2016 Ranking of Bachelors Programs in Accounting
What do a top Fortune 500 company in New York, a used car sales business in Duluth, a hi-tech business start-up in Silicon Valley, a multi-site retail distribution network, and a local taco shop all have in common? They all have finances to manage, and they all have to pay taxes. Regardless of whether you are interested in entering the workforce in a capacity such as one of these, something completely different, or some combination of them, an undergraduate major in accounting will not only give you a degree that is increasingly popular but also in extremely high demand with employers in every sector of the business community. If you’re considering degrees from online colleges (these provide more flexibility for students already working looking to start a new career) we compiled a ranking of the best Online Accounting Degrees.

What are the Best Bachelor’s in Accounting Degree Programs?

Our 2016 list of the best bachelors degrees in accounting is based exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision. According to the most recent nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA , these factors include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost, and success of graduates in the post-college job market. Our data was derived from a variety of publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and PayScale.com and will help you find a school that will set you up for success in this important field.

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Cornell University

Cornell

Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell is a private Ivy League university. Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White founded the university in 1865 as an institution for teaching and contributing to all fields of knowledge. Cornell offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and Management with the option to concentrate in Accounting. The broad and flexible requirements for the degree reflect the original vision of the institution. Students in Cornell’s Dyson School can participate in the Farm Credit Fellows, Food Marketing Fellows, Societal Solutions Scholars Program, and more. More than 500 student organizations allow for even more opportunities to get involved and build leadership skills.

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Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University Maryland is a private Jesuit university in Baltimore. The main campus covers 80 acres and features Collegiate Gothic architecture. The Loyola College of Arts and Sciences, the Loyola School of Education, and the Sellinger School of Business and Management comprise the university, enrolling a total of about 6,000 students. The Accounting Department at Loyola equips students with knowledge, critical thinking skills, research and communication ability, and a sense of ethics and professional responsibility, all of which is necessary in a professional business environment. Enriching internships, service, and international experience opportunities are available to accounting students.

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University of Scranton

Scranton

A Jesuit university in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the University of Scranton is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The university consists of The College of Arts and Sciences, The Kania School of Management, and the Panuska College of Professional Studies. About 4,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students are enrolled at Scranton. Each year 90 to 100 percent of Scranton’s accounting graduates find full-time employment or are admitted to graduate school. The school offers a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, as well as a five-year option combining the Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees.

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Bentley University

Bentley University

Bentley is a small, private university in Waltham, Massachusetts, only nine miles from Boston. Founded as the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, the university is primarily focused on business education and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Of Bentley’s 4,000 students, more than 95 percent immediately begin their business careers upon graduation. Undergraduate accounting students can focus their education on cost accounting, external or internal auditing, financial accounting, or information technology. The Bentley bachelor’s degree in Accounting meets the official requirements to qualify graduates to sit for the CPA exam.

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Wake Forest University

Wake

Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Wake Forest University is a private, nonprofit, non-sectarian university. The university was founded in 1834 and was originally located north of Raleigh, but moved to its current location in 1956. Wake Forest’s undergraduate major in Accountancy lays a foundation for a career in accounting or for advanced study. Wake Forest students can apply to complete a five-year program leading to both an undergraduate and a master’s degree in accountancy. Accountancy is one of four degree focus areas within the Bachelor of Science program in Business. Other options include Business and Enterprise Management, Finance, and Mathematical Business.

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Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University - Chicago

A private Jesuit university, Loyola University Chicago has six campuses throughout Chicago as well as sites in Italy, China, and Vietnam. Twelve undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools make up the university, offering around 200 degree and certificate programs. Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business offers a rigorous and flexible Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Accounting students are prepared for CPA, CMA, CFM, and CIA exams, and can earn a Master of Science in Accountancy in only one additional year. Marketing, management, business law, and other areas are covered in the business core curriculum. A BBA in Finance is also available, as are several double degree programs.

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Boston College

Boston College

A private Jesuit university in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Boston College has about 5,000 graduate students and just over 9,000 enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs. Undergraduate accounting students in Boston College’s Carroll School of Management can choose to concentrate their degree in accounting, accounting information systems, or corporate reporting and analysis. In all concentrations and throughout the school, BC’s Carroll faculty seek to develop business leaders, equipped with both skills and character, who are able and motivated to improve organizations and society. The school’s Center for Corporate Citizenship, Center for Work and Family, and other centers provide valuable resources for BC business students.

