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The List of All U.S. Colleges With a Statistics Major

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The author H.G. Wells famously said that “statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write!” In today’s data-driven world, it’s hard to argue with his sentiment. If your high school student is thinking of pursuing a statistics major in college, we’ve compiled a list of the U.S. colleges that offer a statistics major. While we were at it, we pulled together some reasons students should consider a degree in statistics and a few tips for ensuring your student gets into the school of their choice.

Why Should You Study Statistics in College?

 

At its most basic, statistics is the science of data and statisticians will work with information in every stage—including collection, analysis, and interpretation, along with communicating and presenting insights gained from the data. On a broad level, statisticians work to better understand the world through data analysis and numbers.

 

Because of the expansive application of statistics, the career paths for a student with a statistics degree are wide ranging with available positions in government, education, research, business, industry, and even professional sports. Essentially, wherever data is being collected, there will be work for a statistician to make sense of the information.

 

Like other STEM fields, students with a statistics major have a distinct advantage when entering the workforce. Analysis from the Pew Research Center shows that students with STEM training in college outearn other college graduates, regardless of whether they end up working a STEM occupation or not. Here are some numbers a statistics major will love—according to the Pew Research Center, college-educated, full-time employees with a STEM major outearn employees with non-STEM majors by more than $20,000 a year. Check out our blog A Day in the Life of a STEM Major to learn what life at college is like for a STEM major.

 

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) paints a similarly rosy picture of the future for statistics majors. In 2018, the median wage for statisticians was $87,780, substantially more than the income of the average American ($47,060). Even better for students with an interest in statistics is that the BLS projects employment of mathematicians and statisticians to grow 33% between 2016 and 2026 (far surpassing the national average of 5% to 8%) thanks in part to the growing need of businesses to analyze an increasingly large amount of digital and electronic data.

 

If the numbers supporting the positive outlook above have only furthered your student’s interest in statistics, keep in mind who collected and presented that information—statisticians—and keep reading to learn how to get into your top-choice statistics program.  

 

How Can You Increase Your Chances of Acceptance?

 

Students interested in pursuing a field of rigorous academic study like statistics will need a strong GPA to be considered by top schools. In addition to getting good grades, schools expect students to have challenged themselves in high school by taking demanding coursework, such as AP statistics, calculus, and computer science. Just remember, as important as it is to tackle difficult classes, don’t do so at the expense of your grade point average. If you’re struggling to decide which math classes to take, give our article What Math Courses Should I Take? a read.

 

Equally important as a student’s grades is their performance on the SAT, especially the math section. A simple tip for scoring well on this important test: practice. CollegeBoard offers sample questions and a daily practice app to help students prepare for the math section of the SAT. For more tips on nailing the math section of the SAT, read our post Five Tips to Boost Your Math SAT Score.

 

Extracurricular activities also factor in when admissions officials look at a student’s college application. There are numerous ways students with an interest in statistics can bolster their extracurricular resume. Tutoring is a tried-and-true method to demonstrate an interest in a subject while also showing community involvement. Another way for students to leverage their interest in statistics while building their college profile is to volunteer to be the main statistician for their high school’s athletic department. Truly impress applications officers by bringing modern Moneyball thinking to your old-fashioned athletic department.

 

Summer is another great opportunity for students to bolster their extracurricular activities. Check out our post How to Spend Your Summer As a Prospective Math Major (And Why Math is a Great Career Path) for some great ideas.

 

If your high school student is interested in pursuing statistics and is looking to get into a top school, it’s never too early to start preparing for college. Our Early Advising Program helps 9th and 10th graders develop a roadmap to follow, ensuring that they begin building their college profiles early in their high school careers.

 

There is no cause for concern for students starting their college preparation later in their high school careers, however, time is of the essence. Our College Strategy Program is designed to help juniors give their college profile a boost, making sure they take full advantage of their remaining time in high school.

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Which Colleges Have a Statistics Major?

 

American University

Amherst College

Appalachian State University

Arizona State University | ASU

Austin Peay State University | APSU

Babson College

Barnard College

Baruch College | CUNY Baruch

Baylor University

Bowling Green State University | BGSU

Bradley University

Bridgewater State University

Brigham Young University | BYU

Brigham Young University–Idaho | BYU–Idaho

Brown University

Butler University

California Baptist University | CBU

California Polytechnic State University | Cal Poly

California State University, East Bay | CSU East Bay

California State University, Fresno | CSU Fresno

California State University, Fullerton | CSU Fullerton

California State University, Long Beach | Long Beach State

California State University, Northridge | CSUN

California University of Pennsylvania | Cal U

Calvin College

Carleton College

Carnegie Mellon University | CMU

Case Western Reserve University

Castleton University

Central Connecticut State University | CCSU

Central Michigan University | CMU

Colby College

College of Charleston

Colorado Mesa University

Colorado School of Mines | Mines

Colorado State University | CSU

Columbia University

Concordia University Irvine

Cornell College

Cornell University

Dordt College

East Tennessee State University | ETSU

Eastern Kentucky University | EKU

Eastern Michigan University | EMU

Eastern New Mexico University | ENMU

Elon University

Emmanuel College (Massachusetts)

