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ULM Risk Management program ranked 9th in the country

Published February 8, 2019

ULM’s Risk Management and Insurance Program moved up from the 11th largest in 2017 to the 9th largest in the nation in 2018.

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Each year, Business Insurance, one of the top insurance industry news sources, ranks collegiate insurance programs by number of undergraduates majoring in risk management and insurance. For the fourth year in a row, the University of Louisiana Monroe's program was the largest in Louisiana and one of the largest in the Southeast, surpassing programs like University of Mississippi and Georgia State University.

ULM’s RMI program has consistently grown in number and national ranking. The program was ranked 18th in 2015 with 75 students, 13th in 2016 with 135 students, and 11th in 2017 with 149 students.

Dr. Christine Berry, RMI Program Coordinator and Director of the Small Business Risk Management Institute said, “We attribute the growth in part to our graduates returning to campus to share news about their incredible successes in the industry and that the insurance industry offers a wide variety of challenging and rewarding careers. We have also worked with our outstanding industry partners to develop unique recruitment, retention and placement programs that have helped grow our program and meet the workforce needs of the risk management and insurance industry. And with the recent addition of our Industry and Student Coordinator, we are taking these efforts to an even higher level.”    

“There are more position openings than we have students to fill. The larger the program is, the more companies and brokers want to recruit here. But it is more the quality of graduates that keep them coming back. Word continues to spread about the exceptional young professionals ULM is producing," she said.  “Having three of the top five wholesale insurance companies consider ULM to be one of their top recruitment schools in the country is a testament to the quality of our students and our program.”

ULM’s program is one of the few in the country that provides specialized courses in surplus lines and reinsurance. Surplus Lines insurance is heavily used in Louisiana and across the South in the agriculture, entertainment, petrochemical and tourism industries.

ULM’s Risk Management and Insurance program provides opportunities for students to receive various scholarships, internships and job opportunities with companies, agencies, and financial institutions.