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Cornell MBA Class Profile: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

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The Cornell MBA class profile for the Two-Year Class of 2022 saw an increase in class size and diversity. Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management experienced a 22 percent increase in applications this year over last and managed to increase the class size to the current 292 enrolled students, despite the challenging environment of the pandemic and uncertainty over international travel.

“Every year, our team does an outstanding job of bringing in a diverse, unique, and global group of students,” says Eddie Asbie, Interim Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University.

Here are some key elements of the profile:

Cornell MBA Class Profile: Undergraduate Background

Median Undergraduate GPA 3.34
Percent majoring in arts, humanities, social sciences 18%
Percent majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math 24%
Percent majoring in business 48%

Class of 2022 GMAT Statistics

Median GMAT Score 700
GMAT Score Range (middle 80%) 640 – 740

Cornell MBA Class Profile: Student Characteristics

Women 31%
Countries Represented (by citizenship) 29
International Students 34%
Average Work Experience 60 months

International Students, Women, and Minority Representation

Thirty-four percent of the incoming class are international students and represent 29 countries.

Thirty-one percent are women, and 39 percent are considered minority students. Historically underrepresented minorities, classified as students who identify as Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous peoples, make up 18 percent of the class. These demographics reflect an increase in representation for minorities in the MBA program.

“The increase in our underrepresented minority population reflects the consistent and dedicated recruiting efforts of our community,” stated Asbie. “At Johnson, we are fortunate to have a very active Office of Diversity and Inclusion that supports our students before, during, and after their MBA journey. They have played a vital role in the recruiting process.”

Professional and Academic Background

Nearly half of the class, 48 percent, received their undergraduate degree in business. Fifteen percent pursued engineering, 11 percent social sciences, and 9 percent natural sciences. Seven percent received their degree in the humanities.

Thirty percent of the incoming class comes from a financial services career background, and 11 percent were in consulting. Another 11 percent were working in the technology industry and 8 percent in government or non-profit work. Thirty-one percent fall under the category “other,” which includes consumer products, real estate, education, and more. Just 5 percent worked in manufacturing and 3 percent in healthcare. A full 10 percent of the class are military veterans.

STEM Designation

For the first time, Johnson will be graduating their first STEM-designated MBA students. This STEM designation not only provides an emphasis on data analytics and technology essential to business leadership, but affords an opportunity for international students who are in the U.S. on an F1 visa to extend their stay and continue working in their field.

Christina Griffith
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