Daniels has spoken the language of business since 1908.

For more than 100 years, the School of Accountancy at the Daniels College of Business has progressively built a nationally recognized accountancy program. As the eighth-oldest business college in the country, we have a long track record of producing graduates who are business sharp and ethically minded citizens of the world. Our past successes point to an even brighter future for the school and our students. Daniels graduate students consistently rank in the top 10 percent nationwide for CPA exam pass rates–a true testament to the dedicated faculty members of the School of Accountancy.

Bloomberg Businessweek—Top undergraduate programs by specialty, ranked No. 9 (2012)

1908—School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance formed at DU

Daniels College of Business, originally called the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance, was established in 1908 by the University of Denver, the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region. Daniels is among the first business colleges in the U.S.—a select group that includes Wharton, Chicago, Berkeley, Dartmouth, Northwestern, Pittsburg and Harvard. One of the first accounting programs established in the U.S., the Daniels School of Accountancy is constantly refining the accounting curriculum to meet the demands of the profession and to anticipate future trends.


Our mission as a School of Accountancy in a great private university dedicated to the public good is to foster Enlightened Practice, Professional Achievement, Knowledge Creation and a Commitment to Community among its graduates, faculty and others engaged in the accounting profession and related disciplines.

Mission Proof Points

  • Fostering Enlightened Practice means ensuring that our graduates know what to do from the aspect of accounting and financial analysis and decision-making, why it is being done and what the impact of their actions will be on the organization, the profession, and society.
  • Professional Achievement denotes accomplishment at each level of her/his career and the motivation to move to the next higher level. Life-long learning is central to the continuous developmental process.
  • Knowledge Creation means scholarship which improves our understanding of accounting, the practice of accounting and the process of educating future accountants.
  • Commitment to Community is the process of giving of oneself both to the community that supports one’s efforts and achievements and to the community at large. Commitment to Community has long been a vital aspect of the accounting profession and continues to be critical to the profession’s and the School’s ongoing success.


The vision of the School of Accountancy is to be the School of choice for superior students to obtain the accounting knowledge, ethical grounding, and professional, interpersonal and intercultural skills necessary to succeed as leaders in their chosen endeavors.


  • Commitment to excellence and professionalism 
  • Commitment to high integrity and ethical conduct
  • Commitment to collaboration and collegiality that is consistent with ethical standards
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Commitment to the public interest