Our 2015 Best Accounting School Super Ranking for undergraduate accounting programs combines three of the most influential accounting school rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Tax Talent, and Public Accounting Report.
Each of these accounting degree rankings brings a different methodology to bear on their selection and ranking of undergraduate accounting programs. By combining the results of each of them, our Accounting School Super Ranking provides the most comprehensive, well-rounded ranking of top accounting schools anywhere.
The University of Texas in Austin is the flagship school for the Texas University system. They were founded in 1883 with a mission to change the world. Today they are renowned institution for higher education, research and public service. The school has 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty.
Program Details: The School of Accounting will give the tools for a career in government or industry. You have the option of majoring in finance with an accounting emphasis. If you decide to major in accounting you will need 21 credit hours of accounting courses.
Accreditation: The McCombs Schools of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
The University of Illinois was founded in 1867. They have been providing a transformative educational experience for almost 150 years. They receive over 32,000 students from all 50 states and 100+ countries each year into the undergraduate programs. The respected and talented faculty are their most prized resource.
Program Details: The University of Illinois accounting program is designed to prepare you for the professional world. The understanding of business and accounting practices as well as interpersonal and communication skills. Some of the classes you will take are taxation, auditing, and financial accounting. You will need 21 credit hours in accounting classes.
Accreditation: University of Illinois College of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Brigham Young opened their doors in 1875, wanting to give secular learning fused with teachings of scripture. They have over 26,000 undergraduates. The business school was named after Marriott Corporation founders J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott in 1988.
Program Details: Brigham Young University accounting program is very competitive. They require you to take only core classes your junior year because it is so intensive. It is comprised of 24 credit hours in Financial and Managerial accounting, auditing, tax, and informations system. Most graduates will work in the public or private sector.
Accreditation: The Marriott School of Management is accredited by the AACSB.
Located in the midwest, Notre Dame is a leading undergraduate teaching institution. The university was founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. Almost 2000 undergraduates are in the Mendoza College of Business.
Program Details: Notre Dame is one of the leading accounting programs in the nation. They will prepare you to understand and analyze complex business problems. You will be required to take information technology, corporate strategy, business law and finance on top of upper level accounting courses.
Accreditation: Mendoza College of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Set in an urban area, the University of Pennsylvania has a beautiful campus connecting 12 schools in one location. Their rich history is intertwined with Benjamin Franklin one of the founding fathers of America. The Wharton business school was founded in 1881 by Joseph Wharton, who created the concept of business education.
Program Details: Wharton school of business allows you to have a flexible curriculum. Your freshman and sophomore year you will take electives along with general business classes. Your junior and senior year you will choose your concentration, where you will take upper level accounting courses, if you choose this concentration. If you choose to sit for the CPA they have a list of classes recommended for you.
Accreditation: The Wharton School of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Founded in the 1870’s, the University of Southern California is located in downtown Los Angeles. They are a leading private research university and a anchor institution in Los Angeles.
Program Details: Under the Marshall School of Business you can get your undergraduate degree from the Leventhal School of Accounting. They offer a flexible curriculum to help develop critical thinking skills, technical proficiency, analytical skills, oral and written communication skills. They offer a Progressive Master’s Degree program where you can finish in 5 years or less.
Accreditation: The Marshall School of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
One of the first public universities in the nation it was founded in 1817. It is ranked one of the top five faculties in the country for their teaching and research staff. It boasts itself for one of the best university libraries and and largest health care complexes in the world.
Program Details: The Ross School of Business brings the latest problems into the classroom. Their accounting degree prepares you to be ahead of the game. They offer cutting edge technology and expert teaching. You can finish your degree in 4 years with a extensive knowledge of how the business world works.
Accreditation: Even though they currently are not accredited by the AACSB, the offer a competitive accounting program.
Indiana University was voted most wired by PC magazine among public universities. It is known for their arts and culture in the midwest. They were founded in 1820 and have 8 campuses statewide with Bloomington being their flagship school.
