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Darla Moore School of Business

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you must be admitted as a pre-business student to be considered for admission into a cohort program.

Yes, the university’s enrollment deadline is not until May 1, and therefore you do not have to commit to USC to be considered for cohort program admission.

No, we admit all cohort students prior to starting their freshman year at USC, and there are no opportunities to apply to a cohort program after the cohort admissions process is complete.

Yes, students may preference up to two cohort programs by indicating a first and second choice on their application. However, it should be noted that students should only apply to cohorts in which they have a strong interest. Applications should reflect your academic and personal interests, and how a particular cohort program will help you achieve these goals. Each cohort has a different regional, functional major and language focus, so it is important to be aware of these components when applying to different cohort programs, as each program will meet different educational goals. 

When a program has reached its maximum capacity after admissions decisions are made, there are some instances in which a waitlist will be used. If, after the University’s May 1st enrollment deadline has passed, there are open seats due to students not enrolling at the University, students on the waitlist will be notified regarding gaining a seat in the cohort program. 

Yes, admission into the South Carolina Honors College does not mean a student will be admitted into a cohort program, nor does it mean that a student will not be admitted to a cohort program.

Yes, you can do both the Honors College and an IB cohort program. Advisors for both programs will assist you in navigating the opportunities and requirements both programs provide.

If you successfully complete all progression requirements of Moore School first year students, and maintain a 3.65 GPA on all courses at USC, yes, you will be able to continue in the cohort track of the IB major.

A strong application is made up of a high GPA, high standardized test scores, strong math skills demonstrated through higher-level math courses in high school and a well-written statement of purpose and short-answer responses. The Moore School is looking for students with high math skills, a passion for language studies, cultural competence and a dedication for learning about business on a global stage.

No, you will not be at a disadvantage as long as your math scores and grades are of high achievement. You must be “calculus ready” in the fall semester of your freshman year, meaning you will be eligible to enroll in calculus your first semester at USC, by scoring high enough on the math placement test taken during the summer before USC freshman orientation.

While we recommend prior language study, language requirements vary by cohort program. For some programs, prior language study is required to be eligible. However, there are several cohort programs in which no prior language study is required. See the chart below:

Cohort Language Requirement
IBA Prior Spanish language study is required
IBCE No prior Chinese language study is required
IBEA Students must choose to study French, German or Portuguese.  No prior language study is required in any of the languages, but students will be required to complete summer programs/courses in order to complete the language requirement if beginning a new language
IBMENA Concentration No prior Arabic language study is required
RIL Prior French language study is required

Yes, but please note that in order to complete the requirements for the IB program, you must complete four 300-level courses in one foreign language. Depending on the cohort, a particular language may be required, and any additional languages would be additional courses on your schedule. It is also important to note that some languages will not be offered while you are abroad, depending on location. It is quite difficult for students to complete requirements for multiple languages, so we do issue caution to students interested in pursuing multiple languages.

Spaces vary by cohort. We maintain a balance between USC and the partner institutions, so we adhere to balance guidelines every year. IBEA and IBA have 10 students per year. RIL has 15- 20 seats per academic year. IBCE and IBMENA will vary, ranging from 5-10 seats per academic year.

Yes, AP/IB credits are accepted by USC. The necessary scores to receive college credit can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.

While there are no specific cohort scholarships, we encourage all students to apply for the Moore School Undergraduate scholarships. Additional scholarships may be available through the USC Education Abroad Office for current USC students.

When studying abroad, you are charged the in-state tuition rate regardless of your residency status.  You do not also receive the reduction that brings your out of state tuition lower because you are getting charged the lowest rate possible.  You will still receive your face-value scholarships during your study abroad year (for example: if you received $2,000 plus reduced tuition, you will still get your $2,000 award for the semester you are abroad).

Yes, all travel arrangements are made by individual students at the cost of the student.

The opportunity to do an internship while abroad is often dictated by a student’s visa status.  RIL students will complete a hands-on social mission field experience abroad, and IBA students may be eligible to complete an internship in Chile.  All cohort programs incorporate unique opportunities for professional growth, including cohort specific coursework, corporate projects, company visits, etc.

Students will make their own arrangements for housing while abroad. In some locations, there is on-campus housing available, but in other locations students will need to arrange homestays, apartments, student housing, etc. Most of the partner institutions offer some type of assistance in making housing arrangements, such as providing a list of vetted housing vendors, websites and housing location recommendations. The cost of living varies from location to location, country to country.

IB cohort students have excellent placement rates. More information is available in the Moore School Undergraduate Majors Report. On a recent survey here are some of the companies where our students are currently employed: Wells Fargo; IBM; Oliver Wyman; Thermo Fisher Scientific; Hewlett Packard; Enterprise; Eastman Chemical; Urban Behavioral Associates; Integration Point, Inc; Greenpeace, China; New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting, Co.; PWC; Eaton; Resolution Media; Techtronic Industries; AgroFresh Solutions; Teach for America; Eastman Chemical; Belden; Ernst & Young; PTS Consulting; General Electric; Manhattan Associates; Campus Ministry; Elliott Davis Decosimo; Pepsi-Frito Lay; Visa; SunTrust Robinson Humphrey; Nestle USA



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