: 161 (87%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 620 (42%) :( - not sure how much this matters for Applied Math programs, many (even top schools) don't require it

Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: None except an upcoming M.S.-level thesis in the area of scientific computing/applied math.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Magna Cum Laude, Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Recitation Leader at grad institution
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Lots of grad classes from my M.S. degree, obviously. Also, grad institution is the #1 ranked school for Applied Math, I hope this counts for something! :)
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Just as a note, in undergrad I did well but wasn't considering a career in math research, so didn't take grad classes then or do Putnam and chose internships over REUs. I worked for 2 years in between my B.A. and M.S., but now am very serious about math as my career.

Applying to Where:

Harvard SEAS - Rejected
Columbia APAM - Withdrew
Brown DAM - Rejected
University of Pennsylvania AMCS - Rejected
Rice CAAM - Accepted with $26k fellowship and also the K2I fellowship for $15k over 4 years -- Declined
University of Colorado Boulder - Accepted with TAship and potential fellowship 21k+ -- Declined
Boston University - Rejected
Dartmouth College - Accepted - $28.5k Dartmouth Fellowship -- ATTENDING! :)
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Withdrew
Tufts University - Accepted with tuition funding, TBD on TA stipend -- Declined
Claremont Graduate University - Withdrew
University of Miami - Withdrew
Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Accepted with TAship 18k -- Declined
University of New Hampshire IAM - Withdrew
University of Vermont - Accepted with TAship -- Declined
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mj_indefinite
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby mj_indefinite » Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:10 pm

Undergrad Institution: Foreign, well known
Major(s): Math
GPA: First class
Type of Student: International hispanic female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (94%)
V: 165 (95%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 570 (29%) 10/24/2015 :roll: (Submitted to NYU, U Minnesota, U Michigan, and OSU)

Program Applying: Applied math PhD

Research Experience: 3 REU's, two in the US and one in Australia. Also, three projects at my school. One poster presentation, two conference talks, one paper published as first author and a second one submitted (won't make it in time for applications though).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Naughton fellowship.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Graded papers one semester.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Hispanic female? (wish these didn't actually matter)
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Recommendation letters will be very strong, as I have worked intensively with all recommenders on research projects.

Applying to Where:
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Math PhD - Wait-listed 03/27/16 Admitted 04/12/16 - ATTENDING!
New York University - Math PhD - Rejected 03/28/16 - Admitted for Masters (no funding) 04/13/16
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - IAM PhD - Rejected 03/17/16
Ohio State University - Math PhD - Rejected - Offered consideration for Masters (no funding) 03/23/16
Northwestern University - ESAM PhD - Rejected 03/01/16 - Admitted for Masters (no funding) 04/05/16
Cornell University - Applied Math PhD - Rejected 02/16/16
North Carolina State University - Biomath PhD - Applied
University of California - Irvine - MCSB PhD - Applied
Brown University - Applied Math PhD - Rejected 01/28/16
University of Washington - Seattle - Applied Math PhD - Rejected - Admitted to Masters (no funding) 01/28/16
Oxford University - MSc Mathematical Modelling - Invited for Skype Interview 12/17/15 Rejected 03/29/16
University of Cambridge - MAST Applied Math- Rejected 03/18/16
Imperial College London - MSc Applied Math - Admitted 04/05/16
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SoulOnIce
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby SoulOnIce » Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:27 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small Private
Major(s): Applied Math, Philosophy
Minor(s): Physics
GPA: 3.91/4.0 (4.0 Math)
Type of Student: Domestic

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: (~80%)
V: (~50%)
W: (~50%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: Not Submitting

Program Applying: Applied Math, Ph.D and/or Master's

Research Experience: Honor's Research related to areas of interest
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's Lists, Honor’s Program, Who’s Who, various Departmental awards and Honor Societies
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 2 years of tutoring, 1 year Math Club
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: A few grad classes. First Generation.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Lots of community service, martial arts, and spiritual stuff. I tailored my app for some schools but not for others (sent a general application).

Applying to Where: Ph.D unless specified as Master’s. They are more or less in order of difficulty/ranking.


CalTechSubmitted Rejected 3/31
UMarylandSubmitted Wait-listed 3/31 Rejected 4/19
UNC Chapel Hill - Submitted Wait-listed 4/4 & pretty low on the list
UI Chicago - Submitted Rejected 2/9
UMass Amherst [Master's] - Submitted Accepted (2/22) Fully Funded, TA
Temple [Master's] - Submitted Accepted (2/25) No Funding DECLINED
UNC CharlotteSubmitted Accepted (3/9) Some funding, but missed the TA deadline (you need a separate application) DECLINED
NJITSubmitted Accepted (2/11) Fully Funded, TA DECLINED
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SudipSinha
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby SudipSinha » Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:29 am

Type of Student: International (Indian), Male

Undergrad Institution: Foreign (Indian), well-known
Major(s): Chemical Engineering
GPA: 8.53 / 10

Grad Institution: Foreign (Italian), not well-known
Major(s): Mathematical Modelling
GPA: 3.5 / 4
Marks in the Italian system: 110 / 110 with honours

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 160 (85%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 740 (68%) :(

TOEFL Score: (116 = R30/L30/S27/W29)

Program Applying: PhD in Pure Math/Applied Math/Statistics/Financial Math

Research Experience: Master's thesis: On a pre-published numerical method in Mathematical Finance. 6 month research; decent, nothing great, no significant new results.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Scholarship for Master's studies from a well-known research school near the university.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Took some classes on Linear Algebra and Big Data in the company I was working in. (I'm not sure if I should mention this. I have no official records except for my employment letter.)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I'm basically trying to shift to (pure) Math. I hope the lack of UG math classes and poor GRE Math scores will not hurt me too much. Also, my grad classes were more applied than pure.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Work experience of 1.5 years, implementing machine learning algorithms for big data.
Recommendations: One strong, one okay, one weak.

