I've been a lurker here for months and it was just recently that I thought to join this community. I am an international student looking to apply to grad schools this fall in Number Theory, Arithmetic Geometry. Now, I know that people here mainly apply to the universities in the USA but I'm kind of open to apply to anywhere in the world as long as they have a good number of people doing good research in the area. I haven't got a really impressive GPA(like 7.8-8.0 on a 10.0 scale with some As and Cs, mostly Bs and perhaps a D in a grad level class I took last semester -irrelevant of NT and AG, of coursework that have little chances of converting into a C) so that limits my options a whole lot since I've heard that generally looking at the applicants' GPA is the first step in reviewing applications and how would the rest of my application get a second look if it'll be put into the trash pile in the first round? Ans since, I'm really want to go to grad school to study what I've always wanted, my focus now is to apply to schools that do not really care about GPA or care about GRE or are willing to look past GPA.
And that is why I am sort of compiling the list of places that fit this above criteria and also have a good NT research group. I hope you guys could help me with that.
A few places that I think could be a match are:
1. University of Illinois, Chicago
2. University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
3. University of Colorado, Boulder
4. Purdue University
5. Rutgers University
6. Ohio State
7. Rice University
9. University of Georgia
10. Minnesota, Twin cities and one other campus of it
11. Temple University
12. Oklahoma state
13. Arizona State
15. Texas A&M
16. University of Wisconsin at Madison
17. Clemson University
Some Canadian places: British Coloumbia, McGill, Toronto, Waterloo, Concordia, Simon Fraser, Queen's, Montreal,
European Schools: (An obvious choice is Bonn and Berlin Mathematical School but c'mon I have zero chance of getting into there so won't write it here) Gottingen, Frieburg, Heidelberg, University of Vienna, Universite de Lille, Leiden, Universitat de Cologne, LMU, Universite de Rennes 1 etc.
Maybe I should mention that I haven't yet given the GREs, but looking at the sample questions m quite positive that I will be able to score good in GRE Subject since I've had a good experience with similar level exams in my own country. GRE General Verbal and Analytic section are a different story though and will require a good amount of hard work from my side. About LORs, I guess I can procure some from my reading project supervisor and thesis guide and no idea how strong they'll be, But I guess they should be somewhat,
and as for research experience, I only have a number of reading projects- one in Geometry, one in Algebraic Number Theory, and one in Algebraic Geometry. Also, I've been to one summer school on a related number theory topic that is pretty reputed in my country and have had some national level scholarships.
Sorry for the long post. I'd appreciate it if someone who's been through the same process of applying to grad schools in NT could provide an insight into what schools I've listed (or not listed) would be worth applying to (that is, not too far reach that I should just forget about them), I do not want to waste my recommendations by applying to places that are gonna reject me because of my gpa or those that admit only overachievers.