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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
Use this short answer question to succinctly share your short and long term goals. 
Immediately post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) ____[Role]____ at ___[Company]___within___[Industry]___. 

Essay 2. How has your experience prepared and encouraged you to pursue these goals? (hardcut-off at 350 words) 

Essay 3. Impact Essay: 
At Cornell, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. How do you intend to make an impact during the next several years of your education and/or career? (350 w) 

Essay 4. Back of the Resume Essay:
The front page of your resume has given us a sense of your professional experience and accomplishments as well as your academic summary and extracurricular involvement. If the back page reflects “the rest of your story,” please help us get to know you better by sharing ONE example of a life experience, achievement, or passion that will give us a sense of who you are as a potential community member. We value creativity and authenticity and encourage you to approach this essay with your unique style. 

Alternative submission formats may include a slide presentation, links to pre-existing media (personal website, digital portfolio, YouTube, etc.), as well as visually enhanced written submissions. Maximum file size is 5 MB. Written essays should be 350 words or less; multimedia submissions under 3 minutes. 

Optional Essay required for re-applicants 

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