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April 7, 2016
This spring break, I had the unique opportunity to travel to Beijing and Shanghai as part of the capstone trip for the Global Leadership Program. Our... more
February 6, 2016
January 29, 2016
Some kids come into college with a life plan. They know exactly what they’ll study in school, what they’ll do post-graduation, where they... more
November 27, 2015
I can’t believe that my first semester at SC is wrapping up! I feel like I barely walked onto campus, got my ID, and moved in. So far, I’... more
November 18, 2015
It’s that time of year again. Christmas?? Nope, the USC deadline of December 1 for consideration of a USC merit based scholarship that can... more
November 17, 2015
My day begins with the normal morning routine. After a few (losing) rounds with the snooze button, a shower, and getting dressed, I head downstairs... more
November 2, 2015
Weekends in the fall are a very special time at SC. Centered around gameday, all Trojans on campus are focused on one thing: getting pumped to watch... more
October 30, 2015
As you know by now, there’s much to do at USC, and some of the most fun times and events happen on weekends. After class on Friday, I usually... more
October 19, 2015
USC and Marshall were my first choice from day one. I always loved Marshall and USC because it had everything that I was looking for in a school. It... more
September 18, 2015
There were so many reasons that I chose to apply to USC: the Marshall School of Business, the Experiential Learning Center, the Global Leadership... 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.

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 brochure

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 150 (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 285a and 285b 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 351 and ECON 352
  • WRIT 340
  • (GE) Requirements 4 (Science & Its Significance) and 6 (Social Issues) if student started college prior to fall 2015 or two Core Literacies if student started college in fall 2015 or after.
  • 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 Office of Academic Records and Registrar and the Marshall School Admission Office can help you learn whether courses taken at your schools will transfer to USC. Contact us at:

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 Language
  • 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.

Note: Students who began college at USC or elsewhere during fall 2015 or later, need to follow the 2015 General Education program requirements. Students who began college elsewhere before fall 2015, need to follow the 2014 General Education program requirements. This applies to all sections below.

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:

2015 General Education Program Requirements

General Education Category A: The Arts

  • AP Art History

General Education Category D: Life Sciences

  • AP Biology

General Education Category E: Physical Sciences

  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1 AP Physics B
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Physics (C- Electricity/Magnetism)
  • AP Physics (C- Mechanics)

General Education Category F: Quantitative Reasoning

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Statistics

General Education Category H: Traditions and Historical Foundations

  • AP European History
  • AP World History
  • AP US History

Business Administration Requirements

  • AP Calculus AB or BC (MATH-118)

2014 General Education Program Requirements

General Education Category I: Western Cultures and Traditions

  • AP Art History
  • AP European History

General Education Category III: Scientific Inquiry

  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Physics C (Mechanics or Electricity/Magnetism)

Business Administration

  • AP Calculus AP 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:

2015 General Education Program Requirements

General Education Category A: The Arts

  • IB Dance
  • IB Film
  • IB Music
  • IB Theater
  • IB Visual Arts

General Education Category F: Quantitative Reasoning

  • IB Economics
  • IB Mathematics
  • IB Further mathematics

General Education Category D: Life Sciences

  • IB Biology

General Education Category G: Citizenship in a Global Era

  • IB Global Politics
  • Route 2 - 20th Century World History with:
    HL Option: Asia and Oceania or
    HL Option: History of Africa or
    HL Option: History of the Americas

General Education Category E: Physical Sciences

  • IB Chemistry
  • IB Physics

General Education H: Traditions and Historical Foundations:

  • IB Global Politics
  • Route 1 - History of Europe & Islamic World
    Route 2- 20th Century World History with:
    HL Option: Europe and the Middle East

2014 General Education Program Requirements

General Education Category I: Western Cultures and Traditions

  • Route 2 - 20th Century World History with:
    HL Option: Europe and the Middle East

General Education Category III: Scientific Inquiry

  • IB Biology
  • IB Chemistry
  • IB Physics

General Education Category II: Global Cultures and Traditions

  • IB Global Politics
  • Route 2 - 20th Century World History with:
    HL Option: Asia and Oceania or
    HL Option: History of Africa or
    HL Option: History of the Americas

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

Quincy Wimbish
Associate Director, USC Marshall Undergraduate Admission
qwimbish@marshall.usc.edu


Whitney Sims

Whitney Sims
Assistant Director, USC Marshall Undergraduate Admission
whitney.sims@marshall.usc.edu


Sylvia Macias-Munoz
Office Coordinator, USC Marshall Undergraduate Admission


Alexys Carter
Undergraduate Student Intern
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Pasadena, CA


Gabriel Lam
Undergraduate Student Intern
Major: Business Administration and Accounting
Hometown: Coral Springs, FL


Linda Ngo
Undergraduate Student Intern
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA