2018 Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance Methodology

The 2018 Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Overall Niche Grade Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life. Niche 30.0%
Accounting and Finance Student SAT/ACT Scores Composite SAT/ACT scores (normalized to the same scale) of students majoring in Accounting and Finance at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 20.0%
Percent Majoring in Accounting and Finance Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Accounting and Finance. U.S. Dept. of Education 15.0%
Accounting and Finance Program Demand A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Accounting and Finance program compared to the size of the program. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Accounting and Finance Student Surveys Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Accounting and Finance. Self-reported by Niche users 7.5%
Percent of U.S. Accounting and Finance Graduates Percent of total annual Accounting and Finance graduates nationally that come from this program. U.S. Dept. of Education 7.5%
Accounting and Finance Program Demand Within School A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Accounting and Finance program compared with other majors at the school, normalized by the size of each program. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%
Accounting and Finance Test Scores Compared to School’s Comparison of SAT/ACT scores of students majoring in Accounting and Finance compared to all other majors at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%

To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2015–2017, as self-reported by the colleges.

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