StudentsReview - Florida International University - Life at FIU Copyright 2016 StudentsReview, Ecliptical Technologies, Inc. http://www.studentsreview.com/FL/FIU_comments.html Life at FIU - Comments en StudentsReview: Advice Review about FIU for Accountinghttp://www.studentsreview.com/FL/FIU_comments.html I've given FIU a pretty fair chance to impress me with its academic magic. The local community here in South Florida (of accounting professionals and the accounting firms) has the impression that it's... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 06:28:03 GMT StudentsReview 284-173071 284-173071 284 1 Accounting Female Undergraduate Class 2016 4th Year Advice I've given FIU a pretty fair chance to impress me with its academic magic. The local community here in South Florida (of accounting professionals and the accounting firms) has the impression that it's a "great accounting program."

Here is the honest-to-God truth about this program in a few paragraphs:

In recent years, despite this reputation of being a "great accounting program," the program itself is badly trying to boost its CPA rankings in order to look like an even better school to the outside world. They have tried different tweaking their program in various ways to make this happen. The end result is that they pile the students with an absolutely insane amount of work per accounting class and have made these courses practically Ivy-League difficult without the resources to support their students throughout these classes. They pile on work and just expect students to do it regardless of whether they've received instruction about how to do this work.

Their efforts to alleviate this were to make an accounting lab where students can walk in and get topic-specific help for their accounting classes by asking graduate students for help. There is a new batch of tutors each fall, so this means the tutors are often times teaching themselves how to help you. The department hand-picks these tutors, so they sometimes make the mistake of hiring people that are not genuinely interested in helping other people and relying on this is very hit-or-miss. It is completely dependent on who is competent in their technical knowledge and also helpful. Since these tutors are paid by a lump sum of grant money per semester rather than by salary, this sometimes hurts their drive to want to improve their teaching abilities as well. They are effectively in the position of working, studying for the CPA, and studying for their graduate coursework. Since they are as much on a hamster wheel as everyone else, this sometimes makes them not care about what they are doing when students walk in and ask for help with their coursework.

Professors at this school are often knowledgeable but are usually too busy to stop and help students due to teaching classes and performing research to prove their status as professors. Their knowledge tends to vary from fantastic to needing help with their teaching skills.

The HR side of the accounting department is often times rude and unhelpful to students. The customer service side of the department tends to be condescending and act as though it's your job to inform yourself about every detail of the accounting curriculum. They do not tend to listen to student opinion or feedback. This side of the department tends to be reactive rather than proactive in approaching department-specific problems.

As an undergraduate student, I have found the accounting department to lack opportunities for mentorship or grow / do research. The professors are often too busy and need to perform their research to do this. Almost any guidance I have received in my accounting program has been by other students in the department itself.

If I had known what I know now, I would have gone to FAU's undergraduate program instead. Both of them are commuter schools but FIU and FAU currently have CPA pass rates that are similar to each other. Since I know that, I would have gone to a school that has at least a friendlier and more helpful administration that makes more of an effort to help students.

It is understandable to attend this school since it is affordable and might be as much as you can afford. However, if you go this route, I suggest you walk in with the understanding that you will be teaching yourself literally almost everything.

You will be teaching yourself the material for your coursework, you will be teaching yourself everything you need to do to get through your classes, you will be teaching yourself what to even take for classes, your majors / minors, scholarship opportunities, etc.

