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Actuarial Science Cougar Map

The Cougar Map is intended to guide you with suggestions for potential activities and career paths that can help you along your educational journey. Although everyone has different abilities, experiences and challenges, this Cougar Map can be used with the help of your advisors to prepare for the future you want with a clear vision of your college-to-career pathway. Please refer to the SXU Academic Catalog and academic planning resources for detailed degree requirements.

If you would like to print out the Cougar Map, please view the Actuarial Science Cougar Map (PDF).


(Major/minor, summer suggestions, academic research)

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

Get to know your advisor.

Consult with the Learning Center/Writing Studio for academic support and tutoring.

Apply for the Edwin J. and Mildred B. Keene Mathematics Scholarship.

Become familiar with the HUB and CIDAT for all your technical needs.

Apply for the Catherine H. Malin Scholarship

Apply for the Sylvia M. Schlunk Award.

Consider summer courses to catch up or get ahead in your education.

Begin work on your topic for your Senior Seminar independent research project.

Collaborate with faculty on possible research opportunities.


(Service, global perspective, study abroad, clubs/RSOs, volunteering))

Consider joining a student club or intramural sports team.

Enroll in Cougars LEAD that supports leadership development and begin working on your leadership certificate.

Participate actively in registered student organizations, such as Archimedeans Math Club.

Volunteer at a local organization.

Participate in a spring break service trip

Take on a leadership role within a student club or organization.

Consider participating in a spring break service trip or study abroad.

Look for opportunities to use your advanced mathematical skills.

Join and participate in professional organizations, such as Society of Actuaries or Casualty Actuarial Society.

Career Success

(Career or grad school prep, internships, jobs)

Complete your SXU Handshake profile for student employment with the help of the Center for SUCCESS.

Attend SXU's career-related events throughout your time at SXU and network with professionals.

Create a LinkedIn profile and make connections within your academic and personal circles.

Explore quantitative- and mathematics-related internships on Handshake.

Connect with the Center for SUCCESS to explore possible career paths and create a resume focused on career goals.

Apply to Actuarial Internship programs, such as Allstate, State Farm, CNA or Fidelity.

Begin preparing to take the actuarial exams.

Ensure that your LinkedIn or other professional social media accounts reflect all your recent experiences.

Explore entry-level full-time opportunities related to your skills.

Apply to graduate schools, if applicable.