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UT students ranked in the top 3 percent in the nation for their passage rates on the Certified Public Accountant exam, according to recently released numbers.

UT students ranked twenty-sixth out of 787 schools among all national programs, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, which recently reported its 2013 CPA examination passage rates for all US universities.

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

UT students also ranked eleventh out of 262—in the top 4 percent—among large programs, according to the association. Large programs are those that had at least fifty candidates take the exam last year.

“Our faculty has done a great job preparing our students not only to pass but to excel on the CPA exam,” said Joe Carcello, interim head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management. “Our students, their parents, employers, and other constituents clearly expect us to adequately prepare our graduates for entry into the profession, and we are meeting that challenge.”


Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,

Joe Carcello (865-974-1757,