Category: Admission Tips

Trista’s Tips: Preparing to Interview

Now that our two largest deadlines are behind us, we know many of you are waiting to receive—or have already received—your invitation to interview. Trista shares her best advice on how to prepare for your Simon interview, including the importance of knowing your résumé, what to expect from “blind” interviews, and her biggest piece of advice: being yourself!

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As always, if you have questions about the admissions process, please reach out to us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu

Advice from the Assistant Dean: Three Reasons to Submit Your Application by February 15

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

Rebekah.LewinI meet many MBA and MS candidates each February who are still in the midst of working on their application materials and are often stressing over the optimal timing to submit their application. Should you take the GMAT or GRE again or submit with your current score? And what about your essays—are further edits needed, or should you go with what you have already prepared? 

Beyond just concentrating on the application itself, I encourage you to focus on the reasons why you are applying for an MBA or MS degree to keep you motivated. You want to grow your career potential and 2019 is a great time to prioritize your professional advancement!

Here are three reasons to target our February 15 application deadline:

  • The Admissions Committee has not issued Round 2 decisions, so your application will be considered alongside Round 2 applicants. This means the majority of our spaces in each of our programs are still available. Even better, there is still ample scholarship support available for well-qualified candidates.
  • MBA candidates have the opportunity to attend our March 8–9 Experience Simon Weekend event where you can visit campus, network with alumni and current students, attend a sample class, and learn more about why were named “MBA Program of the Year” by Poets & Quants for 2018.
  • You will receive an admission decision no later than April 15, which will allow plenty of time to plan and transition to B-school by mid-July for orientation if admitted.

If you have concerns about your application or the best time for you to apply, connect with our Admissions Office at admissions@simon.rochester.edu or 1 (585) 275-3533 for assistance. We welcome the opportunity to connect with prospective students and provide advice as you work through the application process.

Don’t delay—apply now and ensure that you can make your academic and career dreams a reality for 2019!  We look forward to seeing your application. 

Trista’s Tips: Assessing Fit

Finding the right fit is an important part of preparing for business school, but it’s not always an easy factor to get a grasp on. Trista Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, shares advice on how prospective students can best assess their fit within a business school community and also gives an inside look at the pieces of the admissions process that help the Simon Admissions Committee assess an applicant’s fit for our full-time programs.

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Just a reminder that our Round 2 application deadline is January 5, and applying in this round allows you to be considered for an invitation to our exclusive Scholarship Weekend event in February, where you’ll have the chance to compete for scholarships beyond what is awarded at the time of admission. Are you ready to take the next step toward your future business career? Apply now

If you’re planning to apply by January 5, here are a few past Trista’s Tips videos that might be helpful as you put the finishing touches on your application:

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!