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Meet Simon’s MS Class of 2018!

Classes officially began for students in our four MS programs – Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics – on July 31, but before that the Class of 2018 got acquainted with one another at orientation. The students went on a bus tour around the City of Rochester, visited the Strong National Museum of Play, had a happy hour at Artisan Works, and competed in an “Amazing Race” of team building activities on the quad.

amazing race

MSBAMSF 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 MS Class of 2018 – by the numbers:

  • 357 – Students in the Class of 2018
  • 15 – Countries of citizenship
  • 62 – Percentage of female students
  • 3.1-3.8 – Middle 80% GPA
  • 640-740 – Middle 80% GMAT score
  • 23 – Average age

In addition, before coming to Simon students in this cohort have interned or worked for the following companies: Accenture, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BMW Group, Citibank, Deloitte, EY, General Electric, HSBC Group, McKinsey & Company, Nestlé, Nielsen, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Prudential Financial, Starcom Media, and Target, 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 more information our specialized master’s programs, attend our MS programs information session webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 9 a.m. EDT. If you have questions about the admissions process or about our Full-Time MS programs, please contact the Admissions Office at 585.275.3533 or

Application Preview: Updates for Fall 2018 Entry

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again: The Simon Business School 2018 application will go live on Monday, July 10!

Here’s some information that will be helpful to know as you prepare to apply for the MBA Class of 2020 or the MS Class of 2019:

We wanted to alert you to two notable updates we made to this year’s application:

Rush Rhees1.) You now have the opportunity to provide an InitialView interview and writing sample when applying, which the Simon Admissions Committee will use as part of the holistic review of your application. While this is not a required component, it is an excellent way to add another dimension to your candidacy. For more details, visit our FAQs.

2.) The TOEFL/IELTS exam is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English. This requirement is now waived for applicants who meet the following conditions prior to matriculation at Simon:

Attended three or more years of post-secondary education taught solely in English and received a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college or university where English was the language of instruction.

Essay Preview

We wanted to give our faithful blog readers a sneak peek of Simon’s essay prompts for 2018. Please keep in mind that fully answering each question, staying within the word limit, and using correct grammar and spelling are all important elements of writing a successful essay. We recommend that you start developing your essays early and then read, re-read, and edit them accordingly. Having someone else proof read your essays is often beneficial as well.

Essay 1: Describe your short-term and long-term goals for post-MBA or post-MS. Given the fluctuation of economic and industry hiring trends, identify a back-up plan should your short-term goal not be immediately attainable. How does your past education and experience support your career objectives? Lastly, what aspects of your intended Simon Business School program make it a good choice for your graduate study? (250-500 word limit)

Essay 2: In 25 words or less, provide us with an interesting fact about yourself not expressed elsewhere in your application. (25 word limit)

That’s it for now! Check the blog on Monday for additional information as you plan to apply to business school—and most importantly—the link to our 2018 application. We look forward to assisting you throughout the application process!

Rebekah Lewin Hosting Facebook Live Q&A Tuesday, March 7

Mark your calendar for tomorrow: Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid will be hosting a Facebook Live Q&A session to answer any questions you might have about the application process! Here are the details:

Facebook Live Q&A with Rebekah Lewin, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Tuesday, March 7 — 12 p.m. EST

If you would like to submit questions ahead of time, please send them to Rebekah is excited for this opportunity to interact with you in real time!

Introducing Simon’s Full-Time MBA Class of 2018


The Simon MBA Class of 2018 posed on the quad during orientation.

The Simon MBA Class of 2018 posed on the quad during orientation.

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

On behalf of the Admissions Office and the broader Simon community, I’m very excited to introduce you to our Full-Time MBA Class of 2018!

There are 106* candidates in the Class of 2018, and they are impressive both individually and collectively. Here are their educational and professional highlights:

  • Countries represented: Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, USA, and Zimbabwe
  • Average work experience: 5.3 years; 96% have 2 or more years of experience
  • Prior employers include: Accenture, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BNY Mellon, CICC, Cigna, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Enterprise Holdings, KPMG, Hyundai, IBM, ICBC, ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, Infosys, J.P.Morgan, Macy’s, Peace Corps, PepsiCo., PPG Paints, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Tata Consultancy Services, Teach for India, and the United States Marine Corps
  • 19 Consortium for Graduate Study in Management students
  • Percent women: 35%
  • Middle 80% undergraduate GPA: 3.0 – 3.7
  • Middle 80% GMAT score: 590-710
  • Undergraduate degrees: Business (31%), Social Sciences & Liberal Arts (19%), Engineering (19%), Computer Science/Information Systems (11%), Economics (11%), Math & Natural Sciences (9%)
  • Average age: 28

*Our incoming MBA class includes candidates who joined in our summer cohort and our fall cohort, as well as Simon MS students who transition into the MBA program.

We are so pleased to welcome the MBA Class of 2018! We are excited to see where your business school adventure takes you. We know one thing for sure: The future is bright!

If you’re interested in pursuing an MBA at Simon, get started by applying now.