Admission Do’s and Don’ts from Simon

If you’re spending the long holiday weekend poring over your application and fine-tuning your essays, take a glance at this advice from the admissions blog of University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.

Blogger Rebekah offers tips for the bleary-minded which encapsulate some do’s and don’ts that may help you gain admission to the program of your choice.

Below, we pass along her tips for success–applicable for any program to which you may apply:

The “Do’s”

  • Be yourself – be honest and remember that the application is going to help the Admissions Committee (AdCom) to get to know you.  Be realistic about strengths and weaknesses.
  • Have Career Focus and clear reasons for your graduate school plans – know what you want and have a plan for how the Simon School can be a partner to help you to get there.
  • Proofread your essays –  spend the extra time to look over your essays and catch typos, stay within the word limit, check your grammar and most importantly make sure you have answered the essay questions for the Rochester application.
  • Plan to check the status of your application online – decisions are released in real-time as they are finalized by the AdCom.

The “Don’ts”

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to ask recommenders to assist in the application process.  They need plenty of time to write your recommendation.  Also, give them a helpful reminder at least 7-10 days prior to your targeted deadline.
  • Don’t forget how/when to use the optional essay – it truly is optional, but if you have a weakness in your application, be sure to use that area as an opportunity to proactively address it.  Please be sure that you are only presenting information that is truly relevant to the B-school application.

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