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

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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

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

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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.

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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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