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Admissions Fall 2009 Graduate Admissions Thread

  1. Dec 24, 2008 #1
    This is a thread for all us nervous Fall 2009 grad applicants. All my applications are in and all my letters of recommendation were sent in. I don't want to post any stats or profile data until I get my admissions decisions in.

    Where did you guys apply? What field do you want to pursue (physics, math, engineering, etc.)? What are you guys doing in the mean time?

    I applied last year, and since I graduated last year, I plan on further pursuing my research interests in differential geometry and mathematical physics and reviewing my analysis, linear algebra, abstract algebra, topology, etc. until Fall 2009. I am also tutoring high school students. And I have to finish typing up papers from my previous research projects.

    I do not think I am getting into an elite school but I have picked some really solid "safety" schools that have two or three faculty members that I would love to work with.

    I really hope I can get into a few of the schools I applied to. I am so nervous and I am so close to achieving one of my major goals.
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  3. Dec 25, 2008 #2
    I've also applied for fall 2009 admission to math PhD programs. My stuff is also all sent out, so it's the waiting game for me as well.

    *EDIT: Jason's paranoia rubbed off on me.

    Interested in: Mainly algebra.
    Applying to: Washington, Oregon, Berkeley, UCLA, Ohio State, UIUC, UCSB, UCSD, Utah, Nebraska, Texas

    I haven't graduated yet so in the mean time it's back to school for me. Jason, I read some of the Fall 2008 thread. It's too bad you didn't get any hits last year :frown:. I hope that doesn't happen again! Where all did you apply this time around?
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  4. Dec 28, 2008 #3
    Heehee, yeah I feel weird posting my updated profile/stats.

    Some of the schools I applied to are UCSD (great place to study Ricci flow), Maryland, Rutgers, UIUC (huge faculty, but only a 50% PhD completion rate), Stony Brook (great differential geometry program), UPENN, Texas, UCLA (Peter Petersen rules!) among other places.

    Thanks for the kind words, hopefully we all get into a nice PhD program. I am hoping everyday that it happens for me.

    I want to pursue comparison geometry, geometric flows, geometric analysis and mathematical physics. Really where geometry, PDE, topology and physics intersect.
  5. Dec 28, 2008 #4
    Nice list. Best of luck to you.
  6. Jan 13, 2009 #5
    I just wanted to say, even when you're done filling applications, you're still not done! It turns out, even though the ETS sends scores electronically, some of my schools still have not received my GRE scores. I filled out a Score Report request through the internet, I'm just shocked how the GRE consistently bleeds students for cash. And for those who are curious, I request my scores to be sent out almost 2 months ago.
  7. Jan 13, 2009 #6
    Best of luck to both of you! I'll be in your shoes soon enough.
  8. Jan 13, 2009 #7
    Wow that's alot of schools. I'm also applying to PhD programs, but to Statistics programs. My application is complete at UIUC, Ohio State, North Carolina State, and Purdue. I will gladly go to any of those four. Hopefully I'll get into at least one!

    I have a question for you all: In general, if a school's deadline is January 10 or so, about when do schools start sending out acceptances? I don't want to start worrying too early.
  9. Jan 14, 2009 #8
    I'm applying for a PhD program in math Fall 2009, Schools: Chicago, NYU, Northwestern, Boston, UCSD, SUNY Stony Brook, CUNY, and U Penn.

    I've already sent everything out (about 1-2 months ago). Waiting nervously for a reply, though I know they usually don't even start looking at these applications till Feb/March.

    My focus is Computer Applications of Algebraic Geometry.
  10. Jan 17, 2009 #9
    I've got two more schools to send material to, but I sent out everything else.. I'm applying for Fall 09 in mostly Ph.D. programs:

    Applied math/Mathematical engineering:
    Columbia, Stanford, Princeton, NYU (Master's program, I figured I had no chance for the Ph.D. program), Maryland, Michigan, Caltech (no chance in hell), Texas (one faculty member already made me an offer), Northwestern

    Nuclear engineering:
    MIT, Wisconsin

    Mechanical and aerospace engineering:
    UC San Diego

    I'm pretty nervous because I'm applying to so many top programs. My stats are great in some areas, but in other areas I'm only marginally competitive... so yea, I'm a nervous goose. I probably should have applied to more safety schools, but I'm hoping because I'm applying to so many schools at least one of them might take a particular interest in me. I'm trying to pursue research in rigorous theory and/or simulation on physical problems, like magnetic confinement fusion, combustion, and so on. I'm finishing my final semester at Texas with classes in differential geometry, PDE's, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. Good luck to everybody.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2009
  11. Jan 28, 2009 #10
    Seems that Berkeley has started giving out admissions. Anyone hear from any other math PhD programs?
  12. Jan 28, 2009 #11
    Wow, this will be me next year. I'll be applying in the fall to schools.
  13. Jan 28, 2009 #12
    you guys are all applying to math program. Where are all the physics/astronomy people??

    I have no idea what's going on in math admission, but several astro programs already sent out some acceptance. :)

    best of luck!
  14. Jan 28, 2009 #13


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    I sent out applications to 11 different Physics graduate programs.

    So far, I have already received 1 acceptance (!!!!). I will post more-detailed information once I hear back from other schools and things become more finalized. I would expect that most of the results will start coming in about a month or so.
  15. Jan 29, 2009 #14
    Congrats to everyone who have received admissions letters!
  16. Jan 29, 2009 #15
    Still haven't heard from anywhere. I didn't apply to Berkeley... their program looked too competitive and wasn't a very good fit for me.
  17. Jan 30, 2009 #16
    Many universities are on slightly different timetables for admissions. This depends on individual department schedules as well as who they view their competitors to be. If you are a strong applicant, expect some schools to notify you quickly and try to pressure you to accept before hearing about offers from other schools. Expect MIT to take their time.

    Don't worry yet if you haven't heard anything! It is not even February. Decisions will be coming out through early March.
  18. Jan 30, 2009 #17


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    Not true at all . Go to gradcafe and look it up people applying to MIT are notified just as early as every other private school the UC's might notify later due to some unknown state reason. Theres no reason that MIT would start looking at applications later. Notifications do not really get going till early February and rejections dont start coming till March.
  19. Jan 30, 2009 #18
    MIT computational neuroscience won't notify until early March. I can't speak for other departments.
  20. Jan 31, 2009 #19


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    I was referring to physics and math, that seems to be the focus 90% of grad school questions on this forum for some reason.
    I also did not know that MIT had a computational neuroscience department, I knew they had EECS and Brain and Cognitive Sciences , and that they had professors pursuing those research interests but not a program accepting PhD applications.
  21. Jan 31, 2009 #20
    BCS department separates their applications into different groups depending on "track". So the people reading computational neuroscience applications are independent from the people reading cognitive neuroscience. etc.
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