University of Tennessee

UT Students Rank in Top 3 Percent in Nation for Passing 2013 CPA Exam

January 26, 2014

KNOXVILLE—Students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 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 26th out of 787 schools across all national programs, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, which recently reported its 2013 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 11th out of 262—in the top 4 percent—among large programs, according to the association. Large programs are those that had at least 50 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,