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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!

Funding your B-school studies

With rising costs for graduate study and ongoing concerns about exactly when we will officially exit the economic recession, prospective students have big questions about how to finance an MBA or Master’s degree.  There are a number of opportunities to finance the degree that will lead to a strong “return on investment” – especially if you pre-plan for grad school.

First, some definition around the types of funding that full-time students usually access.  Keep in mind that most students use a combination of several of the sources below:

Merit-scholarships – Offered to top enrolling students after considering your application and candidate profile.  This type of funding often requires an early round-application for full consideration.  Essentially money that goes toward the tuition costs of your study.  Scholarships range from smaller partial awards to full-tuition funding.

Graduate Assistantships – Part-time employment at the University that provides compensation toward your tuition or living expenses.  It may be based upon academic credentials or other skills that you demonstrate that are a fit for the type of work that you would be doing

Loans – The US government offers loans to citizens and residents as long as you are not in default from prior undergraduate or graduate loans.  There are also private educational loans available that will be based upon your credit-score and debt/income ratio.  If your credit score is weaker, then you need to also work on a plan to improve that, or alternatively identify a credit-worthy co-signer if you are seeking private educational loans.

Personal/family funds – I strongly recommend that you develop a financial plan to reduce debt and set aside savings toward the B-school investment.

Simon has recently been ranked the #1 private US B-school by Bloomberg BusinessWeek for “Return on Investment” with the average graduate seeing financial  pay-back in 3.8 years.  Some additional proof-points that substantiate this ranking:

• More than 80% of full-time Simon students received funding toward the MBA or MS degree.
• We offer a special  Scholarship Weekend event where top admitted students come to campus to compete for additional scholarship support beyond the initial offer at the time of admission.

We are very interested in attracting the best and brightest students and partnering in the B-school investment to facilitate your enrollment.  Are you interested in more details about Simon scholarships?  Visit our School profile page on “Beat the GMAT” for my recent online chat transcript on funding your studies or the Simon Website.

Rebekah S. Lewin, MBA ’02
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration


Simon has joined the Beat the GMAT community

You may not be aware, but Simon Admissions has just joined the “Beat the GMAT” community.  Despite the name, “beating the GMAT” is just one component of this online community of MBA aspirants.  It is a great resource for you the applicant to connect both with Simon School MBA/MS Admissions officers for our full-time programs, as well as with your peers who are going through the MBA application process.

Once you join the Beat the GMAT community (basically create a short user profile) you will have additional access to many great features:

  • You can post a comment on the Simon profile page
  • Connect with me when I host upcoming webinars
  • Exchange tips or information with other applicants
  • And of course, there are a number of GMAT prep resources for your use as well
  • Follow ”Beat the GMAT” on Twitter: @beatthegmat

So take the next step and Beat the GMAT – “Follow” Simon, and let us help you get to know us and ultimately best prepare for success in your MBA application journey.

Rebekah S. Lewin

Rebekah S. Lewin, MBA ’02
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration
Univ. of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business
Rochester, New York 14627-0107
Phone – 585-275-3533
Fax – 585-271-3907

How do you stand out in the MBA or MS applicant pool?

By Rebekah

Getting into a top B-school is a time-consuming, expensive, and stressful process for most candidates.  If you are in that majority, a constant question on your mind, is “How can I stand out in the pool of competitive applicants?”.  Here are a few things that will push you closer to an admit offer:

• Visit campus – make yourself visible to the Admissions officers running an event.

• If visiting is not practical due to your geographic location, don’t worry, there are many other ways to get connected.  For instance, ask to talk with students or alumni – either initiate this through your personal or professional network or through the B-School’s Admission’s office.  This will help you to do your homework on why you want to go to your target school.

• Apply when you feel that your application is ready to present you in the best-possible light – don’t just rush to meet an early deadline with a sloppy application.

• Be positive and professional in all of your interactions with the School.  That includes students, faculty, Admissions officers, alumni, staff – you never know what type of feedback on your interactions may be reported back to the AdCom.

• Use Social Media to keep tabs on what is happening on the B-school campus.  There are often Twitter feeds, Facebook fan clubs, or LinkedIn networking groups available – as well as the Admissions Blog which you are reading now!

Simon Admissions is hosting webinars for prospective students over the coming weeks which will help you learn more about our programs and the application process.  Check back for more details to be posted through the Admissions blog.  If you have immediate questions or are interested in learning more about the Simon School and our MBA or MS programs, contact me at rebekah.lewin@simon.rochester.edu

Rebekah S. Lewin

Rebekah S. Lewin, MBA ’02
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration
Univ. of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business
Rochester, New York 14627-0107
Phone – 585-275-3533
Fax – 585-271-3907