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Real Humans of Rochester Simon’s MBA Class of 2020

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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.

Jonathan Pfeffer
Jonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as Contributing Writer at MetroMBA and Contributing Editor at Clear Admit, he was also a co-founder of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.