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Meet the Actuarial Students

As of Spring 2016, there are 122 students registered in the Actuarial Science Program. Read the Spring 2016 edition of Actualities, RMU’s Actuarial Science newsletter, for the latest information on student accomplishments on jobs and exams.

Here is what some of our students have to say about RMU’s Actuarial Science Program:


Yves Justin Tiendregeogo

Joining Robert Morris University is one of the smartest choices I have made in my educational journey, and it has been an enriching experience for me. The actuarial science program is one of the best programs in the U.S. The professors are helpful, accessible and very knowledgeable. The courses are perfectly designed to help students pass actuarial exams, develop strong business skills, and build effective communication abilities.

I am a senior majoring in actuarial science and minoring in finance. I am originally from Burkina Faso, and I consider myself very fortunate to be part of this wonderful school where everyone is welcoming and friendly. RMU is truly a home away from home. Growing up, I became very fascinated with mathematics and always wanted to use my passion for numbers to make a difference in everyday life. As I learned about the actuarial profession, I quickly figured out that it is something I would love. Yet I had to find a school that fit my aspirations.

RMU definitely turned out to be a perfect place for me. In addition to the challenging academic environment, there are tons of opportunities to get involved and develop leadership skills. For example, I have had the opportunity to serve as a Student Peer Tutor, a Graduate Assistant Data Analyst, a Global Ambassador, a Global Diplomat, and an Actuarial Peer Mentor. Up to this point, I passed exams P, FM and MFE. I will sit for exam MLC this fall. I interned for Liberty Mutual Insurance last summer. In addition, I was very fortunate to be selected for the last two years as a recipient of both the Actuarial Diversity Scholarship and the International Association of Black Actuaries Scholarship. Other awards include the 2016 DW Simpson Scholarship Winner and the RMU Actuarial Endowment Scholarship Award.

Every day, I realize how fortunate I am to have joined the school that is nurturing me and showing me the path to success. My goal is to reach the actuarial fellowship designation so that I can be more equipped to guide others towards their own success. I hope to pave the way for those coming after me and interested in the actuarial profession. As I am preparing to transition from college to the professional world, I want to say THANK YOU to RMU’s wonderful faculty and staff.


Lara Will

Before I chose to attend Robert Morris University, I was familiar with the success of the actuarial science program. However, I was not able to fully appreciate the program until I became a part of it. Every actuarial science professor I have interacted with has demonstrated a great concern for students’ academic and professional success. I believe this is something that sets Robert Morris apart. The curriculum provides excellent preparation for the examination process, and RMU’s annual actuarial career day provides valuable employment opportunities to students. I have no doubt that Robert Morris University was, and still is, the best place for me to continue my education.

My experiences at RMU helped me attain an internship at Willis Towers Watson in Pittsburgh during the summer and fall following my sophomore year. I then interned at New York Life Insurance Company in Manhattan, New York during the summer after my junior year. Thus far, I have passed Exam P and Exam FM, and I will sit for Exam MFE this fall. I remain involved in the actuarial science department through my role as math assistant, and I am also a lab assistant for an actuarial class. On campus, I have enjoyed taking advantage of opportunities for student involvement. I am the president and a peer mentor for the Actuarial Science Club, a member of the University Honors Program, and a peer mentor for the Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program. I am also Vice President II of New Membership for my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. I appreciate all of the experiences and opportunities RMU has provided.


Alyssa Sheehan

Through the majority of high school, I knew that I wanted to major in actuarial science, and I did my research on different universities that offered the program. However, RMU was the only school to meet all of my actuarial science requirements: the program’s accreditation with the Society of Actuaries, the average number of exams students graduate with, and the high job placement.

After only two semesters at RMU, I can easily conclude that RMU was the right place for me! The faculty truly cares and is willing to work with you to help you succeed. The faculty also strives to get to know you on a more personal level. The upperclassmen are also there as great mentors to the younger students, and they are ready to offer whatever help they can.

