College of Business and Innovation

CPA Exam pass rates for UT COBI graduates exceed state and national averages

According to a recently released report (2015) from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), UT COBI graduates passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam at rates exceeding both state and national averages as indicated below.    


Percent Pass

University of Toledo


Ohio Average


National Average



“CPA candidates from UT-COBI had a higher passing percentage than candidates from several Ohio schools, including Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Ohio Northern University, Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati,” noted Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, Chair, COBI Department of Accounting. 

In 2015, COBI bachelor’s degree first-time candidates CPA passing rate (54.4%) is higher than Ohio (49.9%).  Furthermore, COBI Masters of Science in Accounting (MSA) students have higher passing rates than several schools in Ohio, including Baldwin Wallace College, Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Xavier University and Youngstown State University.

“The 2015 results are a clear and powerful indication of the high caliber of our programs, our dedicated faculty and the application of our students to achieve this important goal,” Dr. HassabElnaby said.  “In fact, our average passing rate for the period 2008 - 2015 (50.41%) exceeds both state (49.15%) and national averages (48.30%), which is a reflection of our consistent performance over years and the quality of our programs.”    

Last Updated: 11/3/16