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2021 Best Accounting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

455 Colleges
53,997 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,569 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Accounting Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Accounting Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsAccounting is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 7th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 53,997 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major.

This year's Best Accounting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking looked at 455 colleges that offer a bachelor's in accounting. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent accounting programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the accounting program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Accounting Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying accounting.

Top 25 Accounting Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional accounting students. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Villanova has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Accounting ranking.

The student loan default rate at Villanova is lower than is typical, just 1.4% of students default in three years. 1,576 of Villanova students are exclusively distance learners. 3,154 students are part time.

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#2

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Georgetown University. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Georgetown, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Accounting ranking.

About 1.2% of Georgetown students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,151 of Georgetown students are exclusively distance learners. About 4,463 of the students at Georgetown are attending part time. Georgetown does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Our rankings recognize Lipscomb University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Lipscomb is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Nashville. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Lipscomb is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Accounting list.

About 2.7% of Lipscomb students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 799 students take at least one class online at Lipscomb. There are roughly 409 part time students in attendance at Lipscomb. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best accounting schools for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Texas A&M College Station is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Accounting list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.1%. There are approximately 4,608 students at Texas A&M College Station that take at least one class online. 9,459 of Texas A&M College Station students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#5

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. DePaul is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, DePaul also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Accounting ranking.

The student loan default rate at DePaul is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,606 students at DePaul that take at least one class online. About 4,252 of the students at DePaul are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Our rankings recognize Michigan State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Michigan State is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Accounting list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.4%. There are approximately 9,273 students at Michigan State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 6,488 part time students in attendance at Michigan State.

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#7

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to George Mason University. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, GMU also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Accounting ranking.

About 2.1% of GMU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 10,589 students take at least one class online at GMU. 11,606 of GMU students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Drexel also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Accounting list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. There are approximately 1,528 students at Drexel that take at least one class online. 6,322 of Drexel students are attending part time. Drexel does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Pace University - New York landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best accounting schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of New York, Pace University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Pace University also did well on our Best Colleges for Accounting list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 5.5% of Pace University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,827 students take at least one class online at Pace University. 3,039 students are part time. Pace University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Southern California. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, USC has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Accounting ranking.

About 1.6% of USC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 6,707 students at USC are exclusively online. 6,358 of USC students are attending part time. USC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The University of Texas at Austin earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin. UT Austin also made our Best Colleges for Accounting list, coming in at #6.

About 2.6% of UT Austin students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 12,546 students take at least one class online at UT Austin. 3,290 students are part time. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Massachusetts Amherst. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. UMass Amherst excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Accounting list.

About 3.0% of UMass Amherst students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 3,607 students at UMass Amherst are exclusively online. There are roughly 6,250 part time students in attendance at UMass Amherst. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Brigham Young University - Provo earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Provo. BYU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Accounting list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. Approximately 6,522 students take at least one class online at BYU. 4,337 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#14

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. Virginia Tech excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Accounting list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. Approximately 8,844 students take at least one class online at Virginia Tech. About 2,711 of the students at Virginia Tech are attending part time.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW - Madison is a very large public school located in the city of Madison. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW - Madison also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Accounting ranking.

The student loan default rate at UW - Madison is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,424 students at UW - Madison that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,418 part time students in attendance at UW - Madison. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#16

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Fordham U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bronx. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Fordham U also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Accounting ranking.

The student loan default rate at Fordham U is lower than is typical, just 2.6% of students default in three years. 946 students at Fordham U are exclusively online. 2,779 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#17

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Boston College. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Boston College also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Accounting rankings.

About 1.5% of Boston College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 316 students at Boston College that take at least one class online. 1,555 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#18

Baruch College

New York, NY

Our rankings recognize Baruch College as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of New York, Baruch is a public college with a large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Baruch also did well on our Best Colleges for Accounting list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.7%. Approximately 1,271 students take at least one class online at Baruch. 5,968 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#19

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph's University earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. St. Joe's is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, St. Joe's also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Accounting ranking.

About 3.6% of St. Joe’s students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,074 of St. Joe’s students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 2,816 part time students in attendance at St. Joe’s. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign. UIUC excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Accounting list.

About 1.9% of UIUC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 12,503 students at UIUC that take at least one class online. About 6,389 of the students at UIUC are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Louisiana State University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Baton Rouge. Louisiana State University excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Accounting list.

The student loan default rate at Louisiana State University is lower than is typical, just 4.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,275 students take at least one class online at Louisiana State University. 4,121 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Southern New Hampshire University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 best accounting schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

96,912 of SNHU students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 74,621 part time students in attendance at SNHU. SNHU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Missouri - Columbia comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. Mizzou is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia. Mizzou also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Accounting list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at Mizzou is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. There are approximately 6,407 students at Mizzou that take at least one class online. 4,578 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#24

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Capella University. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.8%. There are approximately 37,171 students at Capella University and they are all exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 33,962 part time students in attendance at Capella University. Capella University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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California State University - Northridge earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Northridge, CSUN is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 3.7% of CSUN students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 19,451 students take at least one class online at CSUN. 8,688 of CSUN students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Accounting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#27

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY
#28

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#29

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#33

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA
#34

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA
#36

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#37

Lakeland University

Plymouth, WI
#38

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#39

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#41

Creighton University

Omaha, NE
#42

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#43

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ
#44

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#45

University of Mississippi

University, MS
#48

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#49

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#50

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Accounting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 455 different United States accounting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Towson University Towson, MD
52 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
53 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
54 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
55 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
56 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
57 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
58 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
59 Baylor University Waco, TX
60 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
61 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona, MN
62 University of Delaware Newark, DE
63 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
64 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
65 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
66 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
67 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
68 Florida International University Miami, FL

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for non-traditional students studying Accounting that almost earned our Best Accounting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
69 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
70 University of Denver Denver, CO
71 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
72 University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, TX
73 Siena College Loudonville, NY
74 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
75 Champlain College Burlington, VT
76 University of North Texas Denton, TX
77 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
78 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
79 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL
80 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
81 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
82 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
83 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
84 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
85 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
86 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
87 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
88 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
89 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
90 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
91 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA

Accounting by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Related Major Annual Graduates
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Marketing 48,756
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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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