It seems you only applied to some of the most competitive schools with little to no safeties. This is not to say your application isn’t good, it’s certainly better than mine, but I’m curious what part of your application gave you the confidence to apply to these types of schools?aerh wrote: ↑Thu Feb 29, 2024 5:43 amUndergrad Institution:Low-ranked state school, Good Liberal Arts College, Master's at good school

Major(s):Mathematics

GPA:~3.6 overall, ~3.9 math

Type of Student:U.S.

Program Applying:Math

Research Experience:~3 years research experience across three projects. One pre-print (not on arXiv yet and did not submit to any schools), one paper in progress and didn't do much yet in third project

Awards/Honors/Recognitions:Minor academic scholarships from Liberal Arts College, minor math competition award (not Putnam)

Pertinent Activities or Jobs:A bunch of talks in local/online conferences, some small summer programs (no REUs), minor participation in math club leadership, graded for one class.

Math Courses Taken:(n) = took n courses of this type

Undergradaute:

Intro Analysis (2), Topology (3), ODEs (2), PDEs, Algebraic topology, Intro discrete math, Advanced linear algebra, Galois theory, Commutative algebra, Representation theory, Measure theory, Functional analysis, Stochastic processes, Complex analysis

Graduate:

Dynamical systems (3), Geometric topology (3), Algebraic topology, Algebraic geometry, Differential geometry, Geometric group theory (2), Symplectic topology

Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help:2 recommenders supervised research, one I did a few courses with and an independent study, and last I only took one course with. Strongest part of my application is probably rec letters from research and then coursework.

Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:Unusual/complicated educational history, explained on personal statement. Mediocre grades in two semesters at Liberal Arts College (lots of B's + withdrew from a non-math course I had to repeat) including last graded semester before apps. I did not directly address this anywhere in my application.

Applying to Where:

Roughly in order of preference:

Princeton - Rejected

MIT - Rejected

UC Berkeley - Admitted

UPenn - Open House Invite

Oxford - No Interview, likely Rejected

LSGNT - Interview

Cornell (Applied Math) - Rejected

Yale - Rejected

StonyBrook -

U Oregon - Withdrawn

Oregon State - Interview - Withdrawn

Feb 29th update: Very happy about Berkeley, but will seriously consider any school left on my list that accepts me. For anyone waiting on their first acceptance like I recently was, maybe consider applying to places in Europe (Frequently Phd positions/studentships are advertised individually and have much later deadlines, even at places like Cambridge/Oxford) as well as applying to research-adjacent industry internships. Also consider positions in theoretical work in math-adjacent fields (e.g. engineering) as many people are very open to pure math techniques. Not sure how helpful reapplying after a master's actually is but anecdotally it has worked for a few people in my program this cycle.

I’m sorry if this comes off as rude but I’m genuinely just curious. I personally couldn’t even consider applying to some of the schools you did and I wouldn’t say my application is that far off from yours.

also, congrats on the acceptance!