The placement rate for Valpo math majors is consistently close to 100 percent.

In the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Handbook, growth for every job listed as a math occupation is predicted to be much higher than average for all occupations. In the age of big data, number crunchers are urgently needed to analyze ever-increasing volumes of data.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ list of math-related occupations represents just a fraction of the kinds of jobs math majors can do. In truth, a math major or minor increases a candidate’s appeal in almost every field: employers value the problem-solving and analytical skills that math teaches. Here are a few of the places where recent Valpo math alumni are currently working or studying.

Many alumni of the mathematics and statistics department go on to become successful educators. In fact, Valpo alumni teach at many of the high schools surrounding the Valparaiso community and are strongly recruited by these schools.

The following table shows some of the schools that have hired recent graduates of the mathematics and statistics department.

 Year School
2014-present Columbia City High School
Discovery Charter School
Merrillville High School
Valparaiso Community Schools
West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School
Hobart High School
2009-2014 Arrowhead High School
Everest Academy
Knox Community School System
Lake Station Community Schools
Northridge Middle School
Reynoldsburg High School
Portage High School
Andrean High School
Centerville Senior High School
Greensburg Community Schools
Nepal English Language Teachers’ Assoc.
School City of East Chicago
Veritas High School
Campbell High School
School City of Hammond
 Prior to 2009 Ann Arbor Public Schools
Michigan City Area Schools
Princeton City Schools
Tri West Middle School
Washington High School
Griffith High School
Lake Central High School
Lutheran High School West
Calumet High School
Andrean High School

Degrees in mathematics, actuarial science, data science, and statistics prepare students for employment in many industries and businesses. Alumni from the mathematics and statistics department have been successful in finding interesting job opportunities in these areas after they graduate from Valparaiso University.  Note that in 2012 and prior, listings also included Computer Science majors.

Some of the companies that have hired recent graduates (the past 10 years or so) of the mathematics and statistics department are:

 Year  Company
 2014-present Florida Department of Health
Hunter Engineering Company
Quicken Loans
Cincinnati Financial
Epic Systems
Angie’s List
Medix
Ronson Equipment Company, LLC
Department of Defense
State Farm
 2009-2014 Milliman Inc.
American Income Life
Interactive Intelligence
Americorps Vista
NSA Media
Orbis Education: Orr Fellowship
Verizon Wireless
BEICO
International Executives Service Corp
Prevention Awareness Network
S & K Schulz, Inc. (Snap-on Tools)
HealthCall LLC
Chicago Art Museum
Epic Systems
Caterpillar
Rockwell Collins
Provident Funding
Vahala Foam, Inc.
Prior to 2009 EDS Indiana Healthcare
Golden Technologies
Raytheon
City of Waterbury
San Antonio WNBA Silver Stars
True Process Inc.
Bankers Life & Casualty
EDS Indiana Healthcare
Caremark
Lockheed Martin
AT&T
Hawkes Publishing
Hewlett Packard
Northwestern Mutual
Department of Defense
Motorola
Western-Southern Life

Academic excellence in a specific field, while necessary to continue on to graduate school, is not sufficient in itself. A well-rounded undergraduate experience, self-confidence, and the motivation to persevere through the intensity of graduate work are also necessary. At Valparaiso University, we help students develop in all of these areas.

Many of the alumni of the mathematics and statistics department have attended graduate school. As expected, many have continued their studies in mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics education, statistics, operations research, and computer science. However, others have used their degree from Valparaiso University as a step towards graduate work in physics, biology, philosophy, and theology. Still others have gone on to law school, medical school, and respected business schools.

Listed below are graduate schools and fields of study chosen by alumni, going back about 10 years or so:

 Year 
Graduate School (Field)
2014-present
Oregon State University (Statistics)
Northern Illinois University (Mathematics)
University of Florida (Mathematics)
2009-2014
North Carolina State University (Computer Science)
University of Chicago (Physics)
Purdue University (Education)
University of Minnesota (Actuarial Science)
Valparaiso University (Information Technology)
Northwestern University (Mathematics)
Prior to 2009 Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (Comp Science)
Valparaiso University (MBA)
Washington State University (Physics)
Northwestern University (Industrial Engineering)
Thomas M. Cooley School of Law (Law)
University of Notre Dame (Mechanical Engineering)
University of Nebraska (Environmental Science)
Michigan State University (Physics)
Colorado State University (Physics)

 

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