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Accounting Schools in Illinois

pMaintaining organized finances is essential for any business, from one-man entrepreneurial ventures to global Fortune 500 firms. Accounting professionals give companies a clear picture of their finances, so they can make effective business decisions moving forward. This can include preparing taxes, performing audits, and a host of other services.

Possible career paths for graduates of accounting schools in Illinois include becoming a bookkeeper or Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Some accounting grads may move into related positions, such as financial analyst or budget analyst. With enough experience and education, an accounting background may even help individuals rise to executive management or become a college professor.

Accounting programs are traditionally available at several levels, from associate to master's degree, depending on the school or university. Additionally, programs may be offered in several formats, including campus-based, online-only or in hybrid format, which combines both campus-based and online learning.

Illinois Schools: Accounting Programs

As of 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics lists 100 colleges and universities in Illinois that offer accounting-related programs (nces.gov, 2013). These programs fall into one or more of the following categories: accounting, accounting and business/management, accounting and finance, accounting technology and bookkeeping, accounting and other related services, auditing.

Name

City

School Website

University Type

Net Price

American InterContinental University-Online

Schaumburg

www.aiuniv.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$18,067

Augustana College

Rock Island

www.augustana.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$23,548

Aurora University

Aurora

www.aurora.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,406

Benedictine University

Lisle

www.ben.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,383

BIR Training Center

Chicago

www.birtraining.edu

< 2-year, Private for-profit

$10,414

Black Hawk College

Moline

www.bhc.edu

2-year, Public

$4,898

Blackburn College

Carlinville

www.blackburn.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$13,444

Bradley University

Peoria

www.bradley.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$24,155

Carl Sandburg College

Galesburg

www.sandburg.edu

2-year, Public

$4,005

Chicago ORT Technical Institute

Skokie

www.zg-ort.edu

2-year, Private not-for-profit

$11,617

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

Chicago

www.ccc.edu/colleges/washington/Pages/default.aspx

2-year, Public

$4,724

City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College

Chicago

ccc.edu/colleges/truman/pages/default.aspx

2-year, Public

$7,090

City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College

Chicago

www.ccc.edu/colleges/kennedy/pages/default.aspx

2-year, Public

$8,753

City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College

Chicago

ccc.edu/colleges/olive-harvey/pages/default.aspx

2-year, Public

$7,328

City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College

Chicago

ccc.edu/colleges/daley/pages/default.aspx

2-year, Public

$4,967

City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College

Chicago

ccc.edu/colleges/wright/pages/default.aspx

2-year, Public

$4,723

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn

www.cod.edu

2-year, Public

$7,428

College of Lake County

Grayslake

WWW.CLCILLINOIS.EDU

2-year, Public

$4,821

Computer Systems Institute

Skokie

www.csinow.com

< 2-year, Private for-profit

$19,213

Concordia University-Chicago

River Forest

www.cuchicago.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,014

Danville Area Community College

Danville

www.dacc.edu

2-year, Public

$5,677

DePaul University

Chicago

www.depaul.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$27,561

Dominican University

River Forest

www.dom.edu/

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,124

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston

www.eiu.edu

4-year, Public

$15,528

Elgin Community College

Elgin

www.elgin.edu

2-year, Public

$4,840

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst

public.elmhurst.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,300

Eureka College

Eureka

www.eureka.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,055

Fox College Inc

Bedford Park

www.foxcollege.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$16,670

Governors State University

University Park

www.govst.edu

4-year, Public

NA

Greenville College

Greenville

www.greenville.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,661

Harper College

Palatine

www.harpercollege.edu

2-year, Public

$6,454

Heartland Community College

Normal

www.heartland.edu

2-year, Public

$6,779

Hebrew Theological College

Skokie

www.htc.edu/

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$29,333

Highland Community College

Freeport

www.highland.edu

2-year, Public

$5,413

Illinois Central College

East Peoria

www.icc.edu

2-year, Public

$5,368

Illinois College

Jacksonville

www.ic.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,438

Illinois State University

Normal

illinoisstate.edu/

4-year, Public

$16,293

Illinois Valley Community College

Oglesby

www.ivcc.edu

2-year, Public

$6,979

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington

www.iwu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$28,434

John A Logan College

Carterville

www.jalc.edu

2-year, Public

$2,838

John Wood Community College

Quincy

www.jwcc.edu

2-year, Public

$6,835

Joliet Junior College

Joliet

www.jjc.edu

2-year, Public

$5,715

Judson University

Elgin

www.judsonu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$22,417

Kankakee Community College

Kankakee

www.kcc.edu

2-year, Public

$8,315

Kaskaskia College

Centralia

www.kaskaskia.edu

