UM Accounting Students Have Highest CPA Exam Pass Rate in State

May 05, 2016

MISSOULA – The numbers have been crunched and the results are in for the annual report of Certified Public Accountant exam pass rates. Accounting students in the University of Montana School of Business Administration who took the national licensure exam for the first time in 2015 rose to the top, ranking No. 1 in the state out of six institutions and No.18 nationally among medium-sized programs.

“We had the highest first-time pass rate amongst all schools with at least 10 candidates in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana,” said Terri Herron, SoBA associate dean. “These results speak to the quality of our faculty and the education delivered to our students. Many may not realize that the CPA exam not only assesses accounting knowledge, but also finance, economics, business law, operations and communications. It is a tough exam.”

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy produced the report. NASBA provides licensing and academic credential evaluation services for state boards of accountancy.      

UM ranked in the top 100 out of all 821 schools nationwide for first-time pass rate. UM’s pass rate of 70 percent is the highest overall first-time pass rate in the state and far above the national average of 55 percent.

For more information call Terri Herron at 406-243-5878 or email


Contact: Terri Herron, associate dean, UM School of Business Administration, 406-243-5878,