Magazine article Risk Management

The 10 Largest Risk and Insurance Schools

Magazine article Risk Management

The 10 Largest Risk and Insurance Schools

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When it comes to teaching risk management, bigger is not always better. But the largest programs are respected for both their size and the future risk managers they teach. Here is a rundown of the top 10 schools ranked by the number of students they graduated during the 2009-2010 school year. For a more in-depth list, visit

1. University of Georgia 129

UGA boasts the largest undergraduate program of its kind in the United States, and its Terry College of Business grads have gone on to work for HBO, Honeywell and Pepsi. "RMI's energetic, impassioned faculty members are adept at making textbook material come alive," said Dr. Robert Hoyt, UGA's chair of insurance.

2. Temple University 120

This Philadelphia school first offered risk management and insurance courses in 1913. With the help of the local insurance industry, Temple's RMI program has grown exponentially since then with approximately 800 students taking the program's "Introduction to Risk Management" course each semester. More than 130 students participated in internships over the summer, and nearly every student is involved in Gamma Iota Sigma, the international risk management fraternity.

3. University of Wisconsin-Madison 94

UW-Madison's RMI program began in 1938, and one of its students, John S. Bickley, went on to form the International Insurance Society. The school's long tradition of excellence in teaching, research and service was given a boost this year with the formation of the Risk Management and Insurance Alumni Association.

4. Appalachian State University 55

Though a relative newcomer compared to the top three, App State is a powerhouse. The program began in the late 1970s and has grown steadily. The school's RMI Society invites professionals to speak to students each month and schedules philanthropic events such as working with Habitat for Humanity.

5. Florida State University 44

FSU's RMI department houses two insurance centers-the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center (Cat Center) and the Center for Insurance Research. Students are active with Florida industry associations and have travelled to the RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition for the previous eight years. While enrolled, students are encouraged to pursue professional designations and participate in job shadowing. …

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