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Thanks to everyone for joining
Pavit (Dec 14, 2009 12:00:17 PM)
Thanks to everyone for taking the time to chat with us. Randall, great
to chat with you again, I was wondering if you could provide some
insight on when we can expect to receive interview invites if we
applied Round 2.
jug (Dec 14, 2009 12:00:24 PM)
Hi Christine, are the Admissions rolling? What are the time-lines for R2 applicants to get interview calls?
Jose HM (Dec 14, 2009 12:00:35 PM)
Ann: What's the typical percentage granted through financial aid?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:00:42 PM)
Hi Pavit --nice to hear from you! We are deciding Round Ones over the next few days and Round Two interview invites have started to go out...we have a good size to Round 2 and will be working through it in the next several weeks--
Unique_Impact (Dec 14, 2009 12:00:57 PM)
Laurie: What is the next best way to gain insight into the Johnson
way of life for an international applicant, who might not be able to
travel to the Ithaca campus?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:01:16 PM)
Hi Jug - we are in the middle of deciding Round 1; however, Round 2
applicants can expect to hear from us until the day of notification
which is February 16th.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:01:30 PM)
Jose, about 1/3 of our admitted students receive some type of
scholarship, and about 90% receive some kind of financial aid (scholarship
JohnsonHopeful (Dec 14, 2009 12:01:34 PM)
Christine: Do you feel that, historically, one's GMAT score has been a good indicator of success at Johnson?
jug (Dec 14, 2009 12:01:47 PM)
Randall: What are some of the strengths/unique selling points of the school that you think is not evident in the school website?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:02:03 PM)
Unique_Impact: I recommend connecting with students via the Student Search
within the Admissions Portal and reviewing the list of clubs to contact
the club officers in areas that interest you.
Jeet (Dec 14, 2009 12:02:17 PM)
Laurie: I have already applied in the first Round and am awaiting the decision. By when will the decision be sent out?
blg (Dec 14, 2009 12:02:42 PM)
Christine: Cornell is famous for consulting. Why then, do 20% of graduates go to
consulting while 40% go in to finance, even in such a financially "down" year?
Is Cornell more of a finance school?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:02:49 PM)
Johnson Hopeful - it isn't a predictor of job potential/employability;
however, it is a good predictor for first semester GPA and how students
will do in our core. We need to look very closely at this because
students who do poorly risk not being in a desired immersion.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:02:55 PM)
Jeet - We will release Round 1 decisions on the notification date - December 17th (this Thursday).
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:03:01 PM)
Hi Big, we really are a general management program with strengths in both
industries. So many students end up changing direction while in
business school and having that flexibility in our curriculum, is a real
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:03:11 PM)
Hi Jug--our website is quite comprehensive about such issues, however,
I think that access to faculty is one strength that is not shown on the
website. With small classes and open door policies, accessibility to
faculty is better here than nearly any other b-school.
jeremy (Dec 14, 2009 12:03:56 PM)
Ann: I understand that interviews must be completed by
December 17th for the notification deadline for R1 applications. Is
there still time to receive an interview notification?
mbacheckmate (Dec 14, 2009 12:03:57 PM)
Randall: Has the application volume gone up this year? Can you please provide the stats for this year?
Gunangad (Dec 14, 2009 12:04:35 PM)
Laurie: Hi everyone, I got an email saying my application was under
review. How much longer until you send out the interview invites? (I
applied in Round 2.)
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:05:00 PM)
Jeremy, we extend interview invitations up until our notification date, so for Round 1 the date would be December 17th.
Elaine (Dec 14, 2009 12:05:44 PM)
Hi Christine, how do you evaluate work experience and what accomplishments do you expect applicants to achieve?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:05:47 PM)
Hi MBAcheckmate, volume is actually down this year. While down, it is
still about our 5 year average. Round Three and Four are coming up and
the buzz I am hearing about numbers for those is very good. Overall the
application pool through Rounds 1 and 2 is academically stronger than
last year's class.
sunny01 (Dec 14, 2009 12:06:00 PM)
Hi Randall, what is the percentage of students who will receive final admissions out of the ones who interviewed?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:06:26 PM)
Gunangad - We send interview invitations throughout each round. The
notification date for Round 2 is February 16th and we will continue
sending interview invitations until we release all of the final
jug (Dec 14, 2009 12:06:31 PM)
Ann: Are the interviews blind? How much importance is given to the interview compared to the rest of the application - i.e. the essays,
work experience and scores etc.?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:06:43 PM)
Hi sunny, last year about 40% of those interviewed received offers...this year's numbers remain to be seen from Round One.
Ram123 (Dec 14, 2009 12:06:49 PM)
Laurie: Hi, Thank you for hosting this chat. When will the Round-2 interview
invites start going out? What percent of applicants in Round-2 got
invited for interview?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:07:45 PM)
Hi Elaine, we look at work experience to the quality of what they have
accomplished, progression, and how it is relevant to what you want to
do. Accomplishments vary greatly - so it depends on your industry in
terms of the type of accomplishment. Remember, we also look at your
extracurricular, personal accomplishments you have been able to achieve
as you experience growth in your career.
gverma_atl@bigred (Dec 14, 2009 12:07:49 PM)
Good afternoon Christine, it's good to "see" you again in this chat. I
would like to know if admissions would like to be updated about
additions to work responsibilities, or any client recommendation letters
and personal updates - e.g. I was spearheading a seed fund for social
enterprise.. and its capital has increased from 8k to 13k in the past
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:07:55 PM)
Ram 123: We already started sending interview invitations and we will
continue doing so as we review applications. We usually interview
approximately 50% of applicants.
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:08:03 PM)
Hi Notle, we are looking for individuals who are academically curious,
have a great sense of who they are & where they want to go and
understand what they bring to the table in our community.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:08:07 PM)
Jug, we do conduct blind interviews, that is, your interviewer has only
a copy of your resume and some notes from the folks who have reviewed
your file. We don't have a formula or matrix, but your interview is
important, it's the part of your application that allows you to show
your personality and fit with our program.
Ben (Dec 14, 2009 12:08:26 PM)
Hi Randall, I read your interview with BusinessWeek saying that
normally Round 3 is the biggest round at Johnson. Do you think the
trend will be likely to continue this year?
djz (Dec 14, 2009 12:08:44 PM)
Laurie: How are letters of recommendation used by the Adcom? Does the Adcom
see genuine cases of friction at work being representative of someone
with strong opinions?
i2ich (Dec 14, 2009 12:08:59 PM)
Ann: Is there a major disadvantage for applicants who apply in Round 3 versus Rounds 1 or 2?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:09:00 PM)
Hi Gaurav, if you would like to send any update to your application
processor, you can do so. We will review any item that is included in
an applicant's file - this includes email updates.
