The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reports the growth rate for the accounting is expected to be 13% between now and 2022. The BLS also notes that accountants can find work in tax offices, government branches, the finance and insurance sectors or in business management.

According to a 2008 report released by Robert Half Finance and Accounting, entry-level pay for new accountants at small companies was $29,500, while large company employees started at $33,250. Experience also impacts pay rates; accounting managers, with six or more years of employment, earn nearly double the amount a recent graduate makes. Finally, the report notes that accountants who have earned a professional credential or become a licensed CPA, earn about 10% more than unlicensed professionals.

Most of the schools listed here do not have CPA-specific degree programs, since certification usually requires students to complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees in order to fulfill the 150 credits required by most states’ licensing boards. However, some schools provide these credits within a prolonged undergraduate program. Ultimately, students should check the CPA requirements from the Boards of Accountancy in the states they wish to live and practice in.

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The following list ranks 50 of the best accounting schools — colleges and universities offering a bachelor’s in accounting that we’ve handpicked based on their competitive graduation rates, reputations and curriculum standards. View our methodology to learn more. Note that these schools are accredited by one of the following accounting accreditation agencies:

RankLogoSchool NameTypeAccreditationDescriptionQuick Facts

University of Pennsylvania

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE
34th & Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 898-5000

Offered by the revered Wharton School of Business, the bachelor’s degree in accounting at UPenn tops the 2017 ranking of the best programs in the nation by providing an innovative, interdisciplinary, and competitive degree designed to launch graduates into top-tier careers. Rather than focusing solely on accounting principles, the program pulls in studies of economics, finance, statistics, behavioral science, humanities, and natural science to help learners understand the complexity of the field.

Students take courses in cost-managerial accounting, tax planning, auditing, and corporate valuation. Classes are taught by experienced faculty members who have won awards from distinguished organizations such as AAA, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies Conference, and the American Accounting Association.


Claremont McKenna College

Private (Non Profit) WASC/SCUC
500 E 9th St
Claremont, CA
(909) 621-8000

One of the most unique accounting degree programs in this ranking is offered through Claremont McKenna College in California. Because liberal arts education underscores every program taught at this institution, students aspiring to be a CPA at CMC complete a bachelor’s in accounting before sitting the exam. This program was designed to emphasize the tenets of the arts and sciences while also including all the traditional studies a learner would expect of an accounting program.

Some of the classes required for this degree are principles of economic analysis, asset and income measurement, and accounting theory/research. As part of their course of study, all students are also encouraged to take part in at least one internship incorporating economics and accounting, while study abroad trips are also available. Students who excel in their studies and demonstrate a deep commitment to the field have the opportunity to receive the William Koury III Accounting Award to commemorate their accomplishments.


University of Notre Dame

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
400 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN
(574) 631-5000

The University of Notre Dame offers students a bachelor of business administration (BBA) with a focus in accounting. Notre Dame’s undergraduate accounting degree helps students move towards CPA licensure with thoughtful and cutting-edge courses in topics relevant to the current world of accounting. Featured courses include decision processes in accounting and TAP, the tax assistance program.

When they aren’t in class, learners can take part in local chapters of well known accounting organizations, including the Association of Latin Professionals in Finance and Accounting, the National Association of Black Accountants, and Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor society. According to the latest statistics available, graduates of the program achieved a 98% job placement rate within one year, with 75% joining one of the Big 4 accounting firms. Others move into careers at other accounting firms or jobs in corporate financing, consulting, or financial services.


Washington and Lee University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
204 West Washington Street
Lexington, VA
(540) 458-8400

Washington and Lee University’s Williams School of Business has its bachelor’s in accounting program down to a fine science, ensuring every learner receives the support and teaching they need to thrive in the professional world. Operating in a liberal arts setting, students combine their accounting and business studies with courses outside the business school throughout their four years of study; this combination of courses helps prepare students for any role that comes their way.

The department also maintains excellent relationships with the Big 4 accounting firms, all of which regularly invite WLU students to take part in internships during the summer before or after senior year. Current alumni can be found working at these firms, as well as large commercial banking institutions, including J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, UBS, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. Faculty are recognized for being continually active in the field, with the department maintaining a list of recent publications.


Georgetown University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE
37th and O St NW
Washington, DC
(202) 687-0100

The McDonough School of Business at Washington D.C.’s Georgetown University allows undergraduates the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s in business administration — complete with a range of liberal arts and business core classes — before moving into courses associated with the bachelor’s in accounting major.

The department offers courses designed to suit individual needs, including a class on governmental and international accounting. For students looking to continue their learning outside the classroom, the school hosts a range of accounting workshops alongside research opportunities and structured internships to help graduates be more competitive in the job market. Outside of these services, accounting majors can also take advantage of the McDonough Office of Professional Development Programing, a bustling department devoted to ensuring students have the proper mix of skills, knowledge, and experience to succeed.


