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November 5, 2014
Coming form a small suburb in the Bay Area in Northern California called Fremont, I had limited experience with urban environments and large cities. ... more
October 23, 2014
Before I begin, I’d just like to say that I come from a Bruin family. My mom is a Bruin, as are most of my relatives. I had never even thought of... more
October 22, 2014
Being an international student, sometimes it’s hard to figure out where you want to go, especially when you are a little more than a 40 minute... more
September 19, 2014
When: Monday, October 27th, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm Where: Taipei Grand Hyatt Hotel 2 SongShou Road Taipei, 11051, Taiwan For prospective seniors in... more
September 19, 2014
When: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm Where: JW Marriott Seoul 176 Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu Seoul 137-040, Korea For prospective seniors... more
September 19, 2014
When: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm Where: Marriott Beijing Northwest 26 A Xiao Yun Road Chaoyang District Beijing, 100125, China For... more
September 19, 2014
When: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm Where: Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai 1218 Middle Yan’an Road, Jing An Kerry Centre West... more
September 19, 2014
When: Sunday, October 19th, 2014 2:00pm – 4:00pm Where: Island Shangri-La Hong Kong Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central Hong Kong For... more
September 19, 2014
When: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm Where: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore 22 Orange Grove Road, 258350 Singapore For prospective seniors in... more
September 19, 2014
When: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 7:00pm – 9:00pm Where: The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi Number One Mansingh Road New Delhi, India 110024 For... more

Freshman

Welcome to USC's Marshall School of Business! We hope this site helps you discover why so many high school students choose USC Marshall as the most exciting place to spend their college years.

At USC Marshall, you will develop a thorough knowledge of business fundamentals, including organizational behavior, finance and business economics, business communication, accounting, marketing and business strategy. During your junior and senior years you will choose courses that allow you to study one more specific areas of business in depth. Every semester our academic advisors help you plan your schedule so that you can graduate on time.

Freshman candidates are evaluated on the rigor of their high school course work, grades and standardized test scores. A personal resume, an essay and school recommendations play an important part in the admission decision as well. We also consider class rank, honors courses, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate work when assessing grade point averages.

We believe in academic rigor – but we don't believe in cutoffs for grades, rank in class or test scores. At Marshall, we think about you as a whole person.

All admitted USC students who indicate business or accounting as their first choice major will be directly admitted to the Marshall School of Business as freshmen.

We encourage you to get to know us from our receptions, campus tours and more, and to learn about us even if you can't make it to campus. Find more information, download our brochures (below) and discover how being a USC Marshall student will jumpstart your career and transform your world.

High School Preparation

Admitted Students Profile
Admitted students have the following high school course profile:
  • 4 years - English
    (composition and literature)
  • 3 years - Mathematics
    (algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, trigonometry)
  • 3 years - Electives
    (e.g. computer science, art, music, speech)
  • 2 years - Foreign Languag
  • 2 years - Natural Science
    (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics)
  • 2 years - Social Science
    (e.g. U.S. history, government, economics, geography)

Learn how to be better prepared and more competitive when it is time to apply to USC

Interviews are a great way for us to get to know you, but they are optional. To schedule an on- or off-campus interview, click here.

AP Exams

USC grants 4 USC units for most AP exams passed with a minimum score of 4. A maximum of 32 units can be awarded for AP exams. Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exams listed below will be given General Education or Marshall prerequisite subject credit as follows:

General Education Category I:
Cultures & Civilizations I

  • AP Art History
  • AP European History

General Education Category III:
Scientific Principles

  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics B or C (Mechanics or Electricity/Magnetism)

Business Administration
Requirements

  • AP Calculus AB or BC (MATH-118)

Students may also receive credit for college courses taken while in high school.

IB Exams

USC grants 20 units of credit to students who earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a score of 30 or higher, or 6 semester units of credit for each score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Higher Level exams, up to a maximum of four exams, whichever is higher. The following IB exams fulfill 6 units and fulfill USC subject requirements:

General Education Category I: Cultures and Civilizations I

  • IB History: Europe

Business Administration Requirements

  • IB Mathematics (MATH-118)

General Education Category II: Global Cultures & Traditions

  • IB Islamic History
  • IB History: East and South East Asia and Oceania
  • IB History: Africa
  • IB History: South Asia, the Middle East & North Africa

General Education Category III: Scientific Principles

  • IB Biology
  • IB Chemistry
  • IB Physics

Transfer

Welcome to USC's Marshall School of Business! We hope this site helps you discover why so many transfer students choose USC Marshall as the most exciting place to spend their college years.

