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
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.
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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.
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.