For the third time in the last four years, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) ranked among the top three California universities for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination results as reported by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
"These results are particularly satisfying because PLNU has consistently placed among the top three universities in California," explained Dan Bothe, Dean of the Fermanian School of Business. "Results like this speak to exceptional caliber of PLNU's accounting students who are sought after by the most prestigious national, statewide and local accounting firms."
PLNU graduates ranked third in both pass rate and average score among sixty colleges in California for 2014. PLNU candidates had a 61.9% pass rate and 75.6 average score, finishing behind Claremont McKenna College and Pepperdine University respectively.
In addition to success statewide, nationally, PLNU ranked in the top 5% among Medium Programs for candidates taking the exam for the first time. NASBA classifies universities by size of program based on number of candidates. There were 265 institutions in the Medium Program category (21 to 60 candidates).
"Such consistent results are a testament to the dedication and hard work our alumni take into the business community. The PLNU accounting program does not "teach to the test", rather we emphasize a rock-solid accounting foundation enhanced by personal values articulated throughout the PLNU liberal arts-based curriculum" commented Associate Accounting Professor Carl Hammond. "Our goal is to prepare our students to "add value" where ever the accounting profession may lead them."