For Students Who Enter USC in the 2015-16 Freshman Classes
1. Immediate Admission
This is granted to Honors College students who checked the pre-international business major box on their USC application. Immediate Admission students must maintain a 3.65 USC GPA and complete 45 credit hours by the end of the third semester to keep their place in the international business major. Students who meet these criteria are admitted directly into the major and do not compete with other students for admission.
2. Competitive Admission
This is the process in which students apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year and must have a minimum 3.65 USC GPA and have completed 45 college-level semester credits. The application for fall 2017 is due Jan. 17, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
The Admissions Committee reviews each student for:
- USC GPA
- Rigor of quantitative courses completed
- Grades in math, business and language courses
- Selected language for advanced study
- Language level
- Personal statement/essays
- Clearly articulated career goals
- Resume/other achievements
No single criterion is sufficient to qualify or disqualify a candidate. The major is subject to a cap on enrollment. Candidates may be well qualified but not admitted because of the limitations on program size.
The Sonoco International Business Department hosted an information session on Nov. 17, 2016, for prospective majors applying in the spring 2017 application cycle. The presentation [pdf] includes the essay questions for the 2017 application. This presentation is applicable to the 2017 application only. Admission criteria and application essays are changed annually.