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.
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. One, Dr. Tim Huffman, is the entrepreneurial developer of ADAPT, which is used by actuarial exam prep company Coaching Actuaries. Explore faculty
Northwestern's actuarial science degree is ranked 26th on a list of the nation's 30 best-value programs. NWC is 1 of only 2 Iowa institutions to be ranked and is the only Christian college on the list, which was compiled by College Values Online in 2021. Northwestern is also 1 of just 14 Christian colleges that have met the requirements for recognition by the Society of Actuaries on their exclusive list of Universities & Colleges with Actuarial Programs (UCAP). Of those 14, Northwestern is 1 of just 3 to achieve the UCAP-AC (Advanced Curriculum) level of recognition. (Northwestern is approved for Exams P, FM, MFE and MLC.) Northwestern actuarial science students have, on average, passed 2 actuarial exams by the time they graduate. Our actuarial graduates’ overall exam pass rate is 80%, compared to national pass rates of around 50%.