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"The WKU Accounting Program prepared me with the necessary technical and personal skills needed to be successful in the career of public accounting. As early as sophomore year, I was being exposed to the Big Four accounting firms through recommendations from professors for their leadership programs. Throughout the years, I was able to develop a crucial relationship with many professionals from local, regional, and national accounting firms through Beta Alpha Psi and establishing a personal relationship with the professors. As a result of the long-term networking, I was fortunate enough to have several job offers to pick from before graduation. Furthermore, the course work I received as an undergraduate and graduate student fully prepared me for passing all four parts of the CPA exam within a 3 month span. I am happy to say that no new information was thrown my way when studying for the exam. As one of the first graduates of the PPA (Accouning JUMP program) and Masters in Accountancy Program, I highly recommend taking this path. This program was very helpful with the CPA, as it reviews many early undergraduate classes, and also provides a more in-depth analysis. Choosing WKU for my education was not only a great decision, it was a blessing!"

Morgan Johnson (Accounting JUMP graduate – B.S. in Accounting and Master of Accountancy 2013)
McGladrey LLP, Indianapolis


Shaunna Cornwell, CPA"As a WKU Accounting Alumni (2004 Graduate) – I have a HUGE regard and respect for your program. Toughest 4 years of my life – but WKU's accounting program did so much more than educate me – it truly prepared me for any career path I wanted to travel. WKU educates and produces some of the most talented accountants I've had the liberty work with."

Shaunna R. Cornwell, CPA
Finance Director
City of Franklin


Chris RyanThe Accounting Program at WKU has allowed me to fulfill my dream of living and working in New York City. The department provides exposure to local, regional, and international CPA firms as well as companies within a variety of industries. This gives you face time with real professionals in the accounting field. So, I was able to focus my job search to firms that aligned with my career goals. The recruiting process can be very demanding, but the faculty members are there with you every step of the way to encourage and motivate you in your job search. I was fortunate enough to take on a leadership role within our accounting organization Beta Alpha Psi. This allowed me to develop a crucial faculty relationship with Mrs. Henson, who mentored me throughout the recruiting process and in my role with BAP. The accounting program provided me not only the technical skills, but also the soft skills to succeed in today's competitive job market. I encourage you to take advantage of everything the accounting program at WKU has to offer and make the smart choice for your future.

- Christopher Ryan, KPMG


Shannon Smith

The WKU Accounting Program provided me with an extensive knowledge base that placed me ahead of the curve when I began working for Ernst & Young.  The courses that I took fully prepared me for the challenges in my new role and allowed me to pass all 4 sections of the CPA exam on the first attempt.  I am very happy that I chose WKU and could not have asked for a better college experience - Go Tops!

- Shannon Smith, Assurance Services at Ernst & Young LLC


Dee DanielsUpon entering the WKU accounting program I initially sought a bachelors degree to advance my career in accounting. I have come away with so much more than a "piece of paper" and it is all thanks to the encouragement and support I found in every professor in the WKU Accounting Department. Education is the key to success and I'm so glad I chose WKU.

-Dee Daniels, Houchens Industries, Inc.


Zach Gentry An accounting degree from WKU provided me with a strong foundation to start my career.  The challenging curriculum, supportive professors and staff, and participation in Beta Alpha Psi all helped me prepare to gain successful entry into the accounting profession and to pass the CPA exam. I can look back now and say that my time in the accounting program at WKU was a worthwhile investment. 

-Zach Gentry, Crowe Horwath LLP


Matt KieserThe accounting program at WKU provided me with the knowledge base and skills needed to succeed in my current role as a Staff Accountant at Tennessee Hospital Association, Inc. (THA). The coursework, along with the help of the Accounting Department allowed me to achieve my goals in a competitive job market upon graduation.  Financial Accounting courses at WKU can be a challenge, but knowledge gained from those challenges helped me to persevere through daily job assignments here at THA. I can honestly say that the professors are very helpful in the classroom and in the real world. I would highly recommend the accounting program at WKU to anyone who is considering it in their future. WKU!

-Matt Kieser, Tennessee Hospital Association, Inc.


Jimmy FavermanThe accounting program at WKU gave me the knowledge base needed to conquer not only one, but two certifications in short order after graduations, the CPA and CMA.  I learned early on that the faculty absolutely love what they do and will do anything they can to give you the edge needed to succeed in today's ever changing business environment.  Due to the tools I gained in the accounting program, I now have a level of job security that few can claim and an unprecedented freedom to pursue my other interests as I see fit. Hilltoppers Rock!

-Jimmy Faverman, SVP Worldwide


Carolyn HaganWKU is a great place to find your future. The educators have high standards; they made me reach farther than I imagined possible. My advisor was amazing. She helped me keep the faith on a few occasions when I felt like giving up.  Many great people have trod the "Hill". I count myself lucky to be among those who have had the privilege of the climb. Because of the great accounting program offered there, I have a much richer life. Many thanks to all who made that possible, especially the professors and staff of the accounting department.

-Carolyn Hagan, Citizens Bank

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