Top Schools for Math and Statistics

Learn which top schools offer degree programs in math and statistics. Read about the academic options at four high-ranking schools, and use the list at the end of the resource to find other universities in the U.S. that offer instruction in math and statistics.

Many schools offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics, with individual programs allowing for studies in statistics. Qualified graduates may be able to find work as actuaries, mathematicians or statisticians.

School Overview

The four notable schools profiled below include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago and Ohio State University, which ranked among the best in the nation for their graduate mathematics program, according to U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report also listed the statistics programs at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago to be among the best in the country.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology had the best graduate mathematics program in the country in 2014, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Ranked 7th among all national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers three undergraduate degrees in mathematics. Students can major in applied, theoretical or general mathematics. Those enrolled in the general mathematics program can combine their major with a related field of study, such as statistics. Graduate degree programs are available in pure and applied mathematics.

University of California - Berkeley

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The graduate program in mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley was ranked #3 and the graduate statistics program, #2 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2014. Degree programs in mathematics are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduates in the Berkeley mathematics program can participate in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, one of the most prestigious mathematics competitions in North America. Three of UC Berkeley's current mathematics professors hold the Fields Medal in Mathematics, which is considered the highest honor available to mathematicians.

University of Chicago in Chicago, IL

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The University of Chicago was rank tied for 5th in the country for graduate mathematics and statistics programs in 2014, by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers four undergraduate degrees in mathematics. Students who pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics can combine their major with other math-related programs. Graduate students can complete a Master of the Arts or a Master of Science in Mathematics in one of the school's joint programs. Statistics are among the school's specializations. Faculty members at the University of Chicago include Guggenheim Fellows and winners of the Fields Medals in Mathematics or Pulitzer Prize.

Ohio State University in Columbus, OH

School Highlight: The actuarial sciences major includes coursework in mathematics and statistics.

For 2014, the graduate math program at Ohio State University was tied for #28, and the graduate statistics program was tied for #27. Undergraduates at OSU can pursue a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Actuarial Science and Mathematics. There are also six educational tracks to choose from: theoretical math, math for educators, financial math, biomath, applied math and honors math. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Mathematical Sciences (MMS) degree or a PhD in the field, both of which include teaching and research experiences in the field.

Top Schools for Mathematics and Statistics

Here are some more colleges and universities with good mathematics and statistics programs:

  • Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, offers three mathematical majors.
  • At California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, students are encouraged to take courses in other math-related areas, including statistics.
  • At Columbia University in New York, NY, research activities at the mathematics department are offered throughout the year and are targeted toward general mathematical audiences.
  • The University of California - Los Angeles offers six mathematics-related programs.
  • At the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, undergraduate and graduate actuarial programs are available.
  • At Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, mathematics majors can pursue a concentration in statistics.

For students interested in pursuing undergraduate studies in math and/or statistics, comprehensive programs are available at some of the country's best colleges and universities.

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