Tina (Dec 14, 2009 12:09:17 PM)
Christine: Hello and thanks for taking time to answer our questions. If I'm applying in Round 3 am I assured an interview spot?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:09:30 PM)
Hi Ben, traditionally Round Three is the biggest of the four rounds and we expect the same this year.
Samiur Rahman Talukder (Dec 14, 2009 12:09:35 PM)
Greetings Randall - It's great to be able to chat with you for my first
time, since I've watched your YouTube interviews and podcast sessions.
I would like to know if Cornell has made any deliberative/focused
efforts to attract young, MBA candidates. Based on the information I've read,
I understand that undergraduate, Cornell students can directly enroll
into the MBA program, but I would like to learn about more
opportunities for students who did not study at Cornell. Also what
loan/education financing options are now available for international
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:11:03 PM)
Hi Tina, our interviews are invite-only, so interview spots are not
guaranteed. Each applicant is given two independent reads before a
decision is made to interview or not.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:11:08 PM)
Hi i2ich, there is no disadvantage to applying in round 3. We encourage
candidates to submit their application when it's as strong as possible.
If that's early - great, if it's in Round 3 it's OK. We make admission
offers to strong candidates in each of our 4 application rounds.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:11:19 PM)
Djz: We truly value recommendations since they provide greater insight
and unique perspectives. We usually consider specific comments from
recommenders within the greater context of the application and work
enthusiastic_saurabh (Dec 14, 2009 12:12:10 PM)
Hi Christine: How are alumni interview as compared to telephonic chats with the Adcom?
jug (Dec 14, 2009 12:12:26 PM)
Ann: Approximately what percentage of admits are given in R1, R2 and the next rounds?
IanL (Dec 14, 2009 12:12:54 PM)
Laurie: My application will not be submitted until right at the R2
deadline. Do you give favorable treatment to those applications that
are received earlier in the process? Am I putting myself at a
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:13:30 PM)
Hi Saurabh, an alumni interview is a great way for you to have an
in-person discussion with someone from the Johnson School. Sometimes
the choice between the two isn't possible, but if you have questions
that you think only someone from the Adcom could answer, we are always
i2ich (Dec 14, 2009 12:13:43 PM)
Christine: What are some resources available to the GLBT community?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:13:50 PM)
Hi Samiur, nice to chat with you as well. We are looking to attract all
candidates and we do have a 5 year half program that focuses on
"straight-through"s or those individuals with less than 12 months full
time working experience. Regardless of your undergraduate institution,
you can apply to our program without work experience. Also, our
international loan programs can be found on our website and I am
pleased to announce that we expect our interest rates et al to be much
better than last year.
Unique_Impact (Dec 14, 2009 12:13:53 PM)
Thanks Laurie...Hi Randall, could you please outline the interview
process for us, I hear it’s not blind. Also, could you please clarify whether
all methods used to conduct interviews - on campus, with alumni and via phone- are viewed equally?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:14:51 PM)
Hi i2ich, great question! You can start by reaching out to our Out for
Business organization. This will connect you to current students and
alumni in our LGBT community.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:15:03 PM)
Jug, we don't use a specific formula or quota for each round, but the
average over the last couple of years has been 30, 30, 30, 10 percent
of each round have been made offers of admission.
PresleyAMBA2011 (Dec 14, 2009 12:15:12 PM)
Ann: What are the criteria for full or partial scholarships?
Tina (Dec 14, 2009 12:15:19 PM)
Christine: As a follow up to Big's question, if I am not in finance or
consulting but instead consumer products, does the Admission team
approach my application differently because perhaps they haven't become
familiar with the trajectory of careers in those industries? Also, what
is the best way to educate the Admissions team on the industry, without
sounding like a brochure?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:15:37 PM)
IanL: If you apply by midnight on January 12th, we will consider your
application for Round 3. We consider all applications by Round, rather
than by the date submitted, but we generally recommend submitting your
application as soon as it is complete.
jeremy (Dec 14, 2009 12:16:03 PM)
Ann: Thanks for the clarification. That means I have hope until Thursday!
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:16:21 PM)
Hi Unique, we are invitation to interview only and blind interviews
with resume and copy of our first read. Interviews can be done on
campus with professional staff or trained students, via phone with professional staff or in person with alumni around the world. They all carry equal
weight but due to fit and feel issues and to know our community, we
recommend on campus if you have not visited.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:17:10 PM)
JohnsonHopeful: We review applications from candidates with a range of
experiences. Finance, consulting, and marketing remain strong this year.
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:17:32 PM)
Hi Tina, the Adcom is comprised of many different individuals who come
from a variety of fields including our Career Management Center staff. Many of us have been
doing this for several years. If you feel there is a point that needs
to be made, that is fine; however, keep in mind, that anything in
question on our end will be addressed. Again, The Johnson School is a
general management program and we see and work with a variety of
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:17:37 PM)
Presley, we take all components of your application into consideration
when awarding scholarship - not only your GMAT and GPA, but your career
achievements, personal activities, goals and endorsements of your
recommenders. We can't afford to fully fund all worthy students, so the
biggest awards are given to the candidates with strength in each area.
Elaine (Dec 14, 2009 12:17:47 PM)
Hi Christine, does Cornell offers off-campus interview?
enthusiastic_saurabh (Dec 14, 2009 12:17:51 PM)
Hi Ann, what happens if someone can't interview by decision notification date? Does that person get a decision with R2?
gverma_atl@bigred (Dec 14, 2009 12:18:03 PM)
Hi Randall, what qualities does the admissions committee look for in a candidate during the interview?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:18:39 PM)
Hi Elaine, you have 3 choices: 1)On-campus 2)Alumni interview in your area 3)Phone interview with an Adcom.
