North Central College - Naperville, IL

Eric McKee

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 program prepares students for the first two exams, and then offers classes that meet the requirements for the third exam, called the Validation by Educational Experience. “My classes for the first two exams were really helpful, because I was struggling to learn the material on my own.” He hopes to take the third test before he graduates.

Eric wants to join an actuarial firm after he graduates. As a student he earned money working as a math tutor through North Central’s EDGE Structured Study program.

Record number of students to present at national research conference

A record 38 students from various academic areas will represent North Central at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this spring.

 

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 31, 2011)—For the second year, a record number of North Central College students have been chosen to participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

D-Term courses take students around the globe

In December, students take advantage of life-changing study abroad opportunities.

Jan. 24, 2011—North Central College’s trimester format offers students a break from regular classes between Thanksgiving and the new year. During December—or D-Term—students can take advantage of North Central’s study abroad opportunities.

North Central College hosts national math contests for high school students

North Central College will host American Mathematics Contest 10 and 12, the premier high school examinations in mathematics.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306, nadunker@noctrl.edu

Dec. 9, 2010—North Central College will host a testing site for the American Mathematics Contest 10 and 12 (AMC 10 and AMC 12) on Feb. 23. These contests are the premier high school examinations in mathematics.

Alternative gift fair, Guatemala trip teach students ethics of business practices

In the rugged highlands of Guatemala, 10 North Central College students are learning about fair and direct trade, the coffee business—and themselves.

In the rugged highlands of Guatemala this December, 10 North Central College students are learning about fair and direct trade, the coffee business—and themselves.

North Central College offers five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in leadership

North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2010)—North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours.

Michael Matuszak

"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."

Majors Minors and Programs : Actuarial Science

Students present their summer research to the campus

Students present their summer research to the campus

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For the past six weeks, 37 students and 15 faculty have participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC) conducting research that spans many majors and topics. Students presented their research to the campus community July 21 in a poster format in Kroehler Science Center. Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry, noted research can be lonely and slow-going at times, so students and faculty involved in SURC meet weekly to collaborate and discuss their work.


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