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Actuarial Summer Academy

DePaul’s Actuarial Summer Academy is designed to get high school students engaged in the exciting field of actuarial science through experiential learning, case challenges, and visits by industry professionals. Students will experience the summer camp in teams of six, each sponsored by a different company.

2017 Summer Academy Information

Five Days of Engaging Actuarial Problems. 

The free program encompasses four days of instruction and a final day for student presentations:

Monday, July 24

Students arrive on DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus in the evening, accompanied by parents. A kick-off meal for parents, guardians and students provides an opportunity for students to get to know their teammates and chaperones, settle into their dormitories, and become acquainted with the week's program. This will be followed by a movie on the quad, where teams can get to know each other better.

Tuesday, July 25, and Wednesday, July 26

Students will spend the day on the Lincoln Park Campus, learning from our mathematics faculty members.

Thursday, July 27

Students will spend the day at DePaul's Loop Campus, learning from Driehaus College of Business finance faculty members and guest speakers. Transportation to the Loop Campus will be via CTA train. All students will receive a train pass and be guided by the team's chaperone.

Friday, July 28 

Students will give their final presentations, and be joined by their parents for a closing lunch.​

Important Dates:

  • Confirmation of Participation due Feb. 15

  • Student Nomination Forms due May 1

  • Summer Academy July 24 - ​July 28

Student Nomination Form:​​

Contact Tom Edwalds at or The Arditti Center at​ for more information. 


The curriculum includes:
  • ​Workshops in Excel modeling​
  • Experiential learning seminars in the principles of probability, statistics, risk management and financial theory
  • Industry professionals as guest speakers
  • A case challenge where students apply all that they have learned

Campus Experience

During the program, students will live on DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus. Each team will be accompanied by an upperclass actuarial sciences student.  The program also includes fully catered meals.  All student costs are underwritten by our corporate partners.

Students will stay in the Clifton and Fullerton dormitories, and receive an “all you can eat” guest pass for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the university cafeteria. There also will be opportunities for students to experience campus life​, such as a movie night in the quad, or team sports in the university fitness center.


The Actuarial Summer Academy is for students entering their junior year of high school, a time when they are  beginning to make decisions about their college plans. 

The program's DePaul sponsor, the Arditti Center for Risk Management, has formed partnerships with local area high schools, which nominate one student and one alternate student to attend.

Selected students will be invited to participate in a four-day “boot camp” that introduces them not only to life at DePaul University, but also to the path of an actuarial science major. There will be opportunities to learn about the university in addition to the activities, seminars, speakers and short field trips related to the world of actuarial science.


The Actuarial Summer Academy is not possible without the generous donations of our sponsors. You can find the sponsors for each year below. Thank You!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for a future academy, please contact us at​

2016 Summer Academy Sponsors

  • The Actuarial Foundation
  • Allstate
  • Aon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • CNA​​