2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

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kuz
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby kuz » Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:06 am

Undergraduate Institution: Group of 8 university in Australia
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: Straight HDs (I guess the equivalent of a 4.0)
Position in class: Near or at the top
Type of Student: international white male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (96%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 4.5 (72%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 770 (77%) (ugh, had the flu when I took the test - not fun)

Program Applying: PhD in pure mathematics, hoping to work on analytic number theory.

Research Experience: Currently working on my Master's thesis. Did my Honours thesis the year before. Two summer research scholarships (one number theory at a different university, one geometry at my undergraduate university), and six research projects during semester as an undergraduate (it was a special focus of my degree). One paper submitted for publication (based on my Honours thesis) and uploaded to the arXiv, two others currently in preparation.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nothing special.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutored (i.e. TA) several courses, a total of 5 semesters.

Applying to Where:
Princeton University - Accepted January 17th 2012 - Will be attending
Stanford University - Waitlisted February 13th 2012 - Rejected April 11th 2012
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - Accepted February 21st 2012 - Declined March 8th 2012
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Application Withdrawn March 12th 2012
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supremum
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby supremum » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:28 am

Undergrad Institution: Australia
Major(s): Statistics
Minor(s):
GPA: 90/100
Position in Class: 2nd
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 166 (94%)
V: 165 (96%)
W: 4.0 (48%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 680 (58%) terrible...

Program Applying: Statistics/Operation Research

Research Experience: 2 Summer Research Scholarships, one at my uni, one at a govt/national IT research centre. 2 papers in preparation.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several university scholarships, a prize for highest score in statistics.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Interned at HKMA (Monetary Research Branch of the Hong Kong Central Bank), HSBC.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Really close with my referees, two of them have taught me for three years.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Stanford - Stats PHD - Rejected
Berkeley - Stats PHD - Rejected
Princeton - ORFE PHD - Rejected
Yale - Stats PHD - Accepted (6th February)
Oxford - Stats PHD - Accepted
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mhancock743
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby mhancock743 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:50 am

Undergrad Institution: small state university, not very well known
Major(s): Applied Math
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA: 3.89 (math gpa about the same)
Position in Class: Near top
Type of Student: white dude

GRE Scores:
Q: 161 (86%)
V: 157 (77%)
W: 4.5 (72%)
M: :oops:

Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: none really
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: dean's list, ability scholarship
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: tutor for 2 1/2 yrs for an Intro programming class and Calculus
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I was in Nursing for the first two years of undergrad before switching to Math ( idk how graduate committees view this on its own, but it definitely affected my subject score [ felt as if I wasn't as prepared as I could've been ] ).

Applying to Where:
Vanderbilt - Rejected - 2/17
RPI - Accepted - but waitlisted for $$
Colorado - Rejected - 2/17
Houston - Accepted
Delaware - Rejected - 3/9
South Carolina - Rejected - 3/9
Florida State - Accepted - 2/9 w/ TA-ship - Attending
Michigan State - Rejected - 3/6
Michigan Tech - Accepted - 1/19 w/ TA-ship - Declined
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Ledswimmer08
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Ledswimmer08 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:21 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big State, Middle Ranked Math
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.72
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 162 (87%)
V: 158 (79%)
W: 4.5 (72%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 700 (63%)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List Every Semester, Raytheon MathMovesU Bonus Scholarship
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math Tutor for over 2 years

Applying to Where:
N.C. State University - Pending
University of Virginia - Pending
Northeastern - Pending
Dartmouth - Pending
University of Florida - Accepted with TA
Cornell - Rejected
Colorado State University - Pending
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aranbercu
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby aranbercu » Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:13 pm

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ackirby
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ackirby » Sun Jan 22, 2012 4:23 pm

Undergrad Institution: UW Madison
Major: Math
GPA: 3.651
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Scores:
Q: 770 (87%)
V: 450(49%)
W: 3.5
M: Didn't report

Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: Two summer programs- One studying measure theory at Texas A&M, REU in applied and computational math in conjunction with EPA. Worked on fluid dynamics research for a year at UW-Madison
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduated with distinction
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Lots of programming, tutoring (college and hs), took lots of math courses (81 credits worth as UG)
Other things that may help: I'm already a grad student at Columbia University and Im just trying to switch tracks.

Applying to Where:
Columbia University (Applied Math Ph.D.)- pending

rem123
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby rem123 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:19 pm

Undergrad Institution: Canada
Major(s): Mathematics, Statistics
Minor(s): Economics
GPA: 3.99
Position in Class: don't know
Type of Student: International Male

GRE General Test:
Q: 800 (94%)
V: 700 (94%)
W: 5.0 (84%)

Programs Applying: Operation Research, Statistics

Research Experience: two summers, one during term... got some nice interesting results. No papers though, 2 in preparation... Is that bad?
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TAing 2 courses; working in industry, will have total of about a year by September
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: IMO, Putnam (hm)

Applying to Where:
MIT - OR PhD - Accepted 2/28
Columbia - OR PhD - Accepted 1/25
Cornell - OR PhD - Accepted 2/3
Harvard - Stats PhD - Waitlisted 2/21
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flubadub
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby flubadub » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:20 am

Undergrad Institution: British Redbrick University
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 4.0 equivalent
Type of Student: White Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: (91%)
V: (93%)
W: 4.0 (48%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 540 (23%) <---- for all you upset about your score, check this badboy out

Program Applying: Pure Maths

Research Experience: Did a summer project (REU equivalent) and then did a supervised project in my final year of undergraduate
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Top science graduate

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Freelance musician

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Northwestern - Waitlisted (23 Jan)
Berkeley - Pending
Chicago - Rejected (8 Feb)
Michigan, Ann Arbor - Pending
UTexas, Austin - Waitlisted (11 Feb)
Cornell - Rejected (16 Feb)
Columbia - Rejected (2 Feb)
Stanford - Pending
Rutgers - Pending
UCLA - Pending
UCSB - Pending
UCSD - Pending
Johns Hopkins - Pending
Washington - Pending
Stony Brook - Pending
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cincodemayo5590
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby cincodemayo5590 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:54 pm

Undergrad Institution: University of Chicago
Major: Math

GPA: 3.45 Math, 3.65 Overall

Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 169 (99%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 4.5 (72%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 740 (71%), good but not excellent

Program Applying: Pure Mathematics (either algebraic geometry or logic)

Research Experience: 3 REUs, two at home institution and one NSF-funded at a state university.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Undergrad institution doesn't give out many. Dean's List every quarter; that's about it.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: ARML in high school; lots of high-level tutoring (e.g. abstract algebra, analysis, etc); worked as a TA for calculus and topology courses.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Two of recommenders are very well known in respective fields; another went to Berkeley (my top choice).

