The SOA Celebrates 10 Years of University Outreach

The Society of Actuaries’ (SOA’s) University Outreach program celebrated its 10-year anniversary in the fall of 2017. That’s 10 years of learning and laughs with hundreds of actuaries and thousands of students at 148 universities and colleges around the world.

In 2007, the SOA’s University Outreach program brought SOA Education staff to university campuses to help students understand a recent redesign to the education system. Today we still talk about the pathway and curriculum changes, but campus visits have evolved to include so much more. With the support of a panel of featured actuaries, students have the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the profession and what it’s like to be a credentialed actuary in an informal setting. We share stories, advice, and snacks during this fun and interactive presentation, which proves to be a unique experience for students and volunteer actuaries alike.

During the fall of 2017, we made visits to 9 universities in the United States from coast to coast. From the University of California, Irvine and the University of California, San Diego in the West, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Boston College, and the University of Rochester in the East, and Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Louisville in the Midwest, we met 234 students eager to spend their afternoon or evening with us. Every semester we are always encouraged to see students enthusiastic to learn more about the actuarial profession.

While every university visit is unique, during our latest round of visits there were some common questions asked. Looking for an internship or job posting? The Career Development page on the SOA website has information about how to get started, including a link to the SOA Job Center. Interested in connecting with an actuary in your area? The SOA Explorer Map allows users to search for members and employers anywhere in the world, and send an email or make a phone call right from the map. How will the upcoming changes to the ASA curriculum affect VEE credits? Learn more about the implementation of the curriculum changes and the transition rules by visiting the SOA Curriculum Changes page.

Our staff team in Asia made three visits this fall to the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Renmin University of China, and Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE). Many faculty members in Asia indicated that they hope to further strengthen the relationship with industry and SOA, in order to promote more collaborations between students and employers.

If you are interested in requesting a University Outreach visit to your university, email

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