North Central College - Naperville, IL

Actuarial Science

Why choose actuarial science at North Central College?

We’re one of the few schools with a full-fledged actuarial science major offered jointly by two departments—mathematics and finance. This exposure to “both sides of the house” will vastly expand your job options after graduation. And because we keep our classes small, you’ll receive all the personal attention you need to prepare for the probability and financial mathematics exams you’ll need to pass before working in the field.

You can also:

  • Conduct research with your professors as early as your first year on campus.
  • Attend local, regional and national professional conferences.
  • Gain hands-on experience by interning in the Naperville area and Chicago.
  • Obtain extra help from a peer tutor—or become one yourself.
  • Join the Actuarial Science Club and the mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon.


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Construction work has begun for a new Science Center that will right-size campus facilities and transform the academic experience for students.
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  • Actuarial intern, Allstate, Northbrook, IL
  • Actuarial intern, Assurant, Milwaukee, WI
  • Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Chicago


Recent graduates in actuarial science include:

  • Actuarial associate
  • Actuarial analyst
  • Actuary
  • Actuarial leader
Actuarial Science major

Jordan wants to work for an insurance company after he graduates from North Central College. The actuarial science major has had a great head start, thanks to a wide-ranging education and summer internship experience with Allstate.

“My goal is very reachable thanks to North Central’s education, career planning, personalized assistance and help in landing an internship,” Jordan says. “The faculty does a great job of helping students, with both schoolwork and career advice.”

In addition to actuarial science, Jordan is majoring in economics and finance and minoring in mathematics and computer science. He’s also a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society at North Central, and is a tutor...

Actuarial Science major

Shaun had planned to become a math teacher but “wanted to know what’s out there. When I learned about actuarial science, I liked what I saw.”

A Career Development counselor helped Shaun learn more about actuarial careers and set him up to shadow a North Central alumnus who works as an actuary with Allstate. Shaun also received advising from a mathematics professor who walked him through the duties of an actuary and developed a plan toward graduation.

“I realized, ‘wow, I can do this’ and my professor did all this work for me.”

Shaun spent his summer as an actuarial intern with a health insurance company and later took his first actuarial exam.

“Going to a small school has big...

Actuarial Science major

"The actuarial science major at North Central is great," says Michael. "It combines math and economics, so you can diversify and study a lot of different subjects." He’s also pleased that it helps prepare him for the challenges of the professional world: “We have classes specifically geared toward the probability and financial math exams that we need to pass before we can work in actuarial science."

So what does the future hold? "Maybe a job in actuarial science, or finance, or economics," he says. "Or maybe graduate school. We’ll just have to see. There are lots of possibilities. That’s a big plus of this major."

Actuarial Science major

At North Central College, Eric McKee found a rigorous academic and balanced liberal arts education.

“I’m getting a broad education,” he says. “I have better writing and communication skills than someone who just learned math and technical information. At North Central you learn the math but you also learn how to communicate.”

Actuaries in the United States and Canada achieve professional status by passing a set of three examinations and other requirements set by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) or the Society of Actuaries (SOA). Eric says his professors are “really good at helping me learn the material.” North Central’s...

Actuarial Science major

For Tyler, the actuarial science program is a formula to success.

“North Central tailors actuarial education to the actuarial exams, which are key to entering the professional field,” he says. “It’s hard work, but very rewarding.”

Tyler is involved in Math Club and Actuarial Science Club, where students prepare for exams in groups and listen to professionals from the field. His hard work is paying off: Tyler already passed his first actuarial exam and will be taking his second exam prior to his senior year.

He plans to pursue a career as an actuarial scientist at an insurance company after graduation and is confident North Central has given him the tools he needs for the competitive field...