I don't know the answer to your question. But it would be terribly shallow for them
to hold it against you or assume if a person's takes longer they must be retarded or
something. I think in your case it only strengthens your application. If you plan to go
into theoretical work, I think having the math would be great to have. Plus, research problems
are highly interdisciplanary, that having all three majors is really the best way to tackle a
multitude of research problems. The only other thing might be if you weren't planning
to go into astronomy would the other physics specialities think you are less interested in
them. Again, they shouldn't be so shallow to think you can't learn anything outside your field.
I don't know if I would go into $50,000 of debt for the extra year, but if you were going to suck
more $$$ out of parents or fellowships, nows the best time to do it
, because later on they
will say 'get a yob.'
I lengthened my degree due to financial reasons but also because I had these great
semester long research internships at government labs where I felt 15 weeks during the
academic year was better than 10 weeks during the summer. So, I hope they do not hold
it against people. I don't know if its something we should discuss in the statement of
So, as long as other people lengthened their degrees longer than you did, you are okay
(Kind of like on the highway, if other people are speeding worse than you, then you don't
have to worry about a ticket even if you are speeding
- actually that turns out not to
be true because they always catch the one in the back)
Go for it!