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What are the best universities to study business, finance, accounting?

I have heard about Harvard way too often, but it seems overly competitive and expensive.

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Alea’s Answer

I attended Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business. I really enjoyed it and the quality of education was great!
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Thank you comment icon I recommend looking for US ranking for schools for the field you are looking to graduate in. There is IVY league but there are also other good schools you can approach. If you are looking to work in a particular sector/company, you can research which schools these companies recruit from (some of these maybe regional as well). The school Alumni network is another factor you should consider when deciding on a school. Namrata Goplani
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Ross’s Answer

I attended Penn State University which is an AASB accredited school, which tailors the education towards finance/accounting professional certifications such as the CPA/CFA/CMA or others. Those are generally high quality schools I looked for when I was searching for colleges to attend! If you're looking for Finance/Accounting specific top schools I would say Brigham Young University, Texas University, and Oklahoma University are some of the best in the entire country. You can go anywhere to get those certifications just depends on your preference.
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Bill’s Answer

Just about any state school. Accounting isn't about a 'best' college per se like high finance or law but more about bands of colleges. A good portion of schools fit in the 'good' band of colleges where you get recruiting opportunities and it's relatively cheap. The good band are your medium to large state schools. The 'ok' band are colleges with accredited business schools and still get you your credits to sit for the CPA but are very small and have few recruiting opportunities. The 'bad' schools are the ones that aren't accredited and don't get you eligible to sit for the CPA exam and cost lots of money, typically for-profit schools.

I recommend looking over the rankings from US News: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/business-accounting
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Joshua’s Answer

Really depends on what you're looking for, the University of Miami isn't half bad when it comes to business and its up and coming, especially for accounting. But for the most part any business school are about at par with each other, so other factors like where you want to live and how much you want to pay come into play
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Luisa’s Answer

I think that it will mostly depends on what it is that you're looking for. I would recommend looking at the curriculum/academic plan for all the school you are considering. There are many reasons why people choose to go to prestigious (Ivy League) school, like including networking, quality of education, challenging, experienced professor, and other reasons. I also went to Penn State University, a well-known school, but not as expensive as Harvard and I landed an internship at one of the big 4.

So, my recommendation would be to write down what it is that you're looking for to get from your education, look at the school program curriculum/academic plan, do research on the professors' experience to see if they have something to base real-life knowledge and research, and lastly, the type of people you would like to be surrounded by. It is critical that you feel inclusive because you will be there for 4 years.
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James’s Answer

There are many good options in the US for business school. Harvard is an Ivy League school, and yes it is very competitive and expensive. State schools, such as Penn State are a little less competitive and expensive. So those are good options. I went to Penn State and ended up at one of the Big 4 accounting firms (KPMG, Deloitte, PwC, and EY). So it worked out pretty well for me. Hopefully this helps.
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Namrata’s Answer

I recommend looking for US ranking for schools for the field you are looking to graduate in. There is IVY league but there are also other good schools you can approach. If you are looking to work in a particular sector/company, you can research which schools these companies recruit from (some of these maybe regional as well). The school Alumni network is another factor you should consider when deciding on a school.
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Emily’s Answer

I think there are a lot of great business schools that are not necessarily Ivy league schools. I would look at the schools in your state and see if any of them specialize in business and if they have connections to local businesses. Many schools have a career office, which will assist students in obtaining internships and eventually jobs after graduation.
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Tiana’s Answer

Hi, I think the best way to school to choose is what the best for you is if they have a good Alumni Connection. An IVY is good for business, but you do not necessarily have to go to an "elite" school. You can make sure to just get many connections and to study hard, then you will be able to succeed for the future.
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Lauren’s Answer

If you cannot get into an IVY, go to a college in NYC; Baruch college & NYU. Big corporations in the area directly recruit from those colleges.
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Dylan’s Answer

Hello Kayana,

I attended Boston University and only have good things to say about the Business school. Great classes, professors, and alumni network. I have used all of these resources to help me in my career and the benefitted me greatly.

All in all though there are so many great business schools out there I would recommend finding one that has connections to local businesses that you are interested in or also a great alumni network.
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Cody’s Answer

I would recommend looking at websites that rank universities specific to the field of study you are interested, such as business, accounting, or finance. It will also help if you have an idea of the state or location of where you would like to go to school. I have an accounting major from the University of South Alabama. While not a large school like the University of Alabama, the quality of education I received was top notch.
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Harrison’s Answer

Some notables would be Harvard, Penn, UC Berkley, Michigan, NYU, Cornell.... That said, I studied finance at Virginia Tech and really enjoyed my experience. Virginia Tech also has a very big alumni presence where I live and work currently. Choosing a school based on the alumni association can be a great way to stay connected and network with fellow graduates.
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