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LSB Ranks #2 Best College for Undergraduate Accounting Degree

Poets & Quants for Undergraduates shared a study published by Best Accounting Software ranking Santa Clara University #2 for the best earning potential for graduating accountants.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., September 3, 2020  Poets & Quants for Undergraduates recently shared a new study published by Best Accounting Software, a platform that rates and reviews financial software.  Researchers at Best Accounting Software combed the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard tool to analyze all colleges that offered a bachelor’s degree in accounting. It then averaged the median earnings of recent graduates with those degrees. Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business (LSB) earned the #2 Top Ranking along with Georgetown, Fordham University and Boston College as other outstanding programs. For the entire list of schools and data included, go here.

 “We are proud to see our top-ranked accounting program recognized again as among the best in the nation as the eminent provider of accounting professionals and leaders in Silicon Valley. LinkedIn also ranked LSB #8 based on the success of our graduates. Our students are highly sought after by national and regional accounting firms.” shared Naren Agrawal, Interim Dean of SCU’s Leavey School of Business.

The undergraduate Accounting Department at Santa Clara University focuses on educating students through a program built on robust academic rigor, diverse recruiting events and informative career planning. "Our goal is to develop well-rounded students who will be hired for their skills, integrity, and professional attitude. To achieve this goal," Michael Calegari, Center for Research and Education (CARE) Director/Associate Professor explains, “we facilitate our student’s transition from the academic community to the professional community by promoting accounting scholarships, internships, and career planning events that encourage student interaction with practicing accountants. Our students have a reputation for being well- prepared when they graduate."

“The demand for SCU accounting/A&IS students is high and many students engage with multiple firms during their recruiting journey, beginning early in their sophomore year as an undergraduate business student,” adds Haidan Li, Accounting Department Chair/Associate Professor.

About Santa Clara University 

Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley—the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education. For more information see

About Leavey School of Business

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most dynamic business environments in the world, the Leavey School of Business combines academic excellence in the 450-year Jesuit tradition, with an energetic, innovative spirit that typifies the region. Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business offers one of the nation's best graduate business programs ranked No. 11 Executive MBA by U.S News & World Report, No. 25 ranked Evening MBA by U.S News & World Report and No. 25 ranked Online MBA by The Princeton Review

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