Bayesian1701 168 Posted March 3, 2018 Past years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 As someone who read and used the past results a lot during the process please contribute even if you don't want to fill out all the information. You will only be allowed to edit for an hour so you might want to wait until you have all your results. Below is the template: Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school (such as Big state/Lib Arts/Ivy/Technical/Foreign (Country?))Major(s): Minor(s):GPA: Type of Student: (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?)GRE General Test: Q: xxx (xx%)V: xxx (xx%)W: x.x (xx%)GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: xxx (xx%)TOEFL Score: (xx = Rxx/Lxx/Sxx/Wxx) (if applicable)Grad Institution: (school or type of school?) (if applicable) Concentration: GPA: Programs Applying: (Statistics/Operation Research/Biostatistics/Financial Math/etc.) Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications or conference talks etc...)Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, etc...) Letters of Recommendation: (what kinds of professors? "well-known" in field? etc.) Math/Statistics Grades: (calculus sequence, mathematical statistics, probability, real analysis etc.) Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: (Such as connections, grad classes, etc...)Applying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)School - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/DeclinedSchool - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/DeclinedSchool - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

statscan9 6 Posted March 3, 2018 (edited) Undergrad Institution: University of Western Ontario (Canada)Major: Statistical FinanceMinor: Pure MathGPA: 3.96 cumulative, 4.00 major Type of Student: CanadianGRE General Test Q: 167 (92%)V: 163 (93%)W: 4.5 (82%)GRE Subject Test in MathematicsM: N/A (this was probably a mistake) Research Experience One summer research project funded by the Canadian government (NSERC). Ultimately led to a publication, but not before applying so schools didn't see that. Awards/Honors/Recognitions Nothing impressive. Industry Experience Two summer internships in industry, with one in a research capacity for an insurance company. Letters of Recommendation One from my analysis professor, where I got the highest mark in the class. One from an MD who I worked with during my summer research project, I'm guessing this was an average letter. My third letter was from my summer research supervisor, and this one was definitely my strongest. He let me look at it after sending it in, and the highlight of it was when he called me the strongest undergrad he's had in his 34 year career. Math/Statistics Grades We grade on a percentage scale, with a 90% being a 4.0, and most course averages between 65-70%. Calculus I,II,III - 96%, 97%, 90% ODEs, PDEs - 92%, 100% Probability I,II - 90%, 94% Statistics I,II - 93%, 96% Real Analysis I,II - 99%, 100% Linear Algebra I,II - 87%, 98% Lots of experience programming in python, R, SQL, java, and C++. Results University of Waterloo - MMath Statistics Accepted (Jan 8), Tuition + 15K for 12 monthsUniversity of Chicago - PhD Statistics Rejected (Jan 26)Carnegie Mellon University - PhD Statistics Accepted (Feb 1), 5 years of Tuition + 26K/year University of Toronto - PhD Statistics Accepted (Feb 9), 5 years of Tuition + 17.5K/year -- Decided to go here! McGill University - MSc Statistics Accepted (Feb 15), Tuition + 19K for 16 months University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) - PhD Statistics Rejected (Feb 23) Columbia University - PhD Statistics Rejected (Mar 2) Edited March 3, 2018 by statscan9 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

biostat43 0 Posted March 4, 2018 Undergrad Institution: Canadian (fairly well known)Major(s): MathematicsMinor(s):GPA: 4.00 Type of Student: US CitizenGRE General Test: Q: 165 (89%)V: 163 (93%)W: 4.5 (82%) GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: NA Programs Applying: Biostatistics and Statistics PhD Research Experience: Worked for a couple of years on projects in statistics/biostatistics during undergrad. A few methods papers submitted / in progress at the time of application. 5-10 presentations at conferences/seminars/etc. Won a reasonably well-regarded data science competition (as part of a team). About a half-year working in research in numerical analysis. Letters of Recommendation: Two from research supervisors and one from an advanced math course Math/Statistics Grades: Math courses: Calculus 2 and 3, Advanced Calculus, ODEs, Linear Algebra, Analysis 1 and 2, Abstract Algebra 1 and 2, Number Theory, Discrete Structures, Complex Variables, Numerical Analysis, Matrix Numerical Analysis Statistics courses: Probability, Statistics, Regression and ANOVA, Research Project (in biostat methods), Bayesian Statistics (PhD level) Plus a handful of computer sciences courses Results: Biostatistics PhDHarvard University - Accepted 2/13Johns Hopkins University - Accepted 3/02 University of Washington - Rejected 1/26University of Minnesota - Accepted 12/21 Statistics PhDDuke University - Accepted 2/05UC Berkeley - Rejected 2/15University of Washington - Rejected 2/08 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

