Five Tips from a B-School Student for Navigating the Admissions Process

The following blog post was written by Lucas Nudelman, MS in Marketing Analytics Class of 2018

Even though I have nearly half of my MS program under my belt (which is hard to believe!), I can easily remember the application process. Now that I’ve had some time to reflect, here’s my best advice for prospective students applying for fall 2018 entry: lucas_nudelman

1.) Visit every target school (within your budget). For some interviews, I was allowed to utilize Skype, and for others, I was required to visit campus. At first I saw this as an inconvenience, but it truly did help me make my decision. It’s a great chance to evaluate if you can see yourself on campus, at that business school, and in that city for the next 1-2 years.

2.) GMAT/GRE scores aren’t everything. This works both ways, which is to say that amazing scores cannot save an otherwise weak applicant, just like an otherwise qualified applicant should not be discouraged by scores falling outside the ‘typical’ applicant range for any given school. If you have a dream school, pursue it.

 3.) Apply ASAP. Often, the early deadlines are your best chance of admission to any B-school and they are also likely your best chance for scholarships or other financial support.

4.) Do your research. It is so important to know what you are getting yourself into, and please keep in mind that rankings alone are not a good indicator of your personal best fit. Does the school place well in your target cities/industries/companies? How much does the school invest in career-building and networking opportunities? Is the curriculum geared toward your career interests? These questions are important to consider when narrowing your target schools.

5.) Reach out! Make an effort to speak with professors, current students, career services, etc. before making a decision. Not only will this help you make the right choice, but it will also show the admissions staff how interested and serious you are about pursuing your advanced degree.

Here’s a bonus tip: Be yourself. Whether it’s a Skype conversation or a campus visit, let your personality shine through. Admissions staff do not only look at your resume, essays, transcripts and scores–they look at who you are as a person! Do you have an engaging personality? Would you add a new perspective to your classes and the school? I remember having a 10-minute conversation with an admissions officer at a recruiting weekend about my passion for preparing meals solely in a toaster oven. To this day, I believe that personal connection is one of the factors that helped get me to Simon.

I wish you the best of luck in your search and hope to see you in Rochester for a visit to Simon! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have!

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