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Christopher Perry

BS Accounting

"It taught me to be self-motivated and plan ahead."

Long renowned for its difficulty, the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam has confounded many test takers through the years, but not Christopher Perry.

After earning two online degrees from SNHU - a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting/Finance - Perry completed the exam in October 2011. And his performance, in short, was award-winning.

Of more than 90,000 candidates who finished the CPA in 2011, Perry was one of only 37 individuals who attained a cumulative average score of 95.5% across the exam's four sections while passing on their first try. As a result, he earned a 2011 Elijah Watt Sells Award from the American Institute of CPAs, which develops and maintains the test.

A New Jersey resident who works for a small CPA firm, Perry credits his SNHU studies for making his distinction possible. "Even though the exam covers a wide assortment of topics, I was already well prepared because I had covered most of the material at SNHU," he says.

After earning an associate degree in his home state, Perry enrolled in SNHU's online program because of its academic reputation, large selection of courses and the flexibility it offered to allow him to continue working full-time while studying, even during tax season.

"It taught me to be self-motivated and plan ahead and how to stay organized," he says. "It was good practice on managing my time efficiently."