You’ll find recent Hastings College Accounting graduates building great careers in public accounting as staff accountants, auditors, managers and partners; and in industry serving as cost analysts, computer installation specialists, controllers, internal auditors and financial advisors. 

You’ll also find Hastings grads in standard-setting organizations, including the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Committee.

Do challenging, in-demand work

Every business and organization needs a good accountant, from non-profits to small business, from to Fortune 500 companies to sports teams. Careers for Hastings College Accounting graduates involve challenging and in-demand work:

  • Maintaining accounting practices
  • Preparing asset, liability and related reports
  • Recommending financial and business actions
  • Building high ethical standards
  • Leading diverse teams to coordinate financial reporting

As an Accounting major at Hastings College, you’ll integrate traditional business and accounting knowledge with a broad set of courses across disciplines, equipping you with the tools necessary for today’s changing world. Your advisor will encourage and support you throughout your time at Hastings, helping build a plan to meet the 150 hours of coursework required to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Learn the full suite of business skills

You begin with introductory classes in specific business disciplines and conclude with a capstone seminar that integrates everything you’ve learned along the way.

  • Communication
  • Ethics
  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Research
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical Skills
  • Auditing and Accounting Practices
  • Tax Preparation and Planning
  • Leadership

Go further with a Hastings education

Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!

Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!

Create your own future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.

Graduate with experience

At Hastings, Accounting majors serve one and sometimes two internships, including one through our exclusive Talent Pool program.  Every Accounting major completes a capstone project, using case studies to solve real-world challenges. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings ready to succeed — and many graduates accept a job offer well before graduation!

At every step in your path you’ll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It’s an experience that’s true to Hastings College and you won’t find it anywhere else.

Recent internships for Accounting majors

  • Oakeson Steiner Wealth and Retirement
  • Five Points Bank
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Mary Lanning Healthcare

Your experience matters

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Maximize scholarships — Yes, you’ll get an academic scholarship. But you’ll also get a “plus one” scholarship from the group, team or area you’re part of. It’s a great way to help pay for school — but also to find your people.

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We’ve thought a lot about the ways students learn and built a four-year plan to help you navigate it all. From finding your place and in Year 1, to showing the world you’re ready for what’s next four years later.

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Your transition from college to a career begins your first semester. Every class, internship, research study and activity adds up. We love to celebrate all the ways you shine — your experience matters!

Get involved beyond the classroom

  • Professional Business Leader’s Club
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership honor society)

In addition to these business-related groups, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for Accounting majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA. Then there’s “plus one” scholarships — an additional scholarship for participating in anything from athletics to the arts to media (it’s a long list!).

If you pursue a business-related major, you can also apply for the T-L Irrigation/Thom Business Scholarship.

It all adds up to making Hastings an great choice for you and your family.

First employers for recent graduates

For years, Hastings College accounting graduates have accepted jobs or had grad school plans lined up long before graduation. You’ll find recent Hastings College graduates building great careers in places like:

  • Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth
  • Adams Bank and Trust
  • Lutz
  • Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies
  • Aurora Cooperative
  • Credit Management Services
  • Black and Veatch


Adding Up to Success