USC Marshall Chat with Keith Vaughn

USC Marshall Chat with Keith Vaughn

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Chat Transcript:

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:05:15 PM)
First I want to welcome you all to's USC Marshall School of Business Admissions Chat.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:04:27 PM)
Happy New Year! And, welcome to a chat with the Director of Admissions of the USC Marshall MBA program and a 2nd year student. We will be happy to answer your questions for the next hour on DigiChat.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:04:43 PM)
Hi Keith! Thanks for doing this. Can you comment on whether the number of apps have increased for round 1 (compared to last year) and how many you received? Also, what % of applicants do you interview and what % of that is accepted into the program? Thus, is getting an interview a positive sign in the application process or just another data point?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:05:39 PM)
Let's hold the questions for a minute.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:05:39 PM)
An interview is always a positive sign though not absolutely necessary in the admissions process.

Deeps (Jan 20, 2003 9:08:08 PM)
Hi Keith. When do you send out the interview information for candidates who applied in the 2nd round?

Paul_Bodine (Jan 20, 2003 9:08:24 PM)
Linda called and said she is having technical problems. She will try to get back "in" ASAP.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:09:29 PM)
What opportunities does Marshall have for people aspiring to enter the biomedical industry? Thus, is the career office attracting more bio-tech companies?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:10:16 PM)
We are beginning to contact people in Round 2 for interviews and will continue throughout the next couple of weeks.

mba03 (Jan 20, 2003 9:10:41 PM)
Hi - Have all round 1 interview invites gone out?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:11:29 PM)
I'm back, again. Let's see how long I stay.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:11:40 PM)
Applications are running very close to last year's numbers. And, we anticipate that we will interview a high percentage of the incoming class. All Round 1 applicants have not yet been contacted.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:12:15 PM)
High percentage of applicants or high percentage of admitted students?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:12:21 PM)
I think you have been doing fine without me. Keith, Natasha, and Lida, I apologize for the lack of formal introductions.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:12:40 PM)
No problem, Linda.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:12:53 PM)
High percentage of our incoming class.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:12:54 PM)
Let's just keep going with the questions.

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:13:03 PM)
Bio-tech and Bio-med are still gaining popularity with our MBA students. Our CRC has several strong relationships with various companies in this field. And many recent alums who are working at these companies! We are hosting our first ever Bio-Med Symposium, sponsored by Guidant this March.

WL (Jan 20, 2003 9:13:06 PM)
Hi, Keith, for round 1, have you finished interviewing people from the east coast?

Deeps (Jan 20, 2003 9:13:17 PM)
How many seats have been filled by the round one applicants?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:13:33 PM)
Not yet.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:14:01 PM)
How many graduates on average go on to biotech companies?

mba03 (Jan 20, 2003 9:14:07 PM)
Are you still planning on the Feb 1 notification for round 1, given the fact that interviews are still on-going?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:14:38 PM)
Typically, about 25% of our class will come from R1.

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:14:58 PM)
Not sure how many grads went to biotech last year, but I would be able to name 3 or 4 right off the top of my head, so there are definitely more than that!

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:15:07 PM)
For all of you, what are the three qualities you like to see in Marshall students?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:15:08 PM)
We will begin notifying R1 as of Feb.1.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:15:25 PM)
Thanks you know who are the big biotech recruiters?

Deeps (Jan 20, 2003 9:15:45 PM)
Keith, did you interview people when you were on the World MBA Tour?

WL (Jan 20, 2003 9:16:35 PM)
I submitted my app before round 1 deadline, but still have not received "status complete" email. Is this normal, or do I need to worry about it?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:16:54 PM)
We only interviewed a small number of people during our recruiting tours since we generally like to review an application prior to conducting interviews.

NatashaMcCleanUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:16:55 PM)
My roommate interned with Guidant this summer. I also know of someone who interned with Amgen.

vish (Jan 20, 2003 9:17:28 PM)
Natasha, are you a first year student ? Can you briefly state your background and what made you choose Marshall?

Deeps (Jan 20, 2003 9:17:34 PM)
Thanks, Keith.

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:17:50 PM)
As a program director, my 3 top "wish" qualities would be ambition, intellectual strength and enthusiasm.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:18:29 PM)
Strong academic indicators, solid work experience and demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills are what the admissions committee reviews.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:18:43 PM)
When you look at a file, what do you look at first? Last? How do you review a file?

NatashaMcCleanUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:19:15 PM)
I am a second year student just returning from studying a semester in Barcelona. My background was in Management Consulting and I've recently accepted an offer to work in Brand Management for CoverGir (P&G Brand).

