Actuarial Science at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Build a solid career analyzing the financial consequences of risk.

You're logical and detail oriented. When you make a decision, you know it’s correct because you based it on all the data you could find. If you enjoy the certainty of numbers and the challenge of solving complex problems, consider majoring in actuarial science. The skills you gain in data analysis and risk assessment will prepare you to play a critical role in corporate decision-making.

Brenna BretzingerNIU was the only school that I toured that had an actuarial science program; most of the colleges I toured only offered a mathematics degree with a concentration in statistics, but NIU had so many unique majors and minors that weren’t available at other schools.

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What Can I Do With an Actuarial Science Degree From NIU?

You can build a career in many industries as an actuary. Our program will prepare you to succeed on the actuarial professional examinations. 

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Data analysis
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • SAS (software)
  • Time management

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Consumer goods
  • Finance
  • Health care
  • Information technology
  • Insurance

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Career Potential for NIU Actuarial Science Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Aetna
  • Allstate
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • CVS Health
  • Fidelity Investments
  • State Farm

Job titles include:

  • Actuarial manager
  • Business analyst
  • Catastrophic modeling analyst
  • Data engineer
  • Financial analyst
  • Underwriter

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as an Actuarial Science Major at NIU

As you build your math and communication skills, you'll learn from faculty with advanced training in insurance policy and practice. We'll encourage you to gain hands-on experience with an internship at an insurance company. You can also grow your network by joining the Actuarial Club.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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