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Huntsman graduates earn School of Accountancy top-ten ranking

When it comes to accounting at Utah State University, Huntsman graduates have earned USU a national top-10 ranking.

Only seven other universities nationwide have a higher percentage of students who pass the CPA exam on their first try, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

Students who have earned a master’s degree in accounting must pass the nationally administered uniform CPA exam before they can be licensed as accountants. The NASBA ranks universities across the country based on what percentage of graduate students pass all sections of the exam.

Larry Walther, head of the School of Accountancy, talks with accounting students.

Photo by Russ Dixon

In the organization’s 2009 report, Utah State University ranked eighth in the nation, with a 71 percent passing rate. Brigham Young University ranked No. 1 with 84 percent of its students passing the test. University of Utah came in at No. 21 with nearly 62 percent of its students passing, according to the NASBA.

In 2008, the Huntsman School of Business students were ranked fifth in the country with 80 percent of its students passing. That year Ohio State came in first, with BYU coming in at No. 7.

“This is a significant accomplishment that for two consecutive years Utah State University has been in the top ten,” said Larry Walther, head of the School of Accountancy. “There are only three schools that have been in the top 10 for two consecutive years.

USU, BYU and University of Washington were ranked in the top 10 in 2008 and 2009. Walther credits the “hard-working character” of the Huntsman students and “dedicated staff who work with them” for the successful showing.