Category: Admission Tips

Student Perspectives: Where to Live in Rochester

Picking up your life and moving to another city to begin a graduate business program is a big change. One of the things you’ll need to check off your “to-do” list is finding a place to live. But where should you begin?

We have you covered! Current and past Simon students answered a few questions about their Rochester housing to help you figure out what option is best for you.

Kalkidan Tiruneh ’17S (MS in Accountancy):

Where did you live?
Goler House (on-campus housing).

kalHow did you get to campus?
I either walked (approximately 15 minutes to campus) or used the University shuttle services. The Blue Line and College Town Express shuttles stop at Goler every 20 and 15 minutes, respectively. Both of these shuttles make stops at various locations on campus. I usually get off at the Wilmont stop and walk approximately four minutes to Simon, or I’ll get off at Rush Rhees Library if I want to go to the library or the gym.

How did you decide to live in Goler House?
I applied to Goler House because of a Simon alum who reassured me of the convenience of the location and shared her overall experience living there. I decided to live in Goler because it’s the closest student housing to campus and is easily accessible by University shuttles or by walking. It is also located near an area called College Town that is popular for its dining options compared to other campus housing areas, as it offers restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.

What is your favorite thing about living in Goler?
My favorite thing about living in Goler was that the location enabled me to see my friends whenever I wanted without the need to drive anywhere; I either walked or took the shuttle services. I also appreciated the willingness to help and the timely responses from the leasing office when tenants reported issues with the apartments.

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are thinking about living in Goler?
I would advise that you send in your housing application as early as possible because it’s difficult to get into Goler once the lottery has been selected. If you don’t get selected in the lottery, I would advise you to reach out to your incoming classmates and second-year MBAs ahead of time via Simon’s Housing Forum and Admitted Student Facebook groups and express interest to share an apartment with another person who already has a spot in Goler. It will work to your advantage to actively seek housing options as soon as you enroll in your program.


Lucas Nudelman ’18S (MS in Marketing Analytics):

Where do you live?
I live in an off-campus three-bedroom house with two roommates who are also pursuing degrees at Simon.

lucas_nudelmanHow did you get to campus?
We live right next to Goler House (graduate student housing), which is approximately one mile from campus. There is a bus stop right in front of Goler, which is about a 200 meter walk from my house, so some days I choose to take the bus line that drops off pretty close to Simon. I use a phone app (Rider) that tells me when the next bus will arrive to help me plan ahead. Other days, especially when it is nice outside, I will walk to Simon, which takes 12-15 minutes.

How did you decide to live off campus?
I personally much prefer a house to an apartment building, so I didn’t really want to live in Goler House. Whipple Park and University Park (two graduate housing options) are a little farther away than my current location, so I prefer the proximity of my off-campus house to Simon. Also, living off-campus can be slightly cheaper than the graduate housing options—although graduate housing is also very reasonable!

What is your favorite thing about living off campus?
I really like the proximity to Simon and College Town. Although being close to Moe’s Mexican Restaurant has really made my wallet a lot lighter throughout the year!

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are thinking about living off campus?
Decide what you value most and then start your search. Do you want to live downtown (four or five miles from Simon)? Close to the Rochester club scene? Do you prefer an apartment or a house? Do you want to have roommates or live alone? After that, I’d suggest using Google to find some viable options and then perhaps ask a current student like myself what they think of the neighborhood and cost of those options!


Raven Hudson ’18S (MBA):

Where do you live?
University Park Housing.

How did you get to campus?
I either walk (15 minutes) or take the Blue line (from the UPK bus stop) or the Silver line (from the Park Lot bus stop). The Park Lot stop is a five-minute walk from my apartment.

ravenHow did you decide to live in UPK?
Here are a few reasons:

Affordable: It’s roughly $1,000 per month for a two-bedroom apartment (including all utilities and internet). I split costs with my roommate so we each pay $500 per month.

Location: It’s walking distance to campus and the shuttle line.