OuterEdge 4 Posted March 8, 2018 Undergrad Institution: Top 50 public, State UniversityMajor(s): StatisticsMinor(s): MathematicsGPA: 2.84 Undergrad, 3.75 Graduate (completing a graduate certificate after undergrad) Type of Student: Domestic FemaleGRE General Test: Q: 167 (92%)V: 160 (86%)W: 4.0 (60%)GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: N/A Programs Applying: MS Biostatistics Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 2.5 years (current job) as a Research & Data Analyst for a state government agency Letters of Recommendation: two from work supervisors (both very strong), one from an undergrad professor (no idea on strength) Math/Statistics Grades: Math: Calculus I (AP credit), II (B), III (C); Linear Algebra I (B+), II (C); Intro to Advance Math (basically introduction to proofs, A-); ODE (F), Abstract Algebra 1 (D+) Statistics: Statistics for Engineers (A-), SAS for Data and Statistical Analysis (A-), ANOVA (B), Intro to Math Stat (A), Quality Control (B), Clinical Trails (A), Biostatistics (A), Regression (C+), Time Series & Forecasting (B) ;; Graduate Stat Courses- Applied Logistic Regression (A), SAS Data Management (B+), Applied Regression Methods (A) Misc Related: Econometrics (A-), C++ Programming (C) Results:Johns Hopkins ScM Biostatistics - Pending (expecting a rejection)Duke University Master of Biostatics - Accepted on 2/16, $10k scholarship per yearWashington University in St. Louis Master of Science in Biostatistics - Accepted on 2/16, $10k scholarship + health insurance fee covered Boston University MS in Applied Biostatistics - Waitlisted on 3/7 Florida State University MS in Biostatistics - Pending Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Stat1996 0 Posted March 8, 2018 (edited) Undergrad Institution: Small private school Major(s): Math, StatisticsMinor(s): EconomicsGPA: 3.93 Type of Student: DomesticGRE General Test: Q: 83%V: 83%W: 98% Programs Applying: Statistics/Biostatistics PhD Research: 2 summers of undergrad research, 1 statistics REU, undergrad thesis Course Work: A's in Calc 1-3, differential equations, linear algebra, applied statistics 1-2, probability, math stat, advanced calculus, game theory, numerical analysis, Fourier series/boundary value problems, econometrics Results: Statistics Programs: (PhD) NCSU - Admitted with fundingIowa State University - Admitted with fundingVirginia Tech - Admitted with funding Baylor University - Admitted with funding University of Rochester - Admitted with funding University of Kentucky - Waiting Temple University - Interviewed Biostatistics Programs: (PhD) Virginia Commonwealth University - Admitted with funding Ohio State University - Admitted with fellowship Emory - Rejected to PhD, accepted to Masters (no funding) Vanderbilt - Not invited to interview weekend, assuming rejection Brown - Not invited to interview weekend, assuming rejection Florida State University - Waiting Edited March 8, 2018 by Stat1996 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

GoPackGo89 74 Posted March 8, 2018 (edited) Undergrad Institution: State school out west, not known for any math/statsMajor(s): Math (applied/stats focused coursework)Minor(s): EconomicsGPA: 3.95 Type of Student: DWMGRE General Test: Q: 165 (89%)V: 156 (73%)W: 4.0 (60%)GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: N/A Programs Applying: Biostatistics Research Experience: Two REUs, RA'd for a semester, presented a few posters/small presentations, no publications. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduated rank 1 in small math department Pertinent Activities or Jobs: I tutored calculus for two years, graded for two years Letters of Recommendation: My mentor for undergraduate research (assistant professor), My REU/RA advisor (senior faculty), lecturer who I took many math courses with. Math/Statistics Grades: A's in math coursework: Intro analysis1-2, ODE, PDE, Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis, Math Stats, Prob Theory, Intro regression, proofsAny Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: I dropped out of college before joining the military. I've met more than a handful of students and faculty who dropped out, got their shit together and came back to find success. For anyone worrying about a somewhat distant past just know it's more common than you think. For what it's worth when I came back to school I started at a community college (people seem to worry about this too much). Results: Biostatistics PhDHarvard University - No Interview, RejectedUNC Chapel Hill - Accepted 1/23Pennsylvania - No Interview, RejectedDuke - No Interview, Rejected (admitted to MS)Michigan - Rejected (admitted to MS)Vanderbilt - No Interview, assuming rejection Statistics PhD NC State - Waitlisted Edited March 9, 2018 by GoPackGo89 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