Dmittal (Dec 14, 2009 12:18:42 PM)
Laurie: By when will the employment stats of class of 2009 be
available? The website gives employment stats for only the class
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:18:53 PM)
Dear Enthusiastic, if you can't schedule your interview by the
notification date, we'll give you a decision within 7 days of your
interview. We will not move you to the next round.
pramod (Dec 14, 2009 12:18:56 PM)
Ann: Does the chances of scholarships/financial aid go down in the third round?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:19:27 PM)
Hi Gverma, we assess about 20 aspects in our first and second reads of
your file. During the interview, we look more closely at about 10 aspects of
your personality and candidacy.
jug (Dec 14, 2009 12:19:33 PM)
Randall: Can you please elaborate on the school's strengths in High Technology and Entrepreneurship related areas?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:20:16 PM)
Hi Pramod, the chances of scholarship are the same for candidates in
Round 3. Candidates who apply in Round 4 (our final round) are not
considered for scholarship, but will still qualify for loan assistance.
Bilige (Dec 14, 2009 12:20:29 PM)
Hi Ann, I have finished my interview (though
nervous). Is there anything else I can do in these days before the final decision?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:20:51 PM)
Dmittal: I recommend contacting the Career Management Center for the
2009 employment data. Feel free to call 607-255-4888 or email a member
of the CMC staff.
Sue (Dec 14, 2009 12:21:01 PM)
Laurie: Is it better to visit now before the Round 3 application deadline, or to wait until classes are in session?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:21:43 PM)
Sue: I recommend visiting when you can also attend a class and
information session. This will provide the greatest opportunity for the
full Johnson School experience.
Beatrice (Dec 14, 2009 12:21:58 PM)
Laurie: For someone applying in Round 3, do they have to meet
higher expectations than those admitted in prior rounds? Do the prior
rounds set a bar?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:21:58 PM)
Hi Ryan, as you probably know we do have a straight-through program for
those with less than one year of work experience. With that said, these
students are very competitive with key internships in their industry.
Without more detail into your background, I really cannot say what your
next step should be. My recommendation would be to contact some current
MBA's and do some informal interviews to get a sense of how you compare
with the current class.
Danny Wnek (Dec 14, 2009 12:22:05 PM)
Christine: I want to go into a specialized consulting field after
graduation, and I know there are professors at Cornell outside of the
Johnson school who have expertise in that field. Do students at the
Johnson school ever work with faculty in other colleges at Cornell
while getting their MBA? Is that something I'd be able to work into my
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:22:08 PM)
Jug--we have very strong connections with Cornell's bio and nano-tech
space as well as Entrepreneurship Cornell. Not only is there access
to great research and cutting edge technology, but we also provide
platforms for technology transfer, movement of product to market for
budding entrepreneurs and access to PE and VC space.
ashy (Dec 14, 2009 12:22:20 PM)
Randall, you mentioned about small classes at Cornell. What student-professor ratio are we talking about?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:22:23 PM)
Hi Bilge! I'm glad you're here. The toughest part of the application
process is waiting for the final decision! The only thing you could do
is keep us updated if any developments occur in your career or
akashvin (Dec 14, 2009 12:22:33 PM)
Ann: If someone doesn't get an interview invitation by Dec
17th, is the candidate waitlisted or rolled over to the next round? I
applied in Round 1.
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:23:15 PM)
Hi Danny Wnek, yes! One of the many strengths of JS is that you have flexibility in your curriculum. You will be able to utilize all of
Cornell's resources by working with faculty and other contacts, as well
as taking their courses.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:23:34 PM)
Beatrice: While the competition increases with each round, we will
recognize strong applicants across all rounds. We fill the class as we
review applications each year, but we accept a variety of strong
candidates during round 3.
djz (Dec 14, 2009 12:23:37 PM)
Laurie: What is the USP (unique selling points) of the Johnson school compared to other peer schools?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:24:13 PM)
Hi Ashy, we are at about 10:1 or 9:1 students to tenured or tenured-track faculty.
sunny01 (Dec 14, 2009 12:25:35 PM)
Hi Randall, do you waitlist people after interviews and if so, how many are waitlisted on an average?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:25:36 PM)
Hi Harry, the third round is our largest; however, we really cannot
predict what the acceptance rate will be. In the past in years, where
our applications were up, round 3 had a lower acceptance rate than
rounds 1 and 2. With that said, the applicants we see in rounds 1 and 2
tend to be stronger and therefore, contribute to a higher acceptance
CornellWannabe (Dec 14, 2009 12:25:43 PM)
Christine: how does Cornell view the applications of couples applying together (in the same round and in different rounds)?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:25:46 PM)
Akashvin, generally, students who do not receive an invitation to
interview are not admitted to the program. There are situations where
we may "roll over" an applicant to a later round, but it's rare.
Candidates will receive a decision on the notification deadline, or as
mentioned above, if they can't arrange an interview before the
notification deadline, within 7 days of their interview.
Jeremy Vernetti (Dec 14, 2009 12:25:50 PM)
Ann, have applicants in certain job disciplines been going up for the class of 2011? Finance, Manufacturing, Marketing?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:26:22 PM)
Djz: The Johnson School is an excellent general management program with
an amazing collaborative community of students, unique opportunities for
applied learning, a flexible curriculum, and Cornell connections.
Li (Dec 14, 2009 12:26:44 PM)
Hi, Laurie, I just finished my interview with Larry last Monday.
Wonderful talk we had! He suggested that I go to the campus to have a
look and I think I will do so. If there are no class-visits due to the exams, what
kind of activities could I join there?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:27:47 PM)
CornellWannabe, we will look at the applicants as a couple. We will not
give a different decision for one over the other. In other words,
either both are accepted or denied.
Elaine (Dec 14, 2009 12:27:55 PM)
Hi Christine: In terms of extracurricular activities, does volunteering
experience with local communities and sports activities count?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:28:15 PM)
Hi Sunny01, after the interview there are four options: 1-offer 2-conditional
offer 3-waitlist and 4-deny. We do track how many get waitlisted or denied
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:28:21 PM)
Hi Jeremy, we haven't seen an increase in applications from any
particular career or area, except for candidates applying directly from
undergrad. We do NOT plan to increase the number of candidates admitted
without prior work experience.
LawrenceFL (Dec 14, 2009 12:28:28 PM)
Hi Ann, nice to see you here. We had lunch at the Miami MAPS seminar.
I'd like to know if it is common for Financial Aid awards to be reduced after
the first year.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:28:33 PM)
Li: Students recently completed courses for this semester and many of
them will leave for break this week. If you would like to learn more
about the student experience, I recommend contacting students by email
or visiting during the Spring semester. You can find students and
recent alumni who share your interests by utilizing the Student Search
feature within the Admissions Portal and/or reviewing the list of clubs
and contacting the club officers.
