Tag: "Business School"

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!

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.

Targeting a Spring Application Deadline – Tips for Success

We get many questions from spring applicants wondering if it’s “too late” to apply or worrying about coming in after several rounds of applications are under review.  Many express concern that some of our spots are 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 which application cycle you target.  Try not to over-think the situation as most top schools operate a waiting list to save some spaces for top candidates across each application round.  The Simon School also offers scholarship consideration across all of our application rounds, which is a huge benefit.  A few tips to keep in mind to help you put your best foot forward in the application process:

• Regardless of your reason(s) for applying in the spring, you should be confident and put your best foot forward in all of your application requirements – show how you expect to be an asset to your target school as a student and future alum.

• Be thorough in researching your target B-school and express clearly 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.

• The Simon Admissions Committee will not ask you to address “why” you are applying during the spring.  It’s your decision on if/when to provide this information to us. • 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.

• The interview timeline will likely be compressed given the time of year so be prepared to quickly respond if/when an offer is extended.

• Similarly, if admitted, the timeline for your response to our offer will likely be 3 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 some great students in the spring and we look forward to seeing you apply this year! Final application deadlines are as follows and rolling admission occurs in between the deadlines

March 15, 2013 – Final deadline for International candidates and 1-year MBA candidates

May 15, 2013 – Final deadline for Domestic 2-year MBA and MS candidates

To finalize your Simon School application: www.simon.rochester.edu/applynow

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration

We Welcome our January 2013 entry Students

On behalf of the Simon MBA/MS Admissions Office – Happy New Year!  This week we are excited to welcome incoming full-time MBA, MS and Exchange students to the Simon School for January 2013 entry and orientation.  Here’s an early look at the incoming class:

  • We expect to enroll just over 40 Full-time MBA students and 9 MS or Exchange students.
  • Within this cohort, 19 countries of origin are represented including Azerbaijan, Chile, Dominican Republic, France, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Pakistan, Peoples’ Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Syria, the USA, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela.  What a diverse group of incoming students!
  • Students have a wide variety of industry and company backgrounds with prior work experience at a number of top companies including Aon Hewitt, Bank of Nova Scotia, Deloitte Consulting, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, General Electric, JP Morgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, SMBC, and US Bank.
  • Members of the class have academic backgrounds that are wide-ranging and include such areas as accounting, biology, business, communications, computer science, economics, engineering, law, linguistics, political science, and Spanish.

We extend a warm welcome into the Simon community and best wishes as students begin Business school classes next week!

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration