Savoy457 wrote:I am looking for particle physics
Double major in Physics and Math with minor in Psychology (averaging 20 credits per semester, hence the GPA)
GPA: 3.293 (overall), 3.298 (physics)
GRE: 430/780/3.5 (V/Q/W)
Doing research with three professors, will graduate with at least two publications, maybe three.
Want to get into Cornell, but doubt that can happen...
What graduate schools should I be applying to? What schools are a reach that I still have a chance of getting into?
A note: Working with 3 people at a time might come off as unfocused, a negative trait for your thesis-writing years. Be careful how you word that on your application.
What graduate schools should I be applying to?
If you have a well-defined interest in Particle Physics backed up with research experience in that particular field, you should apply to everywhere that is known for that field (and hope your skill set intrigues some famous guy who needs another set of hands in his lab). Otherwise, your range is probably starting somewhere in the low 20's down to the mid 60's in terms of US News rankings (which are mostly useful in measuring selectivity, not excellence). Places in that range that are better than their selectivity indicates (non-exhaustive list):
Most UC's (Irvine, Davis, Riverside, Santa Cruz...)
Washington University in St. Louis
Of course, this list is dependent on your field of interest, so not all of these apply to Particle (and I certainly missed some, since my interests are cosmology). Mostly, schools in the mid-west and republican south are the best "value", and schools out west are a better "value" than the schools on the east, though that isn't as strong of a correlation (this is all of course a personal opinion, though I think it's one shared by many people).
What schools are a reach that I still have a chance of getting into?
Cornell is probably on the top of this range, especially if you have a connection. Look at schools in the Michigan/UMCP range for about an O(5%) chance of getting in, U Chicago/Cornell range for an O(1%) chance.