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Basic Certificates in Accounting

12,037 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A basic certificate in accounting is offered at 603 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 48% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 3.4% of accounting graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Accounting Majors

In 2018-2019, 12,037 basic certificates were awarded to accounting majors. This earns it the #2 spot on the list of the most popular basic certificate 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 Basic Certificates

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for accounting majors with their basic certificate due to lack of data.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for accounting majors who have their basic certificate is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in accounting. About 72.2% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,345
Women 8,692
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificates in Accounting

The racial-ethnic distribution of accounting basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,225
Black or African American 1,383
Hispanic or Latino 2,750
White 5,421
International Students 414
Other Races/Ethnicities 844
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Accounting Basic Certificate Students

There are 603 colleges that offer a basic certificate in accounting. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1,158 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for accounting students seekinga basic certificate is Broward College. Each year, around 38,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,158 basic certificates were handed out to accounting majors at BC. About 60% of this group were women, and 73% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
598 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Los Angeles College is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in accounting. Roughly 36,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 598 basic certificates were handed out to accounting majors at East Los Angeles College. Of these students, 60% were women and 85% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
412 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wake Technical Community College is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in accounting. Each year, around 22,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 412 basic certificates were handed out to accounting majors at Wake Technical Community College. Of these students, 64% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

359 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Seminole State College of Florida is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in accounting. Each year, around 17,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The accounting program at Seminole State College of Florida awarded 359 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 40% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#5

Gateway Technical College

Kenosha, Wisconsin
282 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gateway Technical College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in accounting. Each year, around 10,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 282 people received their basic certificate in accounting from Gateway Technical College. Of these students, 77% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
272 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Ivy Tech Community College. Each year, around 72,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 272 people received their basic certificate in accounting from Ivy Tech Community College. About 81% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Mt. Hood Community College

Gresham, Oregon
175 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Mt. Hood Community College. Roughly 7,400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 175 basic certificates were handed out to accounting majors at MHCC. About 73% of this group were women, and 43% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

William Rainey Harper College

Palatine, Illinois
168 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

William Rainey Harper College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in accounting. Each year, around 13,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The accounting program at William Rainey Harper College awarded 168 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#9

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, California
152 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Ana College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in accounting. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 152 basic certificates were handed out to accounting majors at SAC. Around 82% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#10

Irvine Valley College

Irvine, California
151 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Irvine Valley College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in accounting. Each year, around 12,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 151 basic certificates were handed out to accounting majors at Irvine Valley College. Around 66% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 61% were women.

#11

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
147 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Valencia College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in accounting. Each year, around 47,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The accounting program at Valencia College awarded 147 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#11

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California
147 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of the Canyons comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in accounting. Roughly 19,000 attend the school each year. The accounting program at College of the Canyons awarded 147 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 69% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#13

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, California
116 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mt. San Antonio College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in accounting. Each year, around 29,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 116 people received their basic certificate in accounting from Mt. SAC. About 66% of this group were women, and 94% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, Washington
108 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tacoma Community College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in accounting. Roughly 6,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 108 basic certificates were handed out to accounting majors at Tacoma Community College. Of these students, 65% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Ohlone College

Fremont, California
108 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Ohlone College. Roughly 8,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 108 people received their basic certificate in accounting from Ohlone College. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#16

Portland Community College

Portland, Oregon
107 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Portland Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in accounting. Roughly 27,600 attend the school each year. The accounting program at Portland Community College awarded 107 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 68% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
105 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

North Hennepin Community College comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in accounting. Each year, around 6,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 105 people received their basic certificate in accounting from North Hennepin Community College. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

#17

Whatcom Community College

Bellingham, Washington
105 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Whatcom Community College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in accounting. Roughly 4,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 105 basic certificates were handed out to accounting majors at Whatcom Community College. Around 15% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#19

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood, Colorado
103 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Red Rocks Community College comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in accounting. Each year, around 7,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,574 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,082 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 103 basic certificates were handed out to accounting majors at Red Rocks Community College. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#20

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, Georgia
102 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Gwinnett Technical College. Each year, around 9,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 102 people received their basic certificate in accounting from GTC. About 85% of this group were women, and 57% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Accounting Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Accounting Technology/Bookkeeping 9,551
General Accounting 1,613
Accounting & Finance 560
Accounting Management 155
Other Accounting 153

Below are some popular majors that are similar to accounting that offer basic certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 34,964
Business Support & Assistance 10,337
Entrepreneurial Studies 3,572
Finance & Financial Management 2,713
Business & Commerce 2,657

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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