Bucknell University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA
(570) 577-2000

Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University earns a top spot in this ranking for its bachelor of science in business administration, offered with a concentration in accounting and financial management. With a focus on providing 21st century education that takes into account the quickly evolving world of money management, Bucknell’s program focuses on traditional scholarship and the ways technology and automation are shifting the role of accountants.

To underscore the importance of this topic, all students take a trio of classes: the stakeholder organization, the technological organization, and the strategic organization. In addition to a range of internship opportunities that provide learners with hands-on experience, the accounting and finance department also hosts the Student Managed Investment Fund, an experiential course lasting two semesters. The course provides students a bird’s eye-view of how to run an investment company. As of 2017, the fund is responsible for managing nearly $2 million of the school’s endowment.


Washington University in St Louis

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO
(314) 935-5000

Since 1917, the Olin Business School at St. Louis’s Washington University has been providing quality degree programs to propel learners into exciting careers destined for growth. One of the ways the school accomplishes this goal is by providing an innovative bachelor of science in business administration with a major in accounting.

The course sequence of WU’s program is thoughtfully arranged to move students from foundational topics like cost analysis and control into more advanced topics like class managerial accounting and auditing closer to graduation. Outside of their bachelor’s in accounting classes, students can participate in extracurricular activities to further hone their skills. Past students have completed international internships at accounting firms in England, Australia, Germany, and Israel, while others have elected to participate in the honors program. A number of student organizations are also offered, including Beta Alpha Psi (a national accounting honor society), an alumni mentor program, and a women’s mentoring program.


University of Southern California

Private (Non Profit) WASC/SCUC
University Park
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 740-2311

The Levanthal School of Accounting, housed within Los Angeles’ University of Southern California, is a premier destination for students who want a West Coast education taught by top-tier faculty and access to some of the top accounting firms in the country. Offered as a bachelor of business administration, this accounting degree is focused on instilling five major learning outcomes: technical knowledge, research and analytical skills, ethical decision making, communication, and the ability to work collaboratively in a professional environment.

Aside from innovative courses in topics relevant to the current state of the field, learners build skills through completing research-driven projects, attending networking events each semester to meet managers at large accounting firms, taking part in student organizations, and completing internships after their junior year. Students concerned about financing their degree should discuss the range of merit- and need-based scholarships awarded through the accounting department.


Lehigh University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA
(610) 758-3000

Students who complete their bachelor’s in accounting degree at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania are prepared to enter the accounting profession, assume leadership positions as their careers mature, and conduct their careers with the highest levels of social responsibility and ethical decision-making.

While completing undergraduate studies, learners will explore a range of topics in the field, including public accounting assurance, financial services, and corporate accounting. The program, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, also allows for learners to select from one of three concentrations available: public accounting assurance and tax services, financial services and corporate accounting, or information systems. Each of these concentrations require nine credit hours alongside an additional 27 hours of core courses. A competitive program, approximately 80 students are admitted during the fall of each academic year.


Wake Forest University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston Salem, NC
(336) 758-5000

North Carolina’s Wake Forest University offers a bachelor’s in accounting for students aspiring to study the discipline with notable faculty and cutting edge curricula. Ranked as one of the best programs by both Bloomberg and the Public Accounting Report, learners enrolled in this bachelor’s of accounting program study related topics in taxation, financial theory, international accounting, information systems, and auditing before moving into a required internship at a public firm, corporate enterprise, or nonprofit organization.

For students planning to complete a graduate degree, this experiential component comes in handy for fifth-year coursework. One of the innovative features of WFU is the Wake Accounting Society, a membership-based group for sophomore and junior accounting students seeking professional community and networking opportunities. The department also has an active LinkedIn group for students to receive critiques on their resumes, build professional contacts, and hear about local and national accounting jobs.


Emory University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA
(404) 727-6123

Of all the students who elect to attend the Goizueta Business School at Georgia’s Emory University, approximately one-third complete a bachelor’s in accounting. This popular option prepares students for a range of careers as corporate financiers, financial analysts, investment bankers, portfolio managers, and venture capitalists. All learners on the CPA track are required to take two financial reporting courses, advanced financial accounting, federal income tax, and auditing before selecting two additional accounting electives.

While the 150 hours of credits required to become a CPA can’t be completed with a bachelor’s degree at Emory, the department offers a program combining a bachelor’s of business administration with a master’s in public accounting for learners seeking a streamlined process for meeting all CPA requirements. Among students who complete their bachelor’s degree in accounting at Emory, 98% found work within six months of graduation. In terms of what those placements entailed, 27.4% began jobs in finance, 20% in consulting, 9% in marketing, and 9% in traditional accounting roles. Of those who took jobs in finance, the median starting salary was $85,000.


