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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2008, 19:00
I am definitely interested in a group visit to Ithaca.

I am applying in R1 and want to visit the first half of Sept.

I guess the next step is to figure out a date and when their class visit schedules are published online.
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2008, 23:36
irishspring wrote:
people talk bout 'safety schools'. i think 'safety schools' are ok for undergrad. but for grad school, we are paying alot of money for an investment, and if that return on the investment doesnt match what we put in it, or are leaving, then a 'safety school' becomes a bad investment.


Agree with you. But I think safety schools may be a good bet for younger candidates , those who have around 2 years of work ex, and for those whom doing an MBA matters more than from where theyve done it.

Theyve obviously not climbed the corporate ladder as much as the experienced lot, and their risks are much lower, compared to someone who has 5-6 years of work ex, and will leave a plush job, to take up a heavy loan and no earnings for the next two years.
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2008, 01:18
irishspring wrote:
i have a 730 gmat. so i dont mind hearing that. but a low gpa.

i just think the competiotin this year for all mba top 15 schools will be incredibly fierce. i mean just ridiculously so.
i have a 730 gmat, and am applying to duke, cornell, harvard, mit, and kellogg. honestly, i could see myself getting rejected at all 5 schools. which sucks. i mean harvard is an automatic rejection more or less. mit/kellogg longshots. cornell and duke i think its reasonable to expect i have a chance. but it just gets so subjective to a point that nothing is guaranteed.

im whining.

sorry.

Haha, don't worry too much, irish. There are plenty of people on this forum who feel the same way you do and there are some pretty qualified candidates roaming around here. Half the time I don't think I can get into Compton Community College.
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2008, 08:31
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agreed on top 18. thing is. and thi sis what you have to ask yourself. at what point is it worth it to you to leave b school for what you already have? i have to say, that in a very very very general sense, once you start getting out of those 30 or so schools that might claim top 18, it gets really hard to justify leaving for two years, with no pay to get an mba if you are in a pretty dang good spot.

im not kicking the bucket on b school. but for me there is a point where i say 'enough is enough' and i dont apply to any schools outside a certain set.

people talk bout 'safety schools'. i think 'safety schools' are ok for undergrad. but for grad school, we are paying alot of money for an investment, and if that return on the investment doesnt match what we put in it, or are leaving, then a 'safety school' becomes a bad investment.


Maybe this will help you out in your decision.

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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2008, 09:08
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Maybe this will help you out in your decision.

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Wow that is an awesome tool. Thanks!
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 04:19
whats the culture of cornell like? is it very cutthroat (as i've heard)?
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 09:38
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whats the culture of cornell like? is it very cutthroat (as i've heard)?


That's what you heard?! Wow! Who have you been talking to? I would suggest never taking advice from that person on anything. Cornell actually has a reputation for being the friendliest of the top programs and that's certainly what I saw when I visited. In fact, that rep is so strong that a cornell adcom I talked to actually mentioned that his staff gets irritated that cornell is just known as "the nice MBA program" rather than being known for the success of its students, quality of curriculum, etc.
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 09:51
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whats the culture of cornell like? is it very cutthroat (as i've heard)?


That's what you heard?! Wow! Who have you been talking to? I would suggest never taking advice from that person on anything. Cornell actually has a reputation for being the friendliest of the top programs and that's certainly what I saw when I visited. In fact, that rep is so strong that a cornell adcom I talked to actually mentioned that his staff gets irritated that cornell is just known as "the nice MBA program" rather than being known for the success of its students, quality of curriculum, etc.


Agreed. When I visited Cornell, I didn't get a cutthroat feeling at all. It seems like they are all about helping each other and creating a tight-knit community.

Perhaps the cutthroat reputation is more suited to the undergraduate school, which I've heard is extremely competitive.
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 16:13
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whats the culture of cornell like? is it very cutthroat (as i've heard)?


That's what you heard?! Wow! Who have you been talking to? I would suggest never taking advice from that person on anything. Cornell actually has a reputation for being the friendliest of the top programs and that's certainly what I saw when I visited. In fact, that rep is so strong that a cornell adcom I talked to actually mentioned that his staff gets irritated that cornell is just known as "the nice MBA program" rather than being known for the success of its students, quality of curriculum, etc.


Agreed. When I visited Cornell, I didn't get a cutthroat feeling at all. It seems like they are all about helping each other and creating a tight-knit community.

Perhaps the cutthroat reputation is more suited to the undergraduate school, which I've heard is extremely competitive.


While I don't know that much about the Johnson school, I know that the undergraduate program is pretty cutthroat, especially in the college of engineering and among the pre-meds.
The other undergraduates at Cornell are not nearly as cutthroat, but I still wouldn't say that their the most friendly bunch of kids - probably just average in terms of friendliness.

The above only applies to the undergraduate program - I can definitely see how the MBA program at Cornell can have an extremely friendly culture with a tight-knit community.
I mean... what else are you going to but bond with your classmates when you're covered in snow in a college town with not much to do, and with no decent sized city within 100 miles :)

Not bashing it at all - I loved my 4 years there & definitely bonded with my classmates/made lifelong friends - & collegetown rocks haha.
Oh and don't forget slopeday - best day of the year - ever.
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 16:53
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Oh and don't forget slopeday - best day of the year - ever.


Please do explain...
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 17:16
College tradition from what I hear...a day-long version of TNDC. :beer

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Oh and don't forget slopeday - best day of the year - ever.


