Accounting Major

Accounting majors studying at George Fox, a Christian college

Now more than ever, businesses need high-quality accountants. As an accounting major at George Fox, you’ll receive a Christian college education that will yield career opportunities for a lifetime.

Our accounting classes stress oral and written communication skills and group problem-solving, along with the importance of professional responsibility, ethics and servant leadership. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to find work in the public, corporate, governmental and nonprofit arenas. Several of our graduates are employed by major accounting firms. Still others are employed in government and private industry or enrolled in graduate school.

Our graduates also have an impressive track record. George Fox ranked 36th out of 244 institutions of our size for the pass rate of our graduates on the CPA exam, according to data released in 2013 by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

Request more information about the accounting major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs and Internships

The accounting major at George Fox integrates the academic discipline with Christian values.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for accountants and auditors are expected to grow 10 percent between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As the economy grows, more workers should be needed to prepare and examine financial records.

  • KPMG
  • PricewaterHouseCoopers
  • Ernst & Young
  • Deloitte
  • Delap
  • Moss Adams
  • Partner, Geffen Mersher & Company
  • Grant Thornton
  • Jones & Roth
  • AKT
  • Pauly Rogers and Co.
  • Scentsy, Inc.
  • PPM Technologies
  • KPMG, Portland
  • PricewaterHouseCoopers, Portland
  • Deloitte, Portland
  • Siemens Transportation Systems, Portland
  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Parsons & Germer CPAs, Portland
  • SP Newsprint Co., Newberg, Ore.
  • Duck Pond Cellars, Dundee, Ore.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Preparation:
    This course is offered in conjunction with the IRS and the AARP. Students receive the skills and training necessary to prepare individual income tax returns, and then offer free tax preparation and e-filing services to low-tomoderate income individuals in the greater Newberg community.
  • Internal control consulting projects:
    As a required part of the Auditing class, students are required to solicit a local business for a free evaluation of internal control design and risks. The students deliver a final product that includes a written letter of recommendations as well as a finalized copy of the business’ internal control procedures and flow chart.

In the News

Seth Sikkema, accounting professor, overseeing the Tax-Aide program

Tax-Aide program provides tangible service to community

Once again, the university’s accounting department provided free tax preparation and e-filing assistance this spring, and more than 100 community members took advantage of the offer.

The Tax-Aide program, overseen by accounting professor Seth Sikkema, is especially geared toward senior citizens, students, individuals with lower incomes, and those with limited English proficiency. But anyone – outside of those whose return is deemed too complicated – is eligible for assistance.

The benefit is twofold: It’s a tangible way the university can provide a service to the community, and it gives accounting students valuable experience in working with the public and fine-tuning their accounting skills. The program also allows for students to bond with professors, as faculty members annually join the effort. Volunteers offered their services to staff four six-hour shifts spanning two Fridays and two Saturdays.

Student Experiences

Alex OpBroek “The accounting major and career path is nothing like the bland picture many have assumed it to be. One of the best parts of the field and George Fox's involvement in it is the recruiting process. No other major's career opportunities compare to accounting. During the recruiting process you'll actually have to start turning down networking opportunities because there are far too many to choose from!”

- Alex OpBroek

Yueyang 'Christine' Wang ( finance & accounting ), PricewaterhouseCoopers “George Fox has nourished me in my professionalism. With the help of my professors and classmates, I have developed skills such as time management, multitasking, research, critical thinking and networking. I am excited to see how I can refine these skills, develop new skills, and use my gifts to fulfill God’s calling.”

- Yueyang 'Christine' Wang ( finance & accounting ), PricewaterhouseCoopers

Points of Distinction


Our small classes allow students to benefit from frequent one-to-one mentoring. The university’s 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio allows for plenty of personal attention.


Students take a liberal-arts curriculum that helps broaden perspectives and contributes to an appreciation and understanding of all aspects of society. All classes are taught from a Christian worldview where faith is integrated with learning.

Personal growth

We offer a network of alumni in positions of responsibility throughout the world.


Our professors are current in their fields and care about each student who comes through the door. Instructors are accessible both inside and outside the classroom.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Global Management Challenge

Each year, our business majors have the opportunity to compete in this team competition that uses management simulations to test students' corporate decision-making skills.

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.