• 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 […]

    Aug 17, 2018 | 0 comments | View Post

Have Application Questions? Check Out Our Application Tips Webinar!

Our Round 5 – May 1 application deadline is less than a month away, and we know many of you targeting Fall 2020 entry have questions about application requirements in this uncertain time. Please know the Simon Admissions team has care and concern for you and your loved ones, and we’re here to support you through every step of the admissions process.

If you’re looking for a way to connect with members of our Admissions Committee, we encourage you to attend our upcoming Application Tips webinar on Wednesday, April 15, at 9:00 a.m. EDT. You’ll receive advice from two of our counselors and get answers to your application related questions.

You’ll also:

  • Walk through the application process step by step
  • Learn what parts of the application allow for flexibility on satisfying requirements due to COVID-19
  • Receive tips on submitting a competitive application
  • Participate in a live Q&A—you may realize there were questions you didn’t even know you had!

This webinar is highly recommended for everyone planning to submit an application by May 1 but would also be beneficial to those submitting for June 15 (the deadline we added in response to COVID-19).

We hope you are staying safe and healthy, and we look forward to speaking with you next Wednesday!

We will cover several COVID-19 related application questions and topics during the webinar, but if you have immediate questions, please refer to our MBA and MS FAQs for assistance.

Our #SimonStrong Community Responds to COVID-19

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

First and foremost, I hope this finds you well. 

Over the past two months, we have been planning and responding to the impact of COVID-19 within our business school community as it has evolved into a worldwide issue. Though times are uncertain and unprecedented, we are adjusting and innovating in relentless support of the educational, professional, and personal goals of our prospective, incoming, and current students.

Here are a few examples:

  • After receiving feedback from many admitted and confirmed students, we are eliminating our Pre-Fall orientation and academic coursework and shifting our entering date to August 2020 to allow entering students more time to arrive in Rochester. This additional time will also ensure that more students can enjoy a face to face learning experience in a healthy and stable environment.
  • Staff members from every department continue to virtually strategize and reimagine programming that will keep current students on track toward graduation and success in the career search and that will provide a cohesive onboarding experience for our incoming students.
  • On March 11 the University of Rochester announced a move to distance learning for the remainder of the academic year. Our faculty and Simon Technology Services team pivoted in a matter of days to launch our Spring B mini semester courses online last week, and we’ve heard great things so far! We are grateful for the hard work from so many that allows us to provide an excellent virtual educational experience for our students.
  • The entire Simon—and University of Rochester—community is taking social distancing seriously, but thankfully that doesn’t mean we are disconnected from one other. Students immediately found ways to pull together while staying apart, and our Simon Slack channels have been a great resource for sharing Netflix recommendations, offering tutorials on new hobbies, launching fitness challenges, and more! In fact, recently students held the first virtual “Keeping Simon Social” event, during which roughly 35 students connected via Zoom to get a little face time with their Simon family.

We’ve always known our tight-knit community was special, but over the past few weeks it has shone brightly in a new way. We will continue to support one another and work through challenges together—we are #SimonStrong, after all. 

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve around the world, please know the Simon Admissions Team has care and concern for you and your family, friends, and all those affected. We’re aware many people targeting 2020 enrollment have questions about application requirements, so we developed COVID-19 related application MBA and MS FAQs to help answer questions that are top of mind for so many.

We wish and your family health and safety, and as always, we encourage you to reach out to us if you have additional questions so we can continue to support you and your graduate business goals.

Learn more about the University of Rochester’s COVID-19 latest resources and updates.

New on Simon Bizcast: Q&A with MBA Alumni

SimonBizcast_podcast_logo_MR1_LightJoin 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

Check out past episodes of Simon Bizcast on our website, and stay up to date on new episodes by subscribing: search for “Simon Bizcast” in iTunes, Google Play, or Spotify.

Advice from the Assistant Dean: Now Is a Great Time to Be at Simon!

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

Rebekah.LewinProspective students and current students agree that now is a great time to pursue the Simon MBA or MS degree. According to a recent Poets&Quants article, MBA applications to Simon have remained steady over the past few years, when many programs around the United States have seen declines in interest. Even more impressive, in a period when many schools have also experienced lower yield of admitted students, at Simon a higher percentage of our admitted students enrolled compared to the MBA Class of 2020. 

This outside validation confirmed what I had already observed on an anecdotal basis—and signals the value of our #SimonStrong culture which emphasizes diversity and inclusion and translated into enrolling a very diverse MBA Class of 2021:

  • 42% women
  • 24% historically under-represented US groups
  • 18 national origins

Additionally, students are pursuing Simon due to our curriculum redesign and the option to gain STEM designation in any MBA specialization, which resulted in outstanding career outcomes for the class of 2019:

  • 91% employed within 3 months of graduation
  • Record-breaking post-MBA average salary package of $142,166 (up 17% compared to prior year)

And we have seen similarly strong demand and interest in our specialized master’s programs over the past several years, with all four programs boasting STEM designation and post-MS employment results above 90% within four months of graduation! 

Although the MBA and MS application process is selective, the Simon Admissions team provides resources and assistance to help position you for success.  We strongly encourage you to contact our office. Here are a few suggested next steps:

  • Check Your Eligibility – Email CYE@simon.rochester.edu with your résumé and test scores (if you have them; we accept both the GMAT and GRE, so you can take the test that works for you), and desired program of study (please indicate only one program) to get feedback about your qualifications for admission. 
  • Attend our Application Tips Webinar on March 11 – Engage with our Admissions committee to learn helpful tips as you prepare an application for 2020 or 2021 entry—register today!

Learn more about why Poets&Quants named Simon the 2018 MBA Program of the Year and one of 10 MBA programs to watch in 2019!