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Cornell Johnson Business School Admission Interview

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Cornell University's Johnson School of Business produces business leaders who can anticipate trends and lead companies in times of change. The school's own commitment to keeping pace with business and student needs has resulted in innovations such as the Accelerated MBA (AMBA), which allows scientists and engineers with advanced degrees to earn an MBA in just one year.

Here is a two-page interview from summer 2010 with Ms. Laurie Shunney, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Has Cornell seen an increase in applications over the last year? Do you expect this trend to continue in the next recruiting cycle?


Application numbers for 2010 entry remained consistent with the five-year average and we anticipate similar numbers next season.

What do you think are Cornell's most distinguishing characteristics when compared with other MBA Programs?

The Johnson School provides performance learning in an intense, collaborative community. Students work in teams throughout the MBA program and maintain strong bonds as alumni.

Can you explain which Cornell traditions extend to the Johnson community?

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Johnson School students attend Cornell hockey games and other athletic events during the year. They also participate in campus-wide celebrations such as Slope Day. Within the Johnson School, traditions include weekly Sage Socials in the atrium, cultural celebrations hosted by student clubs, and the Follies.

The average post-university work experience at Johnson is 2-5 years. What would you say to an applicant who has minimal post-university work experience who wants to apply to your program?

When reviewing applications, we look for evidence of how applicants added value to their organizations. For applicants with fewer than two years of experience, we may look more closely at academic factors and internships completed during college. We also consider leadership and teamwork experience regardless of an applicant's years of prior work experience.

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What about on the other end? If someone has close to 10 years of work experience, do you consider them as well?

Fit is a primary concern in the application process. For those with more than 10 years of work experience, the Executive MBA programs may provide a better fit.

What about the recruiting industries at Cornell? Are there any that are particularly strong and have there been any changes in recruiting patterns over the last year?

Investment banking, consulting, and consumer product manufacturing are top industries for recruiting at the Johnson School. During the past year, many Fortune 150 companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Intel, Merck, and Best Buy recruited at the Johnson School for financial roles. We also anticipate growth in recruiting for the alternative energy industry.

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