The Midwest's accounting education leader.

In the world of accounting, becoming a certified public accountant is crucial to gain entry-level positions and to kick-start your career. Becoming a CPA is a main focus of ours with all of our students. The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy requires that students finish the three E’s to become a CPA — education, examination and experience.

At UNI Business, you can gain all three of those E’s right inside our walls. Our education is top-notch, as we give students the tools to succeed in all types of accounting, whether it be in the public, corporate or government spheres. You can gain experience through the department’s training and practical experience opportunities, such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which gives seniors or master-level students a chance to help low-income U.S. citizens with state and federal taxes.

Our examination record speaks for itself. UNI Business students’ CPA examination pass rate consistently ranks among the best in the nation — far above the national average — thanks to our curriculum that consistently changes to challenge students. UNI Business also offers review sessions specifically catered to the CPA exam.

 

 

For higher-level professional expertise, we also offer the Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree, which allows students to continuously hone the skill of accounting. With this degree, students’ success rate on the CPA exam rises even higher.

 

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Foster family sets up fellowship for Junior Accounting Faculty

The University of Northern Iowa holds a special place in the hearts’ of Rod and Heidi Foster. Rod started his long career in accounting because of his education at the College of Business. UNI is also where he met his wife, Heidi, a graduate of the chemistry program. They now have two grown sons—one of which is also a UNI graduate. Because of their UNI experience, Rod and Heidi both feel the need to give back to the university and repay it for giving them the tools and experiences to be successful in business and life.

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Accounting professor doubles as an established painter

Tim Lindquist began painting when he was just a teenager. A friend invited him over to learn how to create a dog on canvas, and Lindquist was hooked. He asked for paints that Christmas and considered majoring in art at college. But he chose accounting instead, becoming an educator and professor at the College of Business.

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The complete guide to choosing a college major

College is an exciting time in your life, but don’t spend all four years merely enjoying it – you should take advantage of this time to determine exactly what you want to do with your life. This article will help you decide how to choose your college major that fits your long-term goals.

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UNI named Top 3 program for CPAs

The University of Northern Iowa’s accounting department ranked third in the nation in preparing students to become certified public accountants, according to a new analytic by Baylor University and UNI professors.

The newly created CPA Success Index estimates students’ progress toward completing all four parts of the CPA exam. The metric found UNI students had an 89% success rate on the notoriously difficult test, just below Texas A&M University (90%) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (95%).

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Five iOS Apps for people learning to 'adult'

The anxiety young people have about maturing in their twenties has lead to the word "adulting" becoming quite popular. It's a useful, albeit somewhat glib, catch-all term for taking care of yourself. Doing your laundry? Adulting. Scrambling an egg? Adulting. In truth, the real sign of adulthood is living a life that's within your control, and for that, there are several iOS apps to help. With these five apps, anyone can "adult" -- or at least fake it when they need to. 

 

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