raubsaurier 0 Posted March 9, 2018 Undergrad Institution: University of WashingtonMajor(s): Economics, Mathematics Minor(s): International Studies GPA: 3.8/4.0 Type of Student: Domestic Female GRE General Test: Q: 167 (92%)V: 166 (97%)W: 4 (60%)GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: n/a Programs Applying: Biostats/Stats Research Experience: Undergraduate thesis/senior project research that was related to international health, 1 research project for a math class that ended up being submitted to an undergrad research publication. (Found out yesterday that its going to be published!) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Best undergrad thesis by departmentPertinent Activities or Jobs: Data Analyst at a global health research institute - don't think this helped my applications one way or the other, but I got asked about it during interviews/school visit. Letters of Recommendation: Two from professors who supervised research I did, one from a math professor. Math/Statistics Grades: Calc Series (A- average), Multivariate Calc (A-), Linear Algebra (A), Proofs (A), Real Analysis (A-), Probability I-III (A's in 1st two, A- in third), Mathematical Modeling (A). + several Econometrics/statistical regression/computer programming classes. I switched into the math major at the end of sophomore year (from IS) and picked the math track w/ the fewest credit hours to graduate on time. (I think relative lack of upper-level math classes probably hurt me for Stats applications.)Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Results: University of Michigan - Biostats / Admitted 2/15 (9 months funding for 4 years) University of Minnesota - Biostats / Admitted 12/21 (12 months funding for 5 years) University of Pennsylvania - Biostats / Admitted 2/12 (12 months funding until matriculation) University of Texas - Houston - Biostats / Admitted 1/8 (said that funding info/positions would be available after enrolling) - declined University of Washington - Stats / Rejected University of California (Berkeley) - Stats/ Rejected (lol) University of Wisconsin - Stats (applied to Biostats focus) -Assuming rejection at this point. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Bayesian1701 168 Posted March 22, 2018 Undergrad Institution: R1 Large Public, no statistics department, Major(s): MathematicsMinor(s): EconomicsGPA: for fall deadlines: 3.78 overall, 3.86 Upper-Level Math, For spring deadlines: 3.81 overall, 3.89 Upper-Level Math Type of Student: Domestic White FemaleGRE General Test: Q: 167 (92%)V: 160 (85%)W: 4.0 (60%)GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: Didn't takeTOEFL Score: N/A Programs Applying: Statistics PhD Research Experience: independent research almost all of undergrad, 2 University conference presentations, 1 presentation at Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, presentation at graduate seminar, 1 Manuscript submitted anywhere where a writing sample is allowed, and a semi-invited(?) talk a local community college (asked our undergraduate director to pick an undergraduate to talk about undergraduate research and he chose me). My research was probably as independent as it can get for an undergrad, I wrote all the code and the manuscript, and made about 95% of the modeling decisions. Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Paid for research Letters of Recommendation: One from research advisor that was definitely amazing and definitely said that my research was highly independent and done almost entirely by me because he told me that, One from math stats professor, for UT, Duke, Columbia, and Kansas State letter from Real Analysis professor, for others letter from research ethics professor Math/Statistics Grades: Calc 2 - A, Calc 3 - B, Probability - A+, Math Stat - A, Independent study math stat - A+ (grade not seen by fall deadlines), Real Analysis 1 - A, Numerical Analysis - B, Diff Eq - A, Intro to Proof - A, Real Analysis 2 - A (grade not seen by fall deadlines), Econometrics - A+, programming class - A, Game Theory - B, Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: graduating in three years with honorsApplying to Where: (Color use here is welcome) UT Austin - Submitted 11/20, Accepted 1/24 (20k stipend), funded visit 2/23, Duke Submitted 11/26, Video Call Interview Request 1/15, Interview 1/19, Waitlisted 2/14, withdrew 3/22 Texas A&M - Submitted 11/13, Accepted 1/24 with funding, received additional fellowship on top of $20k typical stipend for TA work averaging out to about 32k a year in support Columbia - Submitted 12/31, rejected 3/2 Baylor - Submitted 12/10, Requested Visit 9/15, Visited 10/26 (Department paid for gas, hotel room, and food) , waitlisted 3/8, withdrew 3/22 Virginia Tech - Submitted 11/20, unofficially accepted with funding 2/7, officially accepted with $1826 stipend and offered paid visit 2/22, declined 2/26 Florida State - Submitted 12/21, Accepted with funding ~15k for unspecified teaching work Kansas State - Submitted 12/31, Accepted 1/30, was not told funding information before I withdrew University of Missouri - Columbia Submitted 12/21, - Admitted 2/7 (18.6k a year plus one time $2k fellowship), funded visit 3/5 Advice: I did things a little differently than most applicants. I have very strong and specialized research interests stemming from my research experience. Honestly, my main motivation for graduate school is to get a better statistical background so that I can work on the same problem. I didn't really customize SOPs at all I said I wanted to do applied Bayesian statistics with a social science focus even if that is not what the program is known for. I also only name dropped professors at UT and Missouri. I figured this might backfire and lead to a lot of rejections but it thankfully didn't in most cases. At Baylor, a lack of research fit was mentioned in why I didn't make the initial cut which is something that I knew might happen. I didn't think I could get out of the middle and lower tier but I did. Honestly, I undershot my chances because I was aiming for 3+ acceptances and I underestimated the value of my research experience. I decided to stop waiting on Baylor and Duke and made my decision which I am not revealing at this time. This was a crazy process and I am glad it is over. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

