In high school, University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Administration senior actuarial science major Keric Rolle knew he was interested in becoming an actuary. A native of Nassau, Bahamas, he sought out a university with an international reputation of providing a solid business education at a great value.
“I researched schools where I could get the best possible education and found Nebraska was a Center for Actuarial Excellence (CAE) as well as affordable,” he said. “Having the CAE designation means the Society of Actuaries has vetted the program as one of the best.”
Programs designated as a CAE by the Society of Actuaries must meet eight specific requirements related to degree, curriculum, graduate count, faculty composition, graduate quality, appropriate integration, connection to industry and research/scholarship. The UNL actuarial science program first received this designation in 2009.
Rolle expected a high-quality program, but he appreciates the feeling of community he found amongst the college’s students.
“At Nebraska, I picked the brains of more experienced actuarial science majors and learned how to be a high achiever and avoid mistakes. Then I became a mentor for other students,” he said.
He also found that sense of community when utilizing college’s resources, such as academic advising.
“I always sought out academic advising because you have to pay special attention to which classes to take and their prerequisites. Ashley Wegener (academic advisor) was the best advisor as she gave me the necessary tools to succeed.”
Rolle, who passed four of the preliminary actuarial exams, plans to take his last preliminary exam after graduating in December. He believes taking these exams in college assures an accelerated career.
“I have high expectations for myself and CBA has prepared me to become a successful business person.”