The 2019 Bloomberg Businessweek (BBW) US business school ranking was released the first week of November and Simon Business School is ranked an impressive #29, up from the previous years’ rank of #45. This marks the first time since 2006 that Simon has achieved a ranking in the 20s in Bloomberg Businessweek. Says Dean Andrew Ainslie, “This increase in our rankings standing is confirmation that we are on the right track with our newly enhanced curriculum, and our focus on STEM. This move is definitely the result of a shared vision and dedication by everyone—our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.”
The good news for Simon doesn’t end with its move up to #29. Businessweek also ranked Simon #4 in the nation in the category of learning. This is a highly significant and remarkable ranking that the school attributes to their outstanding faculty and STEM designations, as well as to its newly enhanced curriculum.
A New Ranking, a Newly Enhanced Curriculum
Simon has recently made changes to the curriculum that are designed to improve the student experience. The 2019-2020 academic year saw a switch from quarters to mini semesters. This helped us improve the student experience by better aligning our academic schedule with the timelines companies typically follow when hiring students for internships. Additionally, the mini semester format allows students to take more electives (and also to take them earlier) in the first year in order to help them build technical skills prior to an internship. The move to semesters also aligns with the schedule followed by the University of Rochester at large.
The #4 ranking is significant for students considering continuing their education with Simon. Simon Business School students are entering the workforce with not only the analytical skills for turning critical business data into business growth strategies, but also hands-on experience, and the professional skills needed to become global business leaders.
Good News for Student Outcomes
The good news continued. Simon also moved to #36 in networking and to #31 in compensation. Says Angela Petrucco, Assistant Dean, Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center, “Our alumni continue to show extraordinary dedication to the school, and our students continue to land top jobs with commensurate salaries. Simon also moved to #29 in entrepreneurship, two rakings we are extremely proud to report.”
Below is a sampling of students and alumni say they feel is best about the Simon Full-Time MBA program:
“The quality and diversity of the students, and the quantitative rigor of the program.”
“We were able to encounter approaches to problem-solving as well as learn about business through a truly global lens.”
“The analytical emphasis and the community built among students.”