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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2012, 15:23
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In! No phone call though, just checked the website. Huzzah!
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2012, 15:27
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In as well... finally posted online. Welcome relief after 3 waitlists.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2012, 08:22
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I got my binder on sat. Inside was scholarship information.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2012, 22:50
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I applied to Marshall for these reasons:

1. It was right in my GMAT/GPA area.
2. It was in California.
3. I have extensive (19th century) history with USC.

The only other option that fits the first two criteria is UCLA, and the last item marks that one firmly off the list. I sent in my deposit this past weekend.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2012, 12:38
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Anyone know what time we can expect invites? I think someone said 4pm est at the earliest. Do they all go out at once (like HBS) or periodically?


they came out 2:30PM PST for round one. i believe they came out all at once on the specified date
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2012, 16:20
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Well I found out some info. I just called the admissions office and asked them, and they said that today is just when they STARTED sending out invitations, and that it's possible that your interview invite could come anytime in the coming days as well. I asked what the end deadline would be for receiving that invitation email, and the lady didn't know. Hope is alive! Keep fingers crossed and good luck everyone!
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 14:07
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humphy wrote:
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Does anyone know the statistics for getting in without an interview? Still haven't received anything :(


I think the chances of getting in without an interview at ANY top 50 school is 0% (AKA you have to interview to be admitted).

Don't fret - I saw someone else got an invite post 15th for R2, so there still is hope!


That's not true, it is for harvard and a lot of top schools, but not USC.

from businessweek:
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Q: What percentage of applicants will be interviewed in 2004?
A: Last year, we interviewed roughly 95% of the admitted students. This year, we'll have interviewed about 85% of the students who will enroll in our program. We still encourage applicants to interview on campus and may phone those who are unable to travel. However, in some cases we've used strong recommendations from active alumni in place of an on-campus interviews.


however it looks like there are fewer students last year who got admitted without an interview:
2012 businessweek stats:
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Admitted applicants who were interviewed: 99 %


so i would only count on getting an admit sans interview if you got a super super awesome alumni reccommendation.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 14:11
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I stand corrected, thanks, iamvolitant - this gives a micron of hope for my other apps still waiting!
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2012, 16:26
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First time poster. Still nothing yet here either. R2 applicant, submitted on the deadline. 710 GMAT, 2.8 GPA. Local applicant, went to UCLA undergrad. Best of luck to those still waiting.


R2. 690 GMAT 3.4 GPA. UCI.. Do we still have hope? haha. Can we get on WL with no interview?
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2012, 16:53
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First time poster. Still nothing yet here either. R2 applicant, submitted on the deadline. 710 GMAT, 2.8 GPA. Local applicant, went to UCLA undergrad. Best of luck to those still waiting.


R2. 690 GMAT 3.4 GPA. UCI.. Do we still have hope? haha. Can we get on WL with no interview?


I know it's a different school, but for whatever it's worth, I received a invite from McDonough last night to interview next week. Decision date is March 15. I thought for sure I would not hear back and was fully expecting WL w/out interview as best case scenario, but was very pleasantly surprised last night. All I am saying is don't give up hope.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2012, 18:14
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First time poster. Still nothing yet here either. R2 applicant, submitted on the deadline. 710 GMAT, 2.8 GPA. Local applicant, went to UCLA undergrad. Best of luck to those still waiting.


R2. 690 GMAT 3.4 GPA. UCI.. Do we still have hope? haha. Can we get on WL with no interview?


R2. 650 GMAT 3.6 GPA UC Davis. Submitted at Deadline as well. Received invite today, seems like it's just a really slow process.

Good luck to those still waiting.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 15:45
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I guess it's an indicator of the internal management at Marshall. I got the impression that the school is not as well managed as others.
e.g. I have searched the graduate marketing association at marshall and found the website is down. Their twitter account? Their last twitte was in 2010.
I really like the school and LA. Hoping that someone can chime in and prove my impression was wrong.


I have the same worries...a lot of the feedback I've gotten from students (especially in regards to career services) has been less than stellar.


I really have not gotten this impression through my experiences with USC. Can you please elaborate or provide more meat on those stories? I am interested to see what other fumbles, other than just administrative stuff like websites and twitters you notice or have heard are amiss. Of particular interest is the career center, for obvious reasons, lol!


All of the Marshall Student Club websites were moved to a new domain last year - http://marshall.campusgroups.com The GMA webpage could be found at http://marshall.campusgroups.com/gma/about/ Our MBA website is also brand new and we are still working on getting it optimized.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2012, 13:43
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Got the call! I'm in with a 50% scholarship!


Congrats! Did you get only the phone call or your AY status also changed or both? When did you hear an update?


Thanks! I got a phone call in addition to a changed status.


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Got the call! I'm in with a 50% scholarship!


They let u know the $ during the call?


Yes, though I am not sure that all AdCom members are letting candidates know of scholarships over the phone. I would guess that more candidates will find out about their scholarships when acceptance packages arrive.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2012, 01:27
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It doesn't matter - you'll get the binder as long as you're admitted.

