Comparison of Business Accounting Schools near Vancouver
Aspiring accountants in Vancouver, WA, have several colleges with business accounting programs just across the river in Portland, OR. In this article, three schools within 20 minutes of the city are examined, as are the degree and certificate programs they offer. Aspiring accounting students can utilize a table of information about the schools, such as costs, size and acceptance rates, to help them decide on a school. At the end of the article is a little information about some other Vancouver-area schools with relevant programs.
- Portland Community College, just 13 miles from downtown Vancouver, offers a wide variety of programs for those interested in entry-level business and accounting positions. This school offers three certificate programs as well as an associate's degree program.
- About 10 miles from the city center, Portland State University offers a large business school with a nationally ranked undergraduate program. Students can find two types of bachelor's degrees and a post-baccalaureate certificate program in accounting, along with a master's degree program in financial analysis.
- University of Portland is an accredited school that offers one bachelor's degree program for aspiring business accountants. It is about five miles from downtown Vancouver.
Comparison of Schools
Students should look carefully at important aspects of any school they are considering. This table makes it easy to compare these three institutions.
|Portland Community College||Portland State University||University of Portland|
|School Type||2-year; public community college||4-year; public college||4-year; private not-for-profit university|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||28,005*||26,693*||4,396*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$4,088 in-state; $8,840 out-of-state*||$8,783 in-state; $26,130 out-of-state*||$44,026*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||70%*||79%*||99%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - open admissions||92% in 2017*||70% in 2017*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||67% for full-time students; 47% for part-time students*||72% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students*||88% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||15% (20% transfer-out rate) (Students began in 2014)*||49% (11% transfer-out rate) (Students began in 2011)*||82% (6% transfer-out rate) (Students began in 2011)*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics
Portland Community College
This community college offers several certificates and an associate's degree program. Students will learn about basic accounting, bookkeeping and business principles.
Entry-level Accounting Clerk Certificate
Students have to take 14 credits to complete this program. Required courses include intro to business, accounting, computers in business and computer accounting applications.
Accelerated Accounting Certificate
This program takes less than one year to complete, and students will earn 29 credits. Students will learn about basic accounting, keyboarding, Word and Excel.
Accounting Clerk Certificate
This program takes one year to complete and will teach students the basics of accounting. Courses include keyboarding, English composition, business and payroll accounting. Students can take electives in business, economics and computer applications software.
AAS in Accounting
This degree program requires a minimum of 92 credits. Business courses include topics on business law, investments, management and business ethics. Other courses include accounting, payroll accounting, Excel and nonprofit financial management/accounting.
Portland State University
The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs relating to accounting and business. Students applying to the graduate programs need to have a bachelor's degree. Those applying to the master's degree program need to also turn in GMAT or GRE scores.
Bachelor's Degree in Business: Accounting
In this degree program, students will take coursework in accounting information systems, management accounting, financial accounting, taxation, auditing and governmental/non-profit accounting. The program will prepare students to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Students also need to take non-business courses in political science and philosophy.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting
This program is suited for students who want to specifically prepare for the CPA exam. Students must complete 48-50 credits to receive the certificate. Courses include accounting information systems, auditing, business finance, taxation and financial accounting.
Master of Science in Financial Analysis
This accredited program can take 1-2 years to complete, depending on the student's part-time or full-time status. Students can also choose specializations in public accounting, investment management or corporate financial management. Required courses include financial statement analysis, financial management, hedging/risk management and a capstone course. Specialization electives may include advanced auditing, economics, financial institutions and corporate financial strategies.
University of Portland
There is just one program for aspiring accountants available at this university, whose school of business holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The undergraduate degree provides a general overview of business and accounting principles.
BBA in Accounting
In this degree program, students will be able to learn about intermediate accounting, auditing, taxation, advanced accounting, business taxation and advanced business law. Students also need to learn about foundational business topics. Courses include management information systems, economics, leadership skills, marketing, financial accounting and business finance.
Other School Options
Business accounting courses are also available at Warner Pacific College, located in Portland 9.5 miles away from Vancouver's downtown area. Clackamas Communication College is another option, about 21.6 miles away from downtown Vancouver in Oregon City, OR.