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Fairfield University

Fairfield University

Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, Fairfield University was founded by the Society of Jesus and is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Fairfield’s five schools and colleges enroll about 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students. Group problem solving, casework, and simulations prepare Fairfield’s business students for a successful business career. Accounting students in Fairfield’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business learn about accounting and its role in the larger context of business operations. Experiential learning opportunities are available through internships with corporate firms as well as small non-profit organizations.

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George Mason University

George Mason University

Enrolling nearly 34,000 students, George Mason is the largest public research university in Virginia. Founded in 1957 as part of the University of Virginia, George Mason is now known particularly for its economics, law, creative writing, computer science, and business programs. GMU’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting provides a broad business framework as well as specific education in the field of accounting. Undergraduate students also have the option of completing an accelerate MS in Accounting, earning both degrees and fulfilling educational requirements for the CPA exam in only five years. Accounting students at George Mason are trained in critical thinking, communication, and technological proficiency.

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University of Virginia

University of Virginia

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in the city of Charlottesville, the University of Virginia is a Public Ivy institution that has been open since 1819. Nearly 15,000 undergraduate and 6,500 graduate students attend the university, representing all 50 states and 147 countries. UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce offers an undergraduate program that blends a liberal arts education with business career preparation. Students can concentrate in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Management, or Marketing. The school is based on an Integrated Core Experience (ICE), which gives students multiple perspectives on the business world.

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John Carroll University

John Carroll

John Carroll University is a Jesuit university in University Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Around 3,000 students are enrolled in the university’s undergraduate and graduate programs. John Carroll grows students into socially responsible leaders through its many degree programs, including undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Department of Accountancy. Accounting students can complete a master’s degree and qualify to take the CPA exam by selecting the Boler School of Business’s 5th Year MBA option. Minors in business, entrepreneurship, and economics are available to complement the undergraduate accounting degree.

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St. Joseph's University

St. Joseph's University

St. Joseph’s University, located in the Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia, is a private Jesuit institution. Over 9,000 students are enrolled in the university’s undergraduate, graduate, study abroad, and special study programs. Founded in 1851, SJU is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. St. Joseph’s is one of three universities in the state of Pennsylvania whose accounting programs are AACSB-accredited. The curriculum provides a comprehensive foundation and an emphasis on business ethics. SJU’s Accounting Internship Program is supported by a large network of partners, who offer students valuable professional experiences.

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Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount University

Located in the Westchester community of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University is a private Jesuit and Marymount university. With more than 9,000 students, Loyola Marymount is one of the West Coast’s largest Roman Catholic universities. The undergraduate accounting major at LMU fulfills educational requirements for CPA, CMA, and CIA licenses. The university also has a high pass rate for each of these licensing exams. Lectures, projects, team competitions, oral presentations, and other special events give students an idea of what professional life will be like after they graduate. Some of LMU’s accounting courses include Managerial Accounting, Federal Income Taxation, and Fraud Examination.

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University of Alabama

University of alabama

Founded in 1831, the University of Alabama is one of the oldest and largest universities in the state. UA’s main campus in Tuscaloosa is referred to as The Capstone, meaning “the high point” of the public school system. The university is made up of 13 academic divisions, which grant degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Alabama’s Culverhouse School of Accountancy is one of the oldest accounting programs in the nation and is a charter member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy. Undergraduate students in the school graduate with a Bachelor of Science in College of Commerce & Business Administration with a major in Accounting.

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Arizona State University

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Arizona State University, located on five campuses in the Phoenix area and one in the northwestern part of the state, is the largest public university by enrollment in the United States. Over 70,000 students are enrolled at the six ASU campuses and online. The School of Accountancy at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business offers bachelor’s degree programs focused on ethics, critical thinking, and communication and enriched by up-to-date technology and faculty-supervised team projects. ASU’s Bachelor of Science in Accountancy requires courses in a variety of business fields, preparing students to practice accounting with an understanding of their place in a functioning business environment.

