Statistics is a competitive major. Completion of the prerequisites described below does not guarantee admission. Each application will be evaluated by a committee of faculty involved in the undergraduate program .

Admissions Criteria

A minimum cum GPA of 2.5 in the courses listed below with no individual GPA below 2.0 is required for admission. Successful applicants will typically exceed a cum GPA of 3.0 with no individual GPA below 2.5.  Courses must be completed prior to application.

  • Calculus sequence: MATH 124, 125 and 126    (or Hons Calculus sequence: MATH 134, 135 and 136)
  • Introductory Statistics: One of STAT 311 (highly preferred) or STAT 390
  • At least 2 additional courses from the following list:
    • CSE 142
    • either STAT 302 (recommended) or CSE 143
    • MATH 307
    • MATH 308

All applicants will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • academic ability as measured by GPA, factoring in difficulty and breadth of courses completed,  frequency of incomplete courses , and number of repeated courses
  • personal statement
  • relevant work and life experience
  • honors/merit  

How to Apply

Applications are accepted once a year. The deadline for application is the end of the day (5:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time) on the first Friday of September. Students wishing to apply to the statistics major must complete the online application and submit a personal statement. The application will be available for  two weeks before the deadline.

Personal statement

The prompts for the personal statement for the admission cycle 2018 are given below. Responses to each prompt must not exceed 750 characters (spaces included).

  1. Describe your career/education goals and how a major in statistics will help further these goals
  2. Critical thinking, communication skills and team work are important qualities required of statisticians in practice. Describe at least one prior experience where you had to demonstrate these skills and how you felt you performed in that situation.
  3. Elaborate on an experience where you overcame a challenge. You may describe a personal or academic challenge. We are more interested in what you did to succeed, rather than the challenge itself.
  4. Tell us something about yourself that sets you apart from other applicants. You may also use this space to tell us something about you which is important for us to know, such as a disadvantage you face or a special accomplishment.

   Tips for writing a personal statement

    This is your opportunity to give us a fuller understanding of you beyond just your grades. Before you begin, take some time to reflect on yourself and your experiences as it will help you write a more informed and authentic statement.

  • Avoid using flowery language; opt for direct and simpler prose.
  • Keep your responses to well under the limit of 750 characters (spaces included) if possible. This will likely require multiple edits to tighten up sentences.
  • Please do not use this space to tell us how magical and wonderful statistics is or how you will drop all your other majors and accept our offer if we make one. We are trying to assess who you are and how well you may fit in our program. So use this space to tell us more about yourself in an informative and sincere manner.
  • Proof read your answers for rhetorical clarity, grammar and spelling. Make use of the free resources at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC ) if necessary.  

To apply, please click here for the application (opens 8/28/18 at 6 am). Be sure to have a copy of your most recent transcript (PDF) and answers to the prompts in a separate file from which you can copy and paste into the online form before you begin. If you take Summer quarter classes, you must wait to apply until after your Summer quarter grades are included on your transcript. (This wait will not delay the consideration of your application.)

Admission Decisions

Decisions are made approximately within a week after the application deadline. Students are notified of the decision via email. Admitted students have 48 hours to accept our offer by email.  If admitted and STAT is your only major, you will have 1 week to declare STAT as your major and prepare a graduation plan with our advisor. If admitted and STAT is a double major/degree, you will have 2 weeks to declare STAT as your major since you must complete a graduation plan with your other major first. Non-response  by the deadlines is considered a decline of our offer.  Applicants are not allowed to defer admissions and must begin in the fall quarter immediately upon notification of acceptance. Failure to do so can result in a withdrawal of our offer. 

All applicants have the right to petition and appeal the Department’s decision.

If you are denied admission and feel that important facts were overlooked by the committee, you may submit the Admission Decision Appeal Form within 1 week of the date of the notification email to the Statistics Advising Office in PDL B-313. Only relevant information that was not submitted with your original application will be considered in your case for an appeal. Students who appeal will be notified within one week after the appeal deadline.