panicking Posted December 18, 2013 Share Posted December 18, 2013 I just apply for a bunch of tier-1 Maths PhD program, so I guess it's kinda late to ask this. But I'm panicking right now, because my application is not strong at all, and I already put all my eggs in this tier-1 basket (ie. I don't have any safety school). So can someone tell me how important these factor are for the admission committee. If possible, provide also example of successful applicant that get into one of the tier-1 school (esp. MIT since it's my #1 right now) while being weak at some or many of the factors. Here are the factors I find most worrying, so it's much better if you can address one of these, but feel free to add your own. Please don't just say that it's certain that I will fail; if you think a factor is intolerably weak, address other factors instead. -Whether the application is submitted on time. -Whether GRE general test have been taken. -Not stellar GRE maths subject test. -No REU. -Only have 3 letters of rec. -Whether recommenders are strong researcher. -Undergrad is in liberal art instead of univ. -Lacking graduate level maths course. -Lacking basic maths course. -Low cumulative GPA. -Failed/low grade in many non-math course. -Some maths course with not perfect grade. I am pretty much banking on a perfect statement of purpose right now...except that they do not address specific school (I wrote it right on Dec 15th, did not have time) and I just found a grammar mistake. I have some hope that my letters of rec would not be too bad, but considering that the same letters was used on my latest failed REU application I have little faith in them. Please give me some information. I'm panicking right now, and anything to end this uncertainty would be helpful. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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