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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 14:10
eosgustav wrote:
Any R2 applicants receive an interview invite? I noticed last year's invites went out around this time.


Your invite will invariably come on the date that the Marshall Website says interviews will be released for R2. I'm pretty sure all in R1 went out on the exact same day.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2012, 10:27
Are you sure about this? I thought a few people already got interview invitations for R2, and last year they offered some around a week before their stated date. I'm hoping you're right, FWIW, bc I havent gotten anything yet.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2012, 10:35
I'm not sure about it, but that's how it was in R1. Maybe R2 has higher app volume and they're doing things differently.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2012, 08:57
I'm just wondering, since this is an anonymous forum (at least mostly)...

Why are you interested in USC Marshall?
What factors into your decision of coming to this school versus the others?

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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2012, 10:34
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I'm just wondering, since this is an anonymous forum (at least mostly)...

Why are you interested in USC Marshall?
What factors into your decision of coming to this school versus the others?



I would say location is the biggest factor. I love southern California, so USC and UCLA seem like obvious choices. Also, I'm not opposed to working on the east coast, but I'd prefer to stay in California after graduation.

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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2012, 17:08
CyberC1 wrote:
I'm just wondering, since this is an anonymous forum (at least mostly)...

Why are you interested in USC Marshall?
What factors into your decision of coming to this school versus the others?


I liked the feel of Marshall, students seemed laid-back and grounded. Seemed like I'd enjoy the b-school experience more at Marshall than most other schools. I'm from So-cal, grew up a Trojan football fan, and want to work in LA post MBA so Marshall makes sense. My only reservation is that Marshall doesn't seem to be extremely strong in Finance, which is my area of focus. I was also surprised to find that Marshall has the lowest percentage of URM's in the top-25 schools (I'm a URM). Strange since LA is such a melting pot.

As far as what will be my personal deciding factor on whether to attend Marshall, it will likely come down to if I'm accepted and which b-school offers the most financial help. I'd love to stay in the LA area but I'm also pretty debt-averse.

Why did you apply to Marshall and what made you decide to attend?

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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2012, 21:54
CyberC1 wrote:
I'm just wondering, since this is an anonymous forum (at least mostly)...

Why are you interested in USC Marshall?
What factors into your decision of coming to this school versus the others?


Since someone asked I'll throw my reasons there and let you know how they matched up with reality.

1) Entrepreneurship - I'm interested in starting my own company either now or in the near future. USC has one of the top ten ranked entrepreneurship programs in the country. It's easy to see why - the Greif Center for Entrepreneurship is excellent for students and very supportive. It's tough to do it in the first semester of the MBA program though; you'll probably be overwhelmed with school & clubs while complaining that the program doesn't give you any flexibility. Just wait until the core semester is over, you'll see the light.

2) Location - I grew up on the west coast and my family is here. Wanted to come back and be closer to my family. This was successful.

3) The people - I found that when I visited USC Marshall, there wasn't anyone here that I disliked or had an uneasy feeling with. I connected well with all the admitted students as well as the current students. This has proven true during my time here. I wouldn't trade the world for the experience that I've had with my classmates so far. Everyone here is incredibly collegial, yet competitive for the school. We love taking part in competitions, we love winning, but everyone is super-supportive of one another. I liken it to a family here (but I'm sure others would disagree).

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4) International focus - there's a huge international focus here. Just in my first year I'm taking trips to 4 different countries (with the possibility of another one) for consulting projects. It's pretty amazing and I never thought I'd have this opportunity to go across the world.

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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2012, 23:08
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I know this is not the thread for it, but can someone direct me to where I can post a question regarding different neighborhoods MBA students live while attending USC?


A good amount of information is given out during Admit Weekend (I'll be there!) and in the admissions binder. It basically boils down to Downtown LA, Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire/Miracle Mile, and Santa Monica, with some people sprinkled around Echo Park/Silverlake, Pasadena, Brentwood, and the other beaches.

There's no official poll, and maybe I'm biased, but most first years seem to settle around Downtown LA. It's a quick 2-mile drive to campus, and the density around here means you're close to lots of bars, restaurants, and other Marshall MBA students. The building I live in (Pegasus) houses about a dozen current Marshall students, mostly first years, so it's been convenient to meet up and study with classmates.

If anything, I'd try to live close to other students. It's a pain driving out every weekend to meet up with people -- the Santa Monica, Downtown, and KTown people are generally a short walk or taxi ride away from central bars, and it's easier to get back home after a long night.

As far as logistics, I met a bunch of people during Admit Weekend last year, and decided to look for a place with a fellow admit. We looked at apartments in DTLA in May/June, and settled on a place in early July, with a mid-July movein date. Expect to spend around $1200-$1400/mo. for rent (most people, regardless of studio vs. roommate or location, end up in this range).

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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2012, 19:40
I haven't found any information about Admit Weekend. Has it been planned for this year?
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2012, 20:20
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I haven't found any information about Admit Weekend. Has it been planned for this year?


It's on April 27-28. We're still planning it... but get ready for a weekend of awesome.

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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2012, 20:27
That's too bad, I won't make it back to the States until mid May.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2012, 22:07
Wednesday cannot get here soon enough...
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2012, 11:01
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Eupfhoria wrote:
I haven't found any information about Admit Weekend. Has it been planned for this year?


It's on April 27-28. We're still planning it... but get ready for a weekend of awesome.




Noooooo! Is that date confirmed yet? Will be out of town but definitely did not want to miss this.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2012, 14:23
Yeah... dates confirmed. Sorry guys! We didn't want to conflict with Coachella... 8-)

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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2012, 14:24
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Yeah... dates confirmed. Sorry guys! We didn't want to conflict with Coachella... 8-)


I pretty much love that you didn't want to conflict with Coachella. Pure awesomeness.

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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2012, 06:09
So we supposedly find out about interviews today? Can people please post when they get their email?
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2012, 06:35
If the previous round is any indication, I wouldn't expect any news before 4pm EST or 1pm PST. Good luck everyone!

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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2012, 08:43
Do all interview invites get sent out today? Or is it rolling all the way till April? They don't send out final admissions news till April though right?
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2012, 09:08
I believe all interview invites come out today.
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Re: USC Marshall 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2012, 09:52
This is exciting. haha. I guess if you don't get invited, then you can only hope that you got in with no invite.
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