What schools should a student like me be looking at

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williamcjj
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What schools should a student like me be looking at

Postby williamcjj » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:52 pm

Undergrad Institution: UCSB
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): Physics
GPA: 3.72
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 830 (83%)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: none
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: none
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Campus Tutor for 2 years
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Strong recommends by decently famous profs in the field.

I am just curious if my goals are realistic, so I would appreciate any input on what sort of school I should be looking at. I think my everything are decent/mediocre but I have nothing else to show which makes me concerned to be looking at U of M, U of C, and etc.

bbym
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Re: What schools should a student like me be looking at

Postby bbym » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:47 pm

williamcjj wrote:Undergrad Institution: UCSB
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): Physics
GPA: 3.72
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 830 (83%)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: none
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: none
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Campus Tutor for 2 years
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Strong recommends by decently famous profs in the field.

I am just curious if my goals are realistic, so I would appreciate any input on what sort of school I should be looking at. I think my everything are decent/mediocre but I have nothing else to show which makes me concerned to be looking at U of M, U of C, and etc.



The test scores and gpa all look good. I just concern about your research experience. It may hurt your application if you simply say you have no research experience. As far as I know, no schools only focus on your grades. So what you mention here (I guess they are U Michi or U California) are all possible, but you might need to tell a little bit more about yourself besides how you did in standard tests. Recommendation letters definitely help, but I don't know to what extent since your application will be reviewed as a whole. Anyway, good luck!

djysyed
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Re: What schools should a student like me be looking at

Postby djysyed » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:46 pm

bbym wrote:I just concern about your research experience. It may hurt your application if you simply say you have no research experience.


There are quite a few people at those schools with no research experience. Research experience is for our personal growth so some school don't take research experience into consideration.

williamcjj
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Re: What schools should a student like me be looking at

Postby williamcjj » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:13 pm

yeah, also being asian male definitely doesnt help

just entesar
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Re: What schools should a student like me be looking at

Postby just entesar » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:54 am

williamcjj wrote:Undergrad Institution: UCSB
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): Physics
GPA: 3.72
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 4.0 (59%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 830 (83%)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: none
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: none
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Campus Tutor for 2 years
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Strong recommends by decently famous profs in the field.

I am just curious if my goals are realistic, so I would appreciate any input on what sort of school I should be looking at. I think my everything are decent/mediocre but I have nothing else to show which makes me concerned to be looking at U of M, U of C, and etc.


I THINK YOU LOOKING TO MASTER DEGREE ,,, EVERY THINGS WITH YOU THAT CAN GO WITH ACCEPTING TO MASTER ... GO HEADLONG :arrow:

williamcjj
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Re: What schools should a student like me be looking at

Postby williamcjj » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:26 am

thanks for the support man but I'm applying for PhD programs. I am not opposed to a master if I can't get into any PhD program. But maybe I am stronger of a candidate than i think I am, thanks for the comments.

MMDE
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Re: What schools should a student like me be looking at

Postby MMDE » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:06 pm

I think you have a great shot at top schools. The only two things that might be an issue is lack of research experience and if those A-/B's that bring down your GPA were in upper level math courses or not. It also heavily depends on your rec letters, but your test scores are excellent.

williamcjj
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Re: What schools should a student like me be looking at

Postby williamcjj » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:19 pm

thanks man, my letters should be decently strong and unique. I studied math abroad for a semester and managed to excel at my classes to convince my abroad professor to write me a rec. I hope that speaks about my character according to the committees. 2 of my professors are decently famous in analysis (including the abroad professor), but my area of interest is algebra which I am a little concerned. as of my major GPA, it is actually higher than my overall GPA, (3.81), I got a C in intro to linear algebra (99% until the final, what a shame). which is a huge bummer but i got an A- in the 2nd course of the series. I also have a better grade in analysis classes than algebra classes which is also a bit odd. Overall I have a lot of ups and downs or weirdness to my undergrad career, I hope that averages out to be a strong enough candidate in their eyes.




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