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MEET THE ACTUARIAL STUDENTS
Meet the Actuarial Students
the 2014-15 year, 116 students are registered in the Actuarial Science
Program. Read the Spring 2015 edition of Actualities, RMU’s Actuarial
Science newsletter, for the latest information on student accomplishments on
jobs and exams.
is what some of our students have to say about RMU’s Actuarial Science
The decision to become an Actuarial Science major at Robert
Morris was an easy one for me. First off, I was committed to the school because
it met all of my requirements for a college I wanted to attend. The suburban
setting with Pittsburgh being just a drive away was appealing as well as the
Division I sports and the relatively small classes. As a Center of Actuarial
Excellence, RMU met my final requirement as a school where I could be
guaranteed to get a solid education.
The biggest benefit of the program is the
faculty that works within it. They are very approachable and are interested in
not only my coursework, but other extracurricular projects in which I am
involved. The other huge benefit to this program is the emphasis on actuarial exams.
I have passed four exams while in school, and this turned out to be a great
benefit in the job search.
The bulk of my on-campus involvement revolves
around the RMU band. I play in the marching band, the pep band, and the jazz
band. Aside from band, I am involved with the honors program. I interned with
Highmark and Northwestern Mutual over the past two summers. This provided me
with real-world experience and a good look into what actuaries really do. After
graduation, I'm planning on moving to Columbus, Ohio to work for Nationwide
Looking back, making the decision to come to
Robert Morris for Actuarial Science was among the best decisions I ever made.
My college experience has been exceptional, and if I could do it all over
again, I would not change anything.
Though I chose Robert
Morris because of its designation as a Center of Actuarial Excellence, there
are numerous aspects of the program that set it apart from other actuarial
programs. Everyone involved in the program, whether it is your peers or
your professors, is supportive and wants you to succeed. The tight-knit
actuarial community is something I believe is very unique to Robert
This program has been
instrumental in my ability to pass exams P and FM. In addition to my
passing two actuarial exams, I have also held internships at Cigna and
Highmark, and have secured full-time
employment with Buck Consultants upon my graduation. I have also been a
member of the Club Soccer Team and the Actuarial Science Club, and have held a
part-time position on campus at the Robert Morris Library.
After looking at the
Actuarial Science programs at many other schools, nothing really compared to
the program here at Robert Morris. Being involved with a program here
that is so focused on preparing us to pass the actuarial exams, I find it hard
to imagine being anywhere else. The professors have been great teachers
in the classroom and are always encouraging us to accomplish our goals.
With smaller class sizes, it’s easy to develop personal relationships with all
of the professors. The size of the school does not compromise the quality
of the actuarial program though; Robert Morris has earned the distinction as a
Center of Actuarial Excellence. In my experience, the program has been
nothing short of excellent.
Currently, I am a third
year student and passed Exam P after my freshman year and Exam FM after my
sophomore year. I plan on sitting for Exam MLC soon. After my
sophomore year I was able to intern at Towers Watson in Arlington, VA and
worked in retirement. After my junior year I will be interning at Cigna
in Philadelphia, PA, a position that I found at RMU’s Actuarial Career
Day. On campus I am a Community Advisor and a Colonial Ambassador.
I am also a member of the Honors Program, National Society of Collegiate
Scholars, and the Actuarial Science Club. Between coursework, community
advisor responsibilities, and studying for exams I enjoy staying involved with
intramural sports and attending collegiate and professional sporting events.
There are numerous colleges that offer a degree in
Actuarial Science. However, Robert Morris ranks among the top ones, if not the
very best. Choosing to attend RMU has been one of the best decisions I have
ever made. The curriculum prepares students for the first five exams as well as
providing a variety of business and
written/oral communication skills. These
help students to stand out in the crowd when seeking employment. The professors
have actuarial credentials and industry experience and are able to teach the
material from both an academic and practical viewpoint. In addition, the
professors are friendly, easily approachable, and always have the time to take
care of any of the students’ needs. There are also plenty of extra-curricular
activities that students can pursue in their free time.
Currently, I am a senior majoring in actuarial science
and finance. I have passed both P and FM after my freshman and sophomore year,
respectively. I had an internship at MassMutual Financial Group in Springfield,
Massachusetts after my sophomore year and an internship at New York Life
Insurance Company in New York, New York after my junior year. Upon graduating,
I will be working full-time at New York
Life. While at RMU I had the pleasure of holding presidency positions in the
RMU Investment Club, Actuarial Science Club, and Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity.
I am excited for what the future may hold and know I
can thank the teachers and staff members provided by Robert Morris University
Yves Justin Tiendrebeogo
Joining Robert Morris University is one of the
smartest choices I have made in my educational journey. After only two semesters,
RMU has been a wonderful experience. The Actuarial Science program is by far
one of the best. The professors are helpful, accessible and very knowledgeable.
The courses are amazingly designed to help students pass actuarial exams,
develop strong business skills, and build effective communication abilities.
I am a rising senior majoring in Actuarial Science
with a minor in Finance. I am originally from Burkina Faso, and consider myself
very fortunate to be part of this wonderful school where everyone is welcoming
and friendly. To me, RMU is 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 to do. Yet,
I had to find a school that would put me on the right track to meet my goal.
RMU definitely turned out to be the perfect place for
me. In addition to the challenging academic environment, there are tons of
opportunities to get involved and everyone shares the enthusiasm and pride for
the actuarial science program. Up to this point, I completed exam P and FM. I
am sitting for exam MLC this spring. More importantly, I will be interning for
Liberty Mutual Insurance this summer. Along with that, I was very honored to be
one of the 42 students nationwide to be awarded the Actuarial Diversity
scholarship. Honestly, it never ceases to amaze me how lucky I am to be
attending a school that provides so much support.
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 one of the qualities that sets Robert
Morris apart. The curriculum provides excellent preparation for the examination
process while also introducing students to concepts that are relevant to the
actuarial profession. I have no doubt that Robert Morris University was, and
still is, the best place for me to continue my education.
During my time at Robert Morris, I have enjoyed taking
advantage of the opportunities for student involvement on campus. I am a member
of the University Honors Program, a peer mentor for the Actuarial Science club,
and the math department assistant. I am also treasurer of my sorority, Zeta Tau
Alpha. Thus far, I have passed Exam P and Exam FM, and I will sit for Exam MFE
during my junior year. Through the Actuarial Career Fair hosted by RMU, I was
fortunate to attain an internship, and I look forward to working for Towers
Watson in Pittsburgh this summer.
I can look back on the
last three years of my college career and say without hesitation that I would
make the decision to attend Robert Morris University as an actuarial science
major all over again. I was attracted to the program by the small class sizes
and the individual attention that such a learning environment provides. The
program's curriculum, which is structured to facilitate students in taking
their first actuarial exam an entire year earlier than many other schools, was
I passed Exam P/1 in
the spring of my freshman year. The following spring I passed Exam FM/2 before
relocating to Hartford, CT for the summer to intern in the actuarial department
at Voya Financial (formerly ING U.S.). Had I not had the chance to benefit from
the coursework for Exam P/1 as early as I did, I doubt I would have procured the
professional internship as early as the summer following my sophomore year.
I have now passed
three exams (the third being Exam MFE/3F) and am looking forward to this
upcoming summer for my next actuarial internship opportunity at MassMutual in
Springfield, MA. I will be kicking off my senior year by sitting for Exam MLC
matters may sound as if they have consumed the majority of my time, but happily I can report that I have had no
problem striking a balance. I serve as a freshman mentor and as a member of the
university's honors program. I strongly encourage any prospective actuarial
student to take advantage of the plethora of opportunities this institution offers.