If you plan to pursue a career in accounting, you have many options when it comes to choosing a top-notch school. Many publications offer rankings and each school offers something that will meet your individual needs. Before choosing which program is right for you, research what each of these schools can do for you to ensure that you find the best fit as you pursue your accounting degree.

Bentley University

Ranked No. 1 by "USA Today" and College Factual and No. 15 by "Accounting Degree Review," Bentley University consistently ranks as one of the best accounting schools in the United States. Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Bentley's accounting program is designed to comply with the requirements needed to become a certified public accountant. The school is one of only a few in the country that offer an internal audit track and a graduate certificate in fraud and forensic accounting.

University of Texas at Austin

Topping the "US News and World Report" list of best accounting schools for seven consecutive years is the McCombs School of Business on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. With more than 50,000 students, the university is one of the largest in the United States. The program features a detailed Lingo series, which breaks down complex accounting jargon and business language into simple-to-understand layman's terms with a series of instructional videos online.

The University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame may be legendary for its football program, but its undergraduate accounting program comes in at No. 4 on "US News and World Report" list of top accounting schools. Notre Dame's graduate track offers 18 credits in high-level accounting with a targeted guidance approach that keeps new students on the right track. Graduates from the program are consistently hired by some of the nation's biggest accounting firms.

Brigham Young University

BYU's Marriott School of Management finds itself at the top of the "Bloomberg Business Week" top business schools for accounting. Surveys conducted through BYU have shown that accounting majors here are among the happiest of all students at the school. With a 64-hour basic core requirement for a B.S. degree in accounting, students who successfully complete the undergraduate program are automatically considered for the school's Master in Accounting programs.