Applying to Where: (Tentative (have to significantly shorten this), not mentioned implies Math)
Accepted with funding:
Louisiana S - (19k TA + 3k endowment) $/y - attending
North Carolina S - 9k $/y TA - declined
Oregon S - 16.7k $/y TA - declined

Accepted without funding:
Columbia - Rejected for PhD, accepted for MA in Mathematics with specialization in Finance - declined
Florida S - Financial Math - Rejected for PhD, accepted for MS - declined
UNC Charlotte - Accepted without funding - declined

Rejected:
Princeton - ORFE
Brown - Applied Math
U Texas @ Austin
U Illinois Urbana Champaign
UC San Diego
U Washington
Ohio S
Georgia Tech
Purdue U
Carnegie Mellon U - Financial Math
Texas A&M U
Boston U
UC Santa Barbara - Stat
U Southern California
U British Columbia
Berlin Mathematical School, Germany
MIGSAA, Scotland

Unknown:
Michigan S - Stat
Toronto - Stat
Alberta - Mathematical Finance
Stevens - Don't care. Had applied late, that too because no application fees.
U Edinburgh, Scotland - Stochastic Analysis

I had applied to a LOT of universities, partly because of my unconventional background, and partly because I just started panicking midway and applied to wherever I could. I received my first admit only after April 15. Nevertheless, I'm happy that I cracked something. The group's interests matches my quite closely. The empty bank balance hurts though.

This website has been a boon to me in many ways. Hopefully this information will be helpful to someone. All the best! Cheers!
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uzzzbyte
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby uzzzbyte » Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:24 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big US State School
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: Domestic, first gen college grad, white f

Graduate: Top 15 private university
Major: Biophysics
GPA: 4.0
Degree: Master's of Sci

Graduate: Oxbridge
Major: Economics
GPA: Pass with honors
Degree: Master's of Phil


GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 161
V: 162
W: 6

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: Did not take


Program Applying
: Applied Math

Research Experience: A lot, two publications in decent journals, also worked for national lab for the entire 4 years of undergrad
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Full ride to Oxbridge as American for entire PhD if I wanted to stay (I def didn't), NSF Fellowship in biophysics for that master's program, a lot of other smaller fellowships and international awards
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Accepted to PhD programs in the past (for biophysics) and passed qualifying exam already
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I've done a lot of grant writing so my SoP was basically a grant style research proposal.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I used a very specific approach to my letter of recommendations that I think made a huge difference in the quality of those letters, which I needed considering I didn't take the M_GRE and my quant score was low. http://www.howtogetintograduateschool.com/letters-of-recommendation/how-to-get-an-amazing-letter-of-recommendation/

Applying to Where:
Harvard SEAS: Accepted
Caltech CMS: Rejected without interview
Brown Applied Math: Accepted
Columbia Applied Math: Accepted
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Mezox
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Mezox » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:39 am

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mathberk
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby mathberk » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:20 pm

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dith
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby dith » Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:38 pm

Undergrad Institution: Private Research top 50
Major(s): Applied Mathematics
Minor(s): Sorta physics but idk if I'll ever get around to declaring it...
GPA: 3.94 (UG) 4.00 (math & physics)
Type of Student: domestic female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 161 (89%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 740 (68%) (I am actually really happy with this. I knew it was going to be the weakest part of my application but I think this can keep me in the mix)

Program Applying: Pure math - I am looking to study mathematical/theoretical physics.

Research Experience: REU in computational biology (I switched from BME to math during my sophomore year) and an REU at a top 25 math program. I've had two research projects at my own university, one modeling malaria infection with stoichastic PDEs and my current one is in quantum chaos.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: I guess none really, obviously deans high honor roll. And then some conference academic recognition awards (see below).
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I've been a grader and a TA since my sophomore year for numerous math, phys, and systems bio courses.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Well I'm a female so that helps. I've been using two of my letter writers since my sophomore year and I believe they are doing a tremendous job. I've also taken a graduate class every semester since declaring math and maintained a 4.0.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Not sure how relevant it will be on some of my applications but I am also a two sport varsity athlete (soccer and track & field). I've also been heavily involved in leadership roles through greek life. I also hold a job in the department of relations and development so I'm friendly with some important people.

Applying to Where: Weeee the fun part.

MIT
Yale - rejected 1/21
Columbia - rejected 2/1
Berkeley - accepted 2/3

Duke
GA Tech - accepted 1/23
UNC - interview invitation 1/13, accepted 1/29, declined 2/15
U Washington - accepted 2/16

UVA - accepted 1/31 (fellowship nomination)
Colorado - accepted 2/13, declined 2/15
Colorado St - withdrew 2/10
Oregon - accepted 1/29

Good luck to everyone present and future applying!
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lyh
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby lyh » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:57 am

Undergrad Institution: UCLA
Major(s): Math
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.72 in major
Type of Student: International female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 165 (90%)
V: 150 (45%)
W: 3.0 (15%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 810 (82%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD, Algebra

Research Experience:
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list for 4 quarters
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Reader for one quarter
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Asian female, currently taking a grad course
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:
UCLA rejected
UC Berkeley
Princeton rejected
U Michigan
Columbia rejected
U Wisconsin-Madison
UCSD
Purdueaccepted
UCSB
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ePotential
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Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby ePotential » Fri Nov 27, 2015 6:35 pm

Undergrad Institution: Liberal Arts
Major(s): Mathematics, Computer Science
GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: Female, Domestic

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 158 (71%)
V: 164 (93%)
W: 5.0 (94%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 540 (21%) (not happy with this)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD.

Research Experience: DoD Internship (internally published paper, internal presentations)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor, Discussion Leader for Discrete Math, Grader
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Recommender from DoD internship, I know my recommenders very well
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I am very disappointed with my GRE Math Subject test score. Hopefully the other parts of my application will overshadow the poor score.

Applying to Where:
UCLA - Rejected
U Chicago - Rejected
UW Madison - Rejected
UI Urbana Champaign - Rejected
UI Chicago - Rejected
U of Oregon - Rejected
U of Notre Dame - Waitlist
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crow1664
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Joined: Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:51 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby crow1664 » Sat Nov 28, 2015 4:20 pm

Undergrad Institution: UK Big Top
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 4.00 (top 2% within mathematics department)
Type of Student: International

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (95%)
V: 159 (81%)
W: 3.0 (15%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 830 (85%)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Mathematics (PDE Analysis)

Research Experience: Summer research in spectral theory, invited for international poster presentation.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several departmental honours. Awarded as the best student in pure mathematics.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA, student representative, volunteering project leader in secondary education
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Comprehensive and profound background of expertise in analysis (advanced courses including: measure and measure-theoretic probability, functional analysis, theory of distributions, analysis on manifolds, differential geometry); reading project in PDE analysis from prospective of distributional solutions; all strong references; regular attendance of regional analysis seminars.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Currently finishing a three year undergraduate degree. The limited number of applications this year is with respect to the possibility to choose to do a fourth year or Part III before advancing to Ph.D. study.

