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Simon Business School – University of Rochester

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Class Size 96
Women 49%
GMAT 80% RANGE 600-700
% International 47%

The University of Rochester’s Simon Business School offers a flagship two-year MBA program on its main River Campus, just south of downtown Rochester. The city is New York state’s third-largest metropolitan area and was once known as “the city that George Eastman built,” thanks to his photographic innovations and world-famous Kodak brand. 

Today, the city continues its history of corporate development, philanthropy, and technological advancements thanks to startup opportunities and the rich supply of university-educated talent. In addition to its full-time MBA, Simon offers professional and executive MBA programs, led by industry-leading faculty whose research has helped advance their fields. The school helps with university-organized housing, year-round professional and social events, domestic and international financial aid, and one-on-one employment guidance through the Career Management Center.

FAQ

What is the tuition for Simon's MBA program?

The tuition for Simon’s MBA program is $52,500 per year. The total cost of the Simon MBA program is $78,968 per year; this includes budgeted living expenses.

What is the average GMAT score for admission to Simon’s MBA program?

The GMAT middle 80% range is 600 to 700.

Does the Simon MBA program accept the GRE?

Yes. The Simon MBA program has accepted the GRE for a few years now.

What is the average GRE score for admission to Simon's MBA program?

In regards to the GRE, the middle 80% of Quant scores ranged from 153 to 168 and Verbal scores from 148 to 163.

What is the minimum number of years of work experience required for admission to Simon's MBA program?

Simon does not state a minimum requirement for years of work experience. However, it is important for candidates to be aware that they are being considered against other candidates with an average of 4.8 years of experience.

What is the average number of years of work experience for admission to Simon's MBA program?

The average number of years of work experience among students in Simon's MBA program is 4.8.

What is the average starting salary for graduates of the Simon MBA program?

The average base salary plus sign-on bonus for Simon MBA graduates is $167,600.

How long is Simon's full-time MBA program?

Simon offers a traditional 2 year MBA program.

What are the application deadlines for Simon's MBA program?

The Round 1 MBA application deadline is October 15, 2023. The Round 2 deadline is January 5, 2024. The Round 3 deadline is February 15, 2024. The Round 4 deadline is March 31, 2024. The Round 5 deadline is May 1, 2024.

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Admissions

Class Profile

96 students enrolled in Rochester Simon’s full-time MBA Class of 2025. Forty-nine percent of the class are women and 47% are international. Thirty-five percent of U.S. students are from historically underrepresented groups.

Thirty-five percent had studied business and commerce during their undergraduate years. Another 23% had studied humanities and social science. Twenty percent earned degrees in math and science, followed by 14 percent in economics. The middle 80% GPAs ranged from 2.9 to 3.9.

New Simon MBAs matriculated with an average of 4.8 years of work experience. For those who took the GMAT, the middle 80% of scores ranged from 600 to 700. In regards to the GRE, Quant scores ranged from 153 to 168 and Verbal scores from 148 to 163.

Application Procedures

Simon Business School offers applicants five admission rounds, taking place between October and May. The school encourages applicants to apply on or before the early January deadline to receive priority admission and scholarship consideration. The application requirements for Simon include completing the school’s online application form and submitting an essay, a current résumé and work history, an interesting fact, contact information for two professional references, and scanned official transcripts for each college attended. Applicants also must report their GMAT or GRE or Executive Assessment test results and, where applicable, TOEFL or IELTS scores. All MBA students are required to successfully demonstrate strong English communication skills. Simon recommends a TOEFL score of 100 or higher, with sub-scores in the mid-20s; or an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher with sub-scores of 7 or higher.

A $90 application fee is required, though the fee is waived for active-duty military and veterans as well as full-time MBA applicants who meet certain criteria (e.g., university or partner-university alumni, exceeding certain academic or professional milestones, etc.).

