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Saturday, January 26, 2013

2013 Undergraduate Accounting Program Rankings by Tax Hiring Authorities, part of the TaxTalent network, yesterday announced a ranking of undergraduate accounting programs, based on the responses of 106 heads of corporate tax departments:


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Unless the heads of corporate tax departments are familiar with most top accounting programs across the nation, then this is a list of familiar schools in their regions, reflect their biases, and gives prefernce to programs geared more for corporate tax rather than public accounting. This takes nothing away from those programs at or near the top of the list, but the list does not give adequate credit to other accounting programs that have higher reputations according to other objective studies and opinions.

Posted by: Woody | Jan 26, 2013 8:08:10 AM

Re: Woody's comments above, any ranking will have its flaws. But I think a ranking like this is much better for potential students considering a school than relying on, for example, US News.

Posted by: john | Jan 26, 2013 4:48:36 PM

The expanded ranking lists two schools where I obtained accounting degrees. There is night and day difference in the programs, yet the better program was ranked lower.

Posted by: Woody | Jan 26, 2013 6:55:57 PM

It may help getting your first job but after that it is experience and top school is going to make up for experience, skill and ability....its what you do with what you got ....not what you got...

Posted by: Sid | Jan 27, 2013 10:28:12 PM

Thanks for the post, and I've been doing a lot of research about what major I should go into when I go into college. And I really wanting to go into the field of accounting. But the only thing that's holding me back is me wishing that I was better at math then I already was, but hopefully I can change that.

Posted by: Tyler agent | Feb 6, 2013 3:24:53 PM