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I am a female applicant applying to Statistics programs. In recent years about 40% of Statistics Ph.D. recipients are female, but certain subfields (including my main interest) can be even more male-dominated. A lot of the programs I am applying to our small and due to the nature of small number statistics it is likely that five and six-person cohorts could only have one woman (especially if they aren't purposely aiming for gender diversity). I don't have anything against men, but I feel I might feel socially isolated (from other women) in an extremely male-dominated cohort. I am not saying I don't want male friends, but I want some female friends as well. I doubt any department has only one female student but if there are only a couple it might be hard to connect. Would I be crazy to consider this as a factor in my decision? I could see this possibly affecting the probability I will complete the program if I feel alone and like the token woman (even if that's not why I was admitted). I know that I can always meet other women elsewhere, but I don't think I would go out of my way to meet people. Anyone have some thoughts on this?