Category: Admission Tips

Trista’s Tips: Preparing to Apply

We are in the midst of welcoming our full-time students to campus, which is our absolute favorite time of year. Seeing the students we’ve worked with arrive to begin their business school journeys is incredibly gratifying and exciting! We also love this time of year because we in the Simon Admissions Office shift our focus to the future—to the students we will be welcoming at this time next year, to be exact!

We know many of you are likely also turning your attention to the future. If business school is your next step, Trista Wesley Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, has advice on what you can start working on right now to prepare your most competitive business school application for Fall 2019 entry.

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If you’re curious about Simon and want to learn more, check out the recording of our “Why Simon?” webinar. We also have a “Preparing to Apply and Common Application Mistakes to Avoid” webinar coming up on August 29 if you’re looking for more specific advice on how to best position your candidacy.

Best of luck to you as you prepare for business school. When you’re ready to apply, we look forward to reviewing your application!

Application for 2019 Entry is Live!

We are very excited to announce that our application for 2019 is now open! Our first deadline is October 15, and we encourage applicants to apply early for maximum scholarship consideration. I have included a few resources and tips below to support you during the application process.

Application Timing
We accept and review applications on a rolling basis. Application rounds for 2019 entry are as follows:

Round 1  |  July 15–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 and Updates
Below are two online resources that you may find useful in completing your application:

Application Checklist
Application FAQ

We recognize that applying to business school is a time-consuming and expensive process, so we’ve identified areas where we can better support our applicants and make applying easier. Two notable updates that we have made to the application this year are:

Application Fee
We have decreased our application fee from $150 to $90.

Letters of Recommendation
We no longer require or accept letters of recommendation. As part of the online application, you will be asked to supply contact information for two references. If the Admissions Committee decides to contact either of your references during the application review process, you will be notified. We strongly suggest listing references who are familiar with you in a professional capacity.

Essay Prompts
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. Start developing your essays early and then read, re-read, and edit them accordingly.

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 Steps
First, register for an upcoming webinar:

Why Simon?
Wednesday, July 25 from 9–10 a.m. EDT

Preparing to Apply and Common Application Mistakes to Avoid
Wednesday, August 29 from 12–1 p.m. EDT

Then, once you’re ready, I encourage you to work on your application. As always, 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!

My Experience with the Day 1 Program

The following blog post was written by Becky Xie ’18 MS in Business Analytics

One of the reasons why I chose Simon was because of the comprehensive career development program that the School curates for its students. Upon my official enrollment at Simon, I was introduced to the Day 1 Career Readiness Program, which includes a list of becky.xietasks that are specially designed to prepare students for the upcoming career fair season and for the job search in general. In particular, I found the résumé building and target list sections to be incredibly helpful in my job search. Here’s why:

As we entered fall term, we had already started a series of personal and career development classes. In these classes, we learned the best ways to refine our target list based on our preferred industries and functional areas, as well as how reach out to alumni to build our professional network. Had I not completed my target list and perfected my résumé during the Day 1 Program, I wouldn’t have been able to immediately apply what we learned in the class and start reaching out to alumni and companies that were on my target list.

Completing the Day 1 Program is extremely crucial for all MS students: those who are enrolled in the 17-month internship track as well as those in the 10-month track. For the students who enrolled in the internship track, the program hiring for internship positions at larger companies is the most intense in the winter term. For example, the target companies that were on my list wrapped up hiring in January.

In order to keep up with the earlier recruiting cycle, I started meeting with our career advisors early in the winter term to fully prepare myself for when the recruiting season began. As for the students who are on the 10-month track, completing the Day 1 Program is equally important because it, combined with consistent networking efforts, will hopefully land you your dream job.

Because of Day 1 and help I received from the staff at Simon’s Career Management Center, I was able to land my internship at PayPal in early January. I recommend all incoming students start the Day 1 Program early and take it seriously if you want your hard work in business school to come to fruition faster!

Trista’s Tips: Clubs and Co-curricular Activities with Bryan Carlo ’18S (MBA)

Regardless of the program you enroll in, business school goes by very quickly. In order to get the most from your experience, Bryan Carlo ’18S (MBA) recommends you get involved with clubs and co-curricular activities on campus. In particular, he discussed his experience with the Simon Finance and Investment Club and the Simon Sports Club, and why he feels it’s so beneficial for students to get involved in the Simon community.

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If you’re thinking about starting business school this fall, apply to Simon by May 15! International applicants are welcome and merit scholarship awards are still available. Apply today!