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 9:20:00 PM)
According to Business week stats, Marshall interviewed 21% of applicants and accepted 20% of applicants. Are these stats correct and do u anticipate a similar trend of accepting nearly all applicants that are interviewed?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:20:01 PM)
I noticed that Marshal emphasizes its ties to the Pacific Rim, but you didn't have a problem studying in Europe?

vish (Jan 20, 2003 9:20:13 PM)
I didn't know P & G recruited at Marshall. How many offers did they make?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:20:16 PM)
At least two admissions staff members will review each file. A typical read takes about 20 minutes. Each reader has his or her own style.

giacomo (Jan 20, 2003 9:20:39 PM)
Hello, everybody.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:20:47 PM)

giacomo (Jan 20, 2003 9:21:12 PM)
May I ask a question?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:21:15 PM)

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:21:27 PM)
To what do you attribute Marshall's steady climb in the rankings?

giacomo (Jan 20, 2003 9:21:48 PM)
How important is professional experience in an application?

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:21:50 PM)
Natasha studied in Europe through our International Exchange Program, which includes roughly 22 exchange partners. So it is a bit different from our Pacific Rim relationships that we incorporate in our PRIME required course.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:21:56 PM)
Since the recommendation forms are not very specific, how does the admission comm. evaluate recommendations?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:22:07 PM)
Great all around effort from students, faculty, alumni and staff.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:22:18 PM)
Lida, are your exchange programs evenly distributed around the world, or do they too emphasize the Pacific Rim?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:22:52 PM)
Keith, what is Marshall working to improve even now?

NatashaMcCleanUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:22:54 PM)
I went to Singapore and Thailand at the end of my first year as part of a program (PRIME) that's tied into our curriculum. I had no trouble applying for and studying in Europe, and feel that both opportunities have strongly enhanced my MBA.

Paul_Bodine (Jan 20, 2003 9:22:58 PM)
What percentage of your entering class is not from the western U.S.? Has this percentage been changing over time?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:23:25 PM)
We expect to receive letters of recommendation along with the forms that supply us with up-to-date information on each candidate

Deeps (Jan 20, 2003 9:23:39 PM)
Keith, does the recruitment office work with the admissions office to filter the kind of student diversity pool from the applications that will serve the recruiters' choice?

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:23:49 PM)
Our exchange partners are distributed around the world, and exchange opportunities are open to 2nd year students in good academic standing. Our first year PRIME course and travel emphasizes the Pacific Rim.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:24:02 PM)
Thanks, Lida.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:24:27 PM)
USC has just completed a major fundraising drive and is actively strengthening the faculty ranks in several academic departments.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:25:02 PM)
The admissions office and the CRC work very closely throughout the year sharing information.

vish (Jan 20, 2003 9:25:20 PM)
Keith, are the interviews blind?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:25:25 PM)
What do you do differently when evaluating re-applicants? When you review the new application, do you have the evaluation from the previous year's app?

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 9:25:43 PM)
Keith, are the statistics on Biz week correct that state Marshall accepted nearly all applicants that were interviewed last year, and do you anticipate a similar trend this year?

NatashaMcCleanUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:25:43 PM)
P&G does not typically recruit from any West Coast schools because they've found that most WC students refuse to move after graduation. That said, through Marshall MBAs currently at P&G, the company has consistently hired Marshall grads for the past several years. I believe you can find more information on the Marshall website regarding specific numbers.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:26:19 PM)
Most interviews are conducted after we have done at least a cursory review of the application.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:26:21 PM)
Natasha, what do you like best at USC? What would you like to see improved?

giacomo (Jan 20, 2003 9:26:38 PM)
What percentage of Marshall graduates gets jobs overseas?

Deeps (Jan 20, 2003 9:27:16 PM)
What is the % of women candidates in round 1? Do you have a fixed % of women that you want to ensure that enter the class in order to maintain diversity?

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 9:27:23 PM)
Keith, When are fellowship decisions made and what % of the incoming class receives one and what is the average/typical award?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:27:27 PM)
Lida, what programs does USC have for partners?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:27:28 PM)
For re-applicants, it is important that they stress the latest updates in their profiles.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:27:45 PM)
Do you give feedback to rejected applicants who want to reapply?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:28:29 PM)
Yes, we do give feedback at a very specific time after we have completed the admissions cycle.