New York University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE
70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY
(212) 998-1212

Ranked among the best universities in the nation, it’s no surprise that New York University’s bachelor’s in accounting would also be in a top position. Overseen by the revered Stern School of Business, students accepted to this program are thoughtfully guided through a sequence of courses designed to prepare them for a range of careers.

One of the more unique electives available at NYU is entertainment accounting, an innovative three-credit course designed to familiarize learners with the type of financial processes needed for creative enterprise like movies, publishing, and social media. To further build their networks and experience outside the classroom, students may join either The Accounting Society or Beta Alpha Psi during their time at Stern. When it comes time for internships or finding a job, the department maintains strong relationships with Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.


University of Richmond

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA
(804) 289-8000

Before moving into the practical application of accounting processes, students in the University of Richmond’s accounting degree program spend time building a strong foundation in accounting theory, which can be used to understand different accounting issues throughout their careers.

The department is well recognized in the field, with many former students passing the CPA exam on their first attempt. In addition to using their bachelor of business to concentrate in accounting, students must also pick an additional concentration in economics, finance, international business, management, or marketing. According to data collected on recent graduates, learners have gone on to master’s programs at the University of Chicago, New York University, and the University of Virginia. Meanwhile, those who moved directly into careers took up positions at Accenture, Clifton Gunderson, Ernst & Young, KPMG, McGladrey and Pullen, and Veris Consulting.


Bentley University

Private (Non Profit) NEASC/CIHE
175 Forest St
Waltham, MA
(800) 523-2354

Unlike other institutions, Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts offers its undergraduate accounting degree as bachelor of science program. To fulfill the requirements of this degree, learners complete 14 general education classes, nine business core classes, eight accounting classes, and 10 electives — three of which can be related to accounting.

While these credits aren’t enough to bring students up to the required 150 hours for sitting the CPA exam, the school notes that learners with existing credits (such as those received by completing AP courses in high school) may be able to take the exam without having to complete a master’s-level program to garner the extra hours needed. While all classes are lead by qualified faculty — the majority of whom hold the highest possible degree in their field — the university also has a comprehensive mentorship program for students who desire a bit more one-to-one support and advisement. The mentorships are offered in addition to existing academic support and career services available to all students.


George Washington University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE
2121 I Street, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 994-1000

The second institution located in Washington D.C. in this ranking, George Washington University offers a bachelor’s in accounting for learners seeking a broad-based undergraduate degree. Rather than offering specialized studies at this level, the department instead focuses on grounding learners in overarching knowledge, such as intermediate and advanced accounting, accounting systems, and auditing.

Towards the end of their studies, students complete a financial accounting capstone where they’ll be required to produce a project that shows how their learning has grown throughout the program. Accountancy students are also encouraged to study abroad and complete an international field placement if possible; the department works with these students to ensure they can still graduate within four years. When it comes time to put their accounting degree to use, students should read up on the Fowler Coordinator Blog, a GWU-run account that highlights interesting career paths in accountancy.


Yeshiva University


Having been in operation as a private institution since 1886, Yeshiva University knows a thing or two about what it takes to provide a solid education. This is exemplified through the university’s bachelor’s in accounting degree, offered at the school’s four locations throughout the city.

Recognizing that different learners have different aspirations, the Sy Syms School of Business offers both CPA and non-CPA tracks, the difference being that students aspiring to become CPAs take advanced accounting, business law, individual taxation, and taxation of entities in addition to courses required for the non-CPA track. Because the school enjoys a partnership with the Stern School of Business, Yeshiva students can take relevant classes at NYU if they desire. A small program, accounting students are currently led by a department consisting of eight faculty members, all of whom hold the highest degrees available within the discipline.


Trinity University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX
(210) 999-7011

The competitive bachelor of science in accounting degree at Trinity was created to ensure students have both the skills and knowledge needed to be immediately noticed and hired by prospective employers. Even before graduation, over 90% of Trinity accounting students are able to secure paid internships at national and international accountancy firms.

In addition to encouraging all students to pursue an internship during their time at Trinity, the department also begins hosting a series of events bringing together accountancy firms and learners during their first year on campus to help build useful contacts well in advance of graduation. Students who wish to sit for the Certified Public Accountant examination typically elect to complete the five year option that combines undergraduate studies with an MS in accounting. Recent accounting degree alumni at Trinity have enjoyed a 100% job placement rate in the last few years.


Muhlenberg College

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE
2400 Chew Street
Allentown, PA
(484) 664-3100

Located in Pennsylvania, students who complete their accounting degree at Muhlenberg College enjoy studying in a small community while having quick access to metropolitan areas housing national and international accountancy firms. The program offered at Muhlenberg combines courses in accounting, finance, economics, and business with hands-on, practical learning opportunities designed to prepare students for their first professional job.