Applying to Where:
Stanford
Berkeley
MIT
Princeton
NYU
UCLA
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fibo
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Joined: Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:53 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby fibo » Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:51 am

Undergrad Institution: Foreign
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.83
Type of Student: International, Male

grad Institution: Foreign
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA: 3.38

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 162 (83%)
V: 148 (37%)
W: 3.5 (38%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 740 (68%)

TOEFL Score: 103 = R28/L29/S22/W24

Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: two semesters of research for Master Thesis
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: BSc with honors degree
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: four semesters of TAship
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Purdue
Arizona
Arizona State
Indiana
South Carolina
Louisiana State
George Washington
Missouri
Kansas
Kentucky
Oklahoma State

Enigmatic
Posts: 18
Joined: Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:04 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Enigmatic » Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:02 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 5 university in India
Major(s): Electrical Engineering
Minor(s): Mathematics for computing
GPA: 9.56/10
Type of Student: International (India), Male

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: 72%

Program Applying: Applied Math, Statistics, Operations Research
Research Interests: optimization, signal processing, statistical machine learning

Research Experience: two years in statistical signal processing; one summer in statistical physics applied to social networks. Two conference papers, and one journal paper under review.

Applying to Where:
Caltech - Computing + Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
Stanford - Computational Math (ICME)
Princeton - Operations Research (ORFE)
Cornell - Operations Research (ORIE)
UT Austin - Computational math (ICES)
Georgia Tech - Computational Science and Engineering (CSE)
U Maryland - Applied Math (AMSC)

DeterminantalVariety
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:10 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby DeterminantalVariety » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:42 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state school in California
Major: Mathematics
GPA: 3.9
Type of Student: Domestic Asian male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 160 (85%)
W: 3.5 (38%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 880 (93%)

Program Applying: Pure math (algebra/number theory/algebraic geometry)

Research Experience: REU junior year
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Putnam scores around 20, a scholarship from math department one year
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Reader for math department
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took some grad courses
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: One strong letter of rec
[Also one recently accepted paper which will only appear to schools I haven't submitted the apps for yet.]

Applying to Where:
Reach:
U Michigan waitlisted 3/17, withdrew 4/1.
Northwestern withdrew 3/22.
Rutgers accepted 2/5, fellowship for the first and fourth years, 26k TA/RA-ship otherwise, declined 3/21.
Wisconsin Madison accepted 2/12, TAship, declined 3/30.
U Penn invited to open house, accepted 2/16, fellowship for the first and fourth years, 26.7k first year. Attending!
University of Washington waitlisted 3/22, withdrew 3/22.

Manageable:
UIUC withdrew 3/22.
Minnesota Twin City withdrew 3/22.
Maryland College Park withdrew 3/22.
UCSD accepted 2/26, mix of TAship and fellowship, declined 4/1.

Safety:
University of Utah accepted 2/5, 25k fellowship first year, 17k TAship for next years, declined 4/2.
Ohio State accepted 1/13, TAship (upgraded to fellowship 2/24), declined 2/24.

Best of luck to everyone!
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A16R
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:22 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby A16R » Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:39 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big State. Our graduate math department is top 25
Major(s):Pure and Applied Mathematics
GPA: 3.7, Math GPA 3.75
Type of Student: Domestic Jewboy
GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167(94%)
V: 163(92%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 780(76%)



Program Applying: Pure Math, Emphasis on Geometric Analysis on Complex Manifolds
Research Experience: One Summer program in topology at my school. RTG at Berkeley. Senior thesis in progress on geometric analysis.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Departmental awards within my school
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Was a TA for an upper division applied math class.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 7 Graduate courses. 4 A's 2 B's 1 C
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Programs might not have liked my lackluster grades in applied math classes.

Applying to Where: All of these are for Pure Math PhD. Lots of reach schools.
MIT - REJECTED- 2/25/2016 via Email
Harvard - REJECTED - 1/28/2016 via Email to check website
Princeton - REJECTED- 1/22/2016 via Email
Berkeley
Columbia - REJECTED - 2/1/2016 via Email to check website
Brown - REJECTED- 2/24/2016 via website
UPenn
Northwestern - ADMITTED - Emailed 1/23/2016 to check website
NYU
Rutgers - WAITLISTED - 2/5/2016
UC Irvine ADMITTED - e-mail 2/12/2016 - DECLINED 3/1/2016
Notre Dame - ADMITTED - Unofficial e-mail 2/3/2016
CUNY
London School of Geometry and Number Theory
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applezluna
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Joined: Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:16 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby applezluna » Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 20 public
Major(s): Math
GPA: 3.73 (BA), 3.93 (MA)
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 161 (87%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 910 (99%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: BA and MA theses, one submitted paper
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Excellence in math, Passed qualifying exam
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA with very high reviews
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: about 35 graduate classes, almost all with As.

Applying to Where:
U Michigan - Accepted
U Washington - Accepted
Columbia - Accepted
UCSD - Accepted
UCLA - Accepted
U Penn - Accepted
U Chicago - Waitlisted

Harvard - Rejected
Princeton - Rejected
MIT - Rejected
Cornell - Rejected
UC Berkeley -
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impetus
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:44 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby impetus » Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:50 am

Undergrad Institution: Big California State School
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.8
Type of Student: Domestic Male
GRE Revised General Test:
Q: xxx (xx%)
V: xxx (xx%)
W: x.x (xx%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: xxx (xx%)

Program Applying: Pure Math (Geometry and Topology)

Research Experience: A bit of knot theory, conference presentation
Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 3 terms
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: A couple of grad classes
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Yale - Math
Columbia - Math
Cornell - Math
Brown - Math
UT Austin - Math
SUNY Stony Brook - Math
U Toronto - Math
Michigan - Math
UC Santa Cruz - Math
UC Irvine - Math
UC Davis- Math

nomnoms
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:11 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby nomnoms » Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:28 pm

Undergrad Institution: Berkeley
Major(s): Math
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.6
Type of Student: Domestic White Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163 (86%)
V: 163 (92%)
W: 4 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: N.A.


