The Undergraduate Actuarial Program at Illinois State University is well-respected, has industry partners, employment opportunities, actuarial examination preparation, professional experience, scholarships, world class research, stimulating environment, and opportunities for minorities. You become an actuary by passing a series of professional and by developing your professional skills while working at an insurance company, consulting firm, or some other similar organization. A college degree is essential in order to pass the actuarial professional examinations. A mathematics major is highly recommended, since passing the professional examinations requires a thorough understanding of mathematics. Also vital are: knowledge of finance, insurance and investments, excellent communication skills (especially the ability to communicate quantitative ideas to a non-mathematical audience), and a mastery of a computing and computer modeling.
More information about the actuarial science program can be found at http://www.math.ilstu.edu/actuary/.