Undergraduate Institution: Top 50 Public
GPA: 3.74 Cumulative, 3.81 Major (approximate)
GRE: Verbal 161, Quant 170, AW 4.5
Citizenship: Permanent Resident Asian
Graduate Institution: N/A
Important Classes: Just the standard pure math schedule with a decent number of applied electives.
Research Experience: Next to none
Teaching experience: None
LORs: I'd guess that these were above average for a student coming out of a huge public school without much relevant research experience. One of the recommenders is pretty well known in the Stats/Biostats field and said he wrote me a "good" recommendation, and the other two aren't as well known but wrote me "good" or "great" recommendations.
Additional Information: My time to degree was only about 2.5 years, but really less than that since I was only one class short of graduating after my 2nd year. I also have a gap of about 4 years after undergrad in which I worked in some not-too-related fields.
Biostats PhD: UWashington, Johns Hopkins, UNC Chapel Hill, UMichigan, UMinnesota, UCLA, Yale, UPenn, Brown, Emory, UFlorida, UPittsburgh, USC
Stats PhD: UWisconsin
Biostats MS: Harvard, Berkeley, Columbia, Duke, WashU, Stanford (MS Stats)
Accepted: UWashington, UNC Chapel Hill, UMichigan (MS/PhD), UMinnesota, UCLA, USC (MS/PhD), Harvard (MS), Columbia (MS), Duke (MS), WashU(MS)
Rejected: Johns Hopkins, Yale, UPenn, Brown, Emory, UFlorida, UPittsburgh, UWisconsin, Stanford, Berkeley (Brown and Emory sent me MS offers)
Comments: I do find it weird I didn't get into a lot of my safeties while I got into a decent number of programs where I thought I was a reach/reasonable. It might be because of the respective department sizes and while some big departments were willing to take a chance on me, other smaller departments filtered me out because of things like lack of research experience and gap in academic education. I probably should have applied to less schools, but really had no idea what my chances were going in. My recommendation for future applicants who aren't sure and feel a bit shaky on their credentials is to not apply to too many smaller departments, and find a right balance of reach/reasonable/safety schools to apply to.
Most of the PhD offers were fully funded, and most of the MS offers were partially funded.
Edited by Shostakovich, 21 April 2013 - 05:15 AM.