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Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting

53,997 Yearly Graduations
$43,900 Median Salary
$25,000 Median Debt
There are 1,188 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in accounting. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 31% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 6.5% of accounting graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Accounting Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 53,997 students earned their bachelor's degree in accounting. This earns it the #2 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in accounting at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 53,997
Master’s Degree 20,770
Associate’s Degree 12,300
Basic Certificate 12,037
Undergraduate Certificate 4,885
Graduate Certificate 1,089
Doctor’s Degree 45

Earnings of Accounting Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in accounting is $43,900. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $39,900 and the high is $50,700.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in accounting is $25,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $28,246 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $21,236.

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The median monthly payment of a accounting graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $259.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in accounting. About 51.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 26,313
Women 27,684
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Accounting

The racial-ethnic distribution of accounting bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4,411
Black or African American 3,658
Hispanic or Latino 7,105
White 32,010
International Students 3,513
Other Races/Ethnicities 3,300
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Accounting Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 1,188 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

New York, New York
651 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree. Each year, around 18,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The accounting program at CUNY Bernard M Baruch College awarded 651 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 60% of this group were women, and 62% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah
603 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Governors University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in accounting. Each year, around 121,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,380 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 603 bachelor's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at WGU. About 67% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
568 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in accounting. Roughly 104,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

The accounting program at Southern New Hampshire University awarded 568 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

532 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Phoenix - Arizona is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Each year, around 95,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

The accounting program at University of Phoenix - Arizona awarded 532 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 80% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

CUNY Queens College

Queens, New York
452 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is CUNY Queens College. Each year, around 19,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 452 bachelor's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at Queens. Around 67% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

448 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Ohio State University - Main Campus. Roughly 61,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

The accounting program at Ohio State University - Main Campus awarded 448 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 44% were women.

370 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Each year, around 49,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 370 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from UIUC. Of these students, 54% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
369 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - University Park is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Roughly 46,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,416 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,960 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 369 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from Penn State University Park. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#9

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
350 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Texas A&M University - College Station. Each year, around 68,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

The accounting program at Texas A&M University - College Station awarded 350 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 53% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
308 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Houston comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in accounting. Roughly 46,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,219 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,370 per year.

The accounting program at University of Houston awarded 308 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 58% were women and 70% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
301 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Alabama. Each year, around 38,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,780 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,780 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 301 bachelor's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at UA. About 50% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University of Mississippi

University, Mississippi
293 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Mississippi. Each year, around 22,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,718 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,718 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 293 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from Ole Miss. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#13

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas
279 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Dallas comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in accounting. Roughly 28,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 279 bachelor's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at UT Dallas. Of these students, 56% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
279 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida Atlantic University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Roughly 29,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $2,522 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,467 per year.

The accounting program at Florida Atlantic University awarded 279 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 55% were women and 56% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
278 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Each year, around 68,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 278 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from UCF. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 47% were women.

274 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Tempe is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Roughly 51,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,720 per year.

The accounting program at Arizona State University - Tempe awarded 274 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 45% were women.

270 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting. Each year, around 57,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 270 bachelor's degrees were handed out to accounting majors at FIU. Around 87% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#18

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
268 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Maryland - College Park. Each year, around 41,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 268 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from UMCP. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#19

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California
263 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is California State University - Northridge. Roughly 40,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 263 people received their bachelor's degree in accounting from California State University - Northridge. Around 51% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 47% were women.

262 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Brigham Young University - Provo. Each year, around 34,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,290 per year.

The accounting program at Brigham Young University - Provo awarded 262 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 27% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Accounting Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Accounting 51,697
Accounting Management 945
Accounting & Finance 933
Accounting Technology/Bookkeeping 251
Other Accounting 143

Below are some popular majors that are similar to accounting that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 172,408
Finance & Financial Management 46,736
Marketing 44,258
Business & Commerce 25,818
Human Resource Management 11,757

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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