Program Details: The Kelley School of Business’ accounting program develops a well rounded curriculum for students. They require you to take communications classes with your core classes to ensure you can be effective team member and know how to serve clients. The structure of the courses require you to take them in certain order.
Accreditation: The Kelley School of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Established in 1831 New York University is located in Manhattan. It is the largest private university in the nation, with over 40,000 students enrolling. The university has over 2500 courses offered and more than 25 different degrees.
Program Details: Through the Stern School of Business they offer a business degree with concentration in accounting. You will take a four course concentration to specialize in accounting. Depending on what career path you take, you have the option to minor or double major in the College of Arts and Sciences, which is highly encouraged. They have the AACSB accreditation.
Accreditation: The Stern School of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Ohio state is ranked 18th among the best public universities by U.S. News and World Reports. Over 58,000 students are enrolled in the school. Fisher College of Business is ranked top among business schools. They place an emphasis on experimental learning and global opportunities.
Program Details: The accounting program requires 34.5 credit hours in business core and 24 credit hours in your specialization. Some of the courses you will take are cost accounting, tax, and audit. If you’re interested in pursuing your CPA you can go though Office of Career Management and they will help you with that path.
Accreditation: Fisher College of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Texas A&M is located in College Station, Texas, which is about 90 miles northwest of Houston. They have over 50,000 students and is the sixth largest university in the nation. For the past six years they have been the 3rd public program in faculty research in accounting.
Program Details: The Mays Business School offers a 4 year degree program in accounting. Undergraduates must take all 300 and 400 levels courses at Texas A&M. They also offer a mini mester program in the spring that lasts 6 weeks long. Their coursework emphasis meets CPA exam requirements. They offer a Master and Phd program in accounting.
Accreditation: The Mays Business School is accredited by the AACSB.
Ranked one of the best colleges in the country by Money Magazine, Michigan state university was founded in 1855. It is the first college to teach scientific agriculture. They are located in Lansing, Michigan. They have more than 7,700 undergraduate and graduate students at Eli Broad College of Business.
Program Details: You will need 120 credits which includes general electives to graduate with a Bachelors of Art in Accounting. Of the 120 credits 19 of them will be in your specialization. The program is excellent for preparing student who intend to study law especially if they intend to go into tax law or corporate law. In Michigan you can sit for the CPA once you graduate with a accounting degree and take accounting 308 or equivalent at another college.
Accreditation: The Eli Broad College of Business is accredited by the AACSB since 1953.
The University of Wisconsin is a public , land-grant institution founded in 1848. They have over 40,000 students enrolled. They are a committed to research and public service. The Madison School of business is one of the first business programs in the nation.
Program Details: The University of Wisconsin school of business strives to provide students with a meaningful learning experience by providing the best faculty. You have to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in business and economic courses. You will need to take at least 18 credit hours in the higher level accounting courses.
Accreditation: The Madison School of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Founded in 1831 the University of Alabama is the first public college in the state. There are over 36,000 undergraduate, professional and graduate students attending the university. The Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business has received national recognition for excellence in business education.
Program Details: The University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business prepares you to sit for the CPA and CMA after finishing their accounting program. Undergraduates can pursue a Master in Accounting or Masters in Tax Accounting once they graduate.
Accreditation: The Culverhouse College of Commerce is accredited by the AACSB.
The University of Mississippi was the state’s only comprehensive college for 110 years. It was established in 1848 and have over 21,500 students. They are the states largest university with a major medical school. They founded the fourth state-supported law school in the nation. They are also one of the first universities in the south to allow women to attend.
Program Details: The University of Mississippi offer undergraduate, graduate and Phd programs in accounting. They have a a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi the national professional accounting fraternity. You will need to complete 124 credit hours and your are required to complete a minor to graduate with a accounting degree. You can also do a 10 week internship that applies towards graduation your spring semester of your senior year. Some classes you will take are income tax, cost control and accounting systems.
Accreditation: The Patterson School of Accountancy is accredited by the AACSB.
The University of Georgia was the first state to charter a state run university in 1785. The Terry College of Business has consistently ranked the best for undergraduate and graduate accounting programs.
