Category: Simon News

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!

MS in Finance ranked No. 6 in the US by Financial Times of London

We are pleased to share the following very exciting news with you: Simon Business School has been ranked among the top ten business schools in the US for its MS in Finance program by the Financial Times of London for the third consecutive year. Simon is ranked 6th in the US in this year’s survey and 43rd among the top 60 Master in Finance programs in the world.

Simon has long been regarded as one of the best business schools in the world, with particular strength in finance, and we are pleased to again be recognized for our world-class MS in Finance program by the Financial Times in its June 19, 2017 issue. It bears testimony to the leadership provided by our faculty in this field for almost 50 years.

To ensure our MS in Finance program remains one of the nation’s top programs, we strive for continuous improvement. The program was recently STEM designated, and in fact, our first cohort of MSF STEM students will be graduating in December after completing a new course, Financial Modeling, which was designed to satisfy recruiter’s demands for students who have applied financial experience.

Hear our students describe the program in their own words:


Interested in an MS in Finance from Simon? We are accepting applications for fall 2017 on a case-by-case basis, and our application for fall 2018 enrollment opens in a few weeks — stay tuned!

Distant and Rosales Named to List of Best & Brightest in MBA Class of 2017

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David Distant (top) and Jorge Rosales Carpio are Simon MBAs named to Poets & Quants’ list of Best & Brightest MBAs in the Class of 2017.

Congratulations to David Distant and Jorge Rosales Carpio, who were named to Poets & Quants’ list of Best & Brightest MBAs for the Class of 2017! After graduation, David is headed to Citi as a technology investment banking associate, and Jorge will join Simon-Kucher & Partners as a senior consultant.

Here’s an excerpt from their full bios on advice they would give prospective students who are considering Simon:

David: “The best advice I can tell a prospective student is to network with the Admissions office. Building good relationships with the admissions team can easily be the determining factor in admission to Simon and the potential for a scholarship.”

Jorge: “You will come to the greatest hidden gem among the business schools in the world, with some of the best faculty who will give you the tools to become a great professional, but you need to put everything on your side to make a good use of the opportunities you will receive.”