Why Hartwick?

Whether you want to become a CPA, work for the “Big Four” accounting firms, or the IRS, or learn the accounting skills that make any business successful, Hartwick will help you build your foundation with the hands-on practice and knowledge you need to succeed.

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Many Career Paths

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Experiential learning is at the heart of your success at Hartwick. From the start, you’ll examine and prepare real tax returns, using materials and publications directly from the IRS, to give you a genuine understanding of taxation and financial laws.

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Cross-collaboration with our Business Administration and Finance majors will give you a chance to see how these skills will apply to any workplace. And Hartwick’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) program could put you on the fast-track to a career with the IRS.

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Interested in becoming a CPA? Hartwick’s CPA track gives you the 150 credit hours of coursework, including 33 in accounting and 36 in general business electives that you need to sit for the CPA license – no additional classes, no Master’s degree needed. It all goes on your Digital Resume, showing employers that you have everything they’re looking for.


Hartwick is one of the IRS’ top-ranked sites for our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) where you’ll get real-world experience preparing taxes for people in need from local and national wide. These courses allow you to get multiple IRS certifications – including tax preparation for International assets, Foreign Scholars and Students under tax treaties, Supplemental Income and Loss with Rental, Partnership, and S Corp, and Military Income – all before you graduate. Certifications that make you an in-demand asset for any firm, from the “Big Four” to a small business.

You’ll have opportunities to study international accounting and business practices with J Term trips to China or Central Europe, or stay on campus and get that first IRS certification – even in your first year!

Your Career Coach will help you find internships that give you the off-campus work experience you need to succeed, and you can look to your Alumni Mentor to give you personalized guidance about how to navigate the workforce.


As soon as you arrive at Hartwick, your Success Coach and your Faculty Mentor will work alongside you to guide you towards the courses, certifications and experiences that will prepare you not only for your first job, but your dream job.

In addition to professional certifications, the VITA program helps you develop critical thinking and customer service skills, both valuable no matter where your degree takes you.

If you’re on the CPA track, Hartwick’s partnership with Becker Professional Education will get you ready with a reduced rate on the Becker CPA examination preparation courses.


Major Firms

Like Chris Janitz ‘21, now an assistant accountant at The Bonadio Group, Syracuse, a Top 50 National Accounting Firm. Janitz was a member of the inaugural VITA team and served as treasurer and President of the Tau-Phi Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.


Like Kyle Brady CPA ‘20, now a Senior Consultant at CrossCountry Consulting. Double majoring in Accounting and Business with a Finance minor prepared him to pass all four CPA exams, while J Terms in Portugal and Hawaii expanded his understanding of the world.


Like Lydia Marteney ‘21, now an Accounting Associate at Farm Credit East, ACA. A triple-major with Accounting, Business Administration and Anthropology, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with College Honors. In her senior year, Lydia interned at Farm Credit East and also served as a Hartwick Blue Key Ambassador and a tutor for Accounting courses.


Li Luo

CPA, Assistant Professor of Accounting & SPEC Partner & Site Coordinator of the IRS VITA/TCE Program

Pauline Stamp

Division Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor of Business Administration and Accounting Department

Aaron R. Stephens

Associate Professor of Business Administration and Department Chair


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