December 24, 2016

Joined: Dec 22, 2015

Posts: 1

Kudos: 6

Self-reported Score:
770 Q48 V48

Solid program with areas for improvement


This review is for Cornell Johnson

Program Full Time MBA

Class of 2018

Experience during the program

Overall, the 2-year full-time program at the Johnson School has been a great experience so far. Be warned that the fall of first year is an intense, fast-moving semester of 6 core courses (split into two half-semesters) that will really push you in terms of workload (7am quizzes, multiple deadlines in quick succession). But the advantage of this approach lies in Johnson's unique ability to offer self-selected Immersion coursework in the spring semester, which should give you a leg-up on your summer internship because you spend an entire semester taking a pre-defined set of courses relevant to your desired functional area. Being located where it is in rural upstate New York, diversity of talent can be an issue but the school continues to work on this and has done an admirable job recruiting underrepresented minorities, women, LGBT candidates, etc. Recently there has been increased attention on the newly-formed College of Business and the cross-pollination that allows between three previously separate schools (Johnson, Dyson, and Statler). The new Dean of Johnson is well-respected and makes every effort to be involved and engaged with the community.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Cornell professors are pretty top-notch and many will be involved in the Sage community via our weekly Sage Social happy hours. If there's one complaint I have, it's that administrators are somewhat slow in communicating important dates to students - for example, the academic calendar for the upcoming semester is released fairly late in the fall and doesn't leave much time to make travel arrangements far enough in advance.

About job placement process

Professional clubs are available to guide and facilitate the internship and full-time placement process. For Consulting and especially Banking, these clubs push you hard and have second-year officers who can sometimes come across (intentionally or not) as intimidating or overly strict. We also have Career Work Groups consisting of 2 second-years leaders and around 6 first-years that are geared towards recruiting for a particular function (i.e. Banking, Tech, Consulting, CPG Marketing, etc). Some groups are stronger than others depending on the composition of the second year class and their previous internship experiences.

Overall BSchool experience (5.0)
Schools contribution (4.0)
Classmates rating (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors
Alumni Network
Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity
Culture & Student Support

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