Whether seeking to work in public accounting, corporate taxation, or auditing, classes like federal taxation, statistical analysis, and fraud examination all culminate to produce well-rounded graduates. As part of the college’s commitment to providing students with the knowledge and experience needed to excel in any role, multiple internships and mentoring opportunities are available, as well as a special semester in Washington D.C. for students who think they want to work with a government agency or nonprofit organization.


Elon University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
100 Campus Drive
Elon, NC
(336) 278-2000

Because sitting for the CPA exam requires learners to have at least 150 hours of college credit, most students need to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree to have enough credits. However, Elon University in North Carolina has engineered their bachelor’s in accounting to allow students to meet the requirement by the time they finish the program, thereby saving them time and money.

Offered as a bachelor of science, students must take either applied calculus or calculus I before moving into their business and accounting classes. Internships are also a required component at Elon, and students have the opportunity to complete either independent study or additional research. The accounting department, which is currently home to approximately 250 students, has seen a 90% employment rate within nine months after graduation, with students averaging a median starting salary of $50,000.


Villanova University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA
(610) 519-4500

Based in Pennsylvania, Villanova University’s School of Business is a renowned department known for graduating top-notch students who have the knowledge and real-world experience needed to succeed in any role for which they qualify. This is also true of the accounting department, which offers a bachelor of business administration with an accounting degree major.

Learners in this program all take intermediate accounting I and II, federal income tax, and auditing before selecting a range of elective accounting courses. No matter what area of business a student plans to use their degree, specialized courses are available to help them prepare for their dream role. Related extracurricular activities include the Villanova Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi, a special interest group for accounting students overseen by the Multicultural Business Society. Internships are not required, but recommended. These typically take place during the spring of the junior year, with the option to complete more credits during the following summer.


Case Western Reserve University

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH
(216) 368-2000

Students seeking a program taught by professors known far and wide for their contributions should look no further than Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. A sampling of professors who may soon be leading your studies include Karen Braun, author of managerial accounting textbook used at more than 200 colleges, and Gary Previts, a member of the Accounting Hall of Fame.

These professors and more award-winning faculty teach courses comprising the bachelor of science in accounting degree, covering topics related to the tenets of the industry while also instilling skills of critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and decision making. The major requires 30 credits of study, while principle and core requirements are focused in areas of microeconomics, corporate finance, and leading people. Students are also encouraged to complete up to two supervised practicums at accounting sites while still a student, thereby gaining experiential learning opportunities and building professional contacts.


Pepperdine University

Private (Non Profit) WASC/SCUC
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA
(310) 506-4000

As if studying under leading faculty in a revered accounting degree wasn’t enough, students enrolled at Pepperdine also get to enjoy living and learning in the beautiful city of Malibu in California. When it comes time to leave the beach and hit the books, learners enrolled at the Seaver College of Business take a sequence of courses specifically designed to grow their knowledge, make them thoughtful practitioners, and use critical thinking and analysis to become leaders in the field.

During their first three semesters, students focus on completing general education requirements before taking their first accounting degree class during the spring of their sophomore year. For students who wish to study abroad during their second year, the department has an alternate course sequence to ensure they have access to international learning opportunities without worrying about graduating late.


The College of New Jersey

Public MSCHE
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ
(609) 771-1855

Unlike many of the other bachelor’s in accounting programs offered by schools across the country, The College of New Jersey’s BS in accounting allow learners to complete the required 150 credits during the program rather than completing an additional master’s level program. TCNJ’s program combines both theory and current practice alongside the latest technology in the field to ensure all graduates are prepared for whatever role comes their way.

Outside of classwork, the department also hosts a successful audit simulation lab to help students cement real-world skills. Approximately 70% of all graduates gain employment from a public accounting firm, helped in part by the semester-long direct professional insights course that connects learners with professionals working at one of the Big 4 accounting firms. During their final semester, all students in the department are required to complete a senior capstone class culminating in an intensive research project demonstrating how their knowledge has grown in the previous four years.


College of the Ozarks

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
100 Opportunity Avenue
Point Lookout, MO
(417) 334-6411

Located just outside Branson in the state of Missouri, College of the Ozarks has been providing education for more than a century — including its ever-popular bachelor of arts and bachelor of science accounting degrees. By offering both types of programs, students at CO have the opportunity to pursue a range of future paths. Those who complete a BA often plan to enroll in a master’s program, while those with a BS are typically more focused on building technical skills at the bachelor’s level to quickly move into a career.

The curriculum provided emphasizes five different objectives throughout the course of study, including expanding on academics, providing vocational skills, instilling a Christian worldview, encouraging patriotism, and exposing learners to cultural concepts. Outside of 24 required hours in business-related topics, learners take 30 credits in areas of cost accounting, auditing, governmental and nonprofit accounting, and tax accounting.


