Category: Admission Tips

Advice from the Assistant Dean: 3 Tips for Success with Your Round 2 Application

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

It’s that time of the year! You have probably been busy studying for your GMAT or GRE, working on edits to your application essays, and trying to finalize all the details on your MBA or MS application for a Round 2 submission. Before you submit, here are three important tips to keep in mind:

Rebekah.Lewin1.) Be Yourself! I know I am starting with something that seems “big picture,” but it is really so important in how you present your candidacy to the Admissions Committee. From your essays, to the résumé, to your interview—we really want to get to know you: what makes you special and interesting, how you fit with our program, what you will learn, and where you will add value. If you have done your homework and really understand our program (a bonus tip!), then you can proactively demonstrate your interest in every section of your application. There are no right or wrong answers in essays and interviews, so be yourself and let your unique talents shine as we get to know you.

2.) Start early. With about three weeks left until Round 2, there is still plenty of time to put the finishing touches on your application, but don’t wait until the last minute. There are often items that require input from others, such as collecting transcripts and getting help proofreading an essay. If you wait until the last minute, then you run the risk of missing the deadline (or just adding more stress to the experience). Set up a project timeline with goals and deadlines for yourself to manage what you need to do and when.

3.) Don’t forget: it’s a holistic review. Each part of the application is important and no one area alone will be the key to getting you admitted or rejected. Many students focus on the quantitative aspects of the application (years of work experience, test scores, GPA) when determining qualifications. While these are important, they are not the only factors that will be considered—the Committee will spend even more time on essays, communication skills, leadership, teamwork, and the quality of your prior work experience as it relates to future career goals. Make sure that you are giving each part of your application the effort necessary to position your candidacy for success.

If you have questions on the application process or your specific candidacy, please reach out to our office. While we are officially closed on 12/25 and 1/1 to celebrate the holidays, we are open each of the other days (Monday through Friday) in late December and early January, and we welcome the opportunity to engage with you.  Please email our office at admissions@simon.rochester.edu or call us at +1 (585)-275-3533. 

Good luck with your MBA or MS application—we hope to review it soon!

Trista’s Tips: Writing Your Essays

As September draws to a close, it’s likely many of you are working on your applications if you’re targeting Fall 2019 entry for our full-time programs—particularly as our first application deadline approaches.

The essay section of your application is totally within your control and is a place for you to show your personality and round out your candidacy. Trista offers advice on how to best position yourself while answering Simon’s two required essay prompts and also gives a few examples of when you should—and when you should not—use the optional essay.

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Have more questions about the application process? Tune into tomorrow’s webinar, “Round 1 Application Tips” at 9 a.m. EDT! A member of the Admissions Committee will guide you and other prospective applicants through the MBA and MS application process, provide tips on constructing a competitive application, and address some of the most commonly asked questions about applying to Simon Business School. If you plan to apply by our October 15 application deadline, you are encouraged to attend this session.

Happy essay writing—we hope to review your application soon!

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!