Simon Goes Abroad – September Admissions Travel

airplane in the skyOur first major international trip to Latin America last month was a great success! (If you missed us, don’t worry – we are heading back Oct. 21-28!)

September is packed with Admissions travel—in fact, we just finished a great recruiting trip in China—and we are headed to Africa, India, and several US cities between now and the end of the month. Here’s a preview:

Africa – Sept. 14-18:

  • Thursday, September 14: Nairobi, Kenya – Sankara Nairobi, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 16: Johannesburg, South Africa – The Michelangelo Hotel, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, September 18: Cape Town, South Africa – One&Only, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

India – Sept. 18-23:

  • Monday, September 18: Delhi, India – Leela Kempinski Gurgaon, Delhi Hotel, 1:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 20: Bangalore, India – Vivanta by Taj, 1:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 23: Mumbai, India – Taj Lands End, 9:00 a.m. – 5:40 p.m.

US Travel:

  • Wednesday, September 13: Washington, D.C. (The Consortium MBA MAPS event)
  • Wednesday, September 20: Chicago, IL (The Consortium MBA MAPS event)
  • Tuesday, September 26: Atlanta, GA (The Consortium MBA MAPS event)
  • Wednesday, September 27: Denver, CO – The Westin Denver Downtown, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 28: Salt Lake City, UT – Hilton SLC Downtown, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30: Philadelphia, PA (The Consortium MBA MAPS event)

Review our full travel schedule here, and we encourage you to request more information or contact the Admissions Office to receive emails when Simon is coming to a city near you. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Use #SimonTravel on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with our travels and to share pictures from events!

Simon Strong: My First Month at B-School

The following blog post was written by Brett Welcher, 2019 MBA candidate

This week, I will complete my pre-fall quarter at Simon Business School – a five-week session that included orientation and team building activities, along with my first two classes, managerial economics and professional communications. I’m pleased to share that my experience has been challenging and rigorous, exciting and impactful, and totally worth it!

"My experience at Simon Business School has been challenging and rigorous, exciting and impactful, and totally worth it!"

“My experience at Simon Business School has been challenging and rigorous, exciting and impactful, and totally worth it!”

As I reflect on my first month, I’ve been most impressed by the high degree of collaboration and teamwork the school has emphasized – both in the classroom and in the Rochester community. This mentality is known as Simon Strong, a shared belief that we’re stronger when working together and supporting each other. It’s a defining characteristic of the Simon MBA program and one of the key reasons I chose to pursue my degree at Rochester.

Strong teamwork was displayed during our first week, when the Class of 2019 participated in a case competition focused on customer privacy and Apple (“Building a “Backdoor” to the iPhone: An Ethical Dilemma,” Harvard Business Review). By articulating both sides of the argument and effectively presenting the case, my teammates (Danielle Adamson, Thea Le, Dinesh Rajput, Edward Threlfall) and I were awarded first place. It was an exciting way to kick off our MBA journey, but more importantly, the competition fostered an abundant exchange of diverse ideas across the classroom and challenged us to expand our understanding of the business world.

The following week, Simon Business School partnered with Flower City Habitat for Humanity to build the frames for two houses in the city of Rochester. Spending half a day working together with my classmates, while making a positive and lasting impact in the community I grew up in was especially meaningful and something the entire class took great pride in. (Fun fact: students across the University of Rochester are deeply involved in service and collectively volunteer 30,000 hours a year!)

Habitat Build

An additional highlight from my b-school experience has been the relationships I’ve formed with my classmates. One of the underlying strengths of Simon Business School is its longstanding commitment to creating opportunities for diverse candidates. As one of the Top Ten Most Diverse MBA Programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), our class includes students from the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Forté Foundation, and Management Leadership for Tomorrow. We also have students from 18 countries and several top employers represented by our previous work experience. In short, the student experience at Simon is incredibly rich, and the creativity and innovation that’s coming from our multiple perspectives is helping us become impactful and inclusive leaders.

These past five weeks have been an exciting preview of what will likely become the most transformational two years of my life. I’m extremely proud to be part of this community and I can’t wait to begin the fall quarter. Let’s keep up the momentum!

The Application Process Part 1: Your Academic Profile

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin ’02 MBA, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid. 

For many studBlog -- Steps to A Simon Admissionents, undergraduate performance and standardized testing will be a significant point of stress in the application process. The Admissions Committee will review your grades and test scores, but keep in mind that there are many other factors to consider as well. Here’s some additional information about those two potentially worrisome sections of the application that we hope will put your mind at ease:

Your academic record:

Grades are a historical part of your application – you cannot change your performance, so this is a data point in the overall assessment that might not even be fully reflective of your current potential.  If you are pleased with your performance and your grades include a variety of quantitative or business courses, that’s great. If not, here are some things you might consider:

  • More recent non-degree coursework in math or business areas can strengthen your academic profile (both lower grades or an absence of undergraduate courses in content that is relevant to your future MBA plans). Consider one or more courses in statistics, algebra, or financial accounting and aim for grades of “B” or higher.
  • If you already earned a master’s degree, the Admissions Committee will take your graduate level coursework into consideration when reviewing your application.
  • A strong score on the GMAT or GRE (especially on the quantitative section) can offset average or below average undergraduate performance.

