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I am a international applicant. I study in fairly less prestigious undergraduate school. I am aware that this will have a affect on my Grad School Applications. Since I am freshman I was wondering of how I can minimize the disadvantage. I do think of four possible ways:

  1. Taking toughest courses possible: My school is kind of a unique model. It has very less permanent faculties. It usually borrows Math professors from other institutions in my country which sort of have a international reputation. They usually offer grad level courses known as electives. I do have the option of taking as many of them. I won't run out of these courses. However the undergrad transcript will not show the name of professor under which the class was taken. I am kind of skeptical how admission committee will judge these courses just by looking at name of undergraduate institution.

  2. Amazing letters of recommendation : Since good and internationally known faculty take courses at my school I do hope to get recommendations from them. This should help but I am not sure how much.?

  3. Budapest semester in mathematics and IMC : I am sure BSM will help however will doing really good in IMC make my application better ?

  4. Good honors thesis: I do have the option of completing my honors thesis abroad at a different institution. Usually honors thesis don't contain publishable material however that's a matter of hard work. It won't be published before the application deadline but will a letter from advisor highlighting the work and results of my thesis do any good ?

Even if I check each one of the above box's how worthy and comparable my application will be to those from the very best undergrad schools ?

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    Looks like a good roadmap. But note that it is easy to make big plans and difficult to carry out all of them: BSM for instance is challenging and it would be hard to get good grades in it... – xuq01 May 17 '18 at 23:10
  • In previous questions and answers, people have mentioned (math) graduate programs asking applicants to list the textbooks they used in their classes rather than who the professor was. – mkennedy May 18 '18 at 17:28

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