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. Our 2015 list of the best bachelor’s degrees in accounting balances reputation with affordability and will help you find a school that will set you up for success in this important field. If you’re looking for degrees from online colleges, which provide more flexibility for students with full life schedules, we compiled a ranking of the best Online Accounting Degrees.

Update: We have just released our 2016 ranking of the best Bachelor’s in Accounting Degree Programs. Click here for the latest ranking.

Bentley University
Bentley University

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Bentley is a small private university in Waltham, Massachusetts. The campus is 163 acres, and about 4,000 students are enrolled. Bentley focuses on instilling in students technical skills, a global perspective, and high ethical standards. More than 95 percent of Bentley graduates immediately begin their business careers when they leave the university.

Hofstra University

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A private nonprofit university seven miles from New York City, Hofstra started as an extension of New York University in 1935. Hofstra boasts small class sizes, state-of-the-art classrooms, and a diverse mix of opportunities to get involved. With the university’s 140 undergraduate programs and 150 graduate programs, student interests are equally as diverse. The Frank G. Zarb School of Business is among the 10 percent of business schools to be AACSB-accredited in both business and accounting.

Bryant University
Bryant University

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Located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Bryant University is a private institution known for its quality education and close-knit community. The small classes in Bryant’s accounting program allow for more individualized support. Students graduating from the program have the option of continuing their education at Bryant and earning a Masters of Professional Accountancy. Bryant realizes, however, that there is more to education than specific career training. For this reason, Bryant combines accounting training with the liberal arts, allowing students interdisciplinary opportunities to prepare for life after graduation.

Villanova University
Villanova University

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Villanova University is a private institution located in a Philadelphia suburb. It is a Roman Catholic university founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. The Villanova School of Business offers undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs. The school is known for academic rigor, creativity, and service learning opportunities. Villanova also helps students find internships, and many students who take advantage of these opportunities are offered full-time positions.

Suffolk University

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Founded in Boston in 1906, Suffolk University is a private, nonsectarian university with just over 9,000 students. The campus is situated in the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood. Suffolk’s Sawyer Business School includes a highly successful accounting program with the highest CPA pass rate in Massachusetts. A BSBA degree in accounting is available at Suffolk, as is a 4+1 combination degree program.

University of Denver

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Located seven miles from downtown, the University of Denver is a designated arboretum. Over 100 clubs and organizations offer students opportunities to get involved in the community. The university has 5,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students working toward a wide variety of degrees. The Daniels College of Business includes one of the country’s first accounting programs, which allows students to gain BS degrees in accounting.

St. John’s University
St Johns

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St. John’s is a private university in New York City. Despite its Roman Catholic affiliation, the university welcomes students of all faiths. Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting are available through the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, which has sent out students to join some of the most well-known firms in the country. The Tobin College of Business seeks to prepare its students for competence in a range of business practices, recognize and respond to market needs, and act based on ethical principles.

Georgia State University
Georgia College and State University

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One of the four research universities in the University System of Georgia, Georgia State University is located in downtown Atlanta and has about 24,000 undergraduate students. Internships and jobs are accessible to Georgia State business students, as they are settled in the city with the third-highest number of Fortune 500 companies in the United States. Georgia State is highly involved in the development of the citiy and surrounding communities. The BBA program in accounting through the J. Mack Robinson College of Business prepares students for entry-level accounting positions as well as the college’s Master of Professional Accountancy program.

Southern Methodist University

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Southern Methodist University was founded in Dallas in 1911. SMU provides small, secular classes and abundant leadership opportunities for its 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Southern Methodist’s Cox School of Business offers BBA and MS degrees in Accounting, which prepare students for accounting careers and for the CPA exam. There are plenty of internship opportunities for SMU students in the Dallas area. In addition to gaining practical experience, students in 90 percent of these internships are paid for their work.

Fordham University

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A private nonprofit university, Fordham has about 8,000 undergraduate students and campuses across New York City. Accounting has been an integral part of the Gabelli School of Business since the school’s founding in 1920. Undergraduate accounting majors include BS degrees in Public Accounting, Public Accountancy, Applied Accounting and Finance, and Accounting Information Systems. About 20 percent of graduating Fordham students go on to jobs in the Big Four.

DePaul University

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DePaul, a private university in Chicago, was founded in 1898 and is the largest Catholic university in the United States. Over 16,000 undergraduate students study at one of thefive campuses in and around the city, and the university employs the quarter-based academic system. The Richard H. Driehaus College of Business is located exclusively at the Loop campus, placing students near Chicago’s financial district. At DePaul, students can earn a BSB in accounting or undergo a five-year BSB-MACC combined program.

