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About The School

Johnson at Cornell has deployed a number of sweeping initiatives over the past few years, including a re-vamp of its curriculum and the launch of a new NYC campus. It also merged the business school with its schools of Applied Economics and Hotel Administration, enabling Johnson to pool resources, increase student choice and open new channels for collaboration. 

Johnson puts a premium on small class size, engaged professors and its close-knit community. It combines business fundamentals with a strong emphasis on applied learning, individually focused study, leadership development, and intense collaboration. Yet the class is also wrapped in the academic universe of Cornell University, the largest Ivy League in the US, located in upstate New York. 

Johnson’s new dual campus identity allows MBAs to decamp the cloistered college town of Ithaca for a semester in NYC, drawing comparisons to INSEAD’s dual campuses in Fontainebleau and Singapore. Currently housed in Google’s Chelsea office, the NYC-based Cornell Tech campus relocated in 2017 to a two million square foot facility on Roosevelt Island. The program features a one-year tech-driven, studio-structured curriculum where students operate in cross-functional teams to develop solutions for nearby tech giants, with resources to commercialize their ideas. 

Strengths And Specializations

Accounting, CSR/Ethics, Tech 

Incoming Class

Number of applicants (if possible) – 1,872 

MBA Class size – 292 

Annual tuition (converted to USD) – $143,880 

Post-MBA Careers


30% Consulting 

34% Finance 

16% Tech 

N/A Starting Own Business (possibly 2%) 

Avg. Base Salary – $138,767 

Salary Increase – 123% 

Employment in 3 months – 92% 


Avg. Work Exp. – 5 

Average GMAT – 700 

Int’l Students – 34% 

Female Students – 31% 

Deadlines (2021-2022 coming out around June)  


Essay 1. Goals Statement
How has your experience prepared and encouraged you to pursue these goals? (no word count, but last year was 350 words max)

Essay 2. Impact Essay
At Cornell, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. Taking into consideration your background, how do you intend to make a meaningful impact on an elite MBA community? (350 words, hard cut-off)

Essay 3. Optional Essay (required for re-applicants)
You may use the optional essay to explain gaps in your resume, call attention to items needing clarification, or provide additional details about any aspects of your application that do not accurately reflect your potential for success at Johnson. (350s word max)

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