• 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

Cars, Careers, and Community – Sarah Spoto, MBA Class of 2017

Since she was young, Sarah Spoto, 2017 MBA candidate, has loved cars – a love instilled in her by her dad. She knew if she paired her love of the automotive industry with a Simon MBA, the result could be the career she’d always dreamed of.

Sarah began working toward her goal before she even set foot on campus. Simon staff connected her with a first-year MBA student who was about to start an internship at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). With his insight, Sarah was able to get her foot in the door and secure a summer corporate leadership development internship with FCA, where she worked on internal auditing of business processes. After she completes her MBA program, Sarah will join the Marketing Rotational Program at General Motors, a company run by the first female CEO in US auto manufacturing.

Reflecting on her MBA journey is satisfying and a little surreal for Sarah.

“I wanted to get a marketing role at an automotive company, and to top it all off, there’s a female CEO,” she said. “I was like, ‘OK, this is it. This is what I came here to do.’”

Photo of Sarah Spoto and her sister

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Dining Decisions: A Compilation of Campus Culinary Options

The following blog post was written by Erinma Ogbonna, 2017 MS in Marketing Analytics candidate

When I arrived in Rochester last July to begin my master’s, it was the farthest away from home I had ever been. One aspect that made the transition easier was the availability of good food on campus. These are a few of my favorite places to eat as a Simon student:

The Buzzerinma_buzz
Where to find it: Schlegel Hall, level one.
As the only dining area in Simon Business School, this place really does buzz as students pass through to grab a quick coffee or a snack between classes. When you have a bit more time, The Buzz serves some tasty meals too. You can get salads, sandwiches, soups (I hear the corn chowder is great, but I have yet to try it), and microwaveable Indian meals – my personal favorite. Once you’ve got your food, you can relax on the low, comfy couches or, if you want to get some work in during lunch, choose one of the office-style chairs grouped around several tables.

The Piterinma_pit
Where to find it: Wilson Commons, level one
Wilson Commons is the center of campus dining, and The Pit is the heart of Wilson Commons. Burgers, pizza, tacos…they have it all. Panda Express, which serves Chinese food, usually has the longest line, but it’s well worth a bit of await. Their orange chicken is addictive, and I’m willing to bet that being wished a “happy, silly day” by one of the servers will bring a smile to your face. You can round out your meal with a yummy dessert from the refrigerator on the way out or choose from a selection of fresh fruits.

Where to find it: Wilson Commons, level three.
Like other Starbucks cafés, the on-campus Starbucks is a great place to hang out with friends, get some work done, or just sit and read with a cup of coffee. The lines can be intimidatingly long, but with the efficient and welcoming staff, they move fast and you’re always greeted with a smile. I visited Starbucks often for their iced lemonade in the summer, and now that it’s colder (and I’m hungrier) their oatmeal cookies make a tasty snack.

erinma_douglassDouglass Dining Center
Where to find it: Frederick Douglass Building, level one
This is the newest student dining center on campus, which offers an all-you-can-eat buffet for $12.50. It’s a pretty big space, with five food stations serving a wide variety of fare. I highly recommend the baked chicken from the Kosher Comfort station. My first visit to Douglass was on a November evening; the warmth and light, mouth-watering aromas, and bubbly social atmosphere made it the perfect end to a long, cold day.

Pura Vida
Where to find it: Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics, level one.
I noticed this little café during my first few weeks at Simon, as I cut through Goergen Hall to get to class every morning. It soon became the regular lunch spot for me and one of my friends, as we were looking for somewhere relatively quiet to eat. Offerings include salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups. The chicken salad sandwich is my favorite thing to eat here. If you want something a bit more filling, I would recommend their meatball sub.

MS Employment Results – Class of 2016

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

Happy New Year! 2017 is off to a great start here at Simon — we have exciting news to share about our MS employment results for the Class of 2016!

At Simon, we are committed to your career success. Even before you arrive in Rochester, you will complete online career trainings and workshops to ensure you stand out during the recruitment season. These MS Class of 2016 employment statistics speak to the power of a Simon education and our extensive Career Management Center resources.

  • 84% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within 3 months of graduation:
    • MS in Accountancy – 85%
    • MS in Finance – 85%
    • MS in Marketing Analytics and MS in Business Analytics – 81%
  • Companies hiring MS talent include Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., CITIC Securities Co., Ltd., Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Guotai Junan Securities Co., Ltd., The Hertz Company, JPMorgan Chase & Co., L’Oréal, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Saks Fifth Avenue, Verizon, and The Walt Disney Company, among many others
  • Average total compensation was $61,300

Additional details and a full 2016 MS Employment Report are available on our website.

If you’re planning to submit your application for our March 15 application deadline, I encourage you to tune in to our Round 4 – Admissions Tips Webinar on Wednesday, February 22 at 12:00 p.m. EST. If you have additional questions, please contact the Admissions Office.

Best of luck to you as you prepare for business school!

Simon Story: Perfecting the Art of Networking

At the start of his time at Simon, Sagar Mehta, 2017 MBA candidate, found networking to be one of the more intimidating aspects of business school. Throughout the course of his program, he found that the small MBA class size allowed him to build meaningful relationships that were fruitful both personally and professionally. After getting to know his interests, one of his classmates identified a corporate finance position with Sagar in mind and encouraged him to apply for it. As Sagar puts it, “You can’t have that in a class of 400 people.”

Sagar’s emphasis on networking certainly paid off: He’s accepted a full-time position with Citi after he graduates.


Where will Simon take you? Apply by our Round 3 – January 5 deadline to maximize your consideration for admission and merit-based scholarships.