Program Applying: Applying to Applied Math programs and Theoretical CS programs

Research Experience: I don't have any real research experience but I have done 2 reading courses with a very well-known prof in my research areas (lattice cryptography and analytic number theory). I gave weekly presentations to him and his graduate students each week. I've also given a talk in a graduate seminar for another very famous prof after working with him to learn a paper using ODEs and differential topology.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I tutored at my university's student learning center for 2 years, specializing in linear algebra and discrete math. I also tutored privately for 2 semesters.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 2 famous recommenders, a few graduate classes with good grades, also female I guess?
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: My GPA is hugely dragged down by two poor grades in my sophomore year.

Applied: (ordered in terms of preference)
Columbia CS - PhD Interview Request 3/1, Forwarded to MS Committee 3/21
NYU Courant - PhD Interview Request 2/4 and 2/18, Rejected 3/30
Oxford Math - MSc Interview Request 2/26, ACCEPTED! 3/21 (most likely attending)
Cornell CS - PhD Rejected 3/25
UCLA CS - PhD Emailed 4/7, told I was waitlisted
Harvard CS - PhD Rejected 3/2
Yale Applied Math - PhD Rejected 3/9
Chicago CS - PhD
LSE Math - MSc Withdrew 3/24
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xfromlasttofirstx
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:50 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby xfromlasttofirstx » Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:42 pm

Undergrad Institution: Clemson
Major(s): Mathematical Sciences (BS and MS), Biology (BS)
Minor(s):
GPA: UG: 3.85, Grad: 3.7
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 97%
V: 94%
W: 38% :(
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 42% :(


Program Applying: Mix of Pure Math / Math Bio

Research Experience: Master's Thesis in Discrete Math Bio (in preparation for publication), some undergrad work in biology, coauthor of a math-bio book chapter
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math tutor for years with university, also taught calc 1 and 2 for a year as a grad student


Applying to Where:

GA Tech- Waitlisted 3/10- Rejected 4/4
UC San Diego- Rejected 3/4
Penn State- Waitlisted 3/18- Withdrew 4/4
Utah- Rejected 2/20
Georgia- Accepted with funding 1/28, possible additional research fellowship. ATTENDING!!!!!
Oregon- Waitlisted 3/18
Tennessee- Accepted with funding 3/15, TAship
Iowa- Waitlisted 3/20
Syracuse- Accepted with funding 2/22, 17.5k TAship + tuition waiver
NC State- Waitlisted 2/12- Accepted with funding 3/21, TAship
VATech- Rejected 3/28
Boston College
Pittsburgh- Accepted with funding 2/23, 17.5k TAship

Pretty long list, roughly in order of interest, but some are for the Math Bio path, others for the Pure path. I'd rather have a chance to do pure, but my application strength tends to Math Bio and it's still loads of fun!
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hrothgar
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:48 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby hrothgar » Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:02 pm

Undergrad Institution: Meidum-Large Regional Public University
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Economics
GPA: 4.00
Type of Student: Domestic White Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 161 (80%)
V: 157 (74%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 550 (24%)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: PhD Pure Math for all

Research Experience: 1 REU on combinatorics (have a letter of recommendation from them). Have worked with a professor at home institute for a year and have a paper in the works, also combinatorics related (have a letter of recommendation from him); oral presentation of this research at an undergraduate conference. Sole author of a paper published in an undergraduate journal; also gave oral presentation of this research at undergraduate conference.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several awards/scholarships from my home institute math department and a few from a community college where I earned an AA degree.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: nope.

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: first generation student, member of the honors college at my home university.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Went to community college out of high school and earned AA degree; graduated from the honors program there and 4.00 GPA. Applied for NSF GRFP.

Applying to Where:
University of Washington - REJECTED 2/11 via email
University of California, Santa Barbara - WAITLISTED 3/18 after emailing to check status - Withdrew Application 3/29.
Dartmouth - REJECTED 2/25 via email
University of Virginia - ACCEPTED 2/13 via email with Teaching Assistantship
University of Tennessee, Knoxville - WAITLISTED 3/15 via email - Withdrew Application 3/29.
Emory - REJECTED 2/12 via email
University of Florida - ACCEPTED 2/12 via email with Teaching Assistantship

NSF GRFP - Declined 3/29 via email.
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Barkleycool
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Joined: Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:19 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Barkleycool » Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:34 pm

Undergrad Institution: Foreign (Toronto, Canada)
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Statistics
GPA: 4/4
Type of Student: International (Asian), Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 151 (50%)
V: 170 (98%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 850 (88%)

TOEFL Score: Didn't take

Program Applying: Pure Math - PDE

Research Experience: Nserc summer 2015
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Putnam top 200, numerous scholarships, some physics competitions
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA on Calculus
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Three recommendations from professors in the math department
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: None

Applying to Where:
University of Toronto - Pure math
UCLA - Pure math
Berkeley - Pure math
MIT - Pure math
Yale - Pure math
Michigan - Pure math
NYU - Pure math
Harvard - Pure math
Princeton - Pure math
Caltech - Pure math
Columbia - Pure math
Cornell - Pure math
Brown - Pure math
UPenn - Pure math
Northwestern - Pure math
UChicago - Pure math
CMU - Pure math
Columbia - MS in Engineer/Applied math
Stanford - MS in applied math

I'm applying tons of reach schools :)

beethoven
Posts: 2
Joined: Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:05 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby beethoven » Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:27 pm

Undergrad Institution: Public university in Canada
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA: 9.8/10
Type of Student: Canadian White Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 165 (95%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 830 (85%)

Program Applying: Pure Math and probability

Research Experience: Four years of research in bioinformatics with a prof at my undergrad institution. Summer research projects in topology and probability at UBC during the last two summers. Co-author on three publications, one conference presentation.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several departmental awards for high grades in math courses. Summer research scholarships
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for 4 tutorial sections over the past 2 years

Applying to Where:

Harvard - Rejected 1/28
Princeton - Rejected 1/22
MIT - Rejected 2/25
Columbia - Rejected 2/1
NYU Courant
Stanford - Rejected 2/22
Berkeley
UCLA - Rejected 2/19
Caltech
Oxford - Accepted 3/21
Cambridge - Accepted 1/15
Toronto - Accepted 1/26
McGill - Accepted 1/26
UBC - Accepted 2/26
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capedcrusader
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:46 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby capedcrusader » Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:02 am

b]Undergrad Institution:[/b] Public school in India
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): We don't have this concept
GPA: 9.1/10
Type of Student: International

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163
V: 161
W: 4.5
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 740 (68%)

TOEFL Score: (116 = R30/L29/S27/W30)

