Four U-M Grads Earn Highest Honors on National CPA Exam, More Than Any Other University


The national CPA exam was taken by over 100,000 people last year––and only 58 scored over a 95.5 percent.

Two of those 58 were Michigan Ross grads: Xiaoyi Yan, MAcc ‘16 and Kelly Coyne, MAcc '17.

But a total of four U-M grads earned the Elijah Watt Sells Award, an honor given by the American Institute of CPAs each year. Two U-M Economics graduates, Kathleen Koehl and Kayla Elizabeth Gawlik, joined the Ross grads, making U-M the university with the most number of Watt Sells Award winners.

Brigham Young, the University of Washington, the University of Texas at Austin, Central Florida University, Texas A&M, the University of Wisconsin, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Central Florida University each had two graduates win the Sells Award.  

The Michigan Ross Master of Accounting Program has a history of Watt Sells Award winners. A total of 12 Master of Accounting graduates have won the award since 2012.

Congratulations to our winners! Go Blue!