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accounting and finance

Accounting and Finance

UW-Eau Claire accounting and finance students develop critical thinking, analytical and communication skills necessary for lifelong success as ethical leaders in the finance and accounting professions. This is evidenced each year in exceptional CPA test results, the popularity of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance community service program and quality of internships available to students year after year.


  • Accounting and finance students participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which is a special program of the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue that provides free tax-return assistance to low-income individuals and families. Students prepared more than 1,000 tax returns for the 2012 tax season.

  • The accounting and finance department is the largest program in the College of Business with more than 700 students. 

  • The accounting and finance department has the second largest department Honors Program on campus and the only Honors Program in the College of Business.

  • Student placement approaches 100 percent each year, fueled by recruiting from firms and companies throughout the region, especially Wisconsin and the Twin Cities areas.

  • Accounting and finance students have participated in internships at a wide variety of firms and companies such as Ernst & Young, McGladrey, Wipfli, United HealthGroup, Baker Tilly, Cargill, Hormel, 3M, IBM, Hutchinson Technologies and Leinenkugels.

  • The department participates in the Financial Literacy Improvement Program, which gives students the opportunity to assist community members with financial problems through leading seminars and one-on-one counseling.


Your Gift Supports:

Support the general needs of the accounting and finance department with a gift of any amount to the Accounting and Finance Advancement Fund, which is used to meet the needs of the department that cannot be met by the state-assisted university operating budget. The fund enables the department to take advantage of opportunities to advance its cause.

The amount in parentheses indicates the annual amount required to meet current obligations.

  • Invited speakers for class presentations and special student-faculty seminars ($1,000-$5,000).

  • Stipends, travel expenses and materials for student-faculty collaborative research ($1,000 annual, $15,000 to endow).

  • Student and faculty participation in regional and national meetings of academic and professional societies ($1,000 annual, $15,000 to endow).

  • Scholarships for finance students ($500 annual, $15,000 to endow).

  • Faculty fellowship to promote faculty research and scholarship ($1,000-$2,000).

  • Data bases needed for faculty research ($5,000-$15,000).

    Thank you for considering a gift to the accounting and finance department. For more information, contact the accounting and finance department at or 715-836-2184.

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"The College of Business leadership along with the faculty meets the ever-evolving challenge of establishing curriculum and programs meeting student and employer needs."

- Janet Tolander, CPA, alum