Grace College CPA Pass Rate Ranked in Top 7% Nationwide for ‘First-Time, Small Programs’

Dr. Roger Stichter, professor of accounting at Grace College prepares his students for the CPA exam. (Photo Provided: Grace College)

Grace College’s CPA pass rate was recently ranked in the top 7% in the country by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).  The report evaluated 2018 pass rates of 242 “first-time, small program” institutions.  Grace placed 17th, making it the highest-ranked Hoosier institution in the category.

“I was thrilled to see how well Grace students performed on the exam. It truly is a testament to our accounting program and the way Grace prepares students to be competent and confident in their careers after college,” said Dr. Jeff Fawcett, dean of the School of Business at Grace College.

The Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (CPA Exam) is administered to individuals who wish to become U.S. Certified Public Accountants. Passing the exam demonstrates that he/she has what it takes to be an entry-level accountant, and therefore, is extremely important to those in the accounting field.

The NASBA Report offers the best overview of CPA Examination trends around the world and at the university level. It has published reports on performance and selected characteristics since 1985, demonstrating NASBA’s role as a trusted resource to Boards of Accountancy, the academic community, and the accounting profession.

Dr. Roger Stichter, professor of accounting stated, “The accounting program at Grace prepares students for the rigorous CPA exam by helping them develop strong learning skills. When Grace accounting graduates work hard at studying for the CPA exam, they achieve nationally recognized results, such as we achieved in 2018.”

This is not the only year Grace’s accounting program has seen great success on the CPA. “In 2011, Grace ranked 10th in the overall first-time CPA exam pass rate out of nearly 800 schools,” stated Stichter.

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