Which math schools should I consider for my PhD? Comments appreciated!

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In summary: AT:U(TX), Austin: 735U(MD), College Park: 740Twin Cities: 720U(WI), Madison: 720U(CA), San Diego: 740Purdue: 740Georgia Tech: 740U(GA): 770Group II:Arizona: 710Florida: 720Kentucky: 710TAMU: 735
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Thanks again for the comments on my previous post. I've done some work narrowing the field of math schools. Note that since my previous post I've made a decision to weight schools in the south a bit more heavily than those in the north. Here is a list, along with my comments.

AMS Group I:
  • U(TX), Austin: Very large, well regarded. Generous stipends.
  • U(MD), College park: Seems to be stocked with various kinds of analysts. They do have a leading symbolic dynamics guy, though. High cost of living?
  • Twin Cities: Missed their deadline. They looked nice, though. Hard to get in?
  • U(WI), Madison: Strengths in algebra and combinatorics. Low Faculty/student.
  • U(CA), San Diego: Looks nice.
  • Purdue: An engineering school, I'm not sure I'd fit the culture.
  • Georgia Tech: Has one of the only combinatorics programs in the US, but with a very applied bent. See Purdue. Good stipends, but I'm not sure what the cost of living is.
  • U(GA): Strong in representation theory, nice to students.
Group II:
  • Arizona: Friendly appearance, didn't tweak my academic curiousity.
  • Florida: I don't have a note written for this one. IIRC, has an unusual strength in discrete geometry.
  • TAMU: Very large. My notes claim a strength in algebra, but the largest group of degrees was in applied math.
  • Kentucky: Friendly web site, nice location. PhDs.org gave it a decent ranking (for my weighting), for some reason. Don't know much else.

Any comments are appreciated. I hope that some version of this list may be a help to others in a similar situation.
 
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It's a list of places I'm considering for graduate school (math PhD). I've previously discussed my situation http://https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=271391" .

On consideration, I probably should have posted in that thread. Mods, please feel free to move this there.

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