Application Checklist

  • Online application
  • Current résumé
  • Work history 
  • One required essay 
  • An interesting fact
  • Scanned official transcripts
  • GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Contact information for two professional references 
  • $90 application fee

Essay Topic Analysis

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Interview Reports

Rochester-simon Q&As

Rochester / Simon LiveWire and DecisionWire

MBA LiveWire

February 27, 2024 10:26am ET
Accepted to Rochester / Simon
Round: Round 2
Received via email February 27, 2024
GPA: 3.6
GRE: 319
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Healthcare
Application Location: Canada
Note:

I got an email to schedule a zoom call this morning and received the news of the admissions and scholarship offer over the call. I was told I’ll receive the official email by the end of the day.

February 14, 2024 2:41pm ET
Accepted to Rochester / Simon
Round: Round 2
Received via phone February 14, 2024
GRE: 319
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Note:

Consortium
Was asked to log into a Zoom call

February 6, 2024 11:25am ET
Interview Invite to Rochester / Simon
Round: Round 2
Received via n/a on January 11, 2024
GPA: 3.03
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: General Management
Application Location: NY
February 5, 2024 11:40pm ET
Interview Invite to Rochester / Simon
Round: Round 2
Received via email February 5, 2024
GPA: 3.3
GMAT: 680
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Technology
Application Location: India
February 5, 2024 9:09pm ET
Interview Invite to Rochester / Simon
Round: Round 2
Received via email February 5, 2024
GPA: 3.3
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Application Location: China
January 28, 2024 5:54pm ET
Applied to Rochester / Simon
Round: Round 2
Received via portal
GPA: 3.35
GRE: 324
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Marketing
Application Location: Nigeria
January 25, 2024 3:35pm ET
Accepted to Rochester / Simon
Round: Round 2
Received via n/a January 25, 2024
GPA: 3.3
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
January 23, 2024 1:38pm ET
Interview Invite to Rochester / Simon
Round: Round 2
Received via email January 23, 2024
GPA: 3.3
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Healthcare
Application Location: NY

MBA DecisionWire

Tuc
February 28, 2024 2:17pm ET
Enrolled: Dartmouth / Tuck
Admitted: Dartmouth / Tuck , Georgetown / McDonough $
$80,000
,
UVA / Darden
Applied: U. Chicago Booth, Dartmouth / Tuck, Georgetown / McDonough, Harvard Business School, Northwestern / Kellogg, UPenn / Wharton, UVA / Darden
Entering Year: 2023
Post MBA Career: Investment Banking, Commercial Banking Companies: Capital One, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, Capital One, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, State Street
GMAT: 770
GPA: 3.16
Location: Chicago
Notes:

Applied early for guaranteed interviews at Tuck (early R1 deadline) & Darden (EA); took GMAT two years ago (710) then again in May/June (770); hired a consultant, but didn't feel like I got as much out of it as introspection + forums & podcasts (CA, P&Q, MBA Insider, B-Schooled), recommend finding a consultant who specializes in your dream school

Chi
February 26, 2024 9:02pm ET
Enrolled: U. Chicago Booth
Admitted: U. Chicago Booth , Columbia
Applied: U. Chicago Booth, Columbia
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Consulting Companies: Bain, BCG, McKinsey
GRE: 324
Location: Europe
Cor
February 25, 2024 3:05pm ET
Enrolled: Cornell / Johnson
Admitted: Cornell / Johnson $
$TBDs
Applied: Cornell / Johnson
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Other
GPA: 5.5/6
Location: Mexico
Wha
February 23, 2024 11:16pm ET
Enrolled: UPenn / Wharton
Admitted: NYU Stern , UPenn / Wharton $
$40000
,
Yale SOM $
$50000
Applied: U. Chicago Booth, Columbia, Harvard Business School, NYU Stern, UPenn / Wharton, Yale SOM
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Asset Management, inc. Hedge Funds
GMAT: 770
GPA: 4

Academics

Faculty

The Simon Business School employs about 76 full-time MBA faculty members. They teach across 8 academic areas and concentrate their academic research in 25 fields of expertise. Its faculty is responsible for writing the most-cited business article of all time, The Theory of the Firm. The school’s smaller class sizes allow professors and students to work one-on-one and develop strong long-term professional relationships.

