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Cornell MBA – Class Profile 2024, Employment Reports, Notable Alumni

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Founded in 1946, the current avatar of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management came into being in 1984 when the Johnson family made a $20-million endowment gift to the school. The SC Johnson is a B-school with a difference – it runs small, tight-knit classrooms in the midst of the largest Ivy League University. Collaboration is the underlying ideology that defines the Cornell MBA program and its Cornell connections give its students unique opportunities to work with the rest of the Cornell community.

Cornell Johnson - Class Profile, Career and Employment Outcomes

If Cornell – SC Johnson is your target business school, this article will help you in researching the class profile, and career prospects offered by its full-time (2-year) MBA program.

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General trivia on Cornell – SC Johnson

  • Founded in 1946, the Johnson family’s generous endowment allowed it to switch its focus to the business.
  • There are over 10 different business-related courses at Johnson.
  • As a part of Cornell, the curricula are designed to be interdisciplinary and encourage students to use the vast resources of the University.
  • The college is named for Samuel Curtis Johnson (1833-1919), who began his career as a manufacturer of wooden parquet floors in Racine, Wisconsin.

General Information on the Cornell – SC Johnson MBA Program

Location –

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Sage Hall Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201

Dean – Mark W. Nelson, PhD

Admissions Office –

Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Room 111

Sage Hall Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201

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Cornell Johnson MBA Program – Class profile, Cost of Attendance, Mean Salary

Below are the details of the SC Johnson full-time, 2-year MBA program’s class profile, cost of attendance and median salary. Here is the list of the total cost (tuition fee + living expenses) of top MBA programs across the world.

S. No.Cornell – SC JohnsonNumbers
1Median GMAT710
2Median GPA3.30
3Class Size (enrolled in the class of 2024)303
4GMAT Range650 – 750
5Work Experience (Average)5.5 years
6Tuition & Living Expenses (per year)$76,690
7Average Age29
8Employed after graduation (3 Months)97%
9Avg Base Salary (2022)$155,048
10Avg Signing Bonus (2022)$38,310

Cornell – SC Johnson MBA incoming class profile 2024

Here are the detailed statistics on SC Johnson’s incoming class of 2024.

GMAT Scores650 – 750
Undergraduate GPA3.30
Average age29 years
% of women in the class39%
% of international citizens43%
Countries represented43

5-year Trends Cornell Samuel MBA Class Profile

S. NoCornell Samuel School of Business20202021202220232024
1Median GMAT696 700710710
2Median GPA3.41 3.343.343.30
3Class Size282 292304303
4Work Experience (Average)5 years  5 years5.5 years
5Tuition Cost (per year/Single student)*  $71,940         $74,026




6% of students reported jobs received after 90 days94%97%  97%
7Avg Base Salary$138,797$139,121  $155,048
8Avg Signing Bonus$36,391$ 37,684  $38,310


Cornell MBA Program MBA Application Deadlines: 2022-2023

SC Johnson’s application process requires GMAT or GRE scores, a goal statement along with 2 essays, your resume and the transcripts of your coursework. English language proficiency test is a must for international students, and a letter of recommendation is also helpful.

Johnson has a culture of promoting diversity and ensures that people from minority communities are well represented. They also have a special commitment to helping US veterans. The final invitation-only interview determines which candidates make the cut.

Needless to say, the competition is tough. Therefore, it is very important that you have your application ready by Round 1 or Round 2. Learn here why applying in Round 1 or Round 2 is important.

SC Johnson Application RoundApplication DeadlineInitial
Deposit & Official
Documentation Deadline
September Round9/22/202211/4/202212/8/20221/13/2023
January Round1/10/20233/17/20234/6/20234/28/2023
April Round4/11/20235/12/20236/1/20236/15/2023
Second Deposits: All Rounds   6/15/2023

Cornell MBA – Employment Report & Salaries- 2022

The big 3 industries – Consulting, Financial Services, and Technology – accounted for 84% of the job offers received by the graduates of the Cornell MBA class of 2022. Manufacturing (3%) and consumer products (5%) also recruited Cornell Johnson graduates.

The same trend is replicated in the job profiles offered – Consulting and Financial services(Finance+Invement banking) topped the list with 33% and 40% respectively.

Take a look at detailed employment statics on employment by industry, job function, and location for more information.

Employment by industry 2022

Financial Services picked up the most number of graduates from the Cornell MBA Program – 39%. But 30% of students joining Consulting firms were the highest paid with the highest average salary of $167,648. Below is the detailed employment report for the Cornell MBA class of 2022*.

