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2021 Best Accounting Associate's Degree Schools

373 Colleges
$29,841 Avg Salary
$21,925 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Accounting Associate's Degree School for You

With 105,123 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, accounting is the #6 most popular major in the United States.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Accounting Associate's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 373 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best associate's degree programs for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Accounting Associate's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for an Associate's in Accounting

Our analysis found Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global to be the best school for accounting students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States. IWU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Marion.

On average, accounting graduates from IWU take out $22,804 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $252, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools list. M State is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Fergus Falls.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Fox Valley Technical College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools list. FVTC is a large public school located in the midsize suburb of Appleton.

After completing their Associate's Degree, accounting graduates from FVTC carry an average student debtload of $12,071. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $119.

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North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend North Hennepin Community College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools list. North Hennepin Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park.

After completing their Associate's Degree, accounting graduates from North Hennepin Community College carry an average student debtload of $21,750. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 373 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Southern New Hampshire University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

On average, accounting graduates from SNHU take out $18,159 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $179.

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With a ranking of #6, American Public University System did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

While working on their Associate's Degree, accounting majors at American Military University accumulate an average of around $18,489 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $192.

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Milwaukee Area Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. MATC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Milwaukee.

On average, accounting graduates from MATC take out $15,102 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $143.

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Gateway Technical College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree accounting programs. Located in the suburb of Kenosha, Gateway Technical College is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Gateway Technical College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $14,182. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $118.

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Northcentral Technical College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. North Central Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Wausau.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at North Central Technical College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $11,195. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $100.

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Santa Barbara Business College - Ventura came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Santa Barbara Business College - Ventura is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Ventura.

On average, accounting graduates from Santa Barbara Business College - Ventura take out $22,575 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $233.

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#11

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree accounting programs. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

After completing their Associate's Degree, accounting graduates from Southeast Technical Institute carry an average student debtload of $16,547. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $125.

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#12

Moraine Park Technical College

Fond du Lac, WI

Moraine Park Technical College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree accounting programs. Moraine Park Technical College is a small public school located in the city of Fond du Lac.

Accounting majors at Moraine Park Technical College take out an average of $11,854 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $103.

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Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Coon Rapids, MN

With a ranking of #13, Anoka-Ramsey Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Coon Rapids, Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their Associate's Degree, accounting majors at Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus accumulate an average of around $15,595 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $122, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Cincinnati State Technical and Community College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools list. Cincinnati State is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Cincinnati.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Cincinnati State take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $18,378. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $190.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Eau Claire, CVTC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their Associate's Degree, accounting graduates from CVTC carry an average student debtload of $15,963. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $147.

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With a ranking of #16, Rasmussen College - Minnesota did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of St. Cloud, Rasmussen College - Minnesota is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their Associate's Degree, accounting graduates from Rasmussen College - Minnesota carry an average student debtload of $23,240. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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With a ranking of #17, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their associate’s degree. NWTC is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay.

While working on their Associate's Degree, accounting majors at NWTC accumulate an average of around $17,457 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $182.

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Dakota County Technical College landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree accounting programs. Located in the rural area of Rosemount, DCTC is a public school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at DCTC take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $16,661. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $195.

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#19

McHenry County College

Crystal Lake, IL

McHenry County College ranked #19 on this year’s Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools list. Located in the rural area of Crystal Lake, MCC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#20

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree accounting programs. Located in the large suburb of Elizabethtown, E - town is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Southwest Wisconsin Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. Southwest Tech is a small public school located in the rural area of Fennimore.

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DeVry University - Illinois did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Chicago, DeVry University - Illinois is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Accounting majors at DeVry University - Illinois take out an average of $35,925 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $371.

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Rasmussen College - North Dakota did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Rasmussen College - North Dakota is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Fargo.

Accounting majors at Rasmussen College - North Dakota take out an average of $23,240 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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Rasmussen College - Florida came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Ocala, Rasmussen College - Florida is a private for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, accounting graduates from Rasmussen College - Florida take out $23,240 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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#25

Rio Salado College

Tempe, AZ

Rio Salado College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the city of Tempe, Rio Salado College is a public college with a large student population.

On average, accounting graduates from Rio Salado College take out $18,570 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $148, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Best Accounting Associate's Degree Schools

#33

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
#35

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
#36

Blinn College

Brenham, TX
#37

Lake Superior College

Duluth, MN
#39

Nassau Community College

Garden City, NY
#40

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI
#45

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Accounting Associate's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 373 different United States accounting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
52 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
53 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
54 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
55 Rasmussen College-Kansas Topeka, KS

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
56 NHTI-Concord’s Community College Concord, NH
57 Baker College Flint, MI
58 Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville, PA
59 Delaware Technical Community College-Terry Dover, DE
60 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
61 Manchester Community College Manchester, CT
62 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
63 Community College of Vermont Montpelier, VT
64 National American University - Rapid City Rapid City, SD
65 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD
66 Minnesota West Community and Technical College Granite Falls, MN
67 Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester, MN
68 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
69 Union County College Cranford, NJ
70 Post University Waterbury, CT
71 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
72 Sullivan University Louisville, KY
73 CUNY LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY
74 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO

Accounting by Region

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

Accounting is one of 21 different types of programs to choose from.

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

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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.

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