Actuarial Science University Programs

Actuaries come from all different education backgrounds—their college majors vary—in actuarial science, math, statistics, economics, business, computer science or event liberal arts. That’s right—you don’t need an actuarial science degree in college to become an actuary.

However, university actuarial programs, regardless of the type of degree, can make it easier to jump start your actuarial career. They offer a structured curriculum and exam preparation, student peers to work with, connections to industry and often a career center to facilitate the job search.

Looking for a university college program? 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 SOA also recognizes outstanding university and college programs as the Centers of Actuarial Excellence (CAE).

In addition to confirming the information on the lists, you may want to ask the school contact some additional questions when you are choosing a program.


The Universities & Colleges with Actuarial Programs List includes actuarial science programs that maintain course coverage for at least two actuarial exams and have approved courses for at least one VEE (Validation by Educational Experience) topic.


The Centers of Actuarial Excellence designation is awarded to universities and colleges with outstanding actuarial programs worldwide. These programs meet rigorous criteria set by the SOA.


The Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) topics are not prerequisites for the preliminary exams and may be fulfilled by approved courses.