• 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

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!

Top 5 Summer Activities in Rochester

The following blog post was written by Alec Kissinger, MS Marketing 2015

With the start of summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to explore all that Rochester has to offer. The following are recommended activities that I enjoyed doing as a Simon student, and I know you will too!

  • Rochester is a great biking city so break out your bike (or rent one) for a spin along the Erie Canal before heading down to Schoen Place for Simply Crepes, or a beer from Lock 32 Brewing Company. This quaint area provides a view of the canal and tasty treats.
  • For a particularly warm day, bring a towel and swimsuit to Ontario Beach Park to soak up some Vitamin D. You can play beach volleyball, walk out to the lighthouse, or take a dip in the lake. Pack a blanket and picnic if you prefer to lounge on the grassy lawn and take in the view of the water. Be sure to grab an Abbott’s ice cream to cool off at the end of the trip.

    Letchworth State Park, also referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the East."

    Letchworth State Park

  • Festival season has begun in Rochester! In case you didn’t know, Rochester is home to numerous cultural and arts festivals. So gather your friends and check out upcoming festivals online at Visit Rochester.
  • For the sports fans, a great summer activity is going to a Rochester Red Wings baseball game. Get your fill of hot dogs and pretzels as you root for the home team.
  • While the trees are green and the flowers are in full bloom, head out of the city to walk the trails at Mendon Ponds Park. The 2,500 acres of woodlands and ponds will refresh and rejuvenate you. The gardens at Sonnenberg Park in Canandaigua also offer a natural oasis. If you are seeking to really escape from the city, travel a bit farther to Letchworth State Park known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” With plenty of trails and outdoor activities, you are sure to have a good time.

When you are a student at Simon, it is easy to get caught up with school life and the job search, but it is important to take time to enjoy the weather and discover Rochester – after all, many of you will only be here for a short while! Enjoy your exploration!