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Binghamton University, State University of New York

Binghamton

Binghamton University, part of the State University of New York, has more than 16,000 students in six colleges and schools. About 1,500 of these are enrolled in the School of Management. Binghamton’s Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting prepares students for careers in public and corporate accounting or for graduate and professional schools. A broad liberal arts curriculum in the first two years leads into a focused business education in the third and fourth years. Accounting students can also choose to complete a five-year program granting both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, while meeting fulfilling prerequisites for taking the CPA exam.

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New York University

NYU

New York University, in New York City, is a private, nonsectarian institution with more than 20 schools and colleges on many different campuses around the world. NYU’s Stern School of Business believes and teaches that its students can use business to change the world in tremendously positive ways. Stern’s Department of Accounting offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. The joint BS/MS in Accounting program grants two degrees as well as the educational requirements for taking the CPA exam. The Stern and Tisch Schools and NYU also offer the option to pair a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television.

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University of Southern California

USC

The University of Southern California is a private, not-for-profit university whose main campus is located in Los Angeles. Founded in 1880, USC is the oldest private research university in California. USC’s Leventhal School of Accounting is an innovative leader in accounting education and critical research. The Leventhal School is part of the university’s highly rated Marshall School of Business, which includes successful and professional faculty. The undergraduate accounting program is made up of a flexible curriculum that strengthens technical skills, analytical and critical thinking, and oral and written communication. Courses take a global perspective, and students can enhance this perspective through international study trips.

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Creighton University

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A private Jesuit university in Omaha, Nebraska, Creighton University enrolls around 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Students can concentrate in accounting through Creighton’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. The program stresses the accountant’s position, not only as record keeper, but as financial advisor and decision maker. The curriculum at Creighton is focused on Jesuit education, development of God-given talents, growth of a broad perspective, and engagement of spirit and sense of purpose. Accounting students can be a part of several student organizations particular to the field and can join 90 percent of their peers in completing at least one internship while enrolled.

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University of Albany, State University of New York

Albany

The State University of New York at Albany is an undergraduate and graduate research university with three campuses in the state. SUNY Albany’s 17,000 students can choose from more than 600 study abroad programs and a variety of internship opportunities in New York. In addition to degrees in Business Administration and Digital Forensics, Albany’s School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. The degree covers areas like financial and managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, and accounting information systems. After completing the 120 credit hours required for the degree, students can earn 30 more credit hours to gain a master’s degree and fulfill educational requirements for the CPA license.

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University of North Carolina

UNC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill opened in 1795 and is one of the three oldest public universities in the United States. UNC, one of the original Public Ivy schools, now enrolls nearly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 70 courses of study. Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School offers accounting students state-of-the-art facilities and a high-quality educational experience within a community-oriented atmosphere. Excellence, leadership, integrity, community, and teamwork are the core values that shape every program within the school. Admission is based on intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, communication skills, and global awareness, as well as academic excellence.

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Texas A&M University

TAMUC

Texas A&M, founded in 1876 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, is the oldest and largest public institution of higher education in the state. A&M’s 5,500-acre campus hosts nearly 65,000 students. The university’s Mays Business School emphasizes practical education, partnering with business executives and companies to provide a relevant business education experience. Accounting programs at Texas A&M, including the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, focus on building ethically sound leaders through the development of technical competence, critical thinking, communication skills, and global awareness.

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Miami University Ohio

Miami Ohio

Located in Oxford, Ohio, Miami University is a public university founded in 1809 and opened in 1824. Miami is considered a Public Ivy school, offering an education comparable to that of an Ivy League university. The Farmer School of Business at Miami offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in accountancy. Both degree programs provide experiential learning opportunities, such as the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Case Competition, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, and the Accountancy Travel Program. Students also have access to such valuable resources as career development, academic advising, and an assortment of student organizations.

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University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania Quad

The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League university and one of the original Colonial Colleges. Established in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, UPenn claims to be the first university in the United States. The university is active in academics, research, and public service. The accounting department at the University of Pennsylvania approaches the field from a multidisciplinary perspective. The Wharton School of Business at Pennsylvania offers interdisciplinary dual degree programs so that students can combine their business knowledge with another passion. More than 225 professors teach at Wharton and guide undergraduate and graduate students into maturity and leadership.

