Accounting

Make a difference where it counts, with a formidable grasp on the numbers – and a wide-angle view.

Accountants are key to the financial health of a business. It’s their job to maintain precise and accurate financial records, oversee and examine financial records prepared by others, and ensure that the books are kept correctly and the taxes get paid on time. The job takes both an eagle-eyed attention to detail, and a sweeping understanding of the big financial picture.

As an accounting student at Oglethorpe, you’ll learn how to…

  • Understand the major principles underlying economic activity
  • Gather, analyze, and interpret financial information
  • Communicate effectively with numbers and data

And that’s not all: Oglethorpe’s emphasis on the liberal arts (conveyed through the Core) means every student learns to be a better writer and a better thinker, with a deeper understanding of the world around them.

With a rock-solid foundation in the liberal arts – and a robust portfolio of high-value skills – you’ll be prepared for a great career in accounting, whether your aspirations lie in the public, private, or not-for-profit sectors. You can pursue a related role in business, management, or financial services… or increase your earning power by heading back to the classroom for a master’s degree, an MBA, or a Ph.D.

Offered as:
B.B.A. in Accounting
Minor in Accounting

Download Accounting major requirements.

Real World Experience

In Atlanta you’ll have plenty of ways to turn theory into practice.

Intern at high-profile firms like BDO Atlanta, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, CohnReznick, CNN, Georgia Power (Southern Company), Lake Lanier Islands Resort, PNC Bank, SunTrust Bank, The Coca-Cola Company, Brooks McGinnis & Co., McGladrey, Mauldin & Jenkins, Bennett Thrasher, and more. Or get noticed at professional receptions and networking events held right here on campus.

Connect knowledge + action (and connect with your classmates) with work-study in the Oglethorpe Finance Office. Oglethorpe students have also volunteered with the global nonprofit Operation HOPE. Through one key program, Banking on Our Future, Oglethorpe students can brush up on their knowledge of key financial concepts — then head to area schools to help teach local children about basic money skills.

Life After Oglethorpe

Oglethorpe accounting students are well prepared to study for a master’s in tax or auditing or an MBA, or to sit for qualifying examinations to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA).

Thanks to the small classes and one-on-one attention from professors, Oglethorpe graduates leave with an extra-strong grasp on the materials – and pass the CPA exam at a higher rate than the national average. Our graduates have earned MBAs at Harvard Business School, and gone on to rewarding careers at Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PwC, CohnReznick, McGladrey, Mauldin & Jenkins, Bennett Thrasher, and SunTrust.

Convenient Location

100-acre campus near Marta and all major interstates

Enjoy the small college experience with all the benefits of a big city.

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Accelerated Learning

Finish your degree more quickly

Our 8-week sessions allow you to attend full-time while concentrating on just two classes at a time.

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Expert Faculty

Top caliber courses taught by tenured faculty

No lecture halls and teaching assistants here. Get to know your professors on a personal level and participate in meaningful class discussions.

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Career Advancement

Resources to help you take the next step in your career

Identify your strengths, prepare for job interviews, and sharpen your resume.

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