Credible: I’m from the Midwest, so I did not have time to go to Rochester to look at housing. I trusted the University housing over off-campus housing since I could not visit in person.

What is your favorite thing about living in UPK?
Location, accommodation, and affordability. University housing also has a flexible lease that allows you to sublet in the summer while you are away for your internship and extend your move-out date based on when you graduate and start your full-time job.

What advice do you have for future Simon students who are thinking about living in UPK?
Do your due diligence and ask for advice from Admissions staff or current students on where to live. I would also make sure to keep your eye on the Simon Housing Forum Facebook group (you will be automatically added when you join the Admitted Student Facebook group) because current students post apartments up for lease and furniture for sale.

Advice From the Assistant Dean: How to Get Admitted in Round 3

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

Every year at this time, the emails and phone calls to the Admissions Office start rolling in from prospective students. They usually begin something like this:

“I know I am late in the application cycle, but I am really interested in Simon. Is it too late to apply and still be offered admission?”

Let me use this post to offer some perspective and reassurance. We have had a Round 3 deadline for years, and it is an important round for us to finalize our incoming Full-Time MBA and MS cohorts. Each year we admit great Round 3 candidates, and this year will be no different. We still have spots available and are eager to see top candidates apply so that we can offer admission and finalize our class. There are also still merit-based scholarships available to competitive candidates.

So here is what I would suggest if you are applying by March 15:

  • Make sure you have done your homework and can answer the question, “Why Simon?” Be sure to offer a compelling case for your interest in our MBA or MS program. Just as importantly, help us understand what value you will add and contribute during your studies here. “Fit” is really important and should not be underestimated in your application materials.
  • Get organized with your supporting materials – transcripts, recommendation, etc. – to ensure that everything can be submitted in a timely manner. While you can submit your application online without having other materials submitted, the longer we have to wait for these supporting materials, the later we will begin the review of your application.
  • Full-time MBA candidates should register for Experience Simon Weekend on March 23-24. If you attend, you have the option to schedule your admissions interview. This is the only option for a candidate-initiated interview during our application process and is a great chance for 1:1 face time with one of our staff or alumni interviewers. We offer travel support and hotel accommodations to attendees who visit from out of town.
  • You don’t have to have a perfect application profile to be admitted, but you do need the self-awareness to understand your strengths and weaknesses and to articulate them for the Admissions Committee. The optional essay can be a way to provide an explanation if you had a low semester of grades during college or a gap in your résumé.

So take the next step in pursuing your career dreams and apply to Simon by March 15.  We look forward to reviewing your application and getting to know you during the process!

As always, if you have questions about Simon, the application process, or our programs, feel free to reach out to our Admissions Office: admissions@simon.rochester.edu or 1-585-275-3533.

Trista’s Tips: Preparing for Your Interview

We know many of you have submitted your application to our full-time programs for Fall 2018 entry, and now you might be wondering about next steps. Trista Wesley, assistant director of admissions, recommends you use this time to begin preparing for a possible interview! Check out her latest Trista’s Tips video (below) for her advice for wowing your interviewer:

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Regardless of where you are in the application cycle, we hope you’ll stay in touch with us! Don’t miss what’s coming up at Simon:

Students Offer Admissions Interview Advice

In the wake of our Round 2 – January 5 deadline, we will be sending out many admissions interview invitations over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we asked several of our current students to offer their best advice on how to ace your business school admissions interview.

