There are no two ways about it - you are either good in Mathematics and love it or it can haunt you and become the bane in your studies. It’s not something that you can train yourself to love. Srinivasa Ramanujan became a world-renowned mathematician with barely any formal training in pure mathematics but then he was inclined to Math naturally.

If you love Math there are many invigorating career options. You can become a:

  • Cryptographer
  • Mathematician
  • Economist
  • Actuary
  • Financial planner
  • Investment analyst
  • Statistician
  • Operations research analyst
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Budget Analyst

Studying Math at a reputed school will pave the way for bright career prospects. Some of the best schools to study Math are:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

MIT’s, Mathematics Department is considered the best in the world. Concentrations offered by the Department in the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics are:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Pure Mathematics
  • General Mathematics
  • Mathematics with Computer Science degree

The acceptance rate of 8% demands that you have exceptional scores. Expected high school GPA scores are 4.16 on a scale of 4.0, and SAT scores – reading and writing 700-790, Math -760-800. Your TOEFL scores should also be good too to stand a chance to be accepted. Talented students are given need-blind admissions and such a student can receive aid for all four years of the undergraduate program. 

Notable alumni are Tadotoshi Akiba, Ahmed Chalabi and Mohammad Ali Najafi.

2. Harvard University, USA

Harvard is an Ivy League University and the Mathematics program is conducted at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Mathematics program is for students who aspire to pursue research in the subject. Once a student shows promise in Math by passing the qualifying examination, his study is chalked out in the best-suited field by independent reading, advanced courses, and seminars. Harvard partners with other reputed institutions teaching mathematics like MIT, Brandeis, and Northeastern Universities to conduct shared seminars and conferences.

The acceptance rate at Harvard is nail-biting at 5%. Your grades must be excellent. Expected high school GPA scores are 4.04, and SAT scores of 1590. High TOEFL and GRE scores will enhance your chance to be accepted. Need-based financial aid ensures that the best students stand a chance to be accepted. Twenty per cent of students pay nothing to study at Harvard and more than fifty per cent receive need-based scholarships.

Notable alumni are Heisuke Hironaka, Daniel Quillen and David Mumford.

3. Stanford University, USA

Stanford is a reputed research institution dedicated to finding solutions to insurmountable challenges.The Department of Mathematics offers Graduate, Master’s and PhD programs in Mathematics as well as Mathematical and Computational Science. Undergraduates get a sound grounding in mathematics that includes logical reasoning, generalization, abstraction, and formal proof. They are trained to create, analyze, and interpret mathematical models and to communicate sound arguments based on mathematical reasoning and careful data analysis. 

The University has an acceptance rate of 3.35% so getting is extremely competitive. Your grades must be excellent. Expected high school GPA scores are 4.18 on the 4.0 scale, and SAT scores of 1570. High TOEFL scores will be a feather in your cap.

While almost 70% of students at Stanford receive financial aid, all aid is need-based. 

Notable alumni are John Milner, Terence Tao, and John Tate.

4. Princeton University, USA

This is a private Ivy League research institution. Their mission is to contribute to society and develop knowledge that will make a difference in the world through education. Undergraduate mathematics students embark on the program with introductory-based courses. Students learning standard calculus sequence or linear algebra to pursue majors in natural sciences, engineering, finance, economics, and other social sciences discover their love for mathematics here.

The acceptance rate is 4.9% making it a tough call to get in. Expected high school GPA scores are 3.87 on the 4.0 scale, and SAT scores of 1570 or more dictate that you should be an A student. Plus TOEFL scores should be good too.

Financial aid at Princeton is primarily need-based. There are no merit-based scholarships offered.

Notable alumni are Manjula Bhargava, John H. Conway and Paul Erdos.

5. University of California, Berkeley, USA

This public research university is the flagship of ten campuses of the University of California. The undergraduate major program in mathematics leads to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The course includes a study in Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, Discrete Mathematics, Abstract Algebra, etc. Major programs in the Department of Mathematics prepare students for advanced degrees in math, physical sciences, economics, industrial engineering, etc.

The acceptance rate is 16.8% but you must be a class topper to get accepted. Expected high school GPA scores are 3.84, and SAT scores of 1480. A high TOEFL score will improve your chances to be accepted.

Berkeley offers financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study aid, and loans.

Notable alumni are Steve Wozniak, Gordon Moore, and Robert Laughlin.

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