Category: MS Programs

Advice from the Assistant Dean: Spring Applicant To-Do List

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

Rebekah.LewinThis time of year we often receive questions from applicants wondering if it’s “too late” to apply or worrying about submitting their application after several rounds of applications are already under review. They express concern that a portion of the class is already reserved and wonder how competitive it will be for remaining spots. 

Don’t worry—if you are a top candidate, you will be competitive regardless of when you apply in the cycle. Don’t overthink the situation, as most top schools have a waiting list to save some spaces for top candidates in each application round. Simon also offers scholarship consideration in all five of our application rounds, which is a huge benefit. 

Here are a few tips that will help you put your best foot forward as a spring applicant:

  • Be confident. Regardless of your reason(s) for applying in the spring, you should be confident in your talent and work diligently on all aspects of the application. Show the Admissions Committee how you will be an asset to the school not only as a student, but as a member of its alumni community as well.
  • Do your research. Be thorough in researching your target B-schools so you understand the culture of the schools and can clearly express why you are a “good fit” for the program. Typically, the essay and interview components are good opportunities to express this to the Admissions Committee.
  • Apply when the timing is best for you. The Simon Admissions Committee will not ask you to address why you are applying in the spring. It’s your decision on if/when to provide this information to us. We understand circumstances change and people are creating new education and career goals all the time—we would love to help you achieve yours!
  • Plan ahead. All of our full-time programs begin in mid-July, so applying in March will provide more time to arrange the move to Rochester if you live outside of western New York.
  • Take stock of your scores. There will be little time to retake test scores or update items in your application after submission, so make sure you are really satisfied with your application items before submitting them for review.
  • Be ready to interview. The interview timeline will likely be compressed given the time of year, so be prepared to quickly respond if/when an offer is extended.
  • Don’t wait to secure your spot in the class. If admitted, the deadline to respond to our offer will likely be roughly three weeks, or possibly even less, depending on how late in the year you are admitted. Make sure you ask critical questions up front so that you are prepared to commit and enroll if you are admitted.

Each year we admit great students in the spring, and this year we hope you will be among them! Our remaining application deadlines for 2019 entry are as follows (rolling admission occurs in between the deadlines):

March 31, 2019 – This is an ideal deadline for international students to target, as it allows your I-20 to be processed earlier and expedites the Visa process.

May 1, 2019 – Final deadline for 2019 entry.

We hope to see you this summer to begin your business school studies. Put the finishing touches on your Simon application—we look forward to reviewing it soon!

Things We Love About Simon

With one day remaining until our February 15 full-time application deadline, we figured we would use Valentine’s Day—a day to celebrate camaraderie, friendship, and love—as an occasion to tell you a few things we love about Simon:

  • Our students. Simon students impress us every day—they are exceptionally bright, hard-working, involved, and committed to making an impact on our community. Our students are the heart of everything we do at Simon.
  • Our faculty. At Simon, you will work one-on-one with thought leaders in finance, accounting, economics, management, and marketing. Our faculty will challenge your assumptions, guide your intellectual pursuits, and provide astute industry advice. It’s no wonder they routinely receive an “A” for teaching quality from Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • Our location. Its proximity to New York City and other major metros combined with its affordability—a two-bedroom apartment in a complex is roughly $750 per month—make Rochester, NY, a great place to pursue a graduate business degree. Plus, you’ll get to experience four seasons and all the beauty each has to offer. 
  • Our community. At Simon, clubs, case competitions, and other experiential learning opportunities will introduce you to students across all our full-time programs. You will get to know your peers on a professional and personal level and build a network that will support and enrich you throughout your career.

We would love to have you join the Simon family. Take the first step toward your future business career: our Round 3 full-time application deadline is tomorrow. Don’t wait—apply now!

Stay Connected with Simon: Subscribe to Simon Bizcast

SimonBizcast_podcast_logo_MR1_LightWe are excited to announce Simon Bizcast, our new podcast designed for prospective business school students exploring the application process and looking to get a taste of the student experience!

In our most recent episode, Nicole Guzski, senior assistant director of admissions, hosts and facilitates a panel discussion with current MS in Finance students; Dan Burnside, clinical professor of finance and faculty advisor for the MS in Finance program; Helen Wang, assistant director of finance for the Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center; and Karen Platt, director of MS advising in the Office of Student Engagement. The group shares information about the program structure, course offerings, STEM designation, and career outcomes for our MS in Finance program

Never miss an episode—subscribe to the podcast by doing one of the following:

  • Visiting our website (tap the “subscribe” link in the top right corner from your smartphone),
  • Searching for “Simon Bizcast” in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Happy listening!

Don’t forget, our Round 3 application deadline is February 15. If you’re ready to take the next step toward your future career, apply now. 

Scholarship Weekend Reflections: Benjamin Moskoff ’20 (MBA)

This post was written by Benjamin Moskoff ’20 (MBA) about his experience at Scholarship Weekend, an invitation-only annual event for admitted MBA and MS students to compete for scholarship support beyond what was awarded at the time of admission. Scholarship awards range from partial to full tuition and include named scholarships, such as the full-tuition Meliora Scholarship and the Fielding Leadership Fellowship, which is a full-tuition award with a $10,000 stipend. If you’re an admitted MBA or MS student who has been invited to Scholarship Weekend, we highly recommend you attend!

Benjamin MoskoffAttending Scholarship Weekend was one of those decisions in my life that I look back on and think: “Wow, that was awesome!”

After receiving the offer to join the full-time MBA program, there was still a significant cost required to fund my tuition and living expenses at Simon. It would have made moving from Johannesburg to study at Simon almost impossible. I knew coming to Scholarship Weekend was a great opportunity, but even the flight from South Africa was expensive. On top of that, I wasn’t sure whether I could get leave from work—and how would I explain taking leave at an awkward time of the year?

Fortunately, things fell into place. The school was incredibly generous and gave me a travel stipend that paid part of my airfare, my boss happily gave me leave without asking why I needed it, and ultimately, I was unbelievably fortunate to be selected for the prized Fielding Leadership Fellowship. As we MBA students often do, I looked back and tried to figure out the return on investment of coming to Scholarship Weekend: a whopping 6,700%.

However, it would be foolish to only view the weekend through this lens. While Simon is indeed known for its analytical approach (the only school in the US where all MBA specializations are STEM designated), it has other strengths of equal weighting. One is the MBA community and the people at Simon. The experience during Scholarship Weekend certainly prepared me for what to expect from my MBA experience, and I was given the opportunity to network with other potential students, first-year MBA students who would become our seniors, and second-year MBAs who currently have fantastic jobs.

I arrived in Rochester a day early, which gave me the time to tag along with a first-year MBA and experience a typical day at Simon, from the classroom to Starbucks. The first official day of the event got off to a great start listening to a panel of second-year MBAs reflecting on their time at Simon over the two years. After networking with them, we were put into our teams and started working on our case! Within 14 hours (and with little sleep) we did our presentation on Saturday morning. With the stress of presenting behind us, we all let our hair down and neworked with some impressive people during campus events, dinner, and the happy hour.

Scholarship Weekend was an unforgettable experience. I made lasting friendships, figured out my housing situation, got an on-the-ground feel for what my life would look like for the next two years, and then the big one: I received the scholarship that made coming to Simon possible. As an added bonus, I networked with second-year MBAs who have now graduated and are working in investment banking who helped prime me for the interview process. It’s largely thanks to them that I can now look forward to a summer internship at Credit Suisse investment banking in New York City.