Emporia State University

Florida International University | FIU

George Mason University

George Washington University | GW

Grand Valley State University | GVSU

Gustavus Adolphus College

Harris–Stowe State University

Harvard University

Henderson State University | HSU

Hunter College | CUNY Hunter

Illinois Institute of Technology | Illinois Tech

Illinois State University | ISU

Indiana University Bloomington | Indiana

Iowa State University

James Madison University | JMU

Johns Hopkins University | JHU

Lehigh University

LeTourneau University | LETU

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Maryland

Luther College

Marshall University

Miami Dade College | MDC

Miami University

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University | Michigan Tech

Millersville University of Pennsylvania | MU

Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute

Minnesota State University, Mankato | MNSU

Misericordia University

Monmouth University

Montana Tech of the University of Montana | Montana Tech

Mount Holyoke College

New Jersey Institute of Technology | NJIT

New York City College of Technology | CUNY City Tech

North Carolina A&T State University | N.C. A&T

North Dakota State University | NDSU

Northcentral University

Northern Arizona University | NAU

Northern Kentucky University

Northwest University

Northwestern University

Pennsylvania State University | PSU

Prairie View A&M University | PVAMU

Princeton University

Purdue University

Purdue University Fort Wayne | PFW

Radford University

Rice University

Robert Morris University | RMU (Pennsylvania)

Rochester Institute of Technology | RIT

Rutgers University–New Brunswick | Rutgers

Saint Leo University

Saint Mary’s College (Indiana)

San Diego State University | SDSU

San Francisco State University | SF State

San Jose State University | SJSU

Seminole State College of Florida

Smith College

Sonoma State University | SSU

Southern Methodist University | SMU

St. Ambrose University

St. Cloud State University | SCSU

St. John Fisher College

St. Lawrence University

St. Michael’s College

St. Olaf College

St. Thomas University | STU

State University of New York at Oneonta | SUNY Oneonta

Swarthmore College

Temple University

Texas A&M University

The Ohio State University | OSU

The State University of New York at Albany | SUNY Albany

The State University of New York at Buffalo | SUNY Buffalo

The State University of New York at Stony Brook | SUNY Stony Brook

Truman State University | TSU

United States Military Academy | Army

University of Akron

University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley

University of California, Davis | UC Davis

University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA

University of California, Riverside | UC Riverside

University of California, San Diego | UCSD

University of California, Santa Barbara | UCSB

University of Central Florida | UCF

University of Chicago

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado Denver | CU Denver

University of Connecticut | UConn

University of Delaware

University of Evansville

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Houston–Downtown | UHD

University of Idaho

University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign | UIUC

University of Iowa

University of Maryland, Baltimore County | UMBC

University of Maryland, College Park | Maryland

University of Massachusetts Lowell | UMass Lowell

University of Michigan

University of Michigan–Dearborn | UM-D

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | Minnesota

University of Missouri | Mizzou

University of Montana

University of New Hampshire | UNH

University of New Mexico | UNM

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | UNC

University of North Carolina at Charlotte | UNC Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Greensboro | UNC Greensboro

University of North Carolina at Wilmington | UNC Wilmington

University of North Florida | UNF

University of Notre Dame

University of Pittsburgh | Pitt

University of Rochester

University of South Carolina | USC

University of South Florida | USF

University of Southern California | USC

University of Southern Indiana | USI

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

University of Tennessee at Martin | UTM

University of Texas at San Antonio | UTSA

University of Vermont | UVM

University of Virginia | UVA

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison | Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin–Green Bay | UW–Green Bay

University of Wisconsin–La Crosse | UW–La Crosse

University of Wyoming

Utah State University

Utah Valley University | UVU

Valparaiso University | Valpo

Villanova University

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest University

Wayne State University | WSU

Webster University

West Chester University | WCUPA

West Virginia University | WVU

Western Kentucky University | WKU

Western Michigan University | WMU

Western Washington University | WWU

Whitman College

Wichita State University | WSU

William Paterson University | WPUNJ

Williams College

Winona State University | WSU

Wright State University

Xavier University of Louisiana

Yale University

 

Students with statistical minds will appreciate the benefit offered from our College Applications Program, as it can provide insight into a student’s chance of acceptance at a particular institution and project the return on investment a student can expect from attending a specific school. More than merely offering data-driven insight, our College Applications Program can help a student build a winning application, create an eye-catching essay, and, in the end, increase their odds of acceptance into their top-choice college.

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Timothy Peck
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A graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in English, Tim Peck currently lives in Concord, New Hampshire, where he balances a freelance writing career with the needs of his two Australian Shepherds to play outside.