• Where Will You Be? Experience Your Simon Acceptance Moment

    Where Will You Be? Experience Your Simon Acceptance Moment

    The decision to apply to business school is a big one. It takes hours of research, preparation, and dedication, but when it all pays off, the feeling is second to none. Several students shared their reactions to the moment they found out they were getting a Simon MBA. Where will you be when you get […]

    Nov 10, 2016 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Preliminary MBA Employment Results - Class of 2016

    Preliminary MBA Employment Results – Class of 2016

    It’s that time of year again! We are so excited to be able to share preliminary information about our employment results for the MBA Class of 2016. This positive news is a reflection of our ongoing desire and commitment to facilitate excellent career outcomes for our graduates. Here are a few specifics: 95% of our graduates who […]

    Oct 25, 2016 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Oasis Foods: Not Your Average Start Up

    Oasis Foods: Not Your Average Start Up

    The following blog post was written by Sarah Spoto, 2017 MBA candidate and Simon Leadership Fellow What do you think of when you hear the word “entrepreneur”? A young man in a hoodie hunched over a computer, perhaps? A graying–but young at heart–millionaire venture capitalist, maybe? Whatever you envision, I bet you didn’t picture three […]

    Jun 29, 2016 | 0 comments | View Post

Simon MBA a Game Changer for Future Investment Banker

When his career came to a crossroads, Sebastian Ernest Nsanzugwanko, 2017 MBA candidate, knew he had a decision to make: change jobs or pursue an MBA. His acceptance to Simon was the start of a new chapter, and he hasn’t looked back. He secured a summer internship at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Tokyo, which taught him that his desired field of investment banking requires not only financial proficiency, but also a great deal of strategy and a deep understanding of how to identify and solve problems.

Overall, Sebastian’s time at Simon has reinforced what he observed in his professional life: business is all about relationships. As he puts it, “if people can trust each other, then that trust leads into business, and if you do good business, that leads into further business. So, if people cannot interact well, nothing can be accomplished.”

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Are you ready for your game changer? Apply now.

Behind the Scenes with the Admissions Committee

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin ’02 MBA, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

We recently started making admissions decisions for 2017 entry and I am sure every prospective student is at least a little curious about what happens when the Admissions Committee meets. Are there are certain aspects of the application that are weighted more heavily than others? What about minimum cut-offs?

Here are some insights on how it works, with a hope that this will help you put your best foot forward when you apply to Simon. Every application is reviewed by an Admissions officer who is assigned to a specific program. The MBA and MS Finance programs are split betweeMelioraImagen two officers due to the size of the applicant pools for those programs. It’s the responsibility of the Admissions officer to review the entire pool, provide feedback to the Admissions Committee on the profile of the pool, as well as to recommend final admissions decisions.

The application credentials of each candidate are carefully reviewed, including essays, interview feedback, and recommendations, and candidates are ultimately recommended into one of three categories: admit, waitlist, or deny. For each decision, there are usually at least two reviews – one by the Admissions officer and a second by the Committee.  When a candidate is interviewed, this is usually an additional piece of feedback from yet another Simon affiliate (current student, alum, or admissions officer).  Beyond the recommended outcome for each candidate, there is also a justification for the decision (i.e. how the candidate compares on both an absolute and relative basis to the pool of candidates).

In about 80% of cases, there is a straightforward discussion and Committee agreement on the final decision for the candidate.  In cases where there is not full consensus on the recommended application outcome, the Committee will carefully review the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate, and a final vote by the Committee will determine how to proceed.  In some cases, the committee may defer a decision while we ask for additional information from the candidate (i.e. clarification on a question from the application or interview; official score report from a recent GMAT, GRE, TOEFL or IELTS score; or grade from class(es) that are currently in progress).

As we move through the application cycle, we will review our wait list candidates during each subsequent round of applications (a new process for 2017) to ensure that we are admitting the best possible candidates from the overall pool of applications.  And to dispel speculation – we do not have any stated or unstated minimums for admission consideration. We encourage you to make every effort to present your candidacy in the best possible light – take the time needed to study and prepare for standardized tests, the application itself, and an admissions interview if requested by the Admissions Committee.

I hope this information has been helpful as you are planning for B-school, and I invite you to reach out to the Admissions Office with your questions at admissions@simon.rochester.edu or +1 (585) 275-3533. We hope to review your application soon!

Apply by our January 5 application deadline for maximum scholarship consideration and the opportunity to be invited to Scholarship Weekend, where you compete for additional scholarship beyond what is awarded at the time of admission. 