Your standardized test scores:

The GMAT/GRE is used to compare academic potential across candidates and provides some prediction on performance in the core classes of the MBA program. It is one of the only aspects of the application that is standardized across candidates and the Admissions Committee will consider both your absolute performance (scores/percentiles) as well as your relative performance compared to other applicants.

If you are not confident with your GMAT or GRE score, consider the following:

  • Review the class profile for your desired program, especially the middle 80% range of the GRE and GMAT, when assessing your relative performance.
  • If you decide to take the exam more than once, the Admissions Committee will count your highest score.
  • Strong performance on the GMAT or GRE can help offset a weaker academic record.
  • A strong test score will not by itself get you admitted, nor will a weak test score by itself get you rejected.
  • An important part of standardized test success is preparing with adequate lead time – develop a study plan and map out when and how much you will prepare and how that timing fits with application deadlines.
  • The Admissions Committee looks at all components of the GRE or GMAT – including the writing portion and integrated reasoning.

Once the Admissions Committee concludes that you are academically qualified to be successful in the MBA or an MS program, they will then focus on many of the other areas of the application that will help to differentiate you from other candidates – level and type of prior work experience, recommendations, career goals, and fit for the program.  Many of those areas are within your control as you present your candidacy to the Admissions Committee.

Stay tuned for a future blog post with tips on how to put your best foot forward with work experience, recommendation letters, and essays. In the meantime, I encourage you to begin or continue working on your application. We look forward to reviewing it soon!

Interested in more application tips? Tune in to our “Preparing to Apply and Common Application Mistakes to Avoid” webinar tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 30. at 12 p.m EDT.

Experience Simon Weekend Featuring Diversity Conference Programming — Oct. 6-7

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

Classes are in full swing now at Simon, and it’s hard to believe our first application deadline is less than two months away! We are also getting excited about our recruitment event schedule, particularly our upcoming event for prospective MBA students, Experience Simon Weekend featuring Diversity Conference programming, on Oct. 6-7.

As in past years, we are running these events concurrently and most of the programming is shared, which creates a cohesive environment where our prospective students can get acquainted with Simon and with each other.


Students from Simon’s MBA Class of 2019 gather at The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management’s OP in June. Simon has been a Consortium member school for 49 years.

Diversity Conference begins midday on Friday, Oct. 6 and celebrates Simon’s powerful partnerships with Management Leadership for Tomorrow and The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. The afternoon features a Diversity Leadership Panel and a Simon Social where you will network with current students and alumni, as well as the opportunity to conduct your admissions interview if you’ve started your application.

Our panelists include:

  • Deborah Brundage ’01 MBA, associate brand director, NA Always Discreet, Procter & Gamble
  • Michael Burkeen ’98 MBA, senior manager, marketing learning & development, Intuit
  • José Chan ’03 MBA, vice president of business development, Celect
  • Emerson Fullwood, retired corporate vice president, Xerox Corporation; University of Rochester Board of Trustees
  • Peter Jones ’82 MBA, chief executive officer of Mind Safety Management, LLC and agent at New York Life

Dinner on Friday is where the Experience Simon Weekend registrants join up with Diversity Conference attendees, and attend the remainder of the weekend’s programming together. We are very excited about Friday’s dinner, which features a keynote presentation by Alyssa Whitfield, founder and executive director of Dress for Success Rochester, an organization that promotes the “economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help them thrive in work and life.” Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to network with faculty, alumni, and current students at dinner.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, our prospective MBA students will fill their day at Simon with the following activities:

  • Alumni and student panels
  • Campus tours
  • Financial Aid Q&A session
  • An overview from Simon’s Career Management Center
  • A sample MBA class
  • Admissions interview (you have this option as long as you have created an application to Simon or to the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management with Simon designated as a target school)

After our formal event programming concludes late Saturday afternoon, you’ll have the option of attending a Saturday social event where you will be able to meet and mingle with current Simon students and get a taste of student life.

We are very much looking forward to these events, and we know October will be here before we know it! We anticipate registration being at capacity for these events, so I encourage you to register for Experience Simon Weekend or Diversity Conference today.

We encourage you to register by Friday, September 8 to be considered for complimentary hotel accommodations for both Friday and Saturday nights and a partial travel stipend (note that you must complete the registration process before requesting a stipend). Please send all event-related inquiries to

As always, if you have any questions about the application process, don’t hesitate to email the Admissions Office. We are always happy to help.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you in October!

If you’re interested in applying to Simon Business School, get started.