About Us


About Statistics at NIU

The NIU Division of Statistics is one of 19 academic units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It was created in 1986 and became an autonomous unit within the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 1990.

Ever since it became autonomous, the Division of Statistics has had the primary responsibility for teaching statistics to help students meet General Education / Math Core Competency requirements and also for teaching statistics at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Since Fall 2007, our core teaching mission has also included actuarial science at the bachelor's degree level. Find out more information about our programs by visiting our graduate and undergraduate webpages.

Our faculty members' scholarly work spans many cutting-edge areas of statistics and actuarial science, including planning statistical experiments, statistical modeling, inference and statistical consulting. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified NIU as a Research University (high research activity). Additional information about the research activities of our faculty can be found in the People section of our website.

Qualified consulting statisticians at the MS and PhD levels are in short supply in the region and, more broadly, in the U.S. An important part of preparing our MS and PhD students to meet this critical demand is teaching them how to statistically solve research questions of professionals at NIU and beyond. Currently, this consulting mission is met primarily by our faculty consultant, Professor Michelle Xia, who is the director of the division's Statistical Consulting Services (SCS), and a number of graduate assistants.