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2021 Best Colleges for Accounting in Michigan

Accounting is a popular major and Michigan is the 8th most popular state for students studying this major. 2,846 of the 86,996 Accounting degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in Michigan. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Accounting in Michigan ranking analyzed 19 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 in Michigan.

Choosing a Great Accounting School

Best Colleges for Accounting in Michigan Your choice of accounting school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A accounting degree from colleges on this list typically translates into above average wages following graduation. A accounting bachelors degree from a college in Michigan helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $45,429 a couple years later.

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 in Michigan.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Accounting Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

Best Schools to Study Accounting in Michigan

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for accounting majors.

Top 10 Best Accounting Colleges Michigan

#1

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University is one of the finest schools in the country for accounting. Located in the small city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public university with a fairly large student population.

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. Michigan State University accounting students make $13,032 more than the standard accounting graduate.

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#2

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin University is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a Accounting degree. Located in the midsize city of Grand Rapids, Calvin is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Calvin offers a Master's Degrees in accounting. Calvin University accounting students make $10,032 more than the standard accounting grad.

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#3

Hope College

Holland, MI

Hope College is one of the best schools in the United States for accounting. Located in the city of Holland, Hope is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Graduates from the accounting program at Hope College earn $11,032 above the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Grand Valley State University is one of the best schools in the country for accounting. Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public university with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, GVSU also offers a Master's Degrees in accounting. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career income of $47,100.

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Located in the small city of Dearborn, UM Dearborn is a public university with a medium-sized student population.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, UM Dearborn also offers a Master's Degrees in accounting. University of Michigan - Dearborn accounting students make $2,832 more than the standard accounting grad.

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#6

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Wayne State is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Detroit.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Wayne State offers a Master's Degrees in accounting. Accounting graduates from Wayne State University earn a boost of around $3,432 over the average earnings of accounting graduates.

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#7

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

Located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public university with a large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Oakland offers a Master's Degrees in accounting. Accounting graduates from Oakland University get an earnings boost of approximately $9,032 over the average income of accounting graduates.

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#8

Northwood University

Midland, MI

Northwood is a small private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Midland.

Accounting students from Northwood University receive an earnings boost of about $2,732 above the typical income of accounting majors.

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#9

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Located in the distant town of Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Central Michigan University accounting students receive $2,832 more than the average accounting student.

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#10

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

WMU is a very large public university located in the city of Kalamazoo.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, WMU offers a Master's Degrees in accounting. Graduates of the accounting program report average early career earnings of $41,900.

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Best Accounting Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Accounting Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 303 3,335
Illinois 299 3,670
Indiana 283 1,935
Wisconsin 267 1,699

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

Majors Similar to Accounting

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 10,006
Marketing 2,145
Finance & Financial Management 1,726
Human Resource Management 1,285
General Business/Commerce 980

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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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