USC Marshall Interview (cont'd)

Could you talk about the activities occurring in Career Services at your school?
 
A new director in Career Services, Peter Giuliani, was recently hired in the fall 2004. His efforts to enhance the visibility of our program with recruiters are already underway.
 
What specifically should IT applicants do to differentiate themselves in their applications?
 
IT students typically present strong technical skills in an MBA program. Aside from demonstrating strength in this one area, they should also highlight broader dimensions such as an ability to lead others and good teamwork skills.
 
Can you briefly describe the housing situation for your students?
 
Most of our students live in communities within a 10-15 mile radius of the school. There is on-campus housing for graduate students which some of our international students utilize. The preferred housing for most students are the beach communities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Santa Monica.
 
What would you say distinguishes the Marshall School of Business and its students?
 
Our location in Los Angeles is one of the most distinctive features of our program. Our students are strong team players with solid fundamental skills in areas of finance, marketing, operations, consulting, etc. They are also well equipped to communicate and work with diverse populations after experiencing the PRIME class at the end of the first year.
 
How does this year's application pool compare to the previous year's? How about the demographic make up of the applicant pool?
 
Last year's applications dropped by about 15% from the previous year. The quality of the applicant pool was still quite strong but fewer applications were received from both India and China. We recently joined with Forte to help increase the number of women in our applicant pool and we are a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management to assist us with the recruitment of other underrepresented populations in our MBA program.
 
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