School and Ranking Information
Accounting studies in and near Augusta, GA, which includes some schools in nearby South Carolina, are found mainly at 2-year colleges. The following three are considered the top schools for accounting studies in the Augusta area based on distinctions, number of awards granted in the field of study and location:
- Winner: Georgia Regents University is the top pick because it is the only 4-year institution in Augusta offering accounting programs and is the largest school by enrollment granting degrees in accounting.
- Runner Up #1: Augusta Technical College places as the first runner up because of the total number of degrees and diplomas awarded in accounting.
- Runner Up #2: Aiken Technical College, which is only about ten miles from Augusta, lands in the third spot because of its affiliation with a large educational system and for the total number of accounting degrees and certificates granted.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Georgia Regents University||Augusta Technical College||Aiken Technical College|
|Distinctions||One of four broad-based research universities in Georgia*||Named an Achieving the Dream College (2012)**||Part of the South Carolina Technical College System, the largest higher education system in South Carolina***|
|Location||Augusta, GA||Augusta, GA||Graniteville, SC|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,276 ( in-state), $9,723 (out-of-state)****||$2,498 (in-state), $4,538 (out-of-state)****||$3,818 (in-district), $4,163 (in-state), $9,630 (out-of-state)****|
|Accounting Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's degree||Diploma; associate's degree||Certificate; associate's degree|
|Accounting Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2011-2012||29****||24 (diploma), 19 (associate's degree)****||12 (certificate), 16 (associate's degree)****|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||29% (for 2007 Entering Class)****||20% (for 2010 Entering Class)****||9% (for 2010 Entering Class)****|
|Noteworthy||Awards over $100,000 in scholarships for accounting and business students*||Offers an internship opportunity||Accounting program is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)|
Sources: *Georgia Regents University; **Augusta Technical College; ***South Carolina Technical College System; ****NCES College Navigator
Winner: Georgia Regents University
- Students can participate in Betta Gamma Sigma, an international society that honors business students
- The school's business college is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) - International
- School offers a minor in accounting to students of any department in the university
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting is a 124-credit program that includes courses in financial accounting theory, auditing, cost accounting, taxation, cost management and advanced accounting. Students who intend to pursue the CPA credential can take courses in cost management and federal income taxation. Participation in an accounting internship is encouraged.
Runner Up #1: Augusta Technical College
- Accounting programs are available at three campuses
- Students can choose an elective offering study in a simulated accounting setting
Students can enroll in a 47-credit diploma program or a 66-credit associate degree program in accounting. Both programs cover topics in financial accounting, computerized accounting, tax accounting, payroll accounting and document production. The associate degree requires that students complete additional general education requirements. An internship is also part of the curriculum in both programs.
Runner Up #2: Aiken Technical College
- The college offers a bridge program for students who want to continue their education at the University of South Carolina
- All certificate program classes transferable to a degree program
Aiken Technical College offers a 66-credit accounting associate degree. Students in the program learn about recording and preparing financial statements, posting transactions and processing records. Courses in the program include accounting principles, payroll accounting, cost accounting, principles of finance, business mathematics, computer accounting and not-for-profit accounting. The associate degree also includes general education coursework. The 21-credit general accounting certificate program contains some of the same courses as in the 2-year degree program, including payroll accounting, computerized accounting and accounting principles.