College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Statistics?

Statistics is the science of modeling, summarizing, and analyzing data. With statistics, you can make predictions and decisions about uncertain situations. This branch of mathematics is applicable in any area involving quantitative measurement. In this major, you'll gain an understanding of statistical inference. You will also learn about applied statistical analysis. This includes experimental design, simulation, model selection, and validation.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Medical research

Post-Graduation Success1

89% employed or continuing education

44% employed after graduation

45% attending graduate school

$57,962 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Deloitte, Allstate Insurance Company, Epic Systems View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, New York University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.1 years to degree

97% first-year retention rate

75% four-year graduation rate

75% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770