Why Choose Accounting?

You can join a respected business profession where you will be viewed as a trusted advisor who helps make business decisions. Our Accounting program is designed for those interested in going into an exciting career in public accounting, industry, or in government.


What Accounting Will Teach You

We currently offer the following three options in Accounting:

1. B.S. in Accounting – 150-Hour Licensure Qualification: 150-hour option – New York State Registered Program. This is for you if you are seeking CPA licensure in New York State and other states that do not require a graduate degree for licensure.

2. B.S. in Accounting – 120-Hour Option: for you if you're planning an accounting career in private industry, government, or seeking CPA licensure after completion of a graduate program.

3. B.S. in Business Administration, Management Accounting Specialization: This is for you if you do not plan to sit for the CPA Examination but plan to pursue a career in business or enroll in an MBA program after graduation from Elmira College.


Where Accounting Can Take You

Accounting can take you to many places as most industries and businesses rely on accountants to help make business decisions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median pay for accountants in 2021 was $77,250 per year, which is well above the average median pay for all jobs. Some of our recent graduates have begun their careers with KPMG, Ernst & Young, The Bonadio Group, and United Technologies Corporation. The Accounting program also prepares students for graduate school in business or accounting.

Our graduates have transitioned into careers in consulting, providing audit and tax services, research and development, and business.

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