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The advantages of studying accounting at a liberal arts college may not seem obvious, but dig a little deeper and you’ll discover why it’s a win for you — and why employers seek out Augustana accounting graduates.

In fact, most of our accounting majors have full-time jobs before they graduate.

Augustana has won over both the public and private accounting worlds of accounting because our accounting majors are not only technically prepared but also well-rounded people. At Augustana, you go beyond the numbers. The liberal arts setting helps you become a critical thinker, creative problem-solver and effective communicator, with an eye on ethics and integrity.

Your hard work and our accounting program’s reputation can help you land an internship at one of the Big Four firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC) and other Top 10 national and regional firms. Or you may choose to intern with a large company. Deere and Company, with its world headquarters less than 15 minutes from campus, recruits heavily from Augustana.

By choosing a liberal arts college, you develop skills and gain experiences that make you stand out as an accounting professional. It’s the Augustana edge.

What you'll learn

Disciplinary knowledge

Disciplinary knowledge

Gain a deep understanding of your subject and how it connects to other subjects.

Quantitative literacy

Quantitative literacy

Interpret, represent and summarize information. Use math and statistics to solve problems.

Communication competence

Communication competence

Read and listen carefully. Express ideas (writing or speaking) suited to the audience.

Ethical citizenship

Ethical citizenship

Examine and embrace your strengths, passions and values. Develop ethical convictions and act on them.

Collaborative leadership

Collaborative leadership

Make decisions and act for the good of the community as a group.

Accounting Fair

On Sept. 19, 2022, Augustana students participated in the Chicago Area Accounting and Finance Career Fair in Oak Brook, Ill. Augustana alumni represented many of the nearly 50 companies at the fair.


• Augustana offers a major and minor in accounting. Majors study a core group of courses in accounting, and then shape their curriculum based on their career goals. Most students double major with other disciplines, such as Spanish for professional use or business administration, to complement their accounting skills.

• Augustana students earn internships with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) — the “Super Bowl” of accounting internships. Our students vie for these positions with students from other top U.S. accounting programs.

• At Augustana, you can serve the community through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a federally approved program designed to help people who cannot afford professional tax preparation. You also can conduct audit projects for local businesses and non-profit organizations.

• Our engaged accounting alumni fund scholarships, offer advice, and recommend internships and positions at the companies where they work. They share a deep appreciation for their preparation in the classroom and faculty mentors. In return, they welcome opportunities to pay it forward with current students.

• Candidates for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam must have 150 hours of college credit. Through the Accounting Extended Learning Program, Augustana offers coursework beyond the accounting major, at discounted tuition rates, for students planning to take the CPA exam.

Recent graduates

Rachel Murray '22 is an audit assistant at Deloitte, Algonquin, Ill.

John Hayes ’21 is a risk consulting intern with RSM in Chicago.

Lucas Simon ’20 is an analyst with the Finance Leadership Program at Aon Financial Services.

Thao Chu ’19 is an audit and assurance senior at Deloitte in Davenport, Iowa. 

Yemurai Mapurisa ’19 is an associate with PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Hamilton, Bermuda. 

Mollie Magee ’18 is a senior financial analyst at Swiss Re in Overland Park, Kan. 

Rafael Rodriguez ’18 is a tax consultant at Deloitte in Chicago.

Lupita Toscano
More Than I Imagined Lupita Toscano
“I’ve always wanted to intern at one of the Big Four accounting firms, but I never imagined actually getting a full-time job offer.”
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Danny Artman
More Than I Imagined Danny Artman
“Being able to form personal relationships with my [accounting] professors really helped me.”
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Freja Hager
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“The accounting department is extremely supportive and creates so many opportunities for accounting students.”
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Augustana grad

Several recent Augustana grads who are working for Deloitte met up while training at Deloitte University in Dallas in the summer of 2019. From left: Ben Heaton, St. Louis office; Laura Lucchetti, Davenport, Iowa, office; Mollie Magee, Kansas City office; Michelle Alano, Chicago office; Caitlin Amidei, Chicago office; Allison Wilkerson and Jacob Johnston, Davenport office; and Jasmine Wei, Honolulu office.


Dr. John Delaney, professor of accounting, was one of three recipients of the Illinois CPA Society's Outstanding Educator Award in 2014. He was nominated by students (left to right) Kierra Smith, Tressa Czysz and Jennifer Evans.

Chicago Accounting and Finance Interview Day

Augustana students participated in a Chicago Accounting and Finance Interview Day in Oak Brook, Ill.

Team Metallic

Augie sends two teams to CFA Challenge finals

Augustana’s two CFA Institute Research Challenge teams presented their research at Morningstar, Inc., hosted by the CFA Society Chicago. Out of 16 teams, seven advanced as finalists, including Augustana’s two teams. “The competition was fierce,” said Dr. Lina Zhou, the teams' faculty advisor. 

Daniel Carr

Carr '23 named Augustana’s 178th Academic All-American

Viking basketball's Daniel Carr '23 has been named an Academic All-American, one of the highest honors for collegiate student-athletes. Augustana ranks No. 1 in the CCIW and seventh in NCAA DIII in number of Academic All-Americans.

Accounting’s Nadia Schwartz wins state teaching award

Nadia Schwartz, associate professor of accounting, has been named an Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Educator. She is Augustana's third current faculty member to have received the honor.