Are You a new Graduate Student in Data Science for Fall 2023? Learn more here!

Welcome to the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science!

Last Updated, April 24, 2023  We are hoping to have a Zoom/Skype meeting on June 5.  Details will be sent to your UI email address.  There is not a deadline for acceptance to our program but if you do decide to attend the University of Iowa please let us know!  It is unlikely that we will have any funding available for this program.  The University of Iowa does have graduate assistantship open in other departments and you can find them here under the Grad Assistant link:  If you get a position please let us know. 


Important Information for International Students

The Office of International Students and Scholars does an incredible job helping you settle into Iowa City and the University of Iowa.  They have webinars to help with:

1. Getting Started and Making Travel Arrangements

2. Achieving Success: On-campus Involvement and Cultural Adjustment (undergraduate students)

3. Graduate Student Professionalization and Support

4. Understanding Orientation Expectations, Responsibilities, and Placement Tests (graduate students)

5. On-campus Housing Assignments and Move-in Tips (undergraduate students)

6. Student Employment

7. Money Matters - University Billing

Graduate/Professional International Students Important Dates

July 7, 2023: Earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status
August 6, 2023: Latest date by which you should arrive in Iowa City
August 7-11, 2023: International Student Orientation
August 21, 2023: Classes begin


Housing Information for All Students

The department has a housing webpage, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. If you are looking for a roommate please let us know and we can update this web page!


Fall Classes Advising will be August 15-19 (if needed)

  • You will be given permission to add classes in mid-August. You will not have trouble adding any of our courses.  Register for the courses according to the sample schedule (listed below). If you want to select courses that deviate from the sample schedule in Year 1 (e.g., if you have already taken equivalent courses from previous institutes), please email Dr. Tan at and discuss their choices and get approval.

    Year 1 Fall Semester

    STAT:3120 Probability and Statistics

    STAT:3200 Applied Linear Regression

    STAT:4540 Statistical/Machine Learning

    STAT:5400 Statistical Computing

New Graduate College Welcome and Orientation, August 16

  • The Graduate College Fall 2023 Graduate Student Orientation event will take place on Wednesday, August 16, 2023.  A registration form will be sent to your UI email sometime this early summer. All new doctoral and master’s students are invited to attend. More information coming directly from the Graduate College!

New Student Department Orientation, August 18 at 9 a.m., Room to be determined.

  • All New Student Orientation —Group Introductions and General Policy Procedures.


Mailbox in 241 Schaeffer Hall 

  • All graduate students will have a mailbox in our main office.  The faculty do as well.  Please check your mailbox at least once a week!


Set-up your University of Iowa Email

All University of Iowa students are required to activate their assigned email address, as all official communication from university offices are now sent via email, rather than hard copy. This address usually follows the pattern  (However, often times a number is also attached.) 

To activate the account:

  • Log on to MyUI
  • Click on My UIowa / My Email / Request Email Account
  • Complete the specified steps

Students who prefer to maintain only their work or home email addresses can do so by routing the email to a work or home account. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Log on to MyUI
  • Click on My UIowa / My Email / Update Email Routing Address
  • Complete the specified steps

Important Notes:

  • If your email address is routed to a different account, you will not need to change your address in ICON, as your messages will already forward to your routed address.
  • To reduce bulk/mass email: 
    As a University of Iowa student, you may be receiving emails which are related to university activities but which do not apply directly to you or your program. To "unsubscribe" from these mass emails sent out by the university (except from university administration and UI Student Government):
    • Log on to MYUI
    • Click on My UIowa / My Email / Email Account Filter filter bulk mail
    • Make sure that none of the categories are checked


Administrative Department Staff:

Professor Aixin Tan

Director of Graduate Studies, Statistics and Data Science Graduate Advisor:  (319) 335-0821

Margie Ebert

Academic Services (319) 335-2082

Heather Roth

Administrative Services Coordinator (319) 335-0712

Tammy Siegel

Department, (319) 335-0706