Why Study Accounting at Holy Cross?
The accounting major provides students with a unique opportunity to complete a program in accounting within the environment of one of the country's leading liberal arts institutions. Although students will find that the accounting major provides the appropriate background for a career in public accounting or industry, the curriculum also permits careers in business, government and nonprofit institutions. Students receive special opportunities for oral and written communication, critical thinking and faculty interaction, which are not typically found at larger accounting programs. By grounding the program in the liberal arts tradition, our program provides students with an appreciation for accounting as a vital information system in contemporary society.
Summer Research Program
The summer research program helps students to develop valuable skills and leads to student/faulty collaboration and publications. The program runs for nine weeks: during the months of June and July. Students receive a stipend of $400 per week, a small research budget, funds towards professional conference travel, and campus housing. In addition to working closely with a faculty member on a research project, the research fellows also participates in many department-sponsored educational and social events.
An excellent opportunity for faculty-student collaboration is offered by the department Honors Program. This program offers a special opportunity for students to conduct independent research on topics of their own choosing under the guidance of faculty advisors. Each student presents a final paper in a public forum in the spring of the senior year.
The accounting major at Holy Cross is extremely well-regarded by professionals in the field. Each year, three of the four largest international accounting firms visit the campus to recruit summer interns and full-time staff. Over the last five years, approximately 70 percent of the majors have accepted positions with the four largest international public accounting firms, while the remainder joined firms in private industry, smaller regional accounting firms or enrolled in law or graduate school. Although the program is small, it has a reputation of excellence. Most of our alumni pass the CPA examination on their first attempt.
Admission to the accounting major is competitive. For more information, plesae refer to the section Applying to the Majors.