The Johnson MBA – Cornell University

The Johnson School of Management at Cornell University was founded in 1946 and is an Ivy League school.

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Acceptance Rate

Average GMAT

Average GPA

FT Ranking

Percent of Hires in Each Industry:

  • Financial 35.5%
  • Consulting 27.3%
  • Technology 16.7%

Median Starting Salary per industry:

  • Consulting – $165K
  • Financial – 150K
  • Technology – $130K
  • Consumer – $110K
  • Health Care – $118K
  • Retail – $115K
  • Critical to demonstrate ‘fit’- that student is aware of school atmosphere, wants to be part, and will contribute.
  • Important to show that added value, for self and for organization, in every work/volunteer position.
  • Like people with interests beyond business; like community/social orientation.
  • Applying in first two rounds, taking time to speak to AdCom people, gives advantage. (“Rounds one and two are both excellent times to apply. Round three is typically the largest round and space can become limited. Competition for space and scholarship increases as the admissions season continues”)
  • Helpful to discuss Immersion Program in application.
These traits make you more likely to get accepted into Cornell’s MBA program:


(4 is highest, 1 is lowest)

Leader/Manager 4
Team Player/Relationship Builder 4.5
Smart 3
Initiates 3
International/Cultural 2
Creative 2
Presentation Skills 2
Persuasion Skills 1
Community/Society 3
Risk Taker 1
Business Skills 1
Source of career plan/prog choice 1
Promotions 3
Credible Names 2
Story is unique 2
Learn more about the meaning of these traits and how they are reflected in your application.

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The MBA program is relatively small, and has a collegial atmosphere which emphasizes teamwork. This atmosphere is also demonstrated through the strong alumni network. The admissions committee carefully selects candidates who fit in and strengthen the positive atmosphere.

The programs key strengths are accounting, finance and green industries.

Despite its secluded location and distance from New York, the school has strong international ties, especially with Japan.

The school’s teaching method emphasizes experiential and practical learning. Students visit companies, confront real business challenges and are evaluated by the solutions they develop to approach these challenges. Candidates should mention this unique method of teaching and display knowledge of the curriculum. Alumni include the following individuals, with current or past positions in parentheses: Irene Rosenfeld (CEO of Kraft Foods), James Morgan (CEO of Applied Materials) and Charles Knight (CEO of Emerson).

MBA Programs Application Deadlines
  • Close, supportive atmosphere among students because of small size.
  • Emphasis on collaboration, teamwork.
  • Academically demanding.
  • Students involved in many aspects of managing the school.
  • Part of Cornell University, a large research university.
  • Multi-million dollar state-of-the-art trading floor.
  • Heavy emphasis and support on job placement
  • Relatively well-known in Asia for an 11-20 ranked school.
  • 2nd-semester Immersion Program designed to allow students to specialize, improve job prospects.
  • Small size, distance from major cities, picturesque campus.
  • Amazing campus life and an unparalleled MBA experience.
  • Highly engaged alumni community – very helpful with the job search.
  • Great variety of companies that come to recruit.
  • Large variety of concentrations but very strong at: Asset Management, Sustainability, Managerial Finance, and marketing.
  • Ivy League school with all the benefits that come with it.
  • People looking for a friendly, teamwork-focused environment.
  • People seeking ‘small-town’, picturesque setting.
  • (Possibly) married couples.
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