Challenge. Thrive. Grow.
As an accounting student, you are at the core of everything we do at the School of Accountancy. We pride ourselves on maintaining an active, welcoming environment where you are constantly interacting with peers and faculty alike. You study together at designated areas in the faculty suites and are welcomed by a supportive and family-like atmosphere, open door policies and accommodating staff.
Check out some of our recent student accomplishments:
Acing the CPA exam
Our graduating students are acing the CPA exams, with some earning as high as 99 on the audit section—a significant accomplishment and testament to the strength of our audit curriculum. Our dual degree graduates had an 88.9 percent pass rate on the entire CPA exam, nearly 40 percentage points above the national average.
Daniels students selected for highly prestigious FASB and gasb Programs
Daniels has a history of students being selected for the highly prestigious Post-Graduate Technical Assistant Programs at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB):
- Sydney Hong (BSAcc/MAcc 2021)
- Samuel Spare (BSAcc/MAcc 2018)
- Mallory Bennett (BSAcc/MAcc 2016)
- Rachel Meek (BSAcc/MAcc 2016)
- Andrew McClaskey (BSAcc/MAcc 2015)
- Alexis Tanoue (BSAcc/MAcc 2015)
- Danika Tibbetts (BSAcc/MAcc 2013)
Strong performance for Beta Alpha Psi at regional and national competitions
- Our chapter was awarded a KPMG Gold Challenge Competition award in 2016 recognizing achievement as an outstanding chapter.
- Dual-degree student Kane Spillar was on the winning team for 2016 Project Run With It—a BAP-exclusive community service project that consults to develop solutions to a business problem within a local non-profit organization.
- First Place, Regional Best Practices Competition, Learning to Lead Category—2016
- Lauren Brookner, Zach Finken, Sydney Goetz, Sadie Parris, and Lindsey Payson
- First Place, Regional Best Practices Competition, Good to Great Category—2016
- Kevin Hormann, Max Schneck, Cody Simmons, and Sam Spare
- First Place, Regional Best Practices Competition, Effective Operations Category—2015
- Zane Sanchez, Mitch Singer and Solongo Batsuhk
- Second Place, Regional Best Practices Competition, International Impact Category—2015
- Roy Harris, Ben Luchow, Helen Ryu and Wendy Wang
- First Place, National and Regional Best Practices Competition, Collaboration Category—2014
- Rodney Castillo, Robert Galvan, Michaela Diamond
- Second Place, Regional Best Practices Competition, Leadership Category—2014
- Shawni Johnson, Cari Winkler, Rachel Firmin
- First Place, National Business Valuations Competition, Seattle, WA—2014
- Daniel O’Laughlin, Ryan Stine, Jordyn Michaud, Suyun Gu, and Paul Diegnau
The Road to the FASB
Interested in the how financial accounting standards are set? Watch our recent graduates who were selected for the FASB’s Postgraduate Technical Assistant Program to learn more about what the FASB is, what they do and what it takes to be a part of the program.
Beta Alpha Psi
Use your accounting skills to give back.
Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an international honorary organization for financial information students and professionals that encourages and recognizes scholastic and professional excellence. BAP provides opportunities throughout the year to learn about various career paths in accounting, hone your professional skills, and interact with local professionals and recruiters.
The Alpha Zeta Chapter at the University of Denver was founded in 1950 and currently has more than 150 members. They were awarded the KPMG Gold Challenge Competition award in 2016 in recognition of their achievements as an outstanding chapter.
To learn more about Beta Alpha Psi, its members and activities, and to apply, visit denverbap.com.
Why Study Accounting?
Accountants are in demand.
Accountants are constantly in demand, as demonstrated by the high job placement rates in institutes across the country. For example, the School of Accountancy prides itself on providing high-quality graduates who are prepared to stake their claim in the business world, and as a result, our program has maintained a 100% job placement rate for graduates with permission to work in the United States. Additionally, many of our international students have successfully obtained positions within the U.S. after completing the program.
What does this mean for you? If you do well in accounting courses, your chances of getting a job are significantly higher than for many other majors.
A degree with impact.
Accountants are some of the most influential people in the business world. As systems get increasingly complex, companies need someone to keep them organized and on the right track.
As an accountant, you gain an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of companies and a thorough understanding of the fundamental operations of business. Then, using this knowledge along with your analytical and interpretive skills, you can offer advice on how to best run the organization, from investing tips to expansion ideas to strategies for reorganization. You are in a prime position to effect widespread change and help companies improve from the inside out — and it all starts with an accounting degree.
A world of career opportunities.
The public accounting field is made up of firms of all sizes — from small, local firms to the Big 4, who employ thousands of accountants. Because of the vast scope of clientele these firms serve, working as a public accountant allows you to be a part of a wide range of companies, exposing you to aspects of the business community you may never have known existed.
In addition to the public firms, accounting graduates also seek employment in private accounting. Private accountants work within individual organizations to help ensure company success. Instead of serving multiple clients as they would in a public firm, private accountants focus their energy on providing thorough financial advice to their specific employer. Private accounting lets you choose an employer based on your interests and passions and use the skills you learned in school to help lead them in the right direction.
Paths to Success
There is no single path to success, but there is wisdom to be gained from those who have been in your shoes before. In this video series, hear from recent alumni of the School of Accountancy as they talk about their experiences at the University of Denver, including tips and tricks for recruiting, networking and interviewing.
Travel Abroad with our international accounting course
In fall 2016, we launched our all new International Accounting Travel course. SoA faculty member Dr. Ryan Casey traveled with a group of 19 students to London and Paris where they dove deep into the complexities of conducting business internationally through visits with nine firms.