Curriculum

The school’s academic year is broken into two semesters (Fall and Spring). Each individual semester is then broken down into two 7-week, mini-semesters, which gives our students a total of four 7-week terms in which they can take different classes. First-year full-time MBA students have an orientation and pre-Fall term that starts in July. Fall classes generally begin in late August and late October and end in mid-October and mid-December, respectively. Classes resume for the Spring in mid-January and mid-March and conclude in early March and early May, respectively. Classes take places Monday through Thursday and 68 credits are required for graduation.

The full-time MBA program consists of 12 core classes (spanning finance, economics, marketing, management, communication, and analytics), two core electives, a client project, 15 electives, and an internship completed over 22 months. During that time, students may choose one of 10 specializations to develop their own particular expertise. In addition to the coursework, students have the opportunity to study abroad, build leadership skills for class projects and corporate cases, participate in more than 30 academic and social clubs, and complete internships over summer break. Overall, the curriculum aims to integrate analytical skills with real-world opportunities tailored to each student’s specialization.

In addition, students can choose to pursue the STEM-designated MBA option, which shows recruiters that graduates arrive on the job with analytic tools and leadership skills that positively impact a company’s bottom line. In addition, the designation allows international students to work in the US for up to 36 months on a student visa, if hired in a STEM-eligible role.

Other MBA Degree Options

Along with its 22-month full-time MBA program, Simon offers a part-time MBA program for professionals. Students have three-hour classes that meet one night per week. Students can start in either the fall with the cohort or in another quarter outside of the cohort. The professional MBA program allows students to earn an MBA in as little as 2.5 and on average in 3.3 academic years. The school also has an executive MBA program for individuals at a more advanced stage in their careers, meeting every other Saturday and one Friday per month. The second-Saturday classes may be attended remotely online as needed. Finally, Simon offers two combined degrees, an MD/MBA with the University Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Students complete the MBA core courses in their first year, then return for electives after two years as a full-time medical student.

Specializations (Full-Time MBA only)
Asset Management
Banking 
Corporate Finance
Venture Capital & Private Equity
Brand Management
Product Management
Operations
Pricing 
Strategy
Technology

Minors (Full-Time MBA only)
Accounting
Analytics
Consulting—Operations and Technology
Consulting—Strategy and Pricing
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Global Business
Health Sciences Management
Leadership
Marketing

Concentrations (Professional MBA only)
Finance
Competitive and Organizational Strategy
Corporate Accounting
Marketing
Entrepreneurship
Business Systems Consulting
Computer and Information Systems
Health Sciences Management
Operations Management
Public Accounting

Degree Offerings

Full-Time MBA

https://www.simon.rochester.edu/programs/full-time-mba

Executive MBA

https://www.simon.rochester.edu/programs/executive-mba/index.aspx

Part-Time MBA

https://www.simon.rochester.edu/programs/ptmba/index.aspx 

MD/MBA Program

https://www.simon.rochester.edu/programs/full-time-mba/academics/md-mba-program

Campus Life

Clubs, Conferences and Competitions

Simon Business School students have a variety of opportunities to get involved with the school community. There are more than 20 student-led groups that span diversity and educational, social and athletic, and professional and corporate categories. Signature events include the West Coast Tech Trek, a venture capital investment competition, and the Taste of Rochester culinary outing.

The Graduate Business Council collaborates with administrators, faculty, and student organizations to host sociable, year-round events and activities. Organized group volunteer projects and programs like the Practicum on Urban Entrepreneurship invite students to work within local communities, while applying some of their core business tactics. Several more concentration-specific experiential programs are offered as well, such as the Simon Student Venture Fund, for which students collaborate with analysts, entrepreneurs, and alumni to make data-driven investment decisions and manage the fund. 

