The road from today to CPA can have many paths.
Which one will be for you? First, decide what's most important to you. Is Ivy-League prestige at the top of your list? Or would a solid community-college education give you the preparation you need? From big school to little school, city-livin’ to the great wide open, you’ve got options.
Not sure where to start?
How about your school? Start looking through guidance publications, college catalogs and guidebooks. The U.S. Dept. of Education has a page of their picks for your best resources, which is a great start. Once you pick a few faves, plan to apply to at least three to five schools. (Why not all ten? Well, applications can be costly, not to mention time-consuming.) Talk to your parents and your high school counselor about where you want to go. Know an accountant? Pick their brain! They may have advice on which schools are most respected in the accounting community or may be a good fit for your goals and personality. They’ll *definitely* be interested to know what you’re thinking. Also, as you may have noticed, the Internet is a great research buddy too. Start with the schools’ homepages and go from there.
Oh, and don’t forget to look at the price tag before you get your heart set one school (college can be pricey, but don’t worry. Financial aid is your friend.) Happy college hunting!
Learn how to weigh the options and choose the right school. Oh, and get in. That's pretty important too.