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Steps for Applying

There are two options for students to enter the classical International Business major: an immediate admission from high school based on your application to the university or competitive admission through an application process in the spring of the second year on campus.

FOR STUDENTS WHO ENTER USC IN THE FRESHMEN CLASS OF 2015:

1) Immediate Admission

Granted to Honors College students who checked the pre-IB 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 IB major. Students who meet these criteria are admitted directly into the major and do not compete with other students for admission.

2) Competitive Admission

Application process where 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 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.


FOR STUDENTS WHO ENTERED USC IN THE FRESHMEN CLASS OF 2013 AND 2014:

On your freshman application, you must have selected international business as your intended major or made a major change to International Business through the USC Admissions Office by May 1 (prior to enrollment at USC).

1) Immediate Admission*

Granted to those students who checked the pre-IB major box on their USC application and:

  • Are admitted into the Honors College OR
  • Are admitted into the Capstone Scholars program AND have at least a 1360 SAT or 31 ACT

2) Capstone Provisional Admission*

Granted to those students who checked the pre-IB major box on their USC application and:

  • Are admitted into the Capstone Scholars Program AND
  • Do not have at least a 1360 SAT or 31 ACT 
  • Once at USC, provisional students must:
    • Achieve at least a 3.8 USC GPA on 30 hours or more (at USC)
    • Complete at least two college courses in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese or Russian
    • Commit to meeting the advanced foreign language requirement in this language

*Entering class of 2013: For Immediate and Capstone Provisional admission, students who meet these qualifications and maintain a 3.5 USC GPA and complete 45 credit hours by the end of the third semester do not compete with other applicants. They are admitted directly into the major based on the criteria above.

*Entering class of 2014: For Immediate and Capstone Provisional admission, students who meet these qualifications and maintain a 3.65 USC GPA and complete 45 credit hours by the end of the third semester do not compete with other applicants. They are admitted directly into the major based on the criteria above.

3) Competitive Admission

Application process where students apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year and must have a minimum 3.5 USC GPA and have completed 45 college-level semester credits. The application for Fall 2015 was due January 20, 2015 at 11:59pm. The minimum GPA for students applying in spring 2016 will be a 3.65 USC GPA.

The Sonoco International Business Department hosted an information session on November 17, 2014 for prospective majors applying in the spring 2015 application cycle. The information presented is contained in the presentation below including the essay questions for the 2015 application. This presentation is applicable to the 2015 application only. Admission criteria and application essays are changed annually.



Four-year Cohort Tracks

The directions above describe the application process for the classical International Business major at the University of South Carolina. For information on how to apply to one of our special regional tracks follow the links below:

IBCE Track, Hong Kong

IBA Track, Chile

MENA Track, Egypt