Top 10 Undergraduate Accounting Programs in New Jersey

The creation of our top 10 list of best undergraduate accounting programs in New Jersey was formulated by reviewing how each school ranked in websites and publications like BYU, Bloomberg Business, US News and World Report, LinkedIn, Forbes, Princeton Review, TaxTalent, Public Accounting Report (PAR),and College Factual.

Another factor that is part of our criteria is the programmatic accreditation of the schools. The top business schools in the world are accredited by the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business, (AACSB). All schools on our list are regionally accredited as well.

#1.Rutgers University—New Brunswick

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Rutgers University is a public research university whose vision is to “cultivate transformative experiences that challenge students to be their best at Rutgers and beyond”.  The Princeton Review ranked Rutgers on two of its lists: The Best 380 Colleges and The Best Colleges That Pay You Back.  Also, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Rutgers as tied for 72nd among National Universities. Rutgers has also been ranked as the 2nd best college in New Jersey.

Accounting Program Overview

Rutgers offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and some of the required courses are Auditing Concepts, Cost Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Income Tax Accounting, Advanced Accounting, and two classes in Financial Accounting. Bloomberg Business has rated Rutgers business school as the 118th best undergraduate business school in the country. BYU has also ranked Rutgers 29th in the country for research publications written by Rutgers faculty. LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 14:1 and on average 79% of its students graduate within four years. Rutgers also holds an accreditation with AACSB International.

#2.College of New Jersey

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The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a public university that “prepares students to excel in their chosen fields and to create, preserve and transmit knowledge, arts, and wisdom”.  The Princeton Review ranked TCNJ on two of its lists: The Best 380 Colleges and The Best Colleges That Pay You Back.  Also, the U.S. News and World Report ranked TCNJ as tied for 3rd among Regional Universities (North).

Accounting Program Overview

TCNJ offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Accountancy where students will need to acquire 130 credit hours to graduate. Students that are interested in sitting for the CPA exam will need to add a minor to their degree plan in order to satisfy the 150 credit hour requirement. Bloomberg Business has rated TCNJ’s business school as the 63rd best undergraduate business school in the country.  LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 13:1 and on average 87% of its students graduate within four years. TCNJ also holds an accreditation with AACSB International.

#3.Rowan University

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Rowan University is a public university that ranked as the 8th best college in New Jersey by College Factual. The U.S. News and World Report ranked Rowan as tied for 19th among Regional Universities (North). Rowan also made Forbes ranking for America’s Top Colleges and Bloomberg Business, Best Undergraduate Business Schools.

Accounting Program Overview

Rowan University’s Rohrer College of Business’s educational mission is to “equip its graduates with the skill set necessary to achieve sustainable career success, while responsibly advancing the business and economic interests of their organizations and society”.  The Rohrer College of Business is accredited by AACBS International. Rowan offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting where students will need to acquire 120 credit hours to graduate. Students that wish to attain a CPA certification can earn the required 150 credit hours through entering Rowan’s MBA program with an accounting specialization.

#4.Seton Hall

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Seton Hall University is a private Roman Catholic university that The Princeton Review ranked as one of The Best 380 Colleges.  Also, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Seton Hall as tied for 123rd among National Universities. College Factual ranked Seton Hall University as the 5th best college in the state.

Accounting Program Overview

The mission of the Department of Accounting and Taxation “is to prepare students to assume roles as accounting professionals in a global society and to advance the body of knowledge in the discipline”. Seton Hall’s Stillman School of Business is AACSB accredited and offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting where students will need to acquire 121 credit hours to graduate. Students that are interested in sitting for the CPA exam can apply to enter the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Master of Science in Professional Accounting Program. Bloomberg Business has rated the Stillman School of Business as the 78th best business school in the country.  LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 14:1 and on average 67% of its students graduate within four years.

#5.Ramapo College of New Jersey

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Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ) is a public liberal arts and professional studies institution that “is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding”. College Factual has ranked RCNJ as the 10th best college in New Jersey and as a good value for your money. Also, the U.S. News and World Report ranked RCNJ as tied for 22nd among Regional Universities (North).

