Can you describe how the financial aid process works and what admitted applicants can expect in terms of scholarships, assistantships, and loan guarantees?

All students may apply for merit-based scholarships by checking a box within the online application. About thirty-percent of students receive scholarships, ranging from $5,000 per year to full tuition. Students receive notification of scholarship decisions on notification dates. In addition to merit-based scholarships, we offer 25 Park Fellowships each year. Park Fellows receive full tuition and a stipend for two years. They also complete a service project and participate in leadership activities. The Park Fellowship is limited to US Citizens. We review applicants’ essays about leadership and invite about 100 finalists to campus for a competitive weekend.

We also offer Federal and private educational loans for US citizens and Permanent Residents. International students must secure a US Citizen or Permanent Resident cosigner for educational loans.

What information would you like to share with applicants who would like to visit the campus?

We recommend visiting campus to experience the Johnson School environment first-hand. Prospective students value the opportunity to connect with current students and assess their fit with the Johnson School community.

Prospective students can attend a class and an information session with current students. We offer class visits Monday – Thursday and information sessions Monday – Friday during the academic year. After starting an application account, students can schedule a class visit via the website.

What are some of the attractions of going to school in Ithaca as opposed to a major city like New York, Chicago or Boston?

Ithaca is a beautiful small city in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. Our students appreciate the local waterfalls and gorges, vineyards beside Cayuga Lake, panoramic views, and a variety of hiking and biking trails in the area. Ithaca also offers a unique variety of restaurants, galleries, markets, and nightclubs all within a short drive or bus ride.

Johnson School students attend classes in historic Sage Hall on Cornell’s central campus. Our location on central campus provides easy access to all of the opportunities at the University. Students and faculty also meet for meals or events in nearby Collegetown or down the hill at Ithaca Commons. For many, two years in Ithaca provides a chance to escape, reexamine priorities, and focus on achieving their goals.

What should students expect in terms of housing options?

Most students live in apartments near campus and walk to Sage Hall or ride the TCAT bus (a free service for Cornell students). Our students live in a variety of neighborhoods reflecting different preferences. Many students find housing online and connect with potential roommates via new student websites. Accepted students usually visit potential apartments and sign lease agreements during Destination Johnson, the accepted student weekend in April.

What industries and companies recruit the most students from The Johnson School?

Many Johnson School students enter investment banking or financial services positions. A large percentage of students also accept roles in marketing, consulting, and general management.

Top recruiters include American Express, Amgen, Bain, Bank of America, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Booz Allen Hamilton, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, GE, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan, McKinsey, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, S.C. Johnson, UBS, and Unilever.

To wrap up, what is a defining quality that distinguishes the Johnson School from its peers?

The Johnson School provides performance learning in an intense, collaborative community. Our students form strong bonds during the MBA experience and remain active as alumni.

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