Applying to: (all Math programs):

Reach:
UC --- Berkeley (Rejected: 2/22 by email)
UC --- Los Angeles (Rejected: 2/25 by email to check website)
University of Illinois -- Chicago (PENDING 3/23)
University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor (Rejected, Early March, by form email)

Fit:
Columbia (Rejected: 2/1 by form email)
Brown (Rejected: 2/21 by email)
University of Pennsylvania (Rejected 3/19 by email)
State University of New York -- Stony Brook (Rejected 3/23 by email)

Safety:
Rutgers (Rejected: 3/14, by email)
University of Maryland (ACCEPTANCE 2/21 by email. TA position ($16-18K)+ 2-year fellowship ($5K each year))
Northeastern University (Withdrew application 3/23)

Fellowships:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (PENDING 3/23)

Edit 2/11: I'm really starting to sweat it over here. I just wish they'd tell me what will be my fate. :shock:
Edit 2/21: I sent an email to all of the programs asking for an estimate of when I can hear back. I received one rejection (so far) as a response.... at least I'm not still waiting on Brown. :|
Edit 3/14: Happy Pi Day! Sent out another email asking when I might hear back; got a quick rejection from Rutgers, which I thought was a safety for me... Oh well.
Edit 3/19: Now that UPenn is out, I'm just waiting on three; Stony Brook said they'd respond this week (by 3/23), and UIC said they'd respond by the end of the month.
Edit 3/23: Now that SUNYSB is out, I'm definitely leaning towards just taking the offer from Maryland. I live in Chicago, so I don't really want to stay here for UIC; and I've heard Northeastern has some pretty bad department organizational problems.... (and they said they'd send out decisions in April! hah!)
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kiurys
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby kiurys » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:10 pm

First of all, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post here.

@cincodemayo5590:

You are coming from a very good university and have excellent overall stats but still, judging from past years admission stats posted in this website it seems like Stony Brook is very erratic in their acceptances and they denied many people with excellent background etc. Why would you consider this a safety for you? Just wondering. If I were to judge based solely on the admission results posted here for 2010 and 2011, I would have said that Stony Brook is a Reach for everyone...

cincodemayo5590
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby cincodemayo5590 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:09 pm

kiurys wrote:@cincodemayo5590:

You are coming from a very good university and have excellent overall stats but still, judging from past years admission stats posted in this website it seems like Stony Brook is very erratic in their acceptances and they denied many people with excellent background etc. Why would you consider this a safety for you? Just wondering. If I were to judge based solely on the admission results posted here for 2010 and 2011, I would have said that Stony Brook is a Reach for everyone...


(Let's keep this as the last post on our little sub-thread; I don't want to clog up the main profiles thread. We can talk more over PM if you'd like.)

I have to admit that my tier-ing of the schools I applied to is loose; I'm using primarily the information that my recommenders (all of whom know the programs they recommended) gave to me. I haven't really researched the admissions stats for the past couple years. However, one of my recommenders said I was nearly a shoo-in for Stony Brook, (and he's a pretty young professor,) so my guess is that that can't be too far from the truth. Either way, these tiers are more or less meaningless after a certain point, and I suppose I've ranked them more based on which programs I want to be a part of.

(I suppose, though, that for other readers, especially those next year, I should change the ranking. I'll do that now.)

michaelpedneault
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby michaelpedneault » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:05 am

Undergrad Institution: Foreign - Spanish
Grad Institution: Foreign - Canadian Business School

M.Sc. in Financial Engineering
Undergrad in Business

GPA: 8.4/10 Undergraduate ; 3.5 Graduate
Position in Class: Not sure, near top at undergrad
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Scores:
Q: 160(84%)
V: 151 (51%)
W: 2.5(4%) :mrgreen:
M: Did not do

TOEFL Score: (102 = R23/L28/S26/W25) (iBT) :) might offset my poor verbal GRE, specially when international

Program Applying: Applied Math/Statistics

Research Experience: At the Master level for meeting the requirements, nothing else
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Many honours at the undergraduate level


Applying to Where: all Ph.D
University of Alabama at Birmingham - Applied Math. Admitted on Feb.1st-no financial details yet
University of North Texas - Applied Math. Admitted on march 23-no financial details yet
New Jersey Institute of Technology - Probability Admitted on march 8 - 18000/9mo + summer + tuition waiver WILL ATTEND-
Michigan State University - Statistics Rejected
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jzshapiro
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby jzshapiro » Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:53 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 50 liberal arts school, not known for math
Major(s): Math and physics
GPA: 3.96 overall, 4.00 math
Type of Student: DWM

Grad Institution: Small state school with just a master's program in math
Concentration: MA in pure math
GPA: 4.00

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (95%)
V: 167 (98%)
W: 5.0 (85%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 680 (58%)

Program Applying: Pure math

Research Experience: Two summers of negative ion research, resulting in a publication. One summer of knot theory research, culminating in presentations at JMM and MathFest. Master's project on generalizations of Thompson's group.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Two years tutoring experience, and three semesters of teaching precalculus/calculus.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Four semesters of graduate coursework: point-set and algebraic topology, measure theory, K-theory, character theory, etc.

Applying to Where:
U of Michigan - Rejected Mar 9
UC Davis - Waitlisted Mar 28, Withdrew Apr 7
IU Bloomington - Waitlisted Feb 27, Accepted Apr 10 w/ TAship, Declined Apr 13
Ohio State - Accepted Feb 29 w/ TAship, Declined Apr 7
Purdue - Accepted Feb 9 w/ TAship, Upgraded to two-year fellowship Apr 24, Attending
UC Santa Barbara - Rejected Apr 13
Notre Dame - Accepted Feb 15 w/ fellowship, Declined Apr 7
UC Santa Cruz - Waitlisted Feb 23, Withdrew Mar 16
U of Iowa - Accepted Feb 27 w/ fellowship, Declined Apr 7
Ohio U - Accepted Mar 14 w/ TAship, Declined Mar 16
U of Cincinnati -Accepted Apr 18 w/o funding , Declined Apr 18
UC Riverside - Accepted Jan 28 w/ fellowship, Declined Apr 7

Overall thoughts: Apply to a wide range of schools. Overreach a little, just for fun, but make sure there are "safety schools" on your list as well. A solid coursework background can make up for weak MGRE scores--but without strong scores you still may find it tough to get into the "elite" programs.

On a lighter note, my advice is that you make a effort to visit every school to which you are admitted and are considering attending (most schools will cover your travel costs). I made visits to Riverside, Iowa, Notre Dame, Purdue, IU, and OSU. I was able to sit in on classes, chat with potential advisors, and, most importantly, talk frankly with grad students in the trenches at these programs. The trips had a big influence on my final decision--you really can't tell how you feel about living/working some place from just scouring a website. You gotta venture out and get your hands a bit dirty.

