Students hold an internship while at the College of Business
Based on 2019-2020 First Destination Reports
Job or educational placement rate within 180 days of graduation
Average starting salary for College of Business undergrads
Accounting is all about the people
Accounting is more than an asset on the balance sheet, or a dollar on the income statement. By studying accounting, you’ll learn how to run the numbers and file tax forms, but you’ll also develop the transformative skills to guide individuals and businesses, non-profits and government organizations toward stronger financial futures – playing a key role in their growth.
Successful accounting professionals translate financial data, craft compelling narratives and use their expertise to inform major business decisions, while predicting short- and long-term effects.
“You’re going to discover who you are and what you want to do.”
— Caleb Thetford, 2020 Outstanding Graduate
“I felt like going out and doing the internship really pushes you to think about it from a real-world perspective."
— Kathryn Coleman, Accounting Graduate
“The program is well respected within the state of Colorado… We do a really good job with placement.”
— Lisa Kutcher, PhD, Professor and Chair, Accounting Department
Careers in Accounting
From budget analyst to chief financial officer, your education will ensure you’re ready for a number of different career paths.
There’s always a need for trained and enthusiastic accountants, and the College of Business recognizes that there’s more to job-readiness than just coursework. The Career Management Center serves students within the College of Business exclusively, helping to connect you with internship opportunities, professional mentoring, and even offers support during your job search.
“[The faculty helped] shape what my path looks like so I can pursue own dreams the way I want to.”
— Caleb Thetford, 2020 Outstanding Graduate, Read his story
Accounting and Business for a Better World
Our accounting students have a history of excellence, not just in the classroom and at case competitions, but in helping others. Our Biz Rams have given back in compelling ways, from helping local non-profits with their taxes and finances to volunteering for AARP’s annual Tax-Aide program, where students get hands-on experience providing free filing assistance for people in our community. This past year, they helped process 100 returns and secure full refunds.
"It gives the students the opportunity to understand there's another side of the world."
— Bill Mister, professor emeritus of accounting, on AARP's Tax-Aide Program
This hands-on education is a key part of giving students insights into the world around them, their role in it, and how the skills they’re building will provide countless new opportunities to support the communities around them.
You'll take courses that explore the core values of the College of Business with a focus on sustainability, ethical practices, and using business for a better world. These values are woven throughout your entire degree and they'll help inform your decision-making processes as you begin a career in the accounting field.
Ask any accountant about their work and they’ll tell you that being familiar with a broad spectrum of business concepts opens you to new opportunities. As part of your undergraduate experience you'll work with students and faculty from our ten concentrations and have opportunities to take courses spanning marketing, computer information systems, finance and more.
After choosing your concentration, you’ll take 23 credits of accounting-specific courses alongside other College of Business and All-University Core Curriculum classes. Some of these AUCC courses are offered by the College of Business, so you can simultaneously get ahead on both your degree and general education requirements.
"The accounting program at CSU is great about encouraging students to think about their future and think about internships really early on."
— Kathryn Coleman, Accounting Graduate, Read her story
Engage with Faculty Setting the Standard
Faculty to Student Ratio
Our faculty have a track record of empowering student achievement. Using a proven blend of teaching methods and real-world experiences, they will provide countless opportunities to explore your career goals.
"We go beyond the numbers to meet market demands and prepare our students to become the future of the accounting profession."
— Lisa Kutcher, PhD, Professor and Accounting Department Chair
Accounting professionals are responsible for solving complex problems within the business world, meaning that students must have a variety of tools and skills at their disposal. To fully prepare students for future career opportunities, our faculty are highly experienced in a number of fields across the industry, including:
- Auditing – examining financial records to form an opinion as to their fair representation of economic events
- Financial reporting – preparing an organization's finances for external review
- Taxation – analyzing the effect of tax rules on businesses and individuals
- Forensics and fraud – investigating criminal actions and financial improprieties
- Ethics – a foundational skillset of all our business graduates
Join the College of Business
A concentration in accounting prepares you for a dynamic and lasting career. Becoming a business major is the first step in shaping your undergraduate experience at Colorado State University.
If you’re not yet a business major, you can take the first step toward joining the College of Business by attending one of our upcoming info sessions, asking questions using the form at the bottom of this page or beginning your application.
If you’re already a business major, contact your academic advisor to learn more about the accounting concentration.