Am I competitive for a top 15 school?

rjones21
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Am I competitive for a top 15 school?

Postby rjones21 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:25 am

My stats are as follows:

Undergraduate Institution: Liberal Arts college
Overall GPA: 3.88 (4.00 in Physics and 3.91 in Math) Also every successive semester has been greater than or equal to the GPA of the last semester
Majors: Math/Physics
Ethnicity/Gender: White Male
GRE: N/A (will take soon. I am usually getting perfect scores on the quantitative section of the GRE and 880-950 on the PGRE for practice tests)

Research: One summer of Math research. Two summer of physics research, one in QG that continued for the following year and resulted in a publication and some local presentations, the other was an REU for one summer that resulted in a presentation. Will be continuing this as a full year senior thesis in black hole thermodynamics.

Coursework: Despite attending a liberal arts college, I will have taken by the time I graduate two semesters of mechanics, two semesters of electricity and magnetism, two semesters of quantum mechanics, one semester of thermo, one semester of stat mech, one semester of astrophysics/cosmology, one semester of astronomy, general relativity, tensor calculus, complex analysis, topology, as well as some other interesting, but not pertinent math courses such as abstract algebra and real analysis.

I am applying as a theorist (relativity, astrophysics, or cosmology) for most programs, but I might apply for some computational cosmology too.


I don't have much info as to the likelihood that I will be competitive for most schools because of the number of moving parts in a physics application. It is hard for me to objectively compare myself to other students in these forums so ANY FEEDBACK would be greatly appreciated.

Here is a list of schools I might apply to. If you have suggestions for schools that I should consider/give up the dream please let me know!

Reach:

Harvard
Berkeley
Princeton
Stanford
Yale
MIT
Cornell

Reasonable:

Washington
UCLA
UNC
Maryland
Penn State
Northwestern
UMich

Safety (But what is actually a safety these days...):

Rochester
RPI
Syracuse
Delaware
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Catria
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Re: Am I competitive for a top 15 school?

Postby Catria » Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:30 pm

I'd probably have to suggest the following:

- UPenn
- Carnegie Mellon
- Case Western

in lieu of any three of the "non-reach" (i.e. reasonable or safety) lists...

rjones21
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Re: Am I competitive for a top 15 school?

Postby rjones21 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:16 pm

Is there a specific reason for recommending these three schools?
Catria wrote:I'd probably have to suggest the following:

- UPenn
- Carnegie Mellon
- Case Western

in lieu of any three of the "non-reach" (i.e. reasonable or safety) lists...

Catria
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Re: Am I competitive for a top 15 school?

Postby Catria » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:44 pm

rjones21 wrote:Is there a specific reason for recommending these three schools?
Catria wrote:I'd probably have to suggest the following:

- UPenn
- Carnegie Mellon
- Case Western

in lieu of any three of the "non-reach" (i.e. reasonable or safety) lists...


These three have to do with cosmology, theoretical or computational. Now, in other areas of astronomy or relativity the picture might be a little different...




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