Category: MBA

Meet Our Newest Full-Time MBA and MS Students!

August is always a very exciting time of year for our community because it’s when our students settle into their new lives in Rochester and at Simon!

Before classes officially began, students got acquainted at Orientation. MBA students had the opportunity to participate in the Niagara Trek, where they experienced the best Western New York has to offer. They also conquered a ropes course at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures, went on a tour around the City of Rochester, and lent a hand in the community by participating in Flower City Habitat for Humanity’s “Framing Frenzy,” where they built frames for two houses in a Rochester neighborhood. Our MS students enjoyed a “Taste of Rochester” lunch, had a chance to take a bus tour of the city, and participated in the “Amazing Race”—an interactive experience where students worked in teams to move through 10 stations around campus. The team with the fastest time won some special Simon gear!

photo of two women MBA students at the Habitat build.

Two first-year MBA students at the Flower City Habitat for Humanity “Framing Frenzy.”

Teamwork is a primary focus of Orientation and one of the core values of a Simon education. Here’s a closer look at our new “teams” by the numbers:

Full-Time MBA Class of 2020:

  • 104: Students
  • 17: Countries of citizenship
  • 5.5: Average years of work experience
  • 35: Percentage of female students
  • 18: Percentage of underrepresented US minority students
  • 3.13–3.85: Middle 80% undergraduate GPA
  • 600–710: Middle 80% GMAT score
  • 28: Average age

Students in the MBA Class of 2020 have work experience at the following companies: Accenture, BlackRock, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc., Deloitte Consulting, Fidelity Investments, GEICO, JPMorgan Chase & Co., KPMG LLP, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Peace Corps, PwC, Southwest Airlines, Tesla, and the United States Army, among others.

MS students gather for a group photo after completing the "Amazing Race."

MS students gather for a group photo after completing the “Amazing Race.”

Full-Time MS Class of 2019:

  • 406: Students in the Class of 2019
  • 19: Countries of citizenship
  • 64: Percentage of female students
  • 3.04–3.8: Middle 80% GPA
  • 640–730: Middle 80% GMAT score
  • 22: Average age

Students from our four MS programs—Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics—have work experience at the following companies: Apple Inc., Bain & Company, Bank of China, China Construction Bank Corporation, CITIC Securities Co. Ltd., Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co., LinkedIn, L’Oréal, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, Nike, PwC, The Coca-Cola Company, and Volkswagen AG, among others.

We are excited to see where Simon takes our new students, and we hope that you will be among next year’s incoming class! Get started—apply now.

Working on your application? Attend our upcoming webinar “Preparing to Apply and Common Application Mistakes to Avoid” on Wednesday, August 29 at 12 p.m. EDT. We hope you can listen in!

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 a lot of sense for our students,” said Andrew Ainslie, dean of Simon Business School. “Data analysis has been at the cornerstone of what Simon has been doing for decades, and we like to think that this designation is recognition of a ‘job well done.’”

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We have seen a trend of increased demand for a STEM-focused program from domestic and international students because of the career opportunities the designation opens. It signals to corporate recruiters that students will arrive on the job with analytic tools and leadership skills that impact a company’s bottom line.

In addition, a STEM designation helps international students transition to employment in the United States. Students receive an additional 24 months optional practical training (for a total of 36 months), which helps to bridge the gap between a student visa and a work visa if they secure a STEM-eligible role.

We invite you to learn more about this exciting opportunity during our upcoming webinar, Introduction to Simon’s STEM MBA Option, on Thursday, August 23, at 12 p.m. EDT. Rebekah Lewin, our assistant dean of admissions and financial aid, will be hosting the interactive session, and she looks forward to answering your questions!

The STEM MBA option will be available for all full-time MBA students starting this fall. Be among the first to benefit from this unique designation among US MBA programs—earn an MBA that’s more than a credential: apply now.

Visit Simon: Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference Programming

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

Travel season is well underway, and our counselors are visiting cities throughout the US and the world over the coming months. In addition to meeting in a city near you, we also hope you will visit us on campus to get a taste of what life as an MBA student is like at Experience Simon Weekend with Diversity Conference Programming on October 12–13.

