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Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting

53,997 Yearly Graduations
$43,900 Median Salary
$25,000 Median Debt
There are 1,188 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in accounting. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 31% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 6.5% of accounting graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Accounting Majors

In 2018-2019, 53,997 earned their bachelor's degree in accounting. This earns it the #7 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in accounting at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 53,997
Master’s Degree 20,770
Associate’s Degree 12,300
Basic Certificate 12,037
Undergraduate Certificate 4,885
Graduate Certificate 1,089
Doctor’s Degree 45

Earnings of Accounting Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in accounting is $43,900. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $39,900 and the high is $50,700.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in accounting is $25,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $28,246 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $21,236.

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The median monthly payment of a accounting graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $259.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in accounting. About 51.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 26,313
Women 27,684
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Accounting

The racial-ethnic distribution of accounting bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4,411
Black or African American 3,658
Hispanic or Latino 7,105
White 32,010
International Students 3,513
Other Races/Ethnicities 3,300
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Accounting Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 1,188 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Baruch College

New York, New York
651 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for accounting students seekinga bachelor's degree is Baruch College. Roughly 18,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 651 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from Baruch. Around 62% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#2

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
603 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Western Governors University. Each year, around 136,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

The accounting program at Western Governors University awarded 603 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#3

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
568 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Southern New Hampshire University. Each year, around 113,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 568 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from SNHU. Of these students, 73% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

532 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in accounting. Each year, around 94,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 532 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from UOPX - Arizona. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#5

Queens College

Queens, New York
452 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Queens College comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in accounting. Roughly 19,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 452 bachelor's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at QC. Of these students, 54% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

448 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Each year, around 61,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 448 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from Ohio State. Of these students, 44% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

370 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Roughly 51,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 370 bachelor's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at UIUC. About 54% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
369 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - University Park comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in accounting. Roughly 91,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,416 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,960 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 369 bachelor's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at Penn State University Park. Of these students, 40% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
350 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas A&M University - College Station is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Roughly 68,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

The accounting program at Texas A&M University - College Station awarded 350 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#10

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
308 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Houston. Roughly 46,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,219 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,370 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 308 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from UH. About 58% of this group were women, and 70% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
301 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Alabama is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Each year, around 38,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,780 per year.

The accounting program at The University of Alabama awarded 301 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#12

University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi
293 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Mississippi is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Roughly 21,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,718 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,718 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 293 bachelor's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at Ole Miss. Of these students, 43% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
279 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Texas at Dallas. Each year, around 29,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

The accounting program at The University of Texas at Dallas awarded 279 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 56% of this group were women, and 62% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
279 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida Atlantic University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in accounting. Roughly 30,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $2,522 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,467 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 279 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from FAU. About 55% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
278 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in accounting. Roughly 69,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 278 bachelor's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at UCF. Of these students, 47% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

274 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in accounting. Each year, around 53,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 274 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from ASU - Tempe. Of these students, 45% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

270 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in accounting. Each year, around 58,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

The accounting program at Florida International University awarded 270 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 57% were women and 87% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
268 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - College Park is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Roughly 40,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 268 bachelor's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at UMCP. Of these students, 48% were women and 44% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California
263 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Northridge is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Roughly 39,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 263 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from CSUN. Of these students, 47% were women and 51% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

262 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brigham Young University - Provo is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Roughly 34,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,290 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 262 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from BYU. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 27% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to accounting that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 172,408
Finance & Financial Management 46,736
Marketing 44,258
Business & Commerce 25,818
Human Resource Management 11,757

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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