Best Colleges with Accounting Degrees in the U.S.

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Accounting is a program that combines business education with finance and auditing. It's a systematic process that requires excellent organizational and mathematical skills, but written and oral communication skills are also extremely important since you must be able to explain in-depth financial planning to the consumer. The instruction includes accounting principles and theory, planning and consulting, and business information systems. But there are also lessons in accounting research methods, tax accounting and budget control. The course load's mixture of business and finance prepares the students for a professional accountant status in business or government or in business fields such as management consulting and financial management.Not only do accountants summarize and record business and financial transactions, but they also must understand the legal aspects of accounting for public, for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The four basic types of accounting professionals are management, government, internal and public accountants. Accounting students learn money management and the ins and outs of business, and the sneak peek they get into its inner workings provides valuable knowledge and greater understanding they'll later apply in the work field. Job titles include, but are not limited to, accountant, financial analyst, tax adviser and financial planner.

The Best Accounting Colleges of 2017

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 3 Accounting Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 900 students graduated in the study area of Accounting with students earning 459 Bachelor's degrees, 433 Master's degrees, and 8 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 104 Reviews
2 University of Phoenix-Arizona Tempe, AZ

University of Phoenix-Arizona offers 2 Accounting Degree programs. It's a large private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,337 students graduated in the study area of Accounting with students earning 735 Master's degrees, and 602 Bachelor's degrees.

3 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College New York, NY

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College offers 3 Accounting Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 784 students graduated in the study area of Accounting with students earning 552 Bachelor's degrees, and 232 Master's degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
4 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX

The University of Texas at Dallas offers 2 Accounting Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 661 students graduated in the study area of Accounting with students earning 374 Master's degrees, and 287 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
5 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX

The University of Texas at Austin offers 3 Accounting Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 536 students graduated in the study area of Accounting with students earning 291 Master's degrees, 243 Bachelor's degrees, and 2 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 100 Reviews
6 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California offers 2 Accounting Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 384 students graduated in the study area of Accounting with students earning 262 Bachelor's degrees, and 122 Master's degrees.

Based on 52 Reviews
7 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus offers 2 Accounting Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 507 students graduated in the study area of Accounting with students earning 363 Bachelor's degrees, and 144 Master's degrees.

Based on 132 Reviews
8 CUNY Queens College Queens, NY

CUNY Queens College offers 3 Accounting Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 553 students graduated in the study area of Accounting with students earning 422 Bachelor's degrees, and 131 Master's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
9 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University offers 4 Accounting Degree programs. It's a large private university in a small city. In 2015, 470 students graduated in the study area of Accounting with students earning 207 Bachelor's degrees, 201 Master's degrees, 53 Associate's degrees, and 9 Certificates degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
10 Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, OH

Ohio State University-Main Campus offers 4 Accounting Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 423 students graduated in the study area of Accounting with students earning 336 Bachelor's degrees, 83 Master's degrees, and 4 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 164 Reviews

List of Accounting Schools in the U.S.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
4/5
20 : 1 45,842
University Logo University of Phoenix-Arizona Tempe, AZ
3/5
41 : 1 165,743
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College CUNY Bernard M Baruch College New York, NY
2/5
25 : 1 18,433
The University of Texas at Dallas The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
3/5
28 : 1 24,554
The University of Texas at Austin The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
3/5
18 : 1 50,950
University of Southern California University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
5/5
16 : 1 43,401
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA
4/5
16 : 1 47,307
CUNY Queens College CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
2/5
22 : 1 19,520
Liberty University Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
4/5
39 : 1 80,494
Ohio State University-Main Campus Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, OH
3/5
15 : 1 58,663
University of Maryland-College Park University of Maryland-College Park College Park, MD
3/5
19 : 1 38,140
SUNY at Binghamton SUNY at Binghamton Vestal, NY
3/5
23 : 1 16,913
Bentley University Bentley University Waltham, MA
5/5
17 : 1 5,552
Florida Atlantic University Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
2/5
33 : 1 30,380
The University of Alabama The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
3/5
25 : 1 37,098
University of Notre Dame University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
5/5
11 : 1 12,292
University of Central Florida University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
2/5
41 : 1 62,953
Michigan State University Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
3/5
18 : 1 50,538
University of Houston University of Houston Houston, TX
3/5
30 : 1 42,704
Texas A & M University-College Station Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX
3/5
21 : 1 63,813
University Logo University of Georgia Athens, GA
3/5
18 : 1 36,130
Rutgers University-Newark Rutgers University-Newark Newark, NJ
3/5
19 : 1 11,720
Boston College Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
5/5
15 : 1 14,354
Florida International University Florida International University Miami, FL
2/5
34 : 1 49,782
University Logo Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
3/5
23 : 1 32,058

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Schools offering online Accounting degrees

Online Accounting degrees are available at a variety of different schools with as many as 1,337 degrees earned at the most popular school. Read more below about all schools that have offered online Accounting degrees. If you are interested learning more about getting a degree online, check out our page dedicated to online degree information.

Certificate
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
School Name Certificate Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
University of Phoenix-Arizona 0 0 602 735 0
Western Governors University 0 0 530 4 0
Florida Atlantic University 0 0 417 130 0
The University of Texas at Dallas 0 0 0 374 0
Wake Technical Community College 319 63 0 0 0
How many schools offer online Accounting degrees?
  • 135 Certificates
  • 128 Associate's
  • 187 Bachelor's
  • 95 Master's

What degrees do people get in Accounting?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Associate's 2-year Length 591 Colleges 5,955 Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 1,252 Colleges 53,498 Graduates
Certificates < 1 year Length 476 Colleges 3,951 Graduates
Doctoral 1-2 year Length 23 Colleges 52 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 526 Colleges 19,481 Graduates

Accounting Degree Overview

On the start of the search for Accounting degrees, know that there are many selections for a traditional degree as well as higher education selections. The most common path for those earning a degree in Accounting can surmise a standard two to four years to earn a degree. The most popular Accounting degree earned was a bachelor's degree and it also has the widest range of school possibilities as well. The second most popular Accounting degree that people obtain is a master's degree which goes to show a focus on higher learning. This implies that the degree requires dedication to schooling and you may want to seek more than a four year time commitment. Although a doctoral degree is offered at some schools, getting an advanced degree is not very common. Finding the right Accounting degree for you not only requires the flexibility of your time and schedule but also a look into the schools the offer the degree as well as what options are available to you once you earn your degree.

Average cost of college for a Accounting degree

Average Tuition and Fees for a 2 year Degree

Average Tuition and Fees School Control Student Residence
$3,924 Public In-State
$11,895 Private In-State
$7,368 Public Out-of-State
$11,895 Private Out-of-State

Average Tuition and Fees for a 4 year Degree

Average Tuition and Fees School Control Student Residence
$8,085 Public In-State
$22,939 Private In-State
$18,674 Public Out-of-State
$22,944 Private Out-of-State

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