• UR Simon Weekend Reflections

    UR Simon Weekend Reflections

    The following blog post was written by Mikayla Hart, 2016 MBA Candidate. I’m very grateful that I participated in UR Simon the other weekend. This annual event, which is for Simon’s newly admitted MBA and MS students, was a busy couple of days. Students met future classmates, attended a case discussion led by Professor Greg […]

    Apr 20, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Tips for Creating a Competitive Application

    Tips for Creating a Competitive Application

    The following blog post was written by Senthil Sevugan, 2015 MBA Candidate. Narrowing down the schools you want to apply to is half the job. Applying to them is probably the other, more significant half. Like anything else that is important in life, a b-school application requires thorough research and groundwork. We know the key […]

    Mar 12, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Scholarship Weekend Reflections

    Scholarship Weekend Reflections

    The following blog post was written by Albert Chatigny, 2015 MBA Candidate. A week ago today, top admitted MBA and MS students from all over the world made their way to Rochester, NY for Scholarship Weekend. Some trickled in early to explore the city while others arrived Friday afternoon for the evening kickoff. For most of […]

    Feb 27, 2015 | 0 comments | View Post

How Simon Prepared Me for My Internship

The following blog post was written by Mikayla Hart, 2016 MBA Candidate.

I just completed the first half of my ten-week internship as a Strategy Consultant with Accenture, and I am happy to say that the skills and experiences I developed in my first year at Simon Business School have helped me succeed thus far in my internship. I can group these experiences into three categories: skills from in-class learning, career-prep from Simon’s Career Management Center (CMC), and extracurricular activities. Each category has been very helpful and I believe that a career as a consultant requires skills and experience from all three areas.

Mikayla Hart, 2016 MBA Candidate

Mikayla Hart, 2016 MBA Candidate

First, the in-class learning I received in my first year at Simon has been essential to the speed in which I can work. To name a few specific examples: Advanced Modeling prepared me for building financial models around ambiguous problems, and Social Entrepreneurship prepared me for the PowerPoint and presentation skills needed in consulting. Having these skills under my belt from Day One gave me an advantage of being able to work more quickly and efficiently.

Knowledge and experience acquired from CMC is another key aspect that has played a role. Networking and communication skills are crucial in order to succeed as a consultant. This is something I did not fully grasp until I started my internship this summer. In a consulting career, one needs to develop a strong and trusting network in order to be placed on projects of their choice. I thank the many programs offered by the CMC for helping me develop these necessary skills.

Finally, I’ve found that a key differentiator that has worked in my favor is the experience developed through extracurricular activities. I believe that my involvement in numerous clubs, programs, and departments at Simon helped distinguish me from other candidates and secure an internship offer. One thing I love about Simon is the fact that its small size gives students the ability to take on leadership positions and drive change in all areas of interest.

The ability to discuss these experiences with passion benefits you in terms of experience and networking. I’m very grateful for the opportunities Simon has provided me, and I look forward to returning for my second year this fall!

Simon’s 2016 Application is Live – Start Yours Today!

The Admissions Office is excited to announce that the 2016 application for Simon’s full-time MBA and MS programs is available. The application process may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few helpful resources and tips to support you along the way.

Application Deadlines & Timing

Please refer to the below grid, which outlines application deadlines and notification dates for the 2015-16 admissions cycle.


From an admissions perspective, we encourage you to apply early to maximize your potential for admission and scholarship consideration. Of note, applicants who apply in one of our first three rounds will be considered for participation in Scholarship Weekend.

However, it’s important to apply when you are ready! You want to submit the strongest application possible – it’s OK to submit a stronger application at the right time, rather than rush the process and compromise the overall strength of your candidacy just to meet a deadline.

Application Requirements & Essay Topics

You can refer to our Application Checklist and Application FAQ for this information. I would like to take this opportunity to unveil one of my favorite parts of the application – the essays. It’s an important part since it’s a chance for the Simon Admissions Team to get to know you. Below are the essay topics so you can begin gathering your thoughts and ideas of how to answer them.

  • Essay 1: Describe your short-term and long-term goals for post-MBA or post-MS. Given the fluctuation of economic and industry hiring trends, identify a back-up plan should your short-term goal not be immediately attainable. How does your past education and experience support your career objectives? Lastly, what aspects of your intended Simon Business School program make it a good choice for your graduate study? (250-500 word limit)
  • Essay 2: In 25 words or less, provide us with an interesting fact about yourself not expressed elsewhere in your application. (25 word limit)
  • Essay 3 (Optional): Share additional information you think is important in the evaluation of your application, including any concerns you think the Admissions Committee may have regarding your candidacy. (500 word limit)

Please note that these are the essay topics for the full-time MBA and MS programs only.

Next Steps
I hope you find this information helpful as you start or complete your application, but please feel free to contact our office if you have further questions or prefer support from the Simon Admissions Team. I also recommend that you participate in one of our many interactive webinars to help you navigate the admissions process.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Meet Tim Hayward, 2016 MBA Candidate

Simon’s first-year MBA students are keeping busy this summer by fulfilling the internship requirement as part of the program. Our students are interning in various industries and roles across the globe. Meet Tim Hayward, 2016 MBA Candidate, who is currently doing a consulting internship at Bain & Company. Check out this video to learn how b-school made him a competitive candidate during the internship process.

Interested in learning more? The Simon Admissions Team is kicking off recruitment travel this week and may be visiting a city near you! Off-Campus Events and On-Campus Events are listed on Simon’s website. For questions, contact Simon Admissions at admissions@simon.rochester.edu or 1-585-275-3533.

Simon Rises in Finance Ranking; Introducing Anticipated MS Finance Class of 2016

I write this blog post today with great contentment. Simon Business School is ranked No. 5 among U.S. schools for our pre-experience MS Finance program in an annual survey recently released by the Financial Times of London. Financial Times defines pre-experience programs as those aimed at students who have little or no professional experience. The ranking can be accessed here.


Simon alumni who graduated with an MS in Finance degree in 2012 were invited to complete the survey. For the pre-experience ranking, alumni responses are used to assess criteria including “salary today,” “placement success,” and “international mobility,” among others, that together account for 55 percent of the ranking’s weight.

When Simon first appeared in the survey last year, the MS Finance program was ranked No. 7. The Simon Community is excited to have moved up in the rankings – after all, this international recognition underscores the extraordinary talent of our world-class faculty and students. Areas of significant improvement since last year were placement success, salary today, and percentage employed three months post graduation. Our success is also reflected in an increase in applications this year, indicating that we will likely enroll a slightly bigger class in the future.

Based on student feedback, we have also created new, dedicated resources in the Career Management Center and Student Services that we hope will lead to even better outcomes for our current and future students.

Speaking of our future students, Simon’s MS Finance Class of 2016 will arrive to Rochester, NY in only a few short weeks. We look forward to welcoming this anticipated class – which is comprised of more than 180 students – as students have unique profiles:

  • Citizens of 20 countries, spanning 5 continents.
  • Students attended more than 120+ undergraduate institutions across the globe and majored in an array of subjects including Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance/Financial Management, Management, Mathematics, among others.
  • An average of 1.6 years of full-time work experience prior to enrolling at Simon.
  • Students have work and internship experience at a variety of companies, including Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Citibank, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, PwC, Standard Chartered Bank, among others.

We are proud of our longstanding tradition of excellence in the area of Finance, and we look forward to continuing this tradition with our anticipated MS Finance Class of 2016!