Unless you go to a target school, just do accounting. The material is actually a lot more boring than finance, but you'll have a much easier time finding a job. And once you get some work experience you can actually move into finance positions. Whatever you do, be sure to go to your university's career center early and try to formulate goals and a plan to figure out what you want after you graduate and how you're going to get there. People who complain about not getting jobs are the ones who NEVER made an appointment with the career advisers... your tuition is paying their salary so might as well use their services. Get on whatever mailing list the career center has and check your school's job database frequently.
full disclosre: i'm an accounting major.
EDIT: also, just to emphasize the importance of going to your career center... it can be very helpful to have a good relationship with the career advisers at your school because if they always see you, see you at career events, and see you always representing yourself in a way that they feel is the image that they want to project to employers at your school, they can put you onto opportunities that you might not find out about otherwise or have to be invited to. stuff like getting invited as a student ambassador for wealthy alums/visitors and show them around campus and have lunch with them. or they might select you for pilot programs that they're trying for the first time.
i've learned now that i'm almost done with my undergrad business degree is that SOFT SKILLS MATTER A LOT for business schools and what kind of job you get afterwards. know the people in your business school who can pull the right strings for you and it can be very beneficial. I know people who have close to 4.00 GPAs and don't have anything lined up for after graduation. And I know people with slightly over 3.00 GPAs (always keep your GPA above 3.00 tho) who have very nice consulting jobs lined up, people with 3.20s who broke into investment banking, etc. It's all soft skills. It's not that GPA doesn't matter at all but it doesn't matter beyond a point... different employers have different GPA policies but even the most sought after employers on campus don't really care as long as it's over 3.5... most are lower probably 3.2 looks good, and others really don't care as long as it's over 3.0. once you meet the cutoff it's all networking...
Last edited by Shazam; 04-18-2012 at 12:57 PM..