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ACCOUNTING PROGRAM

Accounting graduates continue to be in great demand. Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10% in the decade ending in 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Not only are graduates finding vast opportunities and lucrative salaries, but most are landing jobs before they're done with school. Nearly all of our accounting graduates (98 percent) have a job offer in hand before commencement.

Through a combination of innovative coursework that balances analytical thinking and creativity, one-to-one interaction with faculty, attractive internships, and an opportunity to earn both your BBA in accounting and your MBA in professional accountancy in five years (or less), SBU accounting graduates are well-equipped to achieve professional success.

Two accounting degree plans available:

  • BBA: The 120-hour Bachelor of Business Administration prepares accounting students to work in a variety of accounting and business fields, tailored to their individual interests.
  • BBA and MBA: This 4+1 program (150 hours in total) is structured so that students first earn a BBA in accounting and then an MBA in professional accountancy. With careful planning, both can be completed in 5 years ... or less.

Accounting Program Advantages

  • Be In Demand: 98% of our accounting students have a job offer before graduation, and recruiters from regional and national accounting firms visit campus regularly and begin identifying our best prospects in their sophomore years, frequently offering internships that pave the way for employment upon graduation.
  • Accredited Programs: The School of Business is accredited through The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), ensuring parents and students that we are meeting tough standards and providing a top-quality education. 
  • Small Class Size: An 11:1 student to faculty ratio means that your professors will work with you 1:1 to identify and provide the best opportunities and resources to match your interests and ambitions.
  • Integrated Ethics: We are committed to educating outstanding future managers and leaders who incorporate the Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service to others.
  • Internships: You are required to complete an internship, an opportunity to gain invaluable on-the-job experience and make you a stronger job candidate.

Accounting Careers

With your BBA and MBA in hand, you will be prepared for a career in public accounting as well as higher-level entry points into major banks, corporations, government agencies and other organizations. Starting salaries are growing for finance professionals in the U.S. and hiring demand for recent college graduates is on the rise. Students who choose to major in accounting go on to find jobs in the following career fields:

  • public accounting
  • corporate accounting
  • government
  • nonprofit organizations
Learn more about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people accounting majors.

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Lang family to discuss unprecedented growth of five-generation family business Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

Apr 10, 2018 |

Two generations of the Lang family will discuss the proud family legacy of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition during a program Friday at St. Bonaventure University.

The talk, “The Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Company and the Lang Family: Our Story of Creating, Building and Selling A Fifth-Generation Innovative Enterprise with a Proud Family Legacy,” begins at 12:30 p.m. in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building and will feature Taylor Lang, a member of the SBU Class of 2014, and his father, Doug Lang. 

Doug, a member of the fourth-generation of Langs to hold executive leadership at the Meadville, Pa.-based company, is a shareholder, board member and former vice president of Sales and Marketing. Taylor, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Bonaventure, is a key account manager.

Founded in 1933, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition is a primarily family-owned and operated company named after one of the company founders, George Ainsworth Lang. Recently acquired by Smucker’s, Ainsworth has experienced unprecedented growth.  

The company is focused entirely on pets and has a stated goal of changing the way consumers shop for Super Premium pet food. Ainsworth’s mantra is “Pet Store Quality. Supermarket Easy.” The company makes multiple brands and types of dog and cat food, including the Rachael Ray Nutrish line of dog and cat foods and certain Super Premium retailer specific brands.

Friday’s talk, which is sponsored by the campus Family Business Club, will include an overview of the firm, a discussion on family business and how it has experienced significant growth due to product innovation, partnerships and marketing strategies. During his time on campus, Taylor was a leader in the Family Business Club.

The Langs will discuss the recent sale of the company and how the family made the decision to sell.  

The J. M. Smucker Company announced just last week (April 4) the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Ainsworth Pet Nutrition in a transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion, after an estimated tax benefit of $200 million. Smucker’s is also a fifth-generation family company.

“We are delighted to have Taylor and Doug Lang back on campus to share their exciting family business story with our students,” said Carol Wittmeyer, Ed.D., associate professor of management and adviser of the Family Business Club. “They have been generous and humble partners with us for many years, having hosted dozens of our students and faculty for manufacturing tours, given talks on campus about family business dynamics and the development of the Rachael Ray partnership.”

Now, Wittmeyer said, the Langs will talk about their latest news of how and why they made a decision to sell to Smuckers. 

“Our students will be one of the first groups to be able to talk to them directly about the sale process. This is a wonderful real-world learning opportunity. We are so grateful to the Lang family for all they have done for our Family Business Club,” she said.

The talk is funded by a gift from Betty Ramming.

For more information about Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, visit www.ainsworthpets.com.

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About the University:The nation’s first Franciscan university, we believe in the goodness of every person and in the ability of every person to do extraordinary things.  St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. Named the #5 best college value in the North by U.S. News and World Report, we are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. 

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