The Accounting Path, an online guide to getting students "excited about [a] career in the accounting field," recently published a ranking of their top 20 small accounting schools.

"Being a small accounting school often means getting overlooked by national publications for rankings," the site explains. "However, small schools can give you a much better accounting education than a larger university, with closer relationships to professors and more collaborative groups."

The rankings were based on ratings from Rate My Professor to see what students were saying about their instructors. Other factors include "publishing record [and] years of experience" of the college staff.

The top 5 small accounting schools are as follows:

1)Merced College(Merced, California)

2)Great Bay Community College(Portsmouth, New Hampshire)

3)Irvine Valley College(Irvine, California)

4)Bristol Community College(Fall River, Massachusetts)

5)Bronx Community College(Bronx, New York)

On #1 rated Merced, Accounting Path writes: "A small school doesn’t translate to a small-time education. At Merced, accounting faculty members come from a wide range of backgrounds. Check out the 63 glowing reviews on RMP, which showcase why the school has a faculty rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars. This school is a fantastic training ground for future CPAs."

For the full list, head to the Accounting Path'ssite here