For questions regarding general admissions to the college please see our Admissions page, program-related frequently asked questions are listed below.
Why study Accounting?
Accounting is "the language of business" since all business people use it to communicate. Wherever there are businesses, there are accountants. All business organizations, non-profits and government entities need accurate accounting records. This means that accounting jobs are available in almost every U.S. city, large or small.
Studying accounting gives the accounting student a broad business education. People who study accounting can go on to a variety of careers, anywhere from accounting clerk to CEO. Some common examples include private accountant, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), tax specialist, auditor, governmental accountant, financial planner, estate planner, full-charge bookkeeper, and forensic accountant, just to name a few. Forensic accounting is the study of fraudulent financial activity where the forensic accountant reviews, records and provides evidence for the prosecution of criminals. Many people who plan on starting a business, even if it's not an accounting or bookkeeping business, take accounting classes so they know how to accurately track accounting information to ensure they are running an efficient business while maximizing profitability.
Accounting careers are also lucrative. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for bookkeepers, accountants and auditing clerks were $32,510 in May 2008. More Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) have degrees in accounting than any other area of study. According to the AFL-CIO, CEOs of S&P 500 companies had an average total compensation of $9,246,697 in 2009.
When can I begin this program and what are the requirements to apply?
We admit students Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. The only requirement for this program is an application of admissions to the college.
How do I update or change my program of study?
Submit a Change of Program form to the Enrollment Services office, West Building, W201. You can obtain this form from the Redmond campus Front Desk or at the Enrollment Services office.
Is there an evening program?
Currently there is no evening track for students to complete their degree or certificate but we offer some evening classes at both Redmond and Kirkland campuses. Talk to your faculty adviser if you are interested in an evening track.
Where are my classes located?
The Accounting program is housed at the Redmond campus, 6505 176th Avenue NE Redmond, WA 98052. The majority of your classes will be located there, but you will have the option to take some of your classes at the Kirkland campus.
Who is my faculty adviser?
Your faculty adviser is generally a faculty member in your program. The Accounting faculty adviser is Rex Jacobsen.
What is the cost for the degree or certificate program?
The estimated program costs can be found on the Estimated Program Tuition page.
What classes should I take first?
A suggested course sequence worksheet is found under the Resources section of the Accounting program page. You should plan to take your prerequisites first, before enrolling in your class. For example, the prerequisites for ACCT 111 are MATH 070 and ENGL 093 or equivalent placement test scores; these classes need to be taken prior to registering for ACCT 111.
Can I transfer my credits from another college into this program?
Yes, technical and general education credits from another college can be applied to the Accounting program. You must submit an official transcript from your previous college or university to the Enrollment Services office, West Building, W201. Please visit Transfer to LWIT for more information.
Can I substitute some classes?
Yes, all course substitutions must be approved by the faculty adviser and the dean of your program. You can obtain a Course Substitution form from the Redmond campus Front Desk or at the Enrollment Services office, West Building, W201.
What if I do not meet the prerequisites for a particular class?
It is recommended that you complete the prerequisites assigned for each class, please talk to your faculty adviser if you feel that you meet this requirement through previous work experience or other coursework.
Quarterly Class Schedules are available online. For an electronic copy of the Accounting Annual Projection Schedule, go to the main Accounting program page and an updated version of this pdf will be available on the right sidebar under More Information. Annual Projected Schedules for Accounting are also posted in the Accounting classrooms at Redmond campus.
Can I apply for multiple degree or certificates at graduation?
Yes, if you meet the requirements for your degree or certificate then you can request both at the time of your application.
How can I find more about the Accounting degree and certificates program?
You can browse through our Accounting Program pages, talk to the faculty adviser, ask a general Adviser at the Kirkland campus or visit our Redmond campus Front Desk.
How do I check my progress toward my degree?
You can run a Degree Audit to find a list of courses that you have not met the requirements for through the Student Toolbox.
Where can I go for advising?
You can visit the Advising Office at the main campus, West Building, W207 for general advising questions or you can make an appointment with your faculty adviser, Rex Jacobsen for program-related questions.