bemonocled wrote:How did the functional analyst in your department scare you off?
Thanks for the response. I knew about PSU have a NCG group, but not Northwestern. I'm in Chicago(which gives away what school I'm at, oh well.), so Northwestern may be a very convenient choice. Not too excited about the idea of staying in IL, but it is very convenient(and we have fantastic pizza in Chicago. I would miss that dearly). I also didn't know about PSU's A.G. I'll definitely consider both!
Anyway, I asked him about going into NCG, and he said that it isn't a fertile field at the moment, which is a serious red flag in my mind.(More important of course is that it is fertile in 3-4 years,)
gromov wrote:I would say that subject test score is fine - it's not that bad. Of course, raising it some could be nice, but yours isn't bad enough to raise concern.
That said for the very hardest to get into schools, a much higher test score can sometimes help.
I would be more concerned with your fundamentals (a lot of people applying have very high math GPAs). Your advanced classes will keep you in the running, but you should apply widely (perhaps consider some of the choices of previous poster).
You sound like the type of applicant where letters of recommendation could just about squeeze you in.
Basically, your GPA in advanced math coupled with test scores makes it clear you probably won't flunk out of the program's basic requirements, nor are you scared of trying advanced material. After that, it's often letters.
EDIT: The reason your professor's extra cautiousness about your subject score might be warranted, however, is that it might compensate a little for concern about your GPA.
Thanks, I appreciate the encouragement. I'm actually going to switch Formal Logic to graduate algebra. I was looking forward to the Formal Logic, but the algebra is far more useful(or at least it is for my purposes, logic is always useful!). The professor pointed out that if I apply to a top program without the graduate algebra it may hold me back from more advanced classes. That resonated with me, so I changed it.
That being said, when you say apply widely, do you mean apply to more selective or less selective schools or both? I'm pretty unsure of myself as far as what level I am at.
Again, thank you both for your responses!