Lycoming's accounting department enjoys a longstanding tradition of excellence in teaching and successful placement of graduates. With an average class size of 16 students and a faculty with extensive and current real-world experience, Lycoming students are ensured that they will develop the strong problem-solving abilities, analytical skills, writing skills and interpersonal know-how which are the foundation of successful accounting.
Lycoming offers both a 150 and 128 credit hour accounting program to prepare students for entry-level positions in public, private, industrial, governmental, and non-profit organizations. The 150 hour program is fast becoming the industry standard for becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In fact, most states require this type of program as a prerequisite to the CPA series of examinations, though this is not yet a Pennsylvania requirement. At most colleges, students will need five years to complete the 150 credit hours, but with Lycoming's flexible curriculum and proper course selection, students can finish their program in four years if they take advantage of May and summer term courses or nine semesters (4½ years). The 128 hour accounting degree is geared toward students who do not necessarily plan to work in auditing or public accounting.
“Wonder why a big international accounting firm would be interested in hiring a student from a small liberal arts college? I think it's because we’re adaptable, scrappy, and smart in a lot of areas, not just accounting.”