Best of luck to everyone who applies next year!
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ANDS
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ANDS » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:51 am

Undergraduate Institution: Cal State
Major(s): Mathematics (Applied Math & Statistics)
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: 3.68 (3.2 overall)
Position in class: Who knows or cares
Type of Student: Domestic

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 161
V: 161
W: 5.0
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: Yea Right

Program Applying: PhD in Stats (with a couple BioStats)

Research Experience: One REU, one internship at a UC in Public Health/BioStats dept.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Usual stuff you get without trying (Deans, Pi Mu Epsilon)


Applying to Where:
Duke - Rejected
North Carolina State - Declined - Accepted Jan 30 - TA.
Emory - Accepted Feb. 15 - 26.1K/No TA 1st Yr/University Fellowship
The Ohio State - Accepted Feb. 7.
Pittsburgh - Declined
Northwestern - Declined
Uni. Georgia - Accepted Feb. 13.
Uni. Missouri - Withdrew
UCSB
Uni. Michigan
Rutgers
Penn State
Columbia
UCLA
Chapel Hill

Hodge podge of places informed by social and academic fit; lots of recommendations from a well known statistician in biostats so not really concerned with not having a Top 10 heavy list.
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echo
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby echo » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:34 pm

Undergrad Institution: Ph.D. Student in Top 60 Program
Major(s):Mathematics
Undergrad GPA:3.86
Grad GPA: 4
[b]Type of Student:
American White Male

GRE General Test:
[b]Q:
800 (94%)
V: 670 (95%)
W: 4.5 (63%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 830 (87%)

TOEFL Score: (xx = Rxx/Lxx/Sxx/Wxx) (if applicable)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: 1 REU, paper published from REU
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Awards from Undergrad and Grad departments for academic excellence
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA in Grad School
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: n/a
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
I had a really poor GRE subject score that severely limited my options when I originally applied 2 years ago.

Applying to Where: All Pure Math Ph.D.
Berkeley - Rejected via e-mail 3/26
UCLA - Rejected via e-mail 4/14
UCSD -- Rejected via e-mail 2/28
Chicago -- Rejected 2/7 via mail -
Wisconsin Admitted, 1/31 Declined
Michigan Rejected 3/16 By e-mail
Cornell Admitted by E-Mail 2/8 Attending
Columbia - Rejected by E-mail 2/1
Rutgers - Admitted by E-Mail, 2/3 with fellowship for first year Declined 3/15
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sparkplug
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sparkplug » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:46 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top public, top stats and math (Berkeley)
Major(s): Statistics
GPA: 3.6
Type of Student: American, Male, Asian

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 93%
V: 90%
W: 78%
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: Did not take

Program Applying: Masters and PhD Statistics

Research Experience: 1 summer research internship within a branch of the federal statistical system
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: co-authored as part of internship
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 3 semesters of field placement teaching math to elementary and middle schools
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Recomendation from the chief of the department I worked in during the internship
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: One lukewarm letter, two good ones.

Phd Programs:

Harvard - Rejected 2/21
Seattle - Rejected late March
Berkeley - Rejected 2/27
Ann Arbor - Rejected 3/5
Columbia - Rejected early April
CMU - Rejected 2/3
UC Davis - Admit 2/10
Wharton - Rejected 3/7
Northwestern - Pending


Masters Programs:

Stanford - Admit late March
Chicago - Rejected mid March
UCLA - Admit early April
Columbia - Pending
Yale - Admit early February
U of Maryland - Admit mid March
CUNY Hunter - Pending
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ANDS
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ANDS » Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:42 pm

Some of those decisions have already started going out, Penn and Washington for instance.

sparkplug
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby sparkplug » Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:22 am

I think some admits and wait lists have been going out, especially for Seattle, but I haven't heard anything from anyone yet! :/

EDIT: I also checked my status online, of course! :]

wine in coffee cups
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby wine in coffee cups » Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:55 am

Undergrad Institution: small liberal arts
Major(s): math
GPA: 3.9
Type of Student: American female

GRE General Test: good enough

Program Applying: statistics PhD

Research Experience: undergraduate thesis
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: good grades things
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: several years professional work, semi-relevant

Applying to Where:

U Washington - Admitted on 1/27 - attending!
Berkeley - Admitted on 2/9 - declined
Chicago - Admitted on 1/31 - declined
Columbia - Admitted on 2/21 - declined
Duke - Admitted on 2/9 - declined
Iowa State - Admitted on 1/25 - declined
Michigan - Admitted on 2/3 - declined
Northwestern - Admitted on 3/12 (informally notified on 2/28 over phone) - declined
Carnegie Mellon - Rejected on 2/3
Harvard - Rejected on 2/17

:shock: take those statements of purpose and personal statements seriously!
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betafj
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby betafj » Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:45 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big state school (ranked top 10 in math)
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.88
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168
V: 156
W: 4.0
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 820 (86%)

Program Applying: (Pure Math)

Research Experience: REU's at Williams College and William and Mary my sophomore and junior year, one publication.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Annual algebra award at my school,
2nd place on my school's math competition, putnam top 200, IMC Third Prize.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Princeton -Math / Rejected (01/18/12)
Harvard - Math /Rejected (02/04/12)
Stanford - Math/Waitlisted (02/13/12)
MIT - Math/Rejected (02/22/12)
UChicago - Math/Rejected (02/06/12)
Berkeley - Math
Columbia - Math/Admitted (02/01/12)
UCLA - Math/Admitted (02/03/12)
Cornell - Math
Brown - Math/Admitted (02/12/12)
Yale - Math/Waitlisted (01/20/12)
Northwestern - Math/Waitlisted (02/03/12)
Wisconsin - Math/Admitted (01/31/12)
John Hopkins - Math
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The Universe
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby The Universe » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:11 am

Undergrad Institution: Mid-sized, Southeast State School
Major(s): Mathematics & Physics
Minor(s): (math/physics duality)
GPA: 3.12 :roll:

Grad Institution: same as UG
Major(s): Mathematics (M.S.)
GPA: 4.00

Type of Student: DWM

GRE (old) General Test:
Q: 790 (93%)
V: 700 (97%)
W: 4.5 (72%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 640 (49%) :cry:

Program Applying: Pure Math, Geometry and Topology

Research Experience: 3 research projects: 1. pure math with technical report, in Sweden during study abroad, 2. computational astrophysics, summer RISE research internship in Germany, 3. CFD code at home uni with UG RA
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: top math dept academic awards in Master's
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: tutored math, TA during Master's, taught math & physics at community college
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: visited UW math program in fall; lots of grad classes: e.g., algebraic topology, differential geometry, real analysis, functional analysis, etc.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: started and led seminar on Lie theory, lots of informal studies in gauge theory and gravity

Applying to Where: (listed in order of app due dates)
Northwestern - Pure Math / Rejected via email on 1/23
UW Madison - Pure Math / Admitted + TA via email on 1/31 Attending! :mrgreen:
U Washington - Pure Math / Rejected via email on 3/5
Ohio State - Pure Math /
UC Riverside - Pure Math / Admitted + fellowship (15k) + TA (11k) via email on 1/24
UVA - Pure Math /
U Arizona - Pure Math / Admitted + TA via email on 3/11
Penn State - Pure Math /
SUNY-Stony Brook - Pure Math / Rejected via email on 3/23
Boston U - Pure Math / Admitted + Teaching Fellowship via phone call on 3/6
Indiana U-Bloomington - Pure Math / Waitlisted via email on 2/27
U Oregon - Pure Math / Admitted + TA via email on 3/23
UT Austin - Pure Math / Rejected via email on 3/1
U Michigan-Ann Arbor - Pure Math / Rejected via email on 3/9

What I learned: If you have a low stat (see above), DO take some space in your personal statement to explain it in a professional manner. (e.g., "I had to work to pay my way through..." etc.) Your research interests and background are paramount, of course. Make sure you "fit" into the general direction of the program. Email people and ask what is hip and rising. Websites often lag from the current direction the program is taking. Find an "in" and make sure you are a familiar face or name.