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:28:54 PM)
Hi Elaine, of course! We consider anything you do outside of work as extracurricular.
CU_MEng_'04 (Dec 14, 2009 12:28:58 PM)
Laurie: I am currently applying Round 2 but am undecided on what
program. I was wondering if you believed there were any trade offs in
attending the accelerated program vs. the 2-year degree. How soon
should I make this decision?
Bilige (Dec 14, 2009 12:29:13 PM)
Christine, among those who get interviewed, what is the rough percentage
of acceptances in Round 1 from China? It seems Johnson sent lots of interview invitations here.
Sandeep Sharma (Dec 14, 2009 12:29:28 PM)
Hi Randall. Have you seen any recruitment activity from the energy sector this year?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:29:50 PM)
Hi Lawrence, we make our awards for two years, so your award won't be reduced in your second year.
sid_MBA (Dec 14, 2009 12:30:01 PM)
Ann: How does Johnson look at applicants with less work experience, say 2-3 years...as compared to those around the average of 5 years?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:30:06 PM)
Hi Bilige - at this point, we cannot say
how many will be accepted since we just started reviewing today. Final
decisions will be made by Thursday.
klughing (Dec 14, 2009 12:30:10 PM)
Hi Christine, how can I best use my time before applying next year?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:30:22 PM)
CU_MEng_04: Feel free to contact me directly and we can schedule a time
to speak in detail about both programs.
Elaine (Dec 14, 2009 12:30:56 PM)
Hi Laurie, in terms of recommendations, besides the requirement that
the person providing recommendation is a previous or current supervisor,
do you give more importance towards the recommendation from people in a big
organization or someone has a reputation in the Johnson's community?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:31:13 PM)
Hi Sandeep, I must admit I have not heard from the CMC any indications
about recruitment activity from the energy sector, so no news to
report. However, if you'll send me an email offline I'll be happy to
forward it to CMC so they can give you/us updated info.
RK (Dec 14, 2009 12:31:20 PM)
Randall, I wanted to
know if you would be notifying R1 applicants over the phone as is the
case in some cities in previous years?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:31:24 PM)
Hi Klughing, great question! You're taking the right steps already by
getting on the chats and reviewing other common questions from current
applicants. Organizing your search in terms of what business school you
are targeting and contacting their current students and alumni is a
great way to begin analyzing your "fit."
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:32:26 PM)
Hi Sid_MBA, we look for candidates with professional achievements and
accomplishments. Candidates with 1 or 2 years of experience can still
have pretty dynamic achievements. We look for drive and initiative,
which often translates into achievements!
jug (Dec 14, 2009 12:32:31 PM)
Ann: Can the school help the students through arranging Loans without a U.S. co-signor for international applicants?
Tina (Dec 14, 2009 12:32:39 PM)
Christine: Cornell is my top choice but, unlike other applicants, I
haven't been in contact with admissions. Since I will be applying in
R3, am I at a disadvantage in that I haven't made informal contact with
Admissions and should I start contacting admissions even though my application is not yet ready?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:32:47 PM)
Hi RK--we will be notifying Round One offers by phone and expect to
speak with every offer we make to share the great news and answer any questions you might have so everyone should be sure to keep their
phones on between now and Thursday. If you see "restricted" calls come
in, pick up your phone!
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:33:06 PM)
Elaine: Thanks for your question. We generally look for recommendations
from those who can provide the most insight about your professional
abilities and unique personal abilities, regardless of their titles or
the size of the organizations. We certainly value recommendations from
those who attended the Johnson School since they can provide excellent
insight based on their knowledge of the program and our community.
RK (Dec 14, 2009 12:33:11 PM)
Laurie, can you tell us approximately the number of applicants you receive in each round?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:34:11 PM)
Hi Klughing, I'd also encourage you to keep an
accomplishment/achievement journal - once a week record what your
achievements and accomplishments were during the past week. This will
make it easier for you to write your essays when you begin the
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:34:13 PM)
HI Tina, I don't think you are necessarily at a disadvantage; however,
it is good to have your questions answered and make some contact. By
doing the chat, you certainly are being active with the Adcom!
sid_MBA (Dec 14, 2009 12:34:15 PM)
Ann, are financial aid decisions released along with admission decisions?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:34:17 PM)
RK: We received about 2,300 applications last year. In general, the
size of Rounds 1, 2, and 3 are fairly similar. Round 4 generally remains
jug (Dec 14, 2009 12:34:20 PM)
Christine: What percentage of students takes up the non-finance
immersions? Do you base your admission decisions on having an even
spreads across the different immersions that you provide?
CU_MEng_'04 (Dec 14, 2009 12:34:24 PM)
Laurie: I am a former Cornell Grad M.S. '03, MEng '04. Do you think
this will work to my advantage? I know that many schools are looking
for individuals with a range of experiences. Still, I already know I
love Ithaca and Cornell.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:34:50 PM)
Jug, we can't arrange for you to get a U.S. co-signer, but we do have non-co-signer loans for our international students.
LuisaV (Dec 14, 2009 12:34:56 PM)
This question is for Ann: By when should a prospective student complete the FAFSA?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:35:32 PM)
CU_MEng_'04: We certainly love to see applications from former Cornell
students, especially if they love Ithaca and the environment here. This
often provides insight in terms of fit, but it is only one factor in
the overall review of an application. Between 10-15% of students in each class at the Johnson School hold previous degrees from Cornell
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:35:37 PM)
Hi Jug, students do let us know what immersion the INTEND to pursue;
however, we understand that this can certainly change. Therefore, we
don't base our decisions on restricting a certain number for an
intended immersion percentage.
i2ich (Dec 14, 2009 12:35:42 PM)
Laurie: Cornell's location may be of concern to some students; how does
Johnson compare with regard to being able to bring in resources and
recruiters from other areas?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:36:06 PM)
Sid_MBA, our scholarship decisions are released along with our
admissions decision, but loan awards and a traditional financial aid
package is sent out during the spring semester.
mbacheckmate (Dec 14, 2009 12:36:29 PM)
Ann: What differentiates Cornell from other business schools?