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:28:43 PM)
Giacomo - most of our students are looking for jobs in California (LA or San Francisco, primarily) so the percentage looking for oversees jobs is fairly small. Those who do look for, and find, oversees jobs are focused primarily on Asia.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:29:09 PM)
Keith, if someone interviews later in January, will they still receive a decision by Feb. 1? Also, are decisions sent by email or by mail?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:29:35 PM)
USC's alumni network is famous in Southern California, possibly all of California. Are most of your graduates planning to stay in the Golden State?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:30:33 PM)
Remember, we will begin mailing decisions on Feb 1. What do you think about e-mail vs. regular mail?

giacomo (Jan 20, 2003 9:30:37 PM)
Lida, does that mean that most jobs are IT?

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:31:31 PM)
Many of our students come here specifically to look for employment in California. But that is not limiting to those who want to study here and find jobs elsewhere. Students take jobs all over the US, primarily in major cities such as NYC, SF and Chicago. Our alum network extends way beyond LA and California.

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 9:31:53 PM)
When is the latest that a R1 applicant will be notified? (email is fine)

NatashaMcCleanUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:32:50 PM)
I chose Marshall primarily because of it's unique curriculum, dynamic culture, and extensive network. I've already mentioned one highlight of the curriculum, the PRIME program, which mandates a consulting project for a company located in one of several locations in Asia (as well as Mexico City/Cuba and Santiago, Chile). As for the culture at Marshall, not only are my classmates extremely intelligent, but they are very collaborative. This was key for me when comparing this program to others. Finally, as far as the Trojan network goes, although it is reputable here on the West Coast, I can speak to the Marshall brand name being just as recognizable and impressive on the East Coast.

vish (Jan 20, 2003 9:33:04 PM)
Is it possible to waive out of core courses?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:33:06 PM)
That is difficult to say. Some may have an issue that needs to be resolved, but no one will be hurt by a delay in their decision from R1.

Deeps (Jan 20, 2003 9:33:30 PM)
Hi, Linda, Natasha. USC offers a lot of avenues for extra-curriculums. How many can one be a part of along with the study work? Which is the most active society at USC?

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:33:32 PM)
No, most of the jobs are not IT. Some are, but most are spread across other industries such as banking, finance, marketing, etc.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:33:58 PM)
Email is definitely faster and less stressful (from the applicants' point of view of course). What happens after an applicant interviews? Is the decision made on the spot, or is it reviewed by the committee?

FutureMBA (Jan 20, 2003 9:34:14 PM)
What % of the total are accepted in R2?

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:35:29 PM)
And you can waive out of core courses, but we do not encourage this. Once you have been admitted, you receive a huge binder of information that tells you everything you need to know about the core courses.

vish (Jan 20, 2003 9:35:29 PM)
How's the recruiting scene for the class of 2003?

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 9:35:50 PM)
When interviewing, will the interviewer already be familiar with the applicant's file?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:36:07 PM)
We don't have set quotas for each round of applications. You can expect that 60-70 % of the class is filled after R2, so there are fewer available seats for the final two rounds.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:36:48 PM)
Do you require admitted students to take any courses prior to enrollment at Marshall?

NatashaMcCleanUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:37:11 PM)
The most active social clubs at Marshall are the Finance Assoc, the Consulting Club, and the Graduate Marketing Assoc. Another popular club is the Business of Entertainment Assoc. The most important point is if you are interested in an activity, the school supports you in joining together others that share your interests. I personally enjoy the Marshall Wine Club quite a bit.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:37:16 PM)
Yes, the interviewer will have some familiarity with the applicant's profile.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:37:31 PM)
marshallhopeful, calculus.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:37:58 PM)
How is the decision made after the interview? Is it by committee or by the person who interviews you?

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 9:38:06 PM)
When are fellowship awards released?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:38:10 PM)

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:38:35 PM)
Generally, fellowship recipients are notified in their admissions packet.

giacomo (Jan 20, 2003 9:38:42 PM)
Keith, I don't have a calculus course in my transcript, but I have two graduate courses in stats - would that match the requirements?

mba03 (Jan 20, 2003 9:38:52 PM)
As mentioned by a "chatter" earlier, I also did not receive an "application complete" status email - is this something to worry about, because I did send supplemental materials separate from my on-line application?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:39:03 PM)
Any tips for applicants on the wait list?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:39:32 PM)
giacomo, you should still consider taking a calculus course.

FutureMBA (Jan 20, 2003 9:39:55 PM)
Should one mention in the essays if she is enrolled in a calculus class?

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:40:38 PM)
Is there a lot of interaction between the engineering school and the business school at USC?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:40:41 PM)
Waitlisted applicants can always submit more information that is relevant to the review of their application and they should stay in contact.

