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Advice From the Assistant Dean: How to Get Admitted in Round 3

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

Every year at this time, the emails and phone calls to the Admissions Office start rolling in from prospective students. They usually begin something like this:

“I know I am late in the application cycle, but I am really interested in Simon. Is it too late to apply and still be offered admission?”

Let me use this post to offer some perspective and reassurance. We have had a Round 3 deadline for years, and it is an important round for us to finalize our incoming Full-Time MBA and MS cohorts. Each year we admit great Round 3 candidates, and this year will be no different. We still have spots available and are eager to see top candidates apply so that we can offer admission and finalize our class. There are also still merit-based scholarships available to competitive candidates.

So here is what I would suggest if you are applying by March 15:

  • Make sure you have done your homework and can answer the question, “Why Simon?” Be sure to offer a compelling case for your interest in our MBA or MS program. Just as importantly, help us understand what value you will add and contribute during your studies here. “Fit” is really important and should not be underestimated in your application materials.
  • Get organized with your supporting materials – transcripts, recommendation, etc. – to ensure that everything can be submitted in a timely manner. While you can submit your application online without having other materials submitted, the longer we have to wait for these supporting materials, the later we will begin the review of your application.
  • Full-time MBA candidates should register for Experience Simon Weekend on March 23-24. If you attend, you have the option to schedule your admissions interview. This is the only option for a candidate-initiated interview during our application process and is a great chance for 1:1 face time with one of our staff or alumni interviewers. We offer travel support and hotel accommodations to attendees who visit from out of town.
  • You don’t have to have a perfect application profile to be admitted, but you do need the self-awareness to understand your strengths and weaknesses and to articulate them for the Admissions Committee. The optional essay can be a way to provide an explanation if you had a low semester of grades during college or a gap in your résumé.

So take the next step in pursuing your career dreams and apply to Simon by March 15.  We look forward to reviewing your application and getting to know you during the process!

As always, if you have questions about Simon, the application process, or our programs, feel free to reach out to our Admissions Office: admissions@simon.rochester.edu or 1-585-275-3533.

What happens if you are put on the Waiting List?

As admissions decisions are starting to roll out this winter, there are a group of applicants that will ultimately be given the opportunity to accept a spot on the “wait list” at Simon.  If you find yourself in this situation, here are some TIPS to keep in mind:

• Keep positive – if you are on the waiting list, there are aspects of your candidacy that the Admissions committee considers favorable.  Each year, we do admit some candidates from the waiting list, so there still may be an option for you to get in this year.

• Be introspective – are there areas of your candidacy that might be holding you back from getting the “admit”?  If so, what can you do to improve your applicant profile?

• Provide a timely update – if something has substantially changed, let us know.  This might be a promotion at work, additional coursework taken with grade outcomes, new test score, or additional internship that you landed.  Whatever the case, make sure the Committee has the most updated information about you.

• Be patient – as tempting as it is, please do not provide multiple updates or numerous email contacts to the Admissions committee requesting feedback.  We promise – as soon as we have an update – we will let you know.  It is truly in our best interest to let you know in a timely fashion of the answer, as we will be doing our best to update you as soon as we know whether there is an opportunity for you to enroll.

• Consider your back-up plan – I firmly believe that the best thing you can do is to give yourself options.  If you don’t get into Simon this year, what would you do instead?  Continue to work in your current role and gain additional seasoning and relevant experience and work to reapply next year?  Secure employment in another company or within your company in a different role?  Consider other graduate B-school options?  Talk to a trusted mentor and/or your family and figure out what options are your “next best” alternative.

While we have many well-qualified applicants who may receive an immediate admission offer, the waiting list doesn’t have to be a negative – it may just be a delay in the decision or outcome.  I encourage you to use the time to figure out next steps and consider some important decisions as you plan for your future.

Have questions about the waiting list?  Post a question on the Admissions Blog or email me:

Rebekah Lewin,
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration