Resources & Opportunities
The Accounting Society
A student organization that serves its members through social activities that help students form mentoring relationships with other students. The group also organizes trips to businesses and accounting firms, where students can network and see first-hand the various roles of accountants. The society also invites speakers to campus.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
VITA offers students critical hands-on experience in the preparation of tax returns for are residents. Our hugely successful VITA site has received numerous Internal Revenue Service awards and has prepared or assisted in filing more than 12,000 federal and state tax returns since we started counting in 2000.
$47,750 - $91,500
The salary midpoint (or median national salary) for tax services accountants with a bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of experience
$55,000 - $104,750
The salary midpoint (or median national salary) for corporate budget analyst with a bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of experience
Certified Public Accounting exam preparation
Many of our accounting students plan to take the Uniform CPA Examination, also known as the CPA exam, to become certified public accountants. Our advisers work with students to craft a personalized academic plan to ensure they’re on a successful track. The CPA exam requires a minimum of 150 semester hours, more than is required for our bachelor’s degree, so most students complete the remaining hours through graduate study.
We offer articulation agreements for graduate study with several colleges and universities; admission requirements vary. Proper planning allows student to meet graduation requirements and articulation requirements within the normal four years of study. Our accounting curriculum includes the requirements in ethics, research and analysis, and business writing to sit for the CPA exam in Illinois.