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Annonymous111

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I've taken only math courses my entired undergrad. education and I've taken grad. level math courses since my first year of undergrad. I've also taken lots of independent study courses on advanced topics in many areas of mathematics. Like in 4-manifold theory, algebraic geometry, algebraic group theory, representation theory, noncommutative ring theory, harmonic analysis, C* algebras, several complex variables ... well you get the picture. Not only that, I've got A's in all these math courses. I've also got a near perfect score on my GRE. And the undergrad. and grad. program in this university is very strong so all the courses are advanced.

I know there are other factors to grad. school like letters of recommendation and personal statements, but would I be a shoo-in to grad. school if I had such a transcript - full of advanced math courses, only math courses, with only A's? Or would grad. schools in math frown upon me not taking other subject courses and reject me? Suppose I hadn't done very much research either. Does anyone know about how such a situation would be viewed?

This is a hypothetical situation but I'm interested in knowing how grad. schools would view it and whether it'd guarantee admission. My gut feeling is close to yes since I don't know whether anyone has such a transcript full of A's and advanced (and this is *really advanced*) math courses. But the big question is how grad. schools would view the "not done research" and the "not done other courses in other subjects". Bear in mind that "not done research" also come with "done advanced math subjects that provide nearly all the background necessary for reading papers in

*numerous areas of math*. I'd think grad. schools would think highly if someone had the background to do research in numerous areas of math (we're talking algebra, analysis topology and geometry - the knowledge is broad) but I could be wrong. Also bear in mind that the courses are highly fast-paced and very difficult grad. courses. (BTW, I'm taking top grad. schools like Harvard here.) Thanks guys ...