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Simon- a Great Place to Be!

By: Vasudha

I take pride in introducing myself as a new blogger in the Admissions office. As an applicant, I found the admissions blog to be helpful in making my decision to attend Simon and I could envision its culture to understand what I would be getting into. Being a blogger now, I am thrilled to share my experiences to potential applicants and to everybody out there who is interested in Simon. Simon is a great school and I am really happy to be here. I was impressed with the intimate approach taken by the school right from the application procedures through to the everyday activities held at school.

Being in a one year MS Finance program, I was excited and tense at the same time to start out in the program. To make us feel at ease, Simon Admissions in collaboration with the Career Management Center held a tea party. At this event, I met many of my classmates and future friends for the first time and was excited to be among such a competitive peer group. And later the first week was spent in orientation sessions organized by the Career Management Center (CMC) and International Student Office (ISO). My key take-away from these orientations being an international student is that the CMC and ISO are my new BEST friends.

The first word which pops up to our mind when we think of a B-school is “Networking”. And yes, “Networking” is all that I hear about at ALL times at Simon. The concept of networking and reaching out to people overwhelms me, but thanks to the CMC and their preparation modules held over four weeks’ time, I am well equipped with the necessary communication skills to start networking. There is help provided to us at all times, however the onus is on us to utilize the resources in hand.

Classes and Professors-

The entire academic year is broken down into four quarters- Fall A, Fall B, Winter and Spring. Fall-A and Fall-B are the smaller modules when compared to winter and spring quarters. The Fall term focusses on building up the foundation for finance and we are allowed to take electives in the winter and spring term. In the Fall-A term, we had three core courses – Statistics, Economics and Capital Budgeting & Corporate Objectives. The first quarter was spread over 8 weeks. Though it started out on a familiar note, the course picked up pace in a couple of weeks and we got to learn excel in various other ways than we had already known. These courses are the foundation for all the future courses which we will be taking.

In the present quarter, which the admissions team fondly calls Fall-B, we have three courses- Investments, Accounting and Corporate Finance. Being from an Engineering & Economics background, this quarter’s courses are really new to me and I need to put in extra effort to catch up to the fast pace of teaching. However, the highly interactive teaching methods and expected high level of participation makes sure that we come prepared to class. It is fun to wake up every day to learn something new and our professors strive to keep making us learn.

Student Services-

The student services team at Simon is a highly approachable and friendly team. They keep us updated about all the opportunities that are available in the market that we could make use of. Nate Kadar is the guy who takes care of the MS Finance class and he is our go-to guy. He is a really helpful and experienced person who makes sure we are enjoying our time here at Simon. Simon hosts many coffee and networking events for us to interact with the Dean, professors and alumni which is consistent with the intimate atmosphere that Simon values the most. That’s all for my introductory post. I will be coming back soon with more on professors, their classes, updates on Simon events.

Women’s Weekend- Don’t Miss this Opportunity!

By: Stephani Springer

As I think back on my admissions journey to the Simon School, there is one event that always seems to stick out in my mind; Women’s Weekend.  This weekend provides a great opportunity for prospective female students to come to the University of Rochester campus to learn about Simon and mingle with current students, alumni, faculty, and admissions staff. I am looking forward to joining the event this year to share my experience, as a current student for the first time!

When I attended Women’s Weekend as a prospect in 2011, I had the opportunity to network with alumni from my intended program who wound up becoming great contacts as I continue my time here at Simon. Female alumni fly in from all over the country to share their stories with future Simonites.  Hearing their stories can shed some light on what you can do with a degree from Simon and I can say from experience, you will not be disappointed. It also turned out that the alumni and admissions staff present at the networking dinner conducted admissions interviews the following day as well. Having the opportunity to chat in a casual setting ahead of time made the actual interviews the next day much more relaxed. This was one of the greatest advantages of attending the event.

Women’s Weekend also gives prospective students the opportunity to hear from current students what the Simon experience is really all about.  What better way to get the inside scoop than to talk to those currently going through it? Current students volunteer to help with these events, so take advantage of our presence and ask tons of questions; we are willing to help. Please click the link below for details and registration for this year’s event. I hope that all prospective female students will come join us for Women’s Weekend 2012 to hear the inspiring stories of these female powerhouses, learn about the program from current students, and maybe even have your admissions interview.

Women’s Weekend 2012 Event Details and Registration



Simon School accepting registrations for November 11-12, 2012 Diversity Weekend

Each year, Simon Admissions hosts Diversity Weekend – an event that brings prospective Under-represented minority candidates who are considering the Full-time MBA or Master’s program to our campus to meet current students, alumni, faculty and Admissions staff.  This year our Diversity Weekend will be held on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12 and the agenda will include the following sessions:

  • Admissions Q&A Panel Discussion –tips on how to position yourself as a competitive candidate
  • Current Student and Alumni Panel Discussion – hear from those who chose to attend Simon
  • Tour Simon School and University of Rochester Campus
  • Meet Faculty and visit a class
  • Career Management Center presentation  – learn how the School supports your career success
  • Social Activities
  • Admissions Interviews (by request)

To learn more or register to attend, view details on our Web site.  All event meals and hotel accommodations for Sunday evening are provided by Simon on a complimentary basis.  You are encouraged to inquire about the possibility of a stipend to support your travel to Rochester for the event via e-mail to Lisa Bravo at Lisa.Bravo@simon.rochester.edu

Rebekah S. Lewin, MBA ’02
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
Phone – 585-275-3533
Fax – 585-271-3907