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    Here’s How California Schools Did on the CPA Exam in 2011

    By | September 10, 2012

    Sorry for the delay in getting this data out to you guys (I know I know, you were sooooo excited by the 2010 data last time), but we had to jump through a few flaming hoops to get permission from NASBA to give it to you. Just a reminder, if you would like to flip through all 298 of 2011's data, you can order your own NASBA candidate performance book here.

    I'll be rolling out the top states' performance in the next few weeks for your bragging pleasure, starting with my former home state of California.

    With 13,344 unique candidates, California was number one in candidates and total sections among CPA exam jurisdictions, yet ranked 34 in pass rate and 37 in average score nationwide. Like most jurisdictions, the highest number of candidates sat in the 4th quarter.

    For all testing events (both first time and repeat), here's how the top 10 shook out for California schools:

    • American River College 66.7%
    • Golden West College (who?!) 63.6%
    • Vanguard University Southern California 59.1%
    • UCLA 58.6%
    • Stanford 56.5%
    • University of Southern California 56.2%
    • UC Berkeley 55.4%
    • Point Loma Nazarene University 51.2%
    • UC Santa Barbara 51.0%
    • Cal Poly SLO 50.7%

    This is a major burn for UC Berkeley, who topped last year's list at a big fat 60.2%.

    Now, as for the worst California schools, here's your top five:

    • Claremont Graduate University 14.3% (not to be confused with Claremont McKenna College, which came in at 50%)
    • Pacific State University 18.2%
    • La Sierra University 18.4%
    • Irvine Valley College 19.1%
    • Concordia University (tie) 19.1%

    The University of Southern California once again sent the most candidates by a huge margin, with 701 candidates sitting for 1,814 sections, 1,181 of which were first-time.

    Of first time exams, only La Sierra University (5.3%) and DeVry Long Beach (8.1%) came in with single-digit pass rates.

    Remember, how well your school prepared you is just one part of how a candidate performs on the CPA exam, so don't be too rough on your friend from DeVry Long Beach, it isn't his fault.

    • Guest

      This means nothing.

    • blarg

      Well, at least Cal State LA isn’t on the worst list.

      • 92 REG CSULA

         im a alumni from csula. passed my exams baby! not too bad after all..

        • blarg

          There is hope for me!

    • Guest

      I’m sure I’m the only one on GC interested, but how did CSU Stanislaus perform?

    • Schmole

      At least 1 person from turkey tech passed their section   <—– This guy! Thanks in large part to the great staff at Stan

    • Guest

      is information for NJ colleges available?

      • Yes. Probably won’t do them this year though, they barely made Top 10 in candidates/sections taken. If there’s a certain school you’re looking for, email me, otherwise buy the book.

    • Guest

      Where is SDSU?  Weren’t they boasting of a top 5 ranking in the country?

    • Guest

      Are there any rates for LMU?

    • Guest

      CSU Chico?

    • Notagoingconcern

      How about Cal State Fullerton?

      • 37.9%. Of the Cal State schools, San Marcos did the best at 48.5% and Dominguez Hills did the worst at 22.2%.

        • CalPolySLO FTW

          Cal Poly SLO is a Cal State school and they were in the top 10 at 50.7%.  I have to point that out as a proud SLO alum.  Go Mustangs.

        • sloalum

          SLO 50.7 🙂

    • Bruin4life

      UCLA Whoot!

    • Dr. Smooth Gravy

      cal state bakersfield?

    • GTgrl

      How about NY Schools?

      • Will probably do those next. If you want a particular school before that, just email me.

    • $19577774

      Adrienne referred to DeVry as a “school”. DeVry must be very excited today, being mentioned in the same GC blog post with the likes of USC, UCLA and UC Berkeley.

      • On that note, did you know DeVry Pomona is on the “ineligible” list for Cal Grants 2012 – 2013? Apparently DeVry Long Beach is still OK.

        • $19577774

          By “OK” I think you mean “on the verge of being put on the ineligible list at any given moment”.

          • the funny part is that DeVry Pomona grads did better on the exam than their Long Beach counterparts. And by “funny” I mean “sad”

    • Dimtza

      How FDU in NJ?

    • Guest

      Pacific Union College?

    • Moriah1360

      How did Cal State East Bay do?

    • Guest

      How did CSUN (Northridge) do?

    • California Professor

      I appreciate the % but if only 3 people took the exam and 2 passed the exam it could look impressive.  For example, if your top school American River College had 3 test takers but UCLA had 300 test takers, the data might be more valuable.  Any chance we can get you to expand your table to include the number of individuals who took the exam?  Also, are you referring to all 4 parts of the exam or just the individual section when you look at pass rates? (Sorry I am an accounting professor and these things are important to us geeky types)

    • 26.2

      American River College is a junior college. 

    • jeffaa

      Well, all of this is very meaningful, given the fact that the test can be taken, and passed, without any real classroom instruction, using test study books!