Suffolk University Leads Massachusetts Schools in CPA Pass Rate


BOSTON, MA-- A study of CPA exam results for students from graduate programs in 2001 shows that Suffolk University had the best pass rate in Massachusetts and ranked among the top 20% of schools nationwide.

The study is based on candidate performance on the uniform CPA examination, from a database compiled by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Suffolk had a 40% success rate, relating to candidates passing all four parts of the examination, the best pass rate in Massachusetts. Suffolk ranked 51 out of 309 schools nationwide, or in the top 16.5%.

The pass rate was measured using results of both the May and November sittings, and included first time and repeat candidates. Effective July 2001, a candidate must have completed 150 hours of college education, which typically entails earning a master's degree, to be permitted to take the CPA examinations.

Professor Morris McInnes, Chairperson of Suffolk University's Accounting Department, commented that the success of the department's graduates is what drives his faculty. "We are proud of our students' accomplishments," said McInnes. "That is the indicator of the quality of our students, our programs and our professors. It is very satisfying to have been number one in Massachusetts last year. It sets the standard that we intend to build on in the future."

For more information, please contact:
Mariellen Norris at 617-573-8450 or
Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448

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