DanielMcLaury wrote:Would it be possible to take some more statistics courses, possibly in other departments? (Lots of science departments offer courses on statistical issues that come up in their areas, for instance.) If the advanced stats course only goes up to multiple linear regression, that's not a whole lot of background to have going in. Also, a lot of statistics is called "machine learning" nowadays.
Not a bad idea, but this isn't going to be true at most liberal arts colleges unless they offer a specialized statistics concentration, which I assume the OP would have taken advantage of it if were an option. Maaaaybe the CS department will have a machine learning course, but the stat-related courses in other departments will be limited to methods classes for majors (econometrics, methods for polisci, methods for psych).
The statistical pickings were slim while I was at my liberal arts alma mater: probability, mathematical statistics, and a couple of not particularly rigorous topics classes that required a previous statistics course but little math training beyond calculus. Despite this, in the past five years people (not even including me) have gotten into Stanford, Harvard, UW (both stat and biostat), UMN, and probably more places I don't even know about. (That said, we all were required to do a senior thesis, so we probably looked better from a research perspective than the OP.) I don't think limited stats coursework is going to be a big problem for the OP if their undergrad has a good reputation.