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Incoming Students

Welcome to the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy at San Diego State University.

The purpose of this webpage is to help students prepare to enter the accounting major by bringing the following important items to attention:

Recruiting: The job search process begins when you become a student in the Lamden School.  Now is the time to review/revise your resume using the templates created specifically for undergraduate and graduate accounting students. On-campus recruiting by CPA firms, corporations, and government agencies primarily occurs in the Fall semester for upper division and graduate students and in the Spring semester for lower division students.  See the 2018-19 Recruiting Timeline for details. For all information regarding on-campus recruiting, check out SDSU Career Services Accounting Recruitment.

CPA Exam: If you plan to become a CPA after graduation, review the information from the California State Board of Accountancy regarding CPA Educational Requirements.  Understanding the CPA educational requirements will enable you to make better course selection choices throughout your time at SDSU.

Career Paths: There is a wide variety of career paths in the accounting profession and understanding what you want is critical for recruiting and curriculum decisions.  Check out the following short videos to learn about careers in Assurance (Auditing), Risk Assurance (Advisory), Taxation, and Management Accounting.

Academic Expectations:  Grade point average (GPA) is one of the main screening factors when recruiters select students for on-campus interviews.  The academic expectations (e.g., homework volume, exam difficulty, etc.) in the accounting major are generally much higher than at the lower division and community colleges.  Key elements to successfully managing this transition are balancing your non-school commitments and being able to adapt your learning strategies to this new academic environment.  If you have any questions about academic advising, contact the Fowler College of Business Center for Student Success.

Networking:  Building a network and connections is essential in the accounting profession.  This begins on campus, and one of the best ways to establish a network is by getting involved with student and campus organizations.   Check out the three accounting student organizations at SDSU: ALPFA, Beta Alpha Psi, and Student Accounting Society.  If you have a U.S. military connection (e.g., service member, veteran, military family member), check out the Joan and Art Baron Veterans Center.

Sample of Employers: The following is a sample of employers that recruit accounting students on campus.

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