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I browsed the forum for this thread but did not find one. Following previous year's formats, here is the template. Apparently, we are not allowed to edit our posts after a while? 

Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school (such as Big state/Lib Arts/Ivy/Technical/Foreign (Country?))

Type of Student: (Domestic/International (Country?), Male/Female?, Minority?)

GRE General Test:
 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)
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.)
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/Declined
School - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
School - Program / Admitted/Rejected/Waitlisted/Pending on (date) / Accepted/Declined
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Undergrad Institution: Foreign, well known
Major(s): Mathematical Biology
Minor(s): None
GPA: 3.55
Type of Student: International Asian Male

GRE General Test:
 167 (94%)
V: 154 (64%)
W: 4.5 (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: N/A

Grad Institution: Top 30 Private School
Concentration: Statistics (MA)
GPA: 3.85
Programs Applying: Statistics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (Probability focus)
Research Experience: Nothing significant. Just an undergrad thesis and masters paper. No publications.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Passed the Ph.D qualifying exam as a Masters student.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor, undergraduate lab assistant.
Letters of Recommendation: 2 probability theorists, 1 PDEs researcher.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Nontraditional student. Several mathematics grad courses.

Applying to:
UCSB - Statistics  
USC - Applied Mathematics
Indiana, Bloomington - Mathematics
Purdue - Statistics
Maryland - Mathematical Statistics
JHU - Applied Mathematics
UPenn - Applied Mathematics
MSU - Statistics
Boston - Mathematics
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I'll give this a shot.

So I'll start off by saying my situation isn't typical--I've been out of school for a while and working. I recently finished my MS as well (while working through it--I gotta eat and stuff), and I'm currently employed in data science. I'm applying to just one school and treating it as a job application, more or less.

Undergrad Institution: Private, typically ranked in the top 5 for applied mathematics
Major(s): Mathematics, Physics
Minor(s): None
GPA: 3.15 (-_-) ...
Type of Student: Domestic

GRE General Test:
V: 161
W: 4 (Ugh ... When I took the GRE I didn't know what to expect at all and thought the writing portion didn't count)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 670 (again, ugh)

Grad Institution: Small state school (you wouldn't know about it unless you lived in the state)
Concentration: Mathematics
GPA: 4.0 (maybe this will save me from my craptastic undergrad GPA)
Programs Applying: Mathematics
Research Experience: Undergrad research for a summer with a math professor and physics professor (no publication). While this doesn't technically count as academic research, I was a research assistant/intern at a company while in grad school
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Nope. 
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Work experience in public education, software engineering, and data science
Letters of Recommendation: One from my stats professor from my grad program, another from my research advisor from my grad program--the latter is somewhat well known in stats and data science
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Basically said it all already

Applying to Where: CUNY GC, Mathematics
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I'm a bit of a nontraditional applicant to MS statistics programs exclusively--I was a history major at a small, liberal arts college and my quantitative courses consisted of one intro stat and one intro comp sci class. A couple years ago I took a free online Calc I class for fun (thanks Coursera) and subsequently took Calc II/III and Matrix Algebra at night through a local community college. In September 2015 I took a leap and became a full-time student at a public state university after a few years in the workforce, taking Probability Theory, an intro Math Proofs course, a Design of Experiments stats course, and a Stat Comp/Data Analysis stat course. This semester I'm taking a Math Stat course, an upper-level Linear Algebra course, a Regression/Time Series stat course, and a Java programming course. The ideal goal is to secure some degree of funding for an MS program (which explains some of my school choices below), but considering my circumstances I'd honestly be happy to get in anywhere.
Undergrad Institution: Top 20 Liberal Arts College
Major(s): History
GPA: 3.56
Type of Student: Male, Domestic, Biracial (Caucasian/Taiwanese)

GRE General Test:
 163 (86%)
V: 165 (95%)
W: 5.0 (92%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: N/A

TOEFL Score: N/A

Grad Institution: N/A
Concentration: N/A
Programs Applying: MS Stat
Research Experience: None.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's List one semester, decent-sized scholarship for undergrad.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Digital marketing specialist at an academic research hospital.
Letters of Recommendation: One from a community college math professor, one from an undergraduate stats professor with a decent number of publications in high-dimension reduction research, one from my former work supervisor.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: Nontraditional background as noted above. Took a full year of math/stat courses between Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 to satisfy prereqs for most of the schools I applied to.

