The Orfalea College of Business is considered a preferred school by recruiters at top accounting firms. Our program prepares students for careers in professional service firms, industry and governments.
About Accounting & Law
The Accounting & Law Area is recognized as a significant source of accounting graduates in California at both the undergraduate and the graduate level.
The area offers an undergraduate concentration in Accounting as well as a Master of Science in Accounting; students have the option of specializing in Taxation or Financial Accounting. The Master of Science with an emphasis in Financial Accounting will allow graduates to meet the licensure requirements that become effective January 2014.
Professional guidance on current practices is provided by the Accounting Area Advisory Board, which meets twice each year. Other outside assistance is provided by donors, who support student scholarships and faculty fellowships.
Services are furnished by the Accounting Area to low income taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program which operates in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) provides representation of low income taxpayers for tax disputes. The clinic also operates an educational outreach program for taxpayers for whom English is their second language.
Each year the Cal Poly Accounting Club puts on three professional recruiting events, Fall Symposium (held annually in early October for students recruiting for full-time jobs), Careers in Accounting Day (held annually in early December for students recruiting for internships) and the Spring Awards Banquet (held annually in mid-May).