SU grads rank high in 2015 CPA exam passage rate 

Shippensburg University’s John L. Grove College of Business ranked in the top 40 nationally for the third consecutive year in the success rate of its graduates taking the certified public accountant exam, according to a recent report.

GroveHallThe report by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) showed that SU ranked 32nd out of 266 schools whose graduates passed the national CPA exam on their first try last year. NASBA includes Shippensburg in its medium-sized schools category, which encompasses programs that have between 21 and 60 graduates taking all or some of the four-part exam.  

Shippensburg graduates had a passing rate of 64.8 percent for 2015. The overall passing rate nationally for AACSB accredited schools was 54 percent, for schools in the Middle States region it was 50.8 percent, and for programs in Pennsylvania the first time passing rate was 55.4 percent.  

According to Dr. John Kooti, dean of Grove College, “This is another example of the impact of Grove College on its students and the accounting profession. Our accounting students are academically prepared and professionally ready by the time they graduate. Academically and professionally qualified faculty and caring staff along with a rigorous curriculum accommodated by impactful internship program prepare our graduates to excel.” 

Grove College has about 300 students enrolled in the BSBA degree in accounting, Kooti said.  

In addition to the BSBA degree in accounting, the university also offers a five-year BSBA/MBA program in accounting. An accelerated BSBA/MBA program is designed for students who are qualified on the basis of scholastic aptitude, academic performance, and accounting, work-related experience.  

Grove College continues to be one of the top business colleges in the nation. AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, recently reaccredited the college. Less than five percent of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation.   

In 1981, Grove College became the first school in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the ninth college overall in Pennsylvania to become internationally accredited by AACSB International. The college was established in 1971 and has earned a reputation as one of the premier business schools in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Various national publications also continually rank the college among the best in the nation.  

According to its mission statement, Grove College “provides a high-quality and a high-value comprehensive educational experience that prepares students to excel as principled leaders in the global business community. “  

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