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2021 Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools

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Finding the Best Accounting Bachelor'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 help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 960 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor'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 Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for accounting majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Accounting

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our 2021 rankings named University of Pennsylvania the best school in the United States for accounting students working on their bachelor’s degree. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Notre Dame is a great place for accounting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, accounting graduates from Notre Dame carry an average student debtload of $18,100. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $197.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Out of the 960 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Georgetown University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

Accounting majors at Georgetown take out an average of $14,786 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $161, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Out of the 960 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Emory University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Emory is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Atlanta.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, accounting graduates from Emory carry an average student debtload of $19,009.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Washington and Lee University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of Lexington, Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Washington and Lee take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $17,616. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $164.

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#6

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

With a ranking of #6, Lehigh University did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem.

On average, accounting graduates from Lehigh take out $19,921 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $225.

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#7

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree accounting programs. Bentley is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Waltham.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Bentley take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,417. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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#8

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree accounting programs. Located in the town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, accounting majors at Bucknell accumulate an average of around $23,076 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#9

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

With a ranking of #9, Illinois Wesleyan University did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the small city of Bloomington, Illinois Wesleyan is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Accounting majors at Illinois Wesleyan take out an average of $25,890 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#10

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

With a ranking of #10, Villanova University did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Villanova take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $23,841. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $278.

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#11

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Accounting majors at Boston College take out an average of $15,969 in student loans while working on their Bachelor'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 $176.

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#12

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

With a ranking of #12, Syracuse University did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Syracuse is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Syracuse.

Accounting majors at Syracuse take out an average of $24,997 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. UIUC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Champaign.

Accounting majors at UIUC take out an average of $17,980 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $187.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UMass Amherst is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Amherst.

On average, accounting graduates from UMass Amherst take out $21,045 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. 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 #15, University of Southern California did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at USC take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $20,580. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $213.

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#16

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of University of Richmond, U of Richmond is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Accounting majors at U of Richmond take out an average of $20,152 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Washington University in St Louis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#18

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

With a ranking of #18, Virginia Tech did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Virginia Tech take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $21,255. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $234.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #19 on this year’s Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the large city of Madison.

On average, accounting graduates from Wisconsin take out $19,626 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $219.

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#20

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree accounting programs. Located in the city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, accounting majors at SCU accumulate an average of around $18,321 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $208.

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#21

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

University of Delaware did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #21 on the list. U of Delaware is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Newark.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, accounting majors at U of Delaware accumulate an average of around $21,675 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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With a ranking of #22, Rutgers University - Newark did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Newark, Rutgers Newark is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Rutgers Newark take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,152. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $226.

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#23

Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN

Saint Johns University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the rural area of Collegeville, SJU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, accounting majors at SJU accumulate an average of around $22,177 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $275.

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#24

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

Stonehill College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Stonehill is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Easton.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, accounting majors at Stonehill accumulate an average of around $25,002 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#25

Cleary University

Howell, MI

Cleary University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Cleary College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Howell.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, accounting graduates from Cleary College carry an average student debtload of $23,416.

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

#26

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#27

Elon University

Elon, NC
#28

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#30

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#31

University of Mary

Bismarck, ND
#32

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
#34

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#36

Providence College

Providence, RI
#37

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#39

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA
#40

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
#41

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#45

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#46

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX
#47

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#49

Drake University

Des Moines, IA
#50

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 960 different United States accounting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
52 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
53 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
54 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
55 University of Georgia Athens, GA
56 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
57 Creighton University Omaha, NE
58 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
59 Baylor University Waco, TX
60 Hope College Holland, MI
61 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
62 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
63 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
64 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
65 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
66 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
67 Menlo College Atherton, CA
68 Pace University - New York New York, NY
69 Judson University Elgin, IL
70 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
71 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
72 Washington State University Pullman, WA
73 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
74 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
75 Northwood University Midland, MI
76 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
77 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
78 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
79 Western New England University Springfield, MA
80 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
81 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
82 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
83 Fordham University Bronx, NY
84 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
85 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
86 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
87 Bradley University Peoria, IL
88 Furman University Greenville, SC
89 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
90 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
91 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
92 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
93 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
94 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
95 Iowa State University Ames, IA
96 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
97 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
98 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
99 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
100 University of Minnesota - Crookston Crookston, MN
101 Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global Marion, IN
102 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
103 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
104 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
105 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
106 Illinois State University Normal, IL
107 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
108 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
109 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
110 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
111 Siena College Loudonville, NY
112 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
113 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
114 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
115 Yeshiva University New York, NY
116 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
117 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
117 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
119 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
120 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
121 Chapman University Orange, CA
122 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
123 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
124 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
125 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
126 Walsh University North Canton, OH
127 Simpson College Indianola, IA
128 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
129 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
130 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
131 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
132 Luther College Decorah, IA
133 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
134 Endicott College Beverly, MA
135 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
136 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
137 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
138 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
139 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
140 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
141 Towson University Towson, MD
142 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
143 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
144 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA

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
145 Wartburg College Waverly, IA
146 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
147 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
148 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
149 Champlain College Burlington, VT
150 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
151 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND
152 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
153 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
154 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
155 Pennsylvania State University - Berks Reading, PA
156 Linfield College - Online and Continuing Education McMinnville, OR
157 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
158 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
159 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
160 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
161 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
162 Viterbo University La Crosse, WI
163 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
164 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
165 Loras College Dubuque, IA
166 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
167 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
168 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
169 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
170 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
171 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
172 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
173 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
174 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
175 American University Washington, DC
176 Central College Pella, IA
177 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
178 Seattle University Seattle, WA
179 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
180 Franklin University Columbus, OH
181 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
182 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
183 Clemson University Clemson, SC
184 St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, NY
185 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
186 Briar Cliff University Sioux City, IA
187 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
188 Concordia University - Wisconsin Mequon, WI
189 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
190 Assumption University Worcester, MA
191 DePaul University Chicago, IL
192 Concordia University - Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN

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

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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