Accounting Program Overview

Ramapo’s Anisfield School of Business offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting where students will need to acquire 128 credit hours to graduate. BYU has ranked RCNJ 82nd for Accounting Information Systems research articles published by its faculty. LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 17:1 and on average 73% of its students graduate within four years. Ramapo’s Anisfield School of Business also holds an accreditation with AACSB International.

#6.Rider University

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Rider University is a private nonsectarian university that is listed on Princeton Review’s The Best 380 Colleges rankings.  Also, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Rider as tied for 22nd among Regional Universities (North). College Factual has ranked Rider University as the 9th best college in New Jersey.

Accounting Program Overview

Rider offers an accounting degree where students will need to acquire 120 credit hours to graduate. Students that are interested in sitting for the CPA exam will need to enter into Rider’s MAcc program to satisfy the 150 credit hour requirement. The types of courses accounting students will take at Rider are Auditing and Corporate Governance, Cost Management, Accounting Information Systems, Fundamentals of Taxation, Advanced Accounting, and two classes in Accounting Theory. LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 12:1 and on average 67% of its students graduate within four years. Rider also holds an accreditation with AACSB International.

#7.Montclair State University

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Montclair State University is a public research university that was ranked as the 12th best college in New Jersey and a good value for your money according to College Factual.  Also, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Montclair State University as tied for 34th among Regional Universities (North).

Accounting Program Overview

Montclair State’s Feliciano School of Business offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting where students will need to acquire 124 credit hours to graduate. Students that are interested in sitting for the CPA exam can elect to enter into the Feliciano School of Business’s 5 year degree program which combines their BS and MS in Accounting programs to satisfy the 150 credit hour requirement. LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 17:1 and on average 63% of its students graduate within four years. The Feliciano School of Business also holds an accreditation with AACSB International.

#8.Fairleigh Dickson University

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Fairleigh Dickson University (FDU) is a private nonsectarian university. The U.S. News and World Report ranked FDU as tied for 83rd among Regional Universities (North).  College Factual has ranked FDU as the 14th best college in the New Jersey.

Accounting Program Overview

The mission of the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University is “to be a center of learning committed to the education of tomorrow’s leaders today, to prepare it’s students to succeed in a global environment and to advance the understanding of business”. The Silberman College of Business is accredited by AACBS International. FDU offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting where students will need to acquire 121 credit hours to graduate. Students that wish to obtain a CPA designation can enter into the BS/MS program to meet the 150 hour educational requirement needed to sit for the exam.  Some of the courses students can expect to take are Auditing Concepts, Cost Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Fundamentals of Federal Taxation, and Control, and two classes in Financial Accounting.

#9.Saint Peter’s College

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Saint Peter’s University is a private Jesuit Roman Catholic college whose mission is “commitment to individual attention and grounding in the liberal arts, educates a diverse community of learners in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment.  The U.S. News and World Report ranked Saint Peter’s University as tied for 92nd among Regional Universities (North).

Accounting Program Overview

Saint Peter’s University offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Accountancy where students will need to acquire 60 credit hours of accounting course work plus the business and general core educational requirements to graduate. Students that are interested in sitting for the CPA exam can elect to take part in the combined B.S. /M.S degree in accountancy to satisfy the 150 credit hour requirement.  LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 13:1 and on average 52% of its students graduate within four years. Saint Peter’s University is ranked as the 19th best college in New Jersey by College Factual.

#10.Caldwell University

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Caldwell University is a Catholic liberal arts university that “transforms students’ lives by preparing them through the liberal arts and professional studies to think critically, pursue truth, and contribute to a just society”.  Also, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Caldwell University as tied for 103rd among Regional Universities (North). College Factual has ranked Caldwell University as the 22nd best college in New Jersey.

Accounting Program Overview

Caldwell University offers an accounting degree where students will need to acquire 120 credit hours to graduate. Students that are interested in sitting for the CPA exam can elect to enter into the 5 year combined B.S. /M.S. in Accounting program or 5 year the B.S. /MBA program to satisfy the 150 credit hour requirement. LinkedIn has found that the student to faculty ratio is 11:1 and on average 51% of its students graduate within four years. Graduates of Caldwell University’s Accounting program have found employment with organizations like Prudential Financial and ADP.