2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

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Integreat
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2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Integreat » Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:53 am

Let's get this party started. Good luck everyone!!

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[b]Undergrad Institution:[/b] (School or type of school (such as Big state/Lib Arts/Ivy/Technical/Foreign (Country?))
[b]Major(s):[/b]
[b]Minor(s):[/b]
[b]GPA:[/b]
[b]Type of Student:[/b] (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?)

[b]GRE Revised General Test:[/b]
[b]Q:[/b] xxx (xx%)
[b]V:[/b] xxx (xx%)
[b]W:[/b] x.x (xx%)
[b]GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:[/b]
[b]M:[/b] xxx (xx%)

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

[b]Program Applying:[/b] (Pure Math/Applied Math/Statistics/Operation Research/Biostatistics)

[b]Research Experience:[/b] (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications or conference talks etc...)
[b]Awards/Honors/Recognitions:[/b] (Within your school or outside?)
[b]Pertinent Activities or Jobs:[/b] (Such as tutor, TA, etc...)
[b]Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:[/b] (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)
[b]Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:[/b]

[b]Applying to Where:[/b] (Color use here is welcome)
[u]School[/u] - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
[u]School[/u] - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
[u]School[/u] - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined

Integreat
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Integreat » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:27 pm

Undergrad Institution: Public, T15
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Chemistry
GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163 (82%)
V: 163 (93%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: April '19: 780 (75%)
Sept '19: Lower lol :?

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math Ph.D (Geometric Analysis/Differential Geometry), maybe some teaching/D.A. programs?

Research Experience: 1 year Geometric Analysis research at my university (paper to be written, eventually), 1 REU resulting in a paper and a talk, 3 years Physical Chem/Biochem research, if that counts? I at least got a paper from it.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Awarded $3000 funding from my university to conduct math research, two-time Goldwater nominee, GPA awards, honor societies (PBK, etc.)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Wrote a ~350 page solution manual for my Calc III professor's book, TA for an advanced General Chemistry course. Lectured for the grad topology class here once.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 6 Math grad classes by time of applying (Analysis, Topology, Differential Geometry), 9 by graduation. Connections to Princeton: grad students there, one letter writer has a strong relationship w/faculty, attended Princeton's Summer School for Geometric Analysis + have been in correspondence with some faculty since. One famous letter writer (but, using as a fourth, when possible) from UChicago. One well-known writer from my institution, "strong" letter (really, who's to say how strong letters are?).
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I was a double major in Biochem, hence all the chemistry. I went pretty far in it (1 grad Chem class), almost completed the major. Decided to drop it to a minor to focus on math. Because of this, I might be a weaker applicant (less math courses), but I did skip into some graduate ones so hopefully that helps?


Applying to Where:
Shoot for the stars~
Berkeley: Rejected (2/6)
MIT: Rejected (2/6)
Princeton: Unofficially rejected, file was ranked 80/400 or so, top 25ish received offers (1/24) Officially rejected (1/31)
Stanford: Rejected (3/20)
UChicago: Rejected (1/28)

Reach
Cambridge (Part III): Rejected (3/26)
Columbia: Rejected (2/6)
UT Austin: File is "very strong and stands out", and was "recommended to the graduate advisor for further consideration" (1/29) Unofficially accepted! (2/11) Accepted! (2/18)
University of Toronto:

Match/Safety?
IU Bloomington: Withdrawn (4/11)
Northwestern: Waitlisted (1/23) In contact, will hear back before mid-February (1/29) Accepted! (1/31)
Notre Dame: File is “very highly ranked” (1/23) Accepted! (2/5) Declined (3/4)
Rutgers: Unofficially rejected (2/27)
Stony Brook: Accepted! (2/26) A "strong contender for the Simons Graduate Studies Fellowship"!! (2/28) Awarded!!! (3/11)
UC Irvine: Requested for interview (1/30) Accepted! (2/10)
U Washington: Promising contact w/faculty (1/20) Waitlisted (3/1) Accepted! (4/7)
Home: Accepted! (2/7) Declined (2/27)

Fellowships:
NSF GRFP:
Churchill: Nominated (10/9) Not awarded (12/17)

(1/29) Very happy to have my first acceptance! :)
(2/6) Double whammy rejection oof, expected it though
(2/6) Spoke too soon lol. Stanford finish me!!
(2/18) Happy to finally have a formal offer from UT Austin! :D
(2/28) Stony Brook just made my decision a lot harder...
(3/20) Finally got a response from Stanford -- was expected
(4/11) I have made my decision! Apologies to those waitlisted at institutions I was accepted to -- I hope you get the chance now!
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rshipowi
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by rshipowi » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:39 am

Undergrad Institution: Small Private
Major(s):Mathematics
Minor(s):none
GPA: 3.6
Type of Student: DWM

Graduate Institution: Large Public
Major: Mathematics
GPA: 3.88

GRE Revised General Test:
Q:170
V:164
W: 2
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: 760
Percent: 71%

TOEFL Score: NA

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: Masters Thesis
Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA, Worked as teacher at junior college
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Older student, haven’t been in school since 2006

Applying to Where:
Oregon State
Ohio State University rejected 2/24
University of Florida
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simplyAmazing
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by simplyAmazing » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:28 am

Undergrad Institution: Public, T10
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Nope
GPA: 3.945/4
Type of Student: Asian American

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 ( :D )
V: 148 ( :( )
W: 3.5

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: Sept '19: 810 (79%) It should be allright... Well, I hope

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Statistics, All MASTERS

Research Experience: Not really relative, did half a year of independent study with Math Dept. Graduate vice chair on Combinatoric and graph theory, it was focus on random walks on graphs (dont think it has anything to do with statistics)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: GPA related awards and honors, nothing shocking to be mentioned about
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for calculus for my sophomore year
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Nothing special to say about (or I was always at top 10 even top 3 in classes of 150 people if they really care) I am sure one of graduate staff wrote me a kick-ass letter
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Nope


Applying to Where:

ALL MASTERS

Super Reach:
U Chicago: Accepted (03/20) On my wife's Birthday
UCLA:
Yale: Rejected (1/29)
Columbia: Accepted (2/25) Sadly I found out it was a cash cow program :(
UC Berkeley:

Reach:
UCSD:
Johns Hopskins: Accepted (3/3) with 8.3k funding per year
UC Davis: Accepted (2/25)
UM Ann Arbor: Accepted (3/9)
UW-Madison: Rejected (2/04)
UCSB:
UC Irvine: Accepted (3/03)
University of South Cali:
Rice:

Match/Safety:
Nope.

Happy with the result as it goes. Surprised that many schools offered me admissions. I was expecting 2-3.
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Oops-ilon
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Oops-ilon » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:09 am

Undergrad Institution: Large Public (Not impressive)
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Physics
GPA: >3.8
Type of Student: DWM

Grad Institution: Large Private
Major: Math Education
GPA: >3.9

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 169 (95%)
V: 155 (68%) :roll:
W: 4.0 (57%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 760 (71%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: Two math (applied) research positions at home university, but not necessarily relevant to research interest.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 2 Merit Scholarships + 2 Graduate Fellowships, Dean's List, Honor Society
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Undergrad Tutor for 3 years, Undergrad TA for 2 years, Currently teach AP high school
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 4 grad classes
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I am 2 years out of school but have been taking classes part-time to stay prepared

Applying to Where:

U of Minnesota: Withdrawn
Georgia Tech: Withdrawn
UNC Chapel Hill: Waitlisted (2/11/2020) , Accepted!! (4/06/2020) - Attending!!
UC Santa Barbara: Withdrawn
Vanderbilt: Rejected (3/27/2020)
U of Colorado: Rejected (1/31/2019)
U of Virginia: Waitlisted (2/10/2020) , Rejected (4/14/2020)
NC State: Waitlisted (2/15/2020) , Accepted (4/07/2020) , Declined
Emory: Rejected (2/06/2020)
U of Houston: Accepted (3/10/2020) , Declined
Baylor: Waitlisted (12/20/2019) , Accepted (4/06/2020) , Declined

The process is over! I'm so glad. Overall, I'm super excited to be attending UNC. For future applicants, don't give up hope during February. I didn't receive a single offer until mid-March, and all other offers came in April. Although I may need some time to recover from the anxiety.
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Eigenvaluable
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Eigenvaluable » Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:11 pm

Undergrad Institution: SLAC
Major(s): Mathematics, Computer Science
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.88/4
Type of Student: DWF

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (93%)
V: 166 (97%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 620 (42%)


Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: REU in numerical linear algebra (paper in progress, gave a talk at YMC, poster at JMM), cryptography research project, summer CS research at home institution, statistical modeling research project (online paper)

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean’s list every semester.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: YMC 2019, JMM 2020, Mentor/TA for proof-based linear algebra (2 semesters), grader for functional problem solving (2 semesters).
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Female. Two letters of rec from professors I have done research with.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Nope.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Reach
Cornell Rejected via email on 2/10
University of Texas Austin Admitted via email on 2/18 with 28.6K funding w/ summer support (guaranteed 5yrs funding) (upgraded to 34k stipend with no teaching duties for the first year 3/24) Attending!! (3/27)
UW Madison Rejected via email on 2/3
UC San Diego Unofficially rejected via email on 2/18 (officially 2/22)
Ohio State Unofficially rejected via email on 2/17 (officially 2/24)