Augustana University

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
2001 S Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
(605) 274-5516

The accounting degree offered by Augustana University in South Dakota is a perennial favorite among learners due to not only its combination of theoretical and practical knowledge, but also the world-class teaching provided by some of the best faculty in the field. Unlike other programs, Augustana’s degree was designed specifically for students planning to work in private business accounting who also wish to take the CPA examination upon completion.

A number of scholarships — offered on the basis of merit or need — are available to accounting students worried about financing their degrees. Students looking for a social space to discuss their interests and build valuable contacts may consider joining the Augustana Business Club, which recently hosted Warren Buffett to learn about his perspectives on business and accounting.


American University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC
(202) 885-1000

Located in our nation’s capital, American University is a private, nonprofit institution offering a range of postsecondary programs — including a bachelor of science accounting degree. Hailed by numerous organizations as one of the best in the nation, accounting students enroll through the Kogod School of Business and complete a range of general education, business, and accounting courses to fulfill degree requirements.

In order to ensure all students are well-rounded upon graduation, required classes are divided into five different emphasis areas, including: analytical tools, case analysis, oral communication, teamwork, and written communication. Learners planning to continue into a graduate program may be interested in the combined bachelor’s and master’s program at AU, which allows for up to nine graduate credits to count toward both degree requirements. To learn more about the department, prospective students can follow its Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, or Instagram accounts.


Illinois Wesleyan University

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
1312 N Park St
Bloomington, IL
(309) 556-1000

Graduates of Illinois Wesleyan University’s accounting degree have some of the highest pass rates for the CPA examination in the entire state, thanks in part to the university working tirelessly to ensure all students can meet the 150-hour requirement without taking extra classes each semester. Instead, students take a few summer classes and complete a 10-week internship during the spring of their junior year.

Examples of recent internship placements include Deloitte’s Chicago office and KPMG’s Paris office. Individuals looking for more opportunities to engage with the field may consider joining Accounting Leaders of Tomorrow or the Accounting Society. Students also have the opportunity to be mentored by current employees at accounting firms in the area. For those concerned about financing their degree, the department hosts seven different accounting scholarships from organizations like the American Society of Women Accountants and the Independent Accountants Association of Illinois.


Berea College

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
101 Chestnut Street
Berea, KY
(859) 985-3000

Kentucky’s Berea College is home to a bachelor’s degree in accounting, which also includes a public accounting option for students who wish to sit the CPA examination after taking required coursework. In order to qualify for the accounting degree concentration, learners must complete two semesters of intermediate accounting plus classes in income tax and managerial accounting.

For those following the public accounting track, learners take auditing and additional courses in finance, economics, and management information systems. Some of the learning opportunities available outside the academic halls include internships via the Raymond E. and Margaret Mason Internship Program, summer research projects (some of which may be fundable by the school), independent studies to dig more deeply into a specific area of study, and student labor opportunities to gain practical skills.


University of Miami

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
(305) 284-2211

With a focus on ensuring graduates make a smooth transition from academics to the workplace, the University of Miami’s accounting degree is comprised of foundational courses to help students learn theory and hands-on opportunities to provide practical experiences. Once enrolled, learners can elect to complete either a bachelor of business administration or a bachelor of science in business administration — both of which are offered with a major in accounting.

In order to complete the accounting degree major requirements, students take nine accounting classes in addition to a three-hour business law course. To help make students more competitive for internships and jobs, the school hosts a range of programs allowing students to ask questions about the field, learn resume writing and interviewing skills, take part in mock interviews, and finally in their senior year, meet with accounting professionals through a career fair networking reception.


Santa Clara University

Private (Non Profit) WASC/SCUC
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 554-4000

Ranked eighth in the nation by LinkedIn, Santa Clara University’s program — accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — is amongst the best bachelor’s in accounting degrees in the nation. Offering two different programs, learners can elect to complete either a bachelor’s degree in accounting or accounting and information systems.

As an added bonus to the cost-conscious learner, both of these paths provide merit-based scholarships beginning in the junior year. For those who wish to become CPAs but don’t want to complete a master’s degree, the Leavey School of Business also has a Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency that provides students with the extra hours needed to sit the examination. Because SCU’s program is both rigorous and competitive, employers are clamoring for the department’s graduates: as of the previous academic year, the majority of students had accepted full-time job offers before they began their senior year.


Boston College

Private (Non Profit) NEASC/CIHE
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA
(617) 552-8000

Existing within the Carroll School of Management, the accounting department at Boston College provides three concentrations within the degree, including accounting, accounting and information systems, and corporate reporting and analysis. The concentrations, each of which require 12 hours of credit, help further prepare students completing a bachelor’s of accounting to understand nuanced parts of the field.

No matter which concentration a learner selects, each requires them to take both auditing and financial statement analysis. Aside from learning in the classroom, the department hosts seminars twice weekly to introduce learners to other professors and professionals in the field. Throughout their time at Boston College, learners receive the support and guidance needed to thrive; in their junior year, students participate in an internship. As they are preparing for graduation, learners typically elect to work in public, business, government, nonprofit, or educational accounting.


