How to Get In: University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?

Generally, the online application posts in late summer (July/August) with the first application deadlines in the fall and early winter. We operate on a rolling basis with deadlines, meaning that we use deadlines to manage when we guarantee a decision to the applicant, but we also post decisions sooner if they are available. We have an interview by invitation policy that requires U.S. candidates to come to campus and international candidates to interview over Skype or in person, if we are visiting their home country. Admission offers generally start in the November/December timeframe and continue until the class is full. A candidate usually has three to six weeks to respond to our admission offer, depending on the time of year when we make the offer and whether they were also offered a merit-based scholarship.

8. Which firms recruit heavily from your school? Which firms hire the highest percentage of your graduates?

Some companies that come to mind that frequently hire our graduates include Citigroup, Constellation Brands, Cigna, Deloitte, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Goldman Sachs Group, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, M&T Bank, Merrill Lynch & Co., Novartis Consumer Health, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, and Xerox. By no means is this an exhaustive list, as we have a broad set of corporate relationships that we are managing.

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

Not editing their essays—either boilerplate essays that are generic and do not answer the questions or, even worse, referring to another school in their essay. Also, not being genuine; this usually bears itself out during the interviewing process when we spend time getting to know the candidate and find that what they say may have changed since the time when their essays were first submitted.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

Strong interpersonal skills, a compelling reason for B-school that includes internships and/or full-time employment, as well as campus or community leadership, and solid academics. Finally, and most importantly, a strong sense of self and good research that demonstrates why Simon is the right fit for their business school plans.