Program Applying: Pure Mathematics

Research Experience: Have attended some workshops around the country, have done some reading project on advanced topics with professors here
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nothing here
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for Calculus101
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: None whatsoever
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:
Reach
Cornell Rejected
McGill
UIUC
Ohio State- Accepted/ TA Ship

One of these should accept me

Univ of Illinois at Chicago
Michigan State Accepted/TA Ship
Purdue
Univ of Minnesota
Univ of Utah
Emory Rejected
Univ of Alberta
Univ of British Columbia
Queens
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LaTex
Posts: 13
Joined: Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:53 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby LaTex » Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:18 pm

Undergrad Institution: Southern State school near the bottom of Tier 1
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Finance
GPA: 3.98 (only B was in a high school Dual-Enrollment class; 4.0 in college with like ~200 hours)
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (94%)
V: 161 (87%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 660 (51%)

Program Applying: Pure Math (Algebra/Number Theory)

Research Experience: At the end of high school / freshman year I came up with something cool, simple, wrote my own paper, and won 3rd place at the Student Paper Contest at the regional MAA conference. It wasn't very advanced, and I haven't done anything since.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: various school scholarships
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Nothing, really
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I had a strong application for Statistics PhD programs, but decided last minute to go into math. I had multiple graduate stats classes, research experience, etc. My pure math is pretty weak on the resume, however. My school has virtually no pure math, and the classes we have seem like they're way too easy. No idea how this will be viewed by committees.

Applying to Where: (In roughly descending order of chance)
UIUC - Rejected 3/2
Penn State
UC-Boulder
GA Tech
Ohio State - Rejected 3/2

Texas A&M - Admitted 1/22 w/ TA offer
UGA - Received offer to attend Graduate Visitation Day 2/10 (after following up, they told me this means I'm on a short waitlist)

LSU - Admitted with Graduate Assistantship 2/17
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UsernameMath
Posts: 6
Joined: Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:59 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby UsernameMath » Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:22 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small Private US
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Art
GPA: 3.8 (math GPA 4.0)
Type of Student: International Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (95%)
V: 150 (45%)
W: 3.5 (38%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 750 (70%)

TOEFL Score: NA

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: Over two years of independent research on variety of topics. Some significant results on Combinatorics/Algebra that relate to solving polynomials. 10 presentations at conferences/research fairs/departmental talks. No REUs. No publications.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Many awards from the school. 1 presentation award at a MAA sectional meeting.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math tutor for 2 years.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Recommendation from a renowned mathematician.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: ...

Applying to Where:
MIT - Rejected
UC Berkeley - Rejected
UCLA - Rejected
U of Michigan - Rejected
U of Illinois Urbana Champaign - Rejected
Rutgers - Rejected
GA Tech - Rejected
Carnegie Mellon - Rejected
UGA - Accepted TA $17,000 + Tuition/Declined
NC State - Waitlisted/Accepted TA $18,000 + Tuition + Health Insurance/Declined
U of Kentucky - ??????
U of Hawaii at Manoa - Accepted TA $17,500 + Tuition + Health Insurance/Attending!!!

??????: I emailed the director about the application in March, and they did not respond for a month. I emailed the secretary again in April, and they told me they sent out offers to 28 applicants out of 100 and that the department did not return any decision on mine. I take that as no.
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lobsterroll
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:42 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby lobsterroll » Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:54 pm

Undergrad Institution: LAC
Major(s): Mathematics, Physics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.7 (math major 3.9, phyiscs major 3.9)
Type of Student: international student, us undergrad, female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (95%)
V: 160 (85%)
W: 3.5 (38%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 770 (75%)

TOEFL Score:not applicable

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: two projects, in algebraic topology and algebraic geometry, some conference talks
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: nothing notable
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 3+ years tutoring and TA above calculus level
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: graduate level course work from another school
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: None

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Harvard - Pure Math - rejected
MIT - Pure Math - Pending
Stanford - Pure Math - wait list--- If you do not want to go there, please let them know, because I really want to go to Stanford.
UChicago - Pure Math - rejected
UMich - Pure Math - accepted
UCBerkeley - Pure Math - pending
UCLA - Pure Math - rejected
NYU - Pure Math - Pending
UW-Madison - Pure Math - accepted
UT-Austin - Pure Math - Pending
Northwestern - Pure Math - accepted
Yale - Pure Math - accepted
Brown - Pure Math - accepted
Cornell - Pure Math - accepted
Duke - Pure Math - accepted
UIUC - Pure Math - Pending
Columbia - Pure Math - waiting list--- One of my recommendation letter was missing, and I think that's why I was waitlisted.
Harvard - Statistics - accepted
CMU - ML & Statistics joint program - accepted
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Fw1812
Posts: 23
Joined: Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:19 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Fw1812 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:52 pm

Undergrad Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Major(s): Math/Music
Graduate Institution: Rutgers University (MS Math)
GPA: 3.95/4.00
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (95%)
V: 165 (95%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 890 (94%)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: Six months researching and writing a paper that will be published in a journal this month
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Four years of tutoring, two years as TA/Part-time lecturer
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Probably not

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
MIT - Rejected 2/25
Princeton - Rejected 1/22
Yale - Waitlisted 1/21
Cornell - Rejected 2/11
Brown - Rejected 2/24
Oxford - Rejected 3/16
Vanderbilt - Accepted 2/10 Attending!!
UCSD - Rejected 3/4
University of Virginia - Accepted 2/12
Rutgers - Waitlisted 2/5 and Rejected 4/12
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spitfirej17
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:41 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby spitfirej17 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:20 am

Undergrad Institution: Big State
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA Undergrad: 3.17, GPA Grad: 3.903
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 160 (78%)
V: 158 (79%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:

M: 630 (44%)


Program Applying: Pure Math


Research Experience: 1.5 years research on fractal sets/geometric measure theory (not relevant to current interests)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Only departmental awards (undergrad research, etc.)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Grader for one semester, tutor for one semester, graduate teaching assistant for 2 years by the time I graduate.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: BS and MS in 5 years. 18 graduate classes by graduation. Independent reading in algebraic geometry. Interested in Geometric Representation Theory (Geometric Langlands). Passed algebra qualifying exam.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: A couple poor grades in lower-level mathematics and other courses. Almost entirely due to lack of interest. May be a red flag along with the Subject score :(

Applying to Where:

Far Reach:


Columbia
Cornell
Brown
University of Wisconsin
UT-Austin
University of Washington
University of Pennsylvania
UIUC
University of Maryland - College Park

Reach:
Utah
Notre Dame
University of Oregon
Stony Brook

Manageable:
UMass - Amherst
Northeastern
UVA
University of Georgia

scrubCity
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Joined: Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:47 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby scrubCity » Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:59 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big State
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 4.00
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (94%)
V: 163 (92%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 710 (63%)

Program Applying: Pure Math Ph.D. with a focus on algebraic geometry.