University of Houston

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With a campus of over 600 acres in one of the nation’s largest cities, the University of Houston allows students to interact with diverse cultures and gain job experience through internships in the city. UH graduates have stepped into important leadership positions thanks to training and networking opportunities provided by the university. UH’s Bauer College of Business offers a BBA degree in Accounting, as well as a Professional Program in Accountancy. Graduates of the latter program earn bachelors and masters degrees and qualify to take the CPA in Texas.

Northeastern University

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Northeastern University in Boston is a private nonprofit institution offering more than 90 undergraduate majors as well as numerous options for graduate study. Students at Northeastern can choose from over 300 clubs and organizations to get involved in. They also have the opportunity to gain work experience through completing professional co-ops, as more than 90 percent of students do. Northeastern’s commitment to experiential learning is especially important and especially visible within the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, where entrepreneurship and international business are emphasized.

University of Central Florida

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The University of Central Florida is a public research university in Orlando with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the United States. Originally Florida Technological University, UCF eventually expanded its focus beyond engineering and technology. The university now boasts a diverse student population, with individuals from 50 states and 148 countries. A BS degree through the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting instills students with skills in not only quantitative methods, but also problem solving and informational analysis.

Florida Atlantic University

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Florida Atlantic University is located in Boca Raton, Florida, and has five satellite campuses. FAU is a public university with 850 acres and 25,000 undergraduate students. BS and BBA accounting degrees are available, both of which include core business courses in addition to accounting courses. Florida Atlantic also has an Accounting Scholars Program for exceptional accounting students. Over 90 percent of students in the program start their careers in public accounting.

SUNY Binghamton

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Binghamton University of the State University of New York system was founded in 1946 and currently has 13,000 undergraduate students enrolled. The university includes a nature preserve where students can participate in outdoor activities. Binghamton’s School of Management offers a BS degree in Accounting, which trains students in the liberal arts as well as in business practices. A five-year BS/MS combined degree is also available.

George Mason University
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The largest research university in the state, George Mason University has its main campus in Fairfax County, Virginia. GMU was founded in 1970 and nearly 22,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled. George Mason’s business program emphasizes technology, communication skills, and critical thinking. The university offers BS and accelerated MS programs in accounting.

SUNY Albany

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The University at Albany, a part of the State University of New York system, is a public research institution that was founded in 1844. About 13,000 undergraduate students choose from more than 50 majors at SUNY Albany. The School of Business offers a BS degree in Accounting, which trains students in such skills as auditing and taxation, and accounting information systems. Undergraduate students can also add 30 credit hours to earn a Masters degree in Accounting.

University of Southern California

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The main campus of the University of Southern California is located in Los Angeles and occupies just over 300 acres. The private research university was founded in 1880 and is the oldest in California. More than 21,000 graduate students and 18,000 undergraduates attend USC, and more international students currently attend USC than any other university in the United States. The Marshall School of Business has about 200 students and a distinguished and innovative accounting school.

Boston College
Boston College

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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. Students pursuing a business degree at Boston College can choose one of two concentrations, including accounting and accounting information systems, and can even combine a business major with majors outside of the Carroll School of Management. The broad scope of Carroll’s accounting program prepares a diverse group of students for a variety of careers in accounting. Honesty, integrity, and respect are some core values of Boston College’s business school.

University of South Florida

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The University of South Florida was founded in 1956 in Tampa. Over 30,000 students occupy the university’s 1,500-acre campus. USF’s Muma College of Business seeks to transform the business worlds by transforming the minds of those in its care. USF allows business majors to earn either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees.

CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College

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With over 17,000 students who speak more than 110 languages, Baruch College is one of the nation’s most diverse campuses. Baruch is part of the City University of New York, the third largest university system in the United States. Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business offers BBA degrees in accounting, as well as integrated BBA and MS degrees in accounting or taxation. Accounting students are given a background in the liberal arts and general business practices, as well as specific preparation for accounting practice.

CUNY Queens College

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The 80-acre campus of Queens College is located in a residential area of the most diverse county in the nation. Founded in 1937, the college currently has over 15,000 undergraduate students. Like the accounting profession itself, the accounting program at Queens College is always being adjusted to best meet the needs of a changing economy. The 63 credits required for the accounting major equip students with knowledge in accounting as well as areas like taxation, economics, business, and computer science.

Michigan State University
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Although Michigan State University has undergone several name changes since its founding in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, this Public Ivy institution has gone by its current title since 1964. The campus is suburban and occupies 10,000 acres of East Lansing. About 6,400 students are currently pursuing undergraduate degrees within the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State. In addition to credit hours in the major field, accounting degree requirements include business core, elective, integrative studies, and writing credits.

