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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By the numbers

Ranked 6th
Calvin student CPA pass rates rank sixth among rates from other colleges with mid-sized accounting programs, such as Vanderbilt, Cornell and University of Chicago.
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%).

Course Requirements 2013-14

Accounting major

The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree is intended for students who want to prepare for a career in accounting in the context of a Christian liberal arts education. The program is designed for students who are interested in a career in accounting other than public accounting. Students who enroll in this four-year program find positions in banking, industry, and not-for-profit institutions. The program requires 54-56 credit hours in the Business Department plus cognates and a modified core. All core categories must be met by this degree with the exception of one year in a foreign language and one of the courses in religion. A grade of at least a C in BUS 203 and in BUS 204 is required to be accepted into this major. (54?56 semester hours)

Cognates (11 semester hours)

  • ECON-221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON-222 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • One from:
  • IS-171 Computing with Spreadsheets

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Scholarships

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

Thomas F. Caldon, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first-year
  • HS GPA 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Crowe Horwath Outstanding Accounting Student Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • senior
  • GPA 3.30+
  • financial need not considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Chris Gronsman Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; 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: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; 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 2.5+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Marge Kuyers Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.7+
  • financial need required; preference given to students pursuing an accounting major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Tom and Marcia Nobel Accounting Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Plante Moran, PLLC Accounting Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required; desire to work in public accounting in the midwest
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Charles J. and Marianne Stehouwer Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior
  • GPA that demonstrates improvement
  • financial need required; be a follower of Jesus Christ, involvement in activites
  • automatic consideration
Jacob and Jennie Tuinstra Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; preference 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: $4,800
  • senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bernard Vellenga, Jr. Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference given to those involved in volunteer and extra-curricular activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Dorothy Wiest Accounting Scholarship
  • award amount $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Tom Betts

Tom Betts
Associate Professor of Business
Department of Business
NH 184
tab9@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6480

Brian Cawley

Brian Cawley
Associate Professor
Department of Business
NH190
bc27@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7849

David Cook

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

Casey Cooper

Casey Cooper
Assistant Professor of Business and Accounting
Department of Business
NH 194
clc28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7871

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
North Hall 172
pjs23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7164

Debbie Snyder

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

Marilyn Stansbury

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

Jason Stansbury

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

Leonard Van Drunen

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

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