Program Details: The Terry College of Business has a acceptance criteria to get into the accounting program. They take into consideration the ETS test which is a multiple choice assessment of academic skills, an accounting test, your grades in the prerequisite accounting classes and a statement of purpose. The accounting program will cover topics such as financial statements, product costs & budgeting, taxation, auditing, risk assessment and control. The tuition is 13,187 per semester for Georgia residents.
Accreditation: The Terry College of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
The University of Florida is the oldest university in the state. Established in 1853, it is a major research university. The Fisher school of accounting which is under the Warrington College of Business Administration has established respect and authority among professional and academic circles.
Program Detail: The University of Florida Warrington College of Business Administration offers a four year program in accounting. The program prepares you for graduate studies if you wish to pursue this route. They offer a BSAc program which allows early admission into graduate school through the 3/2 program. The 3/2 program is a integrated 5 year program allowing you to receive a B.S. in Accounting and a Masters in Accounting.
Accreditation: The Warrington College of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
The first university in the state in Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana purchase territory, it was founded in 1839. It is one of five universities that offer law, medicine, veterinary medicine, and a nuclear research reactor on one campus in the nation. They have over 300 degree programs and 19 colleges and schools. Enrollment is around 35,000 from all over the state, nations and 120 countries.
Program Details: The University of Missouri merges their bachelor and master accounting program into a 150 credit hour integrated program. This program will give you a strong background in accounting, public speaking, and a broad understanding of business. Tuition cost around $25,514 a year for residents, which includes, room and board, books and supplies, and personal exp.
Accreditation: The Trulaske College of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
University of Virginia was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson and was opened for classes in 1825. He created the curriculum They are ranked one of the top public universities in the nation and has one of the finest business schools. They attract students from all around the world.
Program Details: The McIntire School of Business offers a bachelors in science of commerce degree with a concentration in finance, accounting, marketing, management, and information technology. They have a integrated core program which you need to take your third year before starting your concentration classes. Your fourth year will be when you take your accounting concentration classes. Since it is required to have 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA a lot of UVA students will chooses to stay longer and attend their master’s program.
Accreditation: The McIntire School of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
One of the world’s renowned public universities they opened their doors in 1861. It is located in Seattle, Washington one of the most innovative and vibrant cities in the nation. Their business school is recognized by U.S. News and the Bloomberg report as a first rate program. Their accounting faculty is ranked number one worldwide.
Program Details: The Foster School of Business offers you a Bachelors of Art in Business Administration with a choice to focus on a area of study or have a more formal option in accounting. You must complete 72 credit hours of business course work but may go over depending on which option you choose. If you choose to formally major in accounting you will need to take nine upper level core accounting classes, six of which must be taken at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Accreditation: The Foster School of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Ranked one of the top 30 universities, it has the feel of a small liberal arts college with the range and world wide relevance of a leading research institution. It is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina a city filled with rich history and is one the nation’s most progressive cities. Their business school provides you relevant studies that will be coveted in the real world.
Program Details: The accounting program at Wake Forest University provides you with the foundation to succeed. Accounting students will apply to their 5 year accountancy program, which will allow you to graduate with a bachelor’s and masters in accounting. In your fourth you will take an internship that will bridge the gap between classroom education and professional experience. This program prepares you to sit for the CPA once you are finished.
Accreditation: The Wake Forest School of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
A University with a lot of stories to tell, it is one of the oldest public universities. It was forced to close two times and has had three names before becoming the University of Tennessee.
Program Details: 100 years strong their highly rated accounting program prepares you with the knowledge you need in the business world. You will need 120 credit hours to graduate and it’s recommended you pursue their master’s in accounting if you want to sit for the CPA. Their master’s program is another 30 hours.
Accreditation: The Haslam School of Business was one of the first univerisities accounting program to be accredited by the AACSB.
A catholic university founded by Jesuit priests in 1852, Loyola University Maryland wants to inspire students to learn, lead and serve the world. Sellinger School of Business was founded in 1980 and it has been one of the best business school for the last four years by the Princeton Review.
