Exactimum wrote:I think my Math GRE score is not too bad for top Applied Math programs, as I expect it would be for Pure Math programs.
As for lack of publications, this is probably the weakest part of my application. My only research experience came before I decided to apply to graduate school, so I did not push to get anything published.
Thanks for being polite to me (unlike other people who seem not to be able to stand-still to hear the FACT). Now, let me make it straight: it's not that your Math GRE score is bad in general, but it is definitely in the bottom half of the caliber pool of students applying to the TOP programs that you chose. You might get in some of those top places, but that's definitely not because of your Math GRE, but because you have something else that is so OUTSTANDING (like a killer recommendation from a well-known professor in your field). Otherwise, and take this with a grain of salt, your chances are very slim at TOP schools like MIT, NYU, Caltech, Princeton, Brown (keep in mind NYU is #1 in applied math, as they have Peter Lax and Marco Avellaneda, along with Peter Kohn). Honestly, your best bet might turn out to be Cornell and probably, Duke? The reason is because the remaining schools, excluding those I mentioned above, focus strongly on the Math GRE scores (especially UCLA, Michigan, and UCSD), and although your score is nothing to be shy of, it's just not excellent (that's the fact you have to accept). The REU experience might be one of a few factors (the other are LORs and SOP) that would help save your chance at some places like UMN, UCSD and/or Washington. If you can't standout from either of these factors, you still can get in, but need a LOT OF luck!