Admissions tips for the 2010 Application cycle

By Rebekah:

While gaining admission to a top-MBA or MS program is challenging and selective, there are some general “do’s and don’ts” that will hopefully help you to successfully achieve a favorable outcome.

First, the “Do’s”

  • Be yourself – be honest and remember that the application is going to help the Admissions Committee (AdCom) to get to know you.  Be realistic about strengths and weaknesses.
  • Have Career Focus and clear reasons for your graduate school plans – know what you want and have a plan for how the Simon School can be a partner to help you to get there.
  • Proofread your essays –  spend the extra time to look over your essays and catch typos, stay within the word limit, check your grammar and most importantly make sure you have answered the essay questions for the Rochester application.
  • Plan to check the status of your application online – decisions are released in real-time as they are finalized by the AdCom.

Now the “Don’ts”

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to ask recommenders to assist in the application process.  They need plenty of time to write your recommendation.  Also, give them a helpful reminder at least 7-10 days prior to your targeted deadline.
  • Don’t forget how/when to use the optional essay – it truly is optional, but if you have a weakness in your application, be sure to use that area as an opportunity to proactively address it.  Please be sure that you are only presenting information that is truly relevant to the B-school application.

Good luck – we wish you the best in your application for MBA or MS study and look forward to reviewing your Simon application!

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