Accounting Honors

As the oldest honors program at the Fisher College of Business, the Undergraduate Accounting Honors program is nationally known for its motivated and talented students who embrace  studying accounting as an intellectual subject. Some of the department’s best research-active faculty offer challenging and progressive coursework that facilitates the development of critical analytical and communication skills meant to ensure success in rewarding and diverse career paths. 

The program’s selective admission process and small class size promotes the development of presentation and team building skills. Its students have ample opportunities to develop their leadership skills both in the classroom and as officers in Beta Alpha Psi, the National Accounting Honorary organization. Due to the program’s reputation, it offers exceptional internship and full-time employment opportunities.

Alumni often mention the lifelong friendships they make with their colleagues during the program. Such bonding occurs as a result of unique opportunities that include the “Ralph Cases,” debates over conceptual and current accounting and business issues, and class social events. Members of the wide-reaching and active alumni network are often guest speakers for classes.

The first step in applying to the program is to gain entrance into AMIS 2200H from Program Director Richard Young in the spring of freshman year. Applications for the program are submitted in spring during 2300H.

Recent Class Profile

  • Size: 37
  • Average GPA: 3.7

Employment Statistics

The Accounting Honors program teaches analytical thinking and strong communication skills, which push students to think outside their comfort zone. Such an innovative teaching strategy by the department's best faculty has direct application in the business world and will ensure success in a rewarding and diverse career path.

The data presented pertain to the Accounting Honors Class of 2013.

Acceptance Distribution

  Timing of Job Acceptances  
  Accepted offer within three months of graduation 100 percent

Type of Degree Achieved at the Fisher College of Business

  BSBA/MAcc Combined 37.5 percent
  Bachelor's Degree + MAcc 12.5 percent
  Bachelor's Degree Only 50 percent

Base Salary

  Average Base Salary $51,462
  Median Base Salary $48,000
  Base Salary Range $47,500 - $59,000

Function Distribution

  Function Percentage of Class
  Big Four Public Accounting- includes audit, consulting, tax and transaction analysis 63.7 percent
  Ohio State Master of Accounting non-combined 13.7 percent
  Industry- includes accounting and finance areas 9.1 percent
  Investment Banking 4.5 percent
  Law School 4.5 percent
  Financial Accounting Standards Board 4.5 percent

Hiring Companies

  JP Morgan Chase

Geographic Location by City

A little over sixty percent of the class of 2013 chose to stay in Columbus, Ohio. The remainder of the 2013 class began their careers in the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Findlay, Norwalk, CT, and New York, NY.