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September 27, 2023

Recruiting: “There Is No Need to be Bitter”

Lifted from the comments in response to someone who pointed out the Big 4 don't make a habit of overstaffing Meet the Firms at University of Illinois at Chicago – that's if they show up at all:

There is no need to be bitter because that is the way it is. Unfortunately firms still go for the brand name schools with a legacy than relatively new schools like UIC (when comparing the legacy and history of DePaul, Loyola, Notre Dame, etc). It hurts more when we consistently send so many CPA candidates and still have a pass rate higher than close to all of Illinois schools.

Let me correct you on last years Meet the Firms though; Deloitte and KPMG had a fully staffed table. However, last year Deloitte was the only one who recruited both full-time and interns for summer and fall. KPMG came but only for interns in the winter.

Traditionally, PwC sources their interns through their Chicago Honors Program participated by students from multiple local schools including UIC, DePaul, Loyola, and Roosevelt.

E&Y is the only firm missing, which strikes me as odd, considering they claim all the buzz words including diversity and equality, when UIC is undoubtedly one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

That's not exactly true. In order, the top Illinois schools (in terms of CPA exam pass rates in 2011) were the Illinois Institute of Technology (seriously), Olivet Nazarene, Trinity, Wheaton and Northwestern rounding off the top 4 with 66%. UIC? 56.8%. That's good but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's higher than close to all of Illinois schools. No need to overcompensate. In fact, the overall Illinois pass rate was 51.0% (including first-time exams and retakes) so really that's not really that much more impressive.

Still, the UIC recruiting diss appears to be true. Anyone else have any insight to share into the Illinois campus recruiting process?


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