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Information for Prospective Parents

Your source for information throughout the admissions process

What you need to know about the Trojan Family and your family.

Whether you’re navigating the college application program for the first time or if you’ve seen it though many times before, there are always going to be a lot of questions. We encourage you to contact us at any time for answers at any step of the admission process.

 

Helpful financial aid links:

Financial aid for Marshall is managed through the wider university. USC is one of the most financial aid awarding universities in the country. Financial aid from all university sources exceeds $300 million. Between 2009-2010 and 2015-2016, university need-based grant funding increased by more than $54 million (55%)–an annual growth of 6.6%.

We operate on a “need-blind” acceptance policy, so your ability to pay will never impact your application status.

The Undergraduate Financial Aid site has everything you need to know about applying and qualifications. We encourage you to review our financial aid materials:

 

Key dates and deadlines for financial aid are available here.


 

My child has been admitted, what’s the ROI of a Marshall education?

We encourage you to review some of the information on the Information for Admitted Students section of the Undergraduate Admissions website. There you’ll learn more about the experiential learning opportunities, and internships and job offers available to Marshall students. 

One of the biggest advantages of a Marshall education is your student's opportunity to tap into the USC network for internships and post-graduate jobs. In fact, nearly all Marshall undergraduates intern during their four years of school.

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The value of a Marshall education is great. But what other factors make it the right choice for my child?

The network

The Trojan Family is an always expanding network of more than 360,000 alumni and friends of the university. As a Marshall student, your child will be able to take advantage of mentorship opportunities like the Career Advantage Program (CAP). The program pairs students with mentors and alumni from the business community each year to develop students’ professional, interpersonal, and networking skills.

The Welcome Week event for Diversity Students hosted by Professor Zivia Sweeny connects minority students with employees of the Big Four accounting firms, and the Marshall Recruiter Reception invites Marshall students for one-on-one conversations with the recruiters during the school year. Upon graduation, some of the top hiring companies are Amazon, Bloomberg L.P., Morgan Stanley, and Oracle.

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Diversity

The beauty and strength of each Marshall class comes from its diversity. Each student’s chosen coursework to their varying interests and backgrounds, makes Marshall one of the most diverse student bodies in the country. In fact, 21% of Marshall students are international

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Global engagement

Nearly 1,000 Marshall students take advantage of study abroad and international internship programs each year, including 75% of the freshman class. An education at Marshall means an introduction to the rest of the world—in both business and culture.

       Read more about how starting in Los Angeles can give your students the world.

 

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Personalized programs

Business is not one size fits all. Marshall students are encouraged and supported to take on another major or minor outside of their business program. This helps students discover what part of the business world they want to specialize in, and it helps them start to discover and learn from day one.

      Learn why we believe that flexibility enables entrepreneurs to thrive.

 

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More than a degree

A true 4-year undergraduate business school is a great place to start, but many students strive to take their education further. Marshall’s specialized masters programs help take undergraduate degrees further.  

For accounting students, USC Leventhal offers two progressive master’s programs: Master of Accounting (MAcc) and Master of Business Taxation (MBT). While the accounting master’s programs are competitive, a student’s chance of acceptance drastically increases when pairing an undergraduate degree from Marshall with a progressive master’s program. 25–30% of students in the accounting progressive program are USC Marshall undergraduates.

 

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What to expect from Marshall

When your child leaves for college, you need to be absolutely sure that they are going to an environment that is an exciting and safe place to learn, and to a place where they can jump start their careers. Marshall is that place.

Dean Ellis answers questions from parents

What’s the top question that Dean Ellis gets from parents? “Can my son or daughter get a job when he or she graduates from USC?” In this video, Dean Ellis answers this question and others from parents. When a school’s success lies in the success of its students, the outcome is always going to be strong.