• 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

A Week-by-Week Guide to Applying to Simon

We know getting ready to apply to business school can be hectic. There’s a lot to do, and while you’re writing essays and collecting transcripts, you’re also juggling professional and personal commitments. To simplify the process a bit, below you’ll find what you need to do each week to complete your application by our next full-time application deadline on February 15. 

This week (Week of January 12):

  • Prepare to submit your standardized test scores electronically through our online application:
    • – When submitting GMAT scores, use the “Official Test Taker Copy”
    • – When submitting GRE or TOEFL scores, use the “Examinee Score Report”
    • – When submitting Executive Assessment scores (MBA only), use the “Official Test Taker Copy”
    • – When submitting IELTS scores, use the “Test Report Form”
  • If you are an MS applicant, consider scheduling an InitialView interview. InitialView provides you with the unique opportunity to enhance your application by including an unscripted interview and a writing sample with your application. This adds an additional dimension to your candidacy and ultimately provides the following benefits: 
    • A guaranteed opportunity to showcase your English language skills.
      As you may know, admissions interviews at Simon are conducted by invitation only. By providing us with an InitialView interview, you are guaranteeing that the Admissions Committee will assess your skills during the application review process, rather than waiting for an invitation to interview.
    • Potential to waive your admissions interview.
      Depending on the strength of your InitialView interview, the Admissions Committee may extend you the courtesy of waiving your formal admissions interview; we have admitted candidates based solely on the strength of their application and InitialView submission.

Week of January 19:

  • Write your essays. Stick to the word limit and be sure to answer the question being asked. Also, don’t forget to use the optional essay to explain anything you don’t want the Admissions Committee to make assumptions about, such as employment gaps or a difficult academic period.
  • Collect your academic transcripts for undergraduate and graduate study as well as from any transfer institutions.
  • Attend our “Financial Aid Prep” webinar on Tuesday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m. EST for an overview of the financial aid process and options available to students.
  • Attend our “Q&A with MBA Alumni” webinar on Saturday, January 25, at 11:15 a.m. EST. 

Week of January 26:

  • Update your résumé. We require a business formatted résumé and recommend it be no longer than two pages. Focus on quantifying your accomplishments and keep the formatting clean and easy to read.
  • Attend our “Round 3 Application Tips” webinar on Wednesday, January 29, at 9:00 a.m. EST. 
  • Keep in mind: If you apply early—by 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, February, 1—your application fee is waived! (Look ahead to the weeks of February 2 and February 9 to be sure you complete those steps before applying!)

Week of February 2:

  • Select who you will list as your references. Professional references are recommended, but if you have limited work experience, you may prefer to choose a professor who is familiar with your passions and work ethic.
  • Review the MBA or MS application checklist to make sure you’ve gathered all the required elements of the application and are ready to hit submit.

Week of February 9:

  • Proofread all of your materials. In fact, have a friend or family member proofread your résumé and essays with fresh eyes.
  • When you’re ready, submit your application. We encourage you to not wait until the final hours of February 15 to ensure everything is submitted on time.

As always, if you have any questions about the application process, your candidacy, or Simon in general, please email us at admissions@simon.rochester.edu. Best of luck as you continue to work on your application!

Celebrate 2020 With an Application Fee Waiver!

January 5

Now that the calendar has flipped to January, many of us are planning for the year ahead. The decision to pursue a Simon degree will position you for success not only in 2020, but for years to come. 

Our Round 2 application deadline for our full-time MBA and MS programs is around the corner—just two days away—and now is a great time to apply. Not only will you automatically be considered for an invitation to Scholarship Weekend in February (where you’ll have the chance to compete for scholarships beyond what is awarded at the time of admission), but if you submit your application by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 5, your application fee is waived! When you’re ready to submit your application, redeem your waiver (which is unique to the January 5 deadline) by selecting the fee waiver option, and we’ll take care of the rest. We can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year! 

We wish you all the best as you prepare for business school. If you’re looking for additional advice as you put the finishing touches on your application, you can:

  • Read the recent blog post from Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, on preparing to submit your Round 2 application
  • Check out Trista’s Tips for creating an application that will stand out to the Admissions Committee
  • Listen to our Round 2 Application Tips webinar to ensure you’ve checked all the boxes and are ready to “hit submit” by January 5

We look forward to reviewing your application soon!

New on the Podcast: MS Admissions Ambassador Roundtable

podcast_MS AAsJoin Trista Kukucka, assistant director of admissions, for a chat with four current MS students about all things Simon: favorite classes, club involvement, where to live in Rochester, advice for prospective students, and more!

Panelists include (left to right):
Tuan Ngo, MS in Finance Class of 2020
Shirley Zheng, MS in Accountancy Class of 2020
Hector Abreu, MS in Marketing Analytics Class of 2020
Luke Bamburoski, MS in Business Analytics Class of 2020

We invite you to reach out to our students if you have more questions about life as a Simon MS student, but please note that response times may be a bit longer than usual as our students are on Winter Break until mid-January.

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.

Happy listening!

Trista’s Tips: How to Create a Standout Application

With our Round 2 application deadline for our full-time programs just around the corner on January 5, Trista is back with advice on how to use various parts of your application to best position yourself as a competitive candidate. 


If you still have questions as you’re working to finish your application before the January 5 deadline, we encourage you to review our recently recorded Round 2 Application Tips webinar to learn more about the full-time MBA and MS application process, receive additional tips on constructing a competitive application, and get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about applying to Simon Business School.