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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 17:53
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jasonc wrote:
Oh and don't forget slopeday - best day of the year - ever.


Please do explain...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slope_Day :)
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 19:00
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Oh and don't forget slopeday - best day of the year - ever.


Please do explain...

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Big drunken party? Sign me up, LOL!
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2008, 19:08
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While I don't know that much about the Johnson school, I know that the undergraduate program is pretty cutthroat, especially in the college of engineering and among the pre-meds.
The other undergraduates at Cornell are not nearly as cutthroat, but I still wouldn't say that their the most friendly bunch of kids - probably just average in terms of friendliness.

The above only applies to the undergraduate program - I can definitely see how the MBA program at Cornell can have an extremely friendly culture with a tight-knit community.


This seems to fit in my experience. The students that I talked with during my visit all seemed like they were best friends.
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2008, 05:45
The folks applying Rd 1, is Cornell your top choice? While it's great to get a decision within 8-9 weeks, how do you feel about the deposit deadline most likely being in first week of January again? And didn't the admissions office run into some issues with processing all applications by the official decision dates?

And it sounds like Cornell offers interviews on-campus only? So if one goes to visit the campus before turning in the application, it's possible that one might have to head up there a second time if invited to an interview?
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2008, 11:46
I'm hoping to get the app in for Rd 1. Cornell is not my first choice, but the timeliness of the decision is important to me, given my current situation. I'm pretty sure that I want to be in NY for a few years after school, so Cornell will make that very easy. Also, they a have great investment management program, sweet trading floor, proprietary quant trading models used by the students, and ~30 data/news feeds. Those are the types of things that get me fired up! :bouncer2
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2008, 11:51
Has anyone ever told you that you're a nerd, ryguy :-D ?

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Also, they a have great investment management program, sweet trading floor, proprietary quant trading models used by the students, and ~30 data/news feeds. Those are the types of things that get me fired up! :bouncer2
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2008, 12:33
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The folks applying Rd 1, is Cornell your top choice? While it's great to get a decision within 8-9 weeks, how do you feel about the deposit deadline most likely being in first week of January again? And didn't the admissions office run into some issues with processing all applications by the official decision dates?

And it sounds like Cornell offers interviews on-campus only? So if one goes to visit the campus before turning in the application, it's possible that one might have to head up there a second time if invited to an interview?


This is pretty much all true. But I'm still applying to Cornell round 1 even though it's not my first choice. The school is a great fit for me and I want to apply as early as possible to every school both to increase my odds of getting in and also so that I can get this over with and hear back from schools as soon as possible. Plus, early January decision date isn't that big of a problem for me because I will have heard from at least 4 of my 5 schools by then. I've also decided that I'm willing to eat a deposit or two if it means I can hear back from all my programs as quickly as possible.

For some people that are in a different situation and have different priorities R2 might make more sense, I think you still hear back pretty early (January?).
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2008, 07:25
jasonc wrote:

While I don't know that much about the Johnson school, I know that the undergraduate program is pretty cutthroat, especially in the college of engineering and among the pre-meds.
The other undergraduates at Cornell are not nearly as cutthroat, but I still wouldn't say that their the most friendly bunch of kids - probably just average in terms of friendliness.

The above only applies to the undergraduate program - I can definitely see how the MBA program at Cornell can have an extremely friendly culture with a tight-knit community.
I mean... what else are you going to but bond with your classmates when you're covered in snow in a college town with not much to do, and with no decent sized city within 100 miles :)

Not bashing it at all - I loved my 4 years there & definitely bonded with my classmates/made lifelong friends - & collegetown rocks haha.
Oh and don't forget slopeday - best day of the year - ever.

yea, my Econ professor at Bing was from Cornell and he said Cornell undergrad was pretty cutthroat.
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Re: Calling all Cornell (Johnson) Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2008, 11:26
Hello all Cornell applicants,

Cornell Johnson admit here, about to head to ithaca in a couple weeks. Just want to give you guys some encouragement and wish you guys the best of luck in the application process. So far, I have been very impressed with Cornell, the school, the students, and alums, etc. I have already met a lot of alums and students, and seems like everybody has a good FT job or internship despite the economy (I don't keep track, but lots of bulge bracket banks, top 3 consulting firms, US and international placement, etc). The people seem very cool and friendly, definitely folks I would like to hang out with. Cornell is well known as a very collaborative school, not cutthroat at all!! Cornell is also probably among the friendliest of all bschools.

The alums are very passionate and keen on helping us students out. The leadership is also very aggressive in pushing Johnson back into the top 10 (Cornell was #7 as recent as 2004), through strategic planning, alumni relations, fund raising, and holding events throughout the world. This summer, Cornell has provided us incoming students with constant information and updates, and even organized several summer career-related events.

For those interested in HF/VC, Cornell has its own student-run hedge fund and venture capital fund, both of which are top notch in bschool circles.

I still haven't been to ithaca yet (i'm international), but have heard great things about the campus and facilities. Some people are not too psyched about the weather, but I think the weather is gonna suck at most east coast/chicago schools anyway so its the same all around.

For internationals out there, the Cornell brand is prestigious in most countries. I was trying to get a visa at the US consulate, and they didn't even look at the required documents and immediately approved my visa once they saw I was going to Cornell.

Anyway, good luck, if you guys have questions feel free to post or shoot me a PM.

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