Poets&Quants Top Business Schools

University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

#3

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: May 19, 2022.

Contact Information

Location:
3670 Trousdale Pkwy
Los Angeles, California 90089
Admissions Office:
213-740-8885

Tuition & Fees In-State: $278,844*

Tuition & Fees Out-of-State: $278,844*

Average Debt: Not Reported

International: 17%

Minority: 26%

First generation college students: 20%

When do students declare their majors: Freshman Year

Acceptance Rate: 10%

Acceptance Rate Transfers: Not Reported%

Average SAT: 1,479

Average ACT: 31 (as of 2020)

Average GPA: 3.89

National Merit Scholars: 7%

HS Class Top Ten: 90%**

*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 University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business has come a long way since its 13th-place finish in our debut of undergraduate rankings in 2016. The Marshall School earned a bronze medal this year in the 2022 rankings, placing No. 3.

Marshall offers a quality business education that is characterized by experiential learning opportunities. Of the three methodological categories, Marshall placed highest in Admissions, where they came in 2nd, and Alumni Experience, where they came in 8th.

USC Marshall’s average SAT score was 1449 this year, relatively high. The B-school had one of the most selective acceptance rates of all ranked undergraduate business schools this year at 9.94% for the Class of 2021 — coming in just behind Cornell’s 5.44%, Wharton’s 6.03%, Stern’s 7.16%, and Olin’s 8.36% — yet still more selective than top schools such as Virginia McIntire, with an acceptance rate of 11.76%, and Georgetown McDonough, with an acceptance rate of 11.80% this year. 

Both internship and employment outcomes for Marshall graduates were especially strong this year. A strong 94.20% of the Class of 2021 secured an internship before graduation. As for employment, the B-school did rather well as well — with 96.98% of the Class of 2021 landing a full-time position within three months after graduation. The reported average starting salary was the 10th-highest of all ranked undergraduate business schools, coming in at $72,854. 

Additionally, 91.49% of surveyed 2019 alumni said their first job after graduating was in their desired industry, and 85.11% reported that their first job was at their desired company. 

For prospective MBAs, it’d be wise to become familiar with the way “breadth with depth” is used at Marshall. The school’s administrators use it to describe the idea of studying the appropriate amount of depth in a student’s specific area of interest. This is reflected in the curriculum by a commitment to liberal arts even for business students.

Within the business school, students choose from a business administration major or an accounting major. However, USC Marshall has one of the most unique degree programs in the World Bachelor in Business Program. A joint program more akin to an executive MBA than a bachelors degree in business, students spend for years studying at Marshall, HKUST Business School in Hong Kong, and Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy.

“The World Bachelor Program in particular touches on things like university processes, admissions, housing, and medical insurance,” Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs at USC Marshall Tyrone Callahan told Poets&Quants in July 2021. “We had to make sure we considered every aspect of the program and what the student experience would be like. Through that, I was able to learn a lot about how the university works in different capacities in a way that most faculty members are unaware of.”

A substantial 91.49% of 2019 alumni said they experienced a global immersion or trip of some kind during their time at Marshall.

Incoming students have the opportunity to experience the state-of-the-art Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall. Before, the undergraduate population had been spread out among multiple buildings, but Fertitta Hall serves as a hub for undergraduates at Marshall. Another relatively recent innovation made by Marshall was to “trim the fat” of unnecessary core courses. The result was freeing up a lot of electives.

“Within the business curriculum, students have a minimum of 24 free electives, and that’s enough to do pretty much every minor,” Callahan pointed out in his interview.

For more info about USC Marshall, see this exclusive interview with Tyrone Callahan. For an exclusive feature on the World Bachelors in Business program, click here.

Alumni say:

“I participated in the Undergraduate Student Investment Fund (USIF) in my senior year. As one of 16 students selected to manage a portion of the endowment, I was empowered by the guidance and trust of Marshall’s faculty in managing over $3 million of capital. USIF provided me with real-world investment experience with the safety net of an academic environment, simultaneously fostering academic, personal, and professional growth through a comprehensive program with active fund management, guest speakers from leading investment firms, a fund-sponsored trip to New York for experiential learning of the financial services industry, and a practical team learning environment with my peers.”
“I was a part of the GLP (global leadership program) as a Freshman. During Spring Break we travelled to Shanghai and Beijing to visit various companies and manufacturing settings to gain an understanding of global business. I have discussed this program in every interview I have ever had because it stands out to employers. Even working in the fashion industry it has come up as a point of interest.”
“USC’s Experiential Learning Center was an incredible tool that provided us with structured scenarios and then showed us footage to analyze our performance. Learning more about how I come across to others while speaking and interacting was an invaluable experience that changed a lot of my self-perceptions and behaviors moving forward.”
“I wrote a thesis senior year about cancel culture in music and it’s impact on consumers, labels etc. It was a unique opportunity to run solo research end to end and test hypotheses about a topic I was really passionate about. We got to do an analyses of our own data, conceptualize and present our ideas while also learning the process from other Marshall faculty and resources.”
“As part of the World Bachelor in Business program, we studied on 3 continents, and one of our classes was a hands-on semester-long consulting project with sustainable business in Latin America which culminated in a 1-week sprint and presentation on-site with the client. Best business simulation I’ve ever experienced while working with peers in other top business schools.”
“USC Marshall had an experiential learning center that focused on giving students the experiences that come far later in one’s career. These experiences taught not only the content of what went wrong, but how to deal with the situation emotionally. As a consultant, that is one of the most important aspects of my job: EQ.”