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2021 Best Colleges for Accounting

Approximately 86,996 accounting degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Accounting ranking analyzed 521 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in accounting. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Accounting students.

Choosing a Great Accounting School

Best Colleges for Accounting The accounting program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality accounting program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 11% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 21%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 182 to 25 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

Accounting graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average accounting bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $44,913, graduates of colleges on this list average $61,516.

Starting Salary  ( 55242 to 65957 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Accounting students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other accounting students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized accounting related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Accounting students.

Best Schools to Study Accounting in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study accounting. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 25 Best Accounting Colleges

#1

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University is a great option for students pursuing a Accounting major. Bentley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Waltham. A Best Colleges rank of 63 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Bentley is a great college overall.

There are roughly 307 accounting undergraduates studying this degree at Bentley. Graduates of the accounting program state that they receive average early career wages of $58,700.

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#2

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Every student pursuing a degree in accounting has to check out Georgetown University. Located in the city Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 55 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Georgetown is a great college overall.

There are roughly 72 accounting undergraduates enrolled in this program at Georgetown. Graduates from the accounting major at Georgetown University earn $21,584 more than the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#3

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

Bryant University is a great decision for individuals pursuing a Accounting degree. Bryant is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Smithfield. This college ranks 228th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There are roughly 174 accounting undergraduates enrolled in this program at Bryant. Grads of the accounting program report average early career earnings of $57,900.

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#4

Yeshiva University

New York, NY

Any student who is interested in accounting needs to look into Yeshiva University. Located in the city New York, Yeshiva is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 166th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Yeshiva offers a Master's Degree in accounting. Students who graduate from the accounting program make an average of $60,500 for their early career.

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#5

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Located in the suburb Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 78 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Villanova is a great college overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Villanova also offers a Master's Degree in accounting. Accounting graduates from Villanova University earn a boost of approximately $2,184 over the typical earnings of accounting majors.

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UT Austin is a very large public school located in the city of Austin. A Best Colleges rank of 91 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UT Austin is a great school overall.

There are approximately 530 accounting undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UT Austin. After graduating, accounting students typically earn about $54,400 in their early careers.

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#7

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill. A Best Colleges rank of 61 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Boston College is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Boston College also offers a Master's Degree in accounting. Students from the accounting program at Boston College make $3,384 more than the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means USC is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, USC offers a Master's Degree in accounting. Grads of the accounting program state that they receive average early career earnings of $63,400.

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#9

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Located in the large suburb Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 14 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Notre Dame also offers a Master's Degree in accounting. Accounting graduates from University of Notre Dame get a earnings boost of approximately $2,784 over the typical income of accounting majors.

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#10

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the city of East Lansing. This college ranks 107th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

For those interested in something more advanced, Michigan State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in accounting, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who complete this degree report average early career wages of $58,700.

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BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo. This school ranks 109th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Utah.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, BYU also offers a Master's Degree in accounting. After graduation, accounting students usually make an average of $60,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the midsize city College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 102 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Texas A&M is a great school overall.

There are about 599 accounting undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Texas A&M. Soon after graduation, accounting students usually make an average of $59,400 in their early careers.

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Located in the large suburb College Park, UMCP is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 117th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There are roughly 395 accounting undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UMCP. Graduates of the accounting program make an average of $60,600 for their early career.

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#14

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Located in the city Bronx, Fordham U is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. This college ranks 244th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

With 280 undergrads, Fordham University is one of most popular schools to study accounting in United States. Fordham University accounting students make $3,784 more than the typical accounting student.

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#15

Baylor University

Waco, TX

Baylor is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Waco. This college ranks 153rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Baylor offers a Master's Degree in accounting. Soon after graduating, accounting students typically earn around $59,500 in their early careers.

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#16

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

Located in the city San Diego, U of San Diego is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 162nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, U of San Diego offers a Master's Degree in accounting. Graduates of the accounting program earn around $61,100 in their early career salary.

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#17

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Located in the suburb Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 185th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There are approximately 150 accounting undergrads studying this degree at Fairfield U. Graduates of the accounting program earn an average of $59,100 for their early career.

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#18

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Located in the city Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 88 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great college overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Virginia Tech also offers a Master's Degree in accounting. After graduation, accounting students generally earn around $60,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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#19

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Lewisburg. A Best Colleges rank of 45 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Bucknell is a great college overall.

Bucknell University is a fairly popular school to study accounting in United States with over 79 graduates last year. Students from the accounting major at Bucknell University make $2,584 above the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#20

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Located in the city Nashville, Lipscomb is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 364th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Lipscomb offers a Master's Degree in accounting. Students who graduate from this program report average early career earnings of $53,000.

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Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Lexington. A Best Colleges rank of 25 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Washington and Lee is a great school overall.

With 42 students enrolled, Washington and Lee University is one of most popular colleges to study accounting in United States. Students who graduate from the accounting program make an average of $62,100 for their early career.

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#22

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD

Loyola Maryland is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore. This college ranks 174th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

Loyola University Maryland is a fairly popular college to study accounting in United States with over 95 graduates last year. Graduates of the accounting program earn an average of $60,800 in the first couple years of their career.

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UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. This college ranks 118th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UMass Amherst offers a Master's Degree in accounting. Students who graduate from the accounting program earn an average of $60,300 in the first couple years of their career.

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#24

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

Located in the suburb Newark, U of Delaware is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 87 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of Delaware is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, U of Delaware offers a Master's Degree in accounting. Soon after graduation, accounting students usually make an average of $61,600 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the large suburb Storrs, UCONN is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 104th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There are roughly 232 accounting undergrads studying this program at UCONN. Graduates of the accounting program make about $60,600 in their early career salary.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Colleges for Accounting

#26

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#29

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#30

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
#31

Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN
#32

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#33

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL
#35

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#36

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#37

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#39

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#41

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#43

Elon University

Elon, NC
#44

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#47

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY
#48

University of Denver

Denver, CO
#49

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Colleges for Accounting badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 521 different United States accounting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Providence College Providence, RI
52 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
53 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
54 Drake University Des Moines, IA
55 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
56 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
57 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
58 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
59 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
60 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
61 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
62 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
63 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
64 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
65 Chapman University Orange, CA
66 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
67 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
68 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
69 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
70 Seattle University Seattle, WA
71 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
72 Stonehill College Easton, MA
73 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
74 Siena College Loudonville, NY
75 Creighton University Omaha, NE
76 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
77 University of Mississippi University, MS
78 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH

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 Colleges for Accounting award.

Rank College Location
79 Bradley University Peoria, IL
80 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
81 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
82 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
83 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
84 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
85 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
86 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
87 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
88 Illinois State University Normal, IL
89 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
90 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
91 Auburn University Auburn, AL
92 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
93 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
94 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
95 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
96 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
97 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
98 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
99 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
100 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
101 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
102 Pace University - New York New York, NY
103 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
104 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS

Accounting by Region

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

One of 21 majors within the Business, Management & Marketing area of study, Accounting has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pixabay. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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