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Top Schools for Statistics

Statistics is the study of the collection of data used in a variety of fields and is a field of study offered by many colleges and universities around the U.S., usually in mathematics schools. Students can obtain bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorates in statistics from many of these schools.

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Top Statistics Schools in the United States

1. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Stanford University is known for many things including high rankings and the birthplace of Silicon Valley. The high rankings, due to the academic rigor and research done at this school encompass many departments including that of statistics. The Department of Statistics has received high rankings from U.S. News and World Report where it placed number one in the list of statistics departments in 2010 and from the National Research Council (NRC) in 2010 in many areas including research, scholarly reputation and faculty impressions. Statistics at Stanford has been taught for nearly 90 years and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees alike, as well as a Master of Science in Financial Mathematics. The department also offers a multi-disciplinary program known as Vertical Integration of Research and Education (VIGRE) that has positions available to postdoctoral students, fellowships for graduate students and research opportunities for undergraduate students.

2. University of California - Berkeley

The Berkeley campus in the University of California system is a school which is reputable for a number of reasons, one of them being its standing as having the largest number of highly-ranked graduate programs in the U.S. according to the NRC in 2010. Its Department of Statistics is included in this number, ranked number two in the U.S. News and World Report 2010 list of statistics departments. It offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), a Master of Arts (M.A.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in statistics as well as three main active areas of research which include theoretical statistics, applied statistics and probability. The department also offers a consulting service in which graduate students can work as consultants for the university under faculty supervision.

3. University of Washington in Seattle, WA

The University of Washington is a 150-year old primarily research-based university that offers a large number of degrees from its 16 colleges, all of which containing a variety of academic degree programs including its Department of Statistics. This department is a highly-ranked department, ranking at number three on the 2010 statistics programs list in U.S. News and World Report for its biostatistics department and six for general statistics. The NRC also ranked the department highly in the areas of research, scholarly reputation and student graduation rates in its 2010 study. The department offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees and there are three additional interdisciplinary divisions in the department that include the Center for Statistics in the Social Sciences (CSSS), a program in computational finance and a program in statistical genetics.

Ten Highly-Ranked Statistics Schools in the Nation

School Name Distinction Location
University of Washington Offers three interdisciplinary programs in social sciences, computational finance and statistical genetics Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin - Madison Has a very high rating in its research according to the NRC in 2010 Madison, WI
University of California - Berkeley Has received nine awards from the National Academy of Sciences over the years Berkeley, CA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Offers Interdisciplinary Statistics and Operations Research (INSTORE) Master of Science and Ph.D. Chapel Hill, NC
Harvard University Faculty member Donald B. Rubin elected to the National Academy of Sciences Cambridge, MA
Johns Hopkins University Offers a joint program with the Department of Sociology Baltimore, MD
Stanford University Has the Industrial Affiliates Program Stanford, CA
University of Chicago Over 15 books on statistics have been written by former faculty members Chicago, IL
Duke University Offers the Statistical Education Center as a resource for all students of statistics courses Durham, NC
Carnegie Mellon University Offers six distinct interdisciplinary training programs in statistics Pittsburgh, PA
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