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Simon Business School – University of Rochester


Originally founded in 1958, the University of Rochester began offering MBA degrees in 1962. Nearly two decades later, in 1986, it would be renamed as the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration after famed entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former U.S. Treasury Secretary William E. Simon.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 44 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 29
• Forbes: 42
Financial Times: 76
The Economist: 57


The main campus for the Simon Business School is located in Rochester, NY, on the River Campus of the University of Rochester.


Simon Business School programs are taught at three main buildings: Schlegel Hall; James S. Gleason Hall; and Carol G. Simon Hall.

Schlegel Hall houses both a four-story classroom and student services, in addition to nine theater-style classrooms and 21 group study rooms. James S. Gleason Hall, linked directly with Schlegel Hall, is a 38,000-square-foot building that features five classrooms, 16 study rooms, and the recently updated Career Management Center suite. Carol G. Simon Hall houses the school administration, as well its faculty and the Ph.D. students. In addition, the building, which is also linked to the Schlegel and Gleason Hall buildings, features 75 offices, lounge spaces, and conference rooms.


Approximately 98 faculty members are currently part of the University of Rochester Simon Business School.

Student Body

There are approximately 599 current full-time MBA students at the University of Rochester Simon Business School.

MBA Degree Offerings

The University of Rochester Simon Business School currently offers full-time, part-time, and Executive MBA program options, in addition to an MD/MBA and an MA/MBA. As well, the school offers four Master’s options in: finance; accountancy; marketing analytics; and business analytics.


Professor Huaxia Rui: Why Simon

Simon Business School Professor Huaxia Rui, Xerox Chair of Computer and Information Systems, explains why he chose Simon, and what he loves about being part of the Simon faculty.

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