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TCU PPA Grads Rank First in Texas for CPA Exam Pass Rate

TCU Professional Program in Accounting ranks number one among UT, Baylor, SMU, A&M, UTA, UNT, ACU and UTD for students’ success rate passing the Uniform CPA Exam for the July-December 2015 testing period.  

March 09,  2016

By Elaine Cole

The CPA credential is high, so most students who graduate with a master of accounting degree expect to become CPAs.

Passing the exam isn’t easy. Across the U.S. only 50 percent of all test takers pass. 

But 80 percent of TCU master of accounting grads passed the Uniform CPA exam for the July-September 2015 period. And Cole Frederick MAc ’14 scored in the top 10 Texas candidates who passed all parts of the Uniform CPA examination at the initial sitting with the highest cumulative scores.

TCU ranks first among the University of Texas-Austin (second), Baylor (third), SMU (fourth), Texas A&M (fifth), UTA (sixth), University of North Texas (seventh), Abilene Christian (eighth) and UT-Dallas (ninth) for CPA exam pass rates for July-December 2015, the most current testing results available.

“Since TCU is one of the few schools that does not include a CPA prep class in our curriculum, this exceptional pass rate supports our decision to focus on teaching content versus teaching to the exam,” said Accounting Professor Mary Stanford, chair of the TCU accounting department.

“It takes a strong work ethic to take all four sections of the CPA exam as quickly as possible before starting their professional careers,” said Emily Davis, director of the TCU Professional Program in Accounting.

Davis often sees recent graduates studying together for the CPA exam throughout the summer. “That certainly shows their dedication as well as the strong relationships they have with their classmates,” she said.

Under the leadership of Stanford, Davis and Renee Olvera, faculty adviser, the TCU Professional Program in Accounting is growing and attracting strong students.

“With outstanding curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, our students’ preparation for accounting careers continues to be outstanding,” said Ray Pfeiffer, associate dean of undergraduate programs at the TCU Neeley School of Business.

Stanford said the rankings reflect the excellence of the TCU Neeley School as a whole.

"The success our students achieved with this pass rate is a reflection of the quality instruction they received from my colleagues in the accounting department and other departments in the Neeley School,” Stanford said.