Updated on July 20, 2016.

Due to the demanding nature of the Actuarial Science major and the difficulty of the professional examinations, the department maintains a selective admission program for Actuarial Science. Students must apply and be admitted to the major.students working at a computer

Students interested in becoming actuaries should declare an Interest in Actuarial Science as their major when they enter the university.  Ordinarily, students apply for admission to the Actuarial Science major in the fall semester of their sophomore year, after they have taken Math:2850 (22M:028) Calculus III or MATH:3770 (22M:055) Fundamental Properties of Spaces and Functions I and STAT:3100 (22S:130) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I. Students should apply no later than the end of the spring semester of their junior year.  The application can be found here. 

Students who do well in prerequisite math courses tend to be most successful in Actuarial Science.

Students who declare an Actuarial Science Interest major are advised by the Academic Advising Center located in the Pomerantz Center.  Schedule an appointment on-line.  Some students may be advised by our Professional Advisor.    Students who have declared an interest in the major, prior to admission, are included in departmental activities.

Students admitted to the Actuarial Science major usually have already completed at least 40 s.h. at the University of Iowa or at another postsecondary institution, including a three- or four-course calculus sequence, a course in linear algebra, and a calculus-based course in probability and statistics. The admission decision is based on the student's performance in these courses and other courses relevant to success in the major. The student's grades from semester to semester also are considered. ACT or SAT scores are considered in evaluating transfer students. Factors such as work ethic, enthusiasm, and commitment may be considered.

For application forms and more information about selective admission, contact the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at actuarial-science@uiowa.edu.

Information for Transfer Students
Transfer students expecting to graduate in less than two years should apply to the major immediately upon being accepted to The University of Iowa as an “Actuarial Science Interest” major. The application can be found here.  

Permission to substitute course work taken at another institution for required courses at Iowa is decided case by case.

More information for transfer students is available here

Detailed Information pertinent due to the changes for SOA in July 2018.