Applied to:
Ohio State - Admitted (1/21)
California - Davis - Pending
Vermont - Pending
Temple - Pending
British Columbia - Pending
Oregon State - Pending
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Undergrad Institution: Chennai Mathematical Institute, arguably the best place for undergrad math in India. Known for its strength in Algebraic Geometry.
Major(s): Mathematics
Minor(s): Physics

GPA: 9.00/10
Type of Student: International Asian Male

GRE General Test:
168 (95%)
V: 158 (79%)
W: 3.5 (38%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: 810 (82%)

TOEFL Score: 108 = R30/L26/S24/W28
Programs Applying: Math PhD
Research Experience: Summer internship at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai, India on fractals with an emphasis on computational methods.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Selected twice for the Indian IMO selection camp.
Letters of Recommendation: Two in Math and two in Physics. One of the Math profs is particularly famous in the country for his research on Measure Theory and his long career in teaching. Another was both a graduate student and a prof at SUNY SB.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: My institute awards a dual degree on Mathematics and Physics so I have taken a significant number of Physics courses too. My interest is in Dynamical Systems which has a physical flavor in it.

Applying to Where:
School - SUNY Stony Brook - Math - Dynamical Systems - Pending
School - UMD College Park - Math - Dynamical Systems - Pending
School - Pennsylvania State University - Math - Dynamical Systems - Pending
School - Tufts University - Math - Dynamical Systems - Pending
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Undergrad Institution: Mid-Tier State School
Major(s): Mathematics
GPA:3.93 (3.98 math GPA)
Type of Student: DWM

GRE General Test:
 168 (95%)
V: xxx (54%)
W: x.x (80%)
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics:
M: xxx (29%) - only sent to this to Duke, Berkeley, and UW since it was required
Programs Applying: Applied Math Track
Research Experience: 2 REUs, 3 Independent studies, 1 publication, 2 submitted papers, 2 papers in preparation
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Several math scholarships (within my department), COMAP Honorable Mention, Putnam: 9
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutor
Letters of Recommendation: No one at my school is "well-known," but I had letters of recommendation from professors who liked me in relevant classes to what I want to do.
Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: No grad classes,

Applying to Where: 

UC Berkeley - Applied Math PhD / Rejected 
University of Washington - Applied Math PhD / Waitlisted, accepted to master's / Withdrew Application
University of Maryland - AMSC PhD / No answer; I withdrew my application; then received rejection. Lolwut?
Duke - Applied Math PhD / Rejected
University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill - Applied Math PhD / Skype Interview, In-Person Interview, Accepted w/ 18K TA Funding, 1800/mo Summer RA funding / Declined
NC State University - Applied Math PhD / Accepted w/ 18K TA Funding + 4K Fellowsihp / ATTENDING
Virginia Tech - Applied Math PhD / Accepted w/ TA Funding / Declined
Colorado State University - Math (Applied Math Track) PhD / Accepted w/ TA Funding / Declined
Oregon State University - Applied Math PhD / Accepted w/ 30k Fellowship / Declined
University of Colorado at Denver - Applied Math PhD / Accepted with TA Funding + Fellowships / Declined
Colorado School of Mines - Applied Math PhD / Accepted with 15k Fellowship / Declined
I chose NCSU because their applied math group is MUCH larger than UNC's, and I will be able to work with real engineers . Also I want to be a TA my first year.
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