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MBA Program Review
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     By mmariner 9 3
This review is for: Simon
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

Simon Business School has an excellent curriculum that helps the students focus on multiple aspects of the business school process. The high student diversity and strong faculty helps students not only focus on the studies but also keep a high level of student interaction among clubs and outdoor events. The teachers are extremely qualified and supportive of the different industries the students want to approach. The student career management Centre is strong and so is the small bit diverse alumni body. The winter is a great experience for students coming from warmer climate. It gave me the career I wanted from day one of business school. It couldn't get better.

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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
Simon Soars
May 28 | 2017
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     By chrisdigiac 1 0
This review is for: Simon
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Simon punches far above it's rankings. The professors are world-class, the small school atmosphere allows you to interact with faculty on a personal level, and the support from the Admissions Team, Office of Student Engagement, and Career Management Center is incredible. If you're interested in attending a school and truly becoming part of the community, Simon is for you. If you're interested in attending a school and just floating by, Simon's not your pick. I got into a top 5 business school, but choose to attend Simon because of the potential I saw. I'm proud to say that I'll be interning at Amazon next summer and could not be more proud of the opportunity, an opportunity I received because of Simon.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Get ready to be challenged! You will be challenged extensively, but you'll learn SO much in the first few months. It's like boot camp for data!

About job placement process

You name it- Amazon, Facebook, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Google, Accenture, Deloitte, BCG, Bain, McKinsey- we have recent alumni at all major institutions.

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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
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     By fallingcow 1 5
This review is for: Simon
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Simon provided an amazing MBA experience. Although some may look at the location as a negative, and it certainly has its downsides, a positive is that it forces students to hustle and work hard to get their internships and jobs. This work ethic translates into incredible career success - just compare Simon's 5-year post-grad salaries to other schools'.

Simon also has a more diverse student body than most business schools, with a high percentage of female students and international students. This diversity of thought contributes to the quality of education received.

Consider the value and ROI as you look at MBA programs. Simon provides an incredible value.

Finally, I made some amazing friends during my time at Simon. The MBA program is much more collaborative than other programs I considered, and there's a great culture among the student body.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The marketing program is extremely strong in quantitative, data-driven coursework, in both B2B and B2C courses.

About job placement process

Know what you want and come prepared to work. If you want opportunities handed to you on a silver platter, Simon is not for you - and the business world is going to be a tough place as well. The recruiting process for highly sought-after companies is becoming more and more competitive, and starting earlier. You will need to attend and succeed at the MBA career fairs if you want to be placed at most big-name companies.

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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location


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     By Inquisitive22 5 6
This review is for: Simon
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

While still in the top 30-ish full-time MBA programs, Simon was actually the lowest ranked of all the schools I applied to and was accepted at. At the time, I was in a relationship and decided that Simon offered a chance to stay relatively close to my girlfriend while still providing a well-rounded curriculum and education in a highly ranked program at a school with a fantastic regional reputation. In retrospect, I couldn't have made a better decision. Especially considering the relatively small class size at Simon, there are so many unique opportunities to learn and gain practical experience and skills there that I never had a shortage of things to talk about in any interviews or networking calls. In fact, I'm incredibly lucky to have chosen Simon. I originally intended to pursue a career in Equity Research, but after taking advantage of the opportunity to work as an Analyst for the Simon School Venture Fund in my first year, then managing the Fund in my second year, I can't imagine working outside of the startup/venture investing space and having even a fraction of the passion I developed while working on real deals, investing real dollars and later training and managing my successors. And that's just one of the multitude of opportunities you get at Simon you don't get everywhere else. I even got to live, take classes, network, and make new friends in Japan for a term through a student exchange program.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Somewhat unexpectedly, I soon realized that the caliber of faculty at Simon is second to none. Having previously earned an MPA degree from the #1 ranked Maxwell School (sorry Harvard, but you're still #2), I thought there might be a small step-down in experience, teaching capability, or accessibility of Simon's faculty compared to my Maxwell experience, but this turned out to be one of the strongest aspects of my MBA experience. Whether learning valuation and negotiation in "Cases in Finance" from Professor Jarrell or the due diligence and term sheet items that are crucial when 'papering the deal' in Professor Couch's Private Equity course, I'd confidently put my new knowledge and skills to the test against recent grads from any top-10 MBA program.

About job placement process

Because of my chosen career path, my recruiting experience was largely outside the norm for typical MBA students at Simon. While Simon does get some company and recruiting visits, they are somewhat less than at schools closer to the biggest US cities and with larger class sizes, as I came to know when meeting students in other programs. To combat this, the new (and fantastic) career services team organizes regular trips to NYC, Philadelphia, and other cities and schedules a number of alumni and recruiter events for the students. In my case, VC/PE firms don't typically have organized recruiting programs so my internship and job search were largely my own responsibility. But again, my experience working for the Simon School Venture Fund provide more than enough opportunity to make contacts and build a network to draw from when seeking out job opportunities.

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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Management

Can be improved:

Location

Facilities


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     By banryoku 17 7
This review is for: Simon
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Simon has many strengths that have proven completely invaluable to me. We definitely need to work VERY hard, but once you reach your summer internship, you will see how useful is what you have studied.

Top school by percentage of scholarships and amounts, Simon is truly transforming itself thanks to the leadership of Dean Ainslie. This will show very soon as a higher ranked school, that is where Simon belongs.

Personally, I came to expand my knowledge in Finance and Accounting, and it has provided me way more than what I was expecting.

For future applicants, if you are ready for 2 years of heavy work - 100% worth it by the way, to establish a strong bond with your classmates given the size of the class, and enjoy being in a smaller city where you can focus, Simon if for you.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Faculty and curriculum are simply perfect, one can simply check their backgrounds to realize their value. On the other hand, check how many Profs from all the Top 10 schools studied at Simon before; have you heard of Ken French?

About job placement process

It is a small size class, approx 100-120, so it is not a target school for many big names (the ROI of going on-campus for just interviewing 5 people is low). For that, any applicant has to keep in mind that networking by yourself - together with all the training and help provided by the career management center, will be key for your placement success.

Overall BSchool experience
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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Culture & Student Support

Admissions Team

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Marketing

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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