Can I get a good CPA job if I don't go to a prestigious school?

University of Illinois is rated #1 in the country for accounting. I'd like to go there, but it's tough to get in. Can I still get a good job as a CPA down town if I go to a cheapy shcool? yeah, I mean that's the whole point of it, right? Why shoot for an acocunting degree and CPA cert if I'm gonna work for Bubba's Accounting Service and make < $40k /year.

Asked By: Lobster Dinosaur - 10/22/2006
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YES you can get a good CPA job even if you don't go to a prestigious school. However, it would be best if you go to a school that if not the #1, at least in the top 15 schools in accounting. Check with the job placement officer and inquire whether big accounting firms have recruited from the school -- that can be your... More
Answered By: imisidro - 10/30/2006
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Rankings are overrated. But, if you're concerned about it, try to get into another top tier school, or at least a second if you're trying to make the big bucks or get jobs with major accounting firms.
Answered By: Girl360 - 10/22/2006
UI is rated #1 only due to its size. The best school for accounting in the US is Northern Illinois University - based on CPA exam pass rate and published texts of its professors who also actively teach... More
Answered By: Philip S - 10/28/2006
UIC also has a good, solid accounting and finance program. To become a CPA, you have to pass an exam, anyway.
Answered By: Lea - 10/28/2006
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