stats552 0 Posted April 12, 2018 (edited) Undergrad Institution: Top 5 LACMajors: Stats & Math doubleGPA: 4.00Type of Student: Domestic male GRE General Test:Q: 170 (99%)V: 169 (99%)W: 5.5 (98%)GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:M: 760 (73%) Programs Applying: Stats Ph.D. Research Experience: 2 stats REUs, undergraduate thesis. No publications.Awards/Honors/Recognitions: PBK, Mu Sigma Rho, undergrad gpa award.Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Stats department tutor (2-3 years), graded analysis.Letters of Recommendation: Strong rec from well-known undergrad professor, two others from REU/undergrad advisors.Math/Statistics Grades: A+'s in calc, linear algebra, analysis. A's in probability, math stats, machine learning, data structures/algorithms.Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: One graduate course in probability, enrolled in measure theory. Statistics Programs (Ph.D.): Wisconsin - Accepted 3/2 - declined Harvard - Accepted 2/6 - accepted UWashington - Accepted 1/23 - declined Duke - Interview, rejected 2/18 UChicago - Waitlisted 2/16, rejected 4/2 Stanford - Rejected 2/7 Berkeley - Rejected 2/15 CMU - Rejected 2/9 Michigan - Rejected 3/7 Application cycle went a lot better than expected, likely due to recs (though I still probably wouldn't recommend only applying to reaches ). Edited April 12, 2018 by stats552 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

cyberwulf 257 Posted April 12, 2018 2 hours ago, stats552 said: Application cycle went a lot better than expected, likely due to recs (though I still probably wouldn't recommend only applying to reaches ). Wait, what? You have a 4.0 in math/stat from one of the top schools in the country and great GRE scores, but you didn't get into Michigan and you're saying this was "better than expected"? Something doesn't add up here. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

statcan 2 Posted April 12, 2018 Undergrad Institution: Canadian institution Major(s): Math and Statistics Minor(s):GPA: ~90% Type of Student: International (Canadian)GRE General Test: Q: 168 (94%)V: 157 (76%)W: 4.5 (82%) Programs Applying: (Statistics, Biostatistics MS/PhD) Research Experience: Did two research assistantships at my university and held one research job in industry. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Letters of Recommendation: All from research supervisors Math/Statistics Grades: A's in real analysis, abstract algebra, regression, mathematical statistics, and some other Math/Stat courses. Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Most research I did was biostat-focused.Applied: Statistics/Biostatistics PhDs except at the Canadian schools University of Waterloo (MMath Statistics) - Accepted University of Toronto (MSc Statistics) - AcceptedUW-Madison (Statistics) - Accepted CMU (Statistics) - Accepted University of Washington (Biostatistics) - Accepted UNC Chapel Hill (Biostatistics) - Accepted University of Washington (Statistics) - Rejected Harvard (Statistics) - Rejected University of Chicago (Statistics) - Rejected University of Pennsylvania - Wharton (Statistics) - Rejected Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

jcfcyuokuea 0 Posted April 12, 2018 Undergrad Institution: Large state school, not really well knownMajor(s): Applied MathMinor(s): Computer ScienceGPA: 3.5 Major GPA: 3.7 Type of Student: Domestic Asian MaleGRE General Test: Q: 164 (87%)V: 154 (65%)W: 3.5 (42%)GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: M: N/A Programs Applying: Biostatistics PhD Research Experience: One reu, two years as RA, three papers submitted for publication Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Deads list and research awards from home institution Letters of Recommendation: Advisor from reu (very well known), advisor from my RAship and my professor who I took calc 3 and linear algebra with Math/Statistics Grades: B- in linear algebra, B+ in real analysis, Mostly A's and a few B's in applied math classes, A's in calc I - III and independent study in measure theory Results: Harvard - No Interview, Rejected UNC - Rejected Penn - No Interview, Rejected Brown - No Interview, Rejected UC Berkeley - Rejected Boston University - Rejected UC Davis - Admitted Michigan - Admitted to MS-PhD fast track UCSD - Admitted UCLA - Rejected for PhD, but offered funded MS with opportunity to move into PhD program if I pass the first year masters exam Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

