Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy

Mission: Prepare accounting professionals to shape the global business environment
Vision: Promote an educational environment worthy of students’ and the accounting profession’s trust through:
  • Rigorous and engaging academic programs that enable students to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the global field of accounting
  • Core values of the accounting profession—ethics, technical competence, communication, and global perspective—embedded throughout our academic programs to provide the foundation for our students to positively affect the dynamic business environment
  • Research and interactions with the business community that benefit our students and extend our reach to academics and professionals around the world
  • The school is named after Dr. Charles W. Accounting 2014
    Lamden, who was the driving force in the founding of SDSU's College of Business Administration in 1955 and served as the college's first dean from 1955 to 1965
  • The school was the first accounting program in California and one of the first in the U.S. to gain accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1982.
  • Master of Science in Accoiuntancy (MSA) students ranked #2 in California on CPA exam pass rate in 2016 (top five since 2014).  Undergraduate students ranked #13 in California on CPA exam pass rate in 2016 (top 15 since 2014).
  • SDSU accounting alumni have gone on to either found or serve in executive level positions in Big 4 Accounting Frims as well as companies such as Volcom, Qualcomm, SAIC, Sempra Energy, San Diego Zoo, WD-40, Taylor Guitars, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Karl Strauss Brewery.
  • Three active students organizations on campus—ALPFA, Beta Alpha Psi, and Student Accounting Society
  • SDSU Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) has operated on campus for over 20 years, and prepares over 800 individual federal and state tax returns each year