If numbers are your thing—look no further

As an accountant, you follow the money—where it is, where it comes from, and where it goes. The money trail you uncover is essential to diagnosing the health of a business, as well as keeping it on the right side of tax and regulatory laws. A foundation in accounting gives you unlimited opportunities to help clients and organizations achieve their strategic goals.

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A stacked curriculum and expert professors

As the business world has increased their investment in technology and data analytics, we’ve updated our curriculum to incorporate these crucial skills. When you study here, you’ll be part of an undergraduate program that was named one of the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. To date, seven faculty members from Tippie's Accounting Department have received the AAA Outstanding Educator award.

Prepare to present your case

Following the money won’t matter if you can’t effectively communicate what you’ve found. That’s one of things that sets an accounting degree from Tippie apart —an emphasis on communication supported by our one-of-a-kind Accounting Writing and Communications Program.

Accounting Writing & Communications Program

“I feel comfortable walking into a room with the CFO and talking him through something that I have done. Tippie built up my confidence to be able to hold my own in that conversation.”

# 13

CPA pass rate for large U.S. programs

within 6 months of graduation, 2020

98 %

of accounting alums employed or enrolled in grad school

within 6 months of graduation, 2020

$ 59,000

average starting salary for accounting graduates

Class of 2020

Declaring an accounting major

To declare a major in accounting, you must be eligible to declare a major in Tippie and meet the following additional criteria:

  • GPA of 3.0 UI and cumulative
  • At least a B- grade in ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting

To enroll in major-level courses in accounting after declaring the major, you must have a 2.67 (B-) average in ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting and ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting.

Students admitted to Tippie who do not meet the requirements for enrolling in major-level courses in Accounting must petition for access. Common double majors with accounting include finance or business analytics & information systems.

Petition for access form

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Beta Alpha Psi

An international honorary organization for financial information professionals, Beta Alpha Psi creates an interactive accounting environment for Tippie students. Our members possess a desire for self-improvement, high moral standards, and a respect for professionalism.

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Semester in Hong Kong

Spend a semester in one of the world’s largest financial hubs through the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) exchange program—designed specifically for accounting majors.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

Support the community and gain hands-on experience at the same time. Volunteer to help low and moderate income taxpayers by offering free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).

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HawkTrade

HawkTrade Stock Investment Club meets weekly to discuss investment strategies, market news, and share stock opinions. From finance to engineering and from beginners to those who trade options and derivatives, members of HawkTrade vary greatly in their chosen majors and experiences.

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Master of Accountancy (MAc)

Want to develop your accounting expertise even further? Earn a master's degree in accounting and deepen your knowledge in Iowa's nationally ranked MAc Program. No standardized test is required for University of Iowa accounting majors.

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Iowa Ledger Magazine

Iowa Ledger is an annual publication for alumni and friends of the Department of Accounting featuring in-depth articles, alumni updates, and more.

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