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Matt Favicchio

Matt Favicchio

Vanderbilt Master of Accountancy 2012

Audit Associate, Grant Thornton, Charlotte, NC


Discovering His Course

Favicchio eschews law and politics for MAcc


By the time he entered his senior year at the University of North Carolina, Matt Favicchio had concluded he didn’t want to go to law school. After a summer internship on Capitol Hill in Washington, he knew he didn’t want to go into politics. So, acting on a general interest in the business world, he took the GMAT and decided to look into MAcc programs.

About one thing he felt reasonably confident: “UNC had a similar (MAcc) program,” says the Rhode Island native. “That’s where I planned on going.”

Then a weekend visit sold him on Vanderbilt. “What surprised me most, coming from a large institution, is how Amy (Program Director Johnson) and (Faculty Director) Karl (Hackenbrack) were so focused on helping me out. [The program] is a year of transition between college and becoming a young professional, and they really help you along the way.”

He also made another eye-opening discovery that first weekend. “All the partner firms were there,” he says. “It’s an immersion in networking, and after you meet with all the firms, their input decides if you get accepted into the program. I just thought that was really cool.”

After enjoying an internship with Grant Thornton — where even during busy season there was time for pickup basketball on Saturday afternoons — Matt accepted a full-time position with the firm’s Charlotte office, back (though a year later than he’d originally envisioned) once again in Carolina.