FSB graduate is fifth in three years to earn prestigious CPA exam award

Dominique Van Howe

Another Farmer School accountancy graduate has found herself ranked among the best in the nation taking the Certified Public Accountant exam.

Dominique Van Howe is the fifth FSB graduate to earn the Elijah Watt Sells Award in the last three years. She was one of 89 people to win the award out of nearly 75,000 who took the test in 2020.

Van Howe, a 2019 accountancy and business analytics major, works as an assurance senior at EY. “Thank you to my family, friends, and colleagues who supported me through the exam process; I couldn't have accomplished this without you!” she said in a post on her LinkedIn page.

"The outstanding performance of Miami Accountancy students such as Dominique on the CPA exam is a testament to several key elements of our programs. First, our programs attract extremely bright and motivated students who consistently excel in a wide range of post-graduate endeavors. Second, while our programs are not directed at CPA exam preparation, the foundational accounting and business concepts and principles, critical thinking and research skills emphasized within our curriculum enable our students to easily learn and fully understand the technical accounting intricacies covered on the CPA exam," Department of Accountancy chair Andrew Reffett explained.

To earn the award, recipients must have a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Exam, as well as pass all four sections of the exam on their first attempt, and have completed all testing in 2020.

Adam Levitt, Seth Levitt, and Collin Moeller earned the award in 2019, while Oscar Ryland did so in 2018.