Canisius Accounting is #1 in New York State

December 5, 2019

BUFFALO, NY – The Canisius University accounting program maintained its stronghold in New York State following results from the 2018 Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. 

Alumni of Canisius’ undergraduate accounting program, who sat for the CPA exam for the first time within one year of graduation, earned the highest overall pass rate on the exam in New York State, ranking first (1st) overall.  Canisius candidates also ranked first (1st) in New York State on the regulation/tax portion of the 2018 CPA exam; first (1st) on the audit portion of the exam and second (2nd) in New York State on the financial reporting section of the exam. Nationally, Canisius participants scored in the top four percent (4%), overall, among first-time test takers of the 2018 CPA exam. 


The 2018 exam results are the most recent to be published by the National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and reaffirm the 2020 ranking by U.S. News & World Report, which placed Canisius’ BS in accounting program among the top six percent (6%) nationally. 

“The Canisius University accounting program has a long and distinguished reputation for developing capable, ethical leaders in the field and the latest CPA exam results reflect the quality of both our graduates and our program,” stated Ian J. Redpath, JD, LLM, chair of the Accounting Department.  “We are proud of our students’ success.  Such strong results are attributable to their commitment to the challenging curriculum and the dedicated faculty who facilitate the program. The program is truly one of the premier programs in the country.”

Housed in the Richard J. Wehle School of Business, the Canisius University accounting program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a benchmark for business school quality.  Job placement for Canisius accounting majors is consistently at or near 100 percent.

One of 27 Jesuit universities, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York. Canisius celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary during the 2019-20 academic year, marking 150 years of Jesuit education and leadership in the city of Buffalo and Western New York. Visit for more information about Canisius’ milestones and celebratory events.