Someone asked about scholarships. I believe a post on Poets and Quants a few weeks ago listed USC as the school that gave the most scholarships out (# and $). If you dig around for it it'll give you the numbers.
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Parking.

Students typically park in two parking structures on campus. PS1 or PS2. PS1 is caddy-corner from JKP and PS2 is behind the Radisson. You have to buy a permit to access those structures, I think it's about $300 a semester? All students are able to get one, unless you miss the deadline to get one. We don't typically run out of space in parking so it shouldn't be a problem.

If you're visiting, park at PSX.

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how is parking on campus? easy to get a student permit? how much it will cost?

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I did a little search on craigslist and found that rent in Koreatown is cheap. Is it safe in Koreatown? Anyone had lived there?
When I came for onsite interview, my hotel was in koreatown. I felt pretty safe walking on the streets and saw a lot of restaurants and shops. My impression wasn't bad, but cheap rent usually reflects shady or boring area, what's your opinion?


I have lived in LA for years, spend time in Ktown, and had a buddy live there while going to USC.

Long story short is that you get what you pay for. He had a modest studio, with thin walls, and sometimes had roaches, despite having literally no food in his apt. The neighborhood is "ghetto", but not totally unsafe. This is LA after all. It is an area what you want to go drink and eat, and maybe even study (plethora of nice cafes, many 24hr) but not really live. Definitely livable, but do tour the area and brace yourself for what you are signing up for. However, if you are looking within a few mile radius of USC, Ktown is where I would pick. Downtown is an option, but has its other quirks depending on the area of DT. Personally, I would live a bit farther and deal with the commute. Like I said before, "this is LA after all".

Anyone need some pointers on neighborhoods, feel free to PM me. I have lived in Pasadena, Santa Monica, and am going to now move to Culver City while attending USC. Yay LA!
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2012, 19:00
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Does anyone know about the education loan for Marshall for international students. Does Marshall help in it?


I am going to chime in here. First things first, it would be a good idea to do what that nice person posting under the nickname MarshallAmbassadors is suggesting - contact financial aid.

However, I know for a fact that Marshall does not offer a no-cosigner loan option to its international students. Obviously, the school loses some top international student talent because of that. I brought up the issue to admissions last year and it turned out that Marshall offered the no-cosginer option in the past but it ended up having way too many bad debt loans on its books and decided to discontinue doing that (I assume Columbia and some other schools moved in that direction for the same reason).

Unless things have changed in the past 1 year, your options to get a loan as an international student at Marshall are:
1. Find a US cosigner
2. Borrow money in your home country
3. Borrow money in a country where you can secure a cosigner
4. Try to get your company to sponsor you

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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2012, 07:23
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I could use some advice...

I was waitlisted at USC, and it is my top choice. However, I received good scholarships at SMU and Indiana covering 90-95% of my tuition. I was wondering if I should let AdCom at Marshall know this? Something to strengthen my application?


I don't think it would hurt your application. Whether or not it will strengthen it is another matter.

The way a lot of wait lists work is that the Admissions Committee knows based on historical data the number and type of applicants that A) it will admit and B) will matriculate vs. turn down their admissions offer. Based on that, your wait list position is likely tied to whether or not a certain number of accepted applicants from your similar background demographic end up matriculating or not. I think your likelihood of receiving an offer off of the wait list is much more likely related to that rather than whether or not other schools are offering your a spot.

However, I think it can't hurt to still let USC know your offers at the other schools, as well as the fact that USC remains your number one choice. I would think, then, that in the event that a spot in your demographic opens up, you might be at or near the top of the list to be made on offer, since USC knows you're likely to accept it.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2012, 08:12
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I'm a R3 applicant.I'm an international student.

I just received my interview invitation letter. From your experience which one is better? on-campus interview or off-campus?
The email said that they prefer to do the on-campus, but I don't think I can make it.
Need your suggestions. Thank you.


On-campus is always better if possible (especially for you since you'll get to see the location, campus, facilities, students, culture, etc.), but since you're an international candidate, I'm sure the adcom would understand if you couldn't make it.
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I think the preference for on-campus interviews is mostly for more local candidates. Just don't forget to dress up for the Skype interview!

taken from: accepted(dot)com/chat/transcripts/2011/mba02022011_usc(dot)aspx

Michael Fowler: We do offer a variety of different ways that you can look into the interview. We always recommend that if possible, you come to campus because it's a great experience. You can also participate in our Ambassador Program in addition to the interview and that is always a welcome environment. We also offer Skype for those of you who cannot make it to campus. Whether you are outside of the country or from a different state or your travel schedule just does not allow you to, we prefer Skype. For a select few individuals from different countries where Skype is banned, then we will accommodate you with a phone interview. But for everybody else where Skype is available, that is what we prefer if you are not coming to campus for an actual interview.

For the MBA.PM program, I know a lot of graduate and current students in that program. It is definitely a much easier program to get into. Some admitted with GMAT scores less than 600. I think you'd definitely stand a chance.
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