California's Top Accounting Undergraduate Programs

<p>Hey guys. I just started CC at SMC and I was wondering what major I should go for, and I decided on trying accounting. The thing is, I have no clue what colleges are good for an accounting major. Would anyone know what the top undergraduate schools in accounting are in California? UC, private school, any college that would be top on California's undergraduate programs for accounting. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks =]</p>

<p>USC has the best accounting program in California.
UCLA has Accounting minor and it is also very well respected.
Berkeley doesn't have accounting major/minor but they offer accounting program that you have to take separately in addition to your major reqs.</p>

<p>Just FYI:
USNWR ranked undergraduate accounting programs for 2008. Here's the list:</p>

<li>University of Texas–Austin (McCombs) </li>
<li>U. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign<br></li>
<li>Brigham Young Univ.–Provo (UT) (Marriott) </li>
<li>University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) </li>
<li>University of Michigan–Ann Arbor<br>
6. Univ. of Southern California (Marshall) </li>
<li>Indiana University–Bloomington (Kelley) </li>
<li>University of Notre Dame (IN)<br></li>
<li>Ohio State University–Columbus (Fisher) </li>
<li>U. of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) </li>
<li>University of Washington<br></li>
<li>New York University (Stern) </li>
<li>Michigan State University (Broad)
14. University of California–Berkeley (Haas)</li>
<li>University of Florida (Warrington) </li>
<li>University of Virginia (McIntire) </li>
<li>Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison<br></li>
<li>Arizona State University (Carey) </li>
<li>Texas A&M Univ.–College Station (Mays) </li>
<li>University of Georgia (Terry) </li>
<li>Pennsylvania State U.–University Park (Smeal) </li>
<li>Wake Forest University (NC) (Calloway) </li>
<li>Boston College (Carroll) </li>
<li>Northern Illinois University<br></li>
<li>Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (Sloan) </li>
<li>University of Arizona (Eller) </li>

<p>Best of luck to you at SMC.</p>

<p>Thank you guys for the quick answers. Would anyone know what kind of GPA you would need for USC's Leventhal School of Accounting?</p>

<p>3.5 or higher</p>

<p>If accounting is what you want and that = wanting to work for a big 4, than your list will be pretty long for cali.</p>

Above three will require a 3.5 or highers. USC has a few local colleges that they really prefer when it comes to recruitment for leventhal. If there is an accounting society or something similar at SMC i would join. You will probably get to have a lunch with the dean, etc. SLO may stand out, but you must remember that their biz school is rather small and cannot take to many transfers. # of applicants/acceptance for transfers is listed on their website per major
Long Beach
San Jose
The above will require around a 3.0, but a 2.8 might also suffice.
And all of the above are seperated because:
1. They have more firms recruiting
2. They have more people recruited
3. You have more mobility in where your get your job</p>

<p>Most of the cal states are recruited along with the rest of the UC's (UCR, UCSC, UCD, UCI) Pepperdine, LMU, Chapman, etc.</p>

<p>You also have plenty of choices out of state that offer great options for accounting and management.</p>

<p>ASU, U Oregon, U Iowa, Iowa State, etc.</p>

<p>SP, what about SDSU, i think they are highly regarded..
i also read an article about ucsb, saying that they were natioanlly recruited by a big 4 (forgot which one) meaning all there offices around the country recruit from ucsb</p>

<p>forgot about SDSU</p>

<p>UCSB sends people to so cal, nor cal, chicago, boston, denver, etc. I don't know all the cities, but i know that people end up across the country every year</p>

<p>wow thanks for the answers everyone, i got a good idea of what kind of classes to take next semester now</p>

<p>At the end of the day, Leventhal stands out from everyone else in California. The caliber of the program is WAY above Marshall's standards and the competition is VERY stiff. I study 3x as hard for a Leventhal exam than a Marshall exam, and even then, it can be difficult to "beat the curve."</p>

<p>But it all pays off, most students have job offers 1-2 years before graduation. The majority go to Big 4 because many of the students get offers from all of the Big 4 + mid-tiers.</p>

<p>I feel as the firms do most of the marketing/recruiting. You don't have to sell yourself very hard to get a offer because the reputation of Leventhal.</p>

<p>The recruiting at the accounting offices are very localized. I.e. Deloitte in Orange County, CA will recruit heavily from UCI etc. Deloitte LA, USC, UCLA, LMU, etc.</p>

<p>You should be fine picking a decent program in the area you want to work. Network like crazy, get an offer, enjoy working 80-100 hours a week during busy season. :)</p>

<p>how hard is it to transfer into Leventhal from a CCCC? 3.5+ ?</p>

<p>You cannot transfer directly into Leventhal. You must be accepted into Marshall first (around a 3.7 gpa to be safe).</p>

<p>You then take the necessary BUAD 305X course which is just essentially a review of financial/managerial accounting and you must complete the course with at least a B in order to be accepted into Leventhal.</p>

<p>transfer school also matters</p>