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Seattle University

Seattle University

Seattle University, the largest independent university in the Northwest United States, is a Jesuit university with 7,500 students. The university is made up of nine colleges and schools and offers more than 60 undergraduate programs, as well as graduate and certificate programs. Students in Seattle’s Albers School of Business and Economics can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. The degree requires 180 credits, including core, business, and major courses. The accounting program at Seattle equips students with critical thinking, communication, and technical skills, as well as an awareness of the needs of various communities.

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University of Maryland

Maryland

The University of Maryland, located in College Park, is about four miles from Washington, D.C. The university was founded in 1856 and is the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland. With 37,000 students, UM is the largest university in the state. The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, offering an undergraduate major in accounting, is one of few business schools in the nation with a Center for International Business Education and Research. The Smith School also has an Undergraduate Fellows Program, which gives accounting students the opportunity to serve as paid teaching assistants for beginning courses.

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University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame, named after the Virgin Mary, is a Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana. Founded in 1842, the university occupies 1,250 acres and enrolls around 11,000 students. The Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame offers an undergraduate accountancy program that prepares students to analyze, communicate, and predict a business’s economic activity. The program features a unique course, entitled Decision Processes in Accounting, which trains students to identify relevant information and solve problems involving uncertainty and risk. Accounting students can participate in the Tax Assistance Program, providing tax preparation services to low-income individuals and families in the area.

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University of Michigan

University of Michigan

Founded in Detroit in 1817, the University of Michigan moved to Ann Arbor in 1837, the same year the Michigan Territory officially became a state. The university includes a Central Campus, a North Campus, and two satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn. Michigan’s Ross School of Business encourages analytic, action-based learning leading to positive and innovative business practices. The Ross School believes that because the boundaries between accounting, finance, and management are becoming less distinct, a broad business background is necessary for success in any one field. In addition to undergraduate accounting degrees, dual degrees are offered in several areas of business study.

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University of California Berkeley

Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is the flagship campus of the University of California system. Over 37,000 students are enrolled in Berkeley’s 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The accounting program at Berkeley is part of the Center for Financial Reporting & Management in the Haas School of Business. The school provides a full curriculum of accounting courses for students interested in becoming a CPA. About 100 students per year pursue accounting at Berkeley, completing coursework in general business and ethics as well as accounting. About 30 percent of all Haas students go on to work for public accounting firms when they graduate.

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Michigan State University

MSU Beaumont Tower

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is a public research university in East Lansing. The university pioneered the study of such areas as packaging, hospitality, plant biology, supply chain management, and telecommunication. The Department of Accounting & Information Systems is part of the Eli Broad College of Business at MSU and offers a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as graduate degrees. The department operates on the Platform Model, encouraging a high degree of collaboration among students, practitioners, and faculty and staff. Priority is placed on educational programs, quality of research, and depth and scope of community.

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University of South Florida

South.Florida

Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida is a public research university with its main campus in Tampa. Other campuses are located in St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. USF’s Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy emphasizes creativity and analytics within accounting study. By transforming minds, the school seeks to positively transform businesses. Global literacy and impact is an essential aspect of the accountancy program at USF, which partners with international faculty and exchange programs. South Florida also boasts the only business honors program in the state, which currently includes 105 students with an average high school GPA of 3.99.

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University of Wisconsin Madison

Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin-Madison was founded in 1848, the same year Wisconsin achieved statehood. UW-Madison is the state’s oldest and largest public university. The university consists of 20 schools and colleges, enrolling about 43,000 students. Accounting students in the Wisconsin School of Business are prepared for careers in corporate, public, non-profit, and government accounting. The accounting major can be enhanced by specializations in Health Care Management or Supply Chain Management. Students also have opportunities to expand their education by joining professional organization, earning a language certificate, or studying abroad.

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Baruch College, City University of New York

Baruch

Baruch College, located in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan, is a constituent of the City University of New York system. With over 17,000 students who speak more than 110 languages, Baruch is one of the nation’s most diverse campuses. BBA degrees in Accounting are available through the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch. The degree requires completion of Baruch core, business core, and major courses; and qualified students can fulfill these requirements while enjoying the benefits and scholarly community of the Zicklin Undergraduate Honors Program. The 124 credits needed for the BBA degree prepare students for successful careers in all areas of business.

