Accounting Degree Review researched undergraduate accounting programs in the nation accredited by AACSB and calculated tuition costs to come up with the most affordable undergraduate accounting programs.
We compared the schools annual tuition and fees for out-of-state incoming freshman enrolling in the 2015-2016 academic year.
Below are the 30 most affordable undergraduate accounting programs from our research. All the schools were under $20,000 and the average cost was around $16,300.
Brigham Young University (BYU) is a private college associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Established in 1875, they provide excellent education in an atmosphere aligned with the principles and ideals from the church.
The undergraduate accounting program is a 64 credit hour program. Your freshman and sophomore year students will take general requirements and prerequisite courses before applying for the accounting program. Students will take core courses their junior and senior year. Fundamentals of Taxation, Cost and Managerial Accounting, and Economics of Strategy are a few of the courses students will take.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $10,300
Located in Northwest Georgia, Dalton State College was established in 1963. They offer bachelor’s degrees and a full array of associate’s degrees as well as career certificate programs.
Dalton State College offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree which focuses on accounting aspects of business. Within the accounting discipline, recording and reporting financial data, understanding tax law and it’s effects on business decisions, auditing financial statements are some the areas emphasized.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $12,314
With more than 13,000 students, the University of Central Missouri was founded in 1871. Located in Warrensburg, they provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed.
The University of Central Missouri offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting program. There are three areas of professional knowledge and skills students will learn in the program, Professional Accounting Knowledge, Professional Accounting Skills, and Professional Orientation. Students will take 43 credits in general education requirements and 75 credits in major courses and 5 credits in non accounting electives.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $12,891
A comprehensive, public university, Missouri State has six academic colleges, one school of agriculture and one graduate college. They are the second largest university in the state.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at Missouri State can be finished in three or four years. The program blends accounting courses, general business, economics and ethics so students will be able to work in many different areas.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $13,930
Founded in 1909, Arkansas State University is located in the city of Jonesboro. They are the flagship campus of the Arkansas State University system and is the second largest college system in the state. They have over 13,000 students enrolled and offer 160 fields of study.
A 120 credit hour program, Arkansas State’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting provides students with the knowledge and technical skills to work in a variety of industries such as government, public accounting and banking auditors. Students will start taking core accounting courses their junior and senior year.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $14,050
Located in Russellville, Arkansas Tech University is a regional institution. The school was founded in 1910 with the purpose of offering classes for a high school degree, but later started offering college courses. Now they are a comprehensive university.
Arkansas Tech University offers a bachelor’s in accounting. The program prepares students for an array of careers in public and private accounting careers. Some of the core courses students will take are Advanced Accounting, Federal Taxes and Accounting Information Systems. The program has five accounting goals, students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills, be able to communicate information orally and in writing, knowledge of current accounting practices and theories, competency in business ethics and demonstrate competency in current accounting information technology.
Annual Tuition and Fees: 14,190
A regional, comprehensive public university, Eastern Washington University is located in the city of Cheney. They offer 135 areas of study and have over 12,000 students. Eastern Washington is only one of three universities in the nation with a research facility in a national wildlife refuge.
Eastern Washington offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in Professional Accounting. Students will need to take 69 credits in business administration core and 44 credits in accounting core courses.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $14,305
Central Washington University s a four year public institution located in Ellensburg. They are known for their high quality education and welcoming atmosphere. Central Washington offers more than 135 areas of study.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting is the largest major within the College of Business. The program is 122-123 credit hours with 44 of them being pre-admission courses.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $14,334
Located in the rollings hills of western Pennsylvania, Clarion University offers over a 100 areas of study. The schools has evolved since opening it’s doors in 1867. Students have opportunities to study abroad and take internships to broaden their horizons.
The B.S.B.A. in Accounting prepares students for careers in accounting, business and law. The small class sizes and experienced faculty offer students an enhanced educational experience. Students will be able to analyze, generate and communicate accounting information in this program.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $14,460
A liberal arts public university, located in Allendale, Michigan, Grand Valley State University was founded in 1960. Approximately 12 miles west of Grand Rapids, Grand Valley State University was named one of America’s 100 best college buys for the 20th year in a row.