CU_MEng_'04 (Dec 14, 2009 12:37:00 PM)
Christine: In addition to elaborating on CU's strength in technology
could you provide some information on what % of an incoming class has a
technical background? Engineering or Science?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:37:10 PM)
LuisaV, the FAFSA should be completed after January 1, 2010. More details and
complete instructions for applying for scholarships and loans are on our
Samiur Rahman Talukder (Dec 14, 2009 12:37:15 PM)
Thank you Randall. I also have a few questions with respect to the
essays. In the section on "How will the Johnson School help you achieve
this goal." is it okay to specifically mention how I've been inspired
by Cornell visionaries, such as, Alex Counts of the Grameen Foundation
and Yusuf Talal Lorenzo who's pursuing a career as a Shari'a compliant
officer? Based on my research, I've learned that Cornell has a track
record and reputation in the fields of economic development/poverty
alleviation, agriculture among others that other schools don't really.
Second, the last essay that asks the candidate to write the contents of
a book, has a word limit of 400 words - I personally find that extremely
lengthy and was wondering if it's appropriate/okay to keep it to
100-200 words, or if there's more to it/in between the lines that I
haven't been able to interpret.
Techpro (Dec 14, 2009 12:37:39 PM)
Ann: I have a telecom background of 10+ years and
will be applying for the AMBA. Can you tell us which technology
companies have recruited in the past at the Johnson School?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:37:47 PM)
CU_MEng_'04, approximately 20% of the class.
Tina (Dec 14, 2009 12:38:07 PM)
Christine: As a follow up to Gvernma's question,
if you could distill the qualifications of the ideal Johnson MBA
student, what would those attributes be?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:38:17 PM)
Samiur--yes and yes good luck!
Alessandra (Dec 14, 2009 12:38:23 PM)
Hi Randall, does Cornell value applicants interested in dual degrees?
Does the Johnson School Adcom communicate with the other graduate
programs regarding specific applicants? I know that each school makes
their decisions individually but I am wondering if they communicate
during the admissions process.
Sue (Dec 14, 2009 12:38:32 PM)
Thank you, Laurie. I was not sure if not having visited yet was a black mark on one's application.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:39:01 PM)
I2ich: Ithaca is a wonderful place to live and the environment here
contributes to the collaborative dynamic. In terms of recruiting, many
companies send recruiters here for on-campus interviews. Students also
visit NYC by bus or car to complete interviews and they visit other
areas like Boston, NYC, and San Francisco etc. with Just About Jobs.
Tina (Dec 14, 2009 12:39:05 PM)
Laurie: Does input from an active member of the Johnson Alumni network ever help someone's application?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:39:23 PM)
Techpro, please forward an email to me offline and I'll forward it
to our CMC folks and they will get back to you.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:39:31 PM)
Tina: We absolutely appreciate feedback from Johnson School alumni.
CornellWannabe (Dec 14, 2009 12:39:43 PM)
Laurie: I understand that those who receive an admit receive phone calls from the Adcom. But what happens with international applicants?
djz (Dec 14, 2009 12:39:57 PM)
Randall: What are the focus areas for the school in the upcoming year?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:40:00 PM)
MBACheckmate, there are a lot of schools that offer a great business education, but
each has its own unique culture and community. You will get the best
education and have the best experience at the program that is the best
fit for you. At the Johnson School we have a close, collaborative
community. Students who like to work in teams, and are driven & collaborative seem drawn to the Johnson School.
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:40:20 PM)
Hi Tina, when I look at our current class, the attributes that come to
mind are ambitious, professional, focused, humble, poise......our
students define our culture and as part of the Adcom, we strive to
continue to cultivate the character of the class.
Jim Rumpf (Dec 14, 2009 12:40:23 PM)
Christine: You mentioned immersions a bit earlier in the chat. I was
wondering what percentage of this fall's first year students will be in
a customized immersion program this spring. Or, if that isn't yet
known, what percentage of students customize their immersion in a
typical year? Also, when during the first year does that final decision
need to be made? Thanks very much for your time!
CU_MEng_'04 (Dec 14, 2009 12:40:29 PM)
Ann, are campus visits recorded? Does this affect your application?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:40:32 PM)
CornellWannabe: We try to connect with international candidates
whenever possible (even when this means late nights in the office
during decision weeks). We LOVE sharing the news with candidates who
will become a part of the community.
Ashutosh (Dec 14, 2009 12:40:44 PM)
Laurie: How do you convert a GPA on a scale to 10 to a scale of four?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:40:49 PM)
Hi Alessandra, we have a very strong dual degree population who are
valued in our community. We do not really communicate with other
schools as we each make our own decisions.
mbacheckmate (Dec 14, 2009 12:41:09 PM)
Randall, what percentage of the students go into the Entrepreneurship immersion?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:41:12 PM)
Ashutosh: We do not convert GPA information, but review the grading scale from each institution when reviewing applications.
Amyn (Dec 14, 2009 12:41:48 PM)
Hi Laurie – Have you seen a bigger pool of international applicants this year (so far)?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:42:24 PM)
Hi Jim Rumpf, typically about 20% of the class will choose to
customize. Our registrar office manages when this decision needs to be
made, but typically by the end of the semester. You do need to have
certain grades for specific immersions (e.g. for investment banking,
you need at least a B in finance).
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:42:24 PM)
Amyn: The pool of international applicants remains strong this year.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:42:40 PM)
CU_MEng_'04, we don't formally record a campus visit for use in our
admit decision, but it never hurts to connect with someone - a student,
faculty or staff member if you do visit.
Mike Majestic (Dec 14, 2009 12:42:51 PM)
Christine: Are applicants with a non-math intensive
college and professional background at a disadvantage despite showing
high scores on the quant portion of their GMAT?
Cenk (Dec 14, 2009 12:43:14 PM)
Hi Laurie: Could you tell me little bit about the Johnson School's SSO
program ? Is there a separate application for this program?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:43:29 PM)
Djz--we'll be focusing our efforts on improving our second year
curriculum based on feedback from our students; we are in the process
of completing the tactical aspects of our strategy plan; and will
continue to work hard in the CMC arena to help our students get great
position in the business world.
Alessandra (Dec 14, 2009 12:43:36 PM)
Randall: What is a conditional offer?
RK (Dec 14, 2009 12:43:37 PM)
Randall, can you elaborate on some of the T&C's of a Conditional Offer?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:43:49 PM)
Hi Mike, absolutely not - the GMAT is a recent reflection and it is
good to see well-rounded applicants. It's not just about the analytical portion, but we want to see that you can handle the verbal
and writing sections.
klughing (Dec 14, 2009 12:43:52 PM)
Hi Christine, continuing on Elaine's question, how should you present sports activities in your application?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:45:05 PM)
Hi MBA checkmate, about 5-10 percent go into EPE. However, many of
those interested in EPE choose a customized immersion, so that number is
not really accurate as to the number of entrepreneurs we have here.
