5 Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting 2020

Students interested in pursuing a career in finance may be particularly aware of how affordable that degree is. That's why Best College Reviews has ranked the 5 Most Affordable Bachelor's Degrees in Accounting for 2020. The following degrees prepare students for entry-level accounting careers or continued education in the field. They address accounting practices in a variety of industries and settings, including nonprofits, government agencies, and international industries. Accounting programs also cover the practices of auditing and taxation. Most Accounting programs are offered by universities' business schools, and require undergraduates to take general business courses before moving on to the major curriculum.

Accountants and auditors work with financial records, ensuring accuracy and the proper payment of taxes. They also ensure financial operations and practices are running smoothly in a range of companies, organizations, and industries. Accountants may specialize in assurance services or risk management. Possible job titles include Public Accountant, Management Accountant, Government Accountant, Internal Auditor, External Auditor, and Information Technology Auditor. According to a 2017 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants earned an average annual salary of $69,350. Employment in the accounting field is growing at a faster-than-average rate of 10 percent.

Methodology

Best College Reviews provides degree rankings, such as the 35 Most Affordable Bachelor's in Economics, from carefully researched data sets published from government and non-profit organizations across the United States. This ranking is based solely on the Average Net Price the school reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. This factors in fees and financial aid.

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#5 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

CHICAGO, IL

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING

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The University of Illinois at Chicago was established in 1859. Today, it is the largest university in the Chicago area. It also operates the largest medical school in the United States. UIC is composed of three campuses in the Little Italy and University Village sections of Chicago. U.S. News & World Report ranks the university #129 in both National Universities and Best Value Schools, and #61 among public schools. UIC offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. The program covers auditing, taxation, and the financial, governmental, international, managerial, and nonprofit areas of accounting. Course offerings include Accounting Cases, Accounting Information Systems, and Ethical Environment of Business.

Net Price: $11,884

 

#4 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

TAMPA, FL

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING

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The University of South Florida is a public research university in Tampa, Florida. It is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the university in the top tier of research universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks USF #71 for best value and #58 among public schools. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Students must pass a competency exam for admittance into the major. Major core courses include Auditing, Cost Accounting and Control, and Concepts of Federal Income Taxation. Elective offerings include Governmental/Not-for-Profit Accounting, Federal Taxation of Business Entities, and Internal and Operational Auditing. Students may also choose to complete an Accounting Internship.

Net Price: $11,766

 

#3 THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA

PENSACOLA, FL

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING; BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ACCOUNTING

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The University of West Florida was established in 1963 as a member institution of the State University System of Florida. Located in Pensacola, FL, the public space-grant university occupies the third largest campus in the State University System. The campus is a nature reserve bordered by two rivers and a bay. UWF offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting. The degree program offers a Professional Accounting specialization, which is the first step towards a Certified Public Accountant designation. Core courses include Legal Environment of Business, e-Business Systems Fundamentals, and International Business. Specialization courses include Auditing, Tax Accounting, and Cost Accounting.

Net Price: $11,550

 

#2 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY

OGDEN, UT

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING

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The Latter-day Saints founded Weber State University in 1889. Today, it is a nonsectarian public university. Located in Ogden, Utah, the university sits along the Wasatch Mountains. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting through its John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics. Students must take liberal arts and business foundational courses for admittance to the business school. The 120-credit-hour Accounting program requires courses in Survey of Business Law, Taxation of Individuals, and Cost Accounting. Each student must also take an Oral Communications elective course of their choice.

Net Price: $11,098

 

#1 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO

GREENSBORO, NC

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING

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The most affordable Bachelor's degree in Accounting is offered by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The school was established in 1891 as a women's college for business and domestic science. Today, it is a public university and constituent of the University of North Carolina system. The Carnegie Foundation classifies it as a research university with high research activity and community engagement. UNC Greensboro's Bachelor of Science in Accounting is a 122-credit-hour degree program offered through the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics. The Bryan School requires students to take courses including Blueprint for Professional Success, Information Systems in Organizations, and a Global Sustainability elective. Major courses include Auditing Concepts, Cost Accounting, and Federal Tax Concepts. Accounting students may choose to apply to the university's Accelerated Degree Program, which allows students to complete the Master of Science in Accounting at an accelerated pace.

Net Price: $10,496