Numbers, people, finance, economics: accounting encompasses all these things, but is much more. This challenging and exciting field offers outstanding opportunities for Christians to provide transformational leadership in the financial sector.

Overview

Calvin's accounting program offers three degree options:

  • a four-year bachelor of science in accounting (BSA)
  • a five-year bachelor of science in public accounting (BSPA) to prepare students for careers as CPAs
  • a bachelor of science in global management accounting (BSGMA) degree for those who want to do managerial accounting in a global setting. 

All three degrees combine coursework and internship opportunities to provide excellent preparation for your career. In fact, Calvin accounting graduates taking the CPA exam earned such high marks that Calvin ranks sixth among universities such as Vanderbilt and University of Chicago for CPA exam pass rates. 

Careers in Accounting

  • CPA
  • Government Financial Reporting
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Corporate Auditing
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Join other accounting students and provide income tax assistance to low-income families and the elderly; attend networking events each fall with local firms and organizations.

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Measuring What We Treasure

from The Spark

By the numbers

6th
Calvin student CPA exam pass rates consistently rank highly among other colleges with mid-sized accounting programs, such as Vanderbilt, Cornell and University of Chicago. In 2012, Calvin ranked 6th.
5
Faculty members who have CPA certification, industry experience and advanced degrees in both accounting and finance
74.7%
The pass rate of 2012 Calvin accounting graduates for all sections of the CPA exam (the National pass rate is 54.3%).

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Florence M. and Thomas F. Caldon, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-med or pre-law program or a degree in engineering or accounting; preference is give to first generation college students
  • automatic consideration
Crowe Horwath Outstanding Accounting Student Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is not required; accounting major; strong leadership skills; U.S. citizens or legally authorized to work in the U.S. on a permanent and unlimited basis
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jack and Eleanor Elenbaas Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing an engineering or accounting degree or be in the pre-seminary program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Chris Gronsman Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business or accounting major; demonstrate strong Christian principles, integrity, outstanding people skills, community involvement and concern for quality and ethical work in the financial field
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Robert and Harriet Hasper Accounting Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; accounting major; working towards becoming a CPA; display strong Christian commitment and potential for leadership
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Harold and Julia Kraker Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business or accounting major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Marge Kuyers Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need is required; accounting major; demonstrate the potential to make a difference in the business worlds as a Christian
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Tom and Marcia Nobel Accounting Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; accounting major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Plante Moran, PLLC Accounting Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is required; accounting major; desire to work in the midwest; demonstrate leadership skills and participate in extracurricular activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Charles J. and Marianne Stehouwer Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; business or accounting major; demonstrate motivation and involvement in activities outside of the classroom
  • automatic consideration
Jacob and Jennie Tuinstra Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business or accounting major; preference is given to students with a strong academic record, motivation and potential for Christian service in business
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Randall K. Vander Weele Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,700
  • senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is not required; business or accounting major (not economics)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bernard Vellenga, Jr. Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business or accounting major; preference is given to those involved in volunteer and extra-curricular activities; demonstrate the ability to express the importance of their Christian faith in their lives
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Dorothy Wiest Accounting Scholarship
  • award amount $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; accounting major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Tom Betts

Tom Betts
Associate Professor of Business
Department of Business
NH 184
Tom.Betts@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6480

Brian Cawley

Brian Cawley
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH 190
bcawley@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7849

David Cook

David Cook
Professor
Department of Business
NH 183
dcook@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7025

Robert Eames

Robert Eames
Professor
Department of Business
NH 197
rhe2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8797

Cal Jen

Cal Jen
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH 171
ccj2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7626

Peter Snyder

Peter Snyder
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
NH 172
snyder@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7164

Debbie Snyder

Debbie Snyder
Professor
Department of Business
NH 193
ds35@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6380

Jason Stansbury

Jason Stansbury
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
NH 170
jms58@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7714

Marilyn Stansbury

Marilyn Stansbury
Assistant Professor
Department of Business
NH 189
msc5@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7795

Leonard Van Drunen

Leonard Van Drunen
Department Chair
Professor
Department of Business
NH 195
ldv2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6479

Julie Voskuil

Julie Voskuil
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH 196
jvoskuil@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6189

Talk to us

Leonard Van Drunen Leonard Van Drunen
Department Chair
Professor
Department of Business
NH 195
ldv2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6479

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