Gustavus Adolphus College

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN
(507) 933-8000

From its corner in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus annually provides education to approximately 2,000 learners. One of the most popular degree options for undergraduates is the college’s innovative accounting degree, which has been hailed by organizations and employers alike.

During the previous academic year, students completing their bachelor’s degree in accounting received the highest scores available to win a Deloitte accounting competition. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, learners can rest assured knowing they won’t fall through the cracks at GAC. Although they’ll still need to complete a master’s-level program to have the number of credits required to sit for the CPA exam, learners will be ahead of the curve thanks to personalized, thoughtful teaching. The school also hosts the Gustavus Accounting Club for learners who want to work with their peers and professional organizations to further develop skills and contacts.


Loyola Marymount University

Private (Non Profit) WASC/SCUC
One Lmu Drive
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 338-2700

As one of the few accounting degrees provided as a bachelor of science in accounting, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles designed its degree to prepare students for meaningful careers in corporate, governmental, and public accounting. Whether finding their first job after graduation or working in a managerial position later in their careers, LMU alumni have the instilled skills and cornerstone knowledge necessary to thrive in myriad professional environments.

At the time of their graduation from LMU, students will still need an additional 30 credit hours to sit for the CPA examination, which can be completed through the school’s master’s program if a student so desires. Given the location of the university, learners have the opportunity to intern — and gain employment — at some of the top accounting firms in the nation, not to mention the unique opportunity to work in different avenues of the entertainment industry.


Presbyterian College

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
503 South Broad Street
Clinton, SC
(864) 833-2820

Offered through the economics and business administration department, the bachelor’s degree in accounting available at Presbyterian College in South Carolina was uniquely designed to allow students the opportunity to specialize while also gaining a liberal arts foundation. Open to students aspiring to positions in both public and private accounting, graduates have gone on to positions at Ernst & Young, KPMG, Wells Fargo, and the Naval Audit Service, to name but a few.

In order to ensure students get the hands-on experience they’ll need to be successful in the real world, learners have access to the Jacobs Hall computer lab and the teaching theatre — both of which come outfitted with state-of-the-art technology. The department itself is home to approximately 25% of all students who have declared majors, making it an engaging corner of campus that enjoys a healthy amount of the school’s annual budget.


Samford University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL
(205) 726-2011

Based in Alabama, Samford University’s Brock School of Business is home to a regionally and nationally hailed bachelor of accounting program designed for students pursuing careers as auditors, CPAs, and corporate accountants. With more than 85% of all accounting majors participating in paid internships during their time at Samford, it’s no wonder that approximately 99% of all graduates in the last three years have found employment within three months of graduating.

The school works closely with existing accounting firms; in the previous year, 25 prospective employers visited campus to recruit upcoming graduates. Offered as a bachelor’s degree in accounting, students complete core courses before diving into an additional 71 credits related to their degree, including pre-business topics, the business core, business electives, and 24 credits in accounting courses. The department also hosts a range of scholarships for students looking to lessen their financial burden.


Brigham Young University

Private (Non Profit) NCCU
Main Campus
Provo, UT
(801) 422-4636

As the only school based in Utah to grace this ranking, Brigham Young University in Provo provides a bachelor’s degree in accounting to students living in this area. Based in the Marriot School of Business, students from 35 states and 14 countries are currently enrolled in this degree path. A selective program, entrants for 2016 held an average GPA of 3.79. Of the 379 applicants for the previous year, 258 were accepted to study at BYU.

Before delving into core coursework, learners take part in the Junior Core, a general education program pioneered by BYU in the early 1990s. Once they’re into the thick of the bachelor’s in accounting, learners study topics such as financial statement auditing, financial accounting, and fundamentals of taxation. Aside from campus-based opportunities, learners also regularly participate in conferences and events. In early 2017, a team of accounting students traveled to NYC to participate — and win prize money — in a valuation competition.


Southern Methodist University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
6425 Boaz St
Dallas, TX
(214) 768-2000

Students looking for a Christian institution in the heart of Texas should look no further than Dallas’ Southern Methodist University and the Cox School of Business. A private university, the school focuses on providing a liberal arts education alongside opportunities to learn about cutting edge theories and methods within the field of accounting.

Providing a bachelor’s degree in accounting, the school prepares learners for careers as CPAs, auditors, nonprofit and governmental accountants, and corporate accountants while also instilling qualities to ensure success, as evidenced by the ethics for accounting course. For learners who plan to stay in the area upon graduation, MarketWatch named Dallas as America’s Number One Most Business Friendly City, a good reputation to have for students seeking accounting jobs. In addition, WalletHub also named it the fourth best city for highest starting salaries (adjusted by cost of living).


