iamgoudan wrote:Hi everyone, I'd like to discuss the applicant pool this year. Either on the internet or the people around, quite a lot of people said it is the strongest they've ever seen in the past few years, here are some questions I am interested:
1) Do you really agree with that by your own experience?
2) If yes, how come such a result? the smart ones just born in the same year(s)?
3) Is it a general phenomenon, which means for all schools? Otherwise, does it just happen for some top schools? In the second case, it might be good for applicant for second tiers schools, since the applicants just become more confident for more reachable schools?
Any ideas of you?
On paper I don't really see a difference looking at past years on this website. But someone would have to gather all the data and weight it somehow and compare it to 2018 data. But test scores, gpa, and a published paper is not all that makes a strong candidate. There are also rec letters, personal statement, etc. I can't see an obvious way of gathering that data.
Perhaps, due to more and more mathematical discoveries, REU programs (I think REUs are actually a recent thing), the internet, and education changing, more is expected from math students, and now a days maybe they know more. I'm just guessing.