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 9:41:12 PM)
Does the MBA program offer a real estate concentration, and how is it tied in with USC's renowned real estate masters program?

Paul_Bodine (Jan 20, 2003 9:41:23 PM)
What are some of the most popular electives among Marshall students?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:41:42 PM)
Natasha, where do most of the students live?

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:42:04 PM)
Our relationship with the engineering program is growing, academically and "socially". Several of our student clubs have held joint events with engineering students.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:43:22 PM)
What is a common mistake applicants make in their applications?

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:43:45 PM)
Our most popular elective courses are usually in the finance, marketing and entrepreneurship departments. But there are a few key electives, such as a Global Strategy course and a Valuation course, that are popular with all students despite their concentrations. The professors of these courses offer multiple sections in order to accommodate as many students as possible.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:44:17 PM)
A common mistake is to lose focus of the question and/or the program.

Deeps (Jan 20, 2003 9:44:40 PM)
Thanks, Natasha.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:45:20 PM)
Do you provide financial aid to international students? Does your financial aid program require a co-signer?

Paul_Bodine (Jan 20, 2003 9:45:55 PM)
Do you admit applicants who tell you in their essays that they really aren't sure yet what they want to do post-MBA?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:46:08 PM)
We have an international loan program that does not require a co-signer.

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 9:46:09 PM)
Hi, Natasha, can u tell us a little about your background? What other programs did u consider and what persuaded you to choose USC?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:47:09 PM)
What is Marshall doing to help its graduates in this tough job market?

NatashaMcCleanUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:47:16 PM)
Students live everywhere around LA. I have friends who live as close as off-campus graduate housing to those like me who prefer to study on the beach! I live in Manhattan Beach and have a 25 minute commute (more or less) to school.

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 9:47:17 PM)
Keith, Do you happen to know roughly what % of applicants receive merit based financial aid?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:47:52 PM)
Natasha, the strand in Manhattan Beach is one of my (and my dad's) favorite walking destinations.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:48:55 PM)
We do not expect that an applicant should tell us exactly where he or she will be in two years, but we do expect after a few years of work experience prior to b-school that an applicant has some idea of what he or she is good at and what he or she is looking to improve upon.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:49:12 PM)
In dispersing the applications among readers, do you distribute them randomly, by country, industry, function or ?

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:49:23 PM)
We have students who live in Brentwood, Westwood, Mid-Wilshire, Hollywood, Pasadena (popular w/ married students), Santa Monica and Venice. But Natasha is right... the beach areas are very popular! Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo, as well as Venice and Marina del Rey.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:49:45 PM)
Roughly 20% of our class receives merit based financial aid.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:51:00 PM)

WL (Jan 20, 2003 9:51:00 PM)
What will be the last day for interview invitation to go out for people on the east coast considering the time needed to travel to LA?

giacomo (Jan 20, 2003 9:51:04 PM)
Are there many applicants without work experience in the pool? Have you accepted any of them recently?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 9:51:40 PM)
Do you require work experience? Do you ever admit applicants straight out of college? If yes, what do they need to have?

NatashaMcCleanUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:52:00 PM)
I'm from Texas and worked in Mgmt Consulting for 4 years before returning to school for my MBA. I thought I wanted to enter the field of Strategic Consulting, but along the way I found my professional passion - Marketing in the Beauty Industry (cosmetics for now). I considered University of Michigan's business school, Tuck (Dartmouth), and Anderson (UCLA). Once I visited Marshall and interacted with the students and faculty, I was confident that this was the right fit for me.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 9:52:03 PM)
Can you comment on what percent of interviewed applicants get admitted?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:52:34 PM)
We will be traveling to the east coast in March to conduct interviews.

Deeps (Jan 20, 2003 9:53:21 PM)
Keith, in the application essays, you have asked us a lot about ourselves and why an MBA , but haven't asked us how we wish to benefit from the Marshall Program in accordance with our goals. Though there is a question on the career Goals and why MBA, there is not a why Marshall question ...and the space of 1 page would not have accommodated all the reasons for why I wish to study at Marshall. How do you expect the students to explain this aspect to you?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:53:44 PM)
We don't have a stated requirement for work experience. However, the applicants who have not worked prior to b-school tend to come from our medical or law schools in our joint programs.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:54:50 PM)
If applicants feel there is not adequate space to make their strongest case for admission, they can always submit an optional essay.

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 9:55:46 PM)
Lida or Natasha, How popular is Marshall's real estate program and what types of positions do students interested in real estate typically pursue?

