I am really glad to announce that I was lucky enough to get accepted to Univ of Iowa, Georgia State Univ, and Univ of Nebraska for MS Actuarial Science program.
(+ Pending : Univ of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Univ of Connecticut-Storrs)
Now I have to make a decision, but I am still not sure which university can provide the best environment for job placement, internship opportunity, and learning.
I am paying out-of-state fees anyway (no funds) (only Univ of Nebraska let me pay 150% of in-state fee which is about $7500 less than out-of-state fee per year) so money is not a factor.
I tried to get an actuarial job as soon as I graduated (Statistics major), but failed due to location + only 2 actuarial exams passed + English not being my first language. (I am a US citizen, btw)
I live in California, and I found out that many insurance comapnies that hire actuaries are in Mid and East coast,
so I decided to go to the graduate school. (and pass more exams and achieve ASA in there)
But I still cannot make a decision.
I know that Georiga State University (GSU) is very famous for its actuarial science program, but I feel that not that many 'general people' (people not in this industry) recognize this university.
(Although I understand that general school ranking doesn't mean anything...still hesitated)
Univ of Iowa, and Univ of Illinois(Urbana) seem to be good choice for me in terms of school names, and the actuarial program.
But good thing about GSU is that it's in the city, so maybe easier for me to get a job after graduation, while UI and UIUC is little away from the city????
I am confused, and I really need your advice.
If you know anything about these universities, programs, or job placements (which is my biggest concern), please let me know.
Please help me decide.
Help me choose MS Actuarial Science School (In terms of prestigous + job placement)
UIUC vs. UI vs. GSU
Thank you very much!!!