Why Study Actuarial Science?

Many colleges have graduates who have become actuaries. What is special about actuarial science at Lebanon Valley College?

LVC has an established and respected program with graduates employed by more than 50 firms. Our graduates have earned professional designations, including 73 Fellows and 52 Associates of the Society of Actuaries or the Casualty Actuarial Society, and 28 enrolled actuaries. Many colleges claim to offer actuarial science programs. Lebanon Valley College is the only small, four-year liberal arts college with a large extended family of alumni in the actuarial community, having a sufficiently extensive curriculum to be listed by the Society of Actuaries as offering an Advanced Undergraduate Actuarial Science Program.

Every faculty member in the Department of Mathematical Sciences is aware of the educational expectations of the actuarial profession. Our curriculum includes two courses in mathematical finance including one in the Theory of Interest, two courses in Actuarial Modeling, and a course in Construction of Actuarial Models.

All of this has resulted in an average of two actuarial examinations per graduate passed by the time of graduation. Lebanon Valley College has a growing actuarial community that includes more than 60 current students. This support group is an important ingredient in the success of actuarial science study at LVC. When you study actuarial science here, you become a part of our community. Most LVC actuarial science students have summer actuarial employment for at least one summer prior to graduation. Major companies recruit on campus for summer and full-time employees. During strong and weak markets, LVC graduates have maintained a nearly 100 percent job placement rate.

We have an outstanding Actuarial Science Program, and our two- year core mathematics curriculum for all math, computer science, and actuarial science students allows for easy accommodation of changes in career plans.

Contact Dr. J. Patrick Brewer, coordinator of the Actuarial Science Program, if you have any questions or would like additional program information. He can be reached at 717-867-6082 or brewer@lvc.edu.