The B.B.A in Accounting program will help students understand and gain knowledge to succeed in their career. Students will have opportunities to study abroad and have chances to network provided by Alpha Beta Psi. Some of the topics students will study are Accounting Systems, Cost or Managerial Accounting and Federal Tax Accounting.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $15,744
Located in Macomb, Illinois, Western Illinois University was founded in 1899. They are recognized as a top tier regional university by U.S. News and World Report. More than 11,000 students are enrolled in their program.
The Bachelor’s program consists of 120 credit hours. Students can pursue careers as financial analyst, accountant, auditor and consultants to name a few. Students will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to succeed in the professional world.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $15,911
Fort Lewis College campus is located in southwestern Colorado. The college overlooks the Animus River Valley and historical city of Durango. The liberal arts college offers a blend of small classes and dynamic academic programs.
The accounting program at Fort Lewis College prepares students to sit for the CPA, graduate program or professional careers. Students participate in community-based learning and service projects such as tax preparation through Tax Help Colorado. Accounting Information Systems, Accounting Ethics, and Audit I & II are some of the courses students will be taking.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $16,072
Historically a black college, Elizabeth City State College is located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The college was founded in 1891 by Hugh Cale and today they offer 28 undergraduate and 4 graduate programs.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting prepares students for careers in corporate finance, public accounting and government and non profit accounting. There are five primary objectives for the accounting major, preparing and analyzing financial statements, demonstrating entry level technical competencies, applying tax principles to real life tax cases, applying critical thinking skills, and describing principles related to design, integrity and effectiveness of accounting information systems.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $16,223
The University of Southern Indiana enrolls over 10,000 students. They were founded in 1965 and located in Evansville on 1400 acres. They have over 140 student organizations.
USI’s accounting program allows students to specialize in one of five accounting tracks. They are Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Investment Accounting, Financial Management, and Information Systems. Students will apply technical skills and theoretical knowledge in practical settings.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $16,618
Ranked among the region’s top college by U.S. News and World Report, Baruch College has more than 18,000 students. Students will get an affordable, elite education at Baruch.
The BBA program provides students with a general liberal arts and science background, a foundation in general business practices, and a understanding of accounting concepts and theories. Students will be prepared for careers in public and private accounting firms, non-profit organizations and government accounting positions.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $16,800
Wright State University is a research institution located 12 miles north of Dayton, Ohio. They offer over 230 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree programs to over 18,000 students.
Wright State offers a Bachelor of Science with a major in accounting. Students will need to take 19 credit hours of required core courses and 3 hours of electives in the major. Intermediate Accounting I and II, Auditing, and Federal Income Tax I are some of the courses students will take.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $17,098
Located in Dover, Delaware State University is a public university. They were founded in 1891 and offer 53 undergraduate degrees, 25 graduate degrees and 5 doctoral degree programs.
The undergraduate program at Delaware State prepares students to think strategically and perform complex analysis of real world problems. They also offer a five year program which allows students to receive their undergraduate accounting degree and an MBA. This program will meet the 150 credit hour requirement needed to sit for the CPA.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $17,178
University of South Florida is a public research university. Located in Tampa, they offer over 180 undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral level degrees. They are one of only 15 universities in the nation that has been selected as a Tillman Partnership University.
The undergraduate accounting program prepares students for a broad range of accounting careers such as auditing, tax, forensics, and business consulting. Students will need to take a competency exam and receive a 75 percent before taking upper level accounting courses. along with university degree requirements and business core courses, students will need to take 24 credit hours in accounting courses.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $17,324
Founded in 1877 by the American Baptist Home mission Society, Jackson State University is a four year institution with a rich history. They are the fourth largest university in the state of Mississippi with nearly 9,000 students. Jackson State is a research-intensive university.
The undergraduate accounting program is 121 credit hours. Some of the courses students will take are Income Tax Accounting, Government and Nonprofit Accounting, and Auditing. Students will gain knowledge and learn to speak the language of business.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $17,427
California State University is a comprehensive, public university. Located 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles in North Orange County, the campus is a beautiful 236 acre campus. CSU Fullerton has over 37,000 students and offer over 107 degree programs.
