Department of Statistics Undergraduate Programs
The conceptual core of statistics deals with making decisions in the face of uncertainty. It is an inductive science in which information is extracted from sample data in order to draw inferences. The Statistics Major provides rigorous training in the basic theory and methodology of statistics along with substantial experience with applications, including the design and analysis of scientific studies.
Data Science is an interdisciplinary field that combines computational, mathematical, and statistical thinking to data-rich problems in a wide variety of fields in a responsible and ethical manner. This includes the ability to manage, process, model, gain meaning and knowledge, and present data. The major is a great fit for students interested in developing and revising tools to analyze data on all scales such as building algorithms, math underpinnings, and video programming.
The certificate is a great fit for students who want to be a high-end user of data programs and want to focus on developing basic data science skills to apply it to other or specific areas. If you like data analysis or will be working with data in your career field, this can be a good compliment to your major! Certificates are the equivalent of a minor at UW-Madison.
I am a high school or transfer student interested in Statistics and/or Data Science. What steps should I take?
Submit an admission application
Students are asked to indicate which TWO majors they are interested in pursuing. You can list "Statistics" or "Data Science" on your application. Even if you didn't, you can declare the major when you start your first semester at UW.
Sign up for a Visit Day
Data Science and Statistics advisors will be at the Your UW Day L&S Majors Fair for admitted freshmen. Students can also sign up for any UW-Madison visits that fits their interests and schedules. We are not available for individual appointments.
Send in any transfer courses or AP/IB exam scores to UW-Madison
To be awarded credit for a transfer course or AP/IB exam that you've taken, please send the official scores or transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment after accepting your admittance to UW-Madison.
Register for SOAR
A Data Science or Statistics advisor will help transfer students to enroll in courses at SOAR. General advisors will help Freshmen students enroll, but a Data Science or Statistics advisor can be available for general questions.
Meet with a Data Science/Statistics Major Advisor
Once you are on-campus, we recommend you meet with a major advisor in your first semester to assist in any advising, declaration, and course questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I apply to the major or certificate program?
There is no separate or additional application process to apply for our academic programs. We also do not have a direct admissions process.
Prospective freshmen and transfer students can submit a UW-Madison application via the Common Application or UW System Application. On the application, you can list two academic major programs they are interested in on their application form. After you have been admitted and made to a deposit to attend UW-Madison, you can declare our academic programs once you start your first semester on-campus.
I am a current UW-Madison student. How do I declare?
I have questions and want to meet with an advisor. Who can I contact to set up a meeting?
At this time, advisors are unavailable to meet with prospective students. However, you are welcome to email your questions to us and we will do our best to respond within 1-2 business days. We will share visit opportunities for Statistics & Data Science information sessions under the “sign up for a visit day” section above when available.
What careers can I get with something in this field?
SuccessWorks is the career services unit for L&S students and a great resource for students in career and internship assistance which they can utilize as a UW-Madison student.