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A Week-by-Week Guide to Applying to Simon

We know getting ready to apply to business school can be hectic. There’s a lot to do, and while you’re writing essays and collecting transcripts, you’re also juggling professional and personal commitments. To simplify the process a bit, below you’ll find what you need to do each week to complete your application by our next full-time application deadline on February 15. 

This week (Week of January 12):

  • Prepare to submit your standardized test scores electronically through our online application:
    • – When submitting GMAT scores, use the “Official Test Taker Copy”
    • – When submitting GRE or TOEFL scores, use the “Examinee Score Report”
    • – When submitting Executive Assessment scores (MBA only), use the “Official Test Taker Copy”
    • – When submitting IELTS scores, use the “Test Report Form”
  • If you are an MS applicant, consider scheduling an InitialView interview. InitialView provides you with the unique opportunity to enhance your application by including an unscripted interview and a writing sample with your application. This adds an additional dimension to your candidacy and ultimately provides the following benefits: 
    • A guaranteed opportunity to showcase your English language skills.
      As you may know, admissions interviews at Simon are conducted by invitation only. By providing us with an InitialView interview, you are guaranteeing that the Admissions Committee will assess your skills during the application review process, rather than waiting for an invitation to interview.
    • Potential to waive your admissions interview.
      Depending on the strength of your InitialView interview, the Admissions Committee may extend you the courtesy of waiving your formal admissions interview; we have admitted candidates based solely on the strength of their application and InitialView submission.

Week of January 19:

  • Write your essays. Stick to the word limit and be sure to answer the question being asked. Also, don’t forget to use the optional essay to explain anything you don’t want the Admissions Committee to make assumptions about, such as employment gaps or a difficult academic period.
  • Collect your academic transcripts for undergraduate and graduate study as well as from any transfer institutions.
  • Attend our “Financial Aid Prep” webinar on Tuesday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m. EST for an overview of the financial aid process and options available to students.
  • Attend our “Q&A with MBA Alumni” webinar on Saturday, January 25, at 11:15 a.m. EST. 

Week of January 26:

  • Update your résumé. We require a business formatted résumé and recommend it be no longer than two pages. Focus on quantifying your accomplishments and keep the formatting clean and easy to read.
  • Attend our “Round 3 Application Tips” webinar on Wednesday, January 29, at 9:00 a.m. EST. 
  • Keep in mind: If you apply early—by 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, February, 1—your application fee is waived! (Look ahead to the weeks of February 2 and February 9 to be sure you complete those steps before applying!)

Week of February 2:

  • Select who you will list as your references. Professional references are recommended, but if you have limited work experience, you may prefer to choose a professor who is familiar with your passions and work ethic.
  • Review the MBA or MS application checklist to make sure you’ve gathered all the required elements of the application and are ready to hit submit.

Week of February 9:

  • Proofread all of your materials. In fact, have a friend or family member proofread your résumé and essays with fresh eyes.
  • When you’re ready, submit your application. We encourage you to not wait until the final hours of February 15 to ensure everything is submitted on time.

As always, if you have any questions about the application process, your candidacy, or Simon in general, please email us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu. Best of luck as you continue to work on your application!

Roland A. Caputo and the Simon School in New York City

If you are interested in learning more about the MBA and MS programs at the University of Rochester, Simon School and are located in the NYC metro area, here’s your opportunity! Join alumni, students, and staff for an evening of networking and listen to an interview style program with Simon alumnus, Roland Caputo as he discusses The New York Times highly successful paywall project, and the impact digital media is having on traditional business models.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • 5:30 – 7:00 pm – Admissions pre-event reception at Westin Times Square, Westin Bar 10, 270 W 43rd St
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Roland Caputo event and Alumni Reception at TimesCenter, 242 W 41st St.

Attendees will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open beer and wine reception – the event is free but RSVP is required to Robyn Winstanley by Tuesday, Jan. 15th – robyn.winstanley@simon.rochester.edu

About the Speaker

Roland A. Caputo was named Sr. VP and CFO for The New York Times Media Group in November 2008. With this role, Mr. Caputo is responsible for the financial functions at The New York Times, nytimes.com, and The International Herald Tribune. Previously, Mr. Caputo had served as vice president and chief financial officer for the newspaper since January 2006. Mr. Caputo holds a B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York (SUNY) and an M.B.A. in finance and applied economics from the University of Rochester.

Considering Accelerated MBA – Winter 2012

By Andrew Brayda

If you are from Rochester, you probably don’t want to consider January coming any sooner than it should. However, January 2012 is right around the corner and students may now access the Full-Time Accelerated MBA application online. The Accelerated MBA program begins in January, and is an 18-month version of our MBA with identical degree requirements as our traditional 2-year program students. This cohort enrolls approximately 50-60 students annually and the Admissions Committee looks for similar qualities in its candidates for both the traditional and accelerated MBA programs. One of the key differences is winter students generally demonstrate a greater tenure of work experience if applying for accelerated study.

Winter entry for the accelerated MBA may be appealing if you:
• Have significant work experience and do not need to complete an internship
• Need more time to accumulate financial resources for graduate school
• Must remain at your job longer than expected
• Are sponsored by your employer
• Wish to accelerate earning a degree with less time away from your career

Deadlines to apply for the program are June 15th and October 15th. Please access the link below to find out more information on the Accelerated MBA program.

Essay Tips, in 500 Words or Less

By Dana Eagle

It’s that time of year of again!  Applications are rolling in from prospective students eager to begin the next chapter of their academic and professional careers.  But before you hit that submit button, here are a few helpful hints on one of my favorite parts of the application; the essay!

Tip #1: Be sure that you have proof-read your essay.  It sounds simple enough, and you’ve hit the spell check button a few times, but your work does not end there.  Spell check is not going to capture all of the other potential mistakes that may have found their way into your writing.  For instance, have you used the proper spelling of there, their and they’re?  Is your punctuation the way it should be?  Does the name of the school to which you are applying match the name of the school you are speaking about in your essay?  Sounds silly, but you would be surprised…it does happen!

Tip #2: Be sure that you are answering the question that the essay is asking.  While it can be fun to story tell and get creative, you want to be sure that your creativity is not taking you away from the focus of the question at hand.  Also, be mindful that every application is different.  What one school requires as an essay, another school may not.  Therefore, it is not in your best interest to cut and paste your essays if you are applying to more than one school.  My best advice here is to give your essay to someone else for a read, and do not tell that person what question you are attempting to answer.  After they have read your work, ask them if they can determine the question at hand based on your response.  This will provide you with a good idea of how clear you have been in your writing.

Tip #3: Consider the essay an opportunity to show the Admissions Committee your personality.  While it is important to stay on topic, and be concise, it is equally important to be yourself.  The best way to ensure that you are being true to who you are in your writing is to let someone else read your essay before submitting it for review.  A best friend, sibling, spouse, or co-worker can all serve as excellent resources.  You also want to keep in mind that this essay is a key component of achieving your ultimate goal of admission to the school of your choice.  Therefore, while it is very important to be yourself, you also want to make sure that you are being your very best professional self at the same time.

Hopefully these tips will prove useful to you as you continue to work on your essay.  I wish each of you the best of luck, and look forward to reading your application for the fall!