Accounting Graduates Achieve Highest Pass Rate in Ohio

by Emily Finlay, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University accounting graduates had the highest pass rate among Ohio colleges and universities on the 2013 Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, according to a report released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

Cedarville alumni who took the CPA exam for the first time in 2013 earned a pass rate of 78.4 percent. The national average pass rate for overall performance is 49.4 percent.

In national rankings, Cedarville ranked 24th out of 787 colleges and universities.

The CPA exam consists of four sections that amount to 14 hours of testing. Candidates must pass the exam to qualify for licensure as CPAs.

Loren Reno, dean of the school of business administration, said this achievement demonstrates Cedarville’s leadership in the field of accounting.

Cedarville University, located east of Dayton, Ohio, has 3,459 students in more than 100 areas of study. A Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs, Cedarville is recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at