Category: Simon News

Simon Ranked Among Best MBAs for Women

We are pleaWomen MBA1sed to share the following very exciting news: The Financial Times has ranked Simon Business School No. 13 in the United States and No. 21 in the world in a ranking of the top 50 MBAs for women. The Financial Times combined several data points including salary information, pay gap, and institution reported data. Simon ranks No. 1 in the US for women closing the pay gap versus their male counterparts with a 148% salary increase from pre-MBA to post-MBA careers.

Attracting students to Simon has always been a priority. Through the Forté Foundation and Simon Women in Business, we’ve developed crucial scholarships, symposiums, and networking groups that help women flourish in business.

These rankings are a positive reflection of Simon’s students, alumni, faculty, and staff. We seeIWDk to continue our momentum by recruiting top students to our programs and providing a premier graduate school experience. Our ultimate goal is the success of all our graduates, and this goal is at the heart of everything we do.

These rankings were released just ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8). Simon marked the occasion by encouraging students, faculty, and staff to wear purple and to attend a Forté Foundation webinar: “Is it Just Me? Recognizing and Overcoming Unconscious Bias at Work.” We had a great turnout and came together as a community to learn about how we can all continually strive toward an equitable work force.

MS Employment Results — Class of 2017

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

It’s hard to believe we are already more than a month into 2018! With the New Year comes exciting news to share — our MS employment results for the Class of 2017!

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 2017 employment statistics speak to the power of a Simon education and our extensive Career Management Center resources.

  • 86% of graduates seeking employment accepted a position within 3 months of graduation:
    • MS in Accountancy – 92%
    • MS in Finance – 85%
    • MS in Marketing Analytics and MS in Business Analytics – 84%
  • Companies hiring MS talent include Accenture, Bank of China, CITIC Group Corporation, Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, Guotai Junan Securities Co., Ltd., JPMorgan Chase & Co., KPMG, LVMH, Nomura Securities, PwC, The Hertz Corporation, The New York Times Company, Société Générale, Staples, Inc., UBS, and the United Nations, among many others
  • Average total compensation was $53,100

Additional details and a full 2017 MS Employment Report are available on our website.

In addition to our exciting employment news, I want to make sure you are aware of our upcoming Accelerated Admissions Decision Deadline. If you apply by 11:59 p.m. ET on February 15, you will receive your admissions notification by March 30, which will allow you to get a jump start on your onboarding activities.

Please contact the Admissions Office with any additional questions. Best of luck as you prepare for business school!

Simon Business School Helps Students Achieve “A New Level of Clarity”

Last week, the Simon community came together to mark the launch of a new branding initiative that centers around the idea of “a new level of clarity” that students attain at Simon.

Dean Ainslie addressed attendees of the brand launch celebration.

Dean Ainslie addressed attendees of the brand launch celebration.

During remarks at the Simon Social, Dean Ainslie pointed out that the brand isn’t a slogan, but rather a distillation of sentiments students and graduates have shared about what they see as the chief benefits of a business degree from Simon. In short, a Simon education helps students achieve a new level of clarity about how analytical frameworks drive success in business; about what it takes to collaborate and manage in the contemporary, global workplace; and about their professional growth and goals.

Those messages resonated with Mike Alcazaren, MBA Class of 2019.

“As a current student, it’s empowering to know that we’re part of this vision and we can directly impact not only Simon, but the University of Rochester and larger Rochester community,” he said.

Last week’s event showcased the look and feel of the new brand both in printed materials and around the school. The new full-time MBA and full-time MS viewbooks (available in the program Admissions section of our website) feature student and alumni testimonials helping prospective students understand the ways in which they could gain a new level of clarity at Simon, and brand look books zero in on how the brand ideas translate among the different Simon programs.

The brand language on OSE's office: Let's be unabashedly analytical.

“Let’s be unabashedly analytical” — the brand language displayed on the Office of Student Engagement. Photo courtesy of Mike Alcazaren.

Visitors will also notice a change to the physical Simon space, not only in prominent branding language displayed in main common spaces in the school, but also in the office spaces themselves. Last summer, the Rotunda and the Office of Student Engagement underwent transformations, the latter incorporates a glass wall to encourage inclusivity and engaging common spaces where students are often seen gathering to do work or just catch up between classes.

In the fall, we will be launching a newly-renovated shared student space that will foster collaboration among the Simon community. In addition, the Admissions Office was renovated this summer and will be completed in early October. We look forward to welcoming prospective students into a space that is a physical representation of the clarity you can achieve at Simon with glass, natural light, and a bright design.

We invite you to “see deeper” and discover how a degree from Simon could bring your professional and personal goals into focus. Our first application deadline is now less than a month away – if you’re ready to find out where a Simon education can take you, apply now.

Meet Simon’s MBA Class of 2019!

August is a very exciting time for the Simon community, because it’s when we get to welcome our new students to campus! Classes officially began for our first-year MBA students on Aug. 4, but before that, the Class of 2019 got acquainted with one another at orientation. The students conquered a ropes course at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures, visited the Strong National Museum of Play, and had the opportunity to build camaraderie during a Niagara Trek, where they rode Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls and went to the Buffalo Zoo.


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MBA group shotTeamwork is a primary focus of orientation and one of the core values of a Simon education. Here’s a closer look at our new “team” – the Class of 2019 – by the numbers:

  • 105 – Students in the Class of 2019
  • 18 – Countries of citizenship
  • 5.2 – Average years of work experience
  • 33% – Percentage of female students
  • 2.9 – 3.8 – Middle 80% undergraduate GPA
  • 610-710 – Middle 80% GMAT score
  • 28 – Average age

In addition, before coming to Simon, students in this cohort have worked for the following companies: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chevron, Deloitte Consulting, DuPont Pioneer, HSBC, IBM, Infosys, M&T Bank, Macy’s, Peace Corps, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Tata Consultancy Services, the United States Air Force, the United States Naval Reserve, and Vanguard Group, 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 by applying now.

If you’re interested in our MBA program and would like to be a member of our Class of 2020, take the first step of your b-school journey and attend our MBA program information session webinar tomorrow, Aug. 9 at 12 p.m. EDT. If you have questions about the admissions process or about our Full-Time MBA Program, please contact the Admissions Office at We look forward to hearing from you!