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  • Student taking Mathematics at Roosevelt University in Chicago

    "My family emigrated from Moldova when I was in 7th grade. It was quite an experience to learn a new language and a new culture. My mom is a math teacher, and I grew up idolizing her. She was able to explain math to kids in a way that they could understand, and she helped me a lot to understand math and to love it. I also love meeting new people and being part of the social justice mission at Roosevelt University. There are so many options and so many ways for students to get involved. The city of Chicago is our campus. Whenever I actually have free time it's great to get out and explore the city and try something new. It's always an adventure."

    Carina Balan from Moldova, BS Actuarial Science
    Live and learn in Chicago

Year 2 Matriculation Requirements

International students matriculate from the International Year to Roosevelt University's undergraduate program when these requirements are fulfilled:

  • Maintained 2.00 or higher GPA
  • Portfolio poster presentation
  • Passed exit interview
  • Recommendations from professors
  • Post-institutional TOEFL test

These steps are built into the International Study Center program, giving international students the best chance of successful progression to a bachelor's degree.

Academic credit for the Roosevelt-equivalent courses taken during International Year is transferred to your degree.

Your bachelor's degree

Undergraduate Mathematics Degree: Choice of Majors

Upon completion of your math degree pathway program, you will have reached the required English level, acquired academic credits, and integrated into American university life. You then matriculate into Year 2 of an undergraduate degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Your choice of mathematics degrees in the USA once you have completed the International Year math pathway:

Actuarial Science, BS or BA

Actuaries answer questions about future risk, make pricing decisions and formulate investment strategies. Any time a company must decide whether to pursue a course of action involving substantial financial risk, they need to consult an actuary. An actuary uses quantitative tools to analyze and plan for future financial situations. In addition to insurance companies, actuaries work in government, banks, financial planning and investment companies, consulting firms, public accounting firms, large industrial corporations and labor unions.

Both the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Actuarial Science require a minor in business. Supporting courses cover accounting, computer science, finance, applied statistics, and economics. In addition, the BS degree requires a second minor in a science (computer science recommended). 

The Actuarial Science degree program prepares students for the professional exams of the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuary Society. Students must take at least one professional exam prior to graduation.

Mathematics, BS or BA

Mathematics has long been recognized as an essential tool for developing theory and research in a broad range of quantitative fields. The study of mathematics provides training in disciplined thought and analysis. Mathematicians create new theories and techniques using the latest technology and solve economic, scientific, engineering, and business problems using mathematical knowledge and computational tools. Mathematics prepares students for a variety of jobs and careers.

Core math degree courses include computer science, calculus, mathematical reasoning, linear algebra and analysis. In addition, a minor of at least 15 semester hours in a science is required. Approved areas for the BS degree are biology, chemistry, computer science, physics and psychology.

In addition to the math major students can choose from 2 concentrations:

Concentration in Statistics: prepares graduates for diverse and vital areas that may include medical research, drug testing, environmental risk assessment, quality assurance, economic forecasting, and the exploration of space.

Concentration in Secondary Education: meets the requirements of the State of Illinois, the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America.

  • Want to study mathematics in the USA? Apply now for a Roosevelt University math degree pathway
  • English support at Roosevelt University in Chicago

    Improve Your English Level Before Your Bachelor's

    To study these bachelor's degrees at Roosevelt University in Chicago, you need an official English test score of:

    • TOEFL 80 iBT (minimum 18 in writing)
    • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in writing)

    If you do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score, or have a lower level of English, your best pathway to a degree is the International Year.

    International Year One
  • College of Arts and Sciences at Roosevelt University in Chicago


    The University's largest college, delivering 60+ majors and minors across 10 departments, serves as the foundation for Roosevelt's liberal arts education. This exposure to a rich variety of disciplines and ideas develops each student's broad platform of knowledge, while honing critical skills in communication and reasoning. Classroom instruction is complemented by faculty presence in community and cultural affairs. As a result, students develop a deep connection to civic involvement and are primed to put their knowledge and leadership into action.

    Students seeking degrees within the college choose from an extensive range of traditional science, math, humanities and social science majors, and progressive interdisciplinary options.