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Top Ten Accounting Colleges

by Cassandra Ifie

The best accounting schools prepare students to analyze financial records and reports in various settings including government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations. Students interested in studying accounting can choose from many reputable colleges and universities across the nation. Top schools ranked by "U.S. News and World Report" and "Bloomberg Businessweek" offer future accounting professionals outstanding faculty mentors, valuable internship opportunities, study abroad programs and innovative research projects.

Southern Schools

The University of Texas at Austin ranks as the leading accounting school in the nation, according to the 2013 edition of "U.S. News." Accounting majors can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master in Professional Accounting degree at the institution. Students can enroll in the bachelor's and master's degree programs concurrently. Coursework focuses on topics related to foundations of accounting, managerial accounting and control and advanced topics in financial reporting. "Bloomberg Businessweek" ranks Wake Forest University among the top ten undergraduate schools in accounting. Wake Forest offers a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy requiring coursework related to auditing, taxation and financial reporting. Students at the institution are encouraged to enroll in the integrated five-year accountancy program to expand their career opportunities.

Northeastern Institutions

Founded by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania secures the seventh spot on "U.S. News" 2013 rankings list, with New York University trailing behind in ninth place. The University of Pennsylvania's renowned Wharton School of Business offers a Master of Business Administration in accounting. Coursework concentrates on cost management, tax planning and administration and cost valuation. The Stern School of Business at New York University provides scholars with the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree or MBA in accounting. Students pursuing an accounting degree at the Stern School of Business have the advantage of networking and preparing for the global marketplace in the largest, most diverse city in the U.S.

Midwestern Programs

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Ohio State University and Indiana University are all recognized for their outstanding accounting degree programs in the 2013 edition of "U.S. News." Students seeking a top accounting program in the midwest have the option of studying at research-focused universities or at a highly regarded private school. Accounting degree candidates at the University of Illinois, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Ohio State University and Indiana University participate in groundbreaking research projects. At the University of Notre Dame, accounting students are introduced to coursework that addresses social and ethical issues in business environments.

Western Options

The best accounting programs in the western U.S. belong to the University of Southern California and University of California at Berkeley. USC ranks among the top five schools on "U.S. News" 2013 list, and "Bloomberg Businessweek" places the Berkeley in third place among the best undergraduate accounting schools. USC offers four graduate programs, including a Master of Business Taxation and Master of Accounting. The accounting department at USC boasts a career placement rate of 90 percent.

About the Author

Cassandra Ifie is a librarian living in Richmond, Va. She has also been a writer since 2008. Ifie received her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Rust College.

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