Mays students sitting for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam in 2003 ranked high among candidates from all colleges and universities. In the National Association of State Boards of Accounting’s 2004 report “Candidate Performance on the Uniform CPA Examination,” Texas A&M students taking the exam in May 2003 ranked 1st in financial accounting and reporting with 65.8 percent passing and ranked 4th in auditing with 59.5 percent passing.

Students in the Professional Program continued to perform well on the new computerized exam which was offered for the first time in 2004. Based upon information released from the state board of public accounting for the July-August period, students in the Professional Program passed 64 percent of parts taken as compared with 45 percent for candidates from all other Texas universities. That includes passing rates of 73 percent in auditing and business environment and concepts.

Mays accounting graduate and undergraduate programs also moved up in ranking among peer evaluators in the CPA Personnel Report’s 2004 annual accounting professor’s survey. The undergraduate program rose from 16th to 13th and the graduate program is now in the top 10, taking 10th place up from 13th a year ago.

Accounting Department Head Jim Benjamin says the peer survey, which is the most cited ranking of accounting programs, shows that Mays’ reputation has improved among the national business education community.

“The ranking is catching up with reality,” Benjamin said. “We’ve been a bit of a hidden success story. Now educators and professionals are increasingly recognizing the quality and innovation of our programs.”