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:45:10 PM)
Hi Klughing, there is an extracurricular section in the application and
if it's part of your "interests" that you continue to do, you can include
this briefly on your resume. It can add a personal dimension to your
Greg2Ithaca (Dec 14, 2009 12:45:12 PM)
Randall: Can you discuss how you evaluate an applicant’s GMAT scores?
Can quantitative work experience, a strong undergrad record and/or the
CFA compensate for a low quantitative GMAT score?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:45:15 PM)
Cenk: The SSO immersion provides an opportunity for learning more about
operations. This includes coursework focused on logistics and about 20
company visits (to learn more about practical applications). Immersions
are curriculum options available in the second semester of the first
year. All Johnson School students may participate in an immersion and
registration occurs in October of the first semester.
jug (Dec 14, 2009 12:45:26 PM)
Christine: Do you provide feedback to the denied candidates?
djz (Dec 14, 2009 12:45:44 PM)
Laurie: What steps are being taken at Johnson to truly internationalize the alumni network?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:46:05 PM)
We don't look any differently at a Cornell alum. We do want diversity
in the class we admit, so we take a variety of factors into
consideration when making an offer. We do see a lot of Cornell alumni
apply to the Johnson School and the fact that you know the University
and location may be an asset.
gverma_atl@bigred (Dec 14, 2009 12:46:10 PM)
Hi Ann, does the Adcom appreciate reference letters about candidates from faculty, alumni or current students?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:46:38 PM)
Hi Alessandra, a conditional offer is one whereby you have an offer, but
need to take another step to meet a condition. Usually it is a retake
of the GMAT or take a class to prove quant ability. You have an offer
and once the condition is met, you enter the class.
sid_MBA (Dec 14, 2009 12:46:46 PM)
Randall, business week has reported that recently, employers are shying
away from the younger grads and moving towards more experienced ones...
was this trend visible at Cornell?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:47:11 PM)
Hi Jug, we do provide feedback to those who are feedback eligible. If
denied, you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can go back
and review your file to decide if someone will provide feedback. Due to
the heavy admissions cycle, we can only do this over the summer months.
RK (Dec 14, 2009 12:47:15 PM)
Randall: Any calls from a "restricted" or 607 Area code will be picked up promptly :) Thank you for the response!
Aspirant-12 (Dec 14, 2009 12:47:37 PM)
Christine: Could you please provide some insights into the Johnson School’s focus on entrepreneurship?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:47:55 PM)
Djz: Johnson School alumni already work though out the world. We
continually focus on involving alumni in international study trips and
fostering connections through regional clubs throughout the world.
Ying (Dec 14, 2009 12:48:00 PM)
Hi Laurie. I have an interest in education consulting. In addition to
the curriculum, are there any other resources in Johnson that will help with my career?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:48:41 PM)
Greg2Ithaca, great name! We like to see 65% or better on the quant
portion as that is an indicator of minimum success in the Core. We also
want strong verbal and AWA. And yes, all of those can compensate for a
lower GMAT score, we look at who you are and what you bring to the
table, not just your scores.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:48:50 PM)
Gverma_atl@bigred, we would prefer your primary letters of
recommendation be from a supervisor or manager. You can provide
supplemental recommendations from faculty, peers or alumni if you feel
their perspective would add value to your application.
klughing (Dec 14, 2009 12:49:21 PM)
Hi Ann, weekly accomplishment journal...that's a good idea!
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:49:42 PM)
Hi Aspirant -12, we have a strong entrepreneurial network here - aside
from the immersion and our entrepreneurs-in-residence, you will find
many classmates that have started, currently have, or will be starting
a business. Our BRV and BRI organizations work with our entrepreneurs
on business plans, ideas, markets, and etc. as well as financing. I highly
recommend reaching out to these organizations.
Samiur Rahman Talukder (Dec 14, 2009 12:49:47 PM)
Christine: I have a question with respect to non-profits. I am
interested in opportunities in the microfinance/social enterprise
space, but currently I also serve on the board of a non-profit
organization and ideally, I would like to strengthen my management,
leadership and social skills pertaining to board level management (e.g.
capital/fund raising, networking with potential board advisers and
members etc.) Does Cornell have opportunities or programs that place
students on the boards of non-profits during the summer or as part of
internship/immersion learning programs?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:49:52 PM)
Ying: The consulting club and the consulting passport provide excellent
guidance for students who would like to enter consulting. This includes
opportunities for connecting with consulting firms early and learning
from classmates with similar interests and experiences. Larry Wasser in
the Career Management Center also focuses on consulting placements.
followthedream (Dec 14, 2009 12:50:00 PM)
Laurie, have you accepted international students with a TOEFL score
lower than a 100? Is 100 a must? What is the role of the TOEFL score in
CU_MEng_'04 (Dec 14, 2009 12:50:14 PM)
I2ich, as a former Cornell Graduate, I can tell you from first hand
experience that the career fairs are well attended. You'll find
recruiters from all over the country and all over the world.
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:50:59 PM)
SidMBA, we have had very good success in the past with those who have
little to no work experience, however as the market has changed
tremendously in the past 18 months, we are not sure what the future will
bring. That being said, our people with little to no work experience
continue to do well in the employment space at both the internship and
full time offer level.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:51:16 PM)
Followthedream: 100 is a benchmark for a TOEFL, but we also look at English
skills during interviews. In some cases, we require completion of the
summer language program at Cornell if we remain concerned about a
candidate's English language abilities.
Alessandra (Dec 14, 2009 12:51:24 PM)
Hi Randall, My question is in regards to Essay #3. Is it ok to add a
"Preface" to my "Table of Contents", or should I stick to the "Table of
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:51:38 PM)
Hi Caomuruzhi, Round 1 calls have not started.
shakir (Dec 14, 2009 12:51:40 PM)
Hi Laurie: Pleasure to meet you! I have a media and technology
background and am interested in, short term, going into strategy
consulting within the Media and Entertainment sector. There are two
paths I can take: 1) Semester in Strategic Operations or 2) Strategic
Marketing with Consulting Focus. Do you know the benefits/costs of
either immersion paths comparatively speaking. I am trying to uncover
if there is a hidden benefit or qualitative advantage in choosing an
Immersion with "Consulting focus"? Please advise.
