Applying for a mathematics PhD in the US after getting a BSc degree from Imperial.

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This summer I finished my BSc maths degree at Imperial and ranked around top 5% of the class.

I was considering the idea of applying to some US universities like Stanford, Harvard, etc., but they don't do master's applications, just straight up PhD ones for mathematics. I quite like the idea of doing a PhD, so it is not a big problem for me, but I was wondering about my chances here, coming off a BSc and applying straight to a PhD sounds like a big reach.

Has anybody had similar experiences and know if it's even worth trying?

Thanks for all the help.
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This summer I finished my BSc maths degree at Imperial and ranked around top 5% of the class.

I was considering the idea of applying to some US universities like Stanford, Harvard, etc., but they don't do master's applications, just straight up PhD ones for mathematics. I quite like the idea of doing a PhD, so it is not a big problem for me, but I was wondering about my chances here, coming off a BSc and applying straight to a PhD sounds like a big reach.

Has anybody had similar experiences and know if it's even worth trying?

Thanks for all the help.
Congrats on the great result. I have certainly seen people from Imperial get PhD positions at elite US universities with a strong MSci (physics not maths), not sure about the BSc in its own however, but certainly worth giving it a go or talking to your PT about their experience of students trying this route. You could always go for an MSc tailored to your research interests if you need something at a higher level, e.g. QFFF at Imperial if you want to hit theoretical physics or one of the Oxbridge maths MScs to get experience of a different environment.
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This summer I finished my BSc maths degree at Imperial and ranked around top 5% of the class.

I was considering the idea of applying to some US universities like Stanford, Harvard, etc., but they don't do master's applications, just straight up PhD ones for mathematics. I quite like the idea of doing a PhD, so it is not a big problem for me, but I was wondering about my chances here, coming off a BSc and applying straight to a PhD sounds like a big reach.

Has anybody had similar experiences and know if it's even worth trying?

Thanks for all the help.
You do a graduate entrance test, GRE or GMAT (usually Business) .
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