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Students who major in Statistics are taught to become leaders and advocates for sound statistical reasoning, and to improve our society through innovative statistical and interdisciplinary research.

Did You Know?

  • Statistics is one of the fastest growing majors at Wake Forest, having gone from 51 students in Spring 2014 to 117 in Spring 2023.
  • In part because of this growth, the Department of Statistical Sciences became its own entity on July 1, 2022, splitting amicably with Mathematics in order to serve increasing student demand.
  • Math-based careers are expected to grow 28% through the rest of this decade. That is appreciably faster than the national average of other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Sample courses for students studying Statistics include:

  • Statistical Inference
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Statistical Learning

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Practical Experience & Skills

Specialization within mathematics may be described from two perspectives: (1) from the perspective of a career, the mathematics student may enter teaching (intermediate or secondary), may seek employment in government or industry, or may continue studying mathematics or related fields in graduate school; (2) from the perspective of mathematical content, mathematics is traditionally divided, not precisely to be sure, into pure and applied mathematics.

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Persistence
  • Patience
  • Logical manner of thinking
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Creativity
  • Comfort with abstract concepts
  • Analytical skills
  • Recognition of patterns and hidden similarities within groups of data

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Clubs & Organizations

Statistics students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

  • Dow Jones Club
  • Sports Analytics Club
  • Campus Grounds
  • Finance Club
  • Management Consulting Club

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Statistics majors include:

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Auditor
  • Attorney
  • Bank Officer
  • Budget Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Controller
  • Credit Analyst
  • Educator
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Mortgage Banker
  • Numerical Analyst
  • Physician
  • Project Manager
  • Statistician
  • Technical Advisor
  • Technical Writer
  • Underwriter

Graduates have pursued careers in finance; data analysis; education; law; military service; and medicine, among others.

Related Programs

Those who are interested in Statistics also consider the following programs:


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