Top 10 Undergraduate Accounting Programs in New York

To create our top 10 list of the best undergraduate accounting programs in New York, we looked at the school rankings of Public Accounting Report (PAR), TaxTalent, BYU, Bloomberg Business, US News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and LinkedIn.

Also, we researched the programmatic accreditation of the schools. The top business schools in the world are accredited in business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, or AACSB. Some institutions also take the extra step of earning accounting accreditation from the prestigious accrediting organization.

#1. New York University

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Located in New York City, New York University (NYU) ranked ninth in US News’s rankings of undergraduate programs in accounting. Also, the school placed 8th and 20th in TaxTalent’s and PAR’s rankings, respectively. NYU is a private nonsectarian research university.

School Overview

NYU holds business accreditation from AACSB. The university’s business school, Stern School of Business, placed 14th in Bloomberg’s rankings. NYU’s accounting faculty tied for 44th in BYU’s rankings.

NYU offers a Bachelor of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting. Students learn valuable skills by taking courses in financial statement analysis, managerial accounting, and auditing.

Accounting majors are equipped to fill positions in industries such as investment banking, corporate financial management, and tax management. The Big Four accounting firms are among the companies that hire NYU accounting students.

#2. Baruch College – The City University of New York (CUNY)

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Baruch College – The City University of New York (CUNY) is accredited in both business and accounting by AACSB. The school ranked 23rd in PAR’s rankings and tied for 51st in BYU’s rankings. Baruch is a public senior college in New York City.

School Overview

According to US News, Baruch tied for 25th in category, Regional Universities in the North. The college tied for fourth among public schools in the category. The Princeton Review included Baruch in two of its lists: The Best 379 Colleges and Colleges That Pay You Back (top overall bargains).

Baruch’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting requires 124 credits to graduate. Students take three courses on financial accounting and also learn about auditing principles, federal income tax rules, and cost accounting concepts.

#3. Pace University

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At 49th place, Pace University just made the top 50 schools of PAR’s rankings. The school also tied for 18th in the rankings of TaxTalent. Pace is a private university located in New York City. The university holds AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.

School Overview

Pace tied for 173rd in US News’s rankings of National Universities. In the same category, the university tied for 136th in the High School Counselor Rankings. The Princeton Review identified Pace as a top school in the Northeast. Also, the school’s accounting department tied for 207th in the rankings of BYU.

The Lubin School of Business at Pace offers two Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programs for accounting undergraduates. Students can choose the BBA in General Accounting or the BBA in Public Accounting.

#4. Cornell University

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Cornell University is a private Ivy League school located in Ithaca. The university tied for 16th and 46th in the rankings of TaxTalent and BYU. Cornell’s undergraduate business school, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, placed third in Bloomberg’s rankings.

School Overview

Cornell ranked 15th in the category, National Universities, in US News’s rankings. In the same category, the university tied for seventh in the High School Counselor Rankings and placed 15th among the Best Value Schools. Cornell is accredited in business by AACSB.

The Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell offers a concentration in accounting. Accounting undergrads take classes in managerial accounting and intermediate accounting. Electives include courses about federal income taxation, managerial cost accounting, and financial modeling.

#5. Syracuse University

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Syracuse University has a strong undergraduate program for accounting majors. The university placed 12th and 18th in LinkedIn’s and TaxTalent’s rankings, respectively. Also, the accounting faculty of Syracuse tied for 127th in BYU’s rankings. The school is a private research university.

School Overview

Syracuse holds AACSB business accreditation and its business school, Whitman School of Management, placed 55th in Bloomberg’s rankings. Whitman has a diverse undergraduate student population with 28% minorities and 13% international students.

The accounting major from Whitman prepares students to succeed in the workforce. Whitman students have accepted job offers at the Big Four accounting firms and other major companies.

Whitman accounting students can build their professional network by serving as a intern, joining one of the student organizations such as Beta Alpha Psi, attending seminars and corporate visits, and participating in networking events.

#6. Fordham University

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Located in New York City, Fordham University ranked 15th in LinkedIn’s rankings. In TaxTalent’s rankings, Fordham tied for 17th. Also, the school’s accounting faculty tied for 143rd in BYU’s rankings. Fordham is a private nonprofit research university with business accreditation from AACSB.

School Overview

Fordham tied for 58th in US News’s National Universities rankings. Also, the university’s business school, Gabelli School of Business, ranked 38th in Bloomberg’s rankings. Gabelli students have found work at top firms such as J.P. Morgan and PwC.

Accounting majors at Fordham can choose from four undergraduate programs: Public Accounting, Public Accountancy (a five year program that culminates in CPA licensure), Applied Accounting and Finance, and Accounting Information Systems.

Sample accounting classes include Assurance and Auditing, Corporate and Partnership Taxation, and Global Financial Statement Analysis.

#7. University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY)

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University at Buffalo, State University of New York (UB) is accredited in both business and accounting by AACSB. The school’s accounting faculty tied for 155th in BYU’s rankings. UB is the largest public university in the northeast region of the United States.

School Overview

According to US News, UB ranks just outside the top 100 of National Universities. The school tied for 103rd in the publication’s rankings. UB’s business school, School of Management, placed 122nd in Bloomberg’s rankings.

UB offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Required courses include Communication for Accountants, Accounting Systems, and Federal and State Taxes.

UB has two student clubs for accounting students, Beta Alpha Psi and the UB Accounting Association. These clubs oversee activities such as networking events and tutoring that help students succeed in the accounting field.

#8. Hofstra University

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Hofstra University is a private non-profit institution located in Hempstead. The school is accredited by AACSB in both business and accounting. Hofstra tied for 19th in the rankings of TaxTalent and its business school, Zarb School of Business, ranked 125th in Bloomberg’s rankings.

School Overview

Hofstra tied for 135th in US News’s rankings of National Universities. In The Princeton Review’s rankings, the university was named a Best Northeastern College and it occupied one of the spots in the publication’s book, The Best 379 Colleges.

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Hofstra requires a minimum of 128 semester hours to graduate. Students interested in sitting for the CPA exam must complete at least 150 hours.

Required classes include Cost Accounting and Advanced Managerial Accounting Topics, Accounting Entities (Advanced), and Income Tax Accounting I and II.

#9. Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY)

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Binghamton University was ranked 18th by LinkedIn in its rankings and the school’s accounting faculty tied for 168th in the rankings of BYU. Binghamton is a public research university in the town of Vestal. The university is accredited in business by AACSB.

School Overview

In US News’s rankings of National Universities, Binghamton tied for 88th. Among public schools in the category, the school tied for 38th. The School of Management at Binghamton ranked 54th in Bloomberg’s rankings.

Binghamton’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting includes an option to complete an Master of Science in Accounting by adding an extra year. This option also fulfills the education requirements to take the CPA exam.

The bachelor degree requires 126 semester hours and students must complete the following courses to graduate: Cost Accounting, Auditing, and Taxation of Entities.

#10. University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)

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University at Albany, State University of New York (UAlbany) holds accreditation through AACSB in both business and accounting. The school’s accounting department tied for 185th in BYU’s rankings. UAlbany is a public research institution that enrolls over 17,300 students.

School Overview

UAlbany is one of The Best 379 Colleges according to The Princeton Review. Also, the publication included UAlbany is its lists of Best Northeastern Colleges and Colleges That Pay You Back (top value schools). The university tied for 126th in the category, National Universities, in the rankings of US News.

To ensure the curriculum is relevant to the real world, the accounting faculty at UAlbany maintain relationships with employers and alumni.

The Big Four firms are major employers of UAlbany accounting students.