Students who wish to pursue an accounting degree at Old Westbury must first be admitted into the College’s School of Business. Admission to any of the academic departments within the School of Business is a separate process from that of admission to the College. The College admission process is conducted through the Office of Enrollment Services and requires that official copies of all prior transcripts be sent directly to the Office of Enrollment Services.
Students may seek admission to the School of Business through the Office of the Undergraduate Programs once they have completed at least 32 undergraduate credits. Admission to the Accounting program requires a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above. The main objective of this program is to provide analytical skills and knowledge to enter any branch of the accounting profession with the primary focus of students' studies in the area of Public Accounting.
Graduates with an accounting degree will competitively qualify for positions in public accounting, private accounting, government and not-for-profit organizations. While the College offers a B.S. degree in accounting, a student who wishes to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State must now meet a more extensive education requirement. This generally requires completion of a 150-credit hour program of study. Students who complete both their B.S. degree in Accounting and either their M.S. degree in Accounting or M.S. degree in Taxation at Old Westbury will satisfy this requirement. The national CPA exam provides an objective evaluation of the preparation level of students for public accounting.