Students gain a solid foundation of accounting technical expertise and business insights, develop research and communication skills, become sensitive to ethical business practices, and interact with accounting and business professional communities. Internships before graduation are also common.
Opportunities exist in public accounting, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Graduates may specialize in general accounting, taxation, or auditing. Other specializations exist in taxation, forensic accounting, and accounting systems, with professional certifications such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and many others.
The accounting program at UNL holds the most prestigious accreditation for accounting programs (AACSB), is ranked in the top 25 programs nationally for mid-size programs, and its students are heavily recruited by employers. Former students hold high positions in public accounting, industry and government. Membership in Beta Alpha Psi, a national honorary accounting organization, provides the students opportunities to interact with accounting professionals and to travel regionally and nationally.
Beta Alpha Psi, a national honorary organization of accounting and finance students. Internships are also available with international accounting firms, large corporations, and the government.
- Warren Buffett, though a business major and not specifically an accounting major, often remarks that accounting was the most useful course he took in college.
- Lynn Turner, former Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- James Kroeker, current Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Raymond Dein, former faculty member, President of the American Accounting Association.
The School of Accountancy maintains its own computer lab for graduate students.
The Public Accounting Report national ranking of Top 25 accounting programs places UNL's School of Accountancy undergraduate program 14th and its graduate program at 23rd for mid-size accounting programs.
The accounting program is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 175 accounting programs world-wide hold this accreditation including less than 20 percent of accounting programs in the United States.