Published on August 11, 2015 by William Nunnelley  
Samford University graduates posted the highest first-time pass rate on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam of any university in Alabama, according to a report from the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy.

“Of candidates sitting for a given part of the CPA exam [there are four separate parts] for the first time, Samford students pass that part on their first attempt at a higher rate than any other university’s graduates in the state of Alabama,” said Lowell S. Broom, professor of accounting in Samford’s Brock School of Business.

Broom was notified of the high passing rate by the executive director of the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy.

“The passing rate is approximately 50 percent higher than the national average,” Broom noted.

The accounting major in Samford’s Brock School of Business is designed for students who wish to become CPAs, auditors, corporate accountants or enter other accounting professions. Broom noted that, over the past three years, approximately 99 percent of Brock School of Business accounting majors seeking employment have been employed within three months of graduation. 

The Brock School of Business is accredited by the AACSB, a distinction earned by less than 5 percent of business schools in the world. It also offers a master of accountancy program in its graduate program.

About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.