Bloch Accounting Program Ranked Among Top 5 in Nation for CPA Pass Rate

The Henry W. Bloch School of Management accounting program CPA pass rate has been ranked among the top 5 in the nation in the category of medium-size programs by the NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) CPA Candidate Performance Book. The accounting program’s CPA pass rate among all schools nationwide ranks in the top 25.

CPA exam candidates report their academic affiliation when taking the exam, allowing NASBA to accumulate yearly statistics on candidate performance on the Uniform CPA Examination, and the reported success rate is determined from these pieces of information.

“This is a ranking based purely on students test scores. It reflects the that fact that Bloch students have some of the highest scores in the nation. Our dedicated, quality faculty provide a rigor in our accounting program that prepares students to succeed in this very difficulty field of study,” Georgia Smedley, Ph.D., Accounting Department Chair, said. “The CPA exam is a standard unified exam across the country. It does not vary by state like the Barr exam. Therefore, Bloch students are competing on even ground with students from the best schools in the U.S.

Department of Accountancy Chair Dr. Georgia Smedley talks about the ranking to accounting alumni.

The Bloch School program beat both Georgetown University and Cornell University (at No. 7 and No. 6, respectively) and is in the company of Concordia College (Moorehead), No. 4; Washington University St. Louis, No. 3; Vanderbilt University, No. 2; and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, at No. 1.

Additional facts about this ranking include:

  • The Bloch School had 57 students take the CPA exam in 2011, a higher number than any of the programs in the top ten (Wharton, for example, only had 34 students able to take the exam).
  • The national average pass rate for the CPA exam is approximately 45%. The average pass rate for Bloch students is 73%.

“This ranking is a very big deal,” Bloch School benefactor Henry W. Bloch said. “The Bloch School is demonstrating national excellence among a very elite group which is a testament to the rigor, quality and outstanding faculty in the accounting department. They are truly dedicated to student success and this ranking proves it.”

This ranking is the latest of many achievements by the Bloch School in the past year, including:

  • The Bloch School’s undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs each moved up in the Princeton review rankings in Sept. 2012, putting them at No. 12 and 19 respectively.
  • Nonprofit management focus in the Master of Public Administration program is ranked No. 15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The brand new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is scheduled to open in Fall 2013 and will house graduate, executive and entrepreneurship programs.
  • The Bloch School’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IEI) entrepreneurship MBA emphasis is recognized as the 2012 National Model Graduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
  • Driven by research productivity in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management’s Department for Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UMKC was ranked No. 1 in the world for innovation management.