As the crisp autumn air signals the start of a new school year, thousands of accounting students nationwide will begin or continue their education at their respected schools. In light of this, LinkedIn has ranked their top 25 accounting schools, based on their own research of successful accounting professionals on the social networking site.

The top 25 accounting schools are as follows:

  • 1. Villanova University
  • 2. University of Notre Dame
  • 3. Boston College
  • 4. Lehigh University
  • 5. Emory University
  • 6. University of Southern California
  • 7. Fairfield University
  • 8. Santa Clara University
  • 9. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 10. Wake Forest University
  • 11. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 12. Syracuse University
  • 13. Bentley University
  • 14. Bucknell University
  • 15. Fordham University
  • 16. Yeshiva University
  • 17. University of California, Berkeley
  • 18. Binghamton University
  • 19. University of Richmond
  • 20. Loyola University Maryland
  • 21. College of the Holy Cross
  • 22. University of Maryland College Park
  • 23. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 24. The College of William and Mary
  • 25. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

LinkedIn's results were based on an analytics system that pinned down those "at a desirable company for the relevant profession," and then based the school rankings on those successful professionals' alma maters. 

For the full list and more information on LinkedIn's new ranking system, head to their site here (LinkedIn membership required).