2-year, Public

$5,833

Lake Land College

Mattoon

www.lakeland.cc.il.us

2-year, Public

$4,849

Lewis and Clark Community College

Godfrey

www.lc.edu

2-year, Public

$4,887

Lewis University

Romeoville

www.lewisu.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,638

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago

www.luc.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$29,671

MacCormac College

Chicago

www.maccormac.edu

2-year, Private not-for-profit

$18,276

MacMurray College

Jacksonville

www.mac.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$15,870

McHenry County College

Crystal Lake

www.mchenry.edu

2-year, Public

$4,374

McKendree University

Lebanon

www.mckendree.edu/prospective/admissions/index.aspx

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$16,450

Midstate College

Peoria

www.midstate.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$20,141

Millikin University

Decatur

www.millikin.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,765

Monmouth College

Monmouth

www.monmouthcollege.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,996

Moraine Valley Community College

Palos Hills

www.morainevalley.edu

2-year, Public

$4,336

Morton College

Cicero

www.morton.edu

2-year, Public

$4,785

National Louis University

Chicago

www.nl.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,275

North Central College

Naperville

northcentralcollege.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$22,434

North Park University

Chicago

www.northpark.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$20,568

Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago

www.neiu.edu/

4-year, Public

$14,895

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb

www.niu.edu

4-year, Public

$18,552

Northwestern College

Chicago

www.NorthwesternCollege.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$23,241

Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus

Bridgeview

www.NorthwesternCollege.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

NA

Northwestern University

Evanston

www.northwestern.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$28,868

Oakton Community College

Des Plaines

www.oakton.edu

2-year, Public

$5,755

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais

www.olivet.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$19,929

Parkland College

Champaign

www.parkland.edu

2-year, Public

$5,076

Prairie State College

Chicago Heights

www.prairiestate.edu

2-year, Public

$3,634

Quincy University

Quincy

www.quincy.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$16,519

Rasmussen College-Illinois

Rockford

rasmussen.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

$18,417

Richland Community College

Decatur

www.richland.edu

2-year, Public

$6,588

Robert Morris University Illinois

Chicago

www.robertmorris.edu/

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,929

Rock Valley College

Rockford

www.rockvalleycollege.edu

2-year, Public

$5,169

Rockford University

Rockford

www.rockford.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$22,056

Roosevelt University

Chicago

www.roosevelt.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$27,723

Saint Augustine College

Chicago

www.staugustine.edu

4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit

$7,746

Saint Xavier University

Chicago

WWW.SXU.EDU

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$16,111

Sauk Valley Community College

Dixon

www.svcc.edu

2-year, Public

$6,785

Shawnee Community College

Ullin

www.shawneecc.edu

2-year, Public

$9,469

SOLEX College

Wheeling

www.solex.edu/

2-year, Private for-profit

NA

South Suburban College

South Holland

www.ssc.edu/

2-year, Public

$4,995

Southeastern Illinois College

Harrisburg

www.sic.edu

2-year, Public

$8,124

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale

www.siu.edu

4-year, Public

$13,537

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville

www.siue.edu

4-year, Public

$14,294

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville

www.swic.edu

2-year, Public

$7,903

Taylor Business Institute

Chicago

www.tbiil.edu

2-year, Private for-profit

$16,594

Trinity Christian College

Palos Heights

www.trnty.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$22,851

Triton College

River Grove

www.triton.edu

2-year, Public

$4,813

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago

www.uic.edu/index.html/

4-year, Public

$11,932

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield

www.uis.edu

4-year, Public

$13,513

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign

www.illinois.edu/

4-year, Public

$16,495

University of St Francis

Joliet

www.stfrancis.edu

4-year, Private not-for-profit

$17,322

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove

www.waubonsee.edu

2-year, Public

$5,168

Western Illinois University

Macomb

www.wiu.edu

4-year, Public

$15,088

Westwood College-Chicago Loop

Chicago

www.westwood.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$26,355

Westwood College-Dupage

Woodridge

www.westwood.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$22,821

Westwood College-O'Hare Airport

Chicago

www.westwood.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$26,700

Westwood College-River Oaks

Calumet City

www.westwood.edu

4-year, Private for-profit

$24,307

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2013, College Navigator, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Certification and Licensing Requirements for Illinois Accountants

Accountants with professional certification, especially Certified Public Accountants (CPA), may find better employment prospects, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/ooh, 2012). In fact, an accountant must be a CPA to file a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). To obtain a CPA license from a state, accountants must pass the Uniform CPA Examination and meet state-specific requirements.

