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2021 Most Popular Online Accounting Schools

512 Colleges
$44,557 Avg Salary
$26,381 Avg Student Debt

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

There are so many business programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one 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 Most Popular Online Accounting Schools ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 512 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for business students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for accounting majors pursuing an online .

Our analysis found University of Phoenix - Arizona to be the most popular school for accounting students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. Located in the large city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Southern New Hampshire University is a great place for accounting students pursuing an online degree. Located in the midsize suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at SNHU take out is $26,969. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $297.

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#3

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Out of the 512 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Governors University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Seminole State College of Florida is a great place for accounting students pursuing an online degree. Seminole State is a large public school located in the city of Sanford.

On average, accounting graduates from Seminole State take out $19,295 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 $200.

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Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ivy Tech Community College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Accounting Schools list. Ivy Tech Community College is a fairly large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

On average, accounting graduates from Ivy Tech Community College take out $13,964 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $145, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Gateway Technical College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best accounting programs. Located in the suburb of Kenosha, Gateway Technical College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #7, Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students. Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Colorado Springs.

On average, accounting graduates from Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs take out $33,930 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $370.

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Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

With a ranking of #8, Florida Atlantic University did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students. FAU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Boca Raton.

After completing their degree, accounting graduates from FAU carry an average student debtload of $26,754. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $300.

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for accounting students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Maryland Global Campus came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Accounting Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Adelphi, UMGC is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, accounting graduates from UMGC take out $34,186 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $384, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Colorado State University - Global Campus came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Accounting Schools ranking. Colorado State University - Global Campus is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greenwood Village.

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#12

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Kaplan University-Indianapolis ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular Online Accounting Schools list. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a public college with a very large student population.

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#13

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon 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 city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

On average, accounting graduates from Grand Canyon University take out $28,582 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $316, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Washington State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for accounting students. It came in at #14 on the list. Wazzu is a fairly large public school located in the town of Pullman.

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#15

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best accounting programs. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Temple is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, accounting graduates from Temple carry an average student debtload of $23,336. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $256.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for accounting students. It came in at #16 on the list. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at UMass Amherst take out is $21,750. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $239.

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Rutgers University - Newark landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best accounting programs. Located in the city of Newark, Rutgers Newark is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Accounting majors at Rutgers Newark take out an average of $29,536 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $330, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for accounting students. It came in at #18 on the list. North Harris Montgomery is a fairly large public school located in the city of The Woodlands.

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Ashford University

San Diego, CA

Ashford University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Accounting Schools ranking. Located in the large city of San Diego, Ashford University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Ashford University take out is $36,063. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $374.

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Franklin University

Columbus, OH

Franklin University landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best accounting programs. Located in the city of Columbus, Franklin University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Franklin University take out is $30,672. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $343, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #21, Fox Valley Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students. FVTC is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton.

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Missouri State University - Springfield landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best accounting programs. Missouri State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Springfield.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Missouri State take out is $18,903. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $204, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Chattahoochee Technical College ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Online Accounting Schools list. Chattahoochee Technical College is a large public school located in the large suburb of Marietta.

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With a ranking of #24, Rasmussen College - Florida did quite well on this year’s best schools for accounting students. Located in the small city of Ocala, Rasmussen College - Florida is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

While working on their degree, accounting majors at Rasmussen College - Florida accumulate an average of around $29,245 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $304.

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Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Accounting Schools ranking. IWU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Marion.

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#26

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN
#27

Pace University - New York

New York, NY
#28

North Hennepin Community College

Brooklyn Park, MN
#32

Post University

Waterbury, CT
#32

Davenport University

Grand Rapids, MI
#34

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY
#35

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#37

Kean University

Union, NJ
#38

Northwood University

Midland, MI
#40

Monroe College

Bronx, NY
#41

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, GA
#42

Delgado Community College

New Orleans, LA
#44

Lakeland University

Plymouth, WI
#45

Baker College

Flint, MI
#46

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#47

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA
#48

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Online Accounting Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 512 different United States accounting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
48 Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs, CO
52 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
53 Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, OH
54 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
55 Champlain College Burlington, VT
56 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
57 Lanier Technical College Oakwood, GA
57 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
57 University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA
57 Rasmussen College - Minnesota St. Cloud, MN
61 College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD
62 Houston Community College Houston, TX
63 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
64 National University College Bayamon, PR
64 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
64 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
67 Blinn College Brenham, TX
68 Troy University Troy, AL
69 Lorain County Community College Elyria, OH
70 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA
70 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
72 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
72 Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH
74 SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
74 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT
76 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, 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 Most Popular Online Accounting Schools award.

Rank College Location
77 Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome, GA
77 Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, IA
79 Portland Community College Portland, OR
80 Yavapai College Prescott, AZ
81 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
81 Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA
83 Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO
83 American River College Sacramento, CA
83 Athens State University Athens, AL
86 Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA
87 West Georgia Technical College Waco, GA
87 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
89 Florida National University - Main Campus Hialeah, FL
89 Georgia Southwestern State University Americus, GA
91 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
92 Palomar College San Marcos, CA
92 Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro, GA
92 Hudson County Community College Jersey City, NJ
95 Southern Careers Institute - Pharr Pharr, TX
96 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS
96 Chemeketa Community College Salem, OR
96 Trident Technical College Charleston, SC
96 DeVry University - Illinois Chicago, IL
100 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
100 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
102 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA
102 Berkeley College - New York New York, NY
102 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI
102 Touro University Worldwide Los Alamitos, CA
102 Park University Parkville, MO

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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.

  • 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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