Also, don't assume reviewers see the obvious; there are too many applications. For example, I got a C in Adv Cal 1 (baby Rudin) and then As in Ad Cal 2 (baby Rudin) and the grad Real Analysis 1 (Royden). Obviously I picked up the Ad Cal. Tie that together for the reviewers in your letter. Otherwise they might not get past that C.

Good luck, future generations!
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snowman
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Joined: Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:09 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby snowman » Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:20 am

Undergrad Institution: Top ranked liberal arts school
Major(s): Mathematics, Economics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.82 (3.98 Math)
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 164
V: 160
W: 4.5
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 580 (33%)

Program Applying: (Pure Math)

Research Experience: One summer of undergraduate econometric research, no publications
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors in Math, couple of math department awards
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Worked as an actuary for two years, have passed 4 exams. Calc tutor for 2 years.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 3 Excellent recs
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where
Dartmouth: Rejected 2/22
Boston University
Boston College
Brandeis
Tufts
Ohio State
University of Maryland College Park: Rejected 2/24
UMass Amherst
Temple
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Cihan
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:15 am

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Cihan » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:46 am

Undergrad Institution: Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
Major(s): Computer Engineering, Math
GPA: 3.37 on C.Eng, 3.93 on Math
Type of Student: International white male

Grad Institution (MSc): Bilkent University (Turkey)
Major(s): Math
GPA:3.95

GRE (old) General Test:
Q: 800 (94%)
V: 470 (51%)
W: 4.0 (48%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 880 (95%)

TOEFL Score: 115 = R30/L30/S28/W27

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: Nothing unless working on master thesis counts
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduate student award in Bilkent, National Scholarship for MSc students from Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA in Bilkent
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Well, 8 grad classes (1 in undergrad 7 in MSc). Got one reccomendation from a professor in England that I met in Nesin Mathematics Village
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I finished undergrad studies in 6 years. Even though my undergrad math gpa is good (I guess), my transcript is riddled with failed courses which I repeated and got A, C.Eng transcript is even worse and looks funny. I don't have that problem in MSc. transcript.

Applying to Where:
Cornell - Rejected on 03/20
UW Madison - Rejected on 04/18
Minnesota Twin Cities - Admitted on 02/24 - Accepted offer on 04/10
Rutgers - Rejected on 03/16
UCSD - Rejected on 02/28
U Pittsburgh - Rejected on 04/27
Waterloo - Admitted on 02/23 - Declined offer on 03/27

Comment on 02/28 : I feel like my chances of acceptance for the remaining schools other than Pittsburgh are not high. At least that's what I'm trying to prepare myself for.
03/15 : The graduate program director in Rutgers says that the review of applications is complete and initial offers have been made. There are 12-14 openings and 350+ applications.
03/27 : I was shocked when I saw Waterloo's $34k/year offer. Then I realized that the tuiton fee is not waived, heh.
04/18 : Finally a rejection from UW Madison. So I have survived 4 rounds of rejections without ever getting wait-listed.
04/27 : Weird, overall.
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jonathan_danger
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Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:55 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby jonathan_danger » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:09 pm

Undergrad Institution: Mediocre state university
Major(s): Mathematics, Psychology (Vision)
Minor(s): none
GPA: 3.6 (3.97 in math)
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE General Test: (old score / est. revised score)
Q: 800 / 166 (94%)
V: 700 / 166 (97%)
W: 3.5 (29%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 700 (63%) (somewhat disappointed with this... oh well)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: 1.5 years studying cortical vision, no original research in math, just independent readings with professors.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: University scholarship, Math department outstanding senior scholarship.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 2.5 years tutoring lower math, one semester as a TA in college algebra
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Interesting academic route: I went from calculus 3 to math degree in 4 semesters, all after I was set to graduate with my other degree.

Applying to Where:
University of Illinois - Chicago (MS)
Syracuse University (PhD) Email 2/29 asking if i was still interested to they could make a short list. I replied yes.
University of Washington (PhD)
Washington University - St. Louis (PhD)
George Washington University (PhD)
Boston University (PhD)
University of Colorado - Boulder (PhD) Accepted 16k TA
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mathgirl27
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:40 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby mathgirl27 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:49 am

Undergrad Institution: Top 10 US
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): Physics
GPA: 3.7
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (99%)
V: 165 (96%)
W: 5.5 (96%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 710 (65%)


Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: One summer at another school. Presented findings at a poster session at a national conference.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: n/a
Pertinent Activities: tutoring, undergrad math grader
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Spent a year studying math at a top UK university

Applying to Where:
Brown - Applied Math PhD --Admitted 2/2
UCLA - Math PhD -- Admitted 2/3
University of Washington - Applied Math PhD
University of Chicago - Math PhD
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Math PhD
Cornell - Math PhD
Columbia - Math PhD -- Rejected 2/1

VideoGameEnthusiast
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:43 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby VideoGameEnthusiast » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:54 pm

Undergrad Institution: State School, not known for Math
Major(s): Theoretical Math
Minor(s): Secondary Education
GPA: 3.96 (4.0 in Math)
Type of Student: Domestic Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 165 (93%)
V: 162 (90%)
W: 4.5 (72%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: not reported unless required (I realized really late that I needed it, but I really clearly needn't have bothered anyway...(I'm talking practically a 0 here))

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: none, but I am taking an independent study this semester in Algebraic Geometry
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Honor Roll, Golden Key Intl Honour Society
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for school, private tutor
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: officer in our women in math club
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: attended Joint Mathematics Meeting 2012 and Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Math 2012

Applying to Where:
University of Washington - Phd / Rejected 2/29
University of California - Irvine - Math Phd / Rejected 4/2
University of Oregon - Phd / Rejected 4/30
Oregon State University - Phd / Accepted with TAship 3/12 :D (I was beginning to freak out)
Colorado State University - Phd / Rejected 3/8
University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Phd / Rejected 3/2
University of New Mexico - Phd / Pending
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rodgers
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Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:51 am

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby rodgers » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:06 am

Undergrad Institution: Big State (Top 10 Math)
Major(s): Applied Math (with Computing Specialization)
GPA: 3.7
Type of Student: Domestic Mixed Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 161 (86%)
V: 161 (89%)
W: 4.0 (48%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 640 (49%), Retake 37%...RETAKE FAIL.