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University of Washington

University of Washington

The University of Washington has its main campus in Seattle, as well as two other campuses in Tacoma and Bothell. UW was founded in 1861 and is one of the West Coast’s oldest universities. The university currently enrolls a total of about 45,000 students. Students in the Foster School of Business at Washington can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree, concentrating in Accounting, Finance, or one of several other study options. The degree includes a residency requirement, but offers exceptions for certain study abroad programs. Qualified business students can enhance their experience by joining the Foster Honors Program.

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University of Georgia

University.Georgia

Founded in 1875, the University of Georgia was the nation’s first state-chartered university. More than 35,000 students are enrolled at the university, making it the largest institution of higher learning in the state of Georgia. At Georgia’s Terry College of Business, expert faculty integrate research and curriculum to prepare students for an evolving and competitive job market. Terry’s accounting major covers a variety of relevant topics, preparing students for careers as auditors, budget analysts, staff accountants, tax consultants, and more. University of Georgia students interested in the accounting major must pass an accounting test and submit a statement of purpose.

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Indiana University

Indiana University

Indiana University Bloomington, with over 40,000 students, is the largest institution of the Indiana University system. Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, which boasts expert faculty, a well-rounded curriculum, and various internship opportunities. Accounting students become proficient in auditing, taxation, and systems management, as well as oral and written communication. The accounting major features a highly structured curriculum, meaning that many classes must be taken in a particular order. Bloomington graduates have been employed by such organizations as General Mills and Motorola.

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University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public research university with its main campus in Oxford, Mississippi. Other campuses are located in Booneville, Grenada, Tupelo, and Southaven. The Patterson School of Accountancy at Ole Miss offers offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The undergraduate accountancy program trains students in public, management, governmental, and taxation areas of accounting. Graduates of the program have become leaders in Fortune 500 companies, governmental and not-for-profit agencies, and international accounting firms. The Bachelor of Accountancy program includes 124 credit hours and requires all students to complete a minor.

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Ohio State University

OSU

The Ohio State University is a public research university in Columbus. Originally founded in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, the school was later developed into a comprehensive university that now enrolls over 55,000 students. OSU’s Fisher College of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, which students customize by choosing a specialization. One of the twelve specialization options is accounting. Accounting students can join student groups and take advantage of educational trips and student exchanges in places such as the Czech Republic, Singapore, Australia, England, and various locations in South America.

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Penn State University

Penn State2

The Pennsylvania State University, otherwise known as Penn State, was founded in 1855 and now has campuses throughout the state. With 46,000 students, the University Park campus is one of the largest universities in the United States. The Smeal College of Business at Penn State offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the five-year Integrated Master of Accounting Program. The Penn State BS in Accounting prepares students for CPA, CMA, and CIA examinations. Upon graduation, students may be qualified to work in areas such as professional services, industry, government, and education.

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Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Brooklyn CUNY

Brooklyn College, known for its beautiful 26-acre campus and its affordability, is sometimes called “the poor man’s Harvard.” The college was originally founded as a branch of Hunter College and the City College of New York, but is now a part of the City University of New York. Brooklyn College is diverse, many of its 17,000 students being immigrants or children of immigrants. Undergraduate accounting students can prepare for graduate school or professional careers by earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting, Internal Accounting, or Public Accounting and Business, Management, and Finance. Certificate programs are also available in Accounting and Non-Profit Fiscal Management.

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University of Missouri

University of Missouri

The University of Missouri, or Mizzou, is a public university with campuses in Columbia, Rolla, Kansas City, and St. Louis. The university was founded in 1839 and was the first public higher education institution west of the Mississippi River. More than 35,000 students are enrolled in the MU’s 300 degree programs. In addition to a Master of Accountancy and a PhD program, Mizzou’s School of Accountancy offers a 150-hour combined degree program. Students completing the program graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy. The program’s curriculum covers accounting and general business, as well as professional skills like public speaking and information systems.

