Tag: "Alumni"

Women’s Weekend- Don’t Miss this Opportunity!

By: Stephani Springer

As I think back on my admissions journey to the Simon School, there is one event that always seems to stick out in my mind; Women’s Weekend.  This weekend provides a great opportunity for prospective female students to come to the University of Rochester campus to learn about Simon and mingle with current students, alumni, faculty, and admissions staff. I am looking forward to joining the event this year to share my experience, as a current student for the first time!

When I attended Women’s Weekend as a prospect in 2011, I had the opportunity to network with alumni from my intended program who wound up becoming great contacts as I continue my time here at Simon. Female alumni fly in from all over the country to share their stories with future Simonites.  Hearing their stories can shed some light on what you can do with a degree from Simon and I can say from experience, you will not be disappointed. It also turned out that the alumni and admissions staff present at the networking dinner conducted admissions interviews the following day as well. Having the opportunity to chat in a casual setting ahead of time made the actual interviews the next day much more relaxed. This was one of the greatest advantages of attending the event.

Women’s Weekend also gives prospective students the opportunity to hear from current students what the Simon experience is really all about.  What better way to get the inside scoop than to talk to those currently going through it? Current students volunteer to help with these events, so take advantage of our presence and ask tons of questions; we are willing to help. Please click the link below for details and registration for this year’s event. I hope that all prospective female students will come join us for Women’s Weekend 2012 to hear the inspiring stories of these female powerhouses, learn about the program from current students, and maybe even have your admissions interview.

Women’s Weekend 2012 Event Details and Registration



Attending Women’s Weekend was Quite an Experience for Me!

By: Tonya Reetz- MS Candidate 2013

About a month before Women’s Weekend, I had participated in the Early Leaders Case Competition that the Simon School hosts annually, so I was unsure of what the takeaways would be from attending another event, primarily based on the closeness of time.  I thought that this event would just be a few more student and alumni panels, which were also offered during the Early Leaders event.  [Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I didn’t enjoy these panels because each and every new panel always provided different insights as well as gave me the ability to see how the school impacted each panelist.]  How incorrect I was!  The Women’s Weekend gave me the chance to interact on a more intimate, yet professional manner, with students, alumni, and administration.

Before this event, I knew I wanted to obtain my masters, but I was unfamiliar with the difference between the MBA and the MS programs for my chosen concentration (healthcare).  I was able to have all of my questions addressed at this event.  Granted, these questions might have been able to be answered through electronic communications but being face to face with a recruiter put a much more personal touch to my dilemma.  I was able to choose the right program to apply to because of this event. The Admissions Recruitment Counselors are very willing to make sure prospective students start on the right path and there is even an opportunity to be interviewed during the event as well.

But, beyond this personal dilemma that was solved, I was able to meet so many bright, fantastic, and compassionate women.  Unfortunately, I had only grabbed two women’s contact information (and still keep in touch with them today), but two is better than none, which is what I would have had if I didn’t attend the event at all.  Even if someone is just thinking about attending the Simon School, I would definitely recommend to go to this event, or any of the Open Houses or Information sessions, because of all the positive experiences I had.

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Attending an On-campus Admissions Event is Highly Recommended!

By Stephani Springer

The admissions process to a graduate program can be an overwhelming and stressful experience.  Throughout my admissions experience I was also completing my final year of undergrad; talk about added stress. However, I was able to find some relief in what came to be my favorite part of the admissions process, the on-campus events.  These events provide a no-pressure look into the Simon experience (well, except Scholarship Weekend, that’s stressful).  There are countless opportunities to ask questions of staff, students and professors. My personal favorite on-campus event was Women’s Weekend.

I was initially drawn to Simon because of their initiative to bring in more females, specifically young women such as myself. Women’s Weekend provided me the opportunity to talk to female alumni of my chosen program and see where they ended up.  The results were not disappointing; past women of Simon have gone on to be business owners, directors and high powered executives of fortune 500 companies.  Not to mention they were all so friendly, down to earth and genuinely interested in the prospective students.  Who wouldn’t be drawn to a school that helped produce such fabulous and powerful women? I think all female, future business extraordinaires, have that secret desire to rule an empire. After my Women’s Weekend experience, I am confident that Simon is capable of getting me there.

Now of course the gentlemen out there are wondering how they can have a similar experience.  Simon offers numerous other on-campus events for all students such as Saturday at Simon, which this past year actually overlapped with Women’s Weekend.  Saturday at Simon hosted a particular panel that I can truly say solidified my intention to choose Simon when offered admission.  There was a panel of students, current and recently graduated, that held a Q&A session.  By this point we already had plenty of opportunities to ask our admission types of questions to staff, and were now seeking the student perspective.  They shared their experiences of life at Simon, gave opinions on course load and provided tips on making the most of your one or two years at Simon. The students also let us know that although the programs are tough and everyone seems to only talk about the academic aspects, Simon is a fun place too.  There is the Toastmasters Wine Club, happy hours and a party or two. It wasn’t just me, there was almost a sigh of relief across the room after that information was shared. At that point we all knew Simon’s stellar academic credentials so it was great to hear there is time to unwind as well.

I highly recommend attending an on-campus event at Simon during your admissions process. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions, tour campus and network with current students, alumni and future peers. Check out www.simon.rochester.edu for a list of upcoming events (note-the Saturday at Simon is now listed in the Simon Open House section) or contact someone in the admissions office directly, they are more than willing to help. Best of luck to everyone gearing up to navigate the business school admissions process!


MBA and MS Essay Topics for 2013 Application

By: Rebekah

Greetings from the MBA/MS Admissions Office! As we prepare for the 2013 Simon School full-time MBA and MS application cycle, I wanted to share details related to the application process.

2013 Full-time MBA and MS Application Deadlines
Apply early for your best opportunity for scholarships
Application Due: Notification By:
One-year Program, June 2013 Entry October 15
November 15
January 5
March 15
January 15
February 15
March 31
April 30
Two-year Program, (Aug. 2013 Entry)

MS Programs (Aug. or Sept. 2013 Entry)
October 15
November 15
January 5
January 15
February 15
March 31
Last deadline for International Students March 15 May 20
Last deadline for Domestic Students May 15 July 15

MBA and MS Essay Topics for 2013 Application:

Essay #1: Describe your post-MBA or post-MS career plans. How does your past education and experience support your career objectives? What aspects of the Simon School program make it a good choice for your graduate study? (500 word maximum)

Optional Essay: Share any information that you think is important in the evaluation of your application, including any concerns you think the Admissions Committee may have regarding your application. (500 word maximum)

Additional Information:

The rest of the online application process is straightforward and similar to prior years:

· General biographical background data
· Transcripts for all schools attended (uploaded to online application)
· GMAT or GRE score report (uploaded to online application)
· TOEFL (International Applicants) – Waived if you hold a degree from an English-speaking college
· At least 1 but no more than 2 professional recommendations (submitted online)

Our 2013 online application will be launched by August 1, 2012 and we will update via Social Media and E-mail with additional details. Once the application launches, you may register to start it at www.simon.rochester.edu/applynow and then complete the application at your own pace. The Admissions Committee will begin reading applications and inviting candidates to interview as soon as the application is submitted.

Can’t wait to get to know you as you go through the application process to Simon! Have questions? Respond to my blog, email us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu or call us at 1-585-275-3533.