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Should I go to a school that does not offer my major?

Since high school my dream colleges have been mainly schools like Tufts University and Brandeis University. I have visited both colleges and found their diversity, size, and culture to be desirable. The only hindrance is that all these liberal and research based colleges does not have my major, accounting. I am 100% set on accounting, but my only worry is that these schools will not help me reach the requirements to sit for the CPA or other accounting exams. Will this be a problem for me in pursuing a career in accounting if I attend these schools as an economic or business major? Do you think it is better to stick to a school that offers accounting or attend one of my dream colleges? #guidance-counselor #school-counselor #education-counselor

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Darcel’s Answer

I strongly recommend you choose a college/university that has your major. Yes it is very important to choose a college/university based on the campus community, location and your feeling of being welcomed and comfortable. Most public (community) colleges/universities have Business major and a an Accountancy degree. Here is a description of the internet for a CPA Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the title of qualified accountants in numerous countries in the English-speaking world. It is generally equivalent to the title of chartered accountant in other English-speaking countries. In the United States, the CPA is a license to provide accounting services to the public. It is awarded by each of the 50 states for practice in that state. Career Opportunities for CPA There are a variety of career paths available as a CPA. CPA’s can work at a firm as an auditor or tax and management consultant. While working the international business or industrial sectors CPA’s can choose a career path of financial accounting and reporting. Management accounting, financial analysis, and a CPA could consider being a cash manager.

Economic and Business Administration major are totally different from Accounting which is a major in itself. There is a lot of information on line similar to the above that I cut and paste. You are very right Account major will help you better prepare for the CPA exam. Please search online in your state colleges that offer Accounting programs. Look also for professional associations/organization in your area just for CPAs. Make sure you take electives if possible in your high school that deals with business and numbers. I hope math is your favorite subject. Now a days CPAs use software programs etc. to do their jobs. It's a wonderful career, you can have your own business or office; maybe work for a large organization public or private. Work for local state, city and federal government. I hope that a CPA on this site is available to answer you question in more detail. Best of Luck.

Darcel recommends the following next steps:

Attend a college/university with Accountancy as a single major. Review online local colleges/universities that offer this major to see if you want to study those course.
Keep you high school grades up As' and Bs' several colleges/university may require a GPA for business related course and specific grades for math courses
Try to locate an CPA in your community. Let them know your interest in their profession and you want to know what they major in college.
The internet has everything you need videos on YouTube on how to become a CPA, job description, course required
The Department of Labor has an occupational site or career exploration type in Certified Public Account.

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Thomas’s Answer

Hey Esther.

I started at a Liberal Arts college, studied history and anthropology, and grew up before deciding to get certification to teach at another school. I'm a better teacher because of that and I've had a successful career in both teaching and administration. And I have no regrets.

I'd say that you should go to the college that will make you really happy, and you can study accounting on the side to start and focus on the CPA prep AFTER you have had a well-rounded education. Good and well-paid accountants work with people just as much as they work with numbers, and so it's important to have a better understanding of people, the world around you, and yourself BEFORE you have an understanding of the techniques and rules of accounting.

So go for Tufts or Brandeis., learn about yourself and others, and do the career training afterwards.


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Robin’s Answer

To attend a school that do not have what you are interested in means you are willing to make a change. However if what you are passionate about is not at the most popular school then I would not attend that school. You have to follow your heart.