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2021 Best Value Colleges for Accounting

477 Colleges
53,997 Bachelor's Degrees
$22,716 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Accounting School for You

Best Value Colleges for AccountingIn 2018-2019, 53,997 accounting students received their bachelor's degrees, making the major the #7 most popular in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Accounting ranking looked at 477 colleges that offer a bachelor's in accounting. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on accounting schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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2021 Best Value Accounting Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Accounting Colleges for the Money.

Top 25 Best Value Accounting Schools

Our rankings recognize Brigham Young University - Provo as the #1 school in this year's rankings. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Provo. On top of its placing in our value rankings, BYU also did well on our Best Colleges for Accounting list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

It takes the average student at BYU about 5.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $12,239. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the BYU is $64,132. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, accounting majors at BYU accumulate an average of around $14,296 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $125.

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#2

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Elizabethtown College. Located in the large suburb of Elizabethtown, E - town is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at E - town graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $17,380 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from E - town is $70,910. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, accounting graduates from E - town take out $28,363 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#3

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY

Canisius College comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Canisius is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Buffalo.

It takes the average student at Canisius about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $18,574. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Canisius is $75,968. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Canisius take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,991. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $279.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Located in the city of La Crosse, UW - La Crosse is a public college with a large student population.

The average student at UW - La Crosse graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs about $19,185 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $85,373 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - La Crosse. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at UW - La Crosse take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,654. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $254.

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#5

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Our rankings recognize Florida State University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Florida State also did well on our Best Colleges for Accounting list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Florida State is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,233. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State is $115,196. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from Florida State carry an average student debtload of $21,083. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $219.

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#6

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Our rankings recognize Harding University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Searcy, Harding is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Harding to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,917. This means that the average student pays around $90,989 to get a bachelor’s degree from Harding. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from Harding carry an average student debtload of $26,974. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value accounting schools. USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tampa.

It takes the average student at USF Tampa about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,095. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa is $99,308. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from USF Tampa carry an average student debtload of $21,863. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Northern Illinois University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NIU is 4.6 years, and it costs about $20,171 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU is $92,181. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from NIU carry an average student debtload of $20,336. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $208.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value accounting schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at North Dakota State University is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,224. This means that the average student pays around $96,145 to get a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, accounting graduates from North Dakota State University take out $22,677 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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#10

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

SUNY Geneseo landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value accounting schools. SUNY Geneseo is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Geneseo. On top of its placing in our value rankings, SUNY Geneseo also did well on our Best Colleges for Accounting list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

It takes the average student at SUNY Geneseo about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $25,828 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo is $106,411. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

While working on their bachelor's, accounting majors at SUNY Geneseo accumulate an average of around $18,433 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $197.

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#11

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Our rankings recognize Texas Tech University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock. In addition to its great value ranking, Texas Tech is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Accounting list.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Texas Tech to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,296. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech be around $105,298. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

On average, accounting graduates from Texas Tech take out $20,687 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $206, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Springfield. Located in the city of Springfield, UIS is a public college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UIS is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,739. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UIS is $91,044. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, accounting majors at UIS accumulate an average of around $20,611 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $207.

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Manchester University

North Manchester, IN

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Manchester University. Manchester University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of North Manchester.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Manchester University is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,098. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Manchester University be around $91,486. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from Manchester University carry an average student debtload of $28,639. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $301, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN

Saint Johns University landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value accounting schools. Located in the rural area of Collegeville, SJU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our value rankings, SJU also did well on our Best Colleges for Accounting list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SJU is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,414. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SJU is about $133,546. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Accounting majors at SJU take out an average of $22,177 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $275.

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Grand Valley State University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. GVSU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Allendale.

At GVSU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $23,233 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is $105,245. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

On average, accounting graduates from GVSU take out $23,833 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $251.

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#16

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. UNI is a large public school located in the city of Cedar Falls.

It takes the average student at UNI about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $24,198 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNI be around $107,439. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

Accounting majors at UNI take out an average of $21,622 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $210.

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St. Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure, NY

Our rankings recognize St. Bonaventure University as the #17 school in this year's rankings. St. Bonaventure is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Saint Bonaventure.

It takes the average student at St. Bonaventure about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,743. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure is about $118,134. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Accounting majors at St. Bonaventure take out an average of $24,555 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#18

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

Wartburg College comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Waverly, Wartburg is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Wartburg is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,205. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg is $106,916. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Wartburg take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,033.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of F is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville. U of F also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Accounting list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

It takes the average student at U of F about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,230. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of F is about $120,542. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from U of F carry an average student debtload of $16,525. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $175.

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Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

Illinois College landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value accounting schools. Located in the town of Jacksonville, Illinois College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Illinois College about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,471. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois College is $83,317. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Illinois College take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,120. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $232.

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Illinois State University landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value accounting schools. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Illinois State is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Accounting list.

The average student at Illinois State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,958. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State is $108,817. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, accounting majors at Illinois State accumulate an average of around $21,417 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value accounting schools. Located in the town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public college with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of Wyoming is 4.6 years, and it costs about $20,323 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming be around $94,299. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at U of Wyoming take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,418. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $214, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value accounting schools. Located in the suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at SIUE graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,498. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from SIUE is $79,091. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from SIUE carry an average student debtload of $20,443. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Whitewater as the #24 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Whitewater, UW - Whitewater is a public college with a large student population.

At UW - Whitewater, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $20,164 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Whitewater is $91,343. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, accounting majors at UW - Whitewater accumulate an average of around $22,894 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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#25

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Rock Island, Augustana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Augustana about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,480. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Augustana is $119,689. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from Augustana carry an average student debtload of $23,724. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Value Colleges for Accounting

#27

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL
#28

Bob Jones University

Greenville, SC
#29

Drury University

Springfield, MO
#30

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD
#31

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#32

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN
#33

Loras College

Dubuque, IA
#34

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND
#36

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
#38

University of Houston

Houston, TX
#39

Bradley University

Peoria, IL
#40

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL
#43

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
#44

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, WI
#45

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, NY
#46

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA
#48

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Value Colleges for Accounting badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 477 different United States accounting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Winona State University Winona, MN
52 Luther College Decorah, IA
53 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
54 SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY
55 Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN
56 Howard University Washington, DC
57 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
58 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
59 Albright College Reading, PA
60 SUNY Polytechnic Institute Utica, NY
61 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
62 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, TX
63 St. Mary’s University San Antonio, TX
64 SUNY Oswego Oswego, NY
65 University of Minnesota - Crookston Crookston, MN
66 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
67 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
68 Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, MI
69 University of Mississippi University, MS
70 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
71 Siena College Loudonville, NY

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Colleges for Accounting award.

Rank College Location
72 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
73 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
74 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
75 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
76 Simpson College Indianola, IA
77 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA
78 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
79 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
80 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
81 Dominican University River Forest, IL
82 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
83 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College New York, NY
84 University of North Texas Denton, TX
85 Yeshiva University New York, NY
86 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND
87 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
88 Ball State University Muncie, IN
89 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
90 University at Albany Albany, NY
91 Florida International University Miami, FL
92 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
93 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
94 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
95 Monroe College Bronx, NY

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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