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Texas A&M University ranks No. 6 among the nation's 50 top-valued colleges for statistics, according to a recent survey from GreatValueColleges.net, a national resource aimed at helping students get the most "bang for their buck" when it comes to getting a college degree.

Harvard University tops the 50 Great Value Colleges for Statistics 2016-2017 list, released earlier this fall and based on total number of points awarded for quantifiable opportunities in three primary areas: master's and doctoral degrees, research, and internships and scholarships. Data were collected from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator database, PayScale.com and individual school websites. In cases where two or more schools received the same number of points, editors used the school's net price to break the tie.

"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for those with statistics degrees are predicted to grow much faster than average in the near future -- by as much as 34 percent by the year 2024," the website notes. "This has not only piqued student interest in statistics degree programs, it has also pushed colleges and universities to review their offerings in the field, ensuring that their programs are attractive to prospective undergraduate and graduate students."

In addition to Texas A&M, three other Texas-based institutions made the list: Rice University (10), Baylor University (34) and the University of Texas at Austin (39).

In Texas A&M's case, the GreatValueColleges.net editors cited its Department of Statistics for its flexible degree programs at the doctoral, master's and bachelor's levels -- the latter of which was added this fall. Many of those degrees feature tracks in specialized areas, such as applied statistics, biostatistics and computational statistics, or the opportunity to take courses in these areas. They also made note of the department's research facilities, including the Bayesian Bioinformatics Laboratory and the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computation, as well as related opportunties for students to gain practical experiences through both research and internships.

"We were very pleased -- but not entirely surprised -- to see our high ranking among statistics departments, given that this report is generally consistent with our ranking in several other surveys," said Dr. Valen E. Johnson, professor and head of Texas A&M Statistics. "Our outlook for the future is quite optimistic, as we anticipate adding several highly visible scholars to our faculty this year, and the undergraduate program is blossoming. Applications for graduate and undergraduate programs are up, and the quality of students we attract continues to improve.

"I think the quality of our educational programs and our students is reflected by the outstanding placement of our graduates, who are finding jobs in academia, research and development, industry and business. It's an exciting time for the department."

In February, TheBestSchools.org ranked Texas A&M No. 15 among the 50 best mathematics programs in the world -- a shared ranked between Texas A&M's Departments of Mathematics and Statistics, given that it is based on the Shanghai Rankings in which Texas A&M ranks No. 14 in mathematics as well as the U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities in Mathematics rankings, in which Texas A&M is No. 17. Both surveys combine mathematics and statistics into the broader category of mathematical sciences.

To see the complete 50 Great Value Colleges for Statistics 2016-2017 list and find additional information about the survey's methodology, go to http://www.greatvaluecolleges.net/rankings/statistics/.

To learn more about the Texas A&M Department of Statistics, visit http://www.stat.tamu.edu.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Valen E. Johnson, (979) 845-3141 or vjohnson@stat.tamu.edu

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  • Texas A&M is ranked among the nation's top-value colleges for statistics by GreatValueColleges.net based on its flexible degree programs featuring specialized tracks, quality research experiences, and plentiful internship and scholarship opportunities that pave the way for bright futures for successful graduates across academic, industry, government, business, and research and development sectors.

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