Match
UC Davis Waitlisted 1/31 Ghosted, but they finished making offers by 4/13. Officially rejected 5/19
WashU Admitted via email on 1/29 with 26.8K funding for 5 years Declined offer on 2/18.
Notre Dame Admitted via email on 2/5 with 25.6K funding for 5 years with no teaching duties for the first year Declined offer on 3/27.
USC Admitted via email on 2/21 with 30.5K funding for 5 years with no teaching duties for the first year Declined offer on 3/23.
University of Arizona Admitted via email on 1/28 Declined offer on 2/18.
CU Boulder Admitted via email on 1/30 with 23.8K funding Declined offer on 2/27.
University of Hawai'i at Manoa Admitted via email on 2/24 with 18.9K funding for 6 years Declined offer on 2/25.
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Camilo_Arosemena
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Camilo_Arosemena » Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:14 am

Undergrad Institution: Biggest public uni in my country
Major(s):Pure Mathematics
Minor(s):N/A
GPA:3,36 :oops:
Type of Student: International Male from Colombia

Graduate Institution: Biggest public uni in Mexico
Master Degree in Pure Math
GPA:3,85

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 159 (70%) :cry:
V: 153 (60%)
W: 3.0 (15%) This is gonna be bad
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 780 (75%) :?

I've seen most people here usually score better in the quantitative reasoning part of the general GRE than in the mGRE, I wonder whether this will be detrimental in my applications.

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD Geometry/Topology

Research Experience: When I was an undergraduate a professor and I tried to prove some fact in model theory but we couldn't get anywhere after a couple of months. In my master thesis I gave a nice(but trivial I think) proof of a theorem in hyperbolic geometry which is useful in low-dimensional topology.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Won a general knowledge contest about all contents of my career as an undergraduate.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:???
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have a pretty decent account in math.stackexchange, most of the score comes from answers I've given, mostly in pure math.

Applying to:

Match?
Ohio State(OSU): Waitlisted(2/20)Declined offer(3/17)
Indiana University at Bloomington(IU): Accepted(3/4)Accepted offer(3/17)

Safe(I hope)
Utah Rejected(3/3)

Edit: Indiana was my first choice, so I'm pretty happy for being accepted there. I think an important factor was sending a not so formal email to the professor I want to work with; I also sent him my math.stackexchange profile which I think helped a lot, but I think what I did on my master thesis and the recommendation letters did the most part.

Good luck with your applications.
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2211nasa
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by 2211nasa » Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:16 pm

Taking this down.
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stillanoob
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by stillanoob » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large Public
Major(s): Mathematics, Chemistry
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA: 3.74/4.00 (4.00/4.00 Math)
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q/V/W: 170/169/4.5, 170/166/5.5, 169/166/5.5

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 870, 930 for October

Program Applying: Pure Math - Algebraic Combinatorics, Algebraic Geometry, Graph Theory.

Research Experience: Participated in 4 REUs with 5 papers total. Helped 2 different professor publish 3 other papers (my name on those publications) on graph theory and combinatorics, also completed senior paper/thesis on algebraic combinatorics. During my gap year (this year), I have submitted 2 papers on a.g.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Putnam honorable mention once and three times non-trivial double-digit scores. Made USAMO 3 times (last one in senior year was pretty close to the cut-off for summer camp, since my score is <5 points lower than a friend from AoPS that went to IMO) and AIME twice 8/9th grade(not counting the USAMOs of course). Dean's list, couple university and national scholarships (one major one).
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Nothing special to note other than REUs and competitions. Never made it to IMO so probably not anywhere as impressive as them. Almost interned at a bank but glad I didn't that might make my app look bad who knows.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Currently taking a gap year and doing research on abelian varieties.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: 4 really strong letters, hopefully. One of them is a fields medalist. I counted 10 graduate courses, straight As across math curriculum.

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Top Choices
Harvard, accepted.
MIT, accepted.
Princeton, rejected via phone.

Reach
UC Berkeley, accepted.
UCLA, accepted. Declined.

Match
Cornell, accepted. Declined.
Georgia Tech, accepted. Declined.
Toronto, interviewed and accepted. Declined.
UMichigan, unofficial acceptance. Declined.
UWashington, withdrawn but still accepted. Declined.
Waterloo, interviewed and accepted, waiting on funding. Declined.

Safety
Alberta, accepted, given about 20 days to accept offer. Declined.
UC Davis, accepted, no funding information. Declined.

EDIT: Withdrawn applications without decisions are omitted.
Good luck everyone in your careers! See y'all at conferences.
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Orpheus11235
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Orpheus11235 » Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:36 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top Public
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): CS
GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: Domestic


GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 840 (84%)

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: Top REU, two algebra preprints. Advisor seems to think they're pretty good; planning on submitting one to a conference.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Top Scholarship from school; typical Dean's List stuff.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor for physics 2 semesters, grader for both physics and math (3 semesters).
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Think I have strong letters, two of which are from well-known researchers, the other from my REU research advisor. Taken both the year-long algebra and topology graduate sequences, and probably will graduate with a total of 7-8 graduate courses.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Also have some physics background (started out as a physics major, switched as a sophomore).

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Reach
Chicago - rejected
Berkeley - rejected
Columbia - rejected

Reach/Match
Michigan - rejected
Cornell - accepted
UT Austin - ghosted
U Wisconsin-Madison - accepted
U Minnesota - ghosted
U Washington - accepted

Safety
Indiana University-Bloomington - accepted
Texas A&M - accepted


Figuring out the safety schools is the hardest part for me... If anyone has any suggestions for really large schools in the top 25-40 range, that have a lot of algebraists/geometers/topologists, would love to hear it. Applying mainly to large schools because I don't yet know what I want to research.
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lesbianpearls
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by lesbianpearls » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:13 am

Undergrad Institution: Very Small Open Enrollment American University (I had self-esteem issues when I was younger and thought nobody else would want me. Haha.)
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Unofficial Philosophy Minor (School doesn't offer it, but I have enough credits for it to count if it did.)
GPA: 4.0/4.0
Type of Student: Domestic, White, Female, Lesbian

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163 (82%)
V: 154 (64%)
W: 4.0 (57%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: Did not send to any program.

Program Applying: Pure Math, specifically Number Theory, Algebra, and Topology

Research Experience: 3 years of research in Biomathematics at my undergrad university. 5 conference presentations: 3 poster, 2 oral. Currently writing a paper for submission.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Full Tuition Scholarship, Outstanding Student Poster Award at JMM
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TRiO Mathematics Tutor, Math Club President, AWM Student Chapter President
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Female, LGBT+, Association for Women in Mathematics Member
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have a W in a class titled "Careers in Mathematics". I also used to go to a community college and I skipped Calculus I and am replacing it with Intro to Complex Analysis.

Applying to Where: (All PhD Programs Unless Stated)
Quick Color Key: Accepted - Waitlisted - Rejected - Interview - Waiting for Reply - Application Not Yet Submitted
Updated: 27 February 2020

Bryn Mawr College -- Application Submitted
Oregon State University -- Accepted! (02/10)
University of Oregon -- Rejected. (02/10)
Brandeis University -- Application Submitted
University of Rhode Island -- Application Submitted
University of Montana -- Application Submitted
Montana State University -- Application Submitted
Utah State University -- Accepted! (02/26)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis -- Messed up the interview a bit, but it was nice chatting with them!
University of North Texas -- Accepted! (01/28)
University of Texas Dallas -- Accepted! (02/21)
Washington State University -- Rejected. (02/18)
University of South Florida -- Application Submitted
Iowa State University -- Application Submitted
Wake Forest University (Masters) -- Accepted! (02/18) Declined, but they are really nice people for those wanting a Masters in the future.


Now it's the waiting game...
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NotMyRealName
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by NotMyRealName » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:42 pm

Undergrad Institution: Large State, Rank ~100 Math
Major(s): Mathematics & Mechanical Engineering, double-degree
GPA: 3.97, 4.0 in Math Courses
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 169 (95%)
V: 163 (92%)
W: 5.0 (93%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: sept. '19 (30%) :?
M: oct. '19 (42%) was hoping for much better...

Program Applying: Ph.D. Pure Mathematics, interested in Algebra/Number Theory

Research Experience: Done a lot of research at my home institution, both in Engineering and Math. One poster presentation and spending this year doing some ground-level classification work on the Inverse Galois Problem. No REUs but had a summer internship for a renowned national laboratory.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Goldwater Nominee (but no award or honorable mention), finalist (top 5) for student employee of the year at my institution, selected to speak at convocation this year, given a university-wide top 1% award (41 seniors out of ~4000 graduating this year), in a 4-year engineering scholarship program, competitive research scholarships.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Undergrad Coordinator (Aug. 2018-present) for a large, very selective university-wide freshman scholarship program focusing on leadership development. Prestigious summer internship that I mentioned above. Had a TA position for an engineering programming class before that. On the exec board for the engineering scholarship program I mentioned above. Taking 3 classes that are grad-level but listed as 4000 (undergrad) level so that they count for my degree.