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:52:16 PM)
Alessandra, you can do what you like with Essay 3; it is all about being creative!
Li (Dec 14, 2009 12:52:27 PM)
Randall: Thanks for answering my first question. Here is a question
about the immersion learning: Can students choose two or more programs
to join? I am interested in Strategic Marketing, but since I also have
a plan for my own business, I am also interested in the program of
Entrepreneurship. Is that possible for me to take them both?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:53:15 PM)
Samiur, we do have an organization called Board Fellows, that works
with our students looking for opportunities to work with non-profits.
The non-profit sector is very broad and would be hard to establish as a
single immersion. You need something tangible - whether it's in social
enterprise and working within the non-profit arm of a consulting
company for example, who are looking to expand in Africa and need
someone with a technical background. Getting an internship with a
non-profit will depend on your previous background and what the organization is looking for in terms of that expertise.
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:53:20 PM)
Li, you cannot choose two or more immersions, only one, but you can
choose concentrations in your second year that will give you a good
number of classes in different areas.
klughing (Dec 14, 2009 12:53:29 PM)
Randall: Any advice on how to get in touch with current MBA students?
I'm already trying to use my network everywhere, but sometimes it's still
hard because I'm on the West Coast.
Tina (Dec 14, 2009 12:53:56 PM)
Laurie, as a follow up to my prior questions regarding Johnson alumni, how do
you treat input from current Johnson MBA students in the application process?
Is it appropriate and can it be helpful?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:54:08 PM)
Klughing, check out our Johnson School Admissions Ambassadors online. There you will
find a lot of our students and please reach out to them directly!
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:54:11 PM)
Shakir: I would recommend connecting with students who recently
completed these immersions since they could provide the greatest
insight about these experiences. It is also important to note that
students have the opportunity to connect with faculty and the career
management center staff prior to selecting their immersions during the
fall semester. This allows them an opportunity for learning more about
the programs in order to select the best immersion for their goals.
LuisaV (Dec 14, 2009 12:54:25 PM)
Laurie: This question is regarding the Consortium. If we have specific
examples of our experiences at Johnson to answer the first three essays,
but can't (because we have to keep them generic) what do you suggest when a
prospective student wants to show his/her interest in the school? Please
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:54:36 PM)
Tina: We certainly consider notes from current students.
Alessandra (Dec 14, 2009 12:54:48 PM)
Hi Randall- which immersion program do you suggest for someone interested in real estate development?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:55:31 PM)
Alessandra, customized with picking classes from each immersion.
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:56:14 PM)
Hi Joana, after the summer of the core, AMBA's can start working with
the organizations they are interested in to join. Obviously, you may
have an idea before the summer, but once the second year class returns,
the organizations will start their programming. This way you won't miss
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:56:21 PM)
LuisaV: You can certainly send additional information to your
application manager if it will provide greater insight about you. We will
also have an opportunity to learn more about you and your interest in
the Johnson School if you receive an interview invitation after our
initial review of your application.
sunny01 (Dec 14, 2009 12:56:51 PM)
Hi Laurie, the students who make it will be notified through calls but
what about the ones who are waitlisted? How will they be informed?
enthusiastic_saurabh (Dec 14, 2009 12:57:05 PM)
Ann: Is the non U.S. cosigner loan guaranteed to admitted students? Does it include just tuition or other miscellaneous expenses too?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:57:39 PM)
Sunny01: All applicants will receive decision letters via the
application system. You can login to your application account on
Thursday to view the letter.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:58:23 PM)
International students without a U.S. credit history can borrow up to the
cost of tuition without a co-signer. If you have a U.S. credit history,
the bank will perform a credit evaluation on you before approving your
sid_MBA (Dec 14, 2009 12:58:39 PM)
Randall, how does Adcom look at the AWA score?
Unique_Impact (Dec 14, 2009 12:58:44 PM)
Hi Ann, great to see you here, you were really generous with your time
during the MBA tour at Mumbai back in September. What is the one thing
that you would want Johnson School to be better known for, than what it
is at present?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:59:38 PM)
The Johnson School offers an excellent
combination of cases and lectures. This provides an opportunity for
learning theory and applying it to real world situations. Dean Thomas
always says "There is nothing as practical as a good theory."
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 12:59:53 PM)
Hi Simran, if you are applying in Round 3, then you have time to submit
and take your TOEFL before we would need to go through a final review.
We must receive your TOEFL by February 16th or your application will be
moved to Round 4.
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:00:11 PM)
Cltmba--we have a marketing trek that students just left for yesterday. We have a consulting class that has marketing aspects as
well, and of course our internship. In addition, the Brand Immersion has
field trips and real life problems to solve for different corporations.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:00:23 PM)
Unique, I think I'd like to dispel the notion that Ithaca is isolated. We have
a great airport, served by 3 major airlines - in fact I flew home from
Mumbai with only a flight change in Newark. We have no difficulty
getting speakers or recruiters to visit campus.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:00:27 PM)
We also offer a fantastic community and outstanding Cornell Connections
(especially with the opportunity for electives throughout the
Alessandra (Dec 14, 2009 1:00:29 PM)
Hi Randall- can you please clarify the materials given to an interviewer? What does first read include?
Ron (Dec 14, 2009 1:00:36 PM)
Laurie: Is it a drawback that my GMAT score is really lopsided toward verbal?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:01:38 PM)
Sid, we look at it differently for international and domestic students.
We want AWA to be strong in both cases, but if one is lower or very low,
then we pay closer attention to the application essays.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:01:57 PM)
Ron: We will look closely at your GMAT score, including the section
scores. We look for at least a 65% or higher on the quant section in
most cases since this correlates with performance in the core courses.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:02:35 PM)
Hi Alessandra, the interviewer has a copy of your resume and notes from
the primary readers of your application. The "first read " includes a
complete review of your application materials, including your essays,
letters of recommendation, scores and transcripts.
LawrenceFL (Dec 14, 2009 1:03:24 PM)
Hi Randall, what class do you most recommend taking to prove quant ability?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:03:57 PM)
Hi LawrenceFL, we recommend Finance, Statistics or Accounting. MBA Math works as well.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:04:05 PM)
Hi Taka, you can apply for many dual degree programs during your first
year in the MBA program. If this is something you are considering, you
may want to reach out to the other program now, just to make sure
you'll meet all their qualifications.
