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ULM Accounting program ranks no. 28 nationally on CPA exam passage rate

Published June 29, 2016

MONROE, La. — The University of Louisiana Monroe Accounting program has earned the ranking of no. 28 for first-time passage rate on the CPA exam out of 266 medium-sized university programs across the U.S.

The ranking, published by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), shows that ULM graduates taking the CPA exam during 2015 had a 65.8% passage rate, compared to the overall national passage rate of 48.4%.

ULM is the only university in Louisiana to be listed in the rankings of the top 40 institutions among large, medium, and small institutions as reported by NASBA. 

Dr. Michelle McEacharn, Director of ULM’s School of Accounting, Financial and Information Services, attributed the success of the program to the students, graduates and faculty.

“The no. 28 ranking provides evidence of what we have known to be true for many years,” said McEacharn. “Our students are hard-working and dedicated, with a true desire to learn and improve themselves. Our graduates are successful and recognized across the region for their commitment to improving the business world and the quality of work they do. And, our faculty are dedicated to providing the foundation that our students and graduates need to further their careers and provide value to the community.”

Dr. Ron Berry, Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences added his congratulations and appreciation.

“The success rate on the CPA exam is a testament to the hard work of our faculty and students,” said Berry. “Congratulations to our new CPAs, and a sincere thanks to Dr. McEacharn and our faculty for their dedication to excellence.”

ULM’s Accounting Program is accredited by AACSB-International, the premiere accrediting body for business and accounting programs in the world. The program is one of only a dozen in the world that has earned that accreditation with only an undergraduate program. 

Accounting, rated as a five-star in-demand occupation by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, is a profession with diverse career opportunities. Job placement for ULM graduates in accounting is consistently at 100% within three months of graduation.

For more information about the Accounting program, visit ulm.edu/cbss/accounting.