Category: Current Affairs

Snow Day in Northeast – Application Deadline Extended to March 19

snowy photo of Eastman Quad

View of the Eastman Quad from Simon on March 15, 2017. Photo courtesy of Jason Buitrago, associate director of admissions operations and financial aid.

Greetings from snowy Rochester!

In light of the significant winter weather that much of the Northeast US is experiencing, the Admissions Office is extending our March 15th application deadline to March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) for all applicants. As long as you submit a completed application by March 19th, it will be considered for the Round 4 application deadline for admission and scholarship consideration, with a final decision issued on or before April 30th.

Hopefully the extra time will allow you to manage the unexpected challenges that you may be facing due to the weather, and also give full effort into submitting a great application to Simon for MBA or MS study. If you have any questions related to Simon, our programs, or the application deadline, please reach out to us via email for assistance – our team is available and ready to help. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application.

In the meantime, please stay safe and warm!

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 or 1-585-275-3533.

Witnessing a Unique Event at Simon

The following blog post was written by Andrew Belliveau, 2015 MBA Candidate

This week at the Simon Business School, students had a chance to witness a unique event: the conferring of an MBA degree that was earned 47 years ago. The degree was given to Gerald Gitner, and it was an honor to attend the event and learn about Gitner’s career since he attended Simon. He matriculated at the business school directly out of undergrad. After leaving Simon, his career took off in the airline industry. After just four years at Trans World Airlines (TWA) he became an executive and he served in increasingly important roles in several other companies in the industry, such as Pan American, before he started People Express Airlines. 

Dean Andrew Ainslie with Gerald Gitner

Dean Andrew Ainslie with Gerald Gitner

Gitner’s degree recognition was an inspiring event to witness for several reasons. Firstly, it is always nice to meet Simon alumni who have accomplished such incredible things with the skills they refined here. Secondly, I particularly associated with Gitner’s background since I also came to Simon directly from undergrad. Hearing his story about being recognized as a leader early on in his tenure at TWA gave me confidence as I embark on my own career. Thirdly, it was so nice to see Gitner return to Simon to accept his degree so graciously.

I hope that I will be able to stay connected to the school as an alumnus and this event was an example of what that might look like. I believe this is the beginning of a time of even stronger alumni relations at the school. 


Benjamin Todd Jealous delivers 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address at the University

Benjamin Todd Jealous, the youngest president in the history of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, delivered the University of Rochester’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 24 in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus at the University of Rochester.

Simon Business School students at 2014 MLK Jr. Commemorative Address

Simon Business School students at 2014 MLK Jr. Commemorative Address

As a fifth generation member of the NAACP, Jealous began his career in civil rights at age 18. He has since become an outspoken leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and via mobile. He announced last fall that he planned to step down from the leadership position at the end of 2013.

Mr. Jealous is a Rhodes Scholar, and a graduate of Columbia and Oxford Universities.  Additional notable accomplishments include that he was named to both Forbes and Time Magazine’s 40 under 40 lists, labeled a Young Global Economic Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was #1 on‘s list of 2013’s Top Black Influencers.

A number of Simon Business students attended the event and were very impressed with the words of Mr. Jealous. He articulated himself in way that connected with the students, yet provided the insight of a modern-day civil rights activist.