Why I Chose Simon

By: Kathleen


Many of you reading this might be wondering, “Where should I go to graduate school or is Simon right for me?”  Well, I was asking those same questions just a few months ago and now I am an incoming M.S. Accountancy student at Simon. I would like to share a few key points with you about my decision to attend the Simon School.

Simon has all the makings of an excellent graduate business school: distinguished faculty, personalized career planning, coaching and a long history of providing top-quality business education. On top of all this, Simon was ranked 29th by the U.S. News & World Report in their 2009 “Best Business Schools Ranking.” All of these things were must-haves for me when looking for the right graduate school, but my decision to attend Simon involved so much more.

My primary reason for choosing Simon was the sense of community I felt when I visited the university. Since I only lived 45 minutes away, I had the opportunity to visit many times during my application and decision process. I had meetings with Dean Zupan, several members of the admissions staff, a professor in my concentration department and a current student at the Simon School. Everyone made me feel like I was part of a big family and knew that I would enjoy getting an education here. 

Living in the city of Rochester was also a big factor in my decision to attend Simon. I moved to the Park Avenue area in July and have never been happier living anywhere else. Rochester is home to many fantastic restaurants, museums, theaters, and parks. A few of my favorites: Dinosaur BBQ, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Letchworth State Park.

Classes have not even begun and I already feel like I have built positive, lasting relationships with many members of the Simon community. I’ve sampled the Rochester cuisine, shopped at the Public Market and listened to local music groups at Boulder Coffee Co. I’m really looking forward to the start of classes, but I’ll always keep time set aside to build friendships and enjoy the city.

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