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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.
is what some of our students have to say about RMU’s Actuarial Science
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.