Accounting at UF traces its roots back to 1923 when the first accounting course was offered. From the few first course offerings the demand for more grew and in 1947 the department of accounting was officially formed with 255 students. With continued growth, the department formed into an experimental School in 1977, and the faculty Senate voted to make the School permanent in 1983. It was ultimately renamed the Fisher School of Accounting in 1986 to honor alumnus Fredrick Fisher. Today, Gerson Hall houses the Fisher School of Accounting administrative offices, its faculty, and 850 students. The 36,000 square foot, 9.3 million dollar structure was dedicated on April 10, 2004. An extensive chronicle of the School’s history is available at our Commemorative Gallery.
The School's faculty have earned Ph.D. degrees from the nation's leading universities and are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. In addition to publishing the School's own research journal, the faculty actively contribute to the accounting profession by maintaining editorial positions for major accounting journals, participating in professional organizations at the national and state levels, and providing services to major corporations and public accounting firms.
The quality of accounting students is exceptional. Eighty-five percent of its students score above the national mean on standard entrance exams, and each generation of graduates contributes to the School's success. Alumni become leaders in the business world and academia, and their generous financial support allows the FSOA to offer a world-class environment for learning and scholarship.
As a professional school in a major public research university, the Fisher School of Accounting (FSOA) is committed to scholarly research, teaching, and service to advance knowledge and prepare future leaders for business, professional, and academic careers.
The FSOA serves business and accounting professionals and educators through innovative and high-quality teaching and research with a focus on providing the education necessary for successful careers in leadership positions. The School promotes the understanding and practice of accounting and business through its research, teaching and service.
The mission is supported by the shared values listed below. We value a commitment to:
- The achievement of continuous improvement.
- High-quality, innovative and relevant research.
- High-quality, innovative and relevant professional and doctoral education.
- Utilization of the unique skills, talents and contributions of individual faculty and staff members.
- The sentiments and advice of the faculty are important to faculty governance.
- Academic excellence in the actions undertaken to fulfill our mission.
- An environment of collegiality and mutual respect.
- Active participation and support by our alumni and friends for our programs.
- Outreach to the business and professional community.
Measures of Success
- Consistently ranked among the top ten public university accounting programs.
- Consistently ranked in the top half among the accounting programs of a select set of benchmark schools.
- Accounting research at Florida is competitive with that produced by our set of benchmark schools.
- Recognized for the high quality and diversity of our students, faculty and staff.
- Faculty and staff continuously work to improve teaching quality and develop new courses and programs.
- Faculty are sought out to serve on editorial boards of major academic research and professional journals and fill key professional leadership positions.
- Faculty work to continuously grow their intellectual capital.
- Highly-satisfied stakeholders.
- External support and fundraising levels continue to improve.