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Facts about the UCI MPAC program; ASK ME ANYTHING. [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2014, 10:27
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Part of the inaugural class here. For those interested in applying, I strongly urge you to reconsider and see what other options are out there.
Recruiting was rough overall for most people but the program administrators will not tell you that during the interview process. Also, they plan to increase the class size by double I believe (lol). Ask away.
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Re: Facts about the UCI MPAC program; ASK ME ANYTHING. [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2014, 19:02
Why should we reconsider applying?
What about the program did you not like?
What the recuiting sub-par compared to other school?
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Re: Facts about the UCI MPAC program; ASK ME ANYTHING. [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2014, 10:47
For those without luck during Meet The Firms, how did you end up finding a job?
Why was it so hard for students to get an interview in the first place? If you meet GPA cut off and connect with professionals, surely you would get an interview no?
What % of students got Big 4 offers?
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Re: Facts about the UCI MPAC program; ASK ME ANYTHING. [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2014, 12:57
How much did you/will you end up paying out of pocket?

Should I go to this school if I want to go for these reasons:
Networking Connections & Job Recruitment (i'm looking to make a switch into Public Acc from Private Acc)
I would have passed all four parts by August, and I would just need ethics units.
Also, please consider that my entire tuition is waived (so I really only will be paying for housing)

I am awaiting USC's decision (interviewed Friday), but even if I get in, I do not think it is worth the 50k price tag (not even including housing). UCI CSUF and CSUN's programs are the only ones in the state that come remotely close and I can get my tuition waived at those schools.

Let me know what you think :)
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Re: Facts about the UCI MPAC program; ASK ME ANYTHING. [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2014, 12:18
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For those without luck during Meet The Firms, how did you end up finding a job?
Why was it so hard for students to get an interview in the first place? If you meet GPA cut off and connect with professionals, surely you would get an interview no?
What % of students got Big 4 offers?



Most of the class did not get their internships/FT offers through meet the firms.
Most of the class still doesn't have a job.
I think it was hard because there aren't that many slots open and that we are competing with undergrads. And meeting GPA cut offs and networking with professionals is far from enough to get an interview. I would say about 10-15% received big 4 offers and half of those who received big 4 offers interned the summer before they started the program (meaning they had the offer in the bag before attending)
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Re: Facts about the UCI MPAC program; ASK ME ANYTHING. [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2014, 12:20
laserglare wrote:
How much did you/will you end up paying out of pocket?

Should I go to this school if I want to go for these reasons:
Networking Connections & Job Recruitment (i'm looking to make a switch into Public Acc from Private Acc)
I would have passed all four parts by August, and I would just need ethics units.
Also, please consider that my entire tuition is waived (so I really only will be paying for housing)

I am awaiting USC's decision (interviewed Friday), but even if I get in, I do not think it is worth the 50k price tag (not even including housing). UCI CSUF and CSUN's programs are the only ones in the state that come remotely close and I can get my tuition waived at those schools.

Let me know what you think :)


I paid 20 grand out of pocket, took 20 grand in loans and 10 grand in scholly$. the summer school session will run you $10,000 here which is VERY steep. I do not recommend attending the program. I noticed that the east coast schools in general place better. if you are bent on staying in LA, go to UC davis or USC, both their employment reports are out and they seem to be doing better.
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Re: Facts about the UCI MPAC program; ASK ME ANYTHING. [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2014, 12:25
laserglare wrote:
Why should we reconsider applying?
What about the program did you not like?
What the recuiting sub-par compared to other school?



You should reconsider applying because the placement so far has been poor. I didn't like the cost to benefit payout. More than half the class is still searching and there doesn't seem to be much emphasis on recruiting after fall is over. Recruiting is subpar due to placement, I don't know what else you're trying to figure out, there simply were not many firms/slots opened up.
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Re: Facts about the UCI MPAC program; ASK ME ANYTHING. [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2014, 12:53
ensenada90 wrote:
laserglare wrote:
How much did you/will you end up paying out of pocket?

Should I go to this school if I want to go for these reasons:
Networking Connections & Job Recruitment (i'm looking to make a switch into Public Acc from Private Acc)
I would have passed all four parts by August, and I would just need ethics units.
Also, please consider that my entire tuition is waived (so I really only will be paying for housing)

I am awaiting USC's decision (interviewed Friday), but even if I get in, I do not think it is worth the 50k price tag (not even including housing). UCI CSUF and CSUN's programs are the only ones in the state that come remotely close and I can get my tuition waived at those schools.

Let me know what you think :)


I paid 20 grand out of pocket, took 20 grand in loans and 10 grand in scholly$. the summer school session will run you $10,000 here which is VERY steep. I do not recommend attending the program. I noticed that the east coast schools in general place better. if you are bent on staying in LA, go to UC davis or USC, both their employment reports are out and they seem to be doing better.


Where do you find USC's employment report? Doesn't seem to show up on Google. Only Marshall (MBA)
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Re: Facts about the UCI MPAC program; ASK ME ANYTHING. [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2014, 12:57
b00gigi wrote:
ensenada90 wrote:
laserglare wrote:
How much did you/will you end up paying out of pocket?

Should I go to this school if I want to go for these reasons:
Networking Connections & Job Recruitment (i'm looking to make a switch into Public Acc from Private Acc)
I would have passed all four parts by August, and I would just need ethics units.
Also, please consider that my entire tuition is waived (so I really only will be paying for housing)

I am awaiting USC's decision (interviewed Friday), but even if I get in, I do not think it is worth the 50k price tag (not even including housing). UCI CSUF and CSUN's programs are the only ones in the state that come remotely close and I can get my tuition waived at those schools.

Let me know what you think :)


I paid 20 grand out of pocket, took 20 grand in loans and 10 grand in scholly$. the summer school session will run you $10,000 here which is VERY steep. I do not recommend attending the program. I noticed that the east coast schools in general place better. if you are bent on staying in LA, go to UC davis or USC, both their employment reports are out and they seem to be doing better.


Where do you find USC's employment report? Doesn't seem to show up on Google. Only Marshall (MBA)



they do not offer it online last time i remember, i had to attend a session and they handed out a brochure. ( it's good to always double check and inquire about the numbers they use though)
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Re: Facts about the UCI MPAC program; ASK ME ANYTHING. [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2014, 18:43
Thank you for the information ensenada, you make me feel a lot better about choosing USC over UCI, as it was a tough choice for me (UCI I have friends, closer to gf, and much cheaper).

During UCI's infosessions, they made the program seem amazing, like they have a high budget, great investments, strong connections, excellent students etc, and I really liked the stuffed mushrooms they had during their infosession lol.

I truly believe UCI will be a great MAcc school, it has the potential from the OC surrounding area, but maybe just not right now as its so new.
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Re: Facts about the UCI MPAC program; ASK ME ANYTHING. [#permalink] New post 15 May 2014, 00:49
laserglare wrote:
Thank you for the information ensenada, you make me feel a lot better about choosing USC over UCI, as it was a tough choice for me (UCI I have friends, closer to gf, and much cheaper).

During UCI's infosessions, they made the program seem amazing, like they have a high budget, great investments, strong connections, excellent students etc, and I really liked the stuffed mushrooms they had during their infosession lol.

I truly believe UCI will be a great MAcc school, it has the potential from the OC surrounding area, but maybe just not right now as its so new.


Did you already tell USC you were attending? From what I can tell, having all 4 parts of the CPA exam finished would make you an easy pick. I only know for certain of one classmate who attended this program who had passed all 4 and had NOT had an offer prior to coming to this program, and she received many offers, including Big 4. In your specific case, I definitely would have suggested attending UCI.
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