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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.

Simon Grads on Poets & Quants Best MBAs List

Three recent Simon graduates are among Poets & Quants’ Class of 2016 MBAs to Watch. Megan DaGraca (M&T Bank), Mohammad Shaikh (BCG), and Gregory Sheldon (City of Rochester Research Fellow) are included on the list. Classmate Mikayla Hart (Accenture) appeared on an earlier list.

As a student, DaGraca was a Forté Fellow and actively involved in the Simon Marketing Association and the Graduate Business Council. During his time at Simon, Shaikh pursued his passion for social entrepreneurship by founding Nia Nest, a food subscription service powered by mobile savings. Shaikh’s teammate, Sheldon, is also passionate about social entrepreneurship. His ultimate goal is to start a business that helps alleviate poverty, either by expanding access to learning opportunities or providing affordable, nutritious food for families in urban areas.

We are so proud of all the members of the Simon Class of 2016!

Student’s passion for analytics leads her to Whirlpool — Zakia Barnes, 2017 MBA Candidate

As someone with a passion for analytics, Zakia Barnes, 2017 MBA candidate, found a natural fit with Simon. Even though she was skilled at using analytics to problem solve in her daily life, she knew that rounding out her skills with an MBA was key to adding value in her professional role.

Having completed her first year at Simon, Zakia feels right at home. She enjoys opportunities to learn from her classmates and is committed to producing high quality work — a characteristic she shares with her peers at Simon. This determination and dedication will serve her well as she embarks on the next step in her journey: A summer internship with the Global Leader Program at Whirlpool.


Wherever you’re headed, get started at Simon.

Learn more.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office.

Can’t-Miss Winter Activities in Rochester

The following blog post was written by Braden Dwyer, 2016 MS in Finance Candidate

I would like to preface this post by letting you in on a little secret…I’m actually from Orlando, FL, and this winter is the first REAL winter that I have ever experienced. That is, in part, why I chose to write this piece; while all of the born-and-raised northerners get annoyed and distraught by the first sign of snow, I look at it with the same childish view that I had the first time I saw snow some 15 years ago.

For simplicity, I broke this piece down into two categories: “Outdoor Activities” and “Keep-You-Warm Activities.”

Outdoor Activities:
I’ve learned that sometimes you can’t escape the cold, so you might as well embrace it. Rochester has plenty of activities to help you do just that. For starters, you could go downtown to the Blue Cross Arena and catch a hockey game. The Rochester Americans are an AHL (not NHL, but that just means the beer is cheaper) team that plays from October to late April, and tickets are relatively inexpensive.

Students hang out on a lift at Hunt Hollow during the annual ski trip on Feb. 20, 2016. (Photo provided by Mikalya Hart, 2016 MBA Candidate.)

Students hang out on a lift at Hunt Hollow during the annual ski trip on Feb. 20, 2016. (Photo by Mikalya Hart, 2016 MBA Candidate.)

If you’re looking to get outside and play in the snow, you won’t have to go far. The City of Rochester’s Recreation Bureau schedules park hikes on weekends from 10:00-11:30 a.m. to tour different parks. But if you’re a more advanced hiker and are looking for something more challenging, the Recreation Bureau rents out snowshoes so you can go search out your own trails.

Now if you were wondering if I was saving the best for last, well then you’re in luck! Each year Simon holds an annual ski trip hosted by the Simon Outdoor Adventure Club. It’s a day-long event on a Saturday near the end of February and it’s a can’t-miss event for sure. You can choose to ski or snowboard, and if it’s your first time don’t worry, because lessons are available.

Keep-You-Warm Activities:
The key to staying warm in a Rochester winter is staying inside. Now you could go the easy route, buy a Netflix subscription, some hot cocoa, a blanket and hunker down on your couch, but that’s too obvious and a few of you reading this have probably already marked something like that down in your calendar. Instead, I suggest you make the quick drive to a few of these local places to enjoy the winter from a warmer (indoor) perspective.

One thing in particular that I have really come to enjoy about Rochester is its overwhelming supply of microbreweries. Rochester is home to roughly 15 microbreweries and counting.  Many of the breweries offer tours and tastings, which come in handy after a long week of studying.  But if beer isn’t your thing, don’t worry, because there are plenty of distilleries and wineries in the surrounding Finger Lakes area, so it won’t be hard to find your perfect getaway.

Rochester also has more than its fair share of music and concert venues. If you fancy the finer things, you could catch a show at the Eastman Theatre, which is home to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman Opera. Eastman hosts over 700 shows per year, meaning you should be able to find at least one that works for your schedule.  On the other hand, if you prefer to listen to some live music from bands on tour, the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial hosts all kinds of popular artists.  Dates are set pretty far in advance, so check ahead to see what’s coming while you’re in town.

I hope I’ve provided enough reasons to get out and enjoy the Rochester winter!

If you have questions about life in Rochester or any other part of the Simon student experience, feel free to contact me!