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- Articulation Agreements with California Community Colleges
If you are a transfer student attending a California community college, you'll be pleased to hear that USC has articulation agreements with most California community colleges.
- Transfer Credit and Policy
Study these policies carefully to identify courses which will transfer.
- Articulation Agreements
All agreements are available on the USC Articulation Office Web site or from your college counselor. Not all community college courses will transfer to USC. Part 1 of the articulation agreement is the General Education section of the articulation agreement which lists courses taken to fulfill G.E. categories I, II, III and V. (Remember that categories IV and VI must be taken at USC.) It also indicates which courses fulfill the lower-division writing requirement and diversity requirement. Part 2 lists all transferable courses which are equivalent to USC courses. Part 3 lists all courses which transfer for credit to the University.
- Incoming freshman and transfer students from an accredited community college (must be admitted to the USC Marshall School of Business and enrolled immediately in business courses).
- Continuing undergraduate and new and continuing MBA students enrolled full-time (15 or more units) in the USC Marshall School (MBA.PM, Executive MBA and IBEAR students are not eligible).
Incoming freshman and transfer students:
Undergraduate Admissions Office
USC Marshall School of Business
Continuing undergraduate students:
Office of Undergraduate Advising
USC Marshall School of Business
New/Continuing Marshall full-time MBA students:USC Marshall MBA Program Office
At Marshall, you will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business or Accounting. In your major, you will develop a thorough knowledge of business fundamentals, including leading organizations, finance and economics, business communication, accounting, marketing and business strategy. Every semester, our academic advisors will help plan your schedule to ensure you are matriculating properly. Marshall School of Business provides the foundation for a lifetime of learning and successful business practice.
USC defines an external transfer student as anyone who has attended college since finishing high school. It is recommended that transfer students submit a university application once a minimum of 30 transferable units (including the Marshall prerequisites) are completed. Please keep in mind that USC will begin accepting the Common Application in late summer 2011 for 2012-2013 admissions. 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 Territory Manager in the Enrollment Services Division for more information. You can find your Territory Manager via the online directory, here: https://camel2.usc.edu/admceebsearch/ugappfindcounselor.aspx
Please note: USC's Enrollment Services Division, (www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate) renders all admission decisions for the USC Marshall undergraduate degree programs
The Enrollment Services Division will be available to assist 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. For more information, please visit their website regarding campus visits for transfer students: http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/visit/transfer.html
The USC Marshall Office of Undergraduate Admissions is available to assist you with questions specific to the business and accounting majors. As such, we welcome inquiries related to our programs and look forward to meeting with you via the USC Transfer Day program. Feel free to contact us at 213-740-8885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the resources available in USC's Enrollment Services Division, the following steps serve as your guide to successful transfer preparation:
1. Complete the Marshall School of Business prerequisites.
Transfer candidates must complete the following courses for Marshall School of Business admission consideration:
WRIT 130/140 (English Composition 2, also a University requirement)
MATH 118 or MATH 125 (Business Calculus)
We strongly encourage the completion of Financial and Managerial Accounting (Accounting 1 & 2), as well as General Education Categories 1, 2, 3, 5. Students who successfully complete these courses with 'B's' or better will be competitive for admission.
2. Enroll in courses that meet USC and Marshall graduation requirements.
The following optional transferable courses assist students with meeting both USC and Marshall graduation requirements:
Accounting 1 and Accounting 2 (will remove one required BUAD course. BUAD 280 and 281 are replaced by BUAD 305)
General Education Categories 1, 2, 3 & 5
With the recommended transfer preparation, admitted students will complete these remaining USC/Marshall courses at USC:
General Education Categories 4 & 6
Business Core courses and three Marshall upper division courses
The remaining courses must be completed at USC and can not be transferred. [With the appropriate financial and accounting sequence, BUAD 280 and 281 will be waived amd replaced with BUAD 305.]
The grid below illustrates both the prerequisites and optional courses to transfer:
*ECON 251/252 must be completed in residence. Equivalent courses to USC's ECON 203/205 will not substitute.
3. Refer to your school's articulation agreement for equivalent and transferable courses.
For assistance in identifying the referenced transferable coursework, you may view your school's articulation agreement by clicking here.
4. Fill out the USC application: www.usc.edu/admission
5. Pay close attention to deadlines!
Here's help with identifying pre-major coursework and courses that transfer to USC
Transfer from a Community College
USC will accept units from all post-secondary schools in the United States that have been accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies. However, USC will not guarantee acceptance of course work taken at institutions not accredited by the regional agency for the area where the institution or branch is located.
Articulation agreements list most community colleges in California. They may be helpful to prospective students in determining the transferability of courses to USC from their institution. Not all community college courses will transfer to USC. Most academic courses are acceptable for transfer credit from a two-year school, but students will not receive credit for remedial course work. Please reference the USC articulation agreement to ensure you are taking transferable coursework. Courses that do not appear on the articulation agreement are not transferable.
The Articulation Office will review all courses and completed work for possible credit. Extension courses transfer only if the college where they were taken accepts them toward the baccalaureate degree. Official transcripts of college work taken elsewhere must be submitted at the time of application to the USC Office of Admission. A credit evaluation will be completed which will list transfer courses accepted for credit.
Transfer from a Four-Year Institution
USC does not have articulation agreements with 4-year schools, although we do have articulation histories (partial course lists) for most California State Universities (CSU) and University of California (UC) schools. However, most courses will transfer from accredited, 4-year colleges and universities, and you can plan your general education work by using the information contained in the Transferring to USC brochure.
If you are attending an out-of-state, two-year school, work with the Undergraduate Admissions Office at the Marshall School of Business to make sure you are taking academic, baccalaureate-level classes. The Admissions Office will help you identify the classes that should fulfill general education categories.
Transfer Day is a half-day comprehensive program designed to educate you on the transfer process and academic life at USC. Specifically, the program includes presentations on the admission process, transfer credit policy, academics, financial aid. You will also have the option to attend an academic interest fair and take a campus tour.
To reserve a space in the Transfer Day program please contact USC's Enrollment Services Division at 213.740.1111 or simply click on the following: http://www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/visit/transfer.html
Optional half-hour presentations precede each tour and provide information about admission & financial aid.
2011-2012 Transfer Days are as follows:
Friday, September 16, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Transfer Information Sessions
Offered: Tuesdays at 3 p.m.
Details: This one-hour session covers the USC transfer application process, transfer credit policy, and financial aid.
To RSVP for a Transfer Information Session:
Fall 2012 Transfer Student Application/Scholarship Deadline: February 1, 2012
Visit www.usc.edu/admission to apply online
Norman Topping Student Aid Fund
The purpose of the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF) is to assist 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 in the selection process. Please note that 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.
For eligibility and application information, click here.
The Schoen Family Scholarship Program
The Schoen Family Scholarship Program for Veterans provides scholarships for undergraduate and MBA students who have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces.
William J. Schoen, a former United States Marine, established the Schoen Family Scholarship Program for Veterans in 1986 to aid veterans of the Armed Forces attending the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, his alma mater. Since April 2005, he has contributed an additional $1 million and committed to growing the fund for $6 million over the next several years.
All candidates must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces and served a minimum of two years of continuous active service (on a full-time basis).
How to Apply
Please forward your resume, proof of honorable discharge and a letter or bullet point summary detailing where and when you served on active duty, to the appropriate program contact below: