Finding the bottom line can take you to the top

About Accounting at Keuka College

In a world based on ones and zeros, dollars and cents—it’s critical that someone’s there to keep track of it all. At Keuka College, accounting is more than just learning to crunch numbers and track the bottom line.

Our program gives you the analytical skills and knowledge needed to excel in accounting for a variety of roles in business, government, law enforcement, and other related fields or companies.

Accounting Program Highlights

Small Classes

Accounting classes are intentionally small, with an average of 11 students per class. This gives you unparalleled opportunity for group discussion and personalized attention from your professors.

VITA Center

Keuka College is the region's only Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) center. As a student, you can become IRS-certified to prepare tax returns and gain years of hands-on experience before graduating.

Digitally Focused

Real-world accounting technology is used in every course. You'll learn to master today's leading accounting software, including Excel, Quick Books, Tax Wise, and Intuit Pro.

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Program Overview

From revenue recognition to exploring bankruptcy, Keuka College’s accounting program will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for entering graduate school, or a variety of careers in business, government, law enforcement, and other accounting fields.

Our program consists of courses and internship experiences (one each year you're here) that are designed to give you the analytical and quantitative skills required for professional exams and certifications, graduate school, and career opportunities.

Accounting Minor

If you're majoring in another professional field that might one day require you to manage financial resources, or keep track of assets, consider adding a minor in accounting.

The accounting minor will provide you with the fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting, and also offer you the opportunity to delve into topics such as cost accounting, accounting for non-profit organizations, or income tax accounting. The choice is yours, and you can custom-tailor the minor to fit your desired career trajectory.

Graduate Agreements

If you're interested in earning your certified public accountant (CPA) designation, you'll need to earn a graduate degree after Keuka College. Keuka College has 4+1 agreements with some of the region's leading graduate programs, putting you on the fast-track to the CPA. These agreements include:

  • M.S. in Accounting at SUNY Geneseo
  • CPA-track M.B.A. Program at SUNY Oswego
  • CPA-track M.B.A. Program at Rochester Institute of Technology

Program Requirements

Faculty

At Keuka College, your accounting faculty are more than just great teachers. They're accomplished accountants, lawyers, and economists who will serve as mentors and help you achieve your dreams. As an accounting student, you'll also have the chance to work with, and study under, the accomplished leaders, teachers, entrepreneurs, and business scholars who comprise the College's business and management faculty.

Faculty in the Division of Business and Management

Digital Learning

Digital tools and technology are at the core of Keuka College’s accounting program. As an accounting student, you'll learn to:

  • Derive insights, solve problems, and forecast financials by analyzing complex data using the same digital methods of today's top data scientists and software engineers.
  • Write simple programs that increase productivity, decrease inaccuracies, and grow the bottom line.
  • Master the software used by leading accounting firms and the IRS, including Excel, Quick Books, Tax Wise, and Intuit Pro.

Global Education

Today's business world is more global than it’s ever been. As a Keuka College accounting student, you’ll learn the essentials of international financial reporting standards, an important knowledge base for anyone in an accounting role at a multinational organization.

In addition, Keuka College offers business programs at partner universities in China and Vietnam. These programs are taught by the College’s American faculty, and many professors rotate through teaching at the home campus, in off-campus programs designed for adults, and overseas. Your professors will come to the classroom with an unparalleled perspective on, and experience with, some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, and the educational and business philosophies taught in Asia’s universities.

Facilities

Since technology and learning to master accounting software is a critical component of Keuka College’s accounting program, most of your classes will be taught in one of the computer labs or brand-new Digital Learning Spaces.

Keuka Commons is the newest building on Keuka College’s campus, and is home to the Division of Business and Management and the Center for Business Analytics and Health Informatics. Keuka Commons features a state-of-the-art trading room, high-tech classrooms, faculty offices, as well as comfortable study space and convenient access to the café and Starbucks coffee.

The Keuka Business Park in nearby Penn Yan houses space designated for STARTUP-NY, allowing the division and the College to partner with entrepreneurs to bring new and innovative products and services to the Finger Lakes region.

Entrepreneurs receive a tax benefit and expertise from the College’s faculty and students, while the College is able to help the regional economy and bring real-world business scenarios and problems to our students.

Experiential Learning

Keuka College’s Field Period™ provides you the chance to gain hands-on, real-world accounting experience each year you’re here. That means you’ll graduate with an impressive résumé and plenty of connections to help jump start your career.

In addition:

  • Keuka College’s Enactus (entrepreneurial, action, us) chapter, an international organization of business students, provides you with the chance to use your accounting and business knowledge to solve real-world business problems in the community.
  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) center at Keuka College opens the door for you to become IRS-certified to prepare others’ income tax returns at the center before graduating.

Accreditation

In addition to Keuka College’s institutional accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

Ann Tuttle, professor of management at Keuka College, currently serves as chair of the accrediting body. Prior to her election in 2016, she served as chair in 2010, vice chair in 2009 and again in 2015. Professor Tuttle has served on Keuka College’s faculty since 1998.

The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Master of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in:
    • Accounting
    • Management (also offered in China and Vietnam)
    • Marketing
    • Organizational Management

IACBE Annual Reports

Accreditation in China

The Keuka-China international relationship has the official approval of the Office of Academic Degrees Committee for the State Council in the People’s Republic of China.

Keuka College’s programs in China follow the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China. KCP provides the same degree and is accredited in the same way as Keuka College programs in the U.S. The bachelor of science in management degree is accredited by the International Association for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• Account Auditor
• Accountant
• Auditor
• Auditor-In-Charge
• Certified Public Accountant
• Cost Accountant
• Field Auditor
• Financial Accountant
• Financial Auditor
• Fund Accountant
• Internal Auditor
• Payroll Auditor
• Tax Accountant
• Budget Analyst
• Budget Coordinator
• Budget Examiner
• Budget Officer
• Cost Analyst
• Chief Credit Analyst
• Credit Analyst
• Credit Assessment Analyst
• Credit Risk Analyst
• Factorer
• Bank Compliance Officer
• Bank Examiner
• Financial Compliance Examiner
• Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Specialist

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort ascending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Financial Examiners

Enforce or ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing financial and securities institutions and financial and real estate transactions. May examine, verify, or authenticate records.

$78,010 13,100 3,700 Bachelor's degree
Business Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

$75,370 28,300 9,400 Doctoral or professional degree
Budget Analysts

Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports.

$71,590 16,700 1,500 Bachelor's degree
Credit Analysts

Analyze credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money. Prepare reports with credit information for use in decision making.

$69,680 34,300 4,200 Bachelor's degree
Accountants and Auditors

Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.

$67,190 498,000 142,400 Bachelor's degree
Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

Determine tax liability or collect taxes from individuals or business firms according to prescribed laws and regulations.

$51,430 27,800 -4,200 Bachelor's degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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