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Top College in Washington, DC, for Accounting Courses

Students interested in studying accounting in the Washington, D.C., area have many schools to select from. Read about the top school's degree programs, ranking and tuition info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

There are nine colleges and universities that offer accounting programs in Washington, D.C. The majority of these schools are private, non-profit institutions. Based on programs, student services and rankings, the following school is considered the top school in the area for accounting programs:

  • Winner: Georgetown University is the only school in the area offering programs in accounting that is ranked in the top 25 schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. Georgetown offers an undergraduate major in accounting through the McDonough School of Business.

School Info Chart

Category Georgetown University
Rankings Tied for #21 for National Universities (2015)*; #23 Best Value National University (2015)*; #15 Undergraduate Business Program (2014)*
Location Washington, D.C.
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $44,805**
Accounting Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Accounting Degrees Awarded in 2013 33**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 92%**
Noteworthy Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the nation; the business school's undergraduate program has been in operation since 1957

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Georgetown University

  • Accounting students who qualify academically can join the Georgetown Accounting Society
  • First Year Seminar (FYS) program helps business students learn more about business ideas and Washington, D.C. organizations
  • The cutting-edge 179,000 square foot business school building has been in use since 2009
  • Undergraduate business students can apply for a summer research grant to work one-on-one with a professor

A research institution founded in 1789, Georgetown University (GU) is consistently ranked among the best universities in the country. GU offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degree programs to approximately 17,900 students annually through its nine schools and colleges. Although it is a Catholic and Jesuit university, GU enrolls students from all denominations, as well as those with no religious affiliation. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11-to-1.

The McDonough School of Business offers a bachelor's in business administration with the choice between six different majors, including accounting as one. Students who pursue the accounting major take a total of five accounting courses in addition to the ten required business core classes and liberal arts core. The accounting concentration introduces students intending to become certified public accountants, or who wish to work in a managerial capacity in the field, to managerial and financial accounting. Course topics include accounting principles, taxation, corporate law, auditing and financial statement analysis.

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