USU’s graduate accounting program named No. 8 in nation

When it comes to accounting at Utah State University, graduate students have earned USU a national top-ten ranking. Only seven other universities nationwide have a higher percentage of graduate 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 NASB ranks universities across the country based on what percentage of graduate students pass all sections of the exam. 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 ten 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. The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University seeks to inspire and equip students to become innovative, ethical leaders with refined analytical skills that will help them understand and succeed in the global marketplace. The Huntsman School of Business is one of seven colleges at USU, located in the beautiful Wasatch Range of northern Utah. More information on the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business may be found at

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