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2021 Best Accounting Schools

2,106 Colleges
$44,557 Avg Salary
$26,381 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Accounting School for You

With 105,123 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, accounting is the #2 most popular major in the United States.

With all the business programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

The Best Accounting Schools ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 2,106 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for business students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Accounting Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Accounting Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools in Accounting

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our analysis found University of Pennsylvania to be the best school for accounting students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Notre Dame. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Accounting Schools list. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Notre Dame take out is $19,750. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $218.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Georgetown University is a great place for accounting students. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

While working on their degree, accounting majors at Georgetown accumulate an average of around $15,500 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $161.

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#4

Rice University

Houston, TX

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Rice University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Accounting Schools list. Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston.

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#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northwestern University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Accounting Schools list. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Washington and Lee University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for accounting students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the town of Lexington, Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#7

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best accounting programs. Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bethlehem.

After completing their degree, accounting graduates from Lehigh carry an average student debtload of $21,705. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $225, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Accounting Schools list. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

With a ranking of #9, Emory University did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students. Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Atlanta.

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#10

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best accounting programs. Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#11

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best accounting programs. Located in the distant town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, accounting graduates from Bucknell take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#12

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Accounting Schools list. Bentley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Waltham.

On average, accounting graduates from Bentley take out $22,750 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $249, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Illinois Wesleyan University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for accounting students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the small city of Bloomington, Illinois Wesleyan is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, accounting graduates from Illinois Wesleyan carry an average student debtload of $27,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#14

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Accounting Schools ranking. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova.

Accounting majors at Villanova take out an average of $30,510 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $338.

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#15

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

With a ranking of #15, Santa Clara University did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students. Located in the city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their degree, accounting majors at SCU accumulate an average of around $20,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $208.

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#16

New York University

New York, NY

With a ranking of #16, New York University did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

After completing their degree, accounting graduates from NYU carry an average student debtload of $34,701. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $404.

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With a ranking of #17, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at UIUC take out is $23,493. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $262, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #18, Washington University in St Louis did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#19

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Accounting Schools ranking. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Accounting majors at Boston College take out an average of $18,750 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $208.

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#20

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond ranked #20 on this year’s Best Accounting Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of University of Richmond, U of Richmond is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for accounting students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, accounting graduates from U of Michigan carry an average student debtload of $20,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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#22

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN

With a ranking of #22, North Hennepin Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students. North Hennepin Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at North Hennepin Community College take out is $19,500. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $202, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Southern California landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best accounting programs. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

On average, accounting graduates from USC take out $34,730 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $392.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for accounting students. It came in at #24 on the list. M State is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Fergus Falls.

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#25

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

With a ranking of #25, Virginia Tech did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Accounting Schools

