Not Sure Where I Stand

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TheRedLotus
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Not Sure Where I Stand

Postby TheRedLotus » Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:35 pm

Hello,

I'm a recent graduate, May 2018. I've taken some time off from college for work and personal reasons. However, I'm trying to get into a decent math graduate program. I was a dual major recieving both a B.s. in Mathematical Sciences and a B.s. in Physics. My gpa was a lackluster 3.14 overall with a 3.19 Math and 3.17 Physics. I had a rough second semester my sophomore year and perhaps spread myself a little thin going forward. I most definitely underestimated my ADHD. My math advisor believes I would do well focusing strictly on math. My ultimate goal has always been to pursue research in Mathematical Physics. I'm here to ask what schools may be a good fit and if my GRE scores (taking the Math April 6th and the General in July) will help offset my GPA. I currently work as a math tutor and have done some freelance web design. Also are there any other things I can do to help improve my standing? Thanks in advance to anyone who responds.

Best,
The Red Lotus

ponchan
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Re: Not Sure Where I Stand

Postby ponchan » Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:43 pm

You should probably ask your math advisor where he/she thinks you have a chance. Otherwise, I suggest doing the following. Look at the Application and Admission Results pages on this site from the past 5 years or so. Press Ctrl + F and search 3.1, 3.0, 3.2, etc to see what sorts of schools people with a GPA similar to yours get accepted to. Of course, you might still have a very different profile from these people, but it's something to consider.

You might also consider applying to a terminal masters program. These are much easier to get accepted to. If you do well at one of these, you might have a shot at a much better PhD program.

TheRedLotus
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Re: Not Sure Where I Stand

Postby TheRedLotus » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:28 pm

I have talked to him but he doesn't have any recommendations. I also took your advice and spent some time looking through previous applicants. From what I saw, there weren't too many applicants with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.2. Of those I saw, most had applied to pure math programs. I did notice someone got accepted at Indiana University Bloomington with a similar GPA. That school was already on my list though. I plan on applying to both masters and doctoral programs.




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