Sue (Dec 14, 2009 1:04:23 PM)
Ann: A follow up to the "chapter titles" essay, do you desire a candid
of view of an applicant's life or a targeted self-marketing piece that
leaves out some personal events?
gobigred! (Dec 14, 2009 1:05:00 PM)
Randall: Would a conditional offer ever be based on attaining additional work experience?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:05:25 PM)
Hi Gobigred.....most likely not.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:05:41 PM)
Sue: We absolutely love candid responses in the chapter titles response. They provide a personal touch to the application.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:05:50 PM)
Hi Franco, please send me a note about your situation, especially why
you need to take the test again. We'll add it to your application
materials. We don't want to penalize you due to circumstances outside
of your control.
howrwe (Dec 14, 2009 1:06:05 PM)
Ann: I wanted to know if non-cosigner loans are easier to come by for international students this year?
Farouq Tuweiq (Dec 14, 2009 1:06:42 PM)
Randall/Christine, good to be with you today: What % of people
waitlisted are eventually admitted? At what point do they come off the
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:07:08 PM)
Howrwe, our program is the same this year as it was last year, although the interest rate has dropped for borrowers this year.
mbacheckmate (Dec 14, 2009 1:08:03 PM)
Ann: I have a low AWA but a strong verbal score. Will my low AWA score hinder my acceptance into Cornell?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:08:04 PM)
Hi Farouq, the percentage of waitlisted students
eventually admitted changes each year..and they can come off the
waitlist on opening day of orientation.
Alan (Dec 14, 2009 1:08:18 PM)
Hello Randall: When do we expect to receive R2 interview invites?
Samiur Rahman Talukder (Dec 14, 2009 1:09:57 PM)
Randall: Are there international learning opportunities with Universities abroad - e.g. joint partnerships between Cornell and
perhaps Universities in the UK and Europe?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:10:20 PM)
Hi Mbacheckmate, your AWA measures your ability to frame an argument,
or make a case, so it's really not connected to your verbal score. We
like to see candidates with a score of 5 or above in the AWA.
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:10:33 PM)
Hi Alan, we are completing our Round One decisions most of this
week, some Round Two invites have gone out but only a few. We are
closed from December 25th - January 3rd, so there will be a lull there for invites.
That being said, Round Two invites can go out up until Feb 16th, 2010.
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:10:40 PM)
Samiur, we have an academic exchange program that allows you to study
at one of our partner institutions that includes several in the UK and
Tina (Dec 14, 2009 1:10:44 PM)
Randall: Thank you Cornell for extending this chat. Perhaps this
question is redundant, but what can an applicant do to impress upon the
Admissions team that Cornell is in fact, a perfect fit for the applicant
for a multitude of reasons (to be specified in the application) and it's
essentially Cornell or bust?
CU_MEng_'04 (Dec 14, 2009 1:10:59 PM)
Laurie, I have a short video an associate and myself created for work.
It was shown at a company event to explain how our department
functions. It's creative, funny and an entertaining explanation of my
work function. Would this be appropriate to include or should I stick
to Essay 3 for creativity?
Akhil (Dec 14, 2009 1:11:16 PM)
Thanks Cornell team. I have regularly noticed you folks staying past
the allotted time to answer questions for prospective students..be it
at MBA tours or other events. Thanks so much.
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:11:42 PM)
Hi Simran, I just answered this question above. If you are applying for Round 3, you must submit a TOEFL score by February 16th (notification
day for Round 2) or you will be moved into Round 4.
Aspirant-12 (Dec 14, 2009 1:11:55 PM)
Christine: Besides my main focus on
business, I am also interested in public policy in the future. Could you
please provide me some insights as to how the Johnson School or Cornell
University can aid my learning in this area?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:12:13 PM)
CU_MEng_04: I would recommend creating a new response for the chapter
titles essay since we truly value details about your personal story.
LuisaV (Dec 14, 2009 1:12:33 PM)
Laurie, what do you mean by application manager?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:12:35 PM)
Hi Ashish, we like to see a candidate attempt to strengthen their GMAT
score, if they feel their original attempt doesn't accurately reflect
their ability. Multiple attempts without significant improvement
wouldn't help your application, but I wouldn't say it has an adverse
effect on your application.
purnama (Dec 14, 2009 1:13:28 PM)
Ann: Are there any hands on project/experience that we could
participate in the first semester right away? Or would the rigorous
core curriculum typically consume all of our 1st semester time?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:13:33 PM)
Hi Tina, we are glad to be here and glad to extend the time. I think
the best way to impress upon us that we are your top choice is to just
say it. Use the optional essay to discuss it and then reiterate it in
the interview. But be sure we are your choice. I have had people tell
me that we are their top choice and after we make an offer they go
elsewhere. I end up calling some of those people and ask them why they
told me one thing and did another. The calls are a bit uncomfortable
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:13:54 PM)
Aspirant-12, We do have a public policy program here at the university,
so I encourage you to reach out to them specifically. One of the
advantages of our business program is your ability to customize your
academics here. There is a lot of autonomy involved with choosing the
type of courses that uniquely fit with your career goals.
Jeremy Vernetti (Dec 14, 2009 1:13:58 PM)
Randall - Do you find that career changers are not looked as favorably
upon by recruiting companies? Do companies see changing careers as a
sign of unclear future goals?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:14:20 PM)
LuisaV: Each applicant will receive an application manager based on
his/her last name. A-H: Taissa Cox, I-O: Cheryl Kot , P-Z: Heidi Russell.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:14:24 PM)
Hi Purnama, you'll be pretty busy during your first semester. You will
get the opportunity for "hands on" experience during the integrative
case competition held toward the end of the first semester.
MikeCho (Dec 14, 2009 1:14:42 PM)
Ann: Have you seen an increase/decrease in military applicants this
year? And is Johnson extending any outreach programs to increase
military candidate interest?
MikeCho (Dec 14, 2009 1:14:43 PM)
Laurie: Has Johnson seen any significant fluctuations in the number of
consulting firms recruiting Johnson MBAs within the past couple years?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:14:57 PM)
Thanks Akhil for your kind remarks.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:15:56 PM)
MikeCho: Consulting recruiting remains strong - we see recruiters from top firms every year.
Alessandra (Dec 14, 2009 1:16:08 PM)
Hi Christine- I just found out that my manager did not stick to the
Johnson School questions for my letter of recommendation. Instead, she
drafted one letter and uploaded it to different schools. Should I seek
a 3rd letter of recommendation? I'm worried this may count against my
PