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CWU Only University in Washington that Provides Training for America’s Best Job

The profession of actuary has been named the best job for 2013 by CareerCast, one of the Internet's premier career sites. For more than two decades, Central Washington University has been the only institution in Washington—and one of only three in the Pacific Northwest—that offers a bachelor’s of science degree in actuarial science.

Usually employed by insurance companies and financial institutions, actuaries perform intense statistical analyses of a variety of factors to assess financial risk probabilities. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of actuaries is expected to grow by 27 percent between 2010 and 2020.

CWU’s bachelor’s degree in actuarial science is ranked as an advanced undergraduate program by the Society of Actuaries, as the program is designed to prepare students for the rigorous actuarial examinations. The program covers the material for the five preliminary examinations, with the typical student finishing the material for four of the five preliminary exams before graduation.

Advanced actuarial courses are taught by three tenured faculty members with PhDs in the fields of probability, statistics, and actuarial science. Program Director Yvonne Chueh is an associate of the Society of Actuaries with more than a decade of college teaching and industry research experience; Professors Cen-Tsong  Lin and Kathryn Temple have experience with the actuarial exam system. Actuarial science alumni comprise an external advisory group who are actively involved with current students and provide competitive internships, networking, support, and mentorship.

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Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

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