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University Students: The Future of Finance

If you’re looking to launch your career in finance, corporate banking, or investment management, the CFA® Program and the CFA® charter can help you to achieve your goals.

What Is the CFA Program?

The CFA Program equips candidates with the knowledge and skills to excel in the investment industry.

Credential Comparison

Learn more about the different credential options for those in finance: CFA vs. MBA vs. CPA vs. CFP.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for CFA charterholders are endless, ranging from senior roles in asset and wealth management, investment banking, and consulting, to roles in and outside of the finance industry.

Learn More about the CFA Exam

Beyond the Exam

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    How to Become a CFA Charterholder

    Understand the steps required to become a charterholder.

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    CFA Charter Factsheet

    Learn the value of the charter, how to earn the charter, and top charterholder roles globally.

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    Professional Certificates

    CFA Institute offers courses and certificates focused on topic areas including investment foundations, data science, ESG, climate finance, and private markets and alternative investments.

Hear From Students Like You


Have Questions? Check out the Student FAQ for more information!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
DEI Initiatives

Environmental, Social & Governances (ESG)
Sustainable Investing
ESG Reporting & Regulations
Certificate in ESG Investing

Register for the CFA® Program

Are you ready to earn a charter and join the ranks of elite investment professionals?


Stay Updated

According to the 2023 Global Graduate Outlook Survey, finance is the top-ranked profession in terms of career prospects. Make sure to download the guide below to discover how your university experience and your major can lead to an exciting and impactful career in finance.

Connect With Your Local CFA Society

CFA Societies provide opportunities for ongoing professional education, volunteering, and great networking events.

Find a society near you and begin to grow your near you and begin to grow your professional network!

Research Challenge

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics. Each student will be tested on their analytical, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills. They gain real-world experience as they assume the role of a research analyst.

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