Furman University

Private (Non Profit) SACS/CC
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC
(864) 294-2000

Located in the heart of The Palmetto State, Greenville’s Furman University is consistently recognized as a small liberal arts college providing big opportunities to all who attend. Unlike many other programs on this list, the degree in accounting at Furman is offered as a bachelor of arts to emphasize the importance of humanities courses in preparing future accountants.

In addition to major requirements, all students complete a business core block designed to prepare them for managerial positions — a type of training not usually taken until the graduate level. Learners are also encouraged to take part in global learning experiences and work with international businesses, all the while ensuring they can still graduate on time. While internships aren’t required, the school does maintain strong relationships with local businesses while also working with representatives of the Big 4 accounting firms — many of whom visit the campus each year to recruit learners who will be graduating soon.


St. John's University

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE
8000 Utopia Pky
Queens, NY
(718) 990-6161

Consisting of approximately 121 to 127 credits, the bachelor of accounting degree at Saint John’s University in New York is a great option for learners who know they want to complete a master’s in accounting upon graduation. The bachelor of science in accounting degree is well known among top accounting firms, with alumni including current employees of Deloitte & Touche, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ernst & Young.

Housed in the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, the school is one of the 20% of schools in the nation to be fully accredited by AACSB International. When they aren’t completing classes in international accounting, corporate taxation, or financial managerial systems, learners have the opportunity to participate in a range of student clubs, including the Institute of Internal Auditors Student Chapter, the Accounting Society, the National Association of Black Accountants, or Beta Alpha Psi, the national honor society for accounting.


Calvin College

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
3201 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI
(616) 526-6000

Operating from the beautiful town of Grand Rapids, Calvin College in Michigan has been providing liberal arts educations from a Christian perspective since 1876. Offering a bachelor’s degree in accounting, the four-year program also includes the option for students to complete a full-time internship during the spring of their junior year. For those who wish to complete all the requirements for sitting the CPA exam, the school also offers a master of accounting.

One of the innovative aspects of this program is the Calvin Action Project, designed to bring together student teams to solve accounting problems for businesses and nonprofits in the area. Learners who aspire to international roles should connect with the school’s alumni network, which currently has accountants working in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Meanwhile, events such as Accountants’ Night help students learn about various roles within the world of accounting and meet prospective employers and mentors.


College of Saint Benedict

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
37 S. College Ave.
Saint Joseph, MN
(320) 363-5011

Offering three different concentrations within its bachelor’s in accounting degree, the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota prepares students for a range of roles within the industry.

Students looking to work as a Certified Accountant complete the CPA preparation track, which allows them to undertake the required 150 hours in four years rather than the usual five. The finance concentration, meanwhile, prepares learners to work in areas of stocks, investments, securities, or corporate accounting. Lastly, the traditional accounting concentration provides a broader view of the field for students who know they don’t want to be CPAs but may pursue entrepreneurial ventures, nonprofit organizations, or a corporate setting. While each concentration has some overlap, the department works diligently to ensure all learners are uniquely prepared to fulfill their goals upon graduation.


Goshen College

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
1700 S Main St
Goshen, IN
(574) 535-7000

Consistently ranked as one of the best accounting programs in Indiana, Goshen College’s accounting degree prepares learners for the range of tasks and responsibilities they’ll encounter upon entering the working world. By all accounts, the college’s approach seems to be working: three of the top 10 accounting firms in the nation visit the school each year to recruit students. Most Goshen accounting students have a job offer before they graduate — some of them even before beginning their senior year.

Unlike other programs that require students to complete general education classes exclusively during their freshman year, Goshen students are immersed in concepts such as financial accounting and accounting information systems as soon as they matriculate. Outside of traditional internships, the school also has a number of student-run businesses on campus where learners can cut their teeth and gain real-world accounting skills without ever leaving the school.


The University of Texas

Public SACS/CC
110 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX
(512) 471-3434

The Austin campus of the University of Texas is home to the McCombs School of Business, a comprehensive department offering a range of programs for future leaders in the industry — including a bachelor of business administration in finance with an accounting degree emphasis.

Learners in the program can follow corporate or financial institutions’ tracks to gain a more nuanced understanding of their future career. For those planning to secure a CPA certification, the department also has an integrated BBA/MPA accounting program that can be completed in five years of full-time study. For learners looking to be involved beyond their time in the classroom, student organizations include the National Association of Black Accountants, the University Accounting Association, the Ernst & Young Accounting Ambassadors Program, and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.


Gonzaga University

Private (Non Profit) NCCU
E 502 Boone Ave
Spokane, WA
(509) 328-4220

As one of the few colleges from the Pacific Northwest in this ranking, Gonzaga University in Spokane works to ensure students from near and far receive AACSB-accredited educations that meet the demands of an evolving business world. The bachelor’s accounting degree is consistently praised for its innovative approach, which includes options for both CPA and Non-CPA learners.

