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Accounting (BBA)
Honors Courses
Four-Year Graduation Plan
Selective Admission

Accounting is a dynamic field at the heart of every business. Accountants are problem solvers and business advisers who often work at the top levels of their companies. If you appreciate challenge and variety in your work, you will find that accounting offers great rewards and options for career mobility.

The undergraduate BBA program takes full advantage of the university's liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students acquire the verbal and reasoning skills they'll need for today's business careers along with basic and specialized knowledge of business.

Why Study at Iowa? 

Iowa's Undergraduate Program in Accounting will give you a strong base of accounting courses but also knowledge of information systems, written and oral communication skills, leadership ability, and teamwork skills. Completion of the program qualifies you to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams.

Students in any of the college's six majors focus on a core academic discipline, but can supplement their degree with interdisciplinary certificates, minors, or a second major in another college. Leadership opportunities, service-learning, internships, and study abroad programs also are available.

Accounting is one of six Undergraduate Business Majors offered through the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program in the Tippie College of Business.

Course Work 

Once admitted to the accounting program, the curriculum includes courses in income measurement, valuation of financial claims, accounting for management analysis and control, business law, taxation, applied information systems, and auditing.

See Accounting in the UI General Catalog to learn more about courses required for the major, the college's General Education Requirements, and the graduate-level Master of Accountancy (MAc) degree.

Tippie RISE

All Tippie College of Business students directly admitted to the college Fall 2015 or later and all students admitted through standard admission Fall 2016 or later must successfully complete a hands-on experiential learning in the form of Research, Internship, Study Abroad, and Experiential Course. 

By completing at least one Tippie RISE experience as part of the undergraduate degree, students will bridge the classroom with the real world and gain a competitive edge in the job market and in admission to graduate school.

visit www.tippie.uiowa.edu/undergraduate/tippie-rise for more information.

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted to the Tippie College of Business either through Direct Admission or Standard Admission.

Direct Admission is for first-year students with a 3.60 high school grade-point average and an ACT composite score of 26 or higher. Applicants who meet the high school course requirements and either the GPA or test score requirement will be carefully considered for Direct Admission.

Standard Admission is for current UI prebusiness students that meet the established admission critria, typically after their first year.

More information on admission can be found at http://tippie.uiowa.edu/undergraduate/admissions.

In addition to the college's admission requirements, accounting majors must have a 3.00 UI and cumulative grade-point average, a B- average in financial and managerial accounting, and a passing score on the accounting writing assessment.

For information on Transfer admission, visit http://tippie.uiowa.edu/undergraduate/admissions/transfer.cfm.

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Student Opportunities 

Business students at Iowa are very involved in student activities. There is also a UI chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a professional accounting fraternity for qualifying accounting students.

First-year students interested in accounting may want to live in the BizHawks Living-Learning Community in the residence halls.

Faculty, Facilities, and Resources 

The RSM McGladrey Institute of Accounting Education and Research promotes educational excellence at Iowa through sponsorship of various initiatives and activities, including an annual national speaker series and a business case competition for students in the accounting program.

The department also has a Writing Program and publishes a departmental magazine called The Iowa Ledger.


Iowa ranks second nationally in the first-time pass rate for the CPA exam with 80.4 percent. The national average is 55 percent.

At Iowa, more than 120 firms recruit accounting students on campus every year. Over 90 percent of students reported that they found permanent employment, were accepted to graduate school, or were not seeking employment within six months of graduation.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

For more information about careers, visit What Can I Do with a Major in Accounting.


Over 300 scholarships are available to undergraduate business students, some designed specifically for first-year students.

Review the websites of the Office of Admissions, College of Business, and Office of Student Financial Aid for more scholarship opportunities.

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