Research Experience: REU at my school along with research for credit on the same work (two semesters). Did research in algebraic geometry/number theory and submitted a paper too late for publication before applications went out.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: N/A
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Spent 3 semesters as a TA and one as a grader.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took a couple of grad classes on algebraic geometry. Recommenders are pretty well known at some of the top schools.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: N/A

Applying to Where:

Throwing money away:
Stanford - Rejected on 2/22
Berkeley - Rejected on 3/14
UChicago - Rejected on 2/17

Reach:
University of Wisconsin - Admitted on 2/12 (Attending!)
University of Michigan - Waitlisted on 3/17 (Withdrawn on 4/06)
Yale - Rejected on 1/21

Realistic:
University of Washington - Admitted on 3/01 (Declined)
UT Austin

Safety:
University of Utah
UIC - Admitted on 2/14 (Declined)
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mathmonkey
Posts: 35
Joined: Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:14 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby mathmonkey » Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:21 pm

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math1234
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Joined: Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:36 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby math1234 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:51 pm

Undergrad Institution: Lib arts
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.8 (3.9 in-major)
Type of Student: Domestic White Male
GRE Revised General Test:
Q: (90-100%)
V: (90-100%)
W: (90-100%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: (50-60%)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: One summer at home institution, One REU
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nothing significant
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Some grading and TA-ing
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: One grad class, pretty good REU experience, one well-known recommender
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Nothing I can think of. I'm a bit sad about the GRE Subject score.

Applying to Where: All Pure Math Ph.D.
Oregon -Pending
Stony Brook - Pending
Rutgers - Waitlisted 2/5
UW Seattle - Pending
Madison - Pending
Utah - Pending
UMass - Pending
Penn State - Pending
UNC - Interview request 1/13
Minnesota - Pending
Cornell - Rejected 2/9
UCSD - Pending
UCSB - Pending
UPenn - Pending
CU Boulder - Pending
UIUC - Pending
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threeamigos
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Joined: Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:07 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby threeamigos » Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:20 pm

Undergrad Institution: ( Big state)
Major(s): (Applied Mathematics)
Minor(s): (Distributed/CS)
GPA: 4.2
Type of Student: (Domestic)

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 162 (83%)
V: 167 (97%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 640 (47%)


Program Applying: (Applied Math)

Research Experience: 1 REU (NSF funded) ending in an honors thesis
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Departmental and university honors
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I do some private tutoring
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took 1 graduate course and did well.

Applying to Where:

Reach:
U Washington - PhD Applied Mathematics Rejected- Offered unfunded masters degree --Declined offer
U Michigan - PhD AIM/Applied Mathematics Rejected

More Realistic
UCSB - PhD Applied Mathematics
UCD - PhD Applied Mathematics Accepted $18,000k TA --Declined offer
Northwestern - PhD Applied Mathematics(ESAM) Accepted $30,000 + 5k scholarship :D ATTENDING!!!
UIC - PhD Applied Mathematics Accepted $18234 TA --Declined offer
Notre Dame - PhD Applied and computational Mathematics and Statistics Accepted $32,000 fellowship --Declined offer
CU Boulder - PhD Applied Mathematics

Safe
U of Arizona - PhD Applied Mathematics Accepted $19000/year + health insurance --Declined offer
Emory - PhD Mathematics Accepted $22000/year + health insurance --Declined offer
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airrows
Posts: 10
Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:22 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby airrows » Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:36 am

Undergrad Institution: University of California
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: 3.57
Major GPA: 3.84

Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (94%)
V: 160 (85%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 710 (63%)

TOEFL Score: N/A (if applicable)

Program Applying: Mathematics Ph.D (Pure unless specified otherwise)

Research Experience: Spent one (1) year doing research to write my senior honors thesis.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Cum Laude, Dean's Honors, Distinction in Major
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: CLAS Instructor (Secondary TA)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I took a year off after undergrad to work full time and start to pay off my massive student debt. AS a consequence, my study time for the math gre was substantially low. Oh well, I have some strong LOR's..... I think.....
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have 3 strong letters of rec (hopefully). I know at least 1 of them has listed that I am the best student he has ever worked with.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Reach:
UCLA - Applied Mathematics / Rejected 2/4/16
NYU - Mathematics / Rejected 4/20/16

Not Sure:
Ohio State - Mathematics / Accepted on 1/11/16, (Full TAship) - declined offer
Boston Univ. - Mathematics / Withdrawn
CU Boulder - Mathematics / Withdrawn
Georgia Tech - Mathematics / Withdrawn
Purdue - Mathematics / Accepted on 2/2/16, (20,000 fellowship + tuition + health) - declined offer
U. Arizona - Applied Mathematics / Accepted on 2/8/16, (Half fellowship, half TAship) - declined offer
UC Davis - Applied Mathematics / Accepted on 2/6/16, Half TA, half fellowship ATTENDING!
UC Santa Barbara - Mathematics / Accepted on 4/6/16, (Full TAship) - declined offer
UC San Diego - Mathematics / Rejected
USC - Mathematics / Accepted on 2/8/16, (Full TAship) - declined offer

Safety:
Florida State - Applied/Computational Mathematics / Accepted on 2/8/16, (Full TAship) - declined offer
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ntttchd
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Joined: Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:54 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby ntttchd » Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:32 am

Undergrad Institution: Big State (top for math)
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA: overall ~3.4/4, major GPA ~3.7
Type of Student: International, Female, Asian

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 162 (83%) :oops:
V: 160 (85%)
W: 3.5 (38%) :roll:
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 790 (78%) :cry:

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: no actual research experience
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: rising GPA
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: very poor first year grades, mediocre second year grades, good third/fourth year grades, a lot of graduate courses (~12 as of now) in my research area and related areas, math in Moscow program, one reference letter from a fields medalist who doesn't know me that well (so not sure if it's a plus or not)