Program Applying: Phd Applied Math

Research Experience: One REU in population dynamics, publication in progress and gave a talk at a Women in Math Symposium. Also researched oncolytic virus/immune system dynamics with the Bio department at my home university (no publications).
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Just Dean's List, Honors Society stuff.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Grader for ODE and various programming classes.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Hope being a girl helps, especially after what happened with the MGRE :/

Applying to Where:
Duke-Waitlisted on 04/02/12 Then they sent an e-mail asking if I was still interested. Declined.
U Washington-Other on 02/07/12 Got into MS, but applied for PhD. Declined.
U Arizona-Pending 4/10.
UCI- Accepted on 03/10/12 Declined.
UCSD (CSME)-Accepted on 02/22/12 Attending!
UC Davis-Pending 4/10.
USC-Pending 4/10.
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CapM
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:08 am

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby CapM » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:23 am

Undergrad Institution: International famous in home country
Major(s): Applied math
Minor(s): N.A
GPA: 3.51
Type of Student: Int. male

Grad Institution: State university not in top 70 though
Concentration: MS in Pure Math
GPA: 4.00

GRE General Test :(totally bummed the damn test will retake it though)
Q: 154 :oops:
V: 141 :oops:
W: 2.5 :oops:
M: will take it coming April to redeem myself

Program Applying: Pure Math,operator algebras also knot theory

Research Experience: 1 masters thesis
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 1 scholarship,one paper published in an internal journal,
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for many different courses, and also teaching at college level
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: grd courses(operator theory,abstract harmonic analysis,differentiable manifolds,algebraic geometry,algebraic topology, ...) all A's, two workshops one at MSRI-Berkeley and the other one at Tulane.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
-GPA over the past 3 years = 4.00
-PhD analysis and topology qual taken and passed

Applying to Where:
UCSD-denied
(will take MGRE and apply somewhere else)
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PhDinhand
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Joined: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:20 am

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby PhDinhand » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:35 am

I think this site needs a cautionary statement from someone who has gone through dozens of cycles of graduate student admissions. This kind of site is best for undergraduate admissions. For college admissions thousands of applications are reduced to dozens on the basis of objective criteria-scores, grades, etc. That is not the case for graduate school (although it is for professional schools like law). Graduate admissions is a very individualized process. Given that everything else is identical, it is better to have a higher GPA and scores than a lower one but it is all those other factors that are far more important. In the US, graduate programs accept very few applicants. Those accepted will be working very closely with mentors. So, match (fit) is the most critical variable for most programs. To what extent is the research that you did as an undergrad (or elsewhere) match what you would be doing if accepted? Does your undergrad mentor communicate with your prospective grad mentor either via the journals or phone? Do you have technique or experience that relates or adds to your hoped for graduate slot? Does your statement identify you as the candidate that is the best match for the slot open? You can have tops grades, scores and experience but if you are interested in Topic A (within a field) but the mentor for Topic A is filled but the mentor for Topic B is recruiting, you are out of luck at that university. This is not meant to discourage anyone but it is no longer a numbers game. That is why you may see people with outstanding credentials rejected from less than top notch universities. Fit trumps objective credentials. On top of all that, even if you were hoping for Topic B, if the mentor losses funding, you may be out of luck. That is why applicants should focus on a fit between what you want to do (and have some experience with) and the slot you are applying for. Forget the rubrics about grades and scores. Above a minimal level (presumably reached by most applicants), they are irrelevant.

ANDS
Posts: 47
Joined: Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:41 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby ANDS » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:11 am

I doubt many people here are under any delusions about having guaranteed spots for graduate school; however trends ARE trends.

Besides, aside from the flurry of application activity at this time, the main purpose of the site is to gain insight/swap stories about the subject GRE.

DanielMcLaury
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:42 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby DanielMcLaury » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:06 am

PhDinhand wrote:On top of all that, even if you were hoping for Topic B, if the mentor losses funding, you may be out of luck.


Most people here seem to be in pure math, where there's never any "funding" to begin with.

While I agree it would be quite helpful if people indicated the exact areas they wanted to work in, rather than just saying "applying for pure math" or "applying for math," I would have appreciated any information at all about applying to grad school given my particular situation (low undergrad GPA), and couldn't find much, so I'm here to make sure there's at least one more data point out there for the next crop of students.

Many of the schools I'm applying to are costing me upwards of $100 between the application fee, paying the ETS to send my scores, and overnighting transcripts and so forth. The information that, say, a particular school's graduate college is putting pressure on its departments to boost its GRE averages could be worth a significant chunk of a TA's monthly salary.

lemonjuice
Posts: 21
Joined: Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:55 am

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby lemonjuice » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:11 pm

Undergrad Institution: Liberal Arts College
Major(s): Math, Applied Math Track
Minor(s): Physics
GPA: 3.83
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE General Test:[/b]
Q: 800 (94%)
V: 480 (56%)
W: 4.0 (48%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 580 (33%)

Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: None
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List all semesters. Graduation with with departmental honors and school honors of Magna Cum Laude. Member of Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society and Golden Key International Honour Society (I don't know if this one even matters.).
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Private math and physics tutor for all levels for over 6 years. Physics tutor for college since last semester.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I am a New York State resident. Perhaps that might be a factor in my application to Stony Brook.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: None that I can think of.

Applying to Where:

SUNY Stony Brook University Rejected from PhD program but Accepted to Masters program Declined
Penn State University I called to check status and they said that if I haven't received an offer by now, then it's not likely that I will be admitted.
Rice University
Virginia Tech
University of Pittsburgh
Oregon State University Accepted with TA 15K
New Jersey Institute of Technology Accepted with TA 18K Declined
University of South Carolina
Purdue University
University of California Irvine Rejected
North Carolina State University
Iowa State University Accepted with TA 14K
University of Kansas
University of Delaware
Louisiana State University
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kate25
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:09 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby kate25 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:22 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 10 Private
Major(s): Math, Economics
GPA: 3.85
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Female

GRE General Test:
Q: 800 (94%)
V: 750 (99%)
W: 4.0 (48%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 810 (84%)

Program Applying: Statistics

Research Experience: 2 REUs, a couple of research papers in classes. One first-author publication, one submitted.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Sigma Xi, a couple of school awards.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Grader for some math classes. Interned at Microsoft for one of the REUs.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: None that I can think of.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: One really good LOR (I think), other two fairly good.

Applying to Where:
Harvard: Statistics PhD: Rejected 2/10
Stanford: Statistics PhD: Accepted 2/13
Berkeley: Statistics PhD: Rejected 2/27
Oxford: Statistics DPhil: Pending
Cambridge: MASt in Mathematical Statistics: Pending
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cincodemayo5590
Posts: 11
Joined: Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:43 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby cincodemayo5590 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:18 pm

As an act of kindness to the rest of us, if you've received acceptances from multiple schools, could you please decline the offers of schools you've decided not to attend? It'll speed up the process of allowing more acceptances to be sent out-----so that some of us will be released from purgatory earlier. :wink:

We all would really appreciate it----thank you!

