LSU Accounting Grads Excel on National CPA Exam

Thomas J. Phillips Jr.

Thomas J. Phillips Jr.

February 23, 2015

BATON ROUGE – Results for the 2014 Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination were released recently by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and LSU accounting graduates finished with a top-10 ranking among some of the nation’s largest accounting programs.

To be exact, out of the 40 universities in the United States with the most exam candidates, those from LSU taking the test for the first time averaged a pass-rate of 69.1 percent of the parts attempted – high enough to rank the university No. 8. Additionally, among Louisiana universities and colleges, LSU ranked the highest.

“LSU’s accounting faculty are proud of our graduates’ performance,” said Thomas J. Phillips Jr., chair of the E. J. Ourso College of Business Department of Accounting. “These results show that our accounting program is highly competitive on a national level.”

Diving deeper into the number of candidates from LSU shows that those with advanced degrees versus bachelor’s degrees had an average pass rate of 78.3 percent and 63.6 percent, respectively.

The Department of Accounting at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business strives for excellence in teaching, research and service to the accounting profession. With a mission of producing graduates at all levels who excel in their pursuits, the department offers undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for careers in various fields, including industry, auditing, finance, government and academia. For more information, visit our home page, call 225-578-6202, or email

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business