As many of my friends know, I’m a follower of rankings, prizes and awards. I like to follow the data to see (heuristically) current trends in academy, particularly in the fields of math, probability and statistics. Well, this link provides information about the current USNews ranking of Statistics departments in USA. Let me expand it here:
1. Stanford University (Stanford, CA).
1. University of California -Berkeley (Berkeley, CA).
3. University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC).
4. Harvard University (Boston, MA).
5. Iowa State University (Ames, IA).
6. Duke University (Durham, NC).
6. University of Chicago (Chicago, IL).
6. University of Washington (Seattle, WA).
9. University of Florida (Gainesville, FL).
10. Princeton University (Princeton, NJ).
10. Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN).
10. University of Michigan -Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI).
10. University of Wisconsin -Madison (Madison, WI).
Sincerely, to me the credibility of this study is undermined since there is no department of Statistics at Princeton. At best, they have a program in Applied Math and a program in Operations Research, but still no program of Statistics. Now, Princeton is an outstanding university when it comes to math related fields, but it’s difficult to think that research in the area is better here than in other departments where there are complete groups advancing multiple areas of statistics –Cornell, for instance.
Anyway, that’s the ranking for the top ten Statistics Departments in USA. If you are thinking about doing some research or in pursuing graduate education in the US, then it would be good for you to review these programs. Don’t restrict yourself to those on the list but give them a serious consideration.