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Two young recommenders that know me well, one older, better known recommender that knows me less well. Fourth letter (where available) coming from Engineering professor.

Applying to Where:

Paying to be rejected:
Stanford
UC Berkeley Rejected 2/6
Harvard Rejected 2/6
MIT Rejected 2/6
Brown Rejected 2/11
Yale Rejected 2/3
Cornell Rejected 2/10
UT Austin
Michigan Rejected 2/12

Might get in here:
Minnesota
Washington
Utah Waitlisted 2/8 - ("quite highly ranked" 2/15)
WashU
CU Boulder Waitlisted 2/19
Arizona Accepted (First one!) 1/28
Oregon Rejected 2/10 (feels bad, really wanted this one)
Iowa Accepted 2/19 Declined 2/26
I'll go here if I have to:
Colorado State
Oregon State

Fellowships:
GRFP
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utkarsh1729
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by utkarsh1729 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:39 pm

Undergrad Institution: University of Delhi, India
Major(s): Math (B.Sc.)
Minor(s): None
GPA: (Percentage based system) 92.50% in Math courses, 88.40% aggregate
Type of Student: International (India), Male

Grad Institution: IIT Madras, India
Major(s): Math (M.Sc.)
Minor(s): None
GPA: 8.9/10
Type of Student: International (India), Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 163 (82%) ...oh well
V: 156 (73%)
W: 3.5 (39%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 830 (82%)

TOEFL Score: (108 = R27/L26/S27/W28)

Program Applying: Applied Math PhD, looking for places with research in Complex Systems, Network Theory and Dynamical Systems.

Research Experience: Two independent studies, one at home institution on Spectral Graph Theory and another under a professor in my hometown on Mathematical Ecology. One national summer research fellowship program at IIT Kanpur, on Mathematical Biology. Master's Thesis on Cellular automata modeling of traffic flow. Both the home institution experiences included in-campus presentations.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Institute merit scholarships, NBHM M.A./M.Sc. National Scholarship, Junior Research Fellowship by CSIR (deferred).
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Class Rank: 03/52. Two of the recommenders know me very well and are aware of my overall progress and the third one was my summer research supervisor, so the recommendations would be strong.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Took a wide array of courses to avoid being unidirectional, don't know if it's a positive point or a negative one.

Applying to Where:

Cornell - Rejected (via mail) 02/10
UCLA - Rejected (via portal) 02/22
NYU
Northwestern - Accepted (via portal) 01/29 (fully funded with stipend $2792/mo + $3000 joining bonus) Attending!
UWash - Rejected (via mail) 01/22
UT Austin
UNC Chapel Hill
UMaryland - Rejected (via portal) 02/19
UC Irvine - Rejected (via portal) 02/21
UC Santa Barbara
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CoronalRain
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by CoronalRain » Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:46 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small state school
Major(s): M.S. Mathematics, B.S. Mathematics, Statistics, & Computer Science
GPA: 3.95+
Type of Student: DWM

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 168 (98%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 760 (71%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: Masters thesis in analytic number theory, but no publications from it. Several years of research in machine learning, though that probably won't help when applying to pure math programs. Some co-authorships on ML papers in lower-tier journals. Graduate research assistant for an NSF-funded REU.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Top student in the math department during undergrad. President of the Math Club. Various awards and scholarships.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for various Math/Stats/CS courses during my Masters. Tutored classes up to vector calculus. Two NASA internships. Been in industry for 2 years now as a data scientist.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Nope.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Nah.

Applying to Where:

Impossible
Berkeley - Rejected Feb 6
Stanford - Rejected Mar 20
UCLA - Rejected Feb 22
Caltech - Rejected Feb 19
Yale - Rejected Feb 3
Brown - Rejected Feb 11
Duke - Rejected Jan 29

Reach
UCSD - Rejected Mar 19
Johns Hopkins - Rejected Feb 12
UMD - Waitlisted Mar 19, Withdrawn Mar 21
Rutgers - Rejected Mar 10

Safety
UC Santa Barbara - Accepted and attending! Feb 11
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PartTimePhD
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Joined: Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:32 am

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by PartTimePhD » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:51 am

Undergrad Institution: Small Liberal Arts
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Studio Art - Photography
GPA: 3.2

Graduate Institution: Big State
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA: 3.61
Type of Student: Domestic, White, Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 167 (98%)
W: 3.5 (39%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 760 (71%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: Independent research on an open problem in topology, nothing published
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Won some competitions during undergrad
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Currently employed full-time as a tenure-track instructor
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Female. I am not requesting any funding since I get a tuition waiver through my job. I have a decent showing on the Putnam (score of 27) and passed both qualifying exams at my graduate institution.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Poor grades in some math courses in undergrad and graduate since I wasn't good at doing the homework. I've been out of school for a long time and have learned how to do the work now. Only applying to one school as I am location restricted.

Applying to Where:
Georgia Tech
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KYotodo
Posts: 13
Joined: Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:54 am

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by KYotodo » Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:31 am

Undergrad Institution: Foreign
Major(s):Mathematics
GPA:3.6/5.0
Type of Student: International, Asian Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 157 (76%)
W: 3.0 (15%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 870 (89%)

TOEFL Score: 104 = R28/L29/S23/W24

Program Applying: Pure Math, Algebra

Research Experience: None
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Outstanding Students in College/Most Popular Peer Tutor
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Peer Tutor
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Completed two grad courses
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:Nah.

Applying to Where:
Dream:
U Utah - Waitlisted on 2/8/2020Declined
UIC - Admitted on 2/15/2020 ($2290.55 stipend per month).Attending
CU Boulder - Admitted on 1/31/2020 ($22.7k stipend for first year with TA-ship).Declined
Notre Dame - Waitlisted on 2/14/2020Declined

Reach:
UMass Amherst - Admitted on 2/17/2020 ($23.4k stipend + $1.5k fellowship + $1.8k summer TA)Declined
U Missouri

Match (hopefully):
FSUAdmitted on 2/26/2020 (No Funding)Declined
Temple
Syracuse - Admitted on 2/7/2020. Declined

Safe:
KSU - Admitted on 2/6/2020. Declined

Master:
ALGANT
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zcahxy0
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:44 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by zcahxy0 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:11 pm

My interest field is PDE, numerical analysis,particularly numerical solution of pde and dynamic system, since i have backgroud in CS, so computational math track could be a choice.
I wish i can get some advice for a program list (matching schools), thanks!

Undergrad Institution: Liberal arts college
Major: Mathematics
Minor: Computer Science
GPA: 3.80/4.0
Type of Student: international asian Male

GRE:
Q: 169 (96%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 3.5
Math Subject Test: 780 (75%) (2018 Oct)

Program Applying: Mathematics Ph.D.(US) or masters (canada)

Research Experience: fractional pde, stochastic equation, some combinatorics, fourier analysis and orthogonal polynomials
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List, scholarships, 7th place on a math challenge out of 71 teams
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for a few semesters, currently working on thesis, passed an acturary exam; chess club president, math honor society vp, do not have REU but spend one semester in UCL,did a decent job.

reach:
U toronto (master)
U Waterloo (applied master)
Brown (phd applied)

sort of reach:
UBC (master)
Mcgill (master)
Washington seattle

match:
UIUC (phd)
Georgia tech
ohio state (phd)
CU boudler (phd)
Alberta (master)

safety (is this safe at all?):
Emory (comptational track)
U of southern california (phd)
U of victoria (master)

Honestly, i am not sure if this list fits best, as i did not investigate much safety options and my previous application indicates this whole process is filled with uncertainty anyway;

How do you guys think of this list? is this realistic? do you guys have other ideal programs? appreciate it!

nileons
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by nileons » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:18 pm

Undergrad Institution: T10 for applied math
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
Minor(s): Mathematics
GPA: 3.63 (Math GPA: 3.86)
Type of Student: DWF

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 160 (86%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
mGRE: 700 (59%)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Research Experience:
- Experience in four distinct labs with a biomedical emphasis
- One publication, one accepted, one on the way
Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
- Graduated with Latin honors, Dean's list multiple semesters
- Recipient of my school's Presidential Student Leadership & Service Award (given to <50 out of over 50,000 students each year)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
- Tutoring math almost non-stop to different people (ages 6-19, homeless, wealthy, disabled) for the past 10 years
- Worked on committee to retain women in collegiate STEM programs for the past 4 years
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:
- Letter writers have connections to UBC, NYU, UPenn, UMN
- Would be the first in my family to go to graduate school
- Taking upper division and graduate level math classes during my year 'off' in ODE, PDE, real analysis, and algebra
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:
- Three C+ in engineering courses
- No math research experience formally advised by faculty

Applying to Where: (ordered alphabetically + response)

U Utah - Math - Accepted, ATTENDING with $21k stipend, $10k scholarship, 1 yr fellowship :shock: :D 8)

