10 Best Colleges For Accounting Majors In Michigan For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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You know there are a ton of great reasons to major in Accounting — the job prospects, the intellectual challenge, and the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest thinkers of all time.

But what program in Michigan offers the most to would-be Accounting Majors?

We at Zippia decided to take a look at the data on the institutions of higher learning in the Michigan to determine which programs offer the best career opportunities for Accounting Majors.

After the dust settled, we’re left with this set of the top colleges for Accounting Majors in Michigan for 2019:

  1. University of Michigan-Dearborn
  2. Michigan State University
  3. Northwood University
  4. Siena Heights University
  5. Michigan Technological University
  6. Hope College
  7. Ferris State University
  8. Wayne State University
  9. Grand Valley State University
  10. Albion College

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best Accounting programs the state of Michigan has to offer.

How We Determined The Best Accounting Schools In Michigan

When it comes to identifying the best Accounting schools we wanted to approach the ranking like Accounting major would, by looking at data on how schools perform and comparing them to one another.

So with that mind, we looked at the following data from the NCES (National Center For Education Statistics) and College Scorecard data from ED.gov to understand what Accounting departments offer the best career opportunities:

  • Career Results
    • Mean Earnings After 6 Years
    • Mean Earnings After 10 Years
    • Ratio of people working to not working after 10 years
  • Accounting Emphasis
    • Percentage of Graduating Class That Are Accounting Majors (Larger the better)
  • School Performance
    • Admissions Rate (More selective the better)
    • Graduation Rate
    • Average Cost Of Attendance (Lower is better)
    • Median amount of debt

It’s hard to argue with a selective school that features Accounting and produces strong earning potential for your career.

After we had this data, we looked at the institutions of higher learning with Accounting Majors in Michigan. We then ranked each of these schools for each of the criteria above with ‘1’ being the best in any given criteria.

Next, we averaged the ranks for each school to create an ‘Accounting Quality Index.’ The school with the best score on the ‘Accounting Quality Index,’ University of Michigan-Dearborn, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Accounting Majors’ in Michigan for 2019.

1. University of Michigan-Dearborn

University of Michigan-Dearborn, MI

Source: Wikipedia

Graduating Class Size: 2,045
Accounting Graduates: 83

2. Michigan State University

Michigan State University, MI

Source: Wikipedia

Graduating Class Size: 10,571
Accounting Graduates: 275

3. Northwood University

Northwood University, MI

Source: Wikipedia

Graduating Class Size: 869
Accounting Graduates: 87

4. Siena Heights University

Siena Heights University, MI

Source: Wikipedia

Graduating Class Size: 769
Accounting Graduates: 57

5. Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University, MI

Source: Wikipedia

Graduating Class Size: 1,477
Accounting Graduates: 12

6. Hope College

Hope College, MI

Source: Wikipedia

Graduating Class Size: 915
Accounting Graduates: 22

7. Ferris State University

Ferris State University, MI

Source: Wikipedia

Graduating Class Size: 3,995
Accounting Graduates: 52

8. Wayne State University

Wayne State University, MI

Source: Wikipedia

Graduating Class Size: 5,444
Accounting Graduates: 108

9. Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University, MI

Source: Wikipedia

Graduating Class Size: 5,944
Accounting Graduates: 125

10. Albion College

Albion College, MI

Source: Wikipedia

Graduating Class Size: 321
Accounting Graduates: 10

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