Category: Admission Tips

Trista’s Tips: What to Expect After Submitting Your Application

After you submit your business school application, you might have a few questions about what comes next. Trista Wesley, assistant director of admissions, breaks down the behind-the-scenes Admissions processes after an application deadline and offers tips on how to stay connected with Simon while you wait for a possible interview invitation.

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If you are still considering business school for Fall 2017, submit an application to Simon! We encourage you to apply at your earliest opportunity, as there are still spots available for our MBA and MS programs and merit-based scholarship support will be offered to select candidates.

In Case You Missed It: View Our I-20 Webinar Recording

Do you have questions about the I-20 process? Associate Director of Admissions Operations & Financial Aid, Jason Buitrago, and International Services Office representatives offered advice about filling out the I-20 request form, the I-20 process and timelines, tips for student visa applications, and information about International Student Orientation programming in a recent webinar. If you missed the live webinar, view the recording to catch up on any important information you might have missed.

If you have any questions about the I-20 process or about financial aid at Simon, please email Jason for assistance.

We wish you all the best during the enrollment process!

Snow Day in Northeast – Application Deadline Extended to March 19

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View of the Eastman Quad from Simon on March 15, 2017. Photo courtesy of Jason Buitrago, associate director of admissions operations and financial aid.

Greetings from snowy Rochester!

In light of the significant winter weather that much of the Northeast US is experiencing, the Admissions Office is extending our March 15th application deadline to March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) for all applicants. As long as you submit a completed application by March 19th, it will be considered for the Round 4 application deadline for admission and scholarship consideration, with a final decision issued on or before April 30th.

Hopefully the extra time will allow you to manage the unexpected challenges that you may be facing due to the weather, and also give full effort into submitting a great application to Simon for MBA or MS study. If you have any questions related to Simon, our programs, or the application deadline, please reach out to us via email for assistance – our team is available and ready to help. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application.

In the meantime, please stay safe and warm!

Applying in the March application round? Here are some tips and pointers.

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin MBA ’02, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

If you are reading this blog, you are probably contemplating 2017 entry for the Rochester Simon MBA or MS program. As you plan for B-school, you are likely to encounter conversations about the pros and cons of applying for the March application round. Although we have already extended a number of offers for our enrolling cohorts, there are still spaces available for each program. If you think now is the right time, we encourage your interest and application, as we are excited to find the best candidates from each application round for our programs.

Important considerations for the March application deadline:

  • Have your application materials ready to submit on or before the deadline. You don’t want to have your application delayed from a review due to a recommendation not being submitted on time or not having your transcripts ready to submit.
  • Make sure you are comfortable with your profile – this includes a quick assessment of the middle 80% profile for candidates admitted to your target program. If you fall within these ranges, for most of the criteria, then there is a stronger likelihood that you arSimone a potential fit.
  • Be ready to share why you did not apply earlier in the application cycle. The Admissions Committee realizes that you may have waited to put your “best foot forward” or may have had circumstances that have changed recently that caused you to reconsider the timing for B-school.
  • Save up vacation time so that you are ready to take time off to visit campus if you are offered an admission interview on campus – this is a great way to stand out to the Admissions Committee and show your commitment to Simon.
  • If admitted, you will have less time to contemplate an offer – generally 2-3 weeks after admission, you will be asked to confirm your seat and pay an enrollment deposit.

What about international applicants?

  • There are still spots for both US and international candidates. However, the timelines to secure a visa and the associated paperwork take extra time, so you should expect even shorter timelines to pay your deposit and prove financial support for your studies.

Is financial aid still available?

  • Merit scholarship is available across all rounds but may be more competitive – especially going into the May application round.
  • The International Student Loan Program (no co-signer required) for the Full-time MBA program also has some funding available for spring applicants. It’s important to apply as soon as possible to maximize your opportunity for consideration.
  • Federal student loans and other educational loans for domestic students are also available to finance your studies, as most financial aid packages are finalized around June each year.

There are still a few weeks left to put together your application for our March 15 deadline to the full-Time MBA or MS program. Good luck as you put the finishing touches on your application, and we will look forward to reviewing it as we enroll our cohort. Good luck! As always we are happy to answer any questions that arise. Contact us at: or +1-585-275-3533.