It’s in the Numbers: Ursinus CPA Pass Rate Best in State

A greater percentage of students from Ursinus passed the Certified Public Accountant Exam in 2015 than any other Pennsylvania school that reported its results, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

NASBA’s Candidate Report for Colleges and Universities highlights college and university performance on many levels, including international, national, regional, state and accreditation.

In Pennsylvania, 79 colleges and universities reported CPA exam results to NASBA. Ursinus had a 83.3 percent pass rate. The University of Pennsylvania (80.3 percent), Lycoming College (70.3 percent), Lehigh University (68.4 percent) and Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pa. (66.7 percent) round out the top five.

“We have small group of dedicated faculty and motivated students who are mentored and challenged in our undergraduate program. We strive to prepare students for careers in the public and private sectors as well as graduate or professional school,” says Andrew Economopoulos , a professor of business and economics at Ursinus College. “We’re proud of their success on the CPA exam and the development of the skills that are required to ensure success after they graduate from Ursinus.”

In addition to the NASBA distinction, Ursinus College’s Bachelor of Applied Economics program was selected this year for the CFA Institute’s University Recognition Program, which allows institutions to award five CFA Program scholarships to students each fiscal year.

During summer 2016, it was recognized on the Forbes Top Colleges list for return on investment based on student success and satisfaction, and has been named as one of ten “undervalued buys” by Forbes–E.M.