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Questions regarding GPA and grad schools

  1. Jun 14, 2012 #1
    Hi. I am currently studying pure mathematics in the University of Waterloo, Canada. I am graduating next year and I wish to study pure or applied mathematics in States. I have some questions about my GPA and grad schools in States that I may apply to. If I suppose that I can keep up the grades I received in 3rd year, then my overall GPA is 3.60 and my math GPA is 3.77(out of 4.0).

    My overall GPA is somewhat low but I did extremely well in 3rd year(3.95). So I am wondering how helpful would it be to have high upper year grades.

    Also, I have participated in some researches(4 months) and I think I can get a not-too-bad recommendation letters(not fantastic ones though). And I wonder what range of universities in States I should aim for.

    So, here are my questions:
    1. If I can keep up the grades I got in 3rd year, then I will have
    -GPA overall : 3.60
    -GPA math : 3.77
    -GPA upper years(3,4) : 3.95
    So, even though I have low overall GPA, do you think I can still stand a chance? Will having high upper year GPA make a big difference?

    2. What's the approximate range of math grad schools in States I can realistically aim for?
    (for instance, around top 50)

    Thank you very much for the time.
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