Program Details: Sellinger School of Business has six introductory courses and seven core business classes with seven upper level accounting courses you will need to take for your major. You will also need to take one oral communications class. They provide a five year program where you can receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting. This route allows you to sit for the CPA which is a highly sought after certification.
Accreditation: The Sellinger School of Business holds a dual accreditation by the AACSB- in business and accounting. Less that 10% of business schools nationwide hold both.
Chartered in 1835 it is one of the first colleges with a goal to apply scientific principle to farming. It is Pennsylvania’s only land grant university, it has a desire to for teaching, research and public service. It is in the top one percent of universities worldwide and has the highest rating for research by Carnegie Foundation. Named after two benefactors Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal the business school promotes personal, intellectual and professional growth.
Program Details: This program allows you to graduate with a general accounting degree or a concentrated accounting degree in Internal Auditing and Assessment, Corporate Control and Financial Management, or Public Accounting. Entrance into the program will require 60 credits including some lower level business courses and the approval from the Executive Vice President. A integrated accounting program is offered which meets the requirements to become a public certified accountant.
Accreditation: The Smeal College of Business is accredited by theAACSB.
One of the leading business universities they provide an innovative business curriculum infused with a rich liberal arts education. They have over 4,000 undergraduate enrolled and over 1,400 graduate students. Established in 1917 in Boston, the founder Harry C. Bentley wanted to use his own methods for teaching accounting. Bentley University has the academic strength of a large university and the student focus and values of a small college.
Program Details: The accounting program gives you a strong core technical curriculum with an opportunity to place an emphasis on a specific area. These key areas are cost accounting, taxation, external and internal auditing, financial accounting, and information technology. They offer state of the art software to give you cutting edge tools for the ever changing business world.
Accreditation: Bentley University accounting program is accredited by the AACSB.
Within reach of Wall street, midtown, global organizations, and non for profits, Baruch College gives you exceptional opportunities in networking, internships and careers. They are the largest business school in the nation. They have over 12,000 students in their business program. Zicklin School of Business has been around for over a 100 years.
Program Detail: You will need to take 45 credits of common core curriculum before applying for your major. Then you will take 30 credits of business core. You must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and take upper level accounting courses to officially be an accounting major. Zicklin School of Business does not accept second degree undergraduates into their accounting program. They recommend you apply for their graduate program in accounting. They are accredited by the AACSB.
Accreditation: The Zicklin School of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Chartered in 1863 by the Society of Jesus, Boston College is a leading university in the nation. They have over 14,000 students in their undergraduate and graduate programs. Business week ranked Carroll School of Management number 4 as one of the top business programs. They provide degree programs and have centers for executive development for professionals.
Program Detail: The Carroll School of Management offers 3 different concentrations in accounting. They are Accounting concentration, Accounting Information Systems, and Corporate Reporting and Analysis Concentration. If you are on the CPA track the accounting concentration is designed to satisfy the requirements. Students are allowed to choose only one of these concentrations.
Accreditation: The Carroll School of Management is accredited by the AACSB.
Located in Ithaca, NY, Ezra Cornell developed the telegraph and became the largest stockholder of Western Union. This allowed him to establish Cornell University in 1865. A member of the Ivy league they identify themselves as a private and public university. They are a federal land grant institution of New York state and are dedicated to outreach and public service. They have over 21,000 students in their undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.
Program Details: They offer one of the smallest and most selective business programs, which means you will know your classmates and work closely with them. You will receive a degree in applied economics and management with a concentration in accounting. The flexible degree allows you to double major in life sciences, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences or applied social sciences.
Accreditation: The Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management is accredited by the AACSB.
The University of Iowa is a member of the big ten conference since 1988 and a leading public research university. They have over 31,000 students and are located in Iowa city a casual yet cosmopolitan city.
Program Details: They offer a undergraduate accounting program and a professional program in accounting. The professional program gives you a bachelors in accounting as well as a master’s in accounting. This path qualifies you to sit for the CPA. If you choose the undergraduate program you will need around 120 credits and 25 credit hours of work for the major. You will need a 3.0 GPA to be admitted into the Tippie College of Business.
