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2022 Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools

1,063 Colleges in the United States
52,477 Bachelor's Degrees
If you pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #7 most popular program in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

College Factual reviewed 1,063 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for bachelor's degree seekers in the field of accounting. Combined, these schools handed out 52,477 bachelor's degrees in accounting to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Accounting School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools The accounting bachelor's degree 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:

Overall Quality Is a Must

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

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their bachelor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your bachelor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on accounting students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other accounting students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for accounting to pay back their student loans after receiving their bachelor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized accounting related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for accounting students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Accounting Schools

The accounting school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Accounting in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in accounting. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Accounting

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
100 Annual Graduates
$19,000 Median Student Debt

Any student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in accounting needs to look into University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

Accounting bachelor's degree recipients from University of Notre Dame receive an earnings boost of approximately $19,387 over the average income of accounting graduates.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
24 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat University of Pennsylvania if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia.More information about a bachelor’s in accounting from University of Pennsylvania

31 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Washington University in St Louis if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Saint Louis.More information about a bachelor’s in accounting from Washington University in St Louis

61 Annual Graduates
$15,763 Median Student Debt

It's hard to beat Washington and Lee University if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting. Washington and Lee is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Lexington.

Bachelor's recipients from the accounting program at Washington and Lee University get $17,187 more than the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#5

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
60 Annual Graduates
$15,500 Median Student Debt

Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington.

Bachelor's recipients from the accounting program at Georgetown University get $38,187 above the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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189 Annual Graduates
$20,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.

Accounting bachelor's degree recipients from University of Southern California get an earnings boost of about $18,487 over the average earnings of accounting graduates.

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#7

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA
6 Annual Graduates

Claremont McKenna is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Claremont.More information about a bachelor’s in accounting from Claremont McKenna College

#8

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
22 Annual Graduates

Emory is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Atlanta.More information about a bachelor’s in accounting from Emory University

374 Annual Graduates
$18,000 Median Student Debt

UIUC is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Champaign.

Those accounting students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earn $16,487 more than the standard accounting student.

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#10

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
77 Annual Graduates
$21,705 Median Student Debt

Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Bethlehem.

Those accounting students who get their bachelor's degree from Lehigh University earn $18,987 more than the average accounting graduate.

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#11

Bentley University

Waltham, MA
216 Annual Graduates
$25,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.

Accounting bachelor's degree recipients from Bentley University earn a boost of about $13,787 over the average earnings of accounting majors.

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#12

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
118 Annual Graduates
$17,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Those accounting students who get their bachelor's degree from Boston College receive $19,987 more than the average accounting graduate.

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#13

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
109 Annual Graduates
$26,744 Median Student Debt

Villanova is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Villanova.

Accounting bachelor's degree recipients from Villanova University receive an earnings boost of approximately $18,787 over the typical earnings of accounting graduates.

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#14

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
56 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Lewisburg.

Bachelor's recipients from the accounting major at Bucknell University get $19,187 above the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#15

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
86 Annual Graduates
$20,000 Median Student Debt

SCU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Santa Clara.

Accounting bachelor's degree recipients from Santa Clara University earn a boost of approximately $20,387 above the typical earnings of accounting majors.

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253 Annual Graduates
$18,070 Median Student Debt

UT Austin is a fairly large public university located in the city of Austin.

Bachelor's recipients from the accounting major at The University of Texas at Austin make $9,487 more than the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#17

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
42 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a bachelor’s in accounting from Wake Forest University

#18

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
153 Annual Graduates
$22,500 Median Student Debt

Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

Accounting bachelor's degree recipients from Virginia Tech earn a boost of approximately $15,187 above the typical income of accounting graduates.

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218 Annual Graduates
$16,375 Median Student Debt

Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Accounting bachelor's degree recipients from University of Maryland - College Park earn a boost of around $15,687 over the typical earnings of accounting graduates.

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#20

Elon University

Elon, NC
71 Annual Graduates
$23,625 Median Student Debt

Elon is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized suburb of Elon.

Accounting bachelor's degree recipients from Elon University receive an earnings boost of around $13,687 above the typical earnings of accounting majors.

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#21

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
104 Annual Graduates
$25,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the large suburb of Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.

Those accounting students who get their bachelor's degree from Fairfield University receive $14,187 more than the typical accounting graduate.

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126 Annual Graduates
$21,066 Median Student Debt

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the city of Madison.

