• 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

  • Simon MBA No. 9 in the US for Entrepreneurship

    Simon MBA No. 9 in the US for Entrepreneurship

    We are excited to share some news with you: Simon Business School has been ranked No. 9 in the US and No. 19 in the world in a ranking of the top 50 MBA programs for entrepreneurship by Financial Times. This specialty ranking is derived from the core data Financial Times collects during their annual […]

    Jul 20, 2018 | 0 comments | View Post

  • MS in Finance Program Ranked No. 5 by Financial Times

    MS in Finance Program Ranked No. 5 by Financial Times

    We have exciting news to share: Simon Business School has been ranked among the top ten business schools in the US for its STEM designated MS in Finance program by the Financial Times! Simon is ranked 5th in the US in this year’s survey and 42nd among the top 65 Master’s in Finance programs in […]

    Jun 19, 2018 | 0 comments | View Post

Simon Teams Place in Recent Case Competitions

Simon Business School students regularly participate in case competitions—a great way for students to apply what they learn in the classroom to solve real business problems. Meet two Simon teams who had great results at recent competitions:

Cornell Investment Portfolio Case Competition, February 1, 2019
Two teams from the Simon Finance and Investment Club competed against teams from other top schools—including Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, MIT, University of Michigan, and Yale—to present investment case analyses and portfolio recommendations to a judging panel of executives and recruiters from firms such as MacKenzie Investments, Fidelity, CFA Society NY, OFO Partners, AllianceBernstein, and TIAA-CREF. Both Simon teams advanced to the final round, and Team 1 took home first place! 

Simon Team 1 poses with their first place prize.

Simon Team 1 poses with their first place prize.

Team 1:

  • Devanshi Goenka (MS in Finance, Class of 2019)
  • Harsh Hemnani (MS in Finance, Class of 2019)
  • Mark Matthews (MBA Candidate, Class of 2020)
  • Peizhe Xu (MS in Finance, Class of 2019)  

Team 2: 

  • Jingjing Bi (MS in Finance, Class of 2019)
  • Ana Preciado Arango (MBA Candidate, Class of 2019)
  • Shenyu Si (MS in Finance, Class of 2019)
  • Anuj Sharma (MS in Finance, Class of 2019)

Yale Health Care Case Competition, February 23, 2019
Chris Keenan (MD/MBA), Dan Silverstein, and Lohit Korrapati, three members of Simon’s MBA Class of 2020, took second place in the 2019 Yale Healthcare Case Competition. According to the competition’s web page, the event “brings together interdisciplinary teams of students across multiple professional schools and programs to solve the most challenging problems in healthcare and biotechnology today.” 

Yale Case Comp

We are so proud of these teams and many others that represent Simon at case competitions throughout the year!

Competitions like these, and other experiential learning opportunities, are important aspects of business education at Simon. Learn more about opportunities to enrich your MBA and MS studies with hands-on experience. 

Advice from the Assistant Dean: Spring Applicant To-Do List

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

Rebekah.LewinThis time of year we often receive questions from applicants wondering if it’s “too late” to apply or worrying about submitting their application after several rounds of applications are already under review. They express concern that a portion of the class is already reserved and wonder how competitive it will be for remaining spots. 

Don’t worry—if you are a top candidate, you will be competitive regardless of when you apply in the cycle. Don’t overthink the situation, as most top schools have a waiting list to save some spaces for top candidates in each application round. Simon also offers scholarship consideration in all five of our application rounds, which is a huge benefit. 

Here are a few tips that will help you put your best foot forward as a spring applicant:

  • Be confident. Regardless of your reason(s) for applying in the spring, you should be confident in your talent and work diligently on all aspects of the application. Show the Admissions Committee how you will be an asset to the school not only as a student, but as a member of its alumni community as well.
  • Do your research. Be thorough in researching your target B-schools so you understand the culture of the schools and can clearly express why you are a “good fit” for the program. Typically, the essay and interview components are good opportunities to express this to the Admissions Committee.
  • Apply when the timing is best for you. The Simon Admissions Committee will not ask you to address why you are applying in the spring. It’s your decision on if/when to provide this information to us. We understand circumstances change and people are creating new education and career goals all the time—we would love to help you achieve yours!
  • Plan ahead. All of our full-time programs begin in mid-July, so applying in March will provide more time to arrange the move to Rochester if you live outside of western New York.
  • Take stock of your scores. There will be little time to retake test scores or update items in your application after submission, so make sure you are really satisfied with your application items before submitting them for review.
  • Be ready to interview. The interview timeline will likely be compressed given the time of year, so be prepared to quickly respond if/when an offer is extended.
  • Don’t wait to secure your spot in the class. If admitted, the deadline to respond to our offer will likely be roughly three weeks, or possibly even less, depending on how late in the year you are admitted. Make sure you ask critical questions up front so that you are prepared to commit and enroll if you are admitted.

Each year we admit great students in the spring, and this year we hope you will be among them! Our remaining application deadlines for 2019 entry are as follows (rolling admission occurs in between the deadlines):

March 31, 2019 – This is an ideal deadline for international students to target, as it allows your I-20 to be processed earlier and expedites the Visa process.

May 1, 2019 – Final deadline for 2019 entry.

We hope to see you this summer to begin your business school studies. Put the finishing touches on your Simon application—we look forward to reviewing it soon!

Trista’s Tips: Preparing to Interview

Now that our two largest deadlines are behind us, we know many of you are waiting to receive—or have already received—your invitation to interview. Trista shares her best advice on how to prepare for your Simon interview, including the importance of knowing your résumé, what to expect from “blind” interviews, and her biggest piece of advice: being yourself!

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As always, if you have questions about the admissions process, please reach out to us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu

Simon Changes Trajectory of Accountancy Grad’s Career

Before she began Simon’s MS in Accountancy program, Jiawei (Christina) Song ’18 was planning to join one of the “Big Four” accounting firms. She soon realized that the overall business acumen accountancy students gain at Simon creates opportunities beyond typical roles such as audit, tax, and financial accounting. She is now putting the deep understanding of accountancy—and of business problems in general—she developed at Simon to work at Mars as a Leadership Experience Program trainee.


Our Round 4 application deadline is March 31—apply now to invest in your future. If you have any questions, please contact us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu or (585) 275-3533.