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These BYU students officially have the highest ranking in the country

Are you a BYU accounting student? You’ll probably pass the exam the first time

Aerial photo of BYU campus.
Aerial photo of BYU campus.
Jaren Wilkey, BYU

Graduates from BYU’s accounting program have the highest first-time pass rate for the CPA exam, according to a new rankings.

What’s going on: BYU’s School of Accountancy at the Marriott School of Business ranked as the No. 1 program in the country for first-time pass rate on the Certified Public Accountant exam, according to new data from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

  • BYU’s pass rate is 89.2%.
  • BYU ranked ahead of Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida and Boston College.
  • Wake Forest, Gonzaga, Texas, James Madison and Notre Dame finished in the top 10.

What they’re saying: Doug Prawitt, the director for BYU’s School of Accountancy, said he was proud of the success.

  • Prawitt: “We are very proud of our students and we are invested in their success. We are especially proud of this student accomplishment because, unlike some programs, we don’t ‘teach to the exam’ in the SOA. We teach our students underlying principles and how to analyze and think professionally in terms of accounting and financial concepts, and they are able to use those skills and abilities to excel in a variety of ways, including being the best in the country in terms of CPA exam pass rates.”

Utah: BYU ranked as the top Utah school.

  1. BYU
  2. Utah State
  3. Dixie State
  4. Weber State
  5. University of Utah.