I need some help picking which math PhD program to attend. My interests are Differential Geometry/Riemannian Geometry, geometric analysis, General Relativity (or Lorentzian geometry in general) and Mathematical Physics. I have been fortunate enough to receive some nice offers from a few schools and I've been waitlisted at 3 other schools, one of which is a top 10 school. I do not wish to name the schools for privacy concerns. (1) How important should postdoc placement rate be when determining what school to attend? (2) What is the most important factor in terms of getting a postdoc? One of the schools has made me an attractive offer and has a professor I really want to work with, but this professor is pretty young and has not had any PhD students. This person is considered an expert in their field however. Also, when I visited the school, I hit it off with with professor and we spoke about current math papers on his field. Now the top 10 school does not have exactly what I want, but it has advisers who dabble in fields related to what I want to pursue. For example they have some very good PDE people, some good mathematical physics people as well. (3) Related to (2), would you pick the school that gave you a fellowship, has a young adviser that is eager to work with you or would you pick the top 10 school with a TA? I'm just wondering what is the best path to get a good postdoc? I have researched some postdoc placements and no coincidence, most of the students got their PhD's from advisers that had multiple students. It seems it's better career wise for me to attend the top 10 school but it might be better for me, in terms of subject matter and support of the faculty to attend another school. What do you guys think? Anyone who is currently in a postdoc able to chime in? My goal is to land that Stanford postdoc and work with Richard Schoen or get the Columbia postdoc as they have some great geometric analysis people as well. Any good postdoc related to geometry and PDE.