**Type of Student:**International (Indian), Male

**Undergrad Institution:**Foreign (Indian), well-known

**Major(s):**Chemical Engineering

**GPA:**8.53 / 10

**Grad Institution:**Foreign (Italian), not well-known

**Major(s):**Mathematical Modelling

**GPA:**3.5 / 4

**Marks in the Italian system:**110 / 110 with honours

**GRE Revised General Test:**

**Q:**170 (98%)

**V:**160 (85%)

**W:**4.5 (80%)

**GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:**

**M:**740 (68%) (How bad is this really? Should I send it when I have the option not to?)

**TOEFL Score:**(116 = R30/L30/S27/W29)

**Program Applying:**PhD in Pure Math/Applied Math/Statistics/Financial Math

**Research Experience:**Master's thesis: On a pre-published numerical method in Mathematical Finance. 6 month research; decent, nothing great, no significant new results.

**Awards/Honors/Recognitions:**Scholarship for Master's studies from a well-known research school near the university.

**Pertinent Activities or Jobs:**Took some classes on Linear Algebra and Big Data in the company I was working in. (I'm not sure if I should mention this. I have no official records except for my employment letter.)

**Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:**I'm basically trying to shift to (pure) Math. I hope the lack of UG math classes and poor GRE Math scores will not hurt me too much. Also, my grad classes were more applied than pure.

**Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:**Work experience of 1.5 years, implementing machine learning algorithms for big data.

**Recommendations**: Two strong, one weak

**Applying to Where:**(Tentative (have to significantly shorten this), not mentioned implies Math)

**Super ambitious**:

Princeton - ORFE

Brown - Applied Math

Columbia

U Illinois Urbana Champaign

**Ambitious**:

U Texas @ Austin

U Washington

UC San Diego

Purdue U

Ohio S

Georgia Tech

Carnegie Mellon U - Financial Math

**Reach(?)**:

Boston U

UC Santa Barbara - Stat

Michigan S - Stat

Texas A&M U

U Southern California

**Safe(?)**:

Iowa S

North Carolina S

Louisiana S

Florida S - Financial Math

**Questions**:

1. I have no clue where I stand. I am not sure if the universities I have denoted 'Reach' and 'Safe' are really so for my profile. Also, am I being too optimistic or pessimistic?

2. I do not have a very strong math background on paper (all UG math courses missing). In light of this, should I send my not-so-good GRE Math score when I have the option not to?

3. Should I also apply to lower universities?

4. Please suggest any other university I should look at.

Thank you for any suggestions.