Accounting

USF Accounting

The University of St. Francis offers a highly regarded bachelor’s degree program in accounting.

As an Accounting major, you’ll learn the language of business– to think critically and to measure, process, and communicate financial information. You’ll also learn to use the software needed to capture and analyze that information. Most importantly, USF will prepare you to enhance the accounting profession through your research skills, leadership and service.

The increase in number of accounting jobs over the next 10 years will be double that of overall job growth, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Accounting majors typically earn some of the highest starting salaries for students with bachelor’s degrees. 

An added benefit, seniors who feel inspired to keep studying to obtain an MBA or M.S. degree may take graduate-level courses during their last two semesters for dual undergraduate and graduate credit. That means students can take nine graduate-level credit hours during senior year, and can complete their MBA or M.S. one year after graduating if they attend full time. See course catalog for additional details about the “3 to Degree” program.

Minor Programs

  • Accounting

Accreditations

usf business acbspThe University of St. Francis is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ibhe.org). The Accounting program and others in COBHA are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (acbsp.org).

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Every single organization needs accountants, therefore, they’re always in high demand! Accountants typically work in one of five fields:

  • Business and Industry
  • Education
  • Government
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Public Accounting

Grow Through Real-World Experience

Accounting majors get a world of experience as they learn. In addition to doing internships, they get active in professional organizations in order to benefit from professional development, mentoring and networking.

In the Taxes 1 course, you’ll have an opportunity to volunteer with VITA– an IRS program that offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Hundreds of people from the surrounding community come to USF each year to have their basic tax returns prepared by certified volunteers. In addition, as a team member in the Business Policy senior capstone course, accounting majors have provided strategic business assistance to several local businesses.

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