If you are interested in learning more about the MBA and MS programs at the University of Rochester, Simon School and are located in the NYC metro area, here’s your opportunity! Join alumni, students, and staff for an evening of networking and listen to an interview style program with Simon alumnus, Roland Caputo as he […]
The Simon Admissions Office is excited to present the Simon Student Series. This new blog series, written entirely by Simon students, will unveil personal perspectives not found on our website or brochures. Students will offer insights into why they chose Simon, what they have enjoyed about their Simon experience and advice for prospective students. Without further ado, below is the first installment of the Simon Student Series, written by Mikayla Hart, MBA ‘16. Enjoy!
I started my two-year MBA program a little over a month ago, and I could not be happier with my choice of attending Simon Business School. The communication and support I received throughout the admissions process far surpassed that of any other school in which I was applying. I really enjoyed all of the events Simon hosted during the admissions process, such as Experience Simon Weekend, which brought applicants to campus and provided an opportunity to experience the school’s culture. Witnessing the close-knit environment of the Simon community confirmed my belief that it was the right school for me.
Since accepting Simon’s offer, I have also been pleasantly surprised with the school’s contact and preparation for a couple events I participated in this summer. The Consortium Orientation Program and Forté Women’s Leadership Conference were both multi-day conferences and career fairs I attended before the start of classes. The assistance, resources, and network I received from Simon were remarkable. Thanks to this support, I arrived at these conferences with confidence and was able to start networking and interviewing for summer 2015 internships.
I am very grateful for Simon’s dedicated staff and mentors, and their help in this process. I begin my MBA program feeling confident and ready to take on the next steps!
Attending B-school events, whether they are on or off campus, is a critical step in the admissions process. You can learn a lot more at these events than just visiting a school’s website or reading a brochure. Below are several reasons why you should consider connecting with Simon at an event:
- Face-Time with Admissions: Simon Admissions Officers work with many students each year. By meeting in-person with an Admissions Officer, you have the opportunity to seek answers to your questions, receive admissions feedback, and set yourself apart from other candidates. Also, these interactions help build lasting relationships throughout the application process and beyond so you can connect with the school and discover if it is the right fit for you.
- Connections with Current Students, Faculty, and Alumni: Many of our on-campus events include opportunities to connect with students, faculty and alumni. This is a great chance to hear anecdotes or tips about their experiences at Simon, and gain insight into the school’s culture – all from a perspective that isn’t likely captured on our website or brochure. This also gives you more time with key influencers who may report back to the Admissions Committee on their engagement with you. And this isn’t just for on-campus events. Simon Admissions Officers are often accompanied by alumni at off-campus events, which is another great opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback in real-time.
- Assess “Fit”: By visiting campus, you are able to envision what life might be like as a Simon student. It is your chance to explore Simon, the University of Rochester campus and Rochester, NY.
Connecting with Simon at on-and off-campus events is certainly a worthwhile experience! Check out this video of Eileen Ketchoyian, Assistant Director of Admissions & Enrollment at Simon, explaining the benefits of attending events. And don’t forget to check out Simon’s upcoming events. We hope to welcome you to campus soon or meet you at an off-campus event near you!
It may still be summer, but the 2014 academic year is in full swing at Simon Business School. In fact, our incoming full-time MBA and MS students are already in their second week of the Fall Mini Quarter! On behalf of the entire Simon community, it’s been an exciting few weeks welcoming our new cohorts to campus – especially for our two-day Simon Orientation, which took place before classes started.
Simon alumni tell us that orientation is a defining part of their B-school experience and one that they never forget. This year we encouraged students to document their orientation experiences on social media using #SimonOrientation. After all, this is the time when you meet your peers and take your first steps as a Simon student … what better way to document such an important experience?
The schedule of events for #SimonOrientation was pretty comprehensive. Simon’s new dean, Andrew Ainslie, kicked-off the first day alongside Rebekah Lewin, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Engagement. And over the course of both days, there were addresses made by current students and distinguished alumni, plus discussions with Simon’s Graduate Business Council and Career Management Center. Orientation wrapped up with team building activities and, the best part, an ice cream social!
Thank you to our students who took to social media to share their #SimonOrientation experiences! Below are select updates – looks like it was a great time!
It’s been a busy few weeks here at Simon! We not only welcomed our incoming full-time MBA class to Rochester, NY, but also our incoming MS class.
Simon offers wide-ranging, specialized MS programs that help students become the professionals they want to be. We are proud that these programs will assist this year’s cohort of 290 students as they pursue career interests in Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, Healthcare Management, Information Systems Management, Management, Manufacturing Management, Marketing, and Pricing.
But it doesn’t start there. This incoming MS class comes to Simon with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences:
- An average of 1.4 years of work experience at more than 300 companies, including Accenture, AC Nielsen, Bain & Company, Booz Allen, Citi, Ernst & Young, HSBC, IBM, KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Xerox, and many more.
- MS students hold passports from 24 countries across 5 continents, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya East Africa, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam.
- Professional designations held by the incoming class include Chartered Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, and Certified Public Accountant.
- More than half of the class speaks more than one language, and a number of students speak 3 or more.
- Hobbies and interests of the incoming class include competitive athletics, recreational sports, public speaking, vocal and instrumental music, the arts, cooking, service projects, and many more.
To the MS Class of 2015 – good luck as you begin your studies at Simon. We can’t wait to see how this translates into your career journey!