The Top 10 Accounting Schools – East Coast

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Here at Common Form, we dream in triplicate and we are always interested in finding which higher education institutions are churning out the next Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Russell Wilson of Accounting. In other words, who will we be sorting mail for when we are 65? As a follow up to the previous list we compiled on the Top 10 Accounting Schools in the West, we have now assembled a list of the Top 10 Accounting Schools on the East Coast. If you’re looking for schools in other parts of the country, check out The Top 10 Accounting Schools in the Midwest.


The criteria used to evaluate these colleges include:

  • Job placement rates and average starting salary for graduates
  • Awards and recognition
  • Faculty and staff
  • Funds generated and allocated for research


Drumroll please….and here they are the Top 10 Accounting Schools on the East Coast:


10. Binghamton University, School of Management



Beautiful Binghamton University kicks off our list. The campus is spread across 930 acres of wooded hillside above the Susquehanna River in the suburb of Vestal, nestled in the southern-most part of the state of New York, just miles from the Pennsylvania border. The School of Management boasts their undergraduate programs in accounting and management prepare graduates for admission to elite graduate-level programs. 86% of graduates receive job offers and enjoy a beginning average salary of $58,000.



9. New York University, Stern School of Business


NYU Stern


Everyone has heard of NYU, most notably for its theater arts program, but the Leonard N. Stern School of Business is no act! NYU’s undergraduate business and accounting programs are often listed among the best in the country and has earned a solid ranking of #9. One of the greatest draws of NYU’s accounting program is the ability to co-major in general accounting and choose a concentration in any of the following specialties: investment banking, securities markets, tax management, personal financial planning and corporate financial management. Graduates holding a B.S in Accounting from Stern are highly sought-out and have an average starting salary of $65,000, earning an average mid-career salary of $114,000.



8. Bryant University, College of Business

Coming in at a very respectable #8 is Bryant University found in the Northern region of the tiny state of Rhode Island. “As a student at Bryant University, you’ll belong to a dynamic community with an atmosphere of purpose.”  Its accounting program is no exception. Their College of Business creates leaders in financial reporting, taxation, auditing and management. Graduates of this program can expect to earn an average starting salary of $52,000 and mid-career salaries of $80,000.



7. CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business



You don’t hear a lot about of The Zicklin School of Business at CUNY Bernard M Baruch College, at least out here in San Diego. But according to our criteria, it is a major player and is regularly ranked as one of the premiere business schools in the country. We gave it lucky #7 and deservedly so.  This school attracts top faculty and fosters practical accounting and business practices. Baruch College City University New York is found in the center of bustling NYC, blocks from Wall Street “the financial heartbeat of our nation.” Students are a part of the pulse and reap the benefits with graduates being highly sought after landing well-paying jobs and earning an average mid-career salary of $89,000.



6. University Of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business


University of Maryland


It comes as no surprise that The University of Maryland, College Park’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is ranked #6. University of Maryland may be the queen of online education, but the accounting program at Robert H. Smith School of Business has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top 10 in the country. Graduates of this fine institution are a favored source for accounting hires. 90% of degree holders find themselves employed and can expect to earn average wages of $ 93,000.



5. Penn State University, Smeal College of Business


Penn State


#5 in the line-up are the Nittany Lions, Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business. A dominant presence in the state of Pennsylvania, the Smeal College of Business was named in honor of its benefactors Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal, two Penn State University alumni. “WE ARE” now that’s school pride! The accounting program is known for its many certification programs and five year fast track through Bachelor’s to Master’s program. Graduates of this program can expect to earn $ 101,000 with 90% of the student body finding employment upon completion.



4. Boston College, Carroll School of Management


Boston College


We give Boston College, Carroll School of Management a rank of #4, while there is no trophy, the race was hard and BC should be proud! And if not, I think Bostonians could take Villanova accountants in a fight and grab the bronze. Boston College is known for its world-class faculty and the strong success of its graduates. The accounting curriculum with its choice of specialties, adequately prepares graduates for an array of accounting roles. Graduates can enjoy earning an average mid-career salary of $109,000.



3. Villanova University, School of Business


Villanova School of Business


The third place medal goes to The Villanova University School of Business and not because the name and crest seem Italian and expensive, they earned it. Another Pennsylvania school this time Catholic with the moto “ignite change and go nova.” The School is all Business offering an accountancy program that prepares students for their careers by incorporating theory and principles with real life experience in current business practices. What sets Villanova apart are the elective offerings in international, real estate and fraud accounting. Villanova graduates can expect to earn an average starting salary of $55,000 and mid-career salaries averaging $107,000.



2. Bentley University


Bentley University


The dark horse Bentley University pulled in at a surprising and extremely impressive #2. Tipping the scales was the university’s integration of technology with the Howard A. Winer Accounting Center for Electronic Learning and Business Measurement (ACELAB), “students gain firsthand experience with sophisticated technologies that are reshaping the accounting profession.” The prestigious university is located in Waltham, Massachusetts. The accounting program at Bentley University has held the honor of being named one of the best in the entire country and is a contender for our soon to be formulated Top 10 Accounting Schools in the Nation. Graduates of this top ranked business college can expect an average starting salary of $50,000 with an unprecedented 95% post-graduate career placement rate.



1. University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business


Penn Wharton School of Business


And finally, the Belle of the Ball, coming in first place at #1 University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. The undergraduate accounting program for the University of Pennsylvania is housed in the prestigious Wharton School. Founded by the famous inventor and patriot, Benjamin Franklin, and American industrialist Joseph Wharton, this university has a record of coming in first. The renowned faculty has developed a multidisciplinary curriculum giving students the tools they need to navigate today’s complex economy. Graduates from this elite institution can expect an average salary of $124,000 with 98% of alumni experiencing heavy recruitment and employment.



We hope you enjoyed this compilation of the Top 10 Accounting Schools on the East Coast. Stay-tuned for our next trek through corn fields and cow pastures scouring the “Heartland of America” to find the Top 10 Accounting Schools of the Midwest.



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