Simon Business School students socialize off campus

Learn, grow, reflect

Not every business situation can be replicated in the classroom. The Office of Student Engagement fosters a sense of community by connecting students and serving as a resource for support and academic advisement. Our hands on, experiential learning opportunities help you gain new perspectives and real world experience that are about more than just sharpening your skills; they’ll enable you to reflect, internalize, and grow in your abilities and confidence.

Simon Business School students participate in an international immersion in Israel

International Immersions

From Tel Aviv to Zurich, from Mumbai to Johannesburg, Simon Immersions give you firsthand experience in the global economy and an inside look at both well-established and brand new ventures. Learn from people you could rarely access on your own, and gain life-changing insight. 

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Simon Business School students volunteer in the local Rochester community

Project-Based Courses

Make an impact while at Simon. You can help a local nonprofit, work with a small startup to attract a new market segment, or help a larger company look at their core business differently. Simon gives you the opportunity to truly make a difference.

Client-based projects provide immense value for both Simon students and the organizations they serve. If your organization is interested in learning more about sponsoring a Simon Business School project, please visit this link for more information.

Simon Business School student showcases her skills at a local case competition

Case Competitions

Help us build on Simon’s winning tradition by competing against other top business schools. Work alongside fellow students to analyze business issues, develop creative solutions, and present your findings to a panel of experts.

Local CEOs offer feedback on student presentations

Vision Consulting

Simon Vision Consulting enables relationships between Simon’s graduate students and Rochester’s community of professionals through short-term consulting projects.

The organization aims to develop mutually beneficial partnerships by challenging students to utilize both previous work experiences and coursework to deliver valuable insights to clients, while providing businesses with fresh perspectives for overcoming their most pressing obstacles. Vision’s consultant teams capitalize on strengths derived from students’ diverse education, professional, and cultural backgrounds, as well as Simon’s unabashedly analytical brand, to deliver high-quality recommendations and deliverables, from pro-forma financial plans to robust go-to-market strategies.


The Meliora Fund helps Simon Business School Finance students gain firsthand experience

Meliora Fund

Managed by a team of MBA and MS students and members of the Simon Finance and Investment Club, the Simon Meliora Fund is invested in various sectors from healthcare and finance to energy and TMT. Its mission is to provide a forum for students to gain insight into investment selection and portfolio management through hands-on learning. It also provides funds for the current and future support of Simon Business School.

The AIN Center at Simon Business School builds the entrepreneurs of tomorrow

AIN Center

As interest in entrepreneurship grows, Simon Business School is continually evolving to provide opportunities budding business owners and entrepreneurs. Recognizing the need for innovative business education, Simon Business School offers its MBA students an Entrepreneurship concentration for those interested in the area of startup ventures or managing small businesses.

This concentration teaches students the skills needed in entrepreneurial start-up situations and small businesses: writing a business plan, financing a new venture, deciding whether to incorporate, and protecting intellectual property. The University of Rochester Ain Center for Entrepreneurship works directly with Simon to identify partnerships with alumni, local businesses, and nonprofit organizations to develop new ways to teach entrepreneurship. Our innovative Internship Program offers an opportunity for selected students to work with senior management in entrepreneurial firms in the Rochester area.


The Simon School Venture Fund (SSVF) is an early stage seed fund run by MBA and Master's students at the Simon School

Simon Venture Fund

The Simon School Venture Fund (SSVF) is an early stage seed fund run by MBA and Master’s students at the Simon School, University of Rochester. The SSVF is an evergreen fund made possible through the support of alumni donations.

The Fund is guided by an alumni advisory board that consists of VCs, successful entrepreneurs, and accomplished professionals in finance, law and other disciplines. Its purpose is to create a unique experiential learning opportunity for students with respect to venture capital, private equity, and entrepreneurship. The Fund provides hands-on due diligence, interaction with entrepreneurs, presentations to advisory board members, direct participation in investment decisions, and ongoing monitoring and analysis of investments. The objective is to make sound investment decisions based on comprehensive due diligence and investment analysis with the intent to perpetuate the life of the fund.

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Simon Business School MBA students network with business professionals in New York City

Real-World Learning

A Simon MBA isn’t just a degree. It represents a well-rounded experience filled with hands on learning opportunities designed to prepare you for the challenges of a constantly evolving business world.

You’ll gain both analytical skills and the opportunity to see how they impact business firsthand, and find countless opportunities to widen your worldview and further develop the behavioral skills employers value most.