School and Ranking Information
There are several schools within a 70-mile radius of Colorado Springs with degree programs in accounting. The following schools are considered the top three based on school rankings, tuition and accounting degree levels offered:
- Winner: The University of Denver, located in Denver, is the top pick for its graduation rate and number of degrees awarded in the field.
- Runner Up #1: The University of Colorado in Denver is the first runner up for its multiple degree level options in the field and national rankings received from U.S. News & World Report in 2012 and 2013.
- Runner Up #2: Colorado State University in Pueblo takes third place as a result of its tuition rates and location relative to Colorado Springs.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Denver||University of Colorado - Denver||Colorado State University - Pueblo|
|Ranking(s)|| Undergraduate business program ranked #72 in 2012*,
Ranked #83 among national universities in 2013*
| Undergraduate business program ranked #117 in 2012*,
Ranked #189 among national universities in 2013*
|Undergraduate business program ranked #353 in 2012*|
|Location||Denver (59.2 miles from Colorado Springs)||Denver (64.4 miles from Colorado Springs)||Pueblo (39.8 miles from Colorado Springs)|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)|| $39,177 (undergraduate)**;
$1,104 (business graduate cost per credit hour)***
| $7,494 (in-state, undergraduate), $21,006 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**;
$496 (resident business graduate cost per credit hour), $1,181 (non-resident business graduate cost per credit hour)***
| $7,327 (in-state, undergraduate), $17,649 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**;
$296.08 (resident graduate cost per credit hour), $759.71 (non-resident graduate cost per credit hour)***
|Accounting Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees***||Bachelor's and master's degrees***||Bachelor's and master's degrees***|
|Accounting Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||145**||76**||17**|
|Most Popular Accounting Program (2011-2012)||Master of Accountancy (87 awarded)**||Master of Accountancy (76 awarded)**||Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major in accounting (17 awarded)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class||78%**||40%**||32%**|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Schools' websites.
Winner: University of Denver
- Offers the Accounting Scholars Development Program, a five-day, four-night residency program designed for African American, Latino, and Native American community college students, for free
- Graduate students consistently rank in the top 10% nationwide for CPA exam pass rates
- Students can become members of Beta Alpha Psi, a national organization recognizing academic achievement
The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver was one of the first schools to offer accountancy programs in the U.S. and has a faculty that is made up of 20 accountancy professionals. The college offers a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSAcc) degree as well as a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree. Students can even earn both degrees in five years through the undergraduate/graduate dual degree program. A separate minor in accountancy is also offered to undergraduate students majoring in business administration. Undergraduate accountancy students can expect to take courses in business, management, economics, and many areas of accounting. Graduate students focus more intensely on accounting courses, such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, accounting IT systems, and auditing.
Runner-Up #1: University of Colorado - Denver
- JP Morgan Center for Commodities conducts research and includes the Commodities and Finance Lab, which is equipped with computers outfitted with state-of-the-art business software
- Offers study abroad programs in China, UK, Europe and South America
- Offers online and in-person tutoring for accounting students
The University of Colorado - Denver offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree with a major in accounting, as well as a Master of Science in Accounting degree. Students can also earn a dual MS in Accounting/MBA degree, which requires the completion of 66 credit hours. Undergraduate students can specialize in financial accounting, managerial accounting, or information systems. Master's students can specialize in auditing and forensic accounting, controllership, taxation, and accounting and information systems audit control. Students attending the University of Colorado's business school are given opportunities to participate in research projects with businesses and non-profit organizations in Denver.
Runner-Up #2: Colorado State University - Pueblo
- Free tutoring available for all students at the Malik & Seeme Hasan School of Business
- Offers an accounting club
- Thomas V. Healy Center for Business and Economic Research conducts research projects and offers educational outreach programs
- Students can become members of Beta Gamma Sigma, an accredited international honors society for business students
Undergraduate students at Colorado State University - Pueblo may pursue a BSBA degree with a major in accounting. Students in this program must complete courses in accounting, accounting information systems, auditing, and certified public accountant (CPA) law. Students may also choose to earn a BSBA/MBA dual degree, which can take as little as five years to complete. Students who become Beta Gamma Sigma members receive discounts on publications, clothes, and electronics, and they are given corporate benefit subscriptions, scholarship opportunities, and career assistance. Graduates from the Malik & Seeme Hasan School of Business have gone on to work with companies like Hewlett Packard, Wells Fargo, and the Detroit Pistons.