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May 5, 2020

Join Nicole Guzski, senior assistant director of admissions, for a conversation with a panel of MS alumni on a range of topics, including why they chose Simon, how their program’s curriculum prepared them for their full-time role, advice for prospective students, life in Rochester, NY, and much more!

Alumni panelists:

Billy Dickinson ’18 MS in Business Analytics
Senior Modeling Analyst, GEICO

Carolina Mazzocchi ’16 MS in Finance
Business Valuation Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Lucas Nudelman ’18 MS in Marketing Analytics
Senior Marketing Science Analyst, Analytic Partners

Monica Perez ’17 MS in Business Analytics
Growth Analyst: Grooming & Personal Care, Procter & Gamble

Please note: This conversation was recorded during an on-campus event in February.

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Mar 5, 2020

Join Andrew Brayda, director of admissions, for a panel discussion with MBA alumni on a range of topics, including why they chose Simon, the internship search process, the STEM-designated MBA option, criteria for the job search, the Simon community, and more!

Alumni Panelists:

Mike Alcazaren '19 (MBA), Amazon
Patrick Coulter '19 (MBA), State Street
Adrian Finch '15 (MBA), Nutanix
Treadwell Singfield '18 (MBA), Zappos
Victoria (Tori) Vossler '19 (MBA), PwC

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Feb 12, 2020

Trista Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, moderates a conversation with current students about how they made their decision to pursue a graduate degree at Simon Business School. The students discuss when they applied, what criteria were most important in making a decision, what resources helped them decide to enroll at Simon, and more!

Student Panelists:
Hawa Sultani '21 (MBA)
Toby Motyka '21 (MBA)
Vihang Shah '20 (MS in Finance)
Jake Wittig '20 (MS in Accountancy)

If you're in the process of making your decision—or have general questions about business school—we encourage you to reach out to our MBA or MS students to learn more about life at Simon.

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Jan 28, 2020

Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, is joined by Angela Petrucco, assistant dean of career management and corporate engagement, to discuss career outcomes for Simon’s MBA Class of 2019. In addition, Angela provides some insight into in-progress results for the Class of 2020, how the internship search is going for the MBA Class of 2021, and her best advice for what prospective or admitted students can do before beginning the MBA to position themselves for career success.

Learn more about employment results for our full-time MBA Class of 2019.

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Jan 14, 2020

Join Julie Sadwick, senior associate director of admissions, for a discussion with several MBA students who are members of The Consortium. The group reflects on the application process, the moment they received their Simon acceptance, their experience at The Consortium’s Orientation Program (OP), what they like most about Rochester, and more!

Panelists include:
Moderator: Chey Savoy ’21 (MBA)
Juceliz Batista ’21 (MBA)
Kitenge Ngongo ’21 (MBA)
Crystal Thompson ’20 (MBA)

It’s not too late to become a member of The Consortium for 2020—contact us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu to learn more.

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Dec 19, 2019

Join Trista Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, for a chat with four current MS students about all things Simon: favorite classes, club involvement, where to live in Rochester, advice for prospective students, and more!

Panelists include:
Hector Abreu, MS in Marketing Analytics Class of 2020
Luke Bamburoski, MS in Business Analytics Class of 2020
Tuan Ngo, MS in Finance Class of 2020
Shirley Zheng, MS in Accountancy Class of 2020

We invite you to reach out to our students if you have more questions about life as a Simon MS student, but please note that response times may be a bit longer than usual as our students are on Winter Break until mid-January.

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Nov 27, 2019

Julie Sadwick, senior associate director of admissions, sits down with Greg Bauer, associate dean of full-time programs, to discuss the ins and outs of Simon’s MBA curriculum, the Integrated Student Experience—which intentionally links coursework, co-curricular activities, and career search activities—and the STEM-designated MBA option.

In addition, Dean Bauer answers pre-submitted questions about examples of client projects, alumni interaction with current students, the requirements to attain a STEM-designated MBA, and more!

