Statistics Major

Prospective Students to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Current University of Illinois Students Transferring to Statistics
This information is for undergraduate students planning to add either the "Statistics" major or the "Statistics & Computer Science" major by:

  • transfer
  • double- or triple-major
  • dual degree

Steps:

  1. Review the steps detailed below.
  2. Contact a Statistics Advisor about interest in the program, including which course(s)/section(s) are desired for the upcoming term.

As a prospective student to the Department of Statistics, there are certain entry requirements that must be met before joining the program.

The LAS General Education requirements must be met. The LAS General Education requirements are set up so that students automatically compete the Campus General Education requirements.

The Department of Statistics also has certain entry requirements that must be completed before joining the program.

Effective Spring 2013, the curriculum change requirements to enter the Statistics major are (1) completion of Calculus I, II, and III and (2) completion of one of STAT 400, STAT 408, or MATH 461 with a grade of B- or better.

Effective Fall 2015, the curriculum change requirements to enter the Statistics & Computer Science major are (1) completion of at least two CS courses required for the major other than CS 125 (typically CS 173 and CS 225), with grades of A- or above and (2) a cumulative GPA of at least 3.67.

Our department is only able to assist active majors with course registration. Please see the STAT Course Details page for more information.

When can I join STAT?

The university allows students to change their major during certain times of the academic year.

  • Beginning of Spring semester.
  • Middle of Spring semester (usually March).
  • Middle of Summer semester (usually June).
  • Beginning of Fall semester.
  • Middle of Fall semester (usually October).

The specific dates of the next curriculum change period are listed on the LAS Declaration page.

How to officially switch to STAT from your current major and…

  • you’re already in LAS
    • The Curriculum Change form is available online. LAS students may now submit their requests to change from one LAS major to another LAS major using the college’s Curriculum Change Form.
    • All Curriculum Change requests will undergo a final review by a dean/advisor in 2002 Lincoln Hall. Students will receive email notifications when 1) their request has been submitted and 2) their request is approved, pending, or denied. The entire process should take several business days as with our other online forms.
  • you’re in DGS or another college

How to officially add STAT as a second major and…

How do I register for STAT courses if I’m not in the program yet?

To be sure that we try to satisfy the needs of our current majors first, we cannot provide any kind of exceptions or overrides to non-majors, but once a student becomes a major, we can help if you act promptly. Here’s the registration schedule to help explain.

  • April (for Summer and Fall) / November (for Spring): Priority Registration exists for Stat, Stat/CS, and other majors who are specifically required to take certain upper-level STAT courses numbered 400 and above. Non-majors cannot access STAT courses at this time.
  • Early May / December: Priority Registration ends. The restrictions will be removed. Non-majors can access courses at this time.

The restrictions will come off one course at a time throughout the day but not at specific predetermined times. We can not anticipate when a specific course will have its restriction lifted. Once the restriction for a course is lifted, any student in any major can sign up for courses with remaining seats as seen on Enterprise/Self-Service. Watch the official STAT Course Registration page for updates.

Monday during the week before classes begin: This is the first day you can join a major in Fall and Spring. See the LAS Students page for upcoming dates. As long as you:

  1. join the Stat program by the first day of classes, and
  2. Contact a Statistics Advisor by the first day of classes.

then we will get you into the classes you need to make progress in the major.*

* We might not be able to get you what you want that specific semester in terms of advanced electives, but we’ll make sure you’re on track. This also includes access to MATH 415. We also cannot guarantee a specific section. The closer we get to the first day of classes, the selection dissipates.

 

NOTE: Some students transferring into statistics may need assistance with registration. This assistance doesn't happen until a student officially adds the "statistics" or "statistics & computer science" major, which is often close to (or after) the start of the term. There are a limited number of spaces set aside for this situation. The few spaces set aside are a sort of "safety net" and are not sufficient to help all transferring students register all the courses they want. The timing, as well as the limited space, means that transfer students needing assistance aren't always able to get their first choice for course or section.

After the steps above, students must approach registration as a non-statistics student would:

  1. Read the "FAQ" and "Details" pages linked on Statistics Course Registration Information Pages .
  2. Monitor the "Details" page for updates about when the restrictions will be removed.
  3. Try to register when the courses become available to non-majors.
  4. If the desired section is full, keep checking regularly for space to become available.

    Be sure to keep us updated, and to keep checking for updates from us.
     
  5. Update your academic advisor:
    1. of changes in the desired courses/sections for the upcoming term.
    2. of statistics courses that have been registered without assistance.
  6. Check regularly for updates or changes on the "FAQ" and "Details" pages linked on Statistics Course Registration Information Pages