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Letters of Recommendation – why are they important and how are they used to assess candidates?

Letters of Recommendation are a mandatory component for almost every B-school application, regardless of whether you are applying for a full-time, part-time or executive MBA.  While the number of recommendations may vary by School, there are some general guidelines that will help you approach this part of the application process successfully.

First of all, when identifying your recommenders, formally ask each recommender this important question: “Do you have the time to write a positive recommendation for my application to B-school?”  While you may think that this is a given, you would be surprised as to how many applicants have recommenders who write neutral or even negative letters.  As you can imagine, this is a huge red flag to the Admissions Committee.  It might also be helpful to spend a few minutes with each recommender and brief them on your decision to apply for the MBA, what you hope to accomplish with the degree, and why you are targeting certain schools.  This information will be a good review for the recommender as they sit down and consider what to include in your letter.

To give perspective – B-schools ask for recommendations to get an outside viewpoint on you and hopefully validate what you are saying about yourself in the application.  Unless otherwise stated, most B-schools want professional recommendations from a current or recent past supervisor.  You should choose a recommender who knows you well, rather than choosing someone with an impressive title but limited daily interaction with you (ie. CEO).  The Admissions Committee will expect that your recommender can provide detailed information about your on-the-job performance, not just a list of adjectives that describe you or a personal endorsement that you “are a great person”.  They want specific examples of how you have demonstrated certain skill sets and competencies.  Hearing from someone who has worked closely with you and ultimately evaluated your performance and your deliverables provides this important information.   The recommendation should also be balanced – highlighting strengths and weaknesses, accomplishments and learning over the time that they have known you.

Final tips as you work on your recommendations:

• If you are an entrepreneur (work for yourself) or work for a family business – consider choosing a client or someone who has directly observed you working “on the job” and had a chance to evaluate your performance.  Do not choose a family member as it would not be considered a balanced recommendation.
• Even if your recommender asks, do not write the evaluation for them.   We expect that the recommendation is confidential and is coming from someone other than you.  We get your opinion about your work performance from the interview, essays and resume!
• If you do not want your immediate boss to know of your B-school plans, (ie. It may impact your qualifications for future promotion, bonus, etc.) then consider a recent past-supervisor or someone who has served in a project/team lead role over you.  You may want to address this in the optional essay and briefly explain to the Admissions Committee why you are not using your current supervisor for the recommendation.

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration

 

 

How do you stand out in the MBA or MS applicant pool?

By Rebekah

Getting into a top B-school is a time-consuming, expensive, and stressful process for most candidates.  If you are in that majority, a constant question on your mind, is “How can I stand out in the pool of competitive applicants?”.  Here are a few things that will push you closer to an admit offer:

• Visit campus – make yourself visible to the Admissions officers running an event.

• If visiting is not practical due to your geographic location, don’t worry, there are many other ways to get connected.  For instance, ask to talk with students or alumni – either initiate this through your personal or professional network or through the B-School’s Admission’s office.  This will help you to do your homework on why you want to go to your target school.

• Apply when you feel that your application is ready to present you in the best-possible light – don’t just rush to meet an early deadline with a sloppy application.

• Be positive and professional in all of your interactions with the School.  That includes students, faculty, Admissions officers, alumni, staff – you never know what type of feedback on your interactions may be reported back to the AdCom.

• Use Social Media to keep tabs on what is happening on the B-school campus.  There are often Twitter feeds, Facebook fan clubs, or LinkedIn networking groups available – as well as the Admissions Blog which you are reading now!

Simon Admissions is hosting webinars for prospective students over the coming weeks which will help you learn more about our programs and the application process.  Check back for more details to be posted through the Admissions blog.  If you have immediate questions or are interested in learning more about the Simon School and our MBA or MS programs, contact me at rebekah.lewin@simon.rochester.edu

Rebekah S. Lewin

Rebekah S. Lewin, MBA ’02
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration
Univ. of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business
Rochester, New York 14627-0107
Rebekah.Lewin@simon.rochester.edu
Phone – 585-275-3533
Fax – 585-271-3907
www.simon.rochester.edu


Simon School Full-time MBA Program launches new Web site

By Rebekah Lewin

After lots of planning, programming and testing, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new University of Rochester, Simon School Full-time MBA program web site.  This is the perfect place to learn more about our 2-year, 18-month Accelerated and 1-year MBA program options to determine what format is best for your background and career interests.  We also provide opportunities for you to meet our current students and alumni, interact with Admissions officers, and explore the process for admission and scholarship consideration.  If you are hoping to visit campus or connect with an Admissions officer near your current location, we list all of our upcoming campus events and recruiting travel for the summer and fall.  Most importantly, when you are ready to apply for 2013 entry, we provide tips on the application process, and the link to complete the online application, at your convenience, leading up to one of our application deadlines.

Check out our web site and let us know what you think!  We’ll look to connecting with you soon.

Rebekah S. Lewin, MBA ’02
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration
Univ. of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business
Rochester, New York 14627-0107

Rebekah.Lewin@simon.rochester.edu
Phone – 585-275-3533
Fax – 585-271-3907
www.simon.rochester.edu

MBA and MS Essay Topics for 2013 Application

By: Rebekah

Greetings from the MBA/MS Admissions Office! As we prepare for the 2013 Simon School full-time MBA and MS application cycle, I wanted to share details related to the application process.

2013 Full-time MBA and MS Application Deadlines
Apply early for your best opportunity for scholarships
Application Due: Notification By:
One-year Program, June 2013 Entry October 15
November 15
January 5
March 15
January 15
February 15
March 31
April 30
Two-year Program, (Aug. 2013 Entry)

MS Programs (Aug. or Sept. 2013 Entry)
October 15
November 15
January 5
January 15
February 15
March 31
Last deadline for International Students March 15 May 20
Last deadline for Domestic Students May 15 July 15

MBA and MS Essay Topics for 2013 Application:

Essay #1: Describe your post-MBA or post-MS career plans. How does your past education and experience support your career objectives? What aspects of the Simon School program make it a good choice for your graduate study? (500 word maximum)

Optional Essay: Share any information that you think is important in the evaluation of your application, including any concerns you think the Admissions Committee may have regarding your application. (500 word maximum)

Additional Information:

The rest of the online application process is straightforward and similar to prior years:

· General biographical background data
· Transcripts for all schools attended (uploaded to online application)
· GMAT or GRE score report (uploaded to online application)
· TOEFL (International Applicants) – Waived if you hold a degree from an English-speaking college
· At least 1 but no more than 2 professional recommendations (submitted online)

Our 2013 online application will be launched by August 1, 2012 and we will update via Social Media and E-mail with additional details. Once the application launches, you may register to start it at www.simon.rochester.edu/applynow and then complete the application at your own pace. The Admissions Committee will begin reading applications and inviting candidates to interview as soon as the application is submitted.

Can’t wait to get to know you as you go through the application process to Simon! Have questions? Respond to my blog, email us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu or call us at 1-585-275-3533.