Jeff Burruss

Jeff Burruss
M.S. in Accounting 2018, University of Virginia
B.S.B.A. in Accounting 2017, Appalachian State University

 

Track: Tax Consulting

Undergrad Major: Accounting

Undergrad School: Appalachian State University

Why did you choose McIntire? I chose McIntire after attending a class visit and witnessing how much the professors want to help students succeed. The class sizes are small, so you really get to know your professor and professors can spend time to make sure everyone understands a topic before moving on. Also, while deciding on graduate schools, an important factor was building my professional network. McIntire has a very strong alumni network, not only in Virginia but around the world as well.

What do you enjoy so far? I enjoy living in Charlottesville. There is a lot to do for everyone: shopping at the Downtown Mall, dining at the Corner, and hiking trails close by. Coming into the program not knowing anyone, I have found that the program’s teambuilding events have helped foster new relationships, as well as ensure everyone gets to meet each other and have a fun time.

What has surprised you? McIntire faculty and staff go out of their way to make sure students have a job after they finish the M.S. in Accounting Program. From day one, accounting firms and various companies have stopped by to talk with students, leading up to Accounting Networking Night. I was also surprised to learn there is free coffee in the graduate student lounge, which I take full advantage of during morning classes!

Fun facts about yourself: During my undergraduate degree, I participated in a winter internship with KPMG in Richmond and look forward to joining KPMG when I leave McIntire. I have been to Peru twice and Europe once. I have a goal to visit every continent by age 27, but the sooner the better!

Hobbies: Hiking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and other outdoor activities (I’m excited to live close to Wintergreen and to be able to ski and snowboard often. At one point I was a beekeeper, and I hope to start a new hive when I move to Richmond.)