A Utica College education is more than a transformative four years—it's a clear pathway to future success. UC grads go on to successful careers in today's top fields. For accounting student Kelly Griffiths '17, courses rooted in real-world experience led to an internship with one of the area's top accounting firms. Next up: an accounting career with huge growth potential.
Why UC: My uncle and aunt graduated from Utica College, and they had amazing experiences here. I’ve heard a lot of good stories about UC over the years. When I visited, I liked the campus and the community feeling. Everything about UC was positive.
Major Decisions: I love numbers, so accounting interested me. I’m a super detail-oriented person, and once I started taking auditing classes, I realized how much it fit my personality. The way our professors teach is really hands-on. We study real-life cases that we actually audit. In class the other day, we audited a pharmaceutical company, looking at their revenue cycle to determine if there’s any fraud. It’s exciting, because you’re not just learning terms from a textbook.
"Accounting classes are exciting, because you’re not just learning terms from a textbook."
Summer Days: The summer before my junior year, I got an internship with D’Arcangelo and Co., a regional accounting firm with a branch in Utica. I learned a lot really quickly. They offered me the same internship the next summer, and before the start of my senior year, I was offered a full-time position as a staff accountant on the auditing side. I start in June, and I know I’ll love it there. It’s a great environment.
"Before the start of my senior year, I was offered a full-time position as a staff accountant after I graduate."
The Accounting Family: Because UC is a smaller school, the accounting program is like a family. I’ve been in class with the same group of people since the beginning. We’ve formed close friendships. The professors are part of that family, too. They know us all by name and have been so helpful along the way.
Learn more about Utica College's accounting program here.