St. Bonaventure University’s accounting program has been ranked ninth out of more than 500 small colleges in the United States by Master-of-Finance.org.
The website ranked the top 30 institutions, all with enrollments under 3,000 students, in an effort to distinguish those schools that “stand out among their peers.” St. Bonaventure is the only college in New York or Pennsylvania on the list.
The distinctive features the website staff examined included dual bachelor degree options, dual bachelor/master’s options, exceptional internship programs, special emphasis on ethics, and specialized accreditation in accounting or business.
“It’s nice to be recognized for what we’ve always known — that our accounting program is one of the best in the nation,” said Dr. Carol Fischer, interim dean of the School of Business.
The website praised St. Bonaventure’s five-year joint MBA program that qualifies students for the CPA examination, as well as the program’s emphasis on internships. The program requires all accounting majors to participate in a 400-hour non-credit internship that “provides them a great professional reference and real-world experience,” the website said.
St. Bonaventure is one of the nation’s smallest institutions accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business. Only about 5 percent of the world’s business schools have earned the elite accreditation.
Over the past five years, 98 percent of the students in the university’s five-year accounting program were placed in jobs by the time they graduated.
The School of Business, which opened the William E. and Ann L. Swan Business Center in 2013, also incorporates service learning into all of its curriculums, uniquely linking the university’s Franciscan mission to the business school’s academic core.
A prime example of service learning is the accounting program’s chapter of VITA, the federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. In 12 years of helping the region’s low- and moderate-income workers file their taxes, SBU’s VITA chapter has generated almost $7.2 million in refunds.
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