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September 22, 2023

A Young Reader Requests the Lowdown on Santa Clara University’s Accounting Program

Are you considering wasting my time instead of wasting your own when you should be studying for the CPA exam? Do you get off on degenerates criticizing you? Just need a good old fashioned AG talking to? Get in touch and I'll help you procrastinate by answering questions you could ask Google.
I was wondering if you could show me the CPA exam stats for Santa Clara University. I was recently accepted into their undergrad accounting program, but I'm not too confident about their program – would you consider SCU a decent university for accounting?
Thanks in advance!
Before we get to the actual stats, any chance you did a little research on Santa Clara before you went through the trouble of applying? I want to give you the benefit of the doubt here but "I'm not too confident" is a bit of a red flag. What exactly aren't you confident about? The price tag? The prestige? Their ability to give you a good accounting foundation?
If you're planning on moving to a place like DC where the school you attended makes all the difference, saying you went to Santa Clara will certainly lead to blank stares at networking events but if you plan on sticking around in California, you'll find tons of qualified, sufficiently-educated Santa Clara grads hanging around everywhere from public to private.
SCU's pass rate was 51.1% in 2010, compared with 44.3% in 2011. That being said, because my former life as CPA review dream-killer was based in Northern California, I'm more than familiar with Santa Clara, especially their CAAP program. Where else can you practically meet the entire accounting class requirement to sit for the CPA exam in a semester? Not once did I hear from a Santa Clara grad that their accounting education did not come near to giving them the foundation needed to pass the CPA exam so how to explain the low pass rate then? It could be a lot of things. Maybe it's lack of motivation on the part of the candidate? The California casual attitude (a glance at the top 40 schools in the country for CPA exam pass rates in 2011 reveals not a single California school on the list)? Who knows.
In my view, since accounting isn't a degree prestige industry (meaning you don't have to go to the best school in the country to be taken seriously or get a job), where you go to school doesn't matter as long as you're getting what you need. I mean look at Cal State Northridge, they keep SoCal Big 4 staffed and aren't exactly known for their outstanding accounting program outside of California. If you're looking for prestige, you're probably in the wrong undergrad program to begin with.
Now, I'm sure we've got some Santa Clara grads lurking around here somewhere that would love to help further.

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