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Where Are The CPA's?
As a full-service accounting and financial recruiting firm, Accountants One is constantly being asked to produce the best CPA’s. Our search for excellence has led us to ask two ongoing questions: 1) Which Georgia Colleges and Universities are producing the greatest number of CPA candidates, and 2) Which Georgia Colleges and Universities are most successful in producing CPA’s? With the help of NASBA’s Candidate Performance On the Uniform CPA Examination, we have attempted to answer these questions, and thought you’d be interested in the results.
 
WHICH SCHOOL PRODUCES THE GREATEST NUMBER OF CPA EXAM CANDIDATES?
College or University
Number of CPA exam candidates for the year
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
212
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
129
KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
94
GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
66
EMORY UNIVERSITY
56
VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY
54
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
35
STATE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA
33
GEORGIA COLLEGE STATE UNIVERSITY
32
OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY
29

It is interesting to note that this top ten list makes up 77% of the 953 total CPA examination candidates for the year in the State of Georgia.
 
It is much more difficult to decide which institution has the greatest success rate. In order to analyze the data, we made the arguable decision to define “success” as the number of candidates passing either all or some parts of the CPA test. For simplification we included all candidates – from first-time candidates without advanced degrees to repeat candidates with advanced degrees.

College or University
% passing all or some parts
Total # of candidates that passed all or some
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
80.2
170
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
63.6
82
KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
55.3
52
GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
60.6
40
EMORY UNIVERSITY
83.9
47
VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY
59.3
32
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
82.9
29
STATE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA
51.5
17
GEORGIA COLLEGE STATE UNIVERSITY
65.6
21
OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY
69.0
20
 
By using our definition of success, The University of Georgia ranks #1 in our search for the best producer of CPA’s, producing far more successful candidates than any other school. However, if we were to change the definition to be in terms of percentage passing, Emory University was the best, ranking at nearly 84%, with Georgia Tech a close second at 83%.
 
 
All data was compiled from the NASBA’s Candidate Performance On the Uniform CPA Examination, 2006 Edition. All data was calculated with care and any miscalculation is unintentional.

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