I have held out on doing this for so long but I think it's time to write up my own thingy here.

**Undergrad Institution:** Well known, not ivy, not amazing for math research but not bad either (though my advisor has told me that he knows of no one who has gotten into a T10 program from this institution in the last 15 years

). Known for grade deflation

**Majors:** Double majored in math and physics

**GPA:** 3.83

**Math GPA:** 4.0

**Type of student** Domestic White Male

**GRE** Did not take

**Program Applying:** Pure Math, mainly focused on geometry and mathematical physics

**Research Experience:** Two research projects in physics, no publications, writing an honours thesis on the geometry of gauge theory that is essentially a textbook (currently sits at 180 pages)

**Math Courses Taken:** Multi, Odes, Linear Algebra I and II, Differential Geometry of curves and surfaces, discrete maths, Real Analysis I/II.

**Graduate Courses Taken:** Grad QM I and II, Grad EM, Quantum Field Theory I and II, Mathematical Physics, Differential topology I and II, Graduate Algebra I and II, Topics in Geometry (I suspect my lack of a complex analysis course, and my heavier slant towards physics is hurting me mildly here)

**Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: ** 2 of my letters of recommendation should be very strong, another two should be good. I have given talks on gauge theory, and Yang-Mills theory in both the physics and math departments as well.

**Applying to where:** (in no particular order)

Harvard:

Rejected
Caltech:

Rejected
UCLA:

Rejected
Duke: No interview (yet at least)Rejected
UPenn: No Open House InviteRejected
Oxford: No interview (yet at least) rejected
UC Berkely: Rejected (this one hurt me

)

Stanford: Rejected
MIT: Rejected
Stony Brook: Rejected (this one was also painful. I got hopeful when I wasn't in the first round of rejections)

Washington: Rejected
Princeton: Rejected
UT Austin:
Oregon State
University of OregonAccepted!
UPittAccepted! Rejected Offer
NC StateAccepted! Rejected Offer
Cambridge Part ThreeAwaiting approval by PAO. Acceptance! Most likely will attend if Stony Brook doesn't work out. (I have been told that this is a good thing so we shall see at least). It was a good sign! If you get the awaiting approval by PAO, and don't here anything for longer than two weeks, email them and they might send an official offer. That's what I did.