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Beacom School of Business Accounting Program Ranks in Top 15% on CPA Exam Success Metric

USD USD Beacom School of Business accounting students participated in the CPA exam and scored in the top 15% in the nation.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business accounting students participated in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and scored in the top 15% in the nation, according to Accounting Today.

Accounting Today, a national accounting industry publication, uses a CPA Exam Success Index to measure students’ likeliness to complete all four sections of the CPA exam. With 46 candidates who passed the exam, the USD Beacom School of Business ranked 39th out of 270 institutions.

“Beacom’s accounting programs are well known for their rigor and attracting high-quality students. We are delighted to see that our accounting program ranked in the top 15% in the CPA exam pass rate,” says USD Beacom School of Business Dean Venky Venkatachalam.

“We are honored to receive this recognition.  We believe this recently developed index provides a more comprehensive indication of CPA exam success,” said Srini Ragothaman, Ph.D., Beacom School of Business chair of the Division of Accounting and Finance. “We are fortunate to have outstanding students go through our Master of Professional Accountancy and joint Bachelor of Business Administration programs. Our students’ commitment to tasks at hand and hard work are praiseworthy. We are proud of our student success. I would like to applaud and thank our accounting faculty for their dedicated teaching and mentoring and our business faculty for their support.”

Accounting Today found that schools that recruit high-quality students have high pass-rates, but additional mechanisms can elevate average students to the same heights as those who come into college with higher accolades. Two such mechanisms include integrated graduate coursework and CPA review.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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