HILLSDALE, Mich., Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hillsdale College, a classical liberal arts college in southern Michigan, announced today that its recent accounting graduates scored in the top 3 percent of the Unified Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. The college ranked 22nd out of 776 schools, including graduate programs.
"The national data includes a substantial number of candidates with graduate degrees, while Hillsdale College earned this high ranking through its undergraduate program," said Michael Sweeney, professor of accounting at Hillsdale College. "This speaks of the quality of students and the rigor of the College's accounting program."
In 2014, Hillsdale College graduates who studied accounting and took the CPA exam for the first time had a passing rate of 78 percent, with an average score of 81. The results put Hillsdale students more than 31 points ahead of the overall national pass rate of 49.5.
"Anyone who questions the value of a liberal arts education should look at the students graduating from Hillsdale," said David Whalen, Hillsdale College provost. "These CPA exam results demonstrate the merits of our rigorous core curriculum and the students who rise to the challenge of it. When the liberal arts are taught well, students acquire deep learning as well as the ability to master demanding professional skills."
The CPA exam is the only licensed qualification in accounting and is required for those seeking to become certified public accountants.
About Hillsdale College
Hillsdale College, founded in 1844, has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an educational outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 2.9 million.
SOURCE Hillsdale College