August 30, 2007
Dear UT Accounting Students:
We, the under-signed parties, are the largest accounting firms in the world. Collectively known
as the “Big 4” accounting firms, we audit 94% of the Fortune Global 500 companies. For these
and many more companies, we provide audit, tax, advisory, and other professional services. As
you might imagine, we are certainly competitors in the market place. We are, however, of one
mind with respect to at least one thing—our respect for and our support of the accounting
program at the University of Tennessee.
With much national recognition and acclaim, UT’s accounting program has placed hundreds of
high-performing new staff within our ranks. Further, the accounting faculty here at UT is simply
as good as it gets. For these and many other reasons, the Big 4 firms view UT’s accounting
program as critical to the overall success of our practices. By selecting a path within UT’s
accounting program, we think that you have chosen well.
As you continue this path, we would like to highlight a few thoughts for you to consider
regarding the upcoming start of your career:
Õ Your GPA matters. The accounting program here at UT is rigorous, and every tenth of a
point on your GPA is important. Of the students that we hire, GPAs tend to average in the
3.4 to 3.6 range. Keep up the hard work!
Õ Extracurricular activities (e.g., work experience, Beta Alpha Psi, volunteer work/community
service, etc.) will help you grow personally and professionally beyond what can be taught in
the classroom. Needless to say, these activities also look good on your resume.
Õ When you begin the recruitment process, keep an open mind and invest the time to explore
all of the Big 4 firms as well as other firms and companies that might pique your interest.
Don’t rush your decisions—we all have a lot to offer.
Õ As you enter your senior year and the internship and full-time opportunities mount, please
keep in mind the importance of obtaining a graduate degree in accounting