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Nov 14, 2019

Andrew Brayda, senior associate director of admissions, is joined by a panel of current MBA students to discuss life at Simon. The students weigh in on how they determined the number of b-schools to apply to, coming to an analytical MBA program from a "non-traditional" background, the benefits of Simon's STEM-designated option, things they would have done differently during the application process, and more!

MBA Panelists: Calvin Crockett ’20, Miguel Garcia ’20, Wallace Gundy ’20, and Raazgi Haidri ’20

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Oct 2, 2019

Fit is important when deciding on a business school, and at Simon we believe there is no better way to truly get a sense of what your life will be like as an MBA student than to experience it for yourself.

Julie Sadwick, senior associate director of admissions, chats with MBA students who visited Simon during the admissions process—they reflect on favorite campus visit memories, how attending events influenced their decision to enroll, and more!

MBA Panelists:

Emily Bader '20 
Sean Dozier '21 
Joshua West '20 
Sayuri Yassuda '20 

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Sep 18, 2019

Jenn Crandall, senior associate director of admissions, sat down with Tushar Mathur, a 2017 graduate of the MS in Business Analytics program, during a visit he made to Rochester in early September. Tushar worked with Jenn throughout the application and enrollment process, and the two caught up on post-graduate career at IRI in Chicago, his favorite Simon memories, and how he stays closely involved with the Simon community by mentoring prospective and current students.

Ready to take the next step toward your future career? Start at Simon—apply now!

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Sep 4, 2019

Julie Sadwick and Trista Kukucka, two members of Simon’s Admissions Committee, discuss elements of Simon’s full-time application, pitfalls to avoid as you’re preparing to apply, common misconceptions about the process, and how to distinguish yourself as an excellent candidate.

View our application checklist to ensure you’re prepared with everything you’ll need to apply, and review our application deadlines to target the round that works best with your business school timeline. The checklist and deadlines are identical for MBA and MS applicants.

Next Steps:

Attend one of our live upcoming webinars and receive an application fee waiver (a $90 value).

Check your eligibility and receive personalized feedback on your fit with Simon—including advice and how to best position your candidacy—before you apply. Send a copy of your resume and test scores (if you have them) to CYE@simon.rochester.edu, and we’ll respond in 3–5 business days.

Start your application!

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Aug 8, 2019

Rebekah Lewin, Simon's assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, chats with Heather to give a brief overview of the MS Class of 2020 and the MBA Class of 2021 by the numbers. Rebekah also recaps Simon's 2019 full-time orientation and describes the courses students are currently taking in the pre-fall term. 

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 CYE@simon.rochester.edu. We will respond in 3–5 business days with our experienced feedback on your qualifications.

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Jul 15, 2019

Rebekah Lewin, Simon's assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, joins Heather to chat about the ways in which prospective students can use the summer months to prepare for business school before the application opens. Rebekah walks through the elements of the Simon application, pieces she recommends starting now, and her best advice on how to shine as a candidate. 

Visiting Campus:
If you're interested in Simon's full-time MBA, mark your calendar for Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference on October 11–12 and Experience Simon Weekend with Women's Conference on November 8–9. 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 CYE@simon.rochester.edu. We will respond in 3–5 business days with our experienced feedback on your qualifications.

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Jun 25, 2019

Our Admissions travel season to recruit for MBA and MS Fall 2020 entry is just getting started, and Andrew Brayda and Jenn Crandall, senior associate directors of admissions, join us to break it all down. They talk through the tours and partner organizations we travel with, share where we are headed domestically and internationally this year, and offer their best tips for making a great first impression at the table.

If you're interested in finding out when you can connect with Simon in a city near you, check out our full travel schedule.

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Jun 5, 2019

Curious about a specialized master's degree at Simon? Tune in for this discussion with all four of our MS admissions counselors as they answer frequently asked questions they receive, including how to report test scores, how we evaluate for scholarship, and if one part of the application is more important than the others—spoiler alert: all parts are weighted equally! Don't miss this opportunity to listen to members of Simon's Admissions Committee offer their best advice to prospective MS students.

