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NEWS: Simon Ranked as a Top 15 MBA for Women

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Financial Times has ranked the Simon Business School #13 in the United States and #21 in the world in a ranking of the top 50 MBAs for women. The Financial Times combined several data points including salary information, pay gap and institution-reported data based on responses from alumnae from 2014. On average, Simon women graduates reported earnings comparable to male counterparts, thus effectively closing the pay gap. Female graduates reported earning an average salary of more than $128,000 per year and reported salary percentage increase of 148 percent. This salary percentage increase ranks Simon #2 among United States business schools. 

 “Simon has a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion in its classrooms,” said Andrew Ainslie, dean of the Simon Business School. “As we celebrate the social and economic achievements of women, we should acknowledge our progress yet understand there’s more work to be done.”

A total of 33 percent of Simon’s full-time MBA student body and more than half of the full-time MS student body is female.   

 “Attracting top female students to Simon has always been a priority,” said Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions at the Simon Business School. “Through the Forte Foundation and Simon Women in Business, we’ve developed crucial scholarships, symposiums and networking groups that help women flourish in business.” 

The Financial Times ranking consisted of 11 different criteria, of which 70 percent was derived from alumnae responses and 30 percent from school-reported data. This ranking used similar methodology to the 2018 Global MBA Ranking. The 11 criteria include: salary today; salary increase; gender pay gap; number of female students; number of female faculty; women on the school’s advisory board; international mobility; value for the money; career progression; general satisfaction of students; and career services. A total of 58 schools met the minimum threshold of female responses to be ranked.

The Simon Business School is a world-class business school located on the campus of the University of Rochester. Rooted in quantitative analysis, Simon offers a distinct advantage in today’s data-driven economy. Simon offers full time and part-time MBA programs, as well as five MS programs. 

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading news organizations recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. It is part of the Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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Simon offers a rigorously quantitative, economics-based approach to decision-making in one of the most diverse student communities of any business school in America. Our degree programs inspire a new level of clarity: about how analytical frameworks drive success in business; about what it takes to collaborate and manage in the contemporary, global workplace; and about professional growth and goals.


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