The University of Rochester’s Simon Business School has risen to prominence recently as the first U.S. business school to receive STEM designation for its full-time MBA program. Alongside a STEM-designated option, Simon places emphasis on experiential learning. Students are required to take a project-based consulting course, during which they work in teams with a company on a business project, applying the tools they have learned in the classroom in real-life situations. Simon offers 10 specializations arranged in three tracks: Finance, Marketing and Consulting. Students also have the option to round off their education with a minor in six areas, from Accounting to Leadership.
With an average full-time MBA enrollment of 100 students per class, Simon offers small class sizes and a close-knit community. The Class of 2020 is comprised of 104 students. Upon matriculation at Simon in the fall of 2018, students averaged 28 years in age with five -and-a-half years of full-time work experience. In total, the program was comprised of 35 percent women, and 31 percent identifying as a member of a minority group. Students hail from 17 countries overall.
The middle 80% of GMAT scores of incoming students ranged from 610 to 710; undergraduate GPAs ranged from 3.2 to 3.8 for the middle 80%. Thirty-eight percent of Rochester Simon’s Class of 2020 full-time MBA students pursued degrees in business and commerce during their undergraduate studies, and 15 percent studied engineering. Twenty-four percent studied humanities/social science and 14 percent had selected economics. The remaining nine percent had earned degrees in math/science.
We are excited to showcase select profiles of the MBA Class of 2020 as they reflect on what led them to choose Simon Business School.