Surgent for Higher Education

Over 100 colleges and universities partner with Surgent to integrate industry-recognized exam preparation coursework into their accounting and business programs to support student career readiness post-graduation.

Prepare Your Students for Career Success

Surgent helps colleges and universities prepare their students for accounting and finance profession-related credentialing exams, supporting the achievement of pass rates above the national average while enabling candidates to study less. From undergraduate to Master of Accounting and MBA programs, Surgent helps your students gain a competitive edge on their profession ahead of graduation. Whether through a custom course plan or the embedding of our exam review courses into your curriculum, your students will be equipped to prepare for their exams in far fewer study hours than the national average.

Ensure Program Success

Impressive credentialing exam pass rates make it easy for department heads to quantify their programs’ effectiveness.

Increase Exam Pass Rates

Proven to increase pass rates in least amount of time against national averages.

Monitor Student Progress

Surgent’s software includes robust assessment tools to measure students’ pre- and post-course knowledge

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Elevate Program Effectiveness

Surgent partners with institutions to support students’ success in preparing for and passing industry credentialing exams. Partnering with Surgent can support the credibility of your programs through increased exam pass rates and, in turn, student hiring rates post-graduation. Our partnership engagements are configurable based on the needs of your institution and range from supporting materials to curriculum integration.

Surgent Exam Review Programs

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
    Best suited for undergraduate seniors and graduate students in a Master of Accounting or MBA Program with a concentration in Accounting. CPAs can serve in roles such as CFOs, comptrollers, and finance directors.
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
    Best suited for accounting, finance, and business majors in undergraduate programs and graduate students in MBA programs who are interested in working for companies where they can utilize their skills for financial statement analysis, budgeting, forecasting, performance management, cost and risk management, and internal controls.
  • Enrolled Agent (EA)
    Best suited for students who have completed high school and are looking to obtain an accounting credential that empowers them to generate immediate income as a professional tax preparer (without waiting to graduate).
  • Securities Industry Essentials (SIE)
    Best suited for students looking to obtain a financial services-related credential that makes them more attractive as a prospective hire, preparing them for FINRA qualification exams.

Surgent Upskilling Courses: Essential Career Skills

  • Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Small Business Accounting Fundamentals
  • Financial Accounting Principals
  • Interactive Auditing & Fraud Simulations
  • Core Data Analytics (Power BI)

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A Curriculum Supplement Designed for Faculty & Students

Surgent’s award-winning curriculum supplement was built to support faculty and equip accounting students with the tools they need to pass industry-recognized certification exams. Surgent’s learning components include multiple-choice questions with detailed answer explanations, links to online textbooks, and on-demand video lectures, as well as lecture notes and slides.

For Professors:

  • Access regular course updates, spanning a growing library of topics.
  • Easily create homework assignments, quizzes, and exams.
  • Monitor student progress and export data for LMS integration.

For Students:

  • Leverage Surgent’s adaptive technology to personalize study content.
  • Be confident in your students' ability to pass an exam right out of the gate.
  • Take advantage of exam resources outside of the technology itself.

Case Study: How Surgent Helped Duquesne University Improve CPA Exam Pass Rates

Faculty and administrators at Duquesne recognized that only 50% of graduating seniors polled planned to take the CPA Exam. Additionally, students taking their Auditing Course were not passing the AUD section of the CPA Exam and had an average pass rate of 54.6%, only slightly above the national average at the time, which was 47%1. Believing that there was room for improvement, Duquesne began looking for more effective content and new ways to teach more effectively. After incorporating Surgent CPA Review content and technology into its Auditing Course, Duquesne students' pass rates in AUD rose from 54.6% in 2015 to 79% in 2018 - a 44% improvement.

1 Kollar, Robert J., Williams, Valerie Trott (April 25, 2017). “Strategies for Passing the CPA Exam and Filling the Pipeline” PICPA.org. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  • Original Student AUD Pass Rate 54.6% 54.6%
  • Student AUD Pass Rate with Surgent 79% 79%

Featured College & University Partners

Professional Partnership Program

Surgent is proud to support the mission and programs of the Beta Alpha Psi organization by:

Presenting on relevant topics such as how to become a CPA, how to fulfill the education requirements to become a CPA, career development, business ethics, resume writing and business etiquette. We also help to secure speakers on technical subject matters relating to accounting, auditing, taxation and business law.

Networking at local, regional and annual events with student members to provide career advice in the areas of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems as well as connect with faculty advisors.

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