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USD Summer Accounting Institute Attracts Record Participation

Photo of students at the Summer Accounting Institute at the Beacom School of Business. Thirty high school students from across the country attended the 11th annual Summer Accounting Institute, hosted by the Beacom School of Business.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Summer Accounting Institute, hosted by the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota, attracted 30 high school students from across the country to learn about the accounting profession and opportunities within the accounting field. This was the largest turn-out in the 11-year history of the institute.

The five-day event featured lectures and presentations from USD faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Beacom School of Business. Program attendees also had the opportunity to visit with representatives from local, regional and national employers, including Eide Baily, Daktronics and the South Dakota Investment Council.

Attendees stay in USD dorms during the event, and enjoy social programs as well as more formal learning sessions. Scholarships to the annual institute –including the 2019 event- are available by contacting the Beacom School of Business at USD. High school sophomores and juniors interested in accounting or business are eligible to attend.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.