Career Success

Why Accounting?

As the link that connects all businesses, accounting is in high demand in a broad range of fields. Your accounting degree positions you for versatility in your career, giving you a wide latitude to pursue your interests. Your accounting degree also is a great launching pad for executive positions.

Why Accounting at Champlain?

Champlain's tradition of providing an excellent business education dates back to 1878, and since that we've created a legacy of successful job placements and career launching points. Whether you work for one of the "Big Four" firms, run the finance department at a small start-up firm, or work at any type of organization in between, the Accounting program at Champlain will prepare you to succeed in whatever comes next after graduation.

Our Accounting program opens up the option for you to pursue becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). We have developed options that meet the 150 credit-hour requirement for CPA eligibility, and allows our students to enter the CPA job market before the competition. Motivated students can fast-track their eligibility for the CPA exam by taking additional classes over summers or an extra semester, rather than pursuing a graduate degree immediately after graduation. Or you can pursue our double major in Accounting and Finance to meet the 150 credits and further enhance your career options. You may also participate in one of Champlain's articulation agreements with master's programs at NYU and several other schools, based on your interests and career goals. Our program also gives you the skills needed to pursue your Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification and to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.

Before graduation, our students are prized interns, many securing paid internships at renowned firms. And, job placements for Champlain Accounting graduates have been astounding year after year. Based on our annual Career Outcomes Report, 83% of Accounting students from the class of 2013 were employed in a position relevant to their career goals within a year of graduation, and 17% are continuing their education.

Champlain Accounting Graduates Are Ready.

In addition to the extensive career-focused programs and support offered College-wide, each of Champlain's career-focused majors features learning opportunities and programs that help our students create highly marketable resumes.

Highlights include:

  • All members of the Accounting faculty are professionals in their field, which is an essential factor in our students getting the most cutting-edge education in the field possible.
  • Many opportunities to gain hands-on experience through in-class projects, programs like the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and paid peer tutor positions in the Accounting & Math Lab on campus.
  • Gain great accounting experience and immersion starting in your first-semester classes through our Upside-Down Curriculum. Champlain College Accounting students are prized interns, with many securing paid internships at renowned firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Marsh, as well as at established local firms.
  • Many of Champlain's Accounting students secured their positions before graduation through our on-campus recruiting events, which include employers from CPA firms, captive insurance management companies and other industries.
  • Our students and graduates also do extraordinarily well on the CPA and CMA exams. Students interested in taking the CPA exam have a variety of options for accumulating extra credits in working toward or meeting the 150-credit-hour prerequisite. Through taking an extra course per year (at no charge), adding a minor (such as Finance, MarketingOrganizational Innovation or others),  enrolling into Champlain Accounting and Finance double major and/or  participating in one of Champlain's articulation agreements with master's programs at Clarkson, SNHU, Thunderbird, NYU and other schools, students can determine the best combination based on their interests and career goals.