Illinois Wesleyan accounting graduates repeatedly have the highest pass rate on the CPA exam of any accounting program in the state of Illinois.

Unlike most traditional four-year colleges — where students may face as much as an extra year of coursework to meet the 150 hours required to take the CPA exam in most states — at Illinois Wesleyan, through careful planning, accounting students typically meet the requirement within four years with no overloading.  

Junior accounting majors at IWU may apply for a full-time 10-week spring internship. Participating students remain on track to graduate in four years and have often secured a job by the end of this program.

Bright Futures

Accountants are in demand by many types of organizations. They play a pivotal role in making key decisions for private companies, public accounting firms, government agencies, and not-for-profit agencies.

In recent years, Illinois Wesleyan accounting graduates have accepted positions with all of the major accounting firms and with leading corporations around the country.

Corporate recruiters have often commented on how much they enjoy visiting the IWU campus because of the poise and preparation of the candidates in our accounting program.

Professor Gerald Olson discusses the newest major in Accounting and Financial Services, and a minor in risk management.

Hear how you can be prepared for a career in accounting from Chair and Professor Gerald Olson.

Alumnus Bob Page, President and CEO of University of Kansas Hospital, talks about how his current work combines an accounting background with his goal to improve healthcare.