Students that walk in with this kind of attitude and understand this upfront tend to do better than those that seek collaboration. Do not expect any hand-holding by the department itself and you will be fine.
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 06:28:03 GMT http://www.studentsreview.com/FL/FIU_comments.html
StudentsReview: Positive Review about FIU for Engineering Departmenthttp://www.studentsreview.com/FL/FIU_comments.html FIU prepared me for my career.... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:14:54 GMT StudentsReview 284-172670 284-172670 284 61 Engineering Department Male Undergraduate Alumnus Class 2000 Positive FIU prepared me for my career. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:14:54 GMT http://www.studentsreview.com/FL/FIU_comments.html StudentsReview: Negative Review about FIU for Chemistryhttp://www.studentsreview.com/FL/FIU_comments.html Complete disaster of a school. Median FIU student has no business being in college. Professors seem to hate students, probably because median FIU student has no business being in college. CC's in m... Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:52:21 GMT StudentsReview 284-168674 284-168674 284 9 Chemistry Male Undergraduate Class 2015 4th Year Negative Complete disaster of a school. Median FIU student has no business being in college. Professors seem to hate students, probably because median FIU student has no business being in college. CC's in most states are better than FIU. Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:52:21 GMT http://www.studentsreview.com/FL/FIU_comments.html StudentsReview: Neutral Review about FIU for Accountinghttp://www.studentsreview.com/FL/FIU_comments.html FIU has its pros and cons. In comparison to other schools across the nation, it's in the process of becoming a better school. President Rosenberg is doing a good job of expanding by building new parki... Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:07:19 GMT StudentsReview 284-162855 284-162855 284 1 Accounting Male Undergraduate Class 2016 3rd Year Neutral FIU has its pros and cons. In comparison to other schools across the nation, it's in the process of becoming a better school. President Rosenberg is doing a good job of expanding by building new parking lots and etc.

The accounting department is small, has limited resources and has many students as are part of their program. The department itself is often seem overwhelmed (possibly by some of the difficult professors / students they work with) and this rubs off sometimes on how they interact with students. To get anything done, you have to be good at making connections with people in the department. They are often unhelpful because many students walk in and expect to be spoonfed exactly how to do everything and they will insist you need to go online and figure it out for yourself. This is not necessarily a good thing and doesn't make the students feel welcome whatsoever, but this is often how they approach students.

Nearly all of the accounting classes are difficult. They are much more time-consuming and require enormous amounts of effort to do well in. They are not comparable to the level of difficulty of the general ed business courses.

Sometimes it seems that the accounting program is made exaggeratedly difficult for the students to maintain. It's an excellent program and you'll get a lot out of it if you were to actually apply yourself.

Average FIU students tend to lack ambition and don't know what they actually want with their lives yet (since they likely went from high school straight to college). Other people and family probably told them an accounting degree will help them earn a lot of money. As a result, the accounting program and the professors alike set higher standards in hopes that this will create better trained students that are capable of passing the CPA exam.

In actuality, what happens is that the students often feel that since the accounting courses are so difficult here, they are desperate to graduate. A lot of them stop caring about what kind of grades they end up getting. A good number of them don't even get into the process of studying for the CPA exam because they'd rather work and actually make money than take more time off from working to focus on it. I think this is more indicative of the students that go here rather than the department.

FIU often honks its own horn and says that their accounting program is top-notch and basically one of the best in the country. However, they don't have the numbers to prove this and they are aware of that. For instance, UF's accounting master's ranks in the top 20 in the nation and FIU's master program is at about 99. In addition to this, UF's accounting master's program also charges HALF of what FIU charges. That's right, half. Many of the accounting TA's complain and master's students complain about the ridiculous amount they are being charged for their master's degree. FIU compensates by buying Becker, buying dinner for their students, buying t-shirts, etc. Everyone still knows they are being charged too much and it's hard to feel pride for a school that does this to students (especially ones that understand money pretty well).

Students and professors are equally nice or helpful / arrogant and condescending depending on who you meet. This doesn't swing in any particular direction, it literally depends on who you meet.

Although FIU provides a great education for accounting, the truth is that accounting has become more of a "who you know" rather than "what you know" profession. Networking is more crucial for landing a job than grades are. The business clubs have public accounting companies come in every Friday to speak with students but those companies will not be eager to hire anyone unless they have actual accounting experience (such as an internship or work experience) or a leadership position on-campus. No one at FIU in the department or part of the clubs will tell you this (since they would not want to hurt anyone's feelings) but that's the cold-hard truth.

If you chose FIU due to it being a cost-efficient option, I would suggest to find other options carefully for the master's program that will not charge you as much money.
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:07:19 GMT http://www.studentsreview.com/FL/FIU_comments.html