NYU - Courant, CAOS - Accepted, declined
UMN - Math - Accepted, declined
CU Boulder - AAPM - Accepted, declined
Duke - Math - Accepted, declined
UCLA - Biomathematics - Accepted, declined
U Michigan - AIM - Waitlisted, withdrew application
UPenn - AMCS - Waitlisted, withdrew application
U Washington - App. Math - Accepted to unfunded masters, declined
U Iowa - AMCS - Ghosted, weird vibes from director
UBC - IAM - Rejected

Really did not anticipate this much positive feedback. Feeling very grateful and wishing the absolute best to everyone.
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AugmentedSeventh
Posts: 38
Joined: Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:52 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by AugmentedSeventh » Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:18 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small state liberal arts college (no math graduate department)
Major(s): Mathematics, Physics
Minor(s):
GPA: 4.25/4.3 (Math GPA 4.3/4.3)
Type of Student: Domestic White Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 164 (84%) :(
V: 164 (94%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: 750 (69%)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure math PhD (in geometry or topology)

Research Experience: One published paper in astrophysics, a senior thesis in fractal geometry
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention, highest GPA in my graduating class
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Not that I can think of
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Extensive programming experience, currently self-studying a bunch of math textbooks
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: First in my family to graduate from college, raised in low-income household

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Super-reach
MIT - Rejected, 2/6
UC Berkeley - Rejected, 2/6
Columbia - Rejected, 2/6

Reach
Duke - Rejected, 1/29
UT Austin - Withdrawn, 3/4
U Michigan Ann-Arbor - Rejected, 2/12
U Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Accepted! :D 1/8 (w/ full funding for 6 years) ---ATTENDING!
Northwestern University - Withdrawn, 3/4
Ohio State University - Rejected, 2/24
Stony Brook University - Rejected, 2/28

Match?
UC Santa Barbara - Withdrawn, 3/4
University of Notre Dame - Waitlisted, 2/20 Withdrawn, 3/4
CUNY Graduate Center - Withdrawn, 3/4
Vanderbilt University - Withdrawn, 3/4
Michigan State University - Waitlisted, 2/27 Withdrawn, 3/4
University of Oregon - Rejected, 2/10

Safety?
UC Riverside - Withdrawn, 3/4
Binghamton University - Accepted, 12/10 (funding decided in March) Declined, 2/2
University at Buffalo - Accepted, 2/13 ($20k stipend + additional $10k fellowship, funding for 5 years) Declined, 3/4

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Concluding thoughts (3/4): Looks like I'm attending UIUC :D. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity, given the undergraduate school I attended. If anyone reading this is planning to attend UIUC, feel free to send me a private message :D.

For future prospective graduate students with a similar profile to mine, I would recommend applying to large state schools, since they seem to be the most willing to accept domestic students coming from "unknown" undergraduate schools and/or students that do not yet have specific research interests.
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finite
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by finite » Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:25 am

Undergrad Institution: Indian, relatively unknown
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA: 3.8 (3.9 Major GPA)
Type of Student: International Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 89%
V: 165 (96%)
W: 166 (89%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 760 (71%) :cry:

TOEFL Score: 117

Program Applying: Pure Math Ph.D.

Research Experience: Two research projects, two independent studies, and senior thesis in operator theory.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List for 5 semesters, Department Award
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for one semester

Applying to Where:

Cornell -- Rejected, Feb 10
UIUC -- Rejected, Jan 10
Ohio State -- Waitlisted, Feb 27. Rejected, April 8
Utah -- Waitlisted, Feb 8. Rejected, April 16
UCSB -- Rejected, April 8
Tufts -- Rejected, Jan 22
Vanderbilt -- Rejected, March 27
Texas A&M -- Accepted, Feb 4
CUNY -- Rejected, April 21
UI Chicago -- Waitlisted, April 5. Did not hear back after that.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln -- Never heard back
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa -- Withdrawn
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SagiFool
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by SagiFool » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:31 am

Undergrad Institution: Foreign (London, United Kingdom)
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: International, Asian, Female

GRE Revised General Test: 330
Q: 161 (88%)
V: 169 (95%)
W: 4.5 (57%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: Taken in Oct 26. 2019
M: 870 (89%)

TOEFL Score: Not Applicable

Program Applying: Applied Math

Research Experience: Two research projects, both in the summers, approximately 8 weeks with fundings: For the first one, it was at my university with a lecturer, about Numerical Methods and Simulation for N-body Problem: Successful simulation in Python code, and Written report for my supervisor; For the second one, it was at a research institute in Israel with a professor, about Convex Analysis and Concavifiability for Demand Functions in order to study consumers' behaviours: Successfully improve the conditions, Introductory talk at the Final Conference at the Institute, Written report for my supervisor.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: During Uni: Annual Undergraduate Scholarship 5K GBP for good academic performances, First Year Prize; During Secondary School: National Silver Medal at the Math Olympia
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Second Year Mentor for first year students.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 1 Famous Recommender, 2 Graduate Level Courses, 3 Years of fully Maths-Filled studies
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Diverse academic experience, previously majored in Economics; Studied Game Theory with a very prestigious leading professor in this area; Spring Technology Internship at Deutsche Bank.

Applying to Where:
Reach
Caltech - PhD in Social and Decision Neuroscience (heavily based on maths e.g. probability theory and computational methods) :arrow: invited interviews (17/01) :arrow: unofficially rejected, lack of lab experience in neuroscience (18/02)
Match (I hope...)
Cambridge - PartIII Applied Mathematics Accepted! 02/3
Oxford - MSc Mathematical Sciences
ETH Zürich - Master in Applied Mathematics Unoffical Acceptance via Skype (11/2), interviewed for the MSOP scholarship (11/2) Official Accepted 29/2 but without scholarship 12/3
Courant Institute, NYU - PhD in Applied Mathematics
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lingmoserar
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Joined: Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:22 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by lingmoserar » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:52 pm

Undergrad Institution: Foreign (English speaking country))
Major(s):Engineering
GPA:3.6
Grad Institution: Foreign (English speaking country))
Major(s):Applied Math
GPA:3.7
Type of Student: International Female Asian

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170
V: 159
W: 4.0
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 640 (46%)


Program Applying: Applied Math/Computational Biology

Research Experience: One year full-time Master's thesis on mathematical biology in Applied math; One year part-time Honor's thesis on computational fluid dynamic in Engineering; And one summer REU as an extension to Honor's project. No publications.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Summer research scholarship, Some high school scholarships
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutored several undergrad math courses
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I came to math department to do a Master's having only taken engineering math modelling papers. I caught up on proof based courses such as undergrad linear algebra and analysis. I have sat in grad level dynamical systems and inverse problems courses. The grad math courses won't be on my transcript but I will get recommendation letters from lecturers who can back me up.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: Applied math or computational biology PhD

High reach (donating $$$):
NYU - Mathematics
Duke - Mathematics - Rejected(29/01/2020)
Northwestern - Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics Poked with an email and Rejected(10/02/2020)

Reach:
Stony Brook - Applied Mathematics and Statistics - Accepted to unfunded masters(14/02/2020)
Boston U - Mathematics
U Utah - Mathematics

Match:
UColorado Boulder - Applied Mathematics - Rejected(05/02/2020)
Emory U - Mathematics - Rejected(06/02/2020)

Safety:
Nope -It's hit or miss now

06/02/2020 Looks like I'm gonna miss :cry:
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lucasmiranda
Posts: 25
Joined: Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:18 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by lucasmiranda » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:42 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top university in Brazil
Major(s): Mathematics (master's in math as well)
GPA: 4.9 out of 5.0 (5.0 out of 5.0 for the master's)
Type of Student: International Male

GRE Revised General Test: 07/24
Q : 168 (93%)
V: 165 (96%)
W: 4.0 (57%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: 04/06
M: 700 (59%)

TOEFL Score: (115 = R 28/L 30/S 28/W 29)
Program Applying: Pure Math PhD (Geometric Analysis/Differential Geometry)

Research Experience: Two undergraduate research projects (one received honourable mention), one year each. Also, a master's thesis in pure math.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Outstanding Student Award 2018 (something as "top of the class"), scholarships for the two research projects and for my master's. Besides, I was selected in first for my master's.

Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor as an undergrad/ TA as a master's student/ I was also a high school teacher while an undergrad.

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: My supervisor is well known and her letter will be a strong point of my application. I know some professors at some of these schools.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I hope that the fact that I have a master's degree will help me, especially because of my low score on the GRE subject (I was gonna take it again but a lot of schools are abandoning the GRE, so perhaps it's not that important anymore...). Also, I only have straight A's on my last year as an undergrad and on my master's transcripts.

