Commitment to Diversity
The Department of Statistics believes diversity is integral to the well-being of our programs in particular and the field of statistics in general.
We welcome applicants with varied cultural and personal experiences, from varying socio-economic and academic backgrounds, and of differing racial identities, ages, gender identities and sexual orientations.
We are committed to providing a well-rounded education that combines academic rigor with hands-on training in a supportive, socially responsible and inclusive environment that offers access and opportunity for all.
Applicants must be enrolled at the University of Washington and satisfy the requirements below.
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 :
- MATH 124, 125 and 126 (or Hons Calculus sequence: MATH 134, 135 and 136)
- MATH 224 (previously Math324)
- Statistics: One of STAT 311 (highly recommended) or STAT 390
- Computing: One of CSE 122, CSE 123, CSE 142 or CSE 160 (highly recommended).
Admissions may not be deferred.
- No double majors with MATH or ACMS (any track).
- The statistics major at UW is not available to post-bac students owing to the huge demand among first-time degree seeking undergraduates.
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
- written prompts
- relevant work and life experience
How to Apply
To apply, please click here. Be sure to have a copy of your answers to the writing prompts below in a separate file from which you can copy and paste into the online form before you begin.
The deadline for application is the end of the day (5:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time) on the third Friday in April. Students wishing to apply to the statistics major must complete the online application by the due date and time. The application will be available for two weeks before the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered and extra time will not be given. Please plan ahead so you do not find yourself in this situation.
Writing Prompts (admission cycle 2023)
(All Applicants) Pick any two of these writing prompts and write a thoughtful response of at most 300 words on each prompt.
1. Pick a specific mathematical concept from your undergraduate education that you have struggled with and explain how your thinking and understanding of this concept has evolved over time.
2. The American Statistical Association Ethical Guidelines (B.10) states that an ethical Statistician: “… ..shares the data used in the analyses whenever possible/allowable and exercises due caution to protect proprietary and confidential data, including all data that might inappropriately reveal respondent identities."
Giving examples, explain how it is possible both to share data and ensure that respondent identities are not revealed. Explain, with examples, why this is important.
3. “In the Statistics classes I have taken so far, I was most surprised to learn that …. because ….” Fill in the blanks.
4. Epidemiological and Statistical modeling have played prominent roles in understanding and responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Give an example of a statistical concept that you became aware of through the pandemic. Explain how that concept influenced decisions made by you or others.
5. There are many statistics that get posted regularly online and in the popular media. Describe one such statistic that you follow, perhaps only occasionally, and explain why you are interested in that statistic?
(Students with Declared Majors) Write up to 600 words: If statistics is your second major or you are planning to change your major to statistics, please explain why you wish to do so and how you see it furthering your current career goals.
(Optional) Write up to 600 words:
If you have overcome challenges in your educational journey that you would like the committee to be aware of please describe them here. For example you can use this space to tell us about:
- Elements of your record which might misrepresent your potential as a statistics major;
- Your experience(s) as an individual from a traditionally underrepresented group in higher education; your perspective on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity; or any topics related to these themes;
- How your personal history (family, educational, cultural, and economic background) has influenced you and your goals.
Decisions are made approximately within two weeks after the application deadline. Students are notified of the decision via email. Admitted students have 2 business days from when the offer is sent to accept our offer by email. If admitted, students have 5 business days from when the offer was sent to declare STAT as their major , 10 business days for double majors. 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.
What is considered a strong applicant for the STAT major?
Every application is holistically reviewed by the statistics admissions committee. Your overall UW record, the GPAs of the prerequisites, positive grade pattern and your personal statement are all taken into consideration in the review. We have an average of 100- 150 applications per year and we only have 50-55 spaces available.
I do not have a good grade in a Math or CSE course. Can I repeat the course for a better grade?
If for any reasons the applicant is not satisfied with the grade in a specific prerequisite course, we prefer the applicant takes another similar or higher level course to demonstrate a solid and improved grade.
I have some transfer credits of the admissions prerequisites from a community college. How can I demonstrate my competitiveness to apply?
We would like to see that you take some of our Math or CSE requirements at UW before you apply. For example Math 224, or Math 208, Math 318 and CSE 142.
I am in another major. Can I apply to STAT major?
You can apply to stat major but you will need to make a strong case in the application of why the two majors are needed and what academic goals you want to achieve with the two majors. STAT majors may not double major with MATH or ACMS. In addition, on account of overlap we do not encourage students to be in the Statistics Data Science option whilst also being in a data science option in another major.
When will I know if I am admitted?
We only admit students to our program once a year. The application deadline is the third Friday in April. We will review the applications very soon after the deadline and hopefully notify the applicants of the results prior to the start of Autumn registration, which is in May.
I am interested in STAT DS option and can I switch to the general STAT later on in the program?
Yes you can switch from STAT DS to general or vice versa. All we need is to complete the MYPLAN and a Change of Major Form to make sure you are making satisfactory progress and graduating on time.
Do you look at research or work experience in the application?
Our admissions are holistic and applications are evaluated as a whole. Research experience is only one way in which students can demonstrate intellectual curiosity and aptitude, but there are many others: breadth of classes on transcript, relevant projects from classes, interest in an application area to name a few.
What kinds of career or academic opportunities does a Statistics major lead to?
A major in statistics will prepare you for any job which requires critical thinking skills. Many of our graduates go on to M.S./Ph.D. programs in Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Science, Business Analytics, or Financial Engineering etc.
If I do not get admitted to the STAT major, what should I do?
Statistics is a capacity constrained major. All applicants should have a back up major in mind. Majors with similar admission requirements are: Math, ACMS, Econ, Applied Math, CSE.
Do you accept transcripts upload on the application?
Applicants do not need to upload transcripts when they apply.
Is there only one application for STAT and STAT Data Science option?
If I have other questions in Statistics admissions who should I contact?
Questions concerning admissions and registration should be sent to email@example.com.