Accounting programs provide students with intensive coursework and training to prepare for the Certified Public Accounting exam and careers in the field. These top schools -- which were ranked by "Bloomberg Businessweek" in 2013 -- also offer professional experience through tax assistance programs and accounting associations and clubs. In addition, students from these top schools -- which include three private and one public school -- have strong reputations in the business community, and as such, students consistently enter careers in the field after graduation.

Brigham Young University

In 2013, "Bloomberg Businessweek" rated Brigham Young's undergraduate accounting program No. 1 in the U.S. BYU offers students a unique accounting curriculum through the Marriott School of Business. Students begin their studies with liberal arts, math and science courses, before taking tailored accounting courses during their junior year. In addition, students can get involved in a volunteer tax assistance program, which according to "Businessweek" is one of the largest in the country.

Notre Dame University

Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business is home to the No. 2 undergraduate accounting program in the U.S., according to "Bloomberg Businessweek." Students enter the business school during sophomore year, and take business foundations courses, before choosing a major. During junior and senior years, Notre Dame students take on an intensive accounting program. The university is also home to accounting clubs for students, including the Notre Dame Accounting Association, as well as top-flight research institutions like the Center for Accounting Research and Education.

University of California at Berkeley

Although UC Berkeley doesn't offer a traditional major in accounting program, the school does offer full accounting courses, and 30 percent of undergraduates go on to careers in accounting. Students pursue Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration, and they can concentrate their studies in accounting. The program also offers a comprehensive exam preparation course for students to become Certified Public Accountants, as well as many accounting clubs and groups. "Bloomberg Businessweek" named the program No. 3 in the country in 2013.

Cornell University

Cornell's Dyson School of Business offers bachelor's degrees in applied economics and management, but students can concentrate their junior and senior coursework in accounting. For undergraduate accounting, "Bloomberg Businessweek" ranked Cornell No. 4 in 2013. Cornell students can also join the school's Accounting Association, which provides professional, academic and leadership development services for students. Dyson graduates also have a high employment rate; 89 percent of the Class of 2012 entered business careers after graduation.

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