The Johnson School at Cornell University

Program Overview

The Johnson School at Cornell University pushes a philosophy called Real Impact, defined as “the broad perspective and the depth of skill required to sustain, transform, and grow organizations, and to make a powerful, positive, and lasting mark on the world.” Johnson’s three core elements that distinguish it are its vast connections to research, teaching, and alumni resources; its passionate, collaborative community; and its “performance-learning approach,” which creates a supportive learning environment while expecting outstanding performance.

One unique approach by Cornell is its “Immersion learning,” which exposes students to experiential, real-world learning instead of lecture—or case-based education. By creating reality-based situations, “such as having students solve complex problems under demanding time pressures,” Johnson believes it will produce well-prepared graduates.

The environment at Johnson is friendly but competitive. The school recruits a diverse group of talented and driven students who will push each other to become high performers. Administrators believe an intentionally small and selective student body will foster community and generate better innovation. They see their Ithaca location as a community-building advantage over urban schools with commuter students who rush in and out.

There is a strong emphasis on “performance learning,” which requires students to produce results in a real business setting even as they are learning. Their three-part learning philosophy involves students learning from theoretical frameworks, applying concepts in an environment where they have to deliver results, and receiving feedback from experts to learn and improve their performance.

Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management ranks #15 in US News & World Report‘s 2024-2025 Best Business Schools ranking.

Johnson MBA Class of 2025 Key Statistics
Applicants: 2,553
Entering Full-Time MBA Students: 283
Average GMAT Score: 710
Average GPA: 3.35
Average Age: 28
Average Work Experience: 5.4 years
Women: 43%
International Students: 42%
Countries Represented: 39
Underrepresented Minorities: 35%
U.S. Military: 10%

Johnson Important Dates
October Round: September 18, 2024
January Round: January 9, 2025
April Round: April 10, 2025


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