Simon Ranked Among Top 30 US Business Schools by Bloomberg Businessweek

We are very pleased to share exciting news we received last week: Simon Business School has been ranked among the top 30 business schools in the US for its MBA program by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Simon has long been regarded as one of the best business schools in the world, and we are pleased to be recognized for our world-class MBA program. This year’s ranking by Bloomberg Businessweek places Simon in top positions in a variety of areas, including:

  • No. 30 in the US for the Full-Time MBA program
  • No. 17 for alumni satisfaction
  • No. 29 for student satisfaction
  • No. 8 for placement three months post-graduation

These rankings are a positive reflection of the students, faculty, and staff at Simon. We seek to continue our momentum by recruiting top students to our programs and providing a premier graduate school experience. Our ultimate goal is the success of all our graduates, and this goal is at the heart of everything we do.

Where will Simon take you? Find out: Apply now.

Former Intelligence Analyst Embarks on a Career in Banking

The following blog post was written by Timothy “Fisher” McKenna, 2017 MBA candidate

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to travel the world. As a 5-year-old, I used to pore over the photos of exotic lands in my grandfather’s National Geographic magazines. I have always enjoyed athletics, and as a cross-country runner in high school, it was a special treat for me to watch gifted sprinters demonstrate their love for their countries in the Summer Olympics. When I got a little older, my imagination ran wild reading spy novels centered on international political intrigue.

Later, I discovered a facility for learning foreign languages, and by the time I enrolled in my first year at Cornell University to study applied economics and political science, I was sure of my path: I wanted to work for the government and be a globe-trotter. Shortly after finishing my undergraduate studies, I attended graduate school at the University of Maryland in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, obtaining a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) in international economics. While there, I explored the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and ruminated on career choices. I thought about the Foreign Service, the military, and even the Peace Corps. In the end, I was recruited to work with the US Intelligence Community via a selective national security fellowship targeting young, civic-minded Americans with strong academic records. Coming of age after the events of 9/11, and having lost a family member from the attacks, I felt I had finally achieved a medium to fulfill my patriotic duty.

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Fisher stands on the quad with Rush Rhees library in the distance.

My time working in counterterrorism intelligence brought me to multiple corners of the globe. Travelling to war-torn countries, however, incited an unexpected epiphany: Capitalism could be used as a conduit to encourage positive change. If people have access to capital through a stable financial system, they may achieve upward mobility through small business loans or impact investing, for example. For many disaffected youth, economic opportunities could be the perfect antidote to antisocial or illicit behavior. With a background in economics and an equal interest in mathematics and writing, I was compelled to learn about finance — the language of business — and sought to work in the field.

Pivoting to banking was a serious move, so I knew I had to apply to business school. After being accepted to several highly ranked programs, I chose Simon Business School at the University of Rochester because of its stellar reputation in finance, its small and international class profile, and the University’s scholarly setting, featuring iconic Rush Rhees library. In addition, my father’s cousin attended Simon, and I was proud to begin a new family tradition. Looking back, I have no regrets. Anchored in the highly-ranked University of Rochester, Simon’s curriculum is reminiscent of the academic rigor I experienced in the Ivy League.

Moreover, the career preparation I undertook in my first year propelled me to a competitive associate program in the summer of 2016 at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) in market and country risk in New York City. My decision to work in risk was influenced by my passion for government and my proficiency in qualitative and quantitative analyses. Risk at bulge bracket banks represents the confluence of government regulations and financial services, an interesting space in which balancing the core profit-generating activities with mitigation of threats to clients, consumers, and shareholders presents a dynamic intellectual challenge.

As a former intelligence analyst, risk analytics was a natural fit for me. In addition, my education in political science and applied economics—and now finance—as well as my work with the government, proved to be particularly useful. Within country risk at BAML, I conducted economic research and empirical assessments and wrote about current events to inform the Bank’s business strategy in Brazil. I was never lacking for material as the summer of 2016 was an interesting time in Brazil, with ongoing political scandals and a worsening recession. The field of country risk is fascinating, and Simon’s economics-based framework of dissecting business and policy issues helped me to evaluate the various ways the Bank should approach its risk exposure in an important emerging market.

The highlight of this experience was collaborating with partners in BAML’s offices in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to formulate holistic recommendations for predicted problem areas. I interfaced with C-suite executives and witnessed in real-time how macroeconomic research and data analytics drive strategic decision-making at the highest levels of one of the world’s largest banks.

Simon equipped me with the skills I needed to be successful in my summer associate program, and the School’s diverse and global culture continued to fuel my passion for a career in international banking. I look forward to a lucrative and stimulating career in banking. I will always remember the courage of the men and women in the military with whom I worked and will look back on my time at Simon fondly.

If you have questions for Fisher, feel free to contact him