Panelists include:

Maureen Plavnicky, senior assistant director of admissions (MS in Finance)

Jennifer Crandall, senior associate director of admissions (MS in Business Analytics, MS in Marketing Analytics)

Trista Kukucka, assistant director of admissions (MS in Accountancy, MS in Business Analytics)

Nicole Guzski, senior assistant director of admissions (MS in Finance)

During the summer months, our MS students head off to their internships or full-time jobs and therefore, have limited bandwidth. If you want to learn more about the Simon experience, contact the Admissions Office and we'll connect you with either a student or recent alum of the program you're interested in. Check back in the fall to speak with our Admissions Ambassadors for the 2019-20 academic year!

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May 21, 2019

Student-led clubs and organizations are an integral part of the MBA and MS student experience, allowing students to follow their passions outside of the classroom, develop leadership skills, and build their professional networks. Learn more about the various club offerings at Simon from Nate Kadar, director of student life in our Office of Student Engagement, and a panel of current and former club leaders:

David Pearlroth ’20 (MBA) – president, Simon Marketing Association; vice president of marketing, Simon Volunteers

Sam Drexler ’20 (MBA) – president, Simon Data Analytics; vice president of finance, Outdoor Adventure Club

Ben Johnson ’20 (MBA) – president, UNCorked; vice president of case competitions, Simon Marketing Association

Quentin Schneider ’20 (MBA) – president, Simon Finance & Investment Club; vice president of marketing, Simon School Venture Fund; vice president of finance, Club Europe

Arjun Arora ’19 (MBA) – outgoing president, Simon Pricing Club

Gavin Hall ’19 (MBA) – outgoing president, Simon Consulting Club; managing director, Simon VISION Consulting

Sanjan Panchal ’20 (MBA) – president, Simon Consulting Club

Aisha Yusuf ’19 (MBA) – outgoing president, Simon Volunteers; outgoing vice president of marketing, Simon National Black

Still have questions about clubs? Visit our website or contact the Admissions Office for more information.

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May 8, 2019

Looking for a chance to “meet” alumni from all four of our MS program? Tune in to this Q&A session moderated by Maureen Plavnicky, assistant director of admissions. Our alumni touch on a range of topics, including why they chose Simon, skills they learned at Simon that are most helpful in their day-to-day professional lives, advice to prospective students, and more!

Panelists include:

Skanda Sandeep ’18, MS in Finance
Corporate and Investment Banking Analyst – Global Power and Utilities, Citigroup

Paul Wehner ’18, MS in Accountancy
Risk Assurance Associate, PwC

Stacy Xu ’17, MS in Marketing Analytics
Data Analyst, SIGMA Marketing Insights

Su Zhou ’15, MS in Business Analytics
Assurance Senior Associate, PwC

Check out videos of Skanda, Paul, and other recent alumni in our MS Programs playlist on our YouTube channel.

Ready to begin your business school journey? Visit simon.rochester.edu to get started. 

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Apr 17, 2019

Looking for a chance to “meet” MBA alumni? Tune in to this Q&A session moderated by Jennifer Crandall, senior associate director of admissions. Our alumni touch on a range of topics, including why they chose Simon, impact of the Simon alumni network, the skills they learned during the program that are most applicable to their post-MBA careers, their favorite Simon memories, and more!

Panelists include:

Alyssa Rinck ’18 (MBA)
Senior Consultant – Retail & Consumer Goods, Cognizant

Erika King ’17 (MBA)
FirstNet Project Manager & Analyst (Leadership Development Program), AT&T

Philip Myers ’13 (MBA)
Director - Treasury, Global Liquidity Management, Bank of America

Shahbaaz Mubeen ’18 (MBA)
Senior Program Manager, Amazon

Dre Collier ’15 (MBA)
Manager, Accenture Strategy

 

Ready to begin your business school journey? Visit simon.rochester.edu to get started. 

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Apr 3, 2019

Join Jennifer Crandall, senior associate director of admissions, as she facilitates a panel discussion with current marketing analytics students, Paul Nelson, clinical professor of marketing and the faculty advisor for the MS in Marketing Analytics program, Libby Bakken, assistant director of MS Marketing/Business Analytics for the Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center, and Karen Platt, director of MS advising in the Office of Student Engagement. They share information about the program structure, course offerings, STEM designation, and career outcomes for our MS in Marketing Analytics program. 

