Category: Admission Tips

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!

Three Ways to Maximize Your Scholarship Potential

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

Blog -- Steps to A Simon AdmissionIf you are applying for 2018 entry to business school you are probably also thinking about how best to maximize your chances for both admission and scholarship consideration. Here are a few quick tips on how you can best position yourself for MBA or MS scholarships at Simon Business School.

  1. Apply before our application deadline on January 5. Applying early is important, as most of our largest awards are offered to candidates who apply early.
  2. Save the date for Simon’s 2018 Scholarship Weekend. Make sure to pencil in February 23-25 on your calendar — if admitted, you may be invited to our exclusive Scholarship Weekend event and you will want to attend. Students are guaranteed an initial level of funding based upon their application but will compete that weekend for additional scholarships via a case competition and other activities.
  3. Focus on both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of your candidacy when you submit the application. GMAT or GRE scores are important, but they are not the only factors the Admissions Committee will consider while making scholarship decisions. Your essays, recommendations, prior work experience, community involvement, leadership potential, and interview are equally important to determining fit for various scholarship opportunities. Make sure you are putting your best foot forward when you present yourself to the AdCom.

Applying for scholarship support is easy – just indicate “yes” in the online application for admission when asked if you wish to be considered for scholarship support. Get started — apply now.

I hope to see your application for the upcoming deadline next Friday!