#26

Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN
#29

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#30

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#31

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#32

Cleary University

Howell, MI
#35

University of Mary

Bismarck, ND
#36

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#37

College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN
#39

Elon University

Elon, NC
#40

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
#43

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC
#44

Providence College

Providence, RI
#45

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#46

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#48

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA
#49

Babson College

Wellesley, MA

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Accounting Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 2106 different United States accounting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
52 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
53 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
54 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
55 George Washington University Washington, DC
56 Northeastern University Boston, MA
57 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
58 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
59 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
60 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
61 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
62 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
63 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
64 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
65 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
66 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
67 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
68 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
69 Hope College Holland, MI
70 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
71 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
72 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
73 Creighton University Omaha, NE
74 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
75 Santa Barbara Business College - Ventura Ventura, CA
76 University of Georgia Athens, GA
77 Drake University Des Moines, IA
78 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
79 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
80 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
81 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
82 Menlo College Atherton, CA
83 Judson University Elgin, IL
84 Baylor University Waco, TX
85 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
86 McHenry County College Crystal Lake, IL
87 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
88 Linfield College - Online and Continuing Education McMinnville, OR
89 Western New England University Springfield, MA
90 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
91 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
92 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
93 Northwood University Midland, MI
94 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
95 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
96 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
97 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
98 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
99 Washington State University Pullman, WA
100 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
101 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
102 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
103 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
104 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
105 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
106 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
107 Bradley University Peoria, IL
108 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
109 Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco, CA
110 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
111 Fordham University Bronx, NY
112 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
113 Furman University Greenville, SC
114 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH
115 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
116 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
117 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
118 Iowa State University Ames, IA
119 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
120 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
121 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
122 University of Minnesota - Crookston Crookston, MN
123 American University Washington, DC
124 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
125 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
126 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
127 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
128 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
129 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
130 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
131 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
132 Illinois State University Normal, IL
133 Siena College Loudonville, NY
134 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
135 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
136 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
137 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
138 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
139 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
140 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
141 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
142 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
143 Yeshiva University New York, NY
144 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
145 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
146 Pace University - New York New York, NY
147 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
148 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
149 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
150 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
151 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
152 Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global Marion, IN
153 Simpson College Indianola, IA
154 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
155 Luther College Decorah, IA
156 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
157 Endicott College Beverly, MA
158 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
159 Walsh University North Canton, OH
160 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
161 Misericordia University Dallas, PA
162 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
163 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
164 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
165 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
166 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
167 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
168 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
169 Wartburg College Waverly, IA
170 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
171 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
172 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
173 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
174 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
175 Towson University Towson, MD
176 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
177 Chapman University Orange, CA
178 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
179 Pennsylvania State University - Berks Reading, PA
180 Clemson University Clemson, SC
181 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
182 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND
183 Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake, WI
184 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
185 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore, WI
186 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
187 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
188 Viterbo University La Crosse, WI
189 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
190 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
190 Loras College Dubuque, IA
192 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
193 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
194 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
195 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
196 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
197 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
198 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
199 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
200 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
201 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
202 Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, NE
203 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
204 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
205 Central College Pella, IA
206 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Accounting Schools award.

Rank College Location
207 Texas Lutheran University Seguin, TX
208 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
209 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
209 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
211 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
212 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
213 Champlain College Burlington, VT
214 Rio Salado College Tempe, AZ
215 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
216 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
217 Belmont University Nashville, TN
218 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
219 Helena College University of Montana Helena, MT
220 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
221 Nassau Community College Garden City, NY
222 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
223 St Cloud Technical and Community College Saint Cloud, MN
224 DePaul University Chicago, IL
225 Briar Cliff University Sioux City, IA
226 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
227 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
228 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
229 University of Alaska Southeast Juneau, AK
230 Auburn University Auburn, AL
231 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
232 Concordia University - Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
233 Seattle University Seattle, WA
234 University of Houston Houston, TX
235 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
236 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
237 Assumption University Worcester, MA
238 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
239 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
240 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
241 George Fox University Newberg, OR
242 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
243 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
244 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
245 Lake Superior College Duluth, MN
246 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
247 Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE
248 Winona State University Winona, MN
249 Lakeland University Plymouth, WI
250 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
251 St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, NY
252 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
253 Franklin Pierce University Rindge, NH
254 Niagara County Community College Sanborn, NY
255 Rasmussen College - Illinois Rockford, IL
256 Trident University International Cypress, CA
257 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
258 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
259 Taylor University Upland, IN
260 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
260 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
262 CUNY New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
263 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI
264 University at Albany Albany, NY
265 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
266 Harding University Searcy, AR
267 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
268 University of Denver Denver, CO
269 Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN
270 University of Portland Portland, OR
271 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, WI
272 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
273 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
274 Rasmussen College - North Dakota Fargo, ND
275 Pennsylvania State University - Abington Abington, PA

Accounting by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 21 majors within the business area of study, accounting has other similar majors worth exploring.

Accounting Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Accounting 79,652
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 20,239
Accounting and Finance 2,451
Accounting and Business/Management 1,853
Other Accounting and Related Services 749
Auditing 179

Majors Similar to Accounting

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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