California State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Students will take 21 credit hours of accounting concentration courses. Critical thinking and problem solving skills, Ethical awareness, and Information Technology skills are some of the objectives students will learn in the program.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $17,600
A teaching and research institution, Eastern Kentucky University is located in Richmond. They were established in 1874 as Central University and later changed their name to Eastern Kentucky University.
Eastern Kentucky University offers a BBA program in public accounting and managerial accounting. Depending on which career path students want to take they can choose between the two programs. The program is 120 credit hours.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $17,640
A growing research institution, the University of Texas Arlington has over 51,000 students in campus based and online degree program. They offer over 180 degrees in 10 different colleges and schools. UT Arlington offers a quality education with affordable tuition costs.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program prepares students for graduate studies as wells as careers in public, private, government and non-for-profit. Students who enjoy analyzing, identifying, and problem solving are a good fit for the accounting program.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $18,068
The largest and oldest higher education institution in San Diego county, San Diego State University is a public institution. Carnegie Foundation has called San Diego University a research university with a lot of research activity.
The accounting program at San Diego University gives students the technical knowledge as well as competencies in information technology, communication, interpersonal relations, problem solving and business strategies and processes. The program is designed to give students a integrated experiences in the sub disciplines of financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, information systems and auditing.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $18,136
Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, Bowling Green State University is 30 minutes south of Toledo. The 1,338 acre campus has a park like setting with over 20,000 students enrolled. They are a public research university.
The accounting program is ranked #1 in Ohio by Bloomsberg Businessweek. The 122 credit hour program prepares students for careers in the different areas of accounting. Students will gain knowledge in the theories, principles and practices of the major branches of accounting.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $18,142
Ohio’s Northeast public university, Kent State has over 41,000 undergraduates. Founded in 1910, Kent State is a public research university and they are the largest university in Ohio. What started out as a teacher training school has grown into a institution that offers undergraduate and graduate programs.
Kent State offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. In addition to the bachelor’s program they also offer a five year program where students will receive their bachelor’s and master in accounting.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $18,212
The University of South Alabama has been offering excellent, well rounded college experience since opening their doors in 1963. The campus is on 1,200 acres with state of the art educational facilities. They enroll more than 16,000 students each year.
The 122 credit hour program at the University of South Alabama prepares students to go out and build careers in the different sectors of accounting. Out of the 122 credits, students will take 27 credit hours in accounting core courses.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $18,480
Indiana State University is located in Terre Haute, Indiana. They are a public coeducational university which was established in 1865. They offer over 100 majors and the Princeton Review has named them one of the Best in the Midwest 11 year running.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree requires students to take accounting courses as well as business core courses and the University’s Foundational Studies Program. The foundational studies program provides students with the knowledge in critically thinking, leadership and interpersonal and communication skills. Indiana’s program allows students to gain classroom knowledge with practical experience and extracurricular activities that results in exciting, challenging learning.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $18,408
Established in 1863, Emporia State University is located in Emporia, Kansas. They offer over 80 areas of study and is one of six public universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. The 218 acre campus has 70 buildings and 253 full-time faculty.
Emporia State’s undergraduate accounting program consists of 22 credit hours of accounting courses, 39 credit hours of business core and 48 credit hours of general education courses. With the accounting degree students can find careers as a public accountant, corporate accountant, tax planner or auditor.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $18,524
Historically a black, regional university located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Fayetteville State University is part of the University of North Carolina system. They were founded in 1867 and is the second oldest state supported school.
The 121 credit hour Bachelor of Science in Accounting program prepares students with the understanding of concepts and accounting practices as wells as the development of analytical skills in data processing, statistics, management and mathematics. 58 of the 121 credit hours are accounting major courses.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $18,600
Iowa State University is an international institution with students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Iowa State is one of the first colleges that was a land grant. They have over 36,000 students enrolled and 6,000 faculty and staff.
Iowa State’s undergraduate accounting program helps students gain the knowledge needed to pursue careers in business and accounting including auditing, budgeting, consulting and forecasting. Some of the courses students will take are Capstone in Accounting, Intermediate Managerial Accounting, and Accounting Information Systems.
Annual Tuition and Fees: $19,768