~Sam

metalshredder
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:51 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby metalshredder » Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:31 pm

Undergrad Institution: UMD
Major(s): Mathematics, Physics Dual Degree
[b]GPA: 3.68 overall, 3.72 math, 3.53 physics
[b]Type of Student:
DAM
GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 164 (91%)
V: 151 (51%) Uh-oh...
W: 3.5 (29%) WTF!!
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 690 (61%)


Program Applying: Applied Math unless indicated with PM (Pure Math)

Research Experience: Short summer work with a group in experimental geometry. Discussed Fuchsian Schottky Groups to the math department at UMD.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Undergraduate TA ship, Pi-Mu-Epsilon Member, some small diversity scholarship, numerous semester academic honors, Dean's List.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Departmental tutor, Undergraduate TA, Departmental grader, Tutor for resident life department
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Non-degree graduate student (A,B+ in two classes), French and Japanese speaker, programming experience, experience with MATLAB and Mathematica.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: What's the difference between this and the above category?

Applying to Where:

Chicago Rejected
Princeton Rejected 2/14
NYU (PM) Rejected
Cornell Rejected 3/8
Berkeley Rejected
Washington (Seattle) Accepted Online MS 2/13 Declined
UMD Pending
Brown Rejected
Arizona Rejected
UT Austin (PM) Rejected 3/1
Duke Waitlisted
UNC Chapel Hill Accepted 2/26
CU Boulder Accepted (TA offer + First Year Fellowship) 3/6 Decided to go Here
UMichigan Ann Arbor Rejected 3/9
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zandt
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:13 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby zandt » Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:25 pm

Undergrad Institution: Well-known US Public University
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA: 4.0 Math and general
Type of Student: Domestic Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (99%)
V: 149 (42%)
W: 4.0 (49%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 780 (79%)

Program Applying: Pure Mathematics Phd

Research Experience: None.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list and some those regular stuff.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math department's tutor and grader.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: None that I can think of.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: None.

Applying to Where:

University of Washington, Seattle - Rejected 3/16 via email
Texas A&M University, College Station - Admitted 2/17 via phone, ~16k/9 months - declined.
Ohio State University, Columbus - Pending
Purdue University, West Lafayette - Accepted 4/10 via email ~ fellowship 1st yr, 20k/12 months - attending
University of Nebraska, Lincoln - Admitted 2/20 via email ~15k/9 months - declined
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Admitted 2/27 via email ~ fellowship $32k/ year, for 4 years. -decline.
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Nr
Posts: 96
Joined: Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:09 am

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby Nr » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:25 pm

Undergrad Institution: Foreign (Top 5 in country)
Major: Mathematics
GPA: Overall 3.91, Major 3.96
Position in Class: Top Student
Type of Student:International Male

GRE General Test:
Q: 800 (94%)
V: 580 (79%)
W: 3.0 (11%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 850 (90%)

TOEFL Score: (114 = R29/L28/S28/W29)

Program Applying: Pure Math (Algebraic Topology and Geometry)

Research Experience: Some researches without any significant results
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some medals in competitions
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA of many math courses
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 3 grad courses
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Don't think so

Applying to Where:
Harvard University - Rejected 2/20/2012 via Postal mail
MIT - Rejected 2/22/2012 via Email
University of Chicago - Rejected 2/20/2012 via Postal mail
University of Texas at Austin - Wait listed 2/11/2012 via Email, Rejected 4/14/2012 via Email
Northwestern University - Wait listed 1/23/2012 via Email, Rejected 3/31/2012 via Website
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign - Rejected 2/23/2012 via Email
Washington University - Rejected 3/6/2012 via Email
University of Oregon - Admitted 2/9/2012 via Website, Declined 4/2/2012
University of British Columbia - Rejected 3/21/2012 via Email
University of Bonn - Admitted 1/27/2012 via Email, Declined 4/14/2012
University of Western Ontario - Admitted 3/10/2012 via Email, ATTENDING !!!

4/14/2012: Really disappointed !!!
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y45askel
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Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:14 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby y45askel » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:31 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big ten school
Major(s): Human Biology
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA: 3.52 Math GPA: 3.92
Type of Student: Domestic Male Minority


Program Applying: Biomathematics/ Pure Mathematics

Research Experience: Independent Study in Mathematics, have presented at national conferences, and published one article.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Best Math TA
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math TA for Calc 1-3 for two years, Math Tutor
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Minority, strong personal statement

Applying to Where:

Accepted
Illinois State - M.S. in Biomathematics / Admitted 2-3 TA of 9.5K
Central Michigan University- M.A. Pure Mathematics/ Admitted 5-1 TA of 14K ATTENDING!
Eastern Michigan University- M.A. Pure Mathematics/ Admitted 5-4 TA of 9.5K
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zoey389
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Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:43 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby zoey389 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:54 pm

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goombayao
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby goombayao » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big State (top 20 math)
Major(s): Mathematics (applied math option)
GPA: 3.94
Type of Student: dwm

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 800 (94%)
V: 590 (84%)
W: 4.5 (72%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 670 (56%)


Program Applying: Scientific Computing, PhD

Research Experience: 8 months working on two projects with prominent CS professor at home institute
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean’s list, all semesters; honors program
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for stats class
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: One recommender very well known, excellent grades, a couple grad classes
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Completing math degree in two years, minus some general education requirements (non-technical background)

Applying to Where:

UIUC – CS – Admitted – RA/1-year fellowship – $36k/first year
Stanford – ICME – Rejected
UT Austin – ICES – Admitted – 4-year CSEM fellowship – $30k/year – ATTENDING!
NYU – (Applied) Math – MS offer
Brown – DAM – Rejected
Cornell – CAM – Rejected

UCSD – Math/CSME – Admitted – TA/1-year fellowship – $20k/first 9 mo
Maryland – AMSC – Admitted – TA/2-year fellowship – $21k/first 9 mo
Stony Brook – AMS – Phone call offering admission/TA – $20k/9 mo
Rice – CAAM – Waitlisted
Washington – Applied Math – Waitlisted, MS offer

CU Boulder – Applied Math – Admitted – TA/1-year fellowship – $18k/first 9 mo
NC State – (Applied) Math – Withdrawn

Very happy with results!
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flavenstein
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Joined: Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:30 am

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby flavenstein » Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:48 am

Undergrad Institution: Texas A&M
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA: 3.7 (3.7 math GPA)
Type of Student: DWM

GRE General Test: (I took the GRE a year early so it's the old style)
Q: 800 (94%)
V: 510 (55%)
W: 4.0 (45%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 780 (79%)

Program Applying: Pure Mathematics Ph.D.

