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  1. @DualRoasting scholarship in this context refers to academic achievement: GPA, test scores, etc.
  2. If you’re a domestic student, it’s probably safe to assume rejections from UNC and Vandy.
  3. I got Chase Freedom Unlimited -- the 150$ for spending 500 in the first few months was nice because I had a lot of moving costs. Otherwise, it's 1.5% on everything, no annual fee. The rewards are decent but I mainly use it for statement credit. I've been generally happy with the customer service as well. In general, I've only even really paid attention the cash back for the introductory promotion, and then when I rack up 1000$+ balances. Otherwise, it's pretty lack-luster. Hope that helps!
  4. Every year, there are a good amount of people who 'ace' the GRE; I was not one of them. I came close though, with a 170/169/5.5. Getting this level of score is not going to make a vast difference (if any at all) above a 'good' store for your program of choice. For verbal, I used the Magoosh flashcards app. Practice reading some passages and testing reading comprehension. Other than that, the verbal is very straightforward. I focused more on Q, since it is much more important in my field. For quant, I used Magoosh to review some basic concepts. Magoosh is really helpful when it
  5. You've done well in the courses that matter, particularly well in your graduate level courses. You've got a solid general GRE and a good (for stats especially) math subject test. Your GPA is a bit on the lower end, but coming from a solid math program I don't see this hurting you too much. Your URM status will be a boost to your profile, and should convince you to apply to more higher-end schools than you might otherwise. However, disregarding that entirely you are a strong candidate who I would think has a chance just about anywhere. The application process is pretty stressful, but
  6. I think you'd probably get an MS offer, as long as your program is in the top 100 and you do decent (165+ Q) on the GRE, the meaningful question is whether or not you'd get a funded MS offer, which seem to be Michigan's main recruiting pipeline into their PhD program. The issue is linear algebra is a core requirement at every biostatistics program I've seen, with most funded programs desiring real analysis above that. You won't have finished linear by the time Michigan applications are due, assuming you're aiming for Fall 2019 entry. With that in mind, I would say there is a slim chance o
  7. Your application and mine were very similar; I applied this past year. My advice is strictly for PhD. I only applied to UMich, UNC, and some lower-ranked stat safeties. If I could do it over, I would have applied to two between Hopkins/Harvard/UW, and then both UMich/UNC and a few others inside the top ten for variety. I'm not sure you'd get a top 3 offer, but you'll regret it if you don't try as long as you're seriously considering those programs. You'll definitely get at least one top ten offer as long as you don't apply to only small niche programs, and I'd say probably at least
  8. Almost everyone gets an MS offer with a few direct PhD offers. To get the funded MS, you should only apply to the PhD. They don't fund nearly as many MS-direct applicants, as far as I know. I applied solely to the PhD and received the MS funded offer, along with many of my friends.
  9. @ducky500 I personally know people who have gotten into both of these schools without any biology at all.
  10. Every application I submitted this year asked a question similar to those described above, for what it's worth.
  11. (Disclaimer: I am not a Chemistry student. Saw this on the main page and typed the response before seeing this was the in the Chem thread). When I was coming up 5 years ago, I similar choices (Rose Hulman, Denison, and Purdue), so hopefully my advice can come from the same perspective. I am starting my PhD next year in a top 5 program in my field. I graduated from a very-low ranked university that I selected due to cost, it made minimal impact on my applications. However, this isn't always typical. I stood out in other ways, and hopefully your daughter will too. No school is g
  12. Also starting in Chapel Hill this Fall!
  13. I would advise you to take a funded MS offer at a 30-50 rank institution over paying 120k for a 'top-tier' MS any day. You're talking about UWM, an elite program in its own right. Assuming you only have 20k in debt now and all of your debt was on a subsidized Stafford (impossible but way better situation than anything you could end up in), at a 4% rate you'd be making essentially a mortgage payment for ten years. It's also important to note that the mountain of debt you're going to have coming out of Duke is going to pay a huge role in consideration of PhD's on the way out. Being as
  14. I'm headed to UNC for Biostat PhD in the Fall, and I would tell you without question to take the UT offer. It's not worth the debt. If the masters is your terminal degree, and especially if you plan on staying in TX, there is just too much demand for biostatisticians for many companies to only select the top schools as pipelines. As long as you prove yourself and do good work/projects at UT, you won't be at a (significant) disadvantage -- definitively not $50k worth.
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