Need advices for grad school selection
I am a sophomore at a public ivy college double majoring in math and philosophy, and I hoped to go to decent statistics master program after graduation.
However, I am not getting good grades at all. This semester I got a B- in linear algebra, and my cumulative GPA dropped to 3.48. For math, I've taken Calc I(A), Calc II(A), Discrete Math(B) and Applied statistics(A-).
All I can say on my behalf at this point is that I will adjust my study habits for the coming spring semester and try to bring my grades up as much as possible. I understand that if I start to work very hard, the B- in linear algebra might be justified by good grades in later courses, but after all, linear algebra is a core course, and I am uncertain about how much I can justify it.
I wonder how bad will this B- in linear algebra hurt me in graduate admission process if I could do reasonably good in later courses?
I am looking at programs that are ranked around 20-50, such as the University of Virginia, or Boston University, etc. Is it still realistic for me to think about getting into these programs?
If 20-50 institutions are no longer within my reach, what kind of program should I look at if I don't want to go into industries immediately after undergrad?
Will my school name help me in any ways?
I also took a fair amount of psychology courses, and therefore by the time of my graduation, I should be able to meet the standard of psychology minor. I am trying to get into undergraduate psychology research next semester as well. Should I consider graduate schools in psychology?
Base on my recent readings, I came to realize that the chance of getting into a psychology grad school is low (usually about 7-15%). And I am wondering, will a B- in linear algebra decrease my chance of getting into a desirable program so that the chance of getting into 20-50 institutions for stat become comparable with the chance of getting into a psychology grad school?
Thank you for your time and patience! Any response will be greatly appreciated!