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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.

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 at the historic Cortelyou Commons provides an opportunity for students to get to know their teammates and team leaders, settle into their dormitories, and become acquainted with the week's program. This will be followed by a tour of the campus, and team activities in the Ray Meyer Fitness Center.

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.

Photo Gallery

Thank you to everyone who participated! You can find a link to the photo gallery below:

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 live on DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus. Each team is accompanied by an upper-class 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. 

DePaul has formed partnerships with local area high schools, which nominate two primary students and one alternate student to attend.

Selected students are invited to participate in the five-day summer academy 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.

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

2017 Summer Academy Sponsors

  • The Actuarial Foundation
  • Allstate
  • Aon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • CNA
  • Markel Corporation
  • Milliman

2016 Summer Academy Sponsors

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