Arizona State University
Arizona State University

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Arizona State University has five campuses in the Phoenix area and one in northwestern Arizona. The accounting program at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business emphasizes ethics, critical thinking, and communication in the practice of accounting. Over 1,000 students are enrolled in the undergraduate accounting program. Students of accounting at ASU are prepared for the workplace by learning to use the most up-to-date software and taking part in many faculty-supervised team projects.

Indiana University Bloomington

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Nearly 2,000 acres make up IU Bloomington’s urban campus. The university was founded in 1820 and became the flagship campus of eight campuses in the state. The Kelley School of Business allows undergraduate students to choose between a BS in Accounting and a five-year combined degree program conferring both BS and MBA degrees. Both programs prepare students to work in such fields as auditing, taxation, and systems management.

CUNY Brooklyn College
Brooklyn CUNY

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Brooklyn College offers 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The college currently hosts over 17,000 students, many of whom are immigrants or children of immigrants. The accounting program at Brooklyn College includes a CPA and a non-CPA track, allowing students of various career paths to get the most out of their education. A minor in accounting is also available.

Miami University (Ohio)

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A public university in Oxford, Ohio, Miami University has about 16,000 students on its 2,100-acre campus. The professors at Miami, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report, are especially committed to undergraduate teaching. Such devotion has resulted in some of the highest retention and graduation rates among NCAA Division I schools. The success and prestige of Miami’s Farmer School of Business is evident in its status as a target recruiting school for the Big Four and other corporations.

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

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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 university owns the fifth-largest library in the United States, surpassed only by the Library of Congress, the Boston Public Library, Harvard University Library, and the New York Public Library. Urbana-Champaign’s College of Business offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy, which prepares students for a wide variety of accounting careers.

University of Maryland

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The University of Maryland is prominent in both size and quality. A Public Ivy institution less than an hour from Baltimore, UM is made up of 1,250 acres and 40,000 students. The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is one of few 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.

University of Mississippi
Ole Miss

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The University of Mississippi was founded in 1848 and is commonly known as Ole Miss. The rural main campus in Oxford spans over 3,000 acres. The Patterson School of Accountancy at Ole Miss grants the Bachelor of Accountancy degree, which encompasses four areas of accountancy: public, management, governmental, and taxation. Graduates of the program have become leaders in Fortune 500 companies and international accounting firms.

Cal State Northridge
Cal State Northridge

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California State University Northridge, one of the largest universities in the United States, has over 30,000 undergraduate students. The university boasts innovative technological advancement, including a grid-connected fuel cell plant, which produces electricity and sends wastewater to irrigate university property. Cal State is located is Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley and is dedicated to serving its students and the community. The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics includes a competitive and demanding Accountancy program that prepares students for a successful career in accounting.

University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania

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The University of Pennsylvania, or U Penn, is a private Ivy League university founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. The campus is located in Philadelphia and takes up a total of 992 acres. U Penn’s Wharton School trains its students not only to become leaders in business, but to redefine business while improving the world. Accounting is only one of Wharton’s 18 majors, of which nearly a third of students select two.

Ohio State University
Ohio State

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Ohio State University, or OSU, was founded in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. The campus is only a couple of miles from downtown Columbus. Its buildings, including 21 libraries, are architecturally diverse. About 10 percent of OSU’s 60,000 students are undergraduates enrolled in the Fisher College of Business. A focus on experiential learning and opportunities to learn in global contexts set Fisher apart. The BSBA degree at Ohio State does not satisfy CPA requirements, but the university provides resources and guidance for students wishing to take the exam.

New York University

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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.  Accounting is one of the ten concentrations with the Business major, which combines business and liberal arts education. Stern at NYU offers unique opportunities for undergraduate business students, such as the International Studies Program trip.

University of Florida

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The University of Florida is situated on a 2,000-acre suburban campus in Gainesville. The 160-year-old public university has over 30,000 students currently enrolled. The Fisher School of Accounting, within UF’s Warrington College of Business Administration, offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. A five-year combined program is also available, through which students earn BSA and Master of Accounting degrees.

Texas A&M University

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Texas A&M is a public university in central Texas. With 45,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students, A&M is the fourth largest university in the United States and the largest in Texas. The George Bush Presidential Library is located on the university’s 5,500-acre campus. Founded in 1876 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, A&M was the state’s first public institution of higher education. The university’s Mays Business School emphasizes practical education, partnering with business executives to provide a relevant business education experience. Through Mays, students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.

