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Accounting program at Messiah College ranks seventh in the nation and first in Pennsylvania for students passing CPA exam

GRANTHAM, Pa. (March 21, 2006) – According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), Messiah College ranks seventh in the nation and first in Pennsylvania for percentage of candidates without advanced degrees that passed the 2004 Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam, a uniform, four-part exam required for individuals aspiring to careers in public accounting.

The NASBA only nationally ranks institutions with 24 or more candidates taking the exam in a given year. Therefore, though Messiah College has consistently scored among the top three in Pennsylvania, the results of the 2004 exam, just released in February, mark the first time the college has had enough participants to rank nationally. Messiah College is the only Pennsylvania institution on the national Top 10 list for 2004, which includes large universities such as the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Notre Dame, ranked first, second and fourth respectively.

James Krimmel, associate professor of accounting at Messiah College, notes, “For the past decade, Messiah College has done extremely well among its peers in-state. And, even though we don’t always have enough students take the exam to be nationally ranked, we typically outpace the national average of students who pass the exam on the first attempt.” In 2004, 27 percent of Messiah College students passed the exam on the first attempt compared to the national average of six percent.

The accounting department at Messiah College integrates practical experience, rigorous academics, community service and profession-specific writing to prepare students for careers in accounting or graduate school. Messiah College’s accounting graduates are actively recruited by both international and regional accounting firms, and a majority are hired before completing their senior year.

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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