Regardless of their future careers, all learners are equipped with foundational knowledge of the field, including financial reporting, auditing, account valuation, accounting systems, taxation, and income determination. Community involvement is a big part of an accounting education at Gonzaga. Learners can participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to assist low-income residents with their tax forms, while the Justice for Fraud Victims Project allows students to help those who’ve been taken advantage of financially. Beta Alpha Psi, the honor society for accounting students, also maintains an active chapter on campus.


Washington & Jefferson College

Private (Non Profit) MSCHE
60 S Lincoln St
Washington, PA
(724) 503-1001

Sitting 30 miles south of Pittsburgh in the town of Washington, Pennsylvania, Washington & Jefferson College is a venerable private, liberal arts college that started in 1781 by providing educations out of three log cabins. Today the institution is home to approximately 2,000 learners — many of whom find their place in the department of economics and business.

The undergraduate accounting degree prepares graduates for roles in areas of public accountancy, government and nonprofit agencies, and corporate settings. During their junior year, students take ACC198 — an internship program that provides real-world experience. Learners are allowed to complete up to two internships during their time at W&JC. To ensure every student has access to the individualized learning they’ll need to succeed, the department offers a range of advanced topics alongside the opportunity to complete independent study under the guidance of a qualified director. These are typically completed during the January intersession term, but students may also complete them during the fall or spring terms of their junior or senior year.


Purdue University

Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN
(765) 494-4600

The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in Indiana offers a baccalaureate accounting degree covering foundational knowledge students will need upon graduation. Offered as a 120-credit program, this degree is ideal for students who either want to move straight into a job or meet all the requirements for a master of accountancy program.

The department is home to a number of notable faculty, including Beth Brooke-Marciniak, who regularly is listed among Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women. Alumni jobs currently range from PricewaterhouseCoopers to the FBI, with classes designed to cover all the topics they’ll use regularly in the professional world. Extracurricular options include both Beta Alpha Psi and the Purdue Accounting Association, while students are also regularly placed in internships ranging from Big 4 firms to local or regional accountancy organizations.


Providence College

Private (Non Profit) NEASC/CIHE
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI
(401) 865-1000

Currently celebrating its 100th year of providing quality education, Providence College in Rhode Island is the perfect location for students in New England who don’t necessarily want to be in a large metropolitan area like New York City or Boston. The bachelor of science in accounting degree was created to help learners not only memorize concepts, but also understand the rationale behind accounting processes and theories.

Students who plan to complete an internship can access the department’s up-to-date list of internship openings; recent sites include the State of Rhode Island, Liberty Mutual, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and FEMA, to name a few. Some of the careers recent graduates have moved into include work as CPAs, private accountants, internal auditors, and certified management accountants. For those looking to learn more about the department or degree, or to find out what current students are involved in, the school hosts a regularly updated accountancy blog.


University of Wisconsin - Madison

500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI
(608) 262-1234

Students who graduated from Madison’s bachelor’s in accounting program in 2016 took a range of jobs as staff accountants, tax associates, financial analysts, and mortgage bankers, negotiating an average starting salary of more than $57,000. Employers of these recent grads ran the gamut from local accounting firms to international groups like Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Once accepted to the bachelor of business administration in accounting program, learners are immersed in classes like financial reporting and accounting systems to build foundational knowledge before moving into advanced studies in areas of financial statement analysis or audit and assurance services. Students in the Accounting Honors Society are also welcome to participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to help low-income community members complete their tax returns.


Augustana College

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
639 38th St
Rock Island, IL
(309) 794-7000

Augustana College in Illinois is a private liberal arts college offering degrees from an Evangelical Lutheran perspective. With approximately 2,500 students currently enrolled, learners at this institution receive individualized educations.

The bachelor’s degree in accounting at Augustana comprises 150 credit hours, meaning students who wish to sit the CPA examination can do so upon graduation without completing an additional master’s degree. Given the school’s location, learners are able to take advantage of internships in and around the Quad Cities and Chicago metropolitan areas, including Deloitte, KPMG, and other top 10 regional and national firms. Students considering a career in governmental accounting should take note that recent graduates have found prestigious roles at a range of agencies, including the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.


North Carolina State University

Public SACS/CC
2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC
(919) 515-2011

Rounding out the 2017 ranking of the best accounting degrees is the Raleigh campus of North Carolina State University. Housed within the Poole College of Business, this revered bachelor’s degree in accounting offers concentrations in financial analysis, information systems, managerial accounting, and internal audit.

Preparing students for master of accounting programs, learners focus on building cornerstone skills and knowledge before moving into more nuanced studies at the graduate level. Students with aspirations to work in accounting data analytics can apply to the business analytics honors program to receive additional individualized instruction. Independent study opportunities are also available for learners with niche interests in the field. When they aren’t in the classroom, students can take advantage of interest groups focused on accounting topics or participate in local community work.