Top Schools for Accounting and Bookkeeping

Read about accounting and bookkeeping programs, through which students learn how to maintain financial records for a company or an organization. Learn about the program options at four of the top schools, and find a useful list of other universities in the U.S. that train accountants and bookkeepers.

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Accounting and bookkeeping programs can be found at many highly-rated schools at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. Specific features and distinctions at universities across the country can help students discover the top school that fits their education needs.

School Overview

Aspiring accountants and bookkeepers can find programs at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ohio State University and Brigham Young University. All four schools offer undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting; the undergraduate programs in particular have received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX

School Highlight: The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas is one of the largest business schools in the country.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the University of Texas at Austin ranked #1 for its undergraduate accounting program. The university's McCombs School of Business offers bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting, as well as a special business honors program modeled after a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Additional programs include a fast-track option that allows students to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accounting concurrently.

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL

School Highlight: U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's undergraduate accounting program #2 in 2017.

At the university's College of Business, students can earn an undergraduate and a graduate degree in accounting. A certificate in accounting is also available, in addition to a Ph.D. in Accountancy program.

Brigham Young University - Provo in Provo, UT

School Highlight: The university has a global reputation as one of the best places to recruit graduates for employment with excellent standards in ethics and character.

In 2017, the undergraduate accounting program at Brigham Young University ranked 3rd in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university's Marriott School offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy program. Business students pursue their programs at a 7-story, state-of-the-art building.

Ohio State University in Columbus, OH

School Highlight: Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business offers special scholarship programs for students.

OSU offers a bachelor's in business administration degree with 12 specializations, including accounting. The school also offers a master's program that may allow students to get enough accounting and business credits to sit for the CPA exam. Most of the degree consists of elective courses. U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's undergraduate accounting program at #14 in 2017.

Top Accounting and Bookkeeping Schools

Other top schools with accounting and bookkeeping programs include:

  • At New York University in New York, NY, three current business faculty members are Nobel laureates.
  • Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, has faculty members honored by the American Accounting Association.
  • The University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN, houses the Center for Accounting Research & Education.
  • The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, has the world's first collegiate business school.
  • The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, has the Paton Center for Research in Accounting.
  • According to U.S. World & New Report , the University of Southern California's Leventhal School of Accounting in Los Angeles, CA, is ranked #5 in the nation among accounting schools for 2017.

Students at the nation's top universities for accounting programs have several features to consider when deciding on a school to attend, including access to resources, availability of CPA exam preparation and dual-degree options.

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