Those accounting students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison receive $15,787 more than the typical accounting grad.

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#23

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
48 Annual Graduates
$21,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize city of University of Richmond, URichmond is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.

Accounting bachelor's degree recipients from University of Richmond earn a boost of approximately $16,887 above the typical earnings of accounting graduates.

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#24

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
125 Annual Graduates
$26,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the large suburb of Newark, UD is a public university with a very large student population.

Accounting bachelor's degree recipients from University of Delaware earn a boost of approximately $16,687 over the typical earnings of accounting majors.

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#25

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
189 Annual Graduates
$18,495 Median Student Debt

Binghamton University is a large public university located in the suburb of Vestal.

Accounting bachelor's degree recipients from Binghamton University get an earnings boost of approximately $12,487 over the typical earnings of accounting majors.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools

#25

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#26

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#28

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#29

Providence College

Providence, RI
#30

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

#33

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#34

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#35

Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN
#38

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#40

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

#41

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

#42

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
#43

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#45

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#46

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#47

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#48

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#49

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 1063 different United States accounting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
51 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
52 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
53 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
54 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
55 Yeshiva University New York, NY
56 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
57 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
58 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
59 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
60 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
61 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
62 Iowa State University Ames, IA
63 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
64 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
65 Drake University Des Moines, IA
66 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
67 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
68 Chapman University Orange, CA
69 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
70 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
71 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
72 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
73 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
74 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
75 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
76 Auburn University Auburn, AL
77 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
78 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
79 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
80 Creighton University Omaha, NE
81 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
82 Baylor University Waco, TX
83 Hope College Holland, MI
84 Clemson University Clemson, SC
85 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
86 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
87 Illinois State University Normal, IL
88 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
89 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
90 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
91 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
92 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
93 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
94 Towson University Towson, MD
95 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
96 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
97 Luther College Decorah, IA
98 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
99 Baruch College New York, NY
100 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
101 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
102 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
103 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
104 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
105 DePaul University Chicago, IL
106 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
107 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
108 Harding University Searcy, AR
109 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
110 University of Houston Houston, TX
111 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
112 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
113 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
114 Siena College Loudonville, NY
115 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
116 Butler University Indianapolis, IN
117 Seattle University Seattle, WA
118 Endicott College Beverly, MA
119 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
120 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
121 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
122 University of Portland Portland, OR
123 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
124 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
125 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
126 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
127 American University Washington, DC
128 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
129 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
130 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
131 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
132 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
133 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
134 Bradley University Peoria, IL
135 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
136 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
137 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
138 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
139 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
140 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
141 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
142 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
143 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
144 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
145 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
146 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
147 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
148 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
149 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
150 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
151 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
152 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
153 Washington State University Pullman, WA
154 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
155 Taylor University Upland, IN
156 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
157 University of Mississippi University, MS
158 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
159 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Accounting students that almost earned our Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
160 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
161 University at Albany Albany, NY
162 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
163 Biola University La Mirada, CA
164 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
165 Western New England University Springfield, MA
166 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
167 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
168 Furman University Greenville, SC
169 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
170 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
171 Menlo College Atherton, CA
172 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
173 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
174 Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
175 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
176 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
177 Western Governors University Salt Lake City, UT
178 Pace University - New York New York, NY
179 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
180 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA
181 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
182 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
183 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
184 Linfield University - McMinnville Campus McMinnville, OR
185 Assumption University Worcester, MA
186 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
187 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
188 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
189 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
190 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
191 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
192 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
193 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
194 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
195 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
196 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
197 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
198 Northwestern College Orange City, IA
199 Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
200 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
201 King’s College Wilkes-Barre, PA
202 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
203 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
204 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
205 Simpson College Indianola, IA
206 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
207 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
208 University of Denver Denver, CO
209 Winona State University Winona, MN
210 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
211 Florida International University Miami, FL
212 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA

Accounting by Region

View the Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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

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Accounting is one of 21 different types of Business, Management & Marketing programs to choose from.

Accounting Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Accounting 50,540
Accounting and Finance 858
Accounting and Business/Management 678
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 254
Other Accounting and Related Services 141
Auditing 6

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 169,868
Finance & Financial Management 48,043
Marketing 45,007
General Business/Commerce 24,866
Human Resource Management 11,331
Hospitality Management 10,672
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 9,956
Management Information Systems 9,498
International Business 6,623
Business/Managerial Economics 5,791

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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