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  1. I have a friend who applied two years ago. He took many advanced math courses such as measure theory, functional analysis, graduate probability theory and did very well in them, but he had no statistics research experience. He applied to ~6 schools ranging from Chicago to UNC and ended up getting into nowhere.
  2. I kinda have the similar question. I am from a Canadian school and we do percentage grading. So 85-89 is an A and anything >=90 is an A+. Do admissions committees really distinguish 85 and 99 or they don't care that much above when grades are above a certain threshold?
  3. I would submit it to all schools if I were you. Since the majority of the test takers apply to math phd, 84th percentile is a very good score for statistics.
  4. It was true for UBC and Toronto before but things changed last year. I have friends who got into Toronto, Waterloo and McGill. As far as I know, Toronto expanded their statistics PhD program and now international students pay the same amount of tuition as domestic students do. This means that the school does not need to pay as much to international students as before, so they are likely to admit much more international students. Waterloo has a large statistics PhD program and admits many international students.
  5. If you have an exceptional application on everything else, i.e strong math background, publication, amazing letters, I think it is possible to get in with that score. However, I don't think submitting this score will help you, even at middle tier programs.
  6. The schools you mentioned are very theoretical and admitted applicants usually have very high mGRE score. You can check the grad cafe results section to verify this. With that said, I think your score may be too low for schools like Chicago/Columbia and I wouldn't submit it if I were you. I think you need at least an 80% to be competitive in top programs.
  7. The math GRE subject score is out. I got 870(89%), which is around the average of admitted students at Stanford. With that score, should I apply to more top schools that recommend the MGRE? Is my score good enough to submit to schools that don't require it?
  8. Thank you for your input! I just noticed that from some schools' admissions webpage (Stanford, UNC) that admitted students had average GRE verbal in the 90th percentile, which struck me as odd. I know the GRE verbal is not very relevant but I am kinda worried about myself given the averages they listed. Should I retake the test in order not to get my application trashed in the first round? I also took the GRE math subject test last weekend and I felt that I did well with the possibility of getting over the 90th percentile. For schools that do not explicitly require the subject score, would submitting 90%+ score help my chances?
  9. You might have a shot at lower ranked schools for masters. Master's admissions are much less competitive than phd admissions, however, your math grades are still somewhat too low for top programs. Don't bother taking the math GRE subject test. The test is mandatory for applying to math phd and it covers mostly calculus and linear algebra, some basic real/complex analysis and abstract algebra. However, without a solid background in calculus and linear algebra and a few proof-based math courses, you will struggle to hit the 50th percentile.
  10. Thank you for your input! I am an international student from China studying in Canada. It's generally hard for international students to get into UBC and Toronto and being a PR/Citizen helps a lot. Theoretically I can get PR in probably two years but I just can't wait to start my PhD. For the programs in the States, I heard that Berkeley has a very small program and Minnesota admits very few international students.One of my supervisor's former students got into all of Washington, Michigan and UNC but got rejected from Minnesota. So I guess lower ranked schools are not necessarily easier to get into. I am mostly interested in the theoretical aspects of statistics and I try to avoid programs which have epidemiology/public health courses as requirement. I only know that for biostatistics, Washington and UNC have a strong emphasis on theory and require students to take measure theory courses, and many other biostatistics programs, such as Columbia and Michigan are rather applied.
  11. Hey I will be applying to statistics/biostatistics phd this fall. I am mostly interested in theoretical aspects of statistics so I am mostly looking into departments where there is a strong emphasis on theory. Any evaluation/advice is greatly appreciated. Here is my profile: Undergrad Institution: One of the big Math/Statistics schools in Canada (one of U of T, U of Waterloo, UBC) Major(s): Statistics and Mathematics GPA: We do percentage grading. High 80s, higher in math/stat courses Grad Institution: Same school Major: Statistics GPA: ~90 Type of Student: International Male Relevant Courses: Calculus 1-3 (100, 96, 91). First year Algebra (92). Linear Algebra 1-2 (91, 90). ODE I (93). Mechanics (93). Intro to Prob (95). Intro to Statistics (93). Real Analysis I (84). Real Analysis II (84). Measure Theory I (95). Abstract Algebra (79). Complex Analysis (90). Mathematical Statistics I (92). Mathematical Statistics || (93). Graduate Math Stat (90). Applied Probability (91). Stochastic Processes (90). Applied Linear Models (80). GLM (89). Time Series (87). Experimental Design I (93). Experimental Design II (91). Survival Analysis (89). Missing Data and Causal Inference (90) Taking next term: Functional Analysis, Measure Theory Grading scale is as follows: A+: 90-100, A: 85-89, A-: 80-84, B+: 77-79, B: 73-76 etc. GRE General Test: Q: 170 V: 153 W: 3.5 Research Experience: Part time RA with an assistant professor during undergrad. Graduate RA resulting in a master's thesis. Both related to causal inference. Expect to submit a paper to statistics in medicine before application deadlines. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list, awarded for academic excellence during grad study. Nothing major. Letters of Recommendation: One from my master's supervisor (associate prof), one from a senior prof who I took grad math stat with. One from a very well-known prof in biostatistics. Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Although I did well in most math/stat courses, I received some low grades in some finance, computer science and elective courses. How will this negatively impact my chances? Should I address this in my SOP? Applying to Where: My grades are good but not stellar. Also I heard that the competition among international students is insane, so I don't think I stand a chance at very top schools. I am also thinking of applying to some math department focusing on probability theory. With my math background, is it possible? This is my tentative list and it is subject to change. Statistics: Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Cornell, UIUC, Toronto, UBC, McGill Biostatistics: Washington, UNC, UCLA, Penn Math: NYU, Georgia Tech, UCSD
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