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Beacom School of Business Hosts Virtual Summer Accounting Institute

The Summer Accounting Institutes featured in a Zoom call. The Beacom School of Business hosted a virtual Summer Accounting Institute this year for high school sophomores and juniors interested in accounting or business.

VERMILLION, S.D. – High school students from across the nation attended this year’s University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business Summer Accounting Institute that was held virtually July 13-15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event provided students with the opportunity to learn about the accounting profession and 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, Deloitte, KPMG and Daktronics.

“Though we typically host a number of students from the Midwest each year, we were able to reach a wider audience from further away, including from New York and New Jersey, because we held the institute virtually,” said accounting instructor Erin Cornelsen. “The Summer Accounting Institute is a great way to introduce students to the world of accounting in a fun and informative way.”

“The Summer Accounting Institute was the best high school summer program I have attended," said Megha Bala, a participant in the institute. "It was so professionally done and rich with information and knowledge on accounting as a career and major. It was a great learning experience, and it opened my mind to what USD has to offer. I am eager to visit and hope to do so during my senior year.”

The following students were awarded $500 scholarships:

  • Olivia Atkinson from Rochester, Minnesota
  • Katherine Konda from Sherman, South Dakota
  • BriAnna Linn from Letcher, South Dakota

Scholarships to the annual institute are available by contacting the USD Beacom School of Business. High school sophomores and juniors interested in accounting or business are eligible to attend.


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.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News