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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.


Inside the Powerful Simon Business School Experience

Analytical. Diverse. Innovative. Leader. There are so many ways to describe a Simon student. But it’s how our academic rigor, experiential opportunities, and soft skills all come together that truly defines the Simon Experience––setting Simon grads apart from the crowd. If you’re ready to grow personally and professionally, it’s time to see what the University of Rochester's Simon Business School can do for you. Who will you be at the end of your Simon experience?

Marketing at Simon

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