UND student aces CPA exam

Imagine sitting for a four-part, professional exam that a half of its annual 75,000 takers fail. Now imagine not only passing all four sections, but doing it on the first try with an average score above 95.5 – out of a possible 99.

Last year, this would have put you in the company of just 137 individuals in the United States who aced the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination.

This is what Zsofia Barandi did, becoming the eleventh University of North Dakota graduate in 30 years to accomplish the feat and win the coveted Elijah Watt Sells Award.

“I was in a really good position because of UND Accountancy to be able to achieve this,” said Barandi, who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University. “This happened through a combination of support from UND and EY.”

“I never would have gotten a job at EY if it wasn’t for the connections alumni share with UND,” she said.

Read Zsofia’s story and the stories of other inspiring leaders in action.