• Simon Introduces STEM MBA Option

    Simon Introduces STEM MBA Option

    We are thrilled to share very exciting news with you: Simon Business School has received a STEM designation for its full-time MBA program and is the first MBA program in the country where a STEM option is available for every specialization. “Since our curriculum is heavily weighted toward quantitative analysis, we felt like this made […]

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  • Simon MBA No. 9 in the US for Entrepreneurship

    Simon MBA No. 9 in the US for Entrepreneurship

    We are excited to share some news with you: Simon Business School has been ranked No. 9 in the US and No. 19 in the world in a ranking of the top 50 MBA programs for entrepreneurship by Financial Times. This specialty ranking is derived from the core data Financial Times collects during their annual […]

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  • MS in Finance Program Ranked No. 5 by Financial Times

    MS in Finance Program Ranked No. 5 by Financial Times

    We have exciting news to share: Simon Business School has been ranked among the top ten business schools in the US for its STEM designated MS in Finance program by the Financial Times! Simon is ranked 5th in the US in this year’s survey and 42nd among the top 65 Master’s in Finance programs in […]

    Jun 19, 2018 | 0 comments | View Post

From the Assistant Dean: Reflections on Admissions Travels

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, during her travels to international recruitment events in August 2019

Rebekah.LewinAs I write this post, I am in the air traveling somewhere between Lima, Peru, and Bogotá, Colombia. After nearly twenty years of representing the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School Admissions team at off-campus events, I still get excited to pack my suitcase for recruiting travel. The events we participate in throughout the United States and around the world connect us directly with prospective students as we identify the next cohorts of incoming MBA and MS candidates. We reconnect with candidates who have previously met us and are now preparing to apply, and we also introduce the School to candidates who are just beginning to explore our programs. 

One of my favorite aspects of recruitment travel is connecting with alumni who come to our events to speak with prospective students—it’s great to hear how the Simon degree has helped them reach their career goals, and I also have the opportunity to update them on all the great things that are happening back home in Rochester. We are fortunate to have many successful alumni who are passionate about “paying it forward.” Regardless of if we are near to or far from campus, we almost always have their support in our recruiting efforts.

Prospective students always seem to enjoy meeting and interacting with our alumni at the events. Sometimes we even have current students with us at fairs (depending on the time of year) who are always happy to describe their Simon experience and help potential students get a feel for what it’s like to be a member of the Simon family. 

Beyond speaking with current students or alumni, another benefit of attending an off-campus event is making a connection with a member of our Admissions team so we can provide advice and assistance as you plan for graduate study and your future career. This year we are participating in a variety of recruiting events including The MBA Tour, Access MBA, The Consortium MAPS events, and Forté Forums, as well as hosting Simon Business School networking and interviewing events.

Specific details on our upcoming travels and registration links are available on our website. We hope to connect in a city near you very soon!

If you live in India and are considering a Simon MBA, we invite you to register for one of our upcoming events in Mumbai, Bangalore, or New Delhi by August 28. These events are hosted by Simon and will include dinner and a lecture by Greg Bauer, associate dean of full-time MS & MBA programs and Rajesh Wadhawan professor. Julie Sadwick (Simon Admissions) and Pete Handley (Benet Career Management Center) will also be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about Simon’s STEM-designated MBA option, the MBA experience, life in Rochester, NY, and more. 

Get Ready! Simon’s Application Opens September 5

Our application for 2020 entry will open on September 5—roughly three weeks away! Our first deadline is October 15, and we encourage applicants to apply early for maximum scholarship consideration. You can start prepping your materials now so you’re ready to apply as soon as the application opens—we hope the resources and tips below help you prepare for the application process.

Application Timing
We accept and review applications on a rolling basis. Application rounds for 2020 entry are as follows:

Round 1  |  September 5–October 15
Round 2  |  October 16–January 5
Round 3  |  January 6–February 15
Round 4  |  February 16–March 31
Round 5  |  April 1–May 1

Applicants who apply by January 5 will be considered for participation in Scholarship Weekend—an invitation-only event where our largest merit awards, including full-tuition fellowships and named scholarships, are awarded.

Application Requirements
Below are two online resources that you may find useful in completing your application:

Essay Prompts
Get a head start on completing your application by beginning to work on your essays now! Keep in mind that fully answering each question, staying within the word limit, and using correct grammar and spelling are all important elements of writing a successful essay.

Essay 1: Describe your short-term and long-term goals for post-MBA or post-MS. Given the fluctuation of economic and industry hiring trends, identify a back-up plan should your short-term goal not be immediately attainable. How does your past education and experience support your career objectives? Lastly, what aspects of your intended Simon Business School program make it a good choice for your graduate study? (250–500 word limit)

Essay 2: In 25 words or less, provide us with an interesting fact about yourself not expressed elsewhere in your application. (25 word limit)

Next Step: Check Your Eligibility
Get ready to submit your best application! A member of the Admissions Committee will review your candidacy even before the application goes live. You’ll receive personalized feedback regarding your fit with Simon Business School as well as suggestions on how to present your strongest candidacy by highlighting your strengths and discussing any weaknesses in the best way. To check your eligibility, simply send a copy of your résumé (and test scores, if you have them) to CYE@simon.rochester.edu, and we’ll respond within 3–5 business days with our experienced feedback on your qualifications.

