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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

A New Simon Degree comes to New York City

By: Crisandra Harrison

Before launching into the details of this exciting new program of study, I think it is important to acknowledge where the idea came from: Simon students.  Simon students are passionate and creative, often coming up with great suggestions to better the Simon School as they go through their student experience.  These students graduate and become amazing business leaders.  However, while their creative minds are in the halls of Simon, we strive to learn as much as we can about their ideas and experiences. 

Dean Mark Zupan teaches a class called ‘Meliora,’ the University of Rochester’s motto meaning ‘ever better.’  Students who enroll learn about the administration of the Simon School.  The culminating project is presenting a proposal for an initiative to better the Simon School.  The winning team – as chosen by the Dean, faculty and alumni – receives a cash prize and capital to invest into bringing their project to fruition.  In 2009, a team of MBA students in the Meliora class recommended bringing a MS Finance degree program to New York City.  They won the competition and now Simon is proud to introduce a new 13-month part-time program designed for working professionals in early March 2011.

Why a MS in Finance? Simon has always had strength in the area of finance.  The rankings prove it: #5 in the world for finance according to the Financial Times of London in January 2010; #13 in finance according to U.S. News and World Report in May 2010; and overall #4 in the U.S. for return on investment in Business Week in October 2008. Additionally, there has been significant growth in popularity of specialized master’s programs in the U.S. over the past several years.

Why in New York City?  New York City is home to more than 3,000 members of the Simon alumni community.  With Simon’s strength in finance and our analytic, economics-based approach to management education, this new program will be a great fit for working professionals seeking an advanced degree in the world’s financial capital.

Key Program Details:

  • Ten courses conducted on alternate weekends in midtown Manhattan, including the world-renowned faculty from your Simon experience;
  • Two courses held in residency weeks at our Rochester campus and in Europe;
  • A convenient schedule that allows participants to maintain their professional commitments while gaining a world-class education and developing a network of peers from the Tri-State region; and
  • The opportunity to apply all MS credits earned toward a Simon MBA with an additional year of study in Rochester.
  • Click here to view the Simon MS Finance in NYC Brochure

To learn more about this new program, visit: www.simon.rochester.edu/msfnyc.  Manhattan information receptions will be held on November 9 and December 14, or our offices can be contacted directly at msfnyc@simon.rochester.edu to learn more.

Admissions tips for the 2010 Application cycle

By Rebekah:

While gaining admission to a top-MBA or MS program is challenging and selective, there are some general “do’s and don’ts” that will hopefully help you to successfully achieve a favorable outcome.

First, the “Do’s”

  • Be yourself – be honest and remember that the application is going to help the Admissions Committee (AdCom) to get to know you.  Be realistic about strengths and weaknesses.
  • Have Career Focus and clear reasons for your graduate school plans – know what you want and have a plan for how the Simon School can be a partner to help you to get there.
  • Proofread your essays –  spend the extra time to look over your essays and catch typos, stay within the word limit, check your grammar and most importantly make sure you have answered the essay questions for the Rochester application.
  • Plan to check the status of your application online – decisions are released in real-time as they are finalized by the AdCom.

Now the “Don’ts”

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to ask recommenders to assist in the application process.  They need plenty of time to write your recommendation.  Also, give them a helpful reminder at least 7-10 days prior to your targeted deadline.
  • Don’t forget how/when to use the optional essay – it truly is optional, but if you have a weakness in your application, be sure to use that area as an opportunity to proactively address it.  Please be sure that you are only presenting information that is truly relevant to the B-school application.

Good luck – we wish you the best in your application for MBA or MS study and look forward to reviewing your Simon application!