DJ3Sigma 12 Posted April 13, 2018 Undergrad Institution: Large State SchoolMajor(s): Physics, StatisticsMinor(s): Actuarial ScienceGPA: 3.30 Type of Student: U.S., MaleGRE General Test: Q: 161V: 156W: 4.0GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:M: N/AGrad Institution (M.S.): Large State School Concentration: StatisticsGPA: 3.74 Programs Applied: Statistics PhD Research Experience: As a GA I also did research with a professor throughout the last year of my Master's program but nothing will be published until this Summer. My research was into causality and Bayesian networks. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: None Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Worked as a GA for a center that focused on Biostatistics. I was a part of consultations on research projects and I assisted in the analysis of many projects. Unfortunately, all papers baring my name would not be published until this Summer and so I had nothing to really show the departments to which I applied. Letters of Recommendation: One was from my Mathematical Statistics & Quality Control professor. One from the department chair under which I did research. One from another professor which I collaborated with on a few consultations. One from the manager for the center with whom I also collaborated on a few consultations. Math/Statistics Grades (Undergraduate): Calculus 1,2,3: done as dual enrollment, Mathematical Statistics: A, Probability: A, Linear Algebra: B-, DiffEq: A, C programming: A, Advanced Calculus: A, Design of Experiments: C+, Regression Analysis: A-, Multivariate Statistics: A, Categorical Analysis: C+ Math/Statistics Grades (Master's): Fourier Analysis: B+, Quality Control: A, Game Theory: A-, Mathematical Statistics 1 & 2: B+, Regression Analysis: A, Multivariate Statistics: A, Design of Experiments: A, Data Analysis 1 & 2: A Programming Skills: R, C++ Applying to Where: UC Berkeley- PhD / Rejected / 02/15/2018U Washington- PhD / Rejected / 02/09/2018Carnegie MU- PhD / Rejected / 02/09/2018 U Toronto- PhD / Probably Rejected Duke U- PhD / Rejected / 02/22/2018U Michigan- PhD / Rejected / 02/08/2018 U Florida- PhD / Waitlisted & Rejected (I do not think being waitlisted here means much as I heard they had a large waiting list) / 04/09/2018 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Farge 0 Posted April 13, 2018 Undergrad Institution: Large State School (Top 200 USNWR) Major(s): Mathematics Minor(s): StatisticsGPA: 3.94 Type of Student: Domestic MaleGRE General Test: Q: 167 (92%)V: 165 (96%)W: 4.0 (60%)Grad Institution: Same Large State School (Top 200 USNWR) Concentration: Mathematical StatisticsGPA: 4.0 Programs Applying: Statistics PhD Research Experience: 1 published paper in a low-level journal. Did research every summer as an undergrad. Was a Graduate Research Assistant for multiple projects as a grad student. Presented at local conferences, but nothing major.Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Many within my school, but nothing outside.Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutored as an undergrad and was a teaching assistant as a grad student. Letters of Recommendation: My department head, one "well known" prof, and my graduate advisor Math/Statistics Grades: A's in graduate level analysis courses and graduate level stats coursesApplying to Where: (Color use here is welcome)Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) - Statistics PhD / Rejected on 2/9/18 Iowa State University (ISU) - Statistics PhD / Admitted on 2/27/18 Oregon State University (OSU) - Statistics PhD / Rejected on 2/21/18University of California, Irvine (UCI) - Statistics PhD / Admitted on 2/8/18 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

biostat314 3 Posted April 14, 2018 (edited) Schools in chronological order: State University | GPA: 1.68 | academically dismissed Community College | GPA: 4.0 Small Liberal Arts College | GPA: 3.96 | degree-granting institution Cumulative GPA: 3.6 Type of Student: DomesticGRE General Test: Q: 168 (94%)V: 167 (98%)W: 5.0 (93%) Research Experience: 2 REUs at top schools, non-academic but relevant internship, 2nd author publication, handful of regional/institutional talks and postersAwards/Honors/Recognitions: departmental awards, honors societiesPertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for non-math class, tutor for a handful of math classes, currently employed in semi-relevant position Letters of Recommendation: two from REU professors and two from professors at my SLAC Math/Statistics Grades: C in MV calculus, F in linear algebra, A's in 11 other undergrad-level math/stat classes including 2 semesters of real analysis Programs Applying: Biostatistics PhD Applying to:Harvard | Admitted after interview | AttendingMichigan | Admitted to MS-PhD fast-track after phone interview | DeclinedUW | Waitlisted after Skype interview | Withdrew Hopkins | Rejected without interview Edited April 14, 2018 by biostat314 2 jswizzle48 and GoPackGo89 reacted to this Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

