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 also 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. Motivated students can fast-track their eligibility for the CPA exam by taking additional classes over summers or an extra semester.

Or you can pursue our double major in Accounting and Finance to meet the 150 credits and further enhance your career options. 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.

Through taking an extra course per year (at no charge), adding a minor (such as FinanceMarketingOrganizational 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, NYU and other schools, students can determine the best combination based on their interests and career goals.

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 help our students create highly marketable résumés and the skills they need to thrive.

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.
  • You'll have 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 & Finance 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 jobs before graduation through our on-campus recruiting events, which include employers from CPA firms, captive insurance management companies and other industries.
  • Job placements for our Champlain Accounting graduates have been astounding year after year; 100% of Accounting graduates from the Class of 2017 are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating, and of those employed, 100% are in positions relevant to their career goals.