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2021 Best Colleges for Statistics

Approximately 8,658 statistics degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Statistics ranking analyzed 21 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in statistics. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Statistics students.

Choosing a Great Statistics School

Best Colleges for Statistics Your choice of statistics school matters. Important measures of a quality stats program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 2% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 2%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 34 to 3 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

A statistics degree from colleges on this list typically translates into above average earnings following graduation. While the average statistics bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $55,352, graduates of colleges on this list average $92,600.

Starting Salary  ( 50433 to 108966 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Statistics students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other statistics students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized statistics related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Statistics students.

Best Schools to Study Statistics in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for statistics majors.

Top 10 Best Stats Colleges

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Any student pursuing a degree in statistics needs to take a look at Harvard University. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great college overall.

There are about 128 statistics undergraduates studying this degree at Harvard. Harvard University statistics graduates earn $70,795 more than the average stats student.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Every student pursuing a degree in statistics needs to check out Carnegie Mellon University. Located in the city Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. This college ranks 33rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

For those interested in something more advanced, Carnegie Mellon also offers 2 different higher degree levels in statistics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates from the statistics major at Carnegie Mellon University make $24,395 above the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Every student pursuing a degree in statistics has to check out University of Chicago. Located in the large city Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 19th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

With 225 undergrads, University of Chicago is one of most popular colleges to study stats in United States. University of Chicago statistics students earn $16,695 more than the average stats grad.

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It's difficult to beat University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign if you want to pursue statistics as a major. Located in the small city Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 92nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in statistics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this program report average early career earnings of $57,200.

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UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley. This college ranks 69th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in something more advanced, UC Berkeley also offers 2 different higher degree levels in statistics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Statistics graduates from University of California - Berkeley earn a boost of approximately $8,395 over the typical income of statistics majors.

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#6

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. This school ranks 84th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

For those interested in something more advanced, Purdue also offers 2 different higher degree levels in statistics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career earnings of $52,600.

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U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. This college ranks 38th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan also offers 2 different higher degree levels in statistics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After getting their bachelor's degree, stats students typically earn about $50,000 in the first five years of their career.

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UCLA is a very large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. This school ranks 65th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

With 211 students enrolled, University of California - Los Angeles is one of most popular schools to study stats in United States. After getting their bachelor's degree, stats students generally earn an average of $48,100 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the small suburb Davis, UC Davis is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 83rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

A preferred choice for statistics undergrads, there are approximately 254 students studying this degree at UC Davis. Grads of the stats program report average early career earnings of $47,900.

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UCSB is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara. This school ranks 133rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

A favorite major for statistics undergrads, there are roughly 183 individuals enrolled in this program at UCSB. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $43,400.

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Statistics by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Statistics is one of 3 different types of Mathematics & Statistics programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mathematics 30,684
Applied Mathematics 9,625
Other Statistics 486

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to QWFP. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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