Category: Simon News

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.”

MS in Finance Program Receives STEM Designation

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

I’m pleased to share news of a recent distinction earned by of our programs – The Simon Business School Master of Science in Finance degree program is now designated as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program, under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, effective the 2017-2018 academic year.

We are very excited about this STEM designation, which will provide many benefits to our MS in Finance students, including:

  • Creating expanded experiential learning offerings in the program’s core curriculum, including a new course in financial modeling and a new applied finance project
  • Launching a finance lab to support the rigorous analytics and practical application of the critical financial and regulatory software and databases
  • Allowing eligible graduates on F1 student visas to remain in the country for an additional 24 months of optional practical training (OPT) – for a total of 36 months without the requirement of a work visa
  • Signaling program quality and rigor to employers

As you may know, Simon Business School takes an analytic and economics-based approach to business, training graduates to solve the most complex business issues facing companies in the global marketplace. This approach has not gone unnoticed, as our MS in Finance program has been ranked among the top ten programs in the nation for three consecutive years. In their most recent ranking, Financial Times of London ranked it fifth in the US for pre-experience MS in Finance programs.

You might be familiar with the University of Rochester’s motto, Meliora, which means “Ever Better.” The MS in Finance STEM designation is an example of Simon striving to live by this motto by continuously enhancing the School and its programs.

If you have questions about this distinction or any part of the application process, please reach out to our Admissions Office at (585) 275-3533 or