Applying to Where:
UC Berkeley - pending
MIT - pending
Princeton - rej
London School of Geometry and Number Theory - pending/rej since no interview
Master program of University of Bonn -rej
U of Utah
ALGANT - offer with scholarship. Going. First year Duisburg Essen second year Paris Sud
Higher School of Economics, Moscow
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felani
Posts: 7
Joined: Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:26 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby felani » Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:48 pm

Undergrad Institution: top 15 private
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: 3.85 (Math GPA: 3.96)
Type of Student: domestic white male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (94%)
V: 161 (87%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 810 (82%)

Program Applying: Pure Math Ph.D. programs

Research Experience: One REU. Presented our results at YMC at Ohio State, nothing published (yet)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Quite a few departmental awards for academic achievement and teaching excellence, Phi Beta Kappa
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Lots of tutoring experience, TA for undergrad calculus courses, math club president
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: One letter writer is fairly well known; taken a few graduate courses; currently working on a senior thesis

Applying to Where:
Columbia - Rejected 2/1
Maryland - Admitted 2/27
Michigan - Rejected 3/16
Minnesota - Waitlisted 3/21
MIT - Rejected 2/25
Ohio State - Admitted 1/12
Penn - Weakly Admitted 3/1
Penn State - Admitted 2/4
Stanford - Rejected 2/22
Texas - Admitted 3/14
UCLA - Admitted 1/14
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Exactimum
Posts: 25
Joined: Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:37 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Exactimum » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:05 am

Undergrad Institution: NJIT (small public tech school #103 for math)
Major(s): Computational Mathematics and Computer Science
Minor(s):
GPA: 4.00
Type of Student: Domestic, White, Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (95%)
V: 163 (92%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 780 (76%)

Program Applying: Ph.D. Applied Math (or computational if offered)

Research Experience: Year long computational math REU at my school. One national conference presentation, no publications.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Lots of scholarships from the math department at my school. Couple awards for academic performance.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 2 semesters grading theoretical CS courses. 1 year Internship in computational finance.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 2 grad classes in math modeling and financial simulations.

Applying to Where:
UCSD - Admitted 2/25 - Declined 4/7
Georgia Tech - Admitted 1/23 - $2,100/month - Declined 3/16
UCLA - Admitted 1/20 - $24,000/year + $3,500/summer - ATTENDING!
RPI - Admitted 1/13 - $21,500/year - Declined 4/4
Purdue - Admitted 1/1 - $16,834/year - Declined 3/16
Berkeley - Waitlisted 2/27 - Withdrew 4/10
Michigan - Waitlisted 3/18 - Withdrew 4/9
NYU - Withdrew 4/10 - Rejected 4/21
Minnesota - Withdrew 4/10 - Rejected 4/23
Maryland - Withdrew 4/10
Brown - Rejected 1/28
Washington - Rejected 1/28
Cornell - Rejected 2/16
Princeton - Rejected 2/16
MIT - Rejected 2/25
Duke - Rejected 3/16
CalTech - Rejected 3/31
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Dinstruction
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:59 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Dinstruction » Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:39 am

Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts, not well known
Major(s): Mathematics, Computer Science
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.92 (4.0 major)
Type of Student: Domestic male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 5.5 (98%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 740 (68%) This, along with my obscure school that doesn't offer grad classes, is what weakens my application. I'm hoping my score isn't so low it will automatically disqualify me, as I believe the rest of my application has notable elements.

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

Program Applying: All pure math PhD, except for foreign masters, focus on algebraic topology

Research Experience: One REU at a small California state school with a paper submitted, second REU at Cornell with a YMC presentation
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Departmental awards
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math tutor, have experience tutoring upper division courses
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Math in Moscow for a semester, 3 independent studies of graduate material my senior year (I had no other options at my university)
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: One well known recommender from Cornell, glowing letter from my academic advisor, a letter from Moscow from a professor doesn't know me too well but should nonetheless be positive

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Trying to hedge my bets by applying to a lot of schools, since students from my school rarely breach top 50 schools

MIT - rejected
Princeton - rejected
Stanford - rejected
UCLA - rejected
NYU - withdrawn
Chicago - rejected
Cornell - admitted 2/11 25k TA-ship (upgraded to a 29k fellowship with no teaching duties in the first year) - Attending, was my top realistic choice
Brown - rejected
Penn - waitlisted (inquired via email), withdrawn
UIUC - rejected
Washington - admitted 3/3 18k TA-ship with 5k summer funding
Ohio State - admitted 1/12 18k TA-ship (upgraded to a 24k fellowship with no teaching duties in the first year)
USC - admitted 3/4 22k TA-ship with 2k summer funding
UC Santa Barbara - admitted 3/4 19k TA-ship
Georgia - admitted, awaiting funding, declined
UBC (masters) - withdrawn
Cambridge (Part III Tripos) - rejected, somewhat annoyed because this would be a great program to make up for my background

NSF GRFP - not awarded

Despite all the rejections, I got what I wanted, which is admission to a respected university. Students from my university don't get into good graduate schools, and I am the first person in a very long time to get into the Ivy League. I don't think I'm the best mathematician at my school, only the student with the best resume. Hopefully my professors will be able to send more students to the top 20.
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india_kid4
Posts: 8
Joined: Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:58 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby india_kid4 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:26 pm

Undergrad Institution: India; very new programme with only one graduating batch before me, but well-known faculty.
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): -
GPA: - 7.6/8; Math GPA: 7.81/8 [I don't think it would be accurate to just divide by 2?]
Type of Student: US citizen but studied in India; Indian ethnicity.

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (99%)
V: 170 (98%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 910 (99%) (October 2015)

TOEFL Score: (118 = R30/L30/S30/W28)

Program Applying: Pure Math, with an interest in analysis and probability theory

Research Experience: One summer project (that began ~8 months earlier) with some research at the end. Nothing publishable. Ongoing final year research project.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: KVPY fellowship. (An Indian fellowship for students showing an aptitude for research)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Nothing.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Two famous/somewhat well-known recommenders who know me well; one is my current advisor and the other my faculty advisor for 2.5 years. Plenty of graduate courses (at least in India) like Functional analysis, algebraic topology, measure theory, probability theory, stochastic processes & brownian motion, Galois Theory, commutative algebra, representation theory of finite groups...
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: N/A