Base Salary
Salary RangeSalary Range
Financial services$161,563$70,150 - $200,00039%
Consulting$167,648$100,000 - $192,00030%
Technology$137,274$110,000 - $160,11015%
Consumer products$119,682$109,000 - $130,0005%
Manufacturing$131,125$111,000 - $140,0003%
Law/Legal Services$211,667$205,000 - $215,0001%

*Source: 2022 Employment report data-SC Johnson college of business


Employment by Job Function 2022

Bucking the usual B-School trend Consulting-related jobs (33%) formed the bulk of employment opportunities for the graduates of the Cornell MBA program. Investment Banking and Finace came next with 26% and 14%, respectively*.

Job FunctionAverage
Base Salary
Base Salary
Salary RangePercent
Consulting$164,793$175,000$95,000 - $192,00033%
Investment Banking$174,921$175,000$150,000 - $200,00026%
Finance$127,718$125,000$70,150 - $155,00014%
Marketing$131,470$131,000$109,000 - $160,11012%
Management$130,930$133,000$60,000 - $154,04310%
Other*$182,000$184,500$133,000 - $215,0005%

*Source: 2022 Employment report data-SC Johnson college of business

Employment by Job Location

Even though the class of 2022 had almost 43% of international students, 96% of the class found jobs in North America. In the US, jobs in the Midwest were the most lucrative with average annual salaries touching $162,318.

US RegionAverage
Base Salary
Base Salary
Salary RangePercent
Northeast$159,670$175,000$95,000 - $215,00050%
West$147,649$135,000$120,000 - $190,00016%
Midwest$162,318$175,000$111,000 - $215,00010%
Mid-Atlantic$157,875$175,000$110,000 - $190,0006%
Southwest$157,875$162,500$120,000 - $190,0006%
South$149,167$152,500$100,000 - $190,0002%
World RegionAverage Base SalaryMedian Base SalarySalary RangePercent Employed
North America$157,400$170,000$95,000 - $215,00096%
Asia, Central America and the Caribbean, European Free Trade Zone$114,450$114,500$100,000 - $127,7004%

Major employers of Cornell-SC Johnson graduates

  • EY (Ernst & Young)
  • Amazon
  • Guggenheim Securities
  • IBM Corporation
  • Barclays
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Citigroup
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Deutsche Bank
  • M&T Bank Corporation
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Verizon Communications
  • Wayfair

SC Johnson College of Business – Notable Alumni

Cornell Johnson College of Business - Notable Alumni
  • Meredith Amdur, CEO, Rhetorik Solution
  • Paul Kavuma, Founder and CEO, Catalyst Principal Partners
  • Michael Chen, President, Strategic Initiatives Group, NBC
  • John R. Clark Sr., President, and CEO, The 4-Clark Management Group, Inc., and former deputy assistant secretary for resource management of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science
  • Ken Derr, retired Chairman and CEO, Chevron Corporation
  • Martha Gallo, Executive Vice President, General Auditor, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Byron Grote, CFO, BP
  • James N. Hauslein, Managing Director of Hauslein & Company, Inc., and Chairman and CEO of Atlas Acquisition Holdings Corp.
  • John Hillen, President, Global Strategies Group, LLC, and former assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs serving the administration of President George W. Bush
  • Mzamo Mangaliso, president and CEO, National Research Foundation of South Africa
  • Mary Meeker, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • James Morgan, Former Chairman, Applied Materials Inc.
  • Roy Park Jr., President, and CEO of Park Outdoor Advertising
  • Jeffrey Parker, Managing Director, Parker Family Limited Partnership
  • Wilbur Parker, CPA, first black budget director for the city of Newark, first black secretary of Newark's Board of Education, first black student to graduate from Johnson, and former U.S. Army Air Force Tuskegee Airman
  • Arete Passas, President and CEO, Manhattan Toy
  • Rick G. Sherlund, Managing Director, Nomura Securities International, Inc.
  • Zhu Shen, Senior Director, Business Development, Immusol, Inc.
  • Warren Staley, retired Chairman and CEO, Cargill Inc.
  • Laura Wilkinson, Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Other MBA programs you should consider

Stretch Schools: Chicago BoothKelloggMIT Sloan, Berkeley Haas

Match Schools: Duke FuquaDarden, NYU Stern, Michigan Ross, Yale SoM

Safety Schools: Emory (Goizueta), Indiana (Kelley), Notre Dame (Mendoza), Georgia Tech (Scheller)

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