Accounting graduates from Trinity topped the list for the highest average score on CPA exams for the second year in a row. The results for the 2011 CPA exam show that Trinity graduates scored an average of 78.08, while the state average was 71.56, according to the Illinois Board of Examiners.
Trinity graduates who took exam sections in 2011 scored the highest average score in Illinois when compared to schools with larger numbers of exam sections taken (25 sections or more), said Dr. Lynn White, professor of accounting in the business department at Trinity. The College also earned the highest average score in 2010 and the second highest in 2009.
“Illinois is fortunate to have some of the most highly regarded accounting programs in the nation including University of Illinois, DePaul, and Northern Illinois University,” said White. “Our students are surpassing the performance of these schools on the CPA exam.”
Former students in White’s classes feel that the hard work they did paid off.
Alumnus Jeffery Zwier ’10, an assurance associate at BDO, a financial consulting agency in Chicago, said White did a “fantastic job” of preparing him for the CPA exam through her “rigorous” accounting classes.