Trista’s Tips: Get to Know Your Admissions Counselor

We are nearly one month away from the launch of our full-time application for 2020 entry, and Trista Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, is back to offer advice as you navigate the admissions process!

As you prepare for business school, Trista recommends getting acquainted with your admissions counselor—a specialist in your program of interest and someone who can connect you with current students and alumni, and help you get a sense of the overall community. In addition, regardless of where you are in the process, communicating with your counselor indicates that you’re serious about your candidacy and the school. Trista explains several other reasons you should get to know your counselor and how to establish a connection:

Here are a few additional next steps you can take before the application opens:

Plan to Visit Campus:

  • If you’re interested in the full-time MBA program, check out the dates for our Experience Simon Weekend events and plan to visit campus. Our signature events allow you to picture yourself as a Simon student and offer the option to conduct your admissions interview in person. 
  • If you’re interested in one of our full-time MS programs, schedule an individual campus visit to get a taste of life as a Simon master’s student in Rochester. 

Check Your Eligibility: If you’re interested in getting personalized feedback on your candidacy before you apply, please email your résumé or CV (and test scores) to We will respond in 3–5 business days with our experienced feedback on your qualifications.

Stay Engaged: We have a podcast and host regular webinars to share information about every facet of the Simon experience. If you attend a live webinar, you will also qualify for an application fee waiver—a $90 value. 

We wish you the best as you prepare for business school, and we hope to speak with you soon!

If you’re looking for guidance on what to work on before the application opens, listen to our recent podcast episode featuring Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, as she walks through elements of the application you can get a jump start on now.  

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