FutureMBA (Jan 20, 2003 9:56:55 PM)
Keith, how does an applicant notify USC if he is enrolled in a calculus class? In essays?

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 9:57:31 PM)
Do u recommend taking a calculus course if u took it 5 or 6 years ago while in college?

WL (Jan 20, 2003 9:58:18 PM)
Keith, you say you will be traveling to the east coast for interviews in March. Does this also apply to round 1 applicants? If so, does this mean round 1 applicants from the east coast have to wait until March to get final decisions?

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:59:32 PM)
Real Estate is very popular at Marshall. Many of our students are enrolled in the dual-degree course of study - joint MBA/MRED. Our Real Estate club is very popular, and any Marshall student can request permission to take a few courses (up to 9 units) in the Real Estate program. We also offer a course in real estate finance in our elective course curriculum. As you can probably imagine, the Trojan real estate network in SoCal is very strong.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 9:59:34 PM)
Additional academic information can be included either in an optional essay or in a simple note attached to the application. You should consider brushing up on your academics when you think you might need to refresh your information.

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:00:39 PM)
In terms of real estate jobs, the alums that I can think of off the top of my head are in finance or development. Working for both large and small companies located from LA to San Diego.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:00:49 PM)
No, several R1 applicants on the east coast have already been interviewed; some have traveled to USC; some have been interviewed by alumni; and, some may choose to wait.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 10:01:51 PM)
Is an interview required for admission?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:02:04 PM)
No, an interview is not a requirement.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:03:07 PM)
Some applicants receive letters of recommendation from our alumni. Sometimes we use this information as we would an interview.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 10:03:32 PM)
How do you decide who to interview and who not to, in terms of admission?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 10:03:49 PM)
What % of Marshall graduates had jobs at graduation and 3 months after graduation?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:05:05 PM)
Work experience is a strong indicator for us when deciding upon the interview.

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 10:05:11 PM)
Roughly what % of the class pursued careers in real estate finance and development, and did the majority of those students have prior relevant real estate or finance experience?

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 10:05:45 PM)
What was the average work experience for last year's class?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:06:03 PM)
Average work experience runs about 4-5 years.

Deeps (Jan 20, 2003 10:06:17 PM)
Keith, for the applications that have already been submitted, how does one bring out the WHY USC aspect?

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 10:06:51 PM)
Are there many students that have 3 years of work experience prior to entering?

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:07:28 PM)
Yes, there are several with less than 4 years.

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 10:08:18 PM)
Are there many TA positions available to second years?

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:08:27 PM)
Our CRC is working hard to help all students at this particularly difficult time. The CRC emphasizes looking outside the "traditional" MBA jobs and companies (those who may have cut back on their hiring) and helps our students explore their options. There are still many, many jobs, and many companies that are hiring our grads. For more info on the CRC and recruiting, be sure to check the website.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:08:43 PM)
Why USC or why any other b-school is implicit in the application.

LidaJenningsUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:08:51 PM)
Yes, there are many, many TA jobs. Some even for 1st years during their second semester.

FutureMBA (Jan 20, 2003 10:09:09 PM)
Keith, what do think about a 2 or 3yr old really good letter of recommendation written by a superior from a previous job (I had thought about applying earlier) in addition to a current one?

marshallhopeful (Jan 20, 2003 10:09:18 PM)
How much does TA positions cover (in terms of tuition)?

happyd (Jan 20, 2003 10:09:19 PM)
Keith, what is admissions looking for in the interview?

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 10:09:29 PM)
Thank you again all for participating this evening. Special thanks to Keith, Lida, and Natasha, and to Paul Bodine for his assistance.

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:09:33 PM)
In addition, the dean of the business school sent a letter to all of our alumni to assist our graduating students in their respective job searches

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 10:09:45 PM)
We look forward to seeing you at future chats. Here is a list of currently scheduled chats:

NatashaMcCleanUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:09:47 PM)
When determining if you have enough work experience, try to think through whether you have a wealth of experiences/ learning that you can bring to the table in class discussions and facilitate your classmates' learning. More work experience benefits both you and the others in your classes.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 10:09:59 PM)
Feb. 3: 2004 MBA applicants; Feb 10: Wait-list strategies

KeithVaughnUSC (Jan 20, 2003 10:10:02 PM)
Those recommendations appear to be appropriate.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 10:10:21 PM)
Please check for exact times and details.

Linda Abraham (Jan 20, 2003 10:10:30 PM)
Have a very good evening! Good luck with your applications!

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