Simon Business School at University of Rochester

Why you should consider this program

Returning Peace Corps volunteers receive a minimum of $15,000 a year in scholarship support upon admissions to the full-time MBA program. There is also consideration for additional funding depending upon the overall strength of the application. Simon also waives the $90 application fee for applicants transitioning from the Peace Corps.

“Volunteers who have given of themselves in this way have earned a break in tuition, and they in turn will bring their wide-ranging experiences and leaderships skills to Simon, to the benefit of all. We have a tight-knit community at Simon and we’d like you to experience it firsthand. We offer up to $500 in travel stipends and complimentary hotel accommodations to make visiting campus—and assessing fit—easy.”

- Rebekah Lewin 02 MBA, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 94,000 $ 15,000 $ 79,000
Out of state $ 94,000 $ 15,000 $ 79,000
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

A minimum of $23,500 scholarship award, plus eligibility and consideration for further merit scholarship based on application materials. Scholarships can be up to full tuition depending on the RPCV competitiveness within the applicant pool. The costs indicated are for the MBA program. Costs are different for other MS programs, please contact the office of admission for more information.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 13,000

Application fee waived?



Coverdell Fellows have the opportunity to serve underserved populations in the Rochester community by choosing a project or activity they are passionate about, either personally or through a Simon club such as Simon Volunteers, Vision, or Net Impact. A past Simon Coverdell Fellow worked with the West Side Farmers Market on Genesee St. in Rochester. At the time it was the second smallest farmers market in the area and needed assistance attracting more customers. The student helped gather data on attendees to inform potential areas of growth, and helped with other duties as assigned, such as manning some of the service tents.

Jobs for program alumni

  • Amanda Baran ’11 (MBA), Associate Marketing Manager – Food Service, Rich Products Corporation
  • Michael Lightman ’14 (MBA), Innovation and Entrepreneurship at InfoDev, World Bank Group
  • Gilbert Bonsu ’18 (MBA), Modernization Manager, AT&T Leadership Development Program

Other details

Program length

MBA - 2 years, MS - 1 year

Application requirements

GMAT or GRE, or Executive Assessment (waiver available for candidates meeting a specific GPA requirement); transcripts from all institutions attended; 2 required essays; 2 references

Admissions process

Prior to submitting an application email the Simon admissions office at [email protected] to request your application fee waiver. Be certain to indicate on your application that you are a returned (or current) Peace Corps Volunteer. When we inform you of whether or not you have been admitted, we will also inform you of your Coverdell Fellow status.

Program begins


Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Jennifer Crandall, Associate Director of Admissions

245 Gleason Hall
Rochester, New York 14627