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Need help looking for the right Macc program [#permalink]
16 Jun 2012, 23:57
I'm a senior accounting major and have been going through on-campus recruiting as an undergrad. I hope to get a big 4 internship (that leads to a full time offer) before I graduate from undergrad. I'm hoping for this timeline: take gmat summer/fall 2012, get an internship offer fall 2012, graduate early (in 3 1/2 yrs) fall 2012, intern spring 2013 busy season, start grad school summer 2013 through fall 2013, lighter schedule spring 2014 while sitting for CPA, pass CPA exam before starting full time at big 4 firm in Fall 2014. Plans will change if things don't work as plan of course. With that in mind, I'm looking for a Macc program that is structured so you can sit for sections of the CPA before you graduate from the MAcc program. But I know networking and on-campus recruiting with alumni networks is how I plan to get to a big 4, and I want a good program, maybe one that uses the Becker review course and 1st CPA pass rates are high that will actually help me pass the CPA. I don't want a name brand, competitive "top" program. I would like to stay in the south too since I would like to start at the Atlanta offices. I would appreciate any info or advice on the programs at UGA, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida or any other school in the South/near the South. Also, please feel free to comment on my future plans if you have any advice. Thanks.
Re: Need help looking for the right Macc program [#permalink]
20 Jun 2012, 20:56
It sounds like you have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to accomplish, which is great! I recently applied and interviewed at Vanderbilt. Vandy's program is only a few years old but it will be a top-ten program fairly soon. It's only a one year program with an internship. Because of this, it's extremely fast-paced and intensive. "Graduate school on steroids," is how they referred to it. I really enjoyed the faculty and staff; they really care a lot about their students. I applied late because they extended their deadline because the weren't able to fill their class size. I took the GMAT towards the end of May (May 22nd) and then went to Nashville May 31st. I think I had a really good shot of getting in, even with my GPA being around a 3.1. For some reason, they weren't too keen on me wanting to come back to Texas to work. I hadn't really considered moving away from Texas because so I wasn't sure. I ended up not getting in and that ended up being the main reason that I didn't. I think I'll reapply but Vanderbilt does a good job at placing in Atlanta.
I do know that Ole Miss has a great program, as does Georgia. Ole Miss is doing a lot to improve their program and might have the best program in the SEC, rankings wise. If you have a GPA of over 3.5 and can make at least a 650 on the GMAT, I would suggest that you apply to UT-Austin. It's currently the #1 program and can place you pretty much wherever you'd like. I'm planning on applying there for the fall of 2013. I went to UT undergrad so it's my first choice. I'm also planning on applying to Texas A&M, USC and Illinois. I'll most likely end up applying to Vanderbilt again.
Good luck with your application process. I've done a lot of research so feel free to ask me any questions.
Re: Need help looking for the right Macc program
20 Jun 2012, 20:56