Compiling a list of schools in number theory who will look past my not so good GPA

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notinverse
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Compiling a list of schools in number theory who will look past my not so good GPA

Postby notinverse » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:37 am

hey there!

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:
US:
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
8. Northwestern
9. University of Georgia
10. Minnesota, Twin cities and one other campus of it
11. Temple University
12. Oklahoma state
13. Arizona State
14. Emory
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.

Thank you!

mathmonk
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Re: Compiling a list of schools in number theory who will look past my not so good GPA

Postby mathmonk » Sun May 05, 2019 11:58 pm

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KYDKON95
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Re: Compiling a list of schools in number theory who will look past my not so good GPA

Postby KYDKON95 » Mon May 06, 2019 5:53 am

check kansas state research team. they made me a last minute offer and i accepted. my GPA is 6.86/10 and i'm also interested in number theory

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Re: Compiling a list of schools in number theory who will look past my not so good GPA

Postby etusblog » Mon May 06, 2019 1:41 pm

I really don't think it is a smart idea to choose schools based on who you think may not weight GPA heavily. The truth is admissions is generally competitive no matter where you apply; GPA will always be a factor in the decision to accept or reject. Apply to a wide variety of schools (if you can afford it), or spend an extra year or two raising your GPA if it is that concerning to you.

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Re: Compiling a list of schools in number theory who will look past my not so good GPA

Postby notinverse » Sat May 25, 2019 1:28 pm

etusblog wrote:I really don't think it is a smart idea to choose schools based on who you think may not weight GPA heavily. The truth is admissions is generally competitive no matter where you apply; GPA will always be a factor in the decision to accept or reject. Apply to a wide variety of schools (if you can afford it), or spend an extra year or two raising your GPA if it is that concerning to you.



Thanks for your reply. Raising my GPA is not possible as it was my last semester of coursework and my school doesn't give you any option to improve it. So, yeah, stuck with it for the rest of my life.

Also, now visiting the above list after nearly a month, I notice that I listed some high reach universities like Wisconsin-Madison, Queens, Ohio State, Minnesota twin cities, UIC etc. So, I guess I'll add a few other universities....that'll hopefully be not that out of reach. I guess Louisiana State, and as another user stated Kansas State, Arizona State, South Carolina etc.

notinverse
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Re: Compiling a list of schools in number theory who will look past my not so good GPA

Postby notinverse » Sat May 25, 2019 1:30 pm

KYDKON95 wrote:check kansas state research team. they made me a last minute offer and i accepted. my GPA is 6.86/10 and i'm also interested in number theory


Thank you, I've heard from a few people that it's really a good department. I guess I'll add it to my list. If possible, could you recommend me more places?

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Re: Compiling a list of schools in number theory who will look past my not so good GPA

Postby superballzach » Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:50 am

I'll be heading to UIC in the fall to start my PhD. UIC is mainly known for its algebraic geometry and logic, but I've heard good things about the number theory group. Alina Cojocaru is well-known and does analytic number theory/arithmetic geometry. Ramin Takloo-Bighash is another well-known guy doing automorphic forms/representations. Nathan Jones is an up and coming guy, but I don't know too much about him.

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Re: Compiling a list of schools in number theory who will look past my not so good GPA

Postby moonbears » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:49 am

I think if you have the funds, or can secure funding it might be beneficial to apply to MS/MA programs in mathematics. These generally have lower GPA requirements (Around 2.5-2.75-3.0), and most of them don't require the math GRE, and some don't even require letters of rec (like mine!)

The main points to doing this is so that you can raise your GPA, and prove that you can handle yourself in graduate school. If there's a particular program that you feel like you'd really want to go to, they might weigh your graduate GPA higher than your undergraduate GPA with a masters. Plus, you have the option of doing a Master's thesis or examinations, so you can decide to go more in-depth into a single subject. The examinations are good for preparing you for quals, however. Lastly, many master's programs are much smaller than undergraduate programs, so there's plenty of interaction with professors on a one-on-one basis.

I might be a little biased since I'm doing a Master's of Science in Pure Math before doing a PhD and I think it's one of the best education decisions I've ever made. (Applying for PhDs this fall! wew)




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