Poets&Quants Top Business Schools

University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business

#41

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Location:
Admissions Office:
803-777-1014

Tuition & Fees In-State: $56,186*

Tuition & Fees Out-of-State: $139,448*

Average Debt: 41,334

International: 2%

Minority: 10%

First generation college students: 11%

When do students declare their majors: Freshman Year

Acceptance Rate: 60%

Acceptance Rate Transfers: 32.56 (as of 2020)%

Average SAT: 1,248

Average ACT: 27

Average GPA: 4.35

HS Class Top Ten: 15%**

*The total cost of the degree over four years for the most recent graduating class inclusive of school fees, room, board, or living expenses.

** HS Class Top Ten is the percent of the student population that graduated high school in the top ten percent of their class.

*** Please note that these statics are provided for the business school major only whenever possible. If a school does not track these statistics separately, then the university-wide statistics are provided.

The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina landed at No. 41 this year, up an impressive 16 places from last year’s No. 57. Out of the 94 ranked undergraduate programs, Darla Moore School finished 39th in the Admissions Standards category.

The Moore School had an acceptance rate of 59.68% and an average SAT score of 1248 this year, down from last year’s acceptance rate of 67.10% and SAT score of 1271. On the employment front, the Moore School saw an impressive 93.93% of the Class of 2021 securing full-time employment within three months of graduation, up from the already high rate of 84.83% for the Class of 2020. As for internships, 65.90% of the Class of 2021 had a business-focused internship before graduation,  slightly down from last year’s 67.82% for the Class of 2020. Students completing business internships saw average starting salary increases of $5,000 – $9,350. 

The Moore School continues to garner national recognition for its highly competitive, small, elite program in International Business. The Moore School also offers eight academically demanding programs, a concentration in business analytics that attracts over 800 students annually, project-based coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and a wide array of study abroad options.

STRONG CURRICULUM FOUNDATION 

Moore undergraduates can choose from majors including Accounting, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management (with tracks in Human Resources and Entrepreneurship), Marketing, Operations & Supply Chain, Real Estate, and Risk Management & Insurance. Many students complement their first major with a second major in business and also enhance their degree with a concentration in Business Analytics.

All entering freshman begin coursework taking required business core classes along with required classes in the liberal arts and sciences that are part of the Carolina Core.  Business Core classes include introductory courses in accounting, economics, finance, and more. The 13-course Business Core curriculum sets the foundation for more advanced business coursework. Coursework in the Carolina Core helps to develop well-rounded students with competencies in effective communication, problem-solving, information literacy, and more.

Alumni view the Moore education relatively well giving an 8.4 average rating in terms of the quality of teaching in business courses. 2019 alumni also gave an 8.8 average rating for faculty availability for informal discussions and mentoring outside of class. When asked if they would recommend the Moore program to a close friend or colleague interested in an undergraduate business degree, 2019 alumni gave a strong 9.1 average rating. 

GLOBAL BUSINESS IS A FOCUS

The Moore School is best known for its highly ranked international business program. 

On top of the core business classes, international business majors also take courses on globalization and business, international financial management, foreign market entry and growth, and more. All international business majors must complete a second business major — a very important choice because it’s this major where first jobs are typically landed.

Students can choose the Classic International Business program or one of the Cohort programs including the Chinese business track, European Business track, Global Business track, Middle East and North Africa business track, South American business track, or tracks in Eurasian Business or Global Business Innovation.

What really makes the international business program at the Moore School strong are the study abroad opportunities it offers. An overwhelming number of 2018 alumni we surveyed highlighted the lasting impact that study abroad had on both their personal and professional lives. 

“As part of the International Business program, I had the opportunity to study abroad at an incredible institution (Keio University) in Tokyo, Japan. The business courses I was able to take at Keio allowed me to develop an understanding of economics and business in Asia. Not only that, I was able to attend a seminar taught by Haruhiko Kuroda (Governor of the Bank of Japan),”  one 2018 alumni told us. “Studying abroad also forced me to experience adapting to new and foreign surroundings where I had a language barrier. Tokyo is a beautiful city with so much to experience. On top of that, I was able to make life-long friends from all over the world during my study abroad. I look back on my time in Tokyo and am so thankful for having had that opportunity from both an academic and personal growth standpoint. The IB program at the Moore School was equally enriching, unique, and amazing. I have incredible respect for all the professors I had. If I could, I would do it all over again.”

“For my International Business degree, I was required to study abroad for a semester at a top business school somewhere in the world. I chose to study at Fudan University in Shanghai, China,” said another. “I’m very thankful that this abroad experience was required through my program, because, as someone who would like to work with China in the future, it is key for me to understand the Chinese from a business perspective, a cultural perspective, and a linguistic perspective. This experience gave me all three of those aspects.”

QUALITY PROJECT-BASED LEARNING 

Project-based learning is a huge component at the Moore School. Many class projects feature the valuable experience of working with a real business to solve a real problem. With project-based learning and real-world applications, Moore students enter the professional world with impressive experience and skillsets. 

“We were given the opportunity to work with and consult for a real business,” one 2018 alumni told us. “This helped exponentially in bringing what we had learned in the classroom to real-world practice. Being in consulting now, I was able to practice some of my skills and make determinations on what clients will react best to.”

“We got to work with start-up companies in my management classes and had to create a legitimate business plan to help the company take off,” another 2018 alumni said. 

Overall, the Moore School is a solid choice for anyone intent on pursuing an international business degree. However, the B-school also offers a quality education that ensures all students get the foundational business knowledge and practical experience they need to succeed. 

Alumni say: 

“Spending an entire marketing class developing a comprehensive marketing strategy for an existing business was an invaluable experience. Learning what a marketing position post-grad would entail was extremely helpful in determining what direction I wanted to take my marketing degree.”

“I was a part of the IBCE program which meant my cohort consisted of USC and CUHK students. We went on trips to mainland China to visit factories and different businesses. More generally, almost all of my classes had team-based projects including mock proposals for businesses.”

“Was a part of the Operations and Supply Chain Capstone Consulting experience where we were partnered with one of the Southeast’s largest hospital systems to do a logistics redesign of their med-surg/linen supply to three of their hospitals.”

“With both my B.S.B.A (Global Supply Chain Operations and Management, Business Economics, and French Minor) and my Master’s of International Business (Global Strategy and International Leadership) I had unique opportunities to engage with local professionals and large international companies that are local in South Carolina. The teachers, directors, and advisors were always willing and able to help, while also pushing us to meet our future goals.”

“I was selected as a group of 7 students from the business school to participate in the Marketing Scholars Program. As part of this experience, I worked with Lionsgate to develop a strategic marketing plan exploring expansion into a new area for the business. Having the opportunity to work hands on with Lionsgate allowed me to practice what I had learned in the classroom and taught me the expectations that come working with real clients. As a result of the Scholars program, I was confidently prepared to take a role as a Marketing Specialist at a tech company post-graduation and I frequently look back on the learnings from that semester to guide me in my current job.”

Where The Class of 2018 Went To Work:

PwC – 9

Amazon – 8

Bank of America – 7

IBM – 7

Smith & Nephew – 7

Vanguard – 7

Ernst & Young – 6

Boeing – 5

Grant Thornton – 5

Integration Point – 5

Wells Fargo – 5