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UT students rank in the top 5 percent nationally for their passage rates on the Certified Public Accountant exam, according to recently released numbers.

UT students ranked thirty-seventh out of 781 across all national programs, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, which recently reported its 2012 CPA examination passage rates for all universities across the United States.

The data was calculated from the scores of students who took the exam for the first time.

UT students also ranked sixteenth out of 255—in the top 6 percent—among large programs, according to the association. Large programs are those that had at least fifty candidates take the exam last year.

“I am proud of both our students and faculty,” said Bruce Behn, head of UT’s Department of Accounting and Information Management. “Our faculty has designed and effectively delivered a state-of-the-art curriculum that challenges and prepares students for entrance into the profession. Our content is intended to be highly comprehensive and is well aligned with the extensive content of the CPA exam. The students’ success on the exam is a product of their hard work and motivation to excel.”


Cindy Raines (865-974-4359,