Research Experience: Research project in algebraic geometry with professor for last 2 years. Poster given at JMM, paper is being finished.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some undergraduate analysis award
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I have some pretty good letters from professors with connections at the schools I'm applying to
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Some graduate courses, not all A's though

Applying to Where:
U of Washington - Rejected on 3/20/2012 via email
UC Davis - Admitted on 2/02/2012 via email. Declined
U of Utah - Admitted on 2/26/2012 via email. ATTENDING
U of Colorado - Admitted on 3/01/2012 via email. Declined
SUNY Stony Brook - Rejected on 3/23/2012 via email
UMass Amherst - Admitted on 2/17/2012 via email. Declined
Northeastern University - Phone call on 2/28/2012 asking if I was still interested. Declined
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jaywalker
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:40 am

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby jaywalker » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:59 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big private school, Top 40 in Math
Major: Pure and Applied Math
Minor: Philosophy
GPA: 3.27 overall (roughly the same in Math)
Type of Student: Domestic Black Male

GRE Scores:
Q: 800 (94%)
V: 620 (89%)
W: 5.0 (87%)
M: 650 (51%)...i've been out of school since 2009, and I've never taken a Complex Analysis or Topology course. Either that or I just suck at math.

Program Applying: Discrete Math, Logic

Research Experience: None...I did do a TED talk on Logic, but nothing serious.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List (for one semester)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Lots of tutoring/teaching/TA positions over the years. Currently doing admissions statistical research for MIT.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Not sure how much the minority thing will help...

Applying to Where:

UC Berkeley - Ph.D in Logic and Methodology of Science: Rejected - 3/14
UC San Diego - Ph.D in Pure Math: Rejected - 2/28
U. Illinois at Chicago - Ph.D in Pure Math: Rejected - 3/9
Carnegie Mellon U. - Ph.D in Pure and Applied Logic: Rejected - 4/4
Rutgers (New Brunswick) - Ph.D in Pure Math: Rejected - 3/21
George Washington U. - Ph.D in Pure Math: Accepted! - 4/3 (WILL ATTEND)
Boston U. - Ph.D in Pure Math: Rejected - 5/3
CUNY Graduate Center - Ph.D in Pure Math: Rejected - 4/24
San Diego State U. - M.A. in Math and Community College Teaching: Accepted! - 3/5

GEM Fellowship: Rejected - 2/15
NSF GRFP: Rejected - 3/30
NPSC: Accepted! - 4/12 (Tuition and fees waived + $20K stipend for 6 years)
Ford Foundation Scholarship: Rejected - 4/6
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abpost
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Joined: Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:01 pm

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby abpost » Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:21 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 40 Liberal Arts (Not known for math)
Major(s): Mathematics with a focus in Statistics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA: 3.83 (3.88 Major, 4.0 Minor)
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (96%)
V: 155 (69%)
W: 5.5 (96%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: Did not take (wish I had)

Program Applying: Statistics

Research Experience: Not really any other than my internships below
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Every math award at school, pi mu epsilon, Dean's list all semesters, etc.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Three related summer internships in statistics (one in biostat, one in public health and one at a major pharmaceutical company), head of the math help center at my school
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Don't think so
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I run varsity cross country and track

Applying to Where:
Harvard - Stat AM / Rejected on 2/20
Stanford - Stat MS / Accepted on 3/22 DREAM SCHOOL :D ATTENDING!
Columbia - Stat PhD / Rejected on 3/21
Cornell - Stat MPS / Accepted on 4/5 / Declined on 4/5
Duke - Stat PhD / Rejected on 3/5
Ohio State - Applied Stats MAS / Accepted on 4/5 with $16K TAship plus $3K fellowship / Declined on 4/5
Boston University - Math with stat focus PhD or MA / Rejected on 4/3 (into stanford and rejected by BU?)
University of Florida - Stat PhD / Admitted on 2/13 with $18K TA / Declined on 3/30
UNLV - Math with stat focus MA / Admitted on 2/19 with $10K TA / Declined on 3/7



Pretty much best case scenario. Going to my dream school. Couldn't be happier :)

FINAL THOUGHTS: After all is said and done I'm ecstatic to be going to Stanford. It has been my dream school since I was about 8. I did not do that well with the PhD programs but did very well with Master's. If I could do it all over again the only things I would change is I would have had at least one semester or summer spent doing research instead of at an internship and I would have taken the Math GRE this past summer even though it was only "highly recommended" for one school (BU) and required for none. Other than that I'm very happy with the results! Good luck to everyone else applying for this upcoming year!
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mrcrzister
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby mrcrzister » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:48 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big State University
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.93
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 164 (91%)
V:146 (31%)
W: 2.5 (4%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 770 (77%)

TOEFL Score: Not applicable

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: 3 REUs, one of which at my home school. Attended various conferences and won a couple poster presentations. Honor Thesis at my home school.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Not very much.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math Tutor
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took many grad courses + MASS program.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: All PhD programs.
Cornell - Admitted on Feb 7, 2012. WILL ATTEND!
Wisconsin-Madison - Admitted on Jan 31, 2012. Declined.
Maryland-College Park - Admitted on Feb 21, 2012. Declined.
Penn State - Admitted on Feb 24, 2012. Declined.
Stanford - Rejected.
Chicago - Rejected.
UCLA - Rejected.
UCSD - Rejected.
Minnesota - Rejected.
Rutgers - Rejected.
Michigan - Rejected.
Texas-Austin - Rejected.
Yale - Rejected.

NDSEG - AWARDED!!!!!!! April 15, 2012
NSFGRP - Honorable Mention
Ford - Honorable Mention.

Comment: Very happy with my results this year!

Edit 04/17/2012: I am in shock and it is unbelievable that I won the NDSEG fellowship. I am completely satisfied with my results this year, it was what I hoped for!!!!!!
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zeta
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Joined: Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:35 am

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby zeta » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:52 am

Undergrad Institution: A new but recognized research institute in India
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Physics
GPA: 8.14 (in a 10 point scale)
GPA in Major: 8.87(in a 10 point scale)
Type of Student: Indian Female


GRE General Test :
Q: 800(166) (94%)
V: 600(160) (86%)
W: 3.5 (26%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics :
M: 670 (56%) :cry:

Program Applying: Pure Mathematics (Analytic Number Theory)

Research Experience: Have done 6 advanced level reading projects in number theory and 3 advanced level reading projects in analysis
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Recipient of a fellowship by Govt. of India for pursuing my undergraduation
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Very advanced undergrad courses like advanced PDE, advanced linear algebra, operator theory, nonlinear analysis, advanced probability, harmonic analysis, algebraic topology, measure theory, representation theory etc.

Applied to:
US:
UIUC - Accepted by Email on 4/12/2012, $16.5K TA will attend
Penn State - Rejected by Email on 3/2/2012
Ohio State - Accepted by Email on 4/18/2012, $2025 per month
Texas A&M - Accepted by Email on 3/9/2012, $1850 per month TA
University of Arizona - Waitlisted by Email on 3/23/2012
University of Pittsburgh - Accepted by Email on 2/27/2012, $16K TA


Other:
Queen's University, Canada - Accepted by Email on 3/8/2012
University of Warwick, UK - Rejected by Email on 2/29/2012
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bawaji
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby bawaji » Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:33 pm

Undergrad/Grad Institution: German University
Degree: German Diplom (German 5 year degree, considered equivalent to a Masters in Germany)
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Theoretical Physics
GPA: 1.0 (best possible GPA, they have a different grade scale in Germany)
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 96%
V: 86% Ouch!
W: 3.5
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 500 (14%) Didn't prepare at all because I was busy wrapping up my thesis. Hadn't done calculus, elementary combinatorics or probability in a few years.