If you have questions or need assistance in any way, please reach out to the Admissions Office—we’re here to help you throughout this exciting journey of applying to B-school. We look forward to receiving your application and connecting soon!

Still have questions about Simon? Register for our “Why Simon?” webinar tomorrow, August 14 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Simon Business School—our community, competitive strengths, the full-time MBA and MS programs, and the application process—from members of our Admissions Committee.

Simon’s Coming to a City Near You: Fall 2019 Travel Preview

Summer is a very busy and exciting time for the Admissions Office. We recently welcomed our incoming full-time students at orientation, our 2020 application will open in just a few weeks, and travel season is well underway!

Our admissions officers are going to be all over the globe this fall—including our exclusive networking receptions in India in late August/early September. If you are hoping to connect with us in a city near you, here’s a snapshot of where we’ll be over the next eight weeks, and you can also review our full travel schedule here. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Saturday, August 10: Mexico City, Mexico – Marquis Reforma, 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday, August 12: Lima, Peru – Swissotel Lima, 4:30–10:00 p.m.
Monday, August 12: Washington, DC – Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 6:00–9:00 p.m. (Forté Forum)
Wednesday, August 14: Bogotá, Colombia – AR Centro de Convenciones, 4:30–10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14: Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Company Headquarters, 6:00–9:00 p.m. (Forté Forum)
Thursday, August 15: Boston, MA – Revere Hotel Boston Common, 6:00–9:00 p.m. (Forté Forum)
Saturday, August 17: São Paulo, Brazil – Renaissance São Paulo Hotel, 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 17: Toronto, Canada – Hyatt Regency Toronto, 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday, August 19: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – JW Marriot Rio de Janeiro, 4:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 27: New York, NY – The Maxwell New York City, 6:00–9:00 p.m. (The Consortium MAPS)
Wednesday, August 28: Johannesburg, South Africa – Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, 4:30–9:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, August 28: New York, NY – Goldman, Sachs & Co., 6:00–9:00 p.m. (Forté Forum)
Thursday, August 29: New York, NY – Goldman, Sachs & Co., 6:00–9:00 p.m. (Forté Forum)
*Saturday, August 31: Mumbai, India – An Evening with Simon Networking Reception,  7:00–10:00 p.m.  

*Monday, September 2: Bangalore, India – An Evening with Simon Networking Reception, 7:00–10:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, September 3: Seattle, WA – University of Washington, 6:00–9:00 p.m. (The Consortium MAPS)
*Wednesday, September 4: New Delhi, India –  An Evening with Simon Networking Reception, 7:00–10:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, September 4: San Francisco, CA – Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 6:00–9:00 p.m. (The Consortium MAPS)
Thursday, September 5: Los Angeles, CA – UCLA Anderson School of Business, 6:00–9:00 p.m. (The Consortium MAPS)
Tuesday, September 10: Washington, DC – Georgetown University, 6:00–9:00 p.m. (The Consortium MAPS)
Tuesday, September 24: Chapel Hill, NC – UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, 6:00–9:00 p.m. (The Consortium MAPS)

*Note about networking receptions in India: Join fellow prospective MBA students and Simon alumni for an evening of networking. Each reception will include dinner and a lecture by Greg Bauer, associate dean of full-time MS & MBA programs and Rajesh Wadhawan professor. Julie Sadwick (Simon Admissions) and Pete Handley (Benet Career Management Center) will also be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about Simon’s STEM-designated MBA option, the MBA experience, life in Rochester, NY, and more. 

Please note that there is no fee to attend, but there are limited spaces available. To begin the registration process, simply register above for the event in your area by August 23. You will then receive instructions for submitting your résumé for review by the Admissions Committee.

Trista’s Tips: Get to Know Your Admissions Counselor

We are nearly one month away from the launch of our full-time application for 2020 entry, and Trista Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, is back to offer advice as you navigate the admissions process!

As you prepare for business school, Trista recommends getting acquainted with your admissions counselor—a specialist in your program of interest and someone who can connect you with current students and alumni, and help you get a sense of the overall community. In addition, regardless of where you are in the process, communicating with your counselor indicates that you’re serious about your candidacy and the school. Trista explains several other reasons you should get to know your counselor and how to establish a connection:

Here are a few additional next steps you can take before the application opens:

Plan to Visit Campus:

  • If you’re interested in the full-time MBA program, check out the dates for our Experience Simon Weekend events and plan to visit campus. Our signature events allow you to picture yourself as a Simon student and offer the option to conduct your admissions interview in person. 
  • If you’re interested in one of our full-time MS programs, schedule an individual campus visit to get a taste of life as a Simon master’s student in Rochester. 

Check Your Eligibility: If you’re interested in getting personalized feedback on your candidacy before you apply, please email your résumé or CV (and test scores) to CYE@simon.rochester.edu. We will respond in 3–5 business days with our experienced feedback on your qualifications.

Stay Engaged: We have a podcast and host regular webinars to share information about every facet of the Simon experience. If you attend a live webinar, you will also qualify for an application fee waiver—a $90 value. 

We wish you the best as you prepare for business school, and we hope to speak with you soon!

If you’re looking for guidance on what to work on before the application opens, listen to our recent podcast episode featuring Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, as she walks through elements of the application you can get a jump start on now.