Applying to Where: (all pure math PhD)


Princeton Rejected 01/31
UChicago Rejected 01/28
UC Berkeley Rejected 02/06
Oxford - selected to interview 11/21/ Rejected 12/07
ETH Zurich - Rejected 01/07
NYU - Rejected 03/23
U of Toronto - Probably Rejected (never heard back)
Warwick - invited to interview 01/30 / Accepted 02/03 / funded offer on 02/28 (fully funded for 4 years, no teaching required) Attending!
LSGNT (joint program UCL/Imperial/King's) invited to interview 01/28 / waitlisted 03/06 / Accepted with funding 03/24 declined
UC Irvine- waitlisted 03/03 / declined 03/04
Stony Brook-rejected 02/28
U of British Columbia - Probably Rejected (never heard back)
Université Libre de Bruxelles - Accepted with funding 01/21/ declined 03/06
McGill - Probably Rejected (never heard back)
U of Oregon-Accepted with funding 02/10 / declined 02/28
Max Planck Institute -Leipzig rejected 01/11
UC San Diego - Rejected 03/19


Some comments:

I'll probably accept Warwick's offer. For future international applicants, consider applying to European and Canadian universities, especially if you hold a master's degree. I got accepted into one of the best places on earth to study geometric analysis (in my opinion, of course) with full funding for 4 years (with a Research Grant that covers a notebook and 4k GBP for travel) and no teaching duties. If you like rankings (I don't, not much), the Shangai ranking puts Warwick as #10 in the world (for mathematics), ahead of places like Berkeley and Harvard. Regardless of that, we can all agree that it's a great place to do a PhD in maths. I think that being able to talk to the professors in an interview (which was pretty technical, btw) has helped me a lot. This makes me think that US universities really value mGRE scores if you're an international and I don't blame them, I should've known better (also, I had to a least try, I think). So if you're applying as an international, please take this into consideration. Also, the fact that the programme at Warwick (and the UK in general) is 4 years long is great if you are a masters' student (I don't want to spend 5-6 more years in grad school). Anyway, if you have any questions about the application process in the UK, feel free to send me a PM and I'll try to help you. Good luck everyone!!
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analysister
Posts: 38
Joined: Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:36 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by analysister » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:15 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium Liberal Arts Institution
Major(s): Applied Mathematics
GPA: 3.99 (4.00 in Major)
Type of Student: Domestic White Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 165 (96%)
W: 3.0 (15%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 700 (59%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: 2 REUs (1 very well respected), senior thesis, 1 publication
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Normal academic honors stuff, a national scholarship for study abroad, honors at BSM
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I've tutored 7 math classes, graded 2 more, TA for two comp sci classes and lab assistant, 1 philosophy class. math club founder/president. referee for JNT. spoken at 8 conferences (including JMM, YMC, UMS)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: One of my recommenders is well known in undergraduate stuff, has some connections at some of my schools
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:I applied for a fulbright as well

Applying to Where: In the order that they are due.

Georgia Tech - Accepted 1/15! Funding: $27k for the first year - Attending!

University of Southern California - Accepted 2/11! Funding: $30.5k/year + 1 year fellowship - declined 3/24
The Ohio State University - Accepted 12/31! Funding: $28k/year +$2.5k bonus (no teaching for four years) - declined 3/24
UC Irvine - Invited to Interview 1/30 - Accepted 2/7! Funding: $32k for the first year - declined 3/1
University of Michigan - Rejected 2/12
UCLA - Rejected 2/25
Northwestern - Rejected 3/28
University of Washington - Waitlisted 3/2 - declined 4/10
Tufts University - Rejected 1/22
Duke University - Rejected 1/29
UCSB - Accepted 2/11! Funding: $22k for 9 months - declined 4/1
Notre Dame - Waitlisted 2/14 - declined 2/14
Washington State University - Accepted 2/7! Funding: $2k/month + health insurance - declined 2/14
UCSD - Waitlisted 3/13 - declined 3/14
University of Nebraska Lincoln - Accepted 2/18! Funding: $17k for 9 months - declined 3/24
Dartmouth - Accepted 2/24! Funding: $2.6k/month - declined 4/13
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relicant
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by relicant » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:15 am

Undergrad Institution: Unknown European
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Economics
GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: International white male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 164
V: 154
W: 4.5
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: didn't take

TOEFL Score: 118

Program Applying: Mathematics / Applied Mathematics / Operations Research

Research Experience: REU, short research project on dynamical systems, thesis in differential geometry
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: bunch of scholarships
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: private tutoring
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: probably decent rec letters

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
MIT - Operations Research
Harvard - Applied Math
CalTech - Computing + Math
Cornell - Operations Research
Oxford - Mathematics
LSE - Mathematics

JK10
Posts: 20
Joined: Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:12 am

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by JK10 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:29 am

Undergrad Institution:[T10 Public School in USA but bad at math]
Major(s):[Pure Math]
Minor(s):[None]
GPA:[3.94/Major(3.98)]
Type of Student:[International Asian Male] (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?)

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (xx%)
V: 157 (xx%)
W: 3.5 (xx%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 830 (83%)

TOEFL Score:[106] (xx = R28/L24/S27/W27) (if applicable)

Program Applying: (Pure Math in Combinatorics and Algebra)

Research Experience: (Homeschool $3000 funding research & Honor Thesis(Schedule to be presented in a conference next year) & Several High-School published papers on modeling & Currently working on a big conjecture so still no publications)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (As an international student, no nationwide awards, but im an honor student with a scholarship in homeschool)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (TA for Linear Algebra & Number Theory.)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: (Graduate in 3 years but will finish my degree with 18 upper-level courses. Recommenders are all from homeschool but they promise will write strong letters)
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Best pure math phd applicant from my homeschool. Besides, I'm currently 19?? Does this matter??

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
School - Super Reach:
Berkeley
UChicago
UCLA
NYU
Yale
School - Reach:
UMich
Cornell
Brown
UPenn
Duke
School - Match(Maybe still reach?):
Northwestern
John Hopkins
Gatech
CMU
UIUC
San Diego
OSU
Dartmouth
School - Safety(Maybe not?):
Emory
UNC
Vanderbilt




Really need some suggestions on program choosing.
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discretephenom
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Joined: Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:36 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by discretephenom » Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:13 pm

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Tutsz
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Tutsz » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:26 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top university in Brazil
Major(s): Physics
GPA: 7.1 / 10
Type of Student: International Male

Grad Institution: Top university in Brazil
Major(s): Masters in Mathematics
GPA: N/A

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (90%)
V: 157 (76%)
W: 4.0 (57%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: 790 (76%)

TOEFL Score: 112 = R 28 /L 29/S 29/W 26

Program Applying: Pure Mathematics. Specifically interested in Harmonic Analysis and PDEs.

Research Experience: Just my master thesis.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA on Measure and Integration Theory (similar to Real Analysis in most math graduate courses in USA)

Applying to Where:
Far reach:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Rejected 01/10)
Wisconsin-Madison (Rejected 02/03)

Reach:
University of Minnesota Twin-Cities (Rejected 04/15)
Purdue (Accepted with TAship - 02/14)

Match (hopefully):
Temple University (Accepted with TAship - 01/30. Offered University Fellowship on 02/13) ATTENDING

Washington University in St. Louis (Accepted 01/29 - Fully funded with a stipend of 26.8k)

Final thoughts: I guess recommendation letters played a big role in my acceptance overall. I am very happy with the results and I am very excited to be a part of Temple's community. I have already met some of the professors via Skype and they are all very considerate! Good luck for everyone else.
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cc119
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Post by cc119 » Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:23 pm

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Cyclicduck
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Cyclicduck » Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:30 pm

Cyclicduck wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:53 am
Why did my post get deleted?? I posted here earlier with my profile and now it is gone. I don't understand why it was deleted and why I was not informed. Did somebody think I was trolling? I was not; everything I posted was and is true (except that I've chosen not to apply to one of the nine schools I originally listed). I understand that I stated some things in a flamboyant manner (e.g. with a lot of smilies) or without context (e.g. devoting this semester to Russian armwrestling) but it truly is part of my profile.

I request an explanation from the moderators and that my post be reinstated (if possible; I'd prefer not to type it up again).
How disappointing...a week later and no response of any kind. I guess I'll have to retype everything. I'm going to reiterate that everything in this post is true, except that I may not end up applying to Rutgers. If some moderator has a problem with this or doesn't believe me, they should let me know and I can provide references if necessary.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Undergrad Institution: The worst school of all time: Washington University in St. Louis!!! :cry:
Major(s): Mathematics, Computer science and math (even their major system is messed up)
Minor(s): No
GPA: ~3.9
Type of Student: (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?) Domestic/Canadian, Male, Asian

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (97 (or was it 96)%)
V: 162 (90%)
W: 4.0 (i forget%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 940 (99%)

TOEFL Score: (0 = 0xx/0xx/0xx/0xx) :oops:

Program Applying: Pure Math

Research Experience: Founder of Zonotopy type theory, based on the monumental "Zonotope lemma" of http://www.combinatorics.org/ojs/index ... w/v21i4p10. :roll: Gave two presentations on this, one at CUNY and one at UMD.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: WashU math club arm wrestling champion (2019), Boba Math Olympiad Semifinalist (2018), Plank countdown semifinalist (2015), ELMO silver medal (2015).
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Founder and CEO of the Anti-Doron Coalition :twisted: (We are a rapidly growing coalition of young mathematicians working to counter the spread of DDD. Contact me if you're interested in joining!)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Wrote a 60-page allegorical novel on the dangers of DDD.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Taking a semester off to learn armwrestling from Russians. Took another semester off three semesters ago from boredom.