TOEFL Score: 110 = R30/L27/S26/W27

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: None, but I submitted a thesis in algebraic geometry for my degree.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TAed several courses. Attended two summer schools, one at the Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Had taken lots of algebraic geometry classes. Also had done self-study on topics like complex geometry, differential geometry of fibre bundles, differential forms in algebraic topology etc. I had strong recommendations, I think, especially from my thesis advisor who has known me well for a long time. My application was relatively focused on my areas of interest: Geometry, topology and their relations to physics.

Any Other Info That Showed Up On My App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: All pure math
Columbia - Rejected on 2/2 Expected.
UPenn - Rejected on 3/20 upon email inquiry Expected. Was asked what my MGRE score was when I visited, was told it was too low.
Northwestern - Waitlisted on 1/23. Rejected on 4/4 Top realistic choice.
SUNY Stony Brook - Admitted on 2/29 / Declined
UT Austin - Waitlisted on 2/11. Admitted on 3/23 ATTENDING
U British Columbia - Rejected on 3/21 upon inquiry Humph, I thought my chances were good.
UIUC - Waitlisted on ???. Rejected on 4/12 Apparently their rate of acceptances was unusually high. I was never informed that I was on the waitlist and they didn't reply to my emails inquiring about my application status.

The moral of the story is that MGRE scores are not all important.

It was very hard deciding between Stony Brook and UT Austin. Overall, I am happy with the results, though I would really have liked to go to Northwestern. I would like to think that, if my MGRE had been better, maybe I would have been made a first round offer instead of being waitlisted. Oh, well.

radiantgradient
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby radiantgradient » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:07 am

Hope this helps someone out there...

Undergrad Institution: An "Institute of Technology" (not Massachusetts or California)
Major(s): Physics, Applied Math
Minor(s): Psychology
GPA: 3.95
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 169 (98%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 4.5 (72%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 720 (67%) Haha...yeah...

Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: just 1 semester of physics research (atomic physics/optics, hated it)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: a few scholarships, the usual stuff
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 6 semesters intro physics lab TA, 1 semester math TA, grader for 3 semesters
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 4 grad math classes?
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: withdrew from an engineering class freshman year (back when I didn't know what to major in)

Applying to Where:
Carnegie Mellon University Mathematical Sciences - RJ 4/4 by e-mail
University of Maryland AMSC - Admit 2/22 by phone (even though I was too lazy to answer the additional questions)
University of Washington Applied Math - Admit 2/3 by e-mail
University of Pennsylvania AMCS - RJ 3/7 by e-mail
Brown University DAM - Admit 2/3 by e-mail
University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Mathematics - Admit 2/21 by e-mail
Cornell University CAM - Waitlist 3/8 by e-mail, Admit 3/9 by e-mail
University of Texas (Austin) ICES - Admit 2/13 by e-mail
Northwestern University ESAM - Admit 1/30 by phone
Duke University Applied Mathematics - Admit 3/9 by e-mail

What I learned:
Cast a wide net and hope for the best. Coursework seemed to offset my mediocre GRE, but then again, I applied to applied math programs.

vonLipwig
Posts: 51
Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:58 am

Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby vonLipwig » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:36 am

I felt a bit dubious about having all this information available while I was still applying, but now that I've accepted, here it is!

Undergrad Institution: One of the top universities in Australia
Major(s): Pure Mathematics, Physics, Finance
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: Doesn't translate well to a 4 point scale. Would be in the top few in my year, probably not the top.

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (99%)
V: 170 (99%)
W: 6.0 (99%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 900 (97%)

Program Applying: PhDs in pure mathematics.

Research Experience: Two undergraduate theses, some 6-week holiday projects, a poster at two conferences.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Some scholarships and prizes for occasionally coming top in the year in various things.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutoring (equivalent to TA) first year physics and maths classes for an hour or two a week for two years.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
- Involvement in various International Mathematics Olympiad programs, as a student and teacher.
- Honours years in mathematics and physics. An honours year is a year after your Bachelor's degree which is half coursework (roughly equivalent to late undergrad or early grad courses in the US, I believe) and half research project (culminating in a thesis).

Applying to Where: All are PhDs in mathematics. All acceptances are with funding, unless noted.
Stanford - Admitted on Feb 14 - Will attend!
Chicago - Admitted on Jan 12 - Declined
Princeton - Admitted on Jan 18 - Declined
Michigan - Admitted on Feb 16 - Declined
Columbia - Waitlisted on Feb 2 - Withdrew
Harvard - Rejected by letter dated Feb 1
MIT - Rejected on Feb 23
Berkeley - Rejected on Mar 27
Rutgers - Rejected on May 18.

Cambridge - Rejected on Feb 2 (and invited to apply for part III)
Oxford - Admitted by letter dated Mar 7. Funding is not tied to admission in the UK, and I was only offered a small scholarship ($12k)

fh32nj
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Re: 2012 Applicant Profiles and Admission Results

Postby fh32nj » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:27 pm

Undergrad Institution: Binghamton (medium-large public)
Undergrad Institution: CUNY City College (weird public)

Major(s): Business
Minor(s): Chinese
Masters: Pure Math - generalist, no thesis option
GPA: 3.9 for BS
GPA: 3.5 for MA
Type of Student: Domestic white male

GRE (pre-2012):
Q: 770 (86%)
V: 790 (99%)
W: 4.0 (??%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: ??? (41%) and didn't send them

TOEFL Score: Native English

Program Applying: Applied Math/Statistics

Research Experience: Statistical research assistant in a neuroscience lab on campus. I worked on spike sorting, filtering and inter-neuron correlations. No publications.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 1st in major as an undergrad
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Taught a remedial algebra class during my MA program
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Prior to my MA, I only took AP calculus, and online calculus II course from some community college, and linear algebra as pass/fail. My quick progress might be worth something - or it might just be a weak foundation.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I worked on Wall Street for 3 years doing research and risk assessment for mortgage-backed bonds. Lots of people (myself included) were in waaaay over their heads with no mathematical training. My personal statement provides immediate motivation for what is otherwise a crazy leap-of-faith career change.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Applied Math:
Rice - Rejected
Texas - Austin - Rejected
Stony Brook - Diverted to MS program (may be analogous to admission without funding)
Johns Hopkins - Rejected
Colorado - Boulder - Rejected
Maryland - Rejected

Stats:
Minnesota - Rejected
Washington - Seattle - Rejected
Rutgers - Rejected
Rice - Rejected
Ohio State - No response
Connecticut - Accepted with 5yr TA support; attending

I can only conclude that a good "story" doesn't count for much in the application process. No one wants to take a chance with funding. Letters, grades and projects are what matter and, in general, foreign students are better prepared. I think my results say a lot about the advising and administrative support in my department.

But I still get paid to study. AWESOME.




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