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Canisius College accounting graduates ranked No. 1 overall among large academic programs statewide on the 2013 CPA exam, with 71 percent passing the test on their first try to earn the designation of Certified Public Accountant.

Canisius alumni of bachelor and graduate programs ranked second in the state on the regulation and auditing portions of the individual sections of the 2013 exam, with passing rates of 70 percent and 68 percent, respectively. They also ranked 4th in the state on the business environment and concepts portion, with 81 percent passing, and 6th on the financial accounting and reporting portion, with 66 percent passing.

The private Jesuit school was considered a “large” program overall, with more than 60 candidates for the CPA exam, and a “medium” program for the individual sections, with 21 to 60 candidates.

“Graduates of the Canisius College Accounting Program consistently rank among the best in the state, based on CPA exam pass rates,” said Accounting Department Chairman Joseph B. O’Donnell. “The exceptional knowledge and dedication of our accounting faculty, the high quality of our curriculum and the rigorous program standards equates to successful graduates who are heavily recruited by employers.”