What did you find helpful when preparing for your admissions interview?
“The admissions interview for business school can be a stressful experience and preparing for it can be just as stressful. I found that knowing my story, or “hook,” like the back of my hand was extremely helpful in preparing for the interview. I had to know what made me a unique candidate and how I could separate myself from other candidates. Just like a job interview, practicing is another great way to make sure that you nail down all of the points you want to drive home to your admissions interviewer. Through careful preparation, this will also help take some of the stress off on your interview day so you can go in to the interview confident and ready to impress.” – Bryan Carlo, MBA Class of 2018

Jaime Staengel

Jaime Staengel

“When I was preparing for my admissions interview, I found it helpful to reflect on all the experiences I had on my resume. This involved analyzing each of the items on my resume and asking myself directed questions such as “How did this internship influence me to want to apply for business school?” or “What did I learn from this experience that would be directly applicable to a b-school environment?” Taking the time to do this ensured I knew myself and answered the questions confidently. I also did practice interviews with friends once I thought through these questions so I was more comfortable with my delivery in the interview.” – Jaime Staengel, MS in Finance Class of 2018

“If you’ve landed an interview at Simon, you’re obviously smart and capable, and you’ve already looked through several resources online with potential questions. But, one of the most valuable pieces of advice I can give is truly understanding why Simon is the right school for you AND you are the right person for Simon. The key to cohesiveness is to have individuals with similar values working together in concert. So, you should ask yourself how your time at Simon will be mutually beneficial, and let that shine through in your answers.” – Nikhil Pinto, MBA Class of 2019

What do you think made your admissions interview successful?
“I know it sounds cliché but I think one thing that made my admissions interview successful was being myself. My undergraduate and internship experiences were more focused economics and not in finance, but by being myself and sharing insights from those experiences, my interviewer was able to connect with me and help me in seeing where connections between the two fields could arise in my program. Sharing some of my personal interests made my admissions interview successful as well because I was able to learn about some of the clubs Simon has and show an interest in wanting to be involved in the Simon community.” – JS

Nikhil Pinto

Nikhil Pinto

“My Simon interview was my first among several, and I did not know what to expect. Instead of a rapid fire Q&A (that I expected), it ended up as an engaging conversation about life experiences, opinions, and interests. I was interested in learning as much about the school, as my interviewer was interested in learning about me. Among many reasons, I eventually chose Simon because of the family atmosphere and helpful people, and these qualities came through early in the admissions process.” – NP

“I think what made my admissions interview successful was exhibiting my desire to join the Simon community and trying to demonstrate in my answers that I would be a good fit for the class. In your answers, try to incorporate how your prior experience can help your future classmates, why you want to be at Simon, and how you plan on using your Simon education to further your career. Also, try to make a personal connection with your interviewer so that they remember you and can see that you can relate well with other people. My interviewer was from the same city as I am, so we were able to connect on our local football team and the local cuisine. In a small class size it is important that the admissions counselors can see that you will get along well with your classmates as you will be spending a lot of time with them.” – BC

What did you take away from your admissions interview experience at Simon?
“I learned to prepare for all types of questions, but when the time comes, be yourself rather than speaking off a script. Simon wants you for you, not for what you think you should be.” – NP

Bryan Carlo

Bryan Carlo

“My biggest takeaway from the admissions interview was just to be honest, be yourself, and stay relaxed. This is the opportunity not only for the admissions counselors to learn more about you, but for you to learn more about Simon. When you come in for the interview have a list of thoughtful questions that show you are genuinely interested in Simon and show your curiosity about the school. The admissions interview is a way to see if you would be a good fit for Simon, so giving answers that are true to who you are will help the interviewers make a determination if you would succeed in the program.” – BC

“I took away that Simon is focused on getting to know you as a candidate from a holistic perspective. They are not looking at one or two numbers such as your GPA or GMAT score. Instead, I discovered in my admissions interview that they want to learn if you are truly passionate about your area of focus, if you are willing and eager to learn and meet people with diverse backgrounds, and if you can persevere in challenging situations. Having been here as a student for about half of my program now, I can say the admissions interview experience prepared me to be aware of these components that are a part of my daily life at Simon, such as working with my diverse team on finishing a rigorous assignment.” – JS

If you’re interested in applying to Simon, assess your eligibility for our Full-Time MBA or Full-Time MS programs. You can also speak to a current MBA or MS student about their Simon experience. We hope to hear from you!