Applying to Where: (All pure math)
Berkeley - Admitted, 2/9. Will Attend!
UCLA - Rejected, 12/3
UCSD - Asked if I was still interested, Declined, 2/12
Washington Seattle - Asked if I was still interested, Declined, 2/12
Toronto
Michigan Ann-Arbor - Admitted, 1/29; Declined
NYU Courant - Admitted, 2/10, Declined, 4/4
Princeton - Rejected, 1/23
UPenn - Asked if I was still interested with probable financial details, Declined, 3/3
Yale - Admitted, 1/22; Declined
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run4fun
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Joined: Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:23 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby run4fun » Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:43 pm

Undergrad Institution: Well known liberal art school with a strong math dept (as far as liberal arts schools go ...)
Major(s): Math, Physics
Minor(s): Economics
GPA: 3.95/4.0
Type of Student: Domestic Asian male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 169 (97%)
V: 169 (99%)
W: 4.5 (85%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 820 (83%)

Program Applying: Applied Math mostly (1 Operations Research)

Research Experience: Fairly prestigious applied math REU (RIPS), submitted a paper to a CS conference, got rejected but will resubmit (all too late for the applications), poster presentation; another summer doing physics research at my school and economics research at a think tank, although nothing really came of either; and one summer doing research at a university in India, but again nothing really came of it. Currently writing a physics thesis, but it's heavy on the math (foundations of quantum mechanics).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Phi beta kappa, dean's list, some school-wide scholarships; highest honors at Budapest Semesters in Mathematics study abroad program
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Been a math TA for the past 4 semesters, very active peer tutor (100+ tutoring sessions)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: My thesis advisor is well known in his field, but that probably won't help too much for applied math programs. My REU advisor is also decently well known I think. Also took part in Budapest Semesters in Mathematics and did well.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I've taken quite a heavy load of classes for a liberal arts student (took some extra classes a few semesters) and one of my recommenders noted this.

Applying to Where: (All PhD in Applied Math unless otherwise noted)

I think essentially all these schools are reach schools. I figured if I didn't get into any I would do something else for a year and try again.

Caltech - Computing + Mathematical Sciences - Rejected :( 3/31
NYU (Courant) - Waitlisted 2/25 - Admitted! 3/14
MIT - Applied Math - Admitted! 2/4 Committed and will be attending! 27k fellowship over 9 mo.
MIT - Operations Research - Admitted! 2/24
Princeton - Rejected :( 2/16
UCLA - Admitted! 1/21
UC Berkeley - Admitted! 1/31
Stanford - Institute for Computing & Mathematical Engineering - Rejected :( 2/5
Harvard - Applied Math @ the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences - Rejected :( 3/2
University of Colorado - Boulder - Admitted! 1/29
Brown - Admitted! 2/3 (email to check website)
Cornell - Admitted! 2/5
Carnegie Mellon - Algorithmics, Combinatorics, Optimization - Rejected :( 4/12
Georgia Tech - Algorithmics, Combinatorics, Optimization - Admitted! 1/26

I have no idea what my chances are at any of these places, so we'll see how things go :?
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Dani
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Joined: Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:26 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Dani » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:51 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts college
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA: 3.87/4.00
Math GPA: 3.95/4.00
Type of Student: International female in the U.S. (I will need a visa)

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 155 (67%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 850 (88%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: One summer of REU with a preprint, one summer of research at home school, senior thesis in progress
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: A few minor ones
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA and tutor at undergrad institution
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 4 letters for those who accept the fourth one; attended JMM twice and another national conference once.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Budapest Semesters of Mathematics for one semester

Applied to:
UC Berkeley - rejected
U of Minnesota - withdrew
Ohio State - admitted on Jan 12
UPenn - admitted after attending the open house
Georgia Tech - (Math PhD) admitted on Jan 29; petitioned to ACO after visiting and received acceptance later
U of Michigan - wailisted on March 17
U of Washington - admitted on March 2
Cornell - rejected
UCSD - admitted on March 3
U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - admitted on Feb 6
Rutgers - wailisted on Feb 23
Penn State - withdrew
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Pratyush
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Joined: Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:46 pm

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Pratyush » Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:45 pm

Undergrad Institution: University of Toronto
Major(s): Mathematics, Physics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.97/4.00 (Both major GPA 3.98)
Type of Student: International (Canada), Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (98%)
V: 155 (67%)
W: 4.0 (56%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 800 (80%)

TOEFL Score:

Program Applying: Pure Math - Geometry, Topology, Mathematical Physics

Research Experience: Two NSERC USRAs (equivalent of REUs).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some scholarships.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA during my final year for a first year calculus course.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Around 7 grad classes, three strong recommendations from relatively well known professors.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:
Harvard - Rejected
MIT - Rejected
Stanford - Waitlisted
Princeton - Rejected
UC Berkeley - Rejected
Chicago - Rejected
Caltech
UCLA - Rejected
Columbia - Rejected
Yale - Admitted
UT Austin
Stony Brook - Admitted
UPenn - Invited to open house.
Toronto - Admitted
Geneva (Master Class) - Admitted
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Elle89
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Joined: Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:44 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Elle89 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:28 am

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Josephine
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Joined: Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:42 am

Re: 2016 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Postby Josephine » Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:06 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium-sized private research university
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA: 3.93/4.00
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (95%)
V: 167 (97%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 810 (82%)

Program Applying: Mostly pure math

Research Experience: Some individual expository research on which I presented a poster at two conferences
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Mathematics department award, Dean's list, Phi Beta Kappa
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Teaching assistant, tutor, relevant summer internship
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I have taken a couple of grad classes, participated in the Carleton College summer mathematics program, helped to found an AWM chapter at my school, and have what I believe to be very solid letters of recommendation (though of course I haven't read them myself)

Applying to Where: (All pure math PhD unless otherwise noted)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Rejected by email 2/25
University of California, Berkeley - Accepted by email 1/30, awarded Chancellor's Fellowship 3/1 (Accepted offer!)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Applied (but forgot to send my transcript until after the deadline, which may have hurt me)
Northwestern University - Rejected by email to check website 3/31
University of Wisconsin, Madison - Accepted by email 2/12 (Declined)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor -Rejected by email 3/16
University of California, San Diego - Rejected by email 3/4
University of Maryland, College Park - Accepted by email 2/25, awarded fellowship (Declined)
Carnegie Mellon University - PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization - Withdrew Application 2/29 (they contacted me saying that they were impressed with my application but had concerns that my interests may not align well with their program, and I shared those concerns)
University of Nebraska, Lincoln - Accepted by email 2/4 (Declined)

Fellowship:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - Rejected by email 3/29
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