Visits Persuade Decisions…

By: Mauricio Leyva’14 MBA Candidate

My advice to business school applicants is to visit the schools that they are applying to. As you are aware of from your college experience, there are things about college life that you would not have known as a high school student unless you would have visited the college in person. Personally, I have visited all the business schools that I applied to. Let me tell you some of the benefits: (1) You get to experience life as a business school student; (2) You get to better understand the culture of the school; (3) You are able to ask personal questions with current business school students; and (4) You can better articulate why it is that you want to attend that specific business school. Visiting a school is not cheap, but neither is this important decision in your life to attend business school.

Let me tell you about my experience at the Simon Business School prior to being accepted. When I first reached out to Simon students and alumni I was amazed by the quick and friendly responses that I obtained. This impressed me because all I mentioned was that I wanted to know about their experience. It showed to me that people had a valuable time at Simon, which they wanted to share. When I was coordinating my schedule at Simon I was helped by a current student who arranged for me to meet other students, attend a class, get a tour of the school, and try some delicious food. We are good friends today and he is a great mentor to me. The Dean Mark Zupan personally emailed me to connect me with three high powered professionals in my industry of interest. As a career switcher this was very important for me to have senior executives who can provide guidance and support. Now that I am a student I see the same benefits of being part of the Simon community, which is an amazing cohort of students who want to see each other succeed as well as alumni who are excited to share their professional experience.                 Come visit and I’m sure you will get to know the Simon culture and why we care so much about our community. I wish you all the best and I hope to see you at the Simon School of Business in Rochester, NY.

Mi casa es su casa!


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