Due to the design of the actuarial science program, I am proud to say that I have passed Exam P in May of 2016. Although it took some time to complete the necessary work, it did not consume all of my time; I was still able to get involved on campus through the University Honors Program, Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program, Actuarial Science Club, Political Science Club, and I had a work study. I look forward to see what RMU and the Actuarial Science program has to offer me in the next three years to help make my college experience the best it can be!


Katie Shirley

My decision to attend Robert Morris University was the result of a variety of factors. My father is a Robert Morris alum, but on a more personal level, I appreciated the small, suburban campus and the variety of opportunities for campus involvement. Most importantly, I valued the quality of the actuarial curriculum, the knowledgeable faculty, and the Center of Actuarial Excellence designation.

During my time at RMU I have passed two actuarial exams, and I am currently studying for my third. I have also had professional internships with Grange Insurance, working on property and casualty insurance, and with Nationwide Financial, working with life insurance products. I am also a member of the university honors program and the actuarial science club. Outside of academics, I have been a member of the RMU Dance Team for four years, and I am in my second year as captain.


David Bendig

After making the decision to major in actuarial science and visiting many universities, there was only one that stood out above the rest: Robert Morris University. I found that RMU was a Center of Actuarial Excellence, one of only 17 schools in the country with that credential. The best academic decision I made was choosing Robert Morris. The curriculum offers courses that are specialized for passing the first five actuarial exams and offers well-rounded courses with a business and communication skills focus. The faculty is approachable and helpful. They are always interested with students’ coursework, exams, and internships. They emphasize passing actuarial exams and obtaining internships to make us competitive after graduation and supporting the students through the process. The faculty are all accredited by the Society of Actuaries.

I am currently a junior actuarial science major minoring in finance. I have passed Exam P and FM and I plan to take Exam C in the upcoming year. I am the Vice President of the Actuarial Science Club and a peer mentor for incoming actuarial science majors. Outside of actuarial science, I am a member of the University Honors Program, a member of the RMU Marching Show Band and Pep Band, a brother of the Nu Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi-National Honorary Band Fraternity, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and a peer tutor in the Center for Student Success.

I am looking forward to my last two years and all of its challenges, confident that the RMU faculty and staff will support me in achieving my goals.


Emily Raab

Coming to Robert Morris University to study actuarial science was the best decision I could have made for my college experience. The professors provide fantastic support through smaller class sizes, and they are always willing to help students and answer any questions. The classes at Robert Morris have been exceptional preparation for the actuarial exams, and the environment on campus is very supportive for actuarial students to succeed on the exams and to find internships and jobs. The Actuarial Career Day and information sessions with actuarial employers have also been very helpful in learning more about different actuarial positions and the roles that actuaries may take in their careers.

This fall I will be a senior, and so far I have passed three actuarial exams (Exams P/1, FM/2, and MFE/3F). I am currently interning at Erie Insurance in Erie, PA for the summer. I am part of the University Honors Program and am involved in the Actuarial Science Club, where I serve as the editor of the Actualities newsletter and as a peer mentor. I have also worked part-time on campus in the RMU Office of Institutional Advancement. I am thankful for all of the opportunities that Robert Morris University has provided me so far and would encourage any student interested in actuarial science to strongly consider the actuarial program at Robert Morris University.


Melissa Radovich

Aside from being just one of a handful of schools designated as a Center of Actuarial Excellence in the country, the closeness of the actuarial community is what really attracted me to Robert Morris. The intimate class sizes have allowed me to make personal connections with both students and faculty. The actuarial science professors are always eager to help and are committed to their students’ successes.

As a senior, I am able to look back on the past years and see that my academic success can be credited to the support of my professors and the quality of classes here at Robert Morris. I have been able to pass three actuarial exams and hope to sit for a fourth exam before I graduate. I also have been able to spend two summers interning at Swiss Re in Armonk, New York, where I worked in valuation and modeling roles.

My actuarial education has been complemented by extracurricular activities and clubs. I am a member of the Honors Program, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Actuarial Science Club. I am also a student leader in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, a peer mentor in the Women’s Leadership and Mentorship Program, and a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. I am thankful for all the opportunities that have been presented to me during my time at Robert Morris, and I definitely recommend this school to anyone looking to jumpstart his or her actuarial career.