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January 20, 2010

Jim Young
Jim Young

NIU Accountancy among top 20 in pass rate – again

DeKalb, Ill. — For the second straight year, graduates of the NIU Department of Accountancy have claimed a spot among the top 20 schools in the nation for pass rate on the Certified Public Accounting examination.

Out of more than 900 schools with graduates taking the exam in 2008 (the latest results available) NIU had the 18th best pass rate, placing the program among the top 2 percent in the nation. Last year NIU ranked 12th.

Of the NIU graduates taking the test, 56.25 percent of them passed all four parts of the exam, a feat typically accomplished by less than 10 percent of all candidates, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

“We are very proud of our students and their performance on this extremely difficult exam,” said Jim Young, chair of the NIU Department of Accountancy. “Their accomplishment continues a tradition of NIU accountancy graduates – who have had CPA exam pass rates among the best in the nation for more than three decades.”

The achievement reflects well on the entire NIU College of Business, said Dean Denise Schoenbachler. “The Department of Accountancy is a center of excellence within the college and one of our highest profile programs,” she said. “Their performance brings honor to us all. The students themselves, and the faculty that prepared them, should all be extremely proud.”

Among the schools joining NIU in the Top 20 this year were Notre Dame, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, the University of Texas-Austin and Wake Forest.

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Media Contact: Joe King, NIU Office of Public Affairs
Phone: (815) 753-4299
Email: joking@niu.edu