The SOA listing of Universities and Colleges with Actuarial Programs (UCAP) serves as a resource for students looking for a university/college actuarial program. The information provided for the schools on the UCAP list has undergone some review by the SOA, but should be verified by the student considering the program.
The UCAP list includes actuarial programs that meet the following requirements:
- Maintain course coverage for at least two actuarial exams
- Have approved courses for at least one VEE (Validation by Educational Experience) topic
UCAP schools also appear on the SOA Explorer map.
Apply for the UCAP List
Centers of Actuarial Excellence (CAE) are university/college actuarial programs that have met eight specific
requirements related to degree, curriculum, graduate count, faculty composition, graduate quality, appropriate integration, connection to industry, and research/scholarship.
Questions to ask a university/college actuarial program contact
In addition to confirming the information on this list, the following set of questions may help you to assess the quality of an actuarial program you are considering:
- How many students are in the actuarial program?
- How many faculty? Do any faculty members hold actuarial credentials (e.g., ASA, FSA, FCAS, FCIA)?
- Does your school have an actuarial club? What are its key functions?
- On average, how many actuarial exams do your students pass by graduation?
- On average, what is your job placement rate?
- Does your school hold actuarial career fairs or other on-campus events with actuarial employers? How many actuarial employers typically attend?
- On average, how many of your students have at least one internship by graduation?