According to the Illinois Board of Examiners, applicants in the state must have earned at least a bachelor's degree and completed 150 semester hours of postsecondary coursework from an approved school, with 30 hours in accounting and at least 24 in non-accounting business subjects. The Illinois CPA Society states that CPA applicants also must have worked full-time for a year providing accounting, consulting or advisory services. Lastly, candidates must pass the ethics examination course provided by the American Institute of CPAs. Once licensed, CPAs must take continuing education courses to renew their licenses at regular intervals.

For complete details and the latest CPA requirements, contact the Illinois Board of Examiners.

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Accounting Schools in Illinois

Graduates with accounting degrees in Illinois who wish to stay in the state may find a range of accounting-related job opportunities awaiting them, especially near Chicago. According to the BLS, nearly 70 percent of state's 41,910 accountants and auditors in May 2012 were concentrated in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metropolitan area, which had the fourth-highest employment level in the nation for these occupations (bls.gov/oes, 2013).

All of the "Big Four" accounting firms -- Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers -- have a presence in Chicago. Firms such as ORBA, Sikich, and Wolf Financial Group are also headquartered in the state. More information on these and other accounting firms in Illinois can be found below.

Accounting Firms in Illinois

City

Website

Baker Tilly

Chicago

bakertilly.com

BDO

Chicago

bdo.com

Bodtke & Stewart

Peoria

bodtkestewart.com

CliftonLarsonAllen

Belleville, Champaign, and 9 others

cliftonlarsonallen.com

Deloitte

Chicago

deloitte.com

Dugan & Lopatka

Wheaton

duganlopatka.com

Ernst & Young

Chicago

ey.com

Grant Thornton

Chicago, Oakbrook Terrace, Schaumburg

grantthornton.com

Horwich Coleman Levin

Chicago

horwich.com

Kemper CPA Group

Champaign, Effingham, and 7 others

kempercpa.com

Kessler Orlean Silver & Co.

Deerfield

koscpa.com

KPMG

Chicago

kpmg.com

Kutchins, Robbins, & Diamond

Schaumburg

krdcpas.com

McGladrey

Chicago, Schaumburg, and 5 others

mcgladrey.com

Miller Cooper & Co.

Chicago, Deerfield

millercooper.com

Mowery & Schoenfeld

Lincolnshire

msllc.com

Mueller

Elgin

muellercpa.com

ORBA

Chicago

orba.com

Plante Moran

Chicago, Elgin

plantemoran.com

PwC

Chicago

pwc.com

Rickhoff & Associates

O'Fallon

rickhoff.com

Sikich

Chicago, Dekatur, Naperville

sikich.com

SS&G

Chicago, Skokie

ssandg.com

Whetman Bernfield

Buffalo Grove

welmanbernfield.com

Wolf & Company

Chicago, Oakbrook Terrace

wolfcpa.com

Employment Outlook for Accounting Careers in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Employment Security expects many accounting-related occupations to experience job growth between 2010 and 2020 (ides.illinois.gov, 2013). Accountant and auditor jobs should represent nearly 14 percent of all new business and financial operations positions created during this time.

Combined with professionals leaving the workforce, 1,500 job openings should be available each year for accountants and auditors. In August 2013, Chicago was named the 9th best city to find a finance job by Accounting Principals, a national staffing agency (reuters.com, 2013). For additional job outlook and salary information on accounting-related professions, see the table below.

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage, Illinois (May 2012)

Mean Annual Wage, United States (May 2012)

Projected State Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Projected National Employment Growth, 2010-2020

Accountants and Auditors

$72,980

$71,040

11%

16%

Cost Estimators

$65,800

$63,080

16%

36%

Budget Analysts

$74,740

$72,100

8%

10%

Credit Analysts

$72,060

$69,500

26%

23%

Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerks

$37,350

$36,640

7%

14%

Financial Examiners

$83,090

$84,220

21%

27%

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

$75,140

$56,050

-2%

7%

Financial Analysts

$80,890

$89,410

21%

23%

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013; Illinois Department of Employment Security, 2013

* Salaries and employment opportunities may vary based on experience, education, location and other factors.

Sources:

Accountants and Auditors, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm

Accountants and Auditors, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Illinois Board of Examiners

http://www.ilboa.org/

Illinois, State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_il.htm

Licensing and Registration, Illinois CPA Society

http://www.icpas.org/hc-certification.aspx?id=110

National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm

Employment Projections, Illinois Department of Employment Security

http://www.ides.illinois.gov/page.aspx?item=911

"Accounting Principals Identifies Top Cities for Finance Professionals," PR Newswire via Reuters, Aug. 20, 2013

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/20/accounting-principles-idUSnPNCG66486+1e0+PRN20130820

National Employment by Occupation, Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

http://bls.gov/emp/ep_table_102.htm

 

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