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Recognized for Quality

In 1978, the Idaho State University College of Business became the first  business school in the state of Idaho to receive accreditation from the  international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business  (AACSB).

The AACSB represents “the longest serving global association dedicated to  advancing management education worldwide,” and accredits less than five  percent of  schools granting business degrees in the world.  The College of Business’ accounting program is also separately accredited as one of only 189 schools holding both accounting and business accreditation.

Above Average CPA Pass Rates

The Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) exam licenses individuals in one of the 50 states as a highly qualified accountant. The CPA exam requires 150 college credits and is divided into four sections, which are completed at different times of the year. Due to the exam’s notorious difficulty, a CPA licensure represents a highly qualified credential for accountants in the field. In fact, the national cumulative pass rate for all four sections of the exam is just over 46 percent.

Hands-On Learning

Students volunteering at a tax assistance program

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

As part of the VITA program, students have the opportunity to prepare taxes for low-income families and other students- gaining real experience in tax preparation. The College of Business’s VITA program consistently files more returns per volunteer than most other schools of a similar size and student participation, filing upwards of 320 returns per two-month window. 

Students meeting professionals at a career fair

Meet the Firms

Meet the Firms is an accounting student career fair organized by the accounting fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). Meet the Firms allows students to network with some of the top accounting firms in the Northwest. BAP even leaves a prepared binder of student resumes with each recruiter. Contact Beta Alpha Psi for Details.

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Accounting Career Vision Symposium

This event follows Meet the Firms during the College’s annual Professional Development Month. During the symposium, students have an opportunity to participate in an open forum with graduates and professionals to ask questions about their professions. The students also enjoy a networking lunch and keynote by prominent experts in the field.

Majors in 6 of the Top 10

Hottest Jobs in the State

Any business major lends itself to a lucrative career, but six of our majors fit within the top 10 most abundant, fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs in Idaho. 

The accounting major represents the fourth hottest job in Idaho according to the list. Accountants can work in a variety of jobs from preparing taxes to investigating financial fraud as an auditor or forensic accountant. 

Join the Fraternity- Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is the College’s nationally recognized fraternity for accounting students. Students in BAP enjoy weekly meetings and organizing events such as Meet the Firms, October’s Zombie Corn Maze Adventure, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and more. Students also travel to the regional and often the national meeting for the organization, which has taken place in cities such as Boston, Denver and Anaheim. 

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