North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose accounting at North Central College?

Our accounting degree will help you become professionally indispensable—one of those rare people who can analyze complex quantitative problems and explain them to everyone from CEOs to stockholders. You’ll learn to identify key economic issues affecting business strategy and interpret and prepare critical financial reports and analysis. Our professors also weave writing and presentation skills into every accounting course, so you’ll become a skilled communicator—and that will set you head and shoulders above your peers.

You can also:

  • Tackle real-world case studies, thanks to faculty partnerships with local businesses.
  • Concentrate in certified public accountant (CPA), certified management accountant (CMA) or corporate tracks.
  • Network with other students, alumni and guest speakers through the Student Accounting Society.
  • Work closely with professors who conduct original research and deliver conference presentations.
  • Complete the required 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA examination in Illinois and most other states in four years by working closely with your academic advisor, enrolling in summer coursework and completing advanced placement credits.
  • Participate in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
  • Get your master’s degree through the 5-year integrated accounting CPA/MBA track and be prepared to sit for the CPA exam.
  • Obtain extra help from a peer tutor—or become one yourself.


David Gray, associate professor of accounting
David Gray, North Central College associate professor and chair of accounting, gave a presentation at the American Accounting Association forum in Chicago.
International business students at North Central College help an Aurora manufacturer explore the exporting process.
North Central College has moved forward on yet another major renewable energy project, becoming a leader in solar photovoltaic arrays among small colleges.



  • Enterprise finance intern, Accenture, Chicago
  • Intern assistant to budget administration, Argonne National Laboratory, near Lemont, IL
  • Tax intern, McDonalds Corporation, Oak Brook, IL
  • Audit services intern, KPMG, Chicago
  • Tax intern, Walgreens, Northbrook, IL
  • Forensic Accounting intern, Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Chicago
  • Tax intern, Illinois Tool Works, Inc., Glenview, IL
  • Assurance Services intern, Grant Thorton, Chicago
  • International Tax Services Intern, Deloitte, Chicago

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in accounting have been accepted at:

  • Indiana University
  • DePaul University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • North Central College
  • Marquette University
  • Northern Illinois University


Recent graduates in accounting include:

  • Senior tax associate, McGladrey, Chicago
  • Audit associate, KPMG LLP, Chicago
  • Financial analyst, GE Capital, Chicago
  • Staff accountant II, OfficeMax, Naperville
  • Sales tax auditor, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Des Plaines, IL
  • Financial services tax staff, Ernst & Young, Chicago
  • Audit associate, Sikich, LLP, Naperville, IL
  • Audit assistant, Deloitte, Chicago
Accounting major

“I chose accounting to learn more about business and be prepared to own and operate my own business. I chose North Central so I could develop relationships with my professors and classmates and not be just another face in a crowd.”

From the start, Jessica discovered the many options for accounting majors through the Student Accounting Society (SAS). Involved her first year, she became the club’s vice president her senior year.

“It was through SAS events that I learned about the different career paths open to accountants. The club was a great way to make friends, work on group projects and network with professionals outside the school. Being an officer was one of my best experiences.”


Accounting major

Tony didn’t have to worry about job hunting as he approached his final months at North Central College. The accounting major had already accepted a full-time position, which started after graduation, in Deloitte’s global tax department.

Lots of hard work—plus a supportive faculty—set the Chicago native up for quick success.

“My professors played a crucial role in helping me get to where I am today,” says Tony, whose long-term goals include earning an MBA and becoming a partner in an accounting firm. “There’s an enormous amount of opportunity for a student who decides to major in accounting at North Central.”

Tony served as vice-president of the...

Accounting major

Joe Antonacci is the kind of person who puts his heart and soul into everything he does. Majoring in accounting, finance and economics, he’s worked for a financial planner at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and as an intern in the corporate tax department at Walgreen’s corporate offices in Deerfield, IL. This winter he interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers in corporate audits, working 70 hours a week while taking a night class.

Joe spent a semester at a larger university before returning to the Naperville area where he went to high school. He’s enjoyed the academic, athletic and service opportunities at North Central. “I went on a Habitat for Humanity trip for athletes last spring and traveled to Guatemala...

Accounting major

As a transfer student, Eric sought a four-year school that would advance his growing interests in accounting—and North Central College fit the bill.

Eric’s accounting degree provided a foundation for performing well in a variety of business fields. Exposure to networking and professional enhancement opportunities, first as a member of the Student Accounting Society and then as its treasurer, influenced this foundation.

Eric also credits North Central professors for their approachability and proximity. He appreciated their guidance, direction and encouragement when he had questions about his academics and career. His professors were always within arm’s reach.

“I had many questions about the...

Accounting '14

Christina Richardson has extended her accounting skills to groups across campus. A member of the Student Accounting Society, she has served as an accounting tutor, president to the leadership development co-curricular group LEVerage and a member of the Senior Class Gift Committee and the finance committee for Student Governing.

“If you are looking for a well-rounded college experience, North Central College is your place,” she says.

In addition to her on-campus involvement, Christina experienced several internships during her time at North Central, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and EY (Ernst & Young). Her EY internship resulted in an offer for a full-time position as a...