Applying to Where:
Top choice:
Rutgers :evil: :twisted: :evil:
"To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy." - Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Safeties:
Harvard rejected
Stanford
MIT rejected
Princeton rejected
Berkeley accepted
Columbia accepted
U Chicago rejected
Yale accepted
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Sl(2,R)
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Sl(2,R) » Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:20 pm

Undergrad Institution: State University in the Midwest
Grad Institution: different State University in the Midwest
Major(s):Mathematics
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.77 (Undergrad) 3.91 (Graduate)
Type of Student: DWM( Actually Middle Eastern but we are considered White in America :( )

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170
V: 158
W: 4.0
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 770

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: (Pure Math)

Research Experience: Master's Thesis in Automorphic and Modular Forms; Undergrad Thesis in Infinite Matrices.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduate Scholarships and academic scholarships.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Adjunct Faculty at a local Community College, TA, and Tutor.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Nothing at all!
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Reach!
University of Washington Seattle
University of Minnesota
University of Illinois Urbana - wait-listed on 1/20/20
University of Oregon


Match ( i hope)
Oregon State University
Michigan State University
University of Saskatchewan
University of Iowa
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biraj123
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by biraj123 » Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:33 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium sized public university
Major(s): Mathematics and Computer Science
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: 3.96 / 4.0 (Math: 4.0 / 4.0)
Type of Student: Domestic asian male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 169 (~95%)
V: 162 (~92%)
W: 5.0 (~92%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 810 (79%)

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Mathematics

Research Experience: Computer Science REU (resulted in first authorship on a paper), Internship at a national lab on an applied topology project
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: President's list, math department awards, minor presentation awards
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for math courses for 2 years, including being the grader for a first course in mathematical analysis (baby Rudin) and a first course in complex variables
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I've taken 4 graduate courses in math
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)

Reach
UT Austin - Pending
Georgia Tech - Accepted with 27k/yr funding

Match
Carnegie Mellon University - Pending
Vanderbilt - Pending

Safety
University of Virginia - Pending
University of Florida - Pending

I'm looking for a lot more schools to apply for, mostly for safety. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm not sure how strong of a candidate I even am lol so the match/reach might be completely off.
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temporaryacct
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by temporaryacct » Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:46 pm

Undergrad Institution: Small Liberal Arts College
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): None, but did premed stuff for a while.
GPA: 3.97 (4.0 in major)
Type of Student: Domestic Asian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 170 (99%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 830 (82%)

Program Applying: Pure math (interested in discrete math or analysis)

Research Experience: REU with submitted paper, poster for JMM. Two summers of non-math research experience, one publication.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Standard grade related stuff, High Honors at BSM.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA/Grader for Real Analysis, Tutor
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Letters should be pretty good.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:

Just for fun:
Stanford- Rejected
Princeton- Rejected

Reach:
Cornell- Rejected
UCLA- Rejected
U Texas- Rejected
U Michigan- Rejected

Target:
U Wisconsin - Waitlisted
UIUC - Rejected
U Minnesota- Accepted - ATTENDING!
Rutgers - Waitlisted
U Washington - Waitlisted - Accepted (4/11) - Declined (4/14)
UCSD - Rejected
Carnegie Mellon- Ghosted.
Georgia Tech - Accepted (1/15) - Declined (4/10)
UC Davis - Ghosted.

Hopefully reasonable:
Vanderbilt - Accepted (3/9) - Declined (3/30)
Emory - Rejected

Overall, nothing too surprising. Looks like my estimates in terms of reach etc. were mostly accurate. I think fit played a big part. Looking back, I probably could have applied to fewer schools and done more research before creating my school list. I didn't plan to go to math graduate school until midway through my junior year so I feel very fortunate to have still ended up with several options that I was very happy with.
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Seabreeze843
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Seabreeze843 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:31 pm

Undergrad Institution: University of San Francisco, transferred from CC in Maryland
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): None
GPA: 3.98 (3.95 major)
Type of Student: Domestic White Female (as far as

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (90%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 500 (14%)

Program Applying: Pure math, focusing in number theory

Research Experience: None
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: aiudinvdisu nothing really
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Instructor at Mathnasium, math grader in my department, worked for a Johns Hopkins summer camp
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Recommendation letter from well-known mathematics author
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I am disabled (fibromyalgia, recently diagnosed) and wrote about this pretty heavily in my personal statements. My transcript also has a fair number of W's for different reasons, mostly medical

Applying to: (in no particular order)
University of Washington -
UC Berkeley - Rejected 02/06
UCSC
UCSB -
UT Austin
University of Oregon - Rejected 02/10
University of Colorado Boulder - Rejected 01/31
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
University of Note Dame - Rejected 02/14
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Rejected 01/10
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sslonce
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by sslonce » Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:26 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium/Small public university in US
Major(s): Math
Minor(s): none
GPA: 4.0
Type of Student: Domestic Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 156 (73%)
W: 3.0 (15%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 710 (61%) Sep 2019


TOEFL Score: n/a

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD/Algebra, Discrete

Research Experience: all at my school, couple preprints, one independent study
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Departmental and NSF scholarships
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: tutor, research assistant
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: know my recommenders well

Applying to Where:

Brown Rejected 2/11
Cornell Rejected 2/10
Florida State Admitted 1/26
Georgia Tech Admitted 1/15
UCF Admitted 1/16
Colorado Boulder Admitted 1/31
U of Florida
Notre Dame Admitted 2/5
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knittingfreak
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by knittingfreak » Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:38 pm

Undergrad Institution: medium sized state school, not well known
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Biology
GPA: 3.93 (Math only GPA: 3.95)
Type of Student: Domestic white female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (90%)
V: 152 (54%)
W: 4.0 (57%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
April- 630 (44%)
October- 760 (71%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD, interested in Analysis and Topology

Research Experience: REU in Analysis at a big state school, submitted our paper in early December. Presenting at JMM poster session in January. I also did 1 on 1 research with a professor at my school.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Scholarships from school, Dean's list every semester
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Math tutor for 1 year / Learning assistant for Calc 2 for 2 years
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Very close with my recommenders, 4 graduate classes. I also took Calc 1-3 in high school and was a tutor at the community college in high school.
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Math Club president for two years.

Applying to Where:
Reach:
Princeton - Rejected 1/31
UCLA - Rejected 2/26
Caltech - Rejected 2/19

Match/less of a reach:
Univ of Michigan - Rejected 2/12
UT Austin -
Univ of Wisconsin -Accepted 2/3. Fully funded with TAship
UC San Diego - Rejected 3/19
Univ of Minnesota -
Georgia Tech-Accepted 1/15. Funding: TAship with $2,250 per month - Declined
Ohio State - Accepted 12/20! Funding: $26k/year with no teaching first year

Safety:
UC Santa Barbara - Accepted 2/11. Funding: $22k with TAship
Notre Dame - Rejected 2/21
Iowa State University -Accepted 2/4. Fully funded with TAship - Declined
Colorado State -Accepted 2/12. Funding: TAship with $2,038 per month - Declined
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asterac
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by asterac » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:40 am

Undergrad Institution: State school, AMS Group I but not top
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA: 3.88 (3.92 on December applications :P). We get extra for A+s, so converted GPAs: 3.8 (3.83)
Type of Student: Domestic White Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 167 (90%)
V: 168 (98%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 620 (42%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: One funded summer of research at home institution. Advisor was very impressed. I didn't try to publish or present tho
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several university scholarships, including awards from the math department
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Lots of teaching-related experience, including tutoring, hiring & training tutors for my school, multiple terms as a TA, and course design & teaching at a coding camp
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: - Really strong coding background
- Wrote a custom paragraph for every school
- 3 mixed grad/undergrad sequences, 1 properly grad-level sequence, a few readings
- Good recommenders: one famous in his field, one early in his career but has won a big award, one the department head (my advisor).
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I have ADHD, but I got officially diagnosed after my GRE attempts, so I didn't get extra time (or even earplugs, on the mGRE). That may help explain my low-ish mGRE, but I only explicitly disclosed the diagnosis to Duke, I think. I have other substantial things to say in terms of diversity statements, but I was ambivalent about those too. Hedged my bets and only submitted them with January applications that had a specific spot for them. Also, I worked full-time before starting college and leveraged that to argue that academia is an informed career choice for me.

