A Different Viewpoint

BY JOHNNY JOHNSON

I read the letter “On the Uniform CPA Exam” ( JofA, Feb.01, page 14) and would like to address the statement that “the Big Five and large regional accounting firms rarely, if ever, recruit on non-Ivy-League campuses.”

I graduated from Troy State University in 1989, and my graduating class alone had three or four recruits that went to work for a Big Five firm. Although not an Ivy-League campus, the school has an incredible accounting program that places much emphasis on passing the CPA exam, and it generally produces several Big Five candidates a year.

I disagree with the letter writer’s comments. Big Five firms have benefited by recruiting from college campuses that have strong accounting programs regardless of Ivy League status. I believe the large firms have been recruiting from such schools for years and will continue to do so as long as they feel they are getting top students.

Johnny Johnson, CPA
Seal Beach, California

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