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Accounting Major

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Every business, whether it's a small nonprofit or a multinational corporation, relies on accounting. An Accounting degree from Champlain positions you for versatility and career growth in this ever-important field.

Why Study Accounting at Champlain College?

Each year, Champlain's Accounting students are recruited by the region's businesses and firms. Students often accept positions by December of their senior year—some deciding between two or three competitive offers.

The outstanding faculty in Champlain's Bachelor of Science in Accounting program have built industry-relevant courses that offer you the knowledge and skills to succeed in today's dynamic accounting environment. Our smaller class sizes make for deeper discussions and more engaging projects, and you'll have ample opportunity for mentorship from your professors. Your faculty will get to know you, acting as both teacher and guide to help you to hone your interests and career path.

In addition to developing your expertise in accounting, the Robert P. Stiller School of Business provides a well-rounded interdisciplinary business education with an emphasis on social impact. This business background, combined with our innovative Core curriculum and career services, prepares you exceptionally well for the marketplace. 

Interested in an accelerated Accounting program? At Champlain, you can complete a bachelor's degree in Accounting in three years.

Accelerated Accounting Degree 



The 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.


Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report (for the seventh consecutive year!) in its "America's Best Colleges" 2022 rankings.


Burlington, Vermont, our hometown, is ranked the #1 Best College Town by Travel + Leisure magazine.


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Experiential Learning

A Champlain education is focused on practical experience:

  • Intern with companies like AON and KPMG. You may even be able to take an internship while you study abroad.
  • Hold paid peer tutoring positions in Champlain's Accounting & Finance Lab.
  • Serve the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), in which you will complete and successfully certify in tax law training, including the use of electronic filing software, to provide free tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers.
  • Compete in our annual Elevator Pitch event, in which students can win up to $500 for successfully pitching a business or nonprofit of your choice to fictitious executives. (Accounting students often win—and/or earn the People's Choice award!)
  • Integrate your academic work with your career ambitions in your senior capstone project.

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Take a Summer Internship in Asia

Since 2013, The Robert P. Stiller School of Business has received a prestigious grant from the Freeman Foundation that allows students to travel to countries in Asia to participate in summer internships. Primary destinations include Kyoto, Japan, and Shanghai, China.

Accounting students have a unique chance to gain international work experience—while learning about another culture and practicing another language—with very little out-of-pocket expense.

A Champlain student, who is pursuing CPA licensure, attends the Stiller School of Business honors brunch.

Pathway to CPA

Planning to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam? We can help you reach the 150 credit hours needed for licensure through our established Accounting & Finance double major or by working with you individually to match your interests with the many other minors and majors offered at Champlain College. See the Information about Professional Licensure page for more details about professional licensure.

Our program also gives you the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue your Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification and to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.


An Education in Accounting

Career options abound for Accounting graduates. While technological advancements continue to change and enhance the field, human expertise will always be needed, ensuring demand for your work throughout your career. You'll work closely with your faculty advisor and career coach to design an education that fully prepares you to meet your professional goals.

You'll be prepared to...

Apply ethical accounting practices that promote the integrity of financial information to ensure that credible data inform business decisions.

Use analytical problem solving skills and appropriate tools to assess the financial wellbeing and appropriate strategy of an organization.

See all Accounting program learning outcomes.

Recent Accounting graduates have accepted positions such as:

  • Data Innovations // Accounting Analyst // South Burlington, VT
  • New York Life // Agent // Pittsburgh, PA
  • Rhino Foods // Financial Accountant // Burlington, VT
  • RSM US LLP // Assurance Associate // Boston, MA

Learn more about our Accounting grads' career success.

Come onto the campus and interact with some of the faculty here. The small classes and committed teachers have really made the experience for me.

Austin Oliver, ’23

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