Applying to: (alphabetical within categories)

Reach
Duke (Dec) - Accepted! (1/30) / $24.3K + $6.5K annual summer research fellowship / Declined (4/15)
Northwestern (Dec) - Rejected (3/28)
Wisconsin (Dec) - Rejected (2/3)

Match?
Austin (Dec) - Accepted! (2/21) / $21.5K + $7.2K summer fellowship / Upgraded: $34K + no teaching first year (3/4) :mrgreen: ATTENDING!!! :mrgreen:
Boston C - Rejected (4/14)
Boston U - Rejected (3/30)
Davis - Accepted (1/29) / $22.6K + $2K first summer fellowship / Declined (4/8)
Notre Dame - Accepted (2/5) / $25.6K twelve-month stipend / Declined (3/27)
Purdue - Withdrawn (3/18) / Asked if still interested (4/9) / Declined (4/9)
UIC (Dec) Accepted (2/14) / $20.6K / Declined (3/30)
UMN--Twin Cities (Dec) - Rejected (4/20)

Safety
Iowa - Withdrawn (3/18)
UNL - Accepted (2/18) / $17K / Declined (2/25)

Notes for future applicants:
- Everyone who has accepted me has offered a funded visit, albeit some with less airfare coverage than others.
- Funding is a 9-month TA-ship except where otherwise specified. Amount of teaching varies considerably between offers.
- I submitted my GRE scores everywhere.
- I shot a little lower than my advisor said I should and regretted it somewhat. If you have an experienced advisor, trust them. Seek second opinions from your other letter writers instead of driving yourself nuts on this website. If you're scared, add some safeties, but don't cut off the top of where profs who know you are comfortable recommending you, particularly not if they know people there.

I plan to write up a longer advice post at some point. Will link if I make it.
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spatnakr
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by spatnakr » Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:45 am

Undergrad/Master's Institution: University from India
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA/Percentage: 81.55% in math, 75% overall
Type of Student: International Indian male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 169 (95%)
V: 147 (33%)
W: 3 (15%) bad...i know
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 850 (86%)

TOEFL Score: (93 = R21/L27/S24/W21) drawback point at many places

Program Applying: Applied/Math PhD, looking for places with research in Math-bio, Probability, Interdisciplinary Math.

Research Experience: One independent studies,under a Prof in IQHE. One national summer research fellowship program at IIEST, Shibpur in Math-Bio. Two summer research projects in CFD and Math-Bio. Master's Thesis on Cellular automata and application to math-bio.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
INSPIRE, IAS-NASI-INSA Summer fellowship, Junior Research Fellowship by CSIR (deferred).
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: None.
Any Other Info: Actively attended workshops/schools in many topics.

Applying to where:

NYU Unfunded Masters 4/4
Northwestern ESAM Rejected 2/8
British Columbia
UCSD Rejected via email 3/19

Washington Applied Math(Rejected 1/24)
Ohio State wait-listed 2/22 Rejected 4/09
Penn State Poked and Rejected 3/29
Minnesota Rejected via email 2/23

Utah wait-listed 2/8
Univ Florida Poked and Rejected 2/27
Berlin Math School (Phase-I) (Rejected 1/22)
Western Ontario

Florida State (ACMS) accepted 2/10
Notre Dame (ACMS) accepted 2/22
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gilarocker
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by gilarocker » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:08 pm

Undergrad Institution: Big State
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Statistics
GPA: 3.90
Type of Student: International Asian Male
GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 165 (96%)
W: 4.5 (81%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 760 (71%)

TOEFL Score: Not Required

Program Applying: Applied Math/Statistics looking to study Probability/Applied Probability

Research Experience: One small REU on applied math to biomedical sciences and my honors research projects
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Small departmental awards
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Head of Math tutoring
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: a few grad classes, good rec letters, strong computational background
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Have taken a lot of math classes and CS classes, I'm younger (just turned 20)

Applying to Where:
Applied Math
Cornell - Rejected (2/10)
NYU
U Maryland
U Washington - Rejected (1/24)
Northwestern - Admitted (1/29) Funding: 30k
CMU
Ohio State - Admitted (12/31) Funding: 25k
Rutgers - Rejected (3/14)
U Mass Amherst
John Hopkins

Statistics/OR
Columbia - Rejected (3/6)
SUNY - Admitted (2/12) Funding: 20k
U Michigan
UNC
Yale - Rejected (2/7)
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Shability
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Shability » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:31 pm

Undergrad/Master's Institution: 2 years at Unknown Public School before transferring to Michigan
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA/Percentage: 4.0 major GPA at previous school; 3.73 major GPA at current school. If you take the average, the major GPA will be 3.87
Type of Student: International Asian male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 149 (46%)
W: 3 (15%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 890 (92%)

TOEFL Score: Waived

Program Applying: Pure Math Ph.D. Interested in algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, representation theory, and algebraic number theory

Research Experience: One REU at Michigan, did some trivial calculations of sheaf cohomology, and finally got a result about local cohomology of a certain kind of Spechtral module. It is a problem in representation stability.

Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Top participant in Putnam competition when I was a freshman.

information about personal history: I try to learn serious math in my junior year, before that, I only know calculus and linear algebra. It is a pretty hard time to keep up, and I spend all the time on math the last year. Since I only have one year before applying, and I mainly take courses in algebra. I just worry that my application will be thrown away by the admission committee. I did take complex analysis and combinatorics.

Other information: Pretty Mediocre background, and I guess the only thing left to say is my recommendation letters. My three recommenders are pretty famous mathematicians in their areas. One works in commutative algebra, I took one topic course (integral closure) and two reading courses with him in commutative algebra. The only thing I am sure of is that he thinks I am hard-working and careful on details. One is my REU advisor. He has aborad research interests that you can't tell how much math he knows. The only thing I am sure of is that he told another professor who is the strongest algebraic geometer that I am an expert in this stuff (algebraic geometry). The third professor works in algebraic topology. The only thing I am sure of is that he believes that I knew some deep things in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra. Even though I don't know any algebraic topology, he still gives me an A in the second year grad algebraic topology class. He thinks I am good I don't why, and he is a pretty nice guy.

Applying to where:

Donating ($$$):

Harvard
Princeton
Chicago
MIT
Stanford
UC Berkeley
UCLA
Columbia
Yale



Reach:

Cornell
University of Pennsylvania
Minnesota
Northwestern
Utah
Duke
Mcgill
Brown
UIUC
UT-Austin
Wisconsin
UCSD

Safe: (At least what I think)

Purdue
UGA

laplacian
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by laplacian » Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:37 am

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fr45^&UJ
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by fr45^&UJ » Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:23 pm

Undergrad Institution: Top 3 liberal arts in the U.S.
Major(s): Honors Mathematics; Computer Science
GPA: 3.95
Type of Student: International Lebanese/Palestinian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 169 (95%)
V: 155 (68%)
W: 4.0 (55%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 870 (89%)

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: Two summer research projects, 1 publication and some oral & poster presentations
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nothing notable other than the Honors candidacy
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for at least one class every semester. Leader of the Putnam problem solving workshop for one semester.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Took 4 honors student-led seminars (most of the material is graduate)
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Minority status perhaps (grew up in Lebanon with Palestinian refugee status)

Applying to Where:
Competitive:
1. Columbia - Rejected (02/06/2020)
2. Brown - Rejected (02/11/2020)
3. Texas Austin - Probably rejected lol.
4. UPenn - High chance of rejection. A friend of mine who goes to the same home college was invited for a visit.
5. Duke - Rejected (02/14/2020)
Less Competitive:
6. Northwestern - Probably rejected lol but omg if accepted I would cry for days.
7. Rice - I don't care! Ohio state wins with funding!
8. Ohio State - Admitted (12/31/2019) with TA funding $20925/ 9 months & $4100 for 1st summer term. Update (02/22/2020): Offer upgraded to a 3.5 year fellowship with no teaching duties and with a stipend amount totaling ~$30,000/year (including summer funding) for the first 3.5 years. A fellowship for 3.5 years!? Are you kidding me!! I'm so excited!!!
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yang3410
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by yang3410 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:10 am

Undergrad Institution: Big state
Major(s): Mathematics/Psychology
Minor(s):
GPA: 3.87
Type of Student: International Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 165 (96%)
W: 4.0 (57%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 790 (76%)

TOEFL Score: Didn't take

Program Applying: Applied math PhD
Research Experience: A paper in mechanical engineering, full-time research experience in the engineering department
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list, two awards at school
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: a couple of semesters of tutoring
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Already finished master's
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I submitted up to 5 letters if allowed

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
Reaching for fun/wasting money
Cornell - Rejected (2/10)
Carnegie Mellon
Johns Hopkins
U Penn

Reaching seriously
Georgia Tech
Colorado Boulder

Match/safe
OSU - Admitted (12/31) Funding:26k
Penn State - Admitted (2/17) Funding: 28k
Virginia Tech - Invited to visit (2/5) - Admitted(3/30)
Northeastern
North Carolina State - Admitted (1/29) Funding:19K - Declined
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mbrane
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by mbrane » Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:37 am

Undergrad Institution: Private Jesuit school not known for mathematics
Major(s): Physics and Mathematics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: 3.23 (4.0 as soon as I found pysch meds that work)
Type of Student: Domestic Male on papers, but not American and genderqueer/trans
GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 164 (94%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
Waste of money since I'm applying to master's only



Program Applying: Pure math master's

Research Experience: Year long research project in the mathematical developments of string theory (more of a reading course, didn't get anything published since my advisor was very sick and died), started 'research' in cluster algebra/mathematical physics last semester, except I need to learn a lot of algebra before doing original research
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list, not much else
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I've been working with the Trans Lifeline for 3 years and train new operators, so I have lots of teaching experience, just not in math or physics. I also made some shiny programs for statistics students last fall and will start work as a math tutor this spring (too late unfortunately).
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I will have completed 5 grad courses, and am transgender

