North Central College - Naperville, IL
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 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.