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  1. Actually I said that and Prof3 agreed to write a letter for Yale. But obviously this letter will not be strong. It seems like that those schools will ask letter writers to rank me, and likely I will not get the highest one.
  2. Actually I did make a list and below is a summary of what my letter writers said: Prof1: You should also consider Yale. Me: I should add USC. Prof1: Yes you should add some safe schools. Prof2: This is a good list, maybe you should pick a few safe schools: a, USC , c... Prof3: Don’t apply to Yale. Me: I’ll add some safer schools like Davis and a, b. Prof3: They are not safe, you should add Boston College. (?) So at the end of the day, I’ll just apply widely after having a look at their faculties and placement records.....
  3. I’ll apply to up to 15 schools, probably USC is the bottom line. My letter writers also told me to apply widely as there would be much noise. I know ANU sent students to UW Madison, Maryland and Queen’s last year but still it’s very hard to make predictions.
  4. I’m not sure, sometimes one or two, sometimes up to five. And some of them don’t apply for PhD. I know that two students with medals from last year will apply for 2020 fall and their target is top5.
  5. But I don’t have a university medal, and this makes a big difference. Besides, my letter writers are not that well known. Now I don’t think I have a chance for top15 or even top20. Probably a medal is a must for top15.
  6. Thanks! My primary degree is from ANU and I did those math courses there. But my honors is from USYD as there was no mid-year entry in ANU, is this important? I thought USYD should be one of the top unis in Australia....
  7. Thanks! My primary degree is from ANU and I did those math courses there. But my honors is from USYD as there was no mid-year entry in ANU, is this important? I thought USYD should be one of the top unis in Australia....
  8. Thanks! Seems like that a low math grade is a pretty bad signal. I just read some posts and some applicants with perfect math grades are aiming for top 40 or 50......
  9. I'm from an Australian top uni with first class honors in economics, my goal is top30 but now I think my math grades should be a disadvantage.
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