• Simon Ranked #29 in the US by Bloomberg Businessweek

    Simon Ranked #29 in the US by Bloomberg Businessweek

    I am pleased to share the following very exciting news with you: Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Simon Business School among the top 30 business schools in the US for its MBA program. This is part of the 2019–20 Best B-Schools ranking and is based on survey responses from MBA students, alumni, and recruiters about their goals and experiences, in […]

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  • The Simon MBA is Poets & Quants' Program of the Year

    The Simon MBA is Poets & Quants’ Program of the Year

    We have exciting news to share: Poets & Quants recently named us the 2018 MBA Program of the Year! The selection was based largely on the option to pursue a STEM-designated MBA regardless of a student’s specialization and our newly-launched curriculum. Both the STEM-designated MBA option and our revamped curriculum build on our foundation of […]

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  • Simon Introduces STEM MBA Option

    Simon Introduces STEM MBA Option

    We are thrilled to share very exciting news with you: Simon Business School has received a STEM designation for its full-time MBA program and is the first MBA program in the country where a STEM option is available for every specialization. “Since our curriculum is heavily weighted toward quantitative analysis, we felt like this made […]

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Class of 2020 MBA Spotlight: Ankita Bendre and Marvin Lalin

Next up in our Class of 2020 Spotlight series are Ankita Bendre and Marvin Lalin, MBA graduates in the Class of 2020:

Ankita Bendre ’20 (MBA)

Where are you headed after graduation?Ankita Bendre_6792
I’m headed to Microsoft as a business program manager.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite classes were Advanced Marketing Strategy with Prof. Mitch Lovett and Pricing Policies with Prof. Greg Schaffer. I loved the Advanced Marketing class as it was a stimulation course where we were running a company and had to apply everything that we have learnt so far—from our MBA classes to our prior experiences. I took this class online as it was offered during the COVID pandemic, but still Prof. Lovett and his TA Neal Burns made the class extremely engaging. Pricing Policies was another class that I really enjoyed because I was learning something totally new and found it very interesting.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Growth, fun, and educational.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
I think I have learnt how to effectively work with people from various backgrounds and working styles, and I have the tools that would make me a better leader. I have also gained immense patience and understanding of how to prioritize multiple projects/requests.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
I have many. But If I have to pick one, I think it would be my international immersion trip to Israel.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Know your story—each and every experience that you had before coming to business school is valuable, and those experiences will help craft your unique story. At Simon, everyone feels part of a community, and this feeling of belonging makes everyone at Simon so collaborative, loving, and invested in your journey.

 

Marvin Lalin ’20 (MBA)

Marvin.LalinWhere are you headed after graduation?
After graduation, I will be in Richmond, VA, working for Harris Williams as an investment banking M&A associate.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite course at Simon was the International Finance Global Immersion taught by the illustrious Dean Gregory Bauer. I enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Switzerland and explore European business and culture at the heart of one of the financial capitals of the world. Additionally, the opportunity to learn about the risks and rewards that firms face when operating in international financial markets was extremely valuable.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Transformative, inclusive, and collaborative.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
Simon’s strong quantitative program has allowed me to develop my financial modeling and data analytics skills. These skills coupled with project management and clear communication are essential for a successful career in investment banking.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
My favorite Simon memory was when the Simon National Black MBA Association was able to host a leadership and diversity fireside chat that featured the Mayor of Rochester, Lovely Warren.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
My advice to prospective Simon Students is to be intentional about the meaningful relationships you establish throughout your recruitment process. Additionally, it is important to understand why you want to pursue your MBA and if it makes sense for you at this point in time.

Class of 2020 MBA Spotlight: Daniel Bowater and Crystal Thompson

In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting a few members of our graduating class so prospective students can “meet” them and get a sense of where some of our recent graduates are heading.

We wish the very best of luck to all our graduates—the newest members of our alumni network. Don’t forget to keep in touch with your Simon family!

Daniel Bowater ’20 (MBA)

Daniel_BowaterWhere are you headed after graduation?
After graduation I will be heading to Edward Jones in St. Louis, Missouri, where I will join the Accelerated Leadership Program.

What was your favorite class and why?
Advanced Marketing Strategy was my favorite class at Simon and one of my last. It was a simulation-based class that incorporated marketing, operations, strategy, and finance. A great class to wrap up various topics I learned during my MBA.

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Transformative, challenging, and amazing!