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University of Texas at Austin

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The University of Texas at Austin is one of the country’s largest universities, with over 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The university was founded in 1883 and is the flagship state university of Texas. The Department of Accounting at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business offers bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programs led by world-renowned teachers and researchers. Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting or complete a Finance major with an emphasis in Accounting. A Corporate Track and a Financial Institutions Track are available. The school also offers a BBA + MPA program, allowing students to earn two degrees.

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University of Florida

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Located on a 2,000-acre campus in Gainesville, the University of Florida is a senior member of the State University System of Florida. The university consists of more than 150 research centers and 16 academic colleges, populated by nearly 50,000 students. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting offered through Florida’s Warrington College of Business boasts a conceptual focus, which allows students to keep up with an evolving business environment. Students seeking a professional accounting career can enroll in the university’s 3/2 program, earning a Master of Accounting in addition to the bachelor’s degree, while also meeting CPA educational requirements.

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Rutgers University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was originally known as Queen’s College and is the eighth-oldest college in the United States. The mission of Rutgers includes instructing New Jersey’s citizens, conducting research, and performing public service. The Rutgers Business School, located in Newark and New Brunswick, offers an undergraduate accounting major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduates from the program are currently working with businesses like New York Life and Johnson & Johnson. Students can specialize in public accounting, tax accounting, government accounting, and more. Those interested in taking the CPA exam can enroll in a master’s level program that fulfills the educational prerequisites.

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University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Illinois

Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the state’s second-oldest public university. UIUC is a research-intensive institution less than three hours from such major cities as Indianapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis. The undergraduate accountancy program at Illinois engages and develops students’ critical thinking abilities through active learning methods emphasizing inquiry, analysis, judgment, and decision making. Accountancy courses reinforce and integrate principles from general education requirements, offering students a firm understanding of a broad range of important topics. Team projects, discussions, and reports allow students to work on improving their written and oral communication skills.

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University of Massachusetts

UMass

The University of Massachusetts has four campuses, a medical school, and online programs. The university’s flagship campus is in Amherst, considered one of the best college towns in the United States. Undergraduate majors at UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management include Accounting, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism Management, as well as several other fields of study. UMass accounting graduates are highly sought after by Big Four and other public accounting firms in the Greater Boston area as well as throughout New England. Throughout their undergraduate experience, accounting students work multiple internships and build valuable relationships with peers and professors.

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Florida State University

Florida State University

Florida State University, founded in 1851, has its main campus in Tallahassee and is made up of 16 colleges. More than 360 programs of study are available to FSU’s 40,000 students. In addition to a BS in Accounting, FSU’s College of Business offers a CPA certification, a minor in Forensic Accounting and Criminology, and various graduate degrees. The BS program equips students with specific accounting knowledge while training them to communicate well, work with others, organize, and use good professional judgment. Undergraduate accounting students at Florida State can be a part of various networking groups, such as Beta Alpha Psi and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.

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California State University Northridge

California State University_Northridge

California State University Northridge is a public university in Los Angeles. Established in 1958 as a satellite campus of Cal State Los Angeles, Northridge now enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 134 bachelor’s programs, 70 master’s programs, 24 teaching certificate programs, and three doctoral degree programs. CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and in Information Systems. The accounting curriculum is balanced by general education requirements, including courses in Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Lifelong Learning, and Comparative Cultural Studies.

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Brigham Young University

BYU

Brigham Young University, located in Provo, Utah, is a private research university owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. About 99 percent of Brigham Young’s 30,000 students are members of the LDS church, and many students put their studies on hold to serve as Mormon missionaries. BYU’s Marriott School of Management offers a Bachelor of Science program in Accountancy, which is driven by quality of curriculum, faculty, external relations, internal operations, and student values and abilities. Students develop skills through class work, as well as through organizations like Beta Alpha Psi, job shadowing and internship experiences, and study abroad programs.

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University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota, whose main campus is located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is made up of 19 colleges and schools. Other University of Minnesota campuses are in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester. Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management approaches each area of study in relation to other relevant fields, resulting in a comprehensive educational experience. Accounting faculty at the Carlson School are active scholars and researchers who create a stimulating learning environment. The undergraduate accounting major at the University of Minnesota prepares students to fill the role of business advisor as well as number-cruncher.

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