University of Alabama

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One of the oldest and largest universities in the state, the University of Alabama was founded in 1831 as Alabama’s first public college. UA’s main campus in Tuscaloosa is referred to as The Capstone, meaning “the high point” of the public school system. Alabama’s Culverhouse School of Accountancy offers a BS degree in Commerce & Business Administration with a major in accounting. Students can follow this degree with a master of accountancy or a master of tax accounting degree through the University of Alabama.

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. UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business offers internship and study abroad programs to train students in leadership and experiential learning. The BBA at UT Austin allows students to choose from ten different majors, including a highly renowned accounting program.

University of Missouri

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The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou, was founded in 1839 in Columbia. The university offers more than 300 degree programs and has students from all 50 states and 120 countries. The historical 1,200-acre campus is a botanical garden with over 40,000 plants. Accounting degrees offered through the Trulaske School of Business include PhD, MA, and combined BSA/MA degrees.

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame University

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Notre Dame is officially the University of Notre Dame du Lac, which is French for “Our Lady of the Lake”—i.e., the Virgin Mary. It is a Catholic university near South Bend, Indiana. In addition to earning an undergraduate degree in accountancy, students at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame can complete five more courses to earn an International Business Certificaate. All of Mendoza’s programs and courses emphasize integrity and the practice of consistently challenging oneself.

Washington University

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University of Washington, a public research university located in Seattle, Washington, regularly appears at the top of business school rankings, and their accounting program is no exception. Washington’s Department of Accounting, part of its Foster School of Business, contributes significant amounts of research to the accounting guild and is itself frequently ranked among the top in the nation. Accounting students receive a Bachelor of Business Administration and can opt to specialize in accounting as a “formal option.” Foster’s curriculum includes advanced accounting and business taxation classes.

University of Michigan Ann Arbor
University of Michigan

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The University of Michigan has been in Ann Arbor since 1837, although it was founded 20 years earlier in Detroit. Michigan’s Ross School of Business offers abundant opportunities for international travel. Leadership development at Ross emphasizes action-based learning, which encourages students to engage fully in their work. If employment rate is any indication, then the University of Michigan does well in preparing its business students for work, as 85 percent are offered jobs by the time of graduation.

Florida State University
Florida State University

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Located in Tallahassee, Florida State University was founded in 1851 and currently has over 32,000 undergraduate 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. FSU’s MACC program meets state requirements for students to take the CPA in Florida.

Penn State University
Penn State University

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Pennsylvania State University, commonly known as Penn State, has a current enrollment of 100,000 students across 24 Pennsylvania campuses. The University Park campus, with its 950 clubs and organizations, is known as Happy Valley and is situated in the central region of the state. The Smeal College of Business at Penn State is particularly devoted to promoting diversity, sustainability, and integrity. In addition to a Master of Accounting degree, Smeal offers a Bachelors degree in business with a major in accounting.

Rutgers University

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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. Undergraduate enrollment is just under 34,000. Rutgers Business School offers BS degrees in Accounting, including specializations in areas such as tax accounting, budget accounting, and internal auditing.

University of Wisconsin

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The University of Wisconsin Madison was founded in 1848, the same year Wisconsin became a state. To this day, UW remains Wisconsin’s largest and oldest public university. . The university’s location in Wisconsin’s capital city allows for plenty of opportunities to learn from and contribute to the development of the community. Challenges such as the Burrill Business Plan Competition allow BBA students to grow in the context of real-world business experiences.

Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University—Idaho

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Brigham Young, sometimes called simply “The Y,” is one of the nation’s largest private universities and is located in northern Utah’s mountainous city of Provo. Operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, BYU was founded in 1875 and today has over 34,000 students on a suburban campus of 560 acres. The Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young is devoted to producing capable and passionate graduates who are ready to make a difference in the world. Marriott offers a BS degree in Accountancy.

University of Massachusetts

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The University of Massachusetts, or UMass, has its flagship campus in Amherst, which is widely considered one of the best college towns in the country. While earning a BBA degree in Accounting through the Isenberg School of Management, students can take advantage of such opportunities as independent studies and studying abroad. UMass also boasts a renowned online BBA program.

University of Minnesota

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Located in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, the University of Minnesota has more than 2,500 acres. Its 50,000 students put the university in second place for highest number of enrolled students in any higher education institution in the Midwest. Proximity to major cities and to 18 Fortune 500 companies work to the benefit of accounting students looking for jobs and internships. However, the Carlson School of Management also provides plenty of opportunities to study internationally.

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