Mathematicians are creative. They find solutions for old problems—and discover new problems as well. You’ll see evidence of God as you study math at Northwestern because mathematical laws describe the workings of the universe—and its divine order and constancy.

Academic programs

The diverse courses of Northwestern’s math and physics departments will teach you both analytical and creative problem-solving skills. Together those add up so you equal an attractive candidate, whether you’re headed to the job market or graduate school. Explore programs


Northwestern’s full-time math faculty all hold doctorates in specializations that range from math education to Fourier-Feynman Transforms. Their investment in their students includes a math scholarship they personally funded. Explore faculty

Success stats

Northwestern is 1 of just 89 colleges or universities nationwide with an “advanced undergraduate” actuarial science classification from the Society of Actuaries (and only 3 CCCU schools meet that classification). Our actuarial science students have a 90% first-time pass rate on the first two actuarial exams, compared to an average national pass rate of just over 50%. In addition, our students have typically passed between 2 and 3 actuarial exams by the time they graduate from Northwestern. 

Counting on success

To reach his goal of becoming a math teacher and high school coach, Levi is pairing his math major with endorsements in secondary education, middle school education and coaching.

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Number cruncher

A Northwestern professor encouraged Nathan Nieuwendorp to consider actuarial science for a career while he was still a senior in high school. Now he works for the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines …

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