AMGMScrub wrote:Hard to say. Just ask your advisors. It's hard to predict what is an ideal candidate for a given program. I'm not too sure about international applicants, since I believe it's more competitive than applying as a domestic. But I would be surprised if you got rejected from all the schools in that given list assuming what you wrote about your profile is true.
SoulOnIce wrote:Honestly you are something of an unusual case. You are definitely on par with other students in the applicant pool for your schools in terms of GRE and subject test scores, research, interest in math, and major GPA. Your overall GPA, however, may be lower than what is expected.
From what I see, people with ~3.9's overall and very close to 4.0 majors will apply to almost exclusively Top 10-15 schools, as you are doing, and get into 1-2 on average. While your GPA is still good, we are talking about Top 15 schools here. I don't know if schools will care all that much, because your major GPA is very good, but it could also be very bad in their eyes. Again, people with ~3.5 overall and ~4.0 major GPA's are rare profiles so I cannot be certain.
As a whole, I say go for it but out of concern would also suggest applying to few more schools in the Top 30-50, in addition to the one's you're applying, where a 3.5 is typically more accepted.
anwins wrote:You are from Harvey Mudd, and everyone knows it is infamous GPA deflation school, so your overall is fine. I am very impressed by your math GPA, since I heard that Harvey Mudd's math is very difficult. Besides this, I know many graduates from your college end up with top 5 grad programs, so you are in a pretty good shape.
I won't worry much about your applications; your profile is much better than mine.
Side words: UCLA's math subject score bar for international students is 95%. But I think it shouldn't be a problem for you as your score is so close. If Prof. Bertozzi likes you, you will almost surely get into UCLA.
bli wrote: Yeah that's exactly what I am worried about, my general GPA. Thanks for your advice! In addition, do you think I should explain to the schools why I have a bad overall GPA (for example, since I took some humanity classes which are requirements in my school and hard for me as an international student)? Thanks a lot for your time!
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