The event kicks off on Friday at 12:30 p.m. with our Diversity Conference Programming, which includes a professional development session, a Diversity Leadership Panel, and an opportunity to network with Leadership Panelists, current students, and alumni.

Diversity Leadership Panelists include:

  • Kenyatta Andrews ’06 (MBA), Fiscal Director of Federal Programs, Achievement School District
  • Ken Burkeen ’02 (MBA), Founder & CEO, Heutiful and Heutiful Salons
  • Salim Holder ’07 (MBA), CEO, Find Your Plug, LLC
  • Lydia Perez Poole ’06 (MBA), Shopper Insights & Analytics Manager, Rite Aid Customer Service, Procter & Gamble

Experience Simon Weekend programming kicks off at dinner on Friday, where you will have the opportunity to network with Simon alumni, faculty, staff, and current students. The highlight of the evening will be a keynote presentation by Ronald Homer ’71 (MBA), president of access capital strategies for RBC Global Asset Management. Ron leads RBC GAM’s impact investing effort and is responsible for servicing the firm’s impact investing clients and ensuring that investment solutions are implemented based on each client’s customized impact requirements. His background and extensive experience in community investing enables him to identify a broad range of impact investment solutions for clients.

On Saturday, October 12, you and other prospective MBA students will fill your day at Simon with the following activities:

  • Alumni and student panels
  • Admissions interview (if you’ve started your application)
  • Campus tour
  • Sample MBA class
  • Networking with faculty, alumni, and students

After our formal event programming concludes late Saturday afternoon, you will have the option of attending our annual Fall Ball, where you can meet and mingle with current Simon students and get a taste of student life.

Visiting campus is a great way to assess fit, and at Simon we make it easy with generous travel stipends, complimentary hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, and meals during scheduled events. For more information email

We encourage you to register by Friday, September 21, to take the first step toward immersing yourself in the Simon community, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

How I Chose My MBA “Village”

The following blog post was written by Gavin Hall, a rising second-year MBA student interning at Cognizant as a summer associate for CDB Digital Strategy. He is an MLT Professional Development Fellow and is president of Simon Consulting Club and managing director of Simon Vision Consultants. This post originally appeared on the MLT Blog.

Gavin_diversity conference“It takes a village to raise a child.” That is a traditional proverb about how one’s community aids in their development and readiness for success. While the sentiment pertains to children, it has proved to hold true throughout my early career. I like to think that the community around me created a nurturing environment that guided me to the place I am now.

Thus, the main criteria I used to assess MBA programs during the application process was the culture of the community and my fit into it. It was important to me not only because you engage with your classmates six to seven days a week for up to 10–12 hours some days, but these individuals will be forever connected to you through the name of the institution on your résumé, for better or worse. I wanted to ensure that I surrounded myself with people I could forge meaningful, lasting, and diverse relationships with in an environment that allowed me to be the best version of myself.

Gavin_habitat for humanity_cropFor this reason, Simon Business School at the University of Rochester was my first choice, and it has been the most rewarding experience I could have imagined. The diversity at Simon is unmatched: the School is among the top 10 US MBAs for diversity and top 15 US MBAs for women. However, numbers are nothing without context. Business school teaches us to become leaders in the management ranks, which will become increasingly diverse, and Simon has cultivated an environment to experience that paradigm shift now.

The majority of the incoming members of the Simon Graduate Business Council are underrepresented minorities or international students (including the president, who originates from Ethiopia), and half are women. In addition, Simon’s Consortium fellows hold numerous leadership positions throughout the school. This is vital because we are in the conversations that matter and ignite change students want to see in faculty, staff, and alumni. Simon is not a place where you are Student No. 9,156; your voice is heard. And for an African American kid from Brooklyn, the opportunity to engage with people from all walks of life in graduate school has been invaluable.

The minute I stepped on campus in Rochester, something about the program at Simon felt comfortable, like this is where I should be. This was the village that was going to raise me to the next level.

If you’re an MLT Fellow attending Summer Seminar this weekend, Andrew Brayda, senior associate director of admissions, would love to speak with you! He’ll be offering application tips during the “Demystifying the Application Process” panels tomorrow, and you can also find him at Simon’s table during the fair from 9-10 a.m. on Sunday.