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What is Accounting?

Accounting is instrumental within organizations as means of determining financial stability. Accountants are multidisciplinary, responsible for determining an organizations overall wealth, profitability, and liquidity. Without accounting, organizations would have no basis or foundation upon which daily and long-term decisions could be made. The budgets for marketing activities, profit reinvestment, research and development, and company growth all stem from the work of accountants. Accounting is one of the oldest and most respected professions in the world, and is one of the most necessary lines of work on the planet.

Learn more about our latest offering, starting in fall 2018, the new BS/MS Accounting program allows you to get two degrees in five years.

Leading the way in Accounting Information Systems and Technology

Saunders College accounting students graduate with a deep-rooted understanding of accounting principles and information systems and experience real-world, applied-training outside of the classroom and on co-op.

  • You are guaranteed real-world experience as a part of one of the oldest and largest cooperative education programs
  • Our Next Generation of Accountants (NGA) chapter regularly hosts guest speakers from the Big Four accounting firms and offers hands-on workshops in emerging areas of accounting, offering you numerous opportunities to network and learn more about the industry
  • A dedicated accounting career fair brings companies to campus to meet specifically with Saunders accounting students for co-op and career opportunities
  • Our courses set you on the right track for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. Saunders students have consistently exceeded both state and national averages for CPA passing rates
  • Faculty are active in research and industry practitioners bring the latest trends into the classroom
  • Our accounting advisory board forecasts business trends and influences the development of new curriculum

Recognized among the nations very best business schools

Saunders College of Business is #1 in Western NY, ranking #62 nationally for undergraduate business programs in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings, moving up two places from last year. These ranking are based on graduation and retention rates, as well as peer assessment and faculty resources.

Learn about other top rankings and recognition received by programs at Saunders College and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Accounting Spotlights

Accounting program graduates have more than just a deep rooted understanding of the numbers side of accounting. They are also involved in the implementation of new accounting technologies and taking on leadership positions within the field. Meet our co-op and accounting alumni.

  • Hassan Ali
    Hassan Ali, RIT Internal Audit Department
  • Devren Purdie
    Devren Purdie, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
  • Arash Memar
    Arash Memar, Intuit
  • Megan Cornelius
    Megan Cornelius, EFPR Group
  • Reid Swier
    Reid Swier, Davie Kaplan
  • Jessica Ramirez
    Jessica Ramirez, Casa Comperius
  • Accounting Co-op Spotlight-Kareena Hoyt
    Kareena Hoyt, De Joy Knauf & Blood LLP
  • Priscilla-Coats
    Priscilla Coats, The Bonadio Group
  • Jasmine_Ulger
    Jasmine Ulger, Davie Kaplan, CPA, P.C.