View MS Class of 2018 employment results.

Questions? Reach out to admissions@simon.rochester.edu and you're guaranteed a response in two business days.

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Mar 20, 2019

If you’re an admitted Simon MBA student, tune in to learn why pre-MBA conferences are highly recommended for those beginning the full-time MBA program this summer. Current MBA students Ryan Bell ’20, Ashley Brown ’20, Jazmine Carter ’20, and Dave Schryver ’20 join Andrew Brayda, senior associate director of admissions, to discuss the pre-MBA conferences they attended, preparation strategies, tips for following up afterward, and general advice for members of Simon’s MBA Class of 2021.

Learn more about these pre-MBA conferences:
Consortium Orientation Program
Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference
Forté Financial Services FAST Track
JumpStart
Poets & Quants Pre-MBA Networking Festival

There’s still time to register for UR Simon Weekend April 12-14! This exclusive programming will help you get a head start on prepping for your career search and for pre-MBA conferences and networking opportunities. Register on the Admitted Student Portal by March 29.

Still have questions? Reach out to us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu and we will help you navigate and evaluate your pre-MBA options.

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Feb 27, 2019

If you’re an admitted Simon MBA student, tune in to learn about pre-MBA opportunities for those beginning the full-time MBA program in Fall 2019. Current MBA students Calvin Crockett ’20, Jazmine Carter ’20, Gavin Hall ’19, and Justine Lazo ’20 join Julie Sadwick, senior associate director of admissions, to share criteria for participation in these opportunities, why they chose specific programming, the benefits they received, and advice for members of Simon’s MBA Class of 2021.

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Learn more about these pre-MBA opportunities:

MLT Programs and Initiatives
The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
JumpStart
Toigo Institute

Check back next month for an episode dedicated to pre-MBA conferences!

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Still have questions? Reach out to us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu and we will help you navigate and evaluate your pre-MBA options.

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Feb 13, 2019

Join Nicole Guzski, senior assistant director of admissions, as she facilitates a panel discussion with current finance students, Dan Burnside, clinical professor of finance and faculty advisor for the MS in Finance program, Helen Wang, assistant director of finance for the Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center, and Karen Platt, director of MS advising in the Office of Student Engagement. They share information about the program structure, course offerings, STEM designation, and career outcomes for our MS in Finance program

View MS Class of 2018 interim employment results

Don't wait, apply by February 15!

Questions? Reach out to admissions@simon.rochester.edu and you're guaranteed a response in two business days. 
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Jan 29, 2019

Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid sits down for a chat with Angela Petrucco, assistant dean of the Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center about Angela's background before coming (back!) to Simon, her vision for the Benet CMC going forward, and early projections for MBA Class of 2019 career outcomes. 

Ready to apply? Get started

Still have questions? Contact the admissions team at admissions@simon.rochester.edu—we would love to hear from you!

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Jan 18, 2019

Join Trista Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, as she facilitates a panel discussion with current accountancy students, Heidi Ames, career counselor from the Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center, Dan Compo, an MS advisor in the Office of Student Engagement, and Heidi Tribunella, clinical professor of accounting and the faculty advisor for the MS in Accountancy program. They share information about the program structure, course offerings, STEM designation, and career outcomes of our MS in Accountancy program

View Class of 2018 interim employment results

Ready to apply? Get started

Still have questions? Reach out to the Admissions Office at admissions@simon.rochester.edu -- we would love to hear from you!

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Jan 2, 2019

Julie Sadwick and Andrew Brayda, senior associate directors of admissions at Simon, are back to share advice in advance of our fast-approaching January 5 application deadline. They discuss application requirements, the process for re-applicants, our holistic approach to application review, scholarship support, and more. Even if you are targeting a later application deadline, these tips will benefit you as you prepare to hit "submit." 

Already listened to Andrew and Julie's advice? Apply now

Still have questions? Email us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu or call us at (585) 275-3533.

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