Gleim Celebrates 45 Years as Founder of CPA Exam Self-Study Industry

It all started with one man wanting to make a difference

Before he became the international leader in accounting exam prep, Dr. Gleim was just an accounting professor who wanted to make a difference.

Who knew that when Dr. Irvin N. Gleim launched his CPA Exam review course 45 years ago, he would launch an entire self-study CPA Exam review industry? Since that time, Gleim has helped candidates pass more than one million CPA exams. To celebrate our anniversary, we’re taking a look back at how it all started.

Dr. Gleim published the first self-study CPA review book in June 1974. Then an accounting professor at the University of Florida, he decided to break ground by making a self-study option available to help his accounting students pass the CPA Exam.

There were no self-study options back then, and most students couldn’t afford a live review course. I wanted to create a course that everyone could benefit from no matter their background.

Dr. Irvin N. Gleim

When asked how our CPA Exam prep materials help aspiring CPAs now, CEO Lorie M. Gleim had this to say: “After 45 years, we continue to raise the bar of excellence by adapting to the needs of an ever-evolving exam. We have always been known for our questions, and now our proprietary SmartAdapt™ platform delivers over 10,000 multiple-choice questions and 1,300 simulations—more than double any other CPA review provider—in response to a candidate’s performance. With a personalized study path using real-time algorithms, candidates can pinpoint weak areas and eliminate the guesswork of studying. We continually lead the CPA Review industry forward with constant innovations to help candidates succeed.”


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A Message from Dr. Gleim

Preparing the accountants of tomorrow

As the landscape of the CPA review industry begins to change once again, after 45 years of excellence, Gleim is just getting started. Gleim continues to advance the industry with study materials that prepare the certified public accountants of tomorrow.

Ultimately, Gleim seeks to help accountants help themselves succeed in their careers. We are globally recognized as the leader in exam prep materials for the CPA, CMA, CIA, and EA exams. We publish in-class materials for accounting professors and students, and we also offer hundreds of hours of CPE credits for accountants.

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