At USC Marshall, you will develop a thorough knowledge of business fundamentals, including organizational behavior, finance and business economics, business communication, accounting, marketing and business strategy. During your junior and senior years you will choose courses that allow you to study one more specific areas of business in depth. Every semester our academic advisors help you plan your schedule so that you can graduate on time.

Anyone who has attended college after high school and wishes to attend USC is eligible to apply as a transfer student. We recommend that transfer students seek admission after they have completed a minimum of 30 transferable units, including USC Marshall prerequisites.

Students interested in pursuing the Bachelors of Science in Business Administration or Accounting must apply to the Business Administration major, and should indicate Business Administration as their first-choice major on the application. Please contact your Admissions Counselor in the Enrollment Services Division for more information.

USC's Enrollment Services Division, which makes all admission decisions for USC Marshall undergraduate degree programs, can help you with pre-admission counseling and related support services through a variety of on-campus programs. Transfer Information Sessions occur weekly on Tuesdays at 3pm, and Transfer Days occur monthly throughout the fall. Admissions counselors in the Enrollment Services Division are also available to meet with students on a limited walk-in basis.

We encourage you to get to know us from our receptions, campus tours and more, and to learn about us even if you can't make it to campus. Find more information, download our brochures (below) and discover how being a USC Marshall student will jumpstart your career and transform your world.

Download our brochures

USC offers some helpful guidance to students who are considering transferring to the University and being admitted to Marshall.

We recommend that you read more about basic academic requirements, transfer credit and policies, and USC's core requirements. The PDFs noted on the left are also helpful.

Courses marked 'X' are transferable to USC. Transferring these courses assists with admission consideration and degree progress. Transfer candidates must complete the following equivalent courses for admissions consideration:

  • WRIT 130/140 (English Composition 2, also a University requirement)
  • MATH 118 or MATH 125 (Calculus)

The following suggested transferable courses are optional (not all courses taken elsewhere will transfer to USC). Completion will advance University matriculation.

  • Accounting 1 and Accounting 2 (Transferable accounting sequence will replace one business core accounting class)
  • (BUAD 280 and 281 are replaced with BUAD 305x)
  • General Education Categories 1, 2, 3 and 5 and Diversity Requirements

With the recommended transfer preparation, admitted students will complete these remaining courses at USC:

  • ECON 251x and ECON 252x
  • WRIT 340
  • (GE) Requirements 4 (Science & Its Significance) and 6 (Social Issues)
  • Business Core classes and three, upper-division, Marshall electives

Please be aware that all business core and elective courses must be taken in residence. Business courses taken at other institutions will not satisfy the USC Marshall matriculation requirement.

The USC Office of Articulation and the Marshall School Admission Office can help you learn whether courses taken at your schools will transfer to USC. Contact us at:

Financial Aid

Featured Scholarship
The Norman Topping Student Aid Fund:

NTSAF assists students with high financial need who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness in their pursuit of higher education at the University of Southern California. Applicants residing in areas surrounding the University Park and Health Science campuses, in addition to first-generation college students, are given primary consideration, although the scholarship is not limited to these populations. The Norman Topping Student Aid Fund is the only student initiated, student funded, primarily student administered scholarship in the nation.

Investing in Your Future

The cost of attending USC can be offset by financial aid and a variety of student scholarships.

Undergraduate financial aid includes scholarships and grants, low-interest loans and work-study. While we expect the student's family to play a leading role in financing a college education, USC has a long tradition of fully meeting the USC-determined financial need for undergraduate students who satisfy all federal, state and university eligibility requirements and meet all published deadlines.

Meet the Staff

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Tiffiani Frye
Director, USC Marshall Undergraduate Admission
tfrye@marshall.usc.edu
Michael Rodriguez
Associate Director, USC Marshall Undergraduate Admission
rodrigmd@marshall.usc.edu
Margeaux Witte
Assistant Director, USC Marshall Undergraduate Admission
mwitte@marshall.usc.edu
Ann Tabangcura Ann Tabangcura
Graduate Student Intern
Ryan Lim Ryan Lim
Undergraduate Student Intern
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Millbrae, California