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
Skills I’ve learned at Simon that will help me in my new role are problem solving frameworks, data and financial analysis, and how to give impactful presentations.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
My favorite Simon memory is the entrepreneurship immersion to Israel! We worked with an Israeli startup and developed a US go-to-market strategy. During the trip we also visited Tel-Aviv, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem, among other places.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Get out of your comfort zone, try new things, spend time with different people, be open and receptive to feedback, and be confident—you belong!

 

Crystal Thompson ’20 (MBA)

crystal thompsonWhere are you headed after graduation?
I’m joining Target Corporation in Minneapolis as a senior brand manager of financial products. 

What was your favorite class and why?
Advanced Marketing Strategy. This class was challenging, competitive and fun! The ability to run a company via the simulation allowed me to see all roles at work (e.g., finance, marketing, R&D, etc.).

If you could use three words to describe your MBA experience, what would they be?
Empowering, fun, and rewarding.

What have you learned that will help you most in your new role?
Exhaust all resources and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

What is your favorite Simon memory?
Experiencing the South Africa immersion with my classmates.

What advice do you have for prospective Simon students?
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and try new things outside of your comfort zone.

University Applauds Federal Decision to Rescind ICE Guidance

The following message was shared on University of Rochester website and social media platforms on July 14

The University of Rochester applauds the news today from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that the policy announced on July 6 to bar the majority of international students from taking online-only courses from US colleges and universities has been rescinded. The University views this reversal as a huge victory for international students currently studying at Rochester and all over the country. The decision to roll back the policy was made at a hearing today by federal judge Allison D. Burroughs.

Importantly, this news today means that the threat that our current international students faced, which included the real possibility of interrupted or cancelled studies here, is gone. ICE will revert to the guidance it issued this March that allows current students with an active SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) record to take online courses from either in the United States or from their home country or country of residence and maintain their F-1 status. Guidance for new/incoming international students is expected to be forthcoming.

Since July 6 when the ICE policy news broke, the University immediately expressed our deepest concerns to our Congressional representatives and urged them to support efforts to rescind it. We became fully engaged with the advocacy and legal efforts of our national associations, like the Association of American Universities, and joined with NYU to develop an amicus brief in support of the federal lawsuit that Harvard and MIT brought against ICE. Our amicus brief can be found here.

Our International Services Office (ISO) immediately began to help clarify the July 6 guidance for impacted students, and the team provided up-to-the-minute information and support to our students and their parents.

Today, we are thrilled for both our international students who contribute so much to the life of the University, and for the state of global education. So many individuals from all over the country came together to respond to this crisis, and we are overcoming it together. We hope that the upcoming guidance for new international students is just as positive.

ISO will hold a town hall meeting and issue additional FAQ’s as soon as possible. Again, we want to state unequivocally and directly to all of our international students: you are welcome here.

A Message from President Mangelsdorf and Provost Clark Regarding ICE Policy

The following message from President Mangelsdorf and Provost Clark was emailed to University of Rochester students, faculty, and staff on Friday, July 10
 
To the University of Rochester Community,
 
Monday’s policy announcement by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was unexpected, unwarranted, and cruel to the international students at our University and at other universities across the nation. When the policy was announced, the University immediately issued a public statement regarding this troubling and misguided effort, which may put the health and safety – and the futures – of some of our students in jeopardy. We understand the fear, fury, and anxiety this guidance has caused: we share it, and we will work together to overcome it.
 
This is obviously a confusing and distressing situation, and we are aggressively pursuing governmental, legal, and educational avenues to challenge these new restrictions. The University is joining with NYU to develop an amicus brief in support of the federal lawsuit that Harvard and MIT have brought against ICE. We have expressed our deepest concerns to our Congressional representatives in both the House and Senate and urged them to support efforts to rescind ICE’s guidance. And we are fully engaged with the advocacy and legal efforts of our national associations, like the Association of American Universities. Meanwhile, our International Services Office is working to clarify the DHS guidance, and the ISO team is offering up-to-the-minute information and support for our affected students and their parents, as well as those who may have questions or concerns about this issue.
 
We want to state unequivocally that our international students, who contribute so much to the scholarly, social, and cultural environments at the University of Rochester, are essential to our enterprise and they are core members of our past, present, and future. And we want to state unequivocally and directly to our international students: you are welcome here.
 
Sincerely,
Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, President
Robert L. Clark, Provost