The school makes a pointed effort to support diversity and inclusivity, with programs to support women in business, members of the military, and students representing different countries. For example, five members of the MBA Class of 2018 founded the Simon Inclusion Ambassadors. Through it, ambassadors seek to foster dialogue and mutual respect in classrooms and across campus through greater individual and cultural awareness.

Campus Spaces

Simon Business School is located in Schlegel and Gleason Halls on the 154-acre River Campus, just south of downtown Rochester on the Genesee River. At the center of campus is the Eastman Quadrangle, named for Eastman Kodak founder and benefactor George Eastman. The central “Quad” is home to the original 1930s River Campus buildings housing faculty of arts, sciences and engineering, including the landmark Rush Rhees Library. The Simon School of Business is located on the River Campus, as is the Warner School of Education.

MBA students and their families are welcome to apply for housing in three different graduate student residential buildings on campus. Simon’s graduate communities find support with university directors and staff and are encouraged to get involved with their local communities through potluck dinners, group outings, recreational activities, and even community gardening.

MBA Careers

Career Services

Simon’s Career Management Center provides many ways for students to develop professionally during their time at the school. These services include one-on-one career coaching, assessing student interests, developing search action plans, generating leads and interviewing, and helping with internships or full-time positions. The center also invites “executives in residence” to consult with students about their particular fields, such as manufacturing, technology, real estate, health care, media, and banking.

The school hosts on- and off-campus events all year round both in Rochester and New York City, providing many opportunities for students to network with alumni, admissions counselors, faculty, and potential employers. A few of the on-campus events include career fairs, Experience Simon Weekend, Graduate Programs Open House, and niche conferences like Women’s Forum, Diversity Forum, and the MBA Veterans Conference. Additionally, the center offers specialized career assistance for international students, such as visa guidance for short- or long-term employment.

First-year students will find assistance through Career Management Center starting at pre-orientation and continuing through, and even beyond, the full-time MBA program. Simon’s “Day 1” process allows students to explore the major MBA career functions and ways to boost knowledge of various industries. The Day 1 steps are available at the center and online, encouraging incoming students to prepare in advance deliverables like market assessments, online profiles, and targeted employers lists. 

Career Statistics

Simon’s Career Management Center reported that Simon students were especially successful, with 95% of the Class of 2022 accepting job offers within three months of graduation. The average base salary landed at $132,700 and average sign-on bonus at $34,900 for Simon MBA graduates, totaling $167,600.

Of the Class of 2022 graduates, 25% joined the tech industry. About 22% headed into financial services followed by roughly 19% into consulting. Fourteen percent entered healthcare and nearly 6% pursued CPG.

All of the Simon MBA Class of 2022 stayed in the U.S. for work. Thirty-eight percent settled in the Northeast U.S. region. Nearly 17% percent headed to the Midwest and roughly 15% settled in the West. The Mid-Atlantic took in 12% of grads. Nine percent settled in the Southwest and 6% in the South. Three percent accepted remote roles.

Financing

Simon Business School’s 2023-2024 tuition is $52,500 a year. With additional fees as living expenses, activity fees and books, however, the estimated cost of attendance is $78,968. The school awards nearly $5 million in scholarships and fellowships every year, and 85% full-time MBA students receive significant merit-based awards. Financial aid and loans are also available to both domestic and international students, as are graduate fellowships, employer-tuition benefits, and outside scholarships. International MBA students may apply for the International Student Loan Program (ISLP) funding. 

Estimated Cost of Attendance

  • Tuition: $52,500
  • International Student Programming Fee: $750
  • International Services Office Fee: $106
  • Room, Board, Transportation: $16,260
  • Mandatory Health Fee: $819
  • Books: $1,310
  • Personal Expenses: $2,740
  • Activity Fee: $700
  • Health Insurance (Optional): $3,783
  • Total $78,968

Contact

Mailing Address:
University of Rochester
Simon Business School
245 Gleason Hall
Rochester, NY 14627

Phone: 585-275-3533
Fax: 585-271-3907
Email: [email protected]
Website: simon.rochester.edu
Blog: http://simonadmissionsblog.com/
Twitter: @SimonSchool