wildUNCfan 1 Posted April 16, 2018 Undergrad Institution: UNC-Chapel HillCum GPA: 3.89Major(s): Statistics & Psychology Major GPA: 3.84 & 4.00, respectively Type of Student: DWMGRE General Test: Q: 167 (92%)V: 164 (94%)W: 4.5 (84%) Programs Applying: Statistics/Biostatistics PhD & MS Research Experience: Presentation / poster at JSM, in-class research projects (my small group ranked top 3 out of 300+ students)Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Pi, graduated "with Highest Distinction"Pertinent Activities or Jobs: 1.5 years as statistician at a large international research company (at time of applications) Letters of Recommendation: Decent to good- statistics professor, psychology professor (research methods class and stats class), and my project manager Math/Statistics Grades: Probability, Time Series Analysis, Calculus 1-3, Linear Algebra, ODEs, other undergrad stats classes. All at least B, mostly A's.Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Spent quite a bit of time on Statement of Purpose and researching program/faculty. A lot of SAS experience from job, with some proficiency in other software and languages such as MATLAB/R/Python/JavaScript.Applying to Where: Statistics UC Berkeley - M.S. | Admitted on (2/28), Received ~$18k in financial aid on (4/11) | Attending UChicago - Ph.D./M.S. | Rejected for PhD on (1/26), Accepted with 25% scholarship for M.S. on (2/07) | Declined Stanford - M.S. | Rejected on 2/23 Biostatistics UNC-Chapel Hill - Ph.D. | Admitted on 1/25, Received funding on 2/21 | Declined Harvard* - Ph.D. | No interview, Rejected on (2/14) *Applied very late - possibly after the deadline. Essentially 3/3 on schools not named Harvard and Stanford. Overall, I'm happy with these results, especially since I only started considering PhD around November. Not sure if I want to do PhD, hence why I chose Berkeley's 1 year program. Also, my math and biostat background was less than stellar. I plan on taking Real Analysis and some grad-level biostat courses to pad my PhD resume. 50/50 on applying to Ph.D. for Fall 2019/2020. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Cal1gula 10 Posted April 17, 2018 (edited) Undergrad Institution: India. Not one of the IITs. Major(s): Bachelors in Pharmacy (+ MBA Pharma. Tech) GPA: ~3.4 (WES evaluation brought it up to ~3.6) Type of Student: International GRE General Test: Q: 166 V: 166 W: 5.0 GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: N/A Research Experience: No relevant research experience. 1) Worked one summer in the chemistry lab, worked on synthesis of some compounds and forced degradation studies. No publications. 2) Conducted a study in which I set out to evaluate the influence of personality traits on patient adherence. Unpublished but had an oral presentation in college. Math/Stat Courses: Calc 1, 2 (A+)(covered in a one-semester course), Applied Math and Pharmaceutical Statistics(diff eq, laplace transformations and biostatistics) (A-) Computer Science (A), Operations Research (A+), Marketing Research Methodology (B+), Calc. Based Stat Course (C) - was suffering from malaria during exams (mentioned it in the SOP), was really worried that this would affect my chances Letters of Recommendation: One from calc professor, one from professor who taught me OR and MRM, and one from my chemistry lab advisor (not sure about the first 2 letters, but probably got a strong letter from my chem lab advisor) Work experience: Have interned at pharmaceutical companies (one month in a production plant, and 4 months in the supply chain department). Programs Applying: MS Biostatistics Applying to Where: University of Texas SPH - Accepted University of Iowa - Accepted University of Pittsburgh - Accepted Emory University - Rejected Ohio State University - Rejected WUSTL - Accepted + $10k financial aid Columbia - Accepted Boston University - Rejected University of Michigan - Rejected Vanderbilt - Rejected University of Minnesota - Accepted (attending) Overall : 6 Acceptances, 5 Rejections (Went much better than I expected it to!) Some Observations on the Application Process 1. Most of the applicants on the forum are (domestic) PhD applicants, so it was scary seeing their profiles and I knew my profile was nowhere near as good as theirs. However, masters programs are much less competitive--so as long as you have good grades and a good GRE score, you have a decent shot at getting into Top 15 programs. 2. As I was switching fields I really had no idea which universities I would get accepted/rejected from and I just applied to a lot of universities. I got accepted to some where I assumed I had no chance (Minnesota) and got rejected from others where I felt I would surely get accepted (OSU). So, apply far and wide if you're not sure--and remember, there are no "safety" schools! 3. Even though cyberwulf's advice indicates that your SOP doesn't really matter, I spent a lot of time on it because I felt like it was one of the few things in my control. I think I ended up with a really strong SOP but again there's no way to say what impact (if any) it had on my application 4. If given a chance to do it again, I wouldn't have applied to Michigan or Vanderbilt, and probably filled it in with colleges such as Brown, Penn etc. Edited April 17, 2018 by Cal1gula Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

