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  1. Some schools do have an initial gpa cutoff and your gpa is around the borderline. If you can make that cutoff, I guess you will not be held back by your overall gpa too much. If you have strong letters and good grades in advanced proof-based courses, you may have a shot at some of the top 20 schools.
  2. Your overall gpa is low but you did well in most math courses, and your ability to do math is what admissions committee mainly cares about. If your bombed electives courses that are not relevant, I don't think it's a big deal. If I were you, I would take more advanced proof-based courses such as grad level real analysis and possibly take the math subject GRE to strengthen my profile. If you do well in them, you should have a decent shot at schools between Penn State and Florida and I think it is not impossible to get into a couple of top 20 programs. However, competition is very stiff in recent years and you should add a few safeties outside of top 50.
  3. You have more than sufficient math background to apply for statistics PhD. It's always good to know more math, and this will help for any quantitative disciplines. Much of the statistics theory is related to real analysis/measure theory, but this doesn't mean that algebra is not or will not be useful. Indeed, algebra is starting to gain its popularity in statistics and there is an emerging area called algebraic statistics. That being said, if you are interested in these courses and have the time, you can take both. However, these are not required for admission to statistics PhD.
  4. There is no actual safe schools for statistics PhD admissions. It does not hurt to try a few reach schools but I would recommend you apply broadly since your math background is weaker than average applicants at those top schools you listed. I would apply to at least 3 schools in Penn State - Florida range.
  5. I would mainly focus on larger programs such as Penn State, NC State, Iowa State etc. These are very solid programs and are easier to get into than their rankings would suggest. Since your math background is a bit thin, I would submit the math GRE score to schools that recommend it. Most test takers of the math GRE test are applying to math PhD. A 76th percentile, by definition, is not a low score, especially with your math background.
  6. I found Daniel's response misleading. A 3.5 GPA from an Ivy is not stellar but good enough for master's admission. Master's programs usually have much higher admission rate than PhD programs and as long as you meet the minimum requirement you will be considered. Coming from an Ivy with decent a GPA helps a lot and I can see you get into top 10 master's programs for statistics.
  7. You have excellent grades in your math and statistics courses. However, your list is very top heavy and your math background is a bit lacking for these top schools for statistics. I noticed that the real/complex analysis courses you took tend to be more computation-focused rather than proof-based. You would be better off if you took the advanced version of real/complex analysis etc. I think slightly lower grades (say 85-90) in more rigorous courses will look more impressive than near perfect grades in easier courses.
  8. I did not get the interview and I am afraid that implies a rejection.
  9. Has anyone heard back from Washington biostatistics?
  10. A quick update: I got 760 on the Math subject GRE test, which is the 72th percentile. I don't know anything about abstract algebra, complex analysis and graph theory, so I consider it an ok but not great score. I already submitted to Stanford and UPenn, and I am wondering if I should submit it to schools that highly recommend the score like Chicago and Washington. When they assess my score, would they take what I have learnt into account?
  11. You have a very good chance of getting into Waterloo. If you are a Canadian PR/citizen, you also have a good shot of getting into u of t. However, without real analysis, it would be difficult to crack top statistics phd programs. You can try to apply a few phd programs but I would mainly focus on masters programs in Canada, as most of them are research based. Assuming you get A's in real analysis and produce meaningful research during your masters, you will stand a chance at almost every top phd program.
  12. The GRE Q is mainly high school level math and it acts as a filter. Almost everyone who applies to stat/biostat phd got a perfect or near perfect score on the GRE Q. That being said, if you score well, it won't help your application. However, a low score is a big red flag and will likely disqualify you immediately. I strongly recommend you to retake it if you have the time and money, and try to get your score over the 90th percentile (which I believe is 166).
  13. I am currently working through my phd applications and I noticed that different schools have different requirements for uploading transcript: Some ask for a scan copy of official transcript while others ask for an unofficial transcript. I am wondering would it be ok to submit the official one since it includes the grading scale while there is no grading scale for unofficial transcript in my institution. I also noticed that some schools asked personal information like other schools I am applying to and parents' occupations. Would it be ok to leave these sections blank?
  14. I have to disagree with you. My supervisor obtained her phd from a top 5 statistics/biostatistics program and she knows much more about the admissions process than we do. According to her, although more and more people apply each year, the competition does not get fiercer and fiercer. Many students apply to statistics phd simply because statistics gained popularity in recent years. However, some of them did not even meet the minimum requirements and they won't get in. The reason why it is harder for international students to get into top phd programs are: (1) Their referees may not be well-known in statistics. (2) The admissions committees are concerned about their English skills. (3) They come from an unknown institution. Interestingly, applicants from a Canadian top school seems to do much better than other international students because they subject to none of the three. Personally, I know quite a few Canadian students in my school who got into UW/Chicago/Columbia without having taken the math GRE test. But they have great research experience and excellent math preparation.
  15. I would get letters from statistics/math professors who can attest to your math skills and research potentials. If you score well on the Putnam, it may help alleviate the concern of coming from an unknown school so definitely put it into your cv. The general GRE scores are pretty much useless unless you really bomb it.
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