Applying to Where: I'm applying to places with funded master's and preferably research in algebraic geometry or mathematical physics
Super reach
UIUC- Accepted 27/03! but probably no funding
Match?
Saint Louis University- Accepted 19/02 with funding!
University of Kentucky
University of Tennessee - Accepted 02/03 and awaiting funding
Ohio University
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Safety/Unranked programs
University of Missouri- St Louis
Depaul University- Accepted 06/03 and awaiting funding
Portland State University- Accepted 06/02 and awaiting funding
SIU Carbondale- Accepted 12/02 with likely funding
Hopefully I get accepted to a decent amount of schools so I can show students with a low gpa have options
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GaussHilbert
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by GaussHilbert » Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:12 am

Undergrad Institution: Foreign Small technical
Major(s): Math
Minor(s):
GPA: 7.5/10
Type of Student: International Indian Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: xxx (xx%) 158
V: xxx (xx%) 155
W: x.x (xx%) 4.0
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: xxx (xx%) 660 , 51%ile

Program Applying: Pure math

Research Experience: VSRP at TIFR Mumbai for a month which was a reading project in Lie algebra.
Ongoing semester long project in algebraic geometry and Mathematical Physics for master's thesis. Hopefully a paper in the end.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, etc...) Private tutor at high school and college level
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 2 year's Master's , attempting tough topic for Dissertation : Higgs Bundles
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)
School - Program /
Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
School - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
School - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined

Audacious :
MIT
Columbia

LSGNT

Reach :
Northeastern
Colorado State
Central Michigan 18k, no teaching duties for the 1st year

Safety:
U of Windsor : interview stage
Bowling Green No word on funding yet
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Mustela nivalis
Posts: 20
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Mustela nivalis » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:54 pm

Undergrad Institution: Regional university in Russia
Major(s): Physics
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: 4.83 / 5
Type of Student: International (Russian) Male

Grad Institution: same
Major(s): Physics (Master's degree)
Minor(s): N/A
GPA: 4.82 / 5
Type of Student: International (Russian) Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 166 (89%)
V: 150 (46%)
W: 2.5 (7%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 840 (84%) :shock:

IELTS Score: 7.0 = R8.5 :shock: / L7.0 / S6.0 / W6.5

Program Applying: PhD in Pure Math

Research Experience: Two articles in Physical Review D
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Two diplomas with honors
Pertinent Activities or Jobs:
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: N/A
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: N/A

Applying to Where:

Rejected, No answer, Suspended, Declined, Accepted.

Hail Mary:

MIT Rejected (02/06)
UChicago Rejected (01/29)
NYU Rejected (04/02)
UW-Madison Rejected (02/03)
Brown Rejected (02/11)

Match:

Purdue Rejected (04/07)
Rice Rejected (04/14)
CMU No answer
Notre Dame Rejected (02/15)
University of Utah Rejected (03/03)

Safety:

CUNY Rejected (04/08)
University of Kansas Rejected (04/17)
University of Arizona Rejected (04/11)
University of Oregon Rejected (02/10)
University of Oklahoma Received an offer to participate in a contest without TA in the first year. Declined
Central Michigan University No answer
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Geo N Roses
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by Geo N Roses » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:33 am

Undergrad Institution:[Greece's largest public university]
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): None
GPA:4.00/4.00 (10.00 out of 10.00 in my uni)
Type of Student: International (Greek), Male

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 170 (96%)
V: 158 (80%)
W: 3.5 ( :( ) (39%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M:900 (94%)

TOEFL Score: (107 = R28/L30/S23/W26)

Program Applying: Pure Math (Mainly interested in Ergodic Theory, Analysis, Topology and Geometry.)

Research Experience: I have published two papers regarding universality properties (Complex analysis). The first one was a standard undergraduate student-professor paper (published it a with a professor I met in a graduate course). The second one was solo-authored and advanced-generalized the results of the first one.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Have been participating in competitions since my first year in uni, achieving a fair amount of medals, the most important of them being 2 gold imc medals.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Have made a seminar talk concerning my papers, and some other lectures for the grad course of complex analysis.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I have taken 4 grad courses so far, three of them are regarded as advanced ones (7 grad courses counting the ones I aim to take this semester). One of them that was immensely interesting was ergodic theory. The professor knows me well so I expect a really good recommendation letter. Another recommender is the professor I co-published my first paper with. Therefore we have worked together and I believe I will get a very strong letter from him as well. My last recommender is a professor I had in many undergraduate courses. ( He also knows me well.)
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I am graduating at 3.5 years instead of 4, but I dont think that this makes a difference.

Applying to Where:
Princeton Accepted via e-mail on 1/16 ATTENDING
UChicago Accepted via e-mail on 1/10 DECLINED
Harvard Accepted via e-mail on 1/24 DECLINED
Stanford Waitlisted.
MIT
NYU
UCLA Rejected via e-mail
Caltech Rejected via e-mail
Berkeley Accepted via e-mail on 1/31 DECLINED
Michigan Invited to Skype Interview. Withdrew my application.
Columbia Was asked if I want to be waitlisted. Will deny.
Yale Accepted via e-mail on 2/3 DECLINED
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nicole2
Posts: 100
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Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by nicole2 » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:06 pm

Undergrad Institution: Medium Public University, locally reputable
Major(s): Mathematics (was Math Ed) :roll:
Minor(s): Computer Science
GPA: 3.97/4.00 (Math: 3.91/4.00)
Type of Student: Domestic White Female

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 168 (89%)
V: 167 (93%)
W: 5.5 (91%) :D
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 500 (13%), 440 (5%) :oops: sent only the first score, to schools that require it.

Program Applying: Pure Math PhDs

Research Experience: 1 REU last summer but nothing came out of it; honors senior thesis in geometry, making some progress.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deans lists all 7 semesters, best undergraduate math student award and scholarship, department scholarships. Honors degree.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Work as a tutor and now the math club president. Currently part time at mcd and was a lifeguard while in hs.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Senior thesis adviser is from Cornell. And most important, domestic female. :D
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: I was a math education major and switched to math last year before doing the REU. Letters from adviser should be super strong.

Status: Submitted / Accepted / Interview(ed) / On Waitlist / Withdrawn / Rejected

Reach
UCLA
Stanford
Berkeley, Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, MIT, Pennsylvania (presumably), Princeton, Yale

Reasonable
Michigan (funded masters), Minnesota, Ohio State, Texas A&M
Boston University, Northwestern (waitlisted), Penn State, UT Austin
Dartmouth, Duke, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Urbana Champaign, John Hopkins, UNC Chapel Hill, Wisconsin Madison

Safeties
Clemson, Iowa (fellowship), Syracuse (fellowship), West Virginia
Iowa State

Decisions decisions decisions ... :?
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selbergsieve69
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:23 pm

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by selbergsieve69 » Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:16 am

Undergrad Institution: Top School
Major(s): Mathematics :mrgreen:
Minor(s): Music - Piano Performance :shock:
GPA: 3.5
Type of Student: male from the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth :D

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: >95 percentile
V: >95 percentile
W: >85 percentile
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: >70 percentile :?

TOEFL Score: N/A

Program Applying: Pure Math PhD

Research Experience: 3 REUs (including 2 top REUs), 6 papers (including 5 that are published/submitted), 10 conference talks at 6 distinct conferences, and refereed for a journal once.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: nothing really except a scholarship to study abroad
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA'd twice, did some online course assisting for AoPS, and worked at Chipotle 8)
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 11 grad courses (9 math, 2 CS/ML), i think at least 2 of my recommenders like me
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:

Applying to Where:

Columbia University -
Duke University -
Harvard University -
Massachusetts Institute of Technology -
Princeton University -
Stanford University -
The Ohio State University - Admitted! on 12/31/19 with some schmoney 8)
The University of Chicago -
University of California - Berkeley -
University of California - Los Angeles -
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign -

doz
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:51 am

Re: 2020 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

Post by doz » Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:04 pm

Undergrad Institution: Foreign
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA: 6.6/7
Type of Student: International African Male

Grad Institution: Foreign
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA: 3.956/4

GRE Revised General Test:
Q: 161(76%)
V: 156(73%)
W: 3.0 (15%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 670(53%)

Program Applying: Pure Math Ph.D. Interested in Functional analysis, Harmonic analysis, and Operator algebras.

Research Experience: Two submitted papers in fixed point theory, undergraduate thesis in Banach algebra
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list and a couple of scholarships( both undergraduate and M.Sc)
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Graduate assistant for a year, grader for some undergraduate courses, Mathematics high school tutor
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 7 graduate courses( Complex analysis, Linear algebra, Functional analysis, advanced PDE, advanced ODE, Real analysis, Advanced Mathematical Method) and independent research in fixed point theory. Two relatively known professor as recommenders

Applying to Where:

Alberta
Ottawa-- Admitted via portal on 13/2 with basic funding and scholarship , Attending
Texas A & M
Vanderbilt
Virginia-- Rejected via portal on 11/2
Cincinnati Admitted via portal on 26/2 , no funding information, Declined(4/3)
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