yellowfellow 0 Posted April 17, 2018 Undergrad Institution: Large state; Top 50 Math department Major(s): Mathematics Minor(s): EconGPA: Cum: 3.87; Major: 3.8 Type of Student: Domestic male Relevant coursework: Calc II, Calc III, Discrete, Elements of Prob and Stat, Proofs, Analysis ODE, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Probability Theory, Topology (in progress), Statistics Theory (in progress), Java, Data Organization in CGRE General Test: Q: 170 (97%)V: 151 (52%)W: 4.0 (60%) Programs Applying: Applied statistics/data science masters programs Cornell MPS Applied Statistics: Accepted CMU MSP: Rejected Rice M.Stat: Rejected Brown Biostatistics: Accepted Columbia Data Science: Rejected Brown Data Science: Accepted Research Experience: NoneAwards/Honors/Recognitions: Just some GPA-based honors and selectionsPertinent Activities or Jobs: Data science internship at a startup last summer Letters of Recommendation: 1 professor, 1 post-doc, 1 from employer. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

bayessays 317 Posted April 17, 2018 1 hour ago, yellowfellow said: Undergrad Institution: Large state; Top 50 Math department Major(s): Mathematics Minor(s): EconGPA: Cum: 3.87; Major: 3.8 Type of Student: Domestic male Relevant coursework: Calc II, Calc III, Discrete, Elements of Prob and Stat, Proofs, Analysis ODE, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Probability Theory, Topology (in progress), Statistics Theory (in progress), Java, Data Organization in CGRE General Test: Q: 170 (97%)V: 151 (52%)W: 4.0 (60%) Programs Applying: Applied statistics/data science masters programs Cornell MPS Applied Statistics: Accepted CMU MSP: Rejected Rice M.Stat: Rejected Brown Biostatistics: Accepted Columbia Data Science: Rejected Brown Data Science: Accepted Research Experience: NoneAwards/Honors/Recognitions: Just some GPA-based honors and selectionsPertinent Activities or Jobs: Data science internship at a startup last summer Letters of Recommendation: 1 professor, 1 post-doc, 1 from employer. This is pretty shocking - I feel like if you posted your profile, everyone on this forum would say you're going to get into all of those programs. Perhaps MS programs are getting more competitive. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

yellowfellow 0 Posted April 18, 2018 3 hours ago, bayessays said: This is pretty shocking - I feel like if you posted your profile, everyone on this forum would say you're going to get into all of those programs. Perhaps MS programs are getting more competitive. The programs do seem very competitive. I was not expecting much from CMU because I have not taken a regression course which is a prerequisite, and I believe I was one of the last admits to Cornell's MPS as I received a message from them beginning of April saying that they are still processing while they had already granted several acceptances and I just got accepted today. A possibility is that I have very little work experience and since these programs are more career-oriented that they prefer those with work experience? Also for my first two years of undergrad I attended a large state university with a lower reputation than the one I am graduating from so that possibly played a factor as well. I like to think my SOP was decent but maybe it didn't rub them the right way either? Congrats to all admits! Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

NumStats 14 Posted April 27, 2018 Undergrad Institution: Top 50 State School (According to US News)Major(s): Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Quantitative EconomicsMinor(s): StatisticsGPA: 3.57 Type of Student: InternationalGRE General Test: Q: 169 (96%)V: 144 (24%)W: 3.5 (42%)GRE Subject Test in Mathematics: Did not take Programs Applying: Statistics Research Experience: 2 years research experience in Big Data Analysis, Panel Data, and Machine Learning Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Honors in Mathematics and EconomicsPertinent Activities or Jobs: President of an Organization in my school Letters of Recommendation: 1 from Honors adviser in Economics, 1 research adviser in Statistics, 1 Statistics Professor that I know pretty well Math/Statistics Grades: Calculus I/II/III : A-/B+/A- Statistics and Probability : A-/A/A Bayesian Statistics : A- Statistical Methods (Linear Regression) : A-/A Numerical Analysis : A/A Real Analysis : B/A Linear Algebra : A/B+ Differential Equation : A- Financial Mathematics : A Exploratory Data Analysis : A- Econometrics : A+/A Risk Analysis : A+ Actuarial Math : B+/B+ Machine Learning : A Discrete Mathematics : A/AApplying to Where: School - Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) - Rejected School - University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign (UIUC) - Rejected School - Pennsylvania State University (PennState) - Rejected School - University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Rejected School - University of California, Davis (UCD) - Rejected School - University of California, Irvine (UCI) - Rejected School - Columbia University - Rejected, Offered Master School - University of Michigan - Ann-Arbor - Rejected, Offered Master School - University of Notre Dame - Accepted School - Texas A&M University (TAMU) - Rejected School - Rice University - Rejected School - Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) - Rejected School - New York University (NYU) - Rejected Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

