djysyed wrote:My professors specifically told me not to pick a specific area of interest but mention your interests lie in broader areas. For example, instead of saying I want to do research in Arithmetic Geometry or Algebraic K-Theory, I said my interests are in Algebraic Geometry and Algebraic Topology as I've enjoyed my exposure to whichever subareas I've seen.
UIUC is a tough one based on my professors.
EGA wrote:It's difficult to judge, but I think the 3.2 undergraduate GPA may make UIUC, Duke, and Ohio pretty unlikely (especially since masters programs typically have higher grade inflation), and maybe rules out Emory (as their number theory program is pretty competitive). If your letters are strong and the admissions committee is willing to overlook the undergraduate GPA based on the graduate GPA, I think you have a fair shot at all the other schools though - outside of your GPA, your profile looks about right for the remaining schools. For example, excluding your undergrad GPA, you probably would have been a competitive applicant at U. Oregon.
I think it's likely you'll get into at least one school from your list.
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