Accreditation: The Tippie College of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Arizona State University was founded in 1885 and is located in Tempe, Arizona about 15 minutes east of Phoenix. The W.P. Carey School of Business is a top ranked program.
Program Details: Their state of the art curriculum will provide you with the skills to work in the private sector or government agencies. Arizona State University’s accounting program starts with a course in Leadership, Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP). You will need 120 credits to graduate with at least 52 credits in upper level courses.
Accreditation: W.P. Carey School of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, it was founded in 1831 and is a Jesuit Catholic University. They have around 4,633 undergraduate students. Williams College of Business was recognized as a nationally renowned business school, bringing up successful, ethical leaders in business.
Program Details: Xavier University Williams College of Business offers a four year accounting program or a professional accounting program that is five years long and will satisfy the requirements to sit for the CPA. You are allowed to apply for their MBA program your senior year. Aside from traditional teachings students are able to get practical experience through internships, you can join the accounting society or participate in the Deloitte & Touche Tax Case Competition. If you want tax preparation experience they offer a volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) program where you can earn academic credit while helping low income and elderly people in the community.
Accreditation: The Williams College of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
North Carolina State University started out as a land-grant institution teaching agriculture and mechanical arts. Today they are a renowned research institution that excels in many areas such as engineering, math, science and more. The university adds 65 billion to the states economy.
Program Details: Poole College of Management helps students develop team building and problem solving skills, and applying technology into the accounting field. You will take courses like business law, taxation, ethics and financial and managerial accounting. Accounting majors will choose a concentration in Financial Analysis, information systems, internal audit or managerial accounting. They offer a master’s program in accounting if you decide to pursue higher education.
Accreditation: The Poole College of Management is accredited by the AACSB.
The second oldest college in america the College of William and Mary is a “Public Ivy League”, one of eight in America. They are located in the hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia a historical city. Chartered in 1693, it has been called “the Alma Mater of the Nation” because of it’s close ties with America’s founding fathers. The Mason School of Business offers an individual program of study (IPS), which give you the flexibility to design a program that fits your needs.
Program Details: The IPS program allows you to major or minor in business, double major in business and the Arts & Sciences, or study two different business fields by adding a concentration to your studies. You will need to take core curriculum to build a foundation and then you will take your major accounting courses with a option to choose a concentration outside of your major. You will only need to take six to nine additional credits in a concentration. They offer concentrations in Accounting, Consulting, Data Analytics to name a few.
Accreditation: Mason School of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Originally named Texas Technological College it opened it’s doors in 1925. They changed the name in 1969 to Texas Tech University. In 2014 they spent $150 million in research. Located in Lubbock, Texas they have over 35,000 students.
Program Details: Rawls College of Business provides the option of pursuing a four year undergraduate degree in accounting or a five year program in which you will earn a bachelor’s and master’s in accounting. You will need a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in be admitted into the program. You can choose Taxation or Audit/Financial Reporting tracks. You can choose to get a Certificate of Finance with your accounting degree. They offer study abroad and faculty led programs too.
Accreditation: Rawls College of Business is accredited by the AACSB.
Chartered in 1895 Northern Illinois University started off as a teacher’s school. Now they have become a world-class public research institution offering 57 undergraduate majors and 80 graduate programs. Business week ranks Northern Illinois University as the best return on investment in Illinois and among best in the nation. They are #1 and #2 in CPA pass rate in Illinois.
Program Details: The college of business gives you a strong accounting background with a broad-based general education. They will teach you critical thinking skills, ethical business practices, technical understanding and effective communication skills. They have an excellent job placement rate. If you do not receive a B in ACCY 206 and 207 you will need to take the Accountancy Qualifying Exam (AQE). It is a multiple choice exam consisting of 30 financial and 30 managerial accounting questions. You can not take more than 38 credit hours in accounting classes that count towards your 120 semester hour baccalaureate requirement.
Accreditation: Northern Illinois University College of Business is accredited by the AACSB in both business and accounting.