annuity 4 Posted May 10, 2018 (edited) Undergrad Institution: Top 5 school in the UK Major(s): Actuarial Science Programs Applying: Statistics Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Have been working as an actuary for the last 8 years (5 in the US). I considered applying for a masters here in the US but didn't want to be out of work for 2 years, so returning to the UK instead (masters there are 1 year programs). Letters of Recommendation: 2 professors from undergrad, one of them is the head of department; one coworker (we worked on a very stats heavy project together) Applying to Where: School - Oxford, MS in Statistical Science - RejectedSchool - Imperial, MS Statistics - AcceptedSchool - UCL, MS Statistics - Accepted Edited May 10, 2018 by annuity Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

dmacfour 5 Posted June 6, 2018 (edited) Undergrad Institutions: University of Idaho, Eastern WashingtonMajor(s): Psychology, Post BaccMinor(s): Business ManagementGPA: 3.1, 3.75 Type of Student: DomesticGRE General Test: Q: 156V: 158W: 4 Grad Institution: University of Idaho Concentration: Human Factors PsychologyGPA: 3.41 Programs Applying: Applied Statistics, Statistics, Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics. Research Experience: 1.5 years experience working in a well know sleep research lab, 3 years experience working in labs at my original undergrad/grad institution.Pertinent Activities or Jobs: In my currently lab, I've been the go to guy for anything related to statistics and statistics computation (R, Python). In that capacity, I've worked directly with large government agencies and corporations and gotten authorship on 4 papers. Letters of Recommendation: One from widely recognized scientist in an unrelated field (sleep science), one from a math prof, and another from my current lab manager (recent PhD graduate). Math/Statistics Grades: Calculus I/II/III/IV : A-/B-/A+/A+ Statistical Methods: A Linear Algebra : A+ Finite Math: B Applying to Where: School - MAS, Applied Statistics (on campus) / Colorado State University / Accepted 6/5/18School - MS, Mathematics Concentration in Statistics / University of Nevada Reno / RejectedSchool - MS, Statistics / Washington State University / Pending (Spring application) Considering my background, I was not expecting to get admitted to UNR. I was missing 3 prereqs at the time, and my GRE Q scores are not up to par for a math program. CSU was waiting for me to finish the linear algebra prereq, so I was pleasantly surprised that space was still available this late in the year. It was my program of choice when I set out on this journey, so I can't complain! Edited June 6, 2018 by dmacfour Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Taheel 8 Posted June 9, 2018 (edited) Undergrad Institution: Large state school Type of Student: Domestic white male Major(s): Chemistry, Math GPA: 3.71 GRE General Test: Q: 166 (91%) V: 165 (96%) W: 5.0 (>90%) Grad Institution: Large state school Concentration: A few post-grad courses in statistical programming/applied statistics GPA: 4.0 Research Experience: 2 years of research in chemistry, 1 publication Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Graduated with honors, award for undergraduate research Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (1 yr) Healthcare IT company, (1 yr) Work as an research analyst/data manager for a well-known academic medical center Letters of Recommendation: 1 from math professor, 2 from research advisors (chemistry professor, biology professor) Math/Statistics Grades: A in calculus sequence, A in probability, A- in real analysis I, A in linear algebra, no mathematical statistics, 3.85ish math GPA (all B+ or greater) Applied to:Biostatistics UNC Chapel Hill - PhD / Admitted University of Minnesota - PhD / Rejected from PhD, admitted to MS University of Michigan - PhD / Admitted to fast-track MS/PhD Brown University – PhD / Rejected Harvard University – PhD / Rejected Columbia University – PhD / Rejected Statistics UNC Chapel Hill – MS / Never heard back? University of Wisconsin – PhD (Biostats concentration) / Waitlisted - Admitted University of Minnesota – MS / Admitted Duke University – MS / Admitted Ohio State University – PhD / Waitlisted - Rejected Penn State University – MS/PhD (joint application) / Rejected NC State University – PhD / Waitlisted – Rejected Wake Forest University – MS / Admitted Thoughts: I came in not really knowing what to expect and not having a clear idea about what schools I should aim for. In hindsight, I shouldn't have applied to Columbia and would have added in UC Berkeley biostatistics (MS) in its place. On the statistics side, I wished I had switched Colorado State in place of Wake Forest. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with the list of schools I applied to and I ended up having some great options to choose from. Edited June 9, 2018 by Taheel 1 GoPackGo89 reacted to this Share this post Link to post Share on other sites