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2021 Best Value Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools in Tennessee

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

20 Colleges
$18,013 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$44,913 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, accounting students earned 1,322 degrees and certificates from a Tennessee school, making the subject the 2nd in the state.

It's not easy to decide which business program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Business Degree Central has created its Best Value Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking. Our analysis looked at 20 schools in Tennessee to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best value experiences for accounting students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for accounting majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 10 Best Accounting Bachelor's Degree Schools

#1

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

Our analysis found University of Memphis to be the best value school for accounting students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Tennessee. Located in the city of Memphis, UofM is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at UofM are $9,912 a year. The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at UofM take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $27,433. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $273.

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Out of the 20 schools in Tennessee that were part of this year’s ranking, Tennessee Technological University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the remote town of Cookeville, Tennessee Tech University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Tennessee Tech University are $8,934 per year. Accounting majors at Tennessee Tech University take out an average of $16,457 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $169.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Middle Tennessee State University is a great value for accounting students working on their bachelor’s degree. Middle Tennessee State University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Murfreesboro.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Middle Tennessee State University are $9,070 per year. On average, accounting graduates from Middle Tennessee State University take out $24,946 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $254.

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Out of the 20 schools in Tennessee that were part of this year’s ranking, The University of Tennessee - Knoxville landed the # 4 spot on the list. UT Knoxville is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Knoxville.

UT Knoxville undergraduate students pay an average of $13,264 in in-state tuition and fees each year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, accounting graduates from UT Knoxville carry an average student debtload of $20,043. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $202.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UT Knoxville is ranked #2 for overall quality for accounting in Tennessee.

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#5

Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Tennessee State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value accounting schools in Tennessee. Tennessee State University is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Nashville.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Tennessee State University are $9,012 per year. The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Tennessee State University take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $28,278. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $275.

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#6

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

Austin Peay State University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree accounting programs. Located in the city of Clarksville, Austin Peay State University is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at Austin Peay State University are $8,303 a year.

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The University of Tennessee - Martin did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the remote town of Martin, UT Martin is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UT Martin are $9,748 per year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, accounting majors at UT Martin accumulate an average of around $22,858 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $234.

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East Tennessee State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Johnson City, ETSU is a public school with a large student population.

ETSU undergraduate students pay an average of $9,259 in in-state tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at ETSU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $21,421. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $195.

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#9

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree accounting programs. Bethel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of McKenzie.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at Bethel are $11,448 a year.

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University of Phoenix - Tennessee came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking. Located in the city of Nashville, UOPX - Tennessee is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

UOPX - Tennessee undergraduate students pay an average of $9,552 in in-state tuition and fees each year. Accounting majors at UOPX - Tennessee take out an average of $41,755 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $438.

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Best Value Accounting Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Value Accounting Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Florida 6,275
West Virginia 563
Georgia 3,509
Alabama 1,534
Kentucky 844
Louisiana 1,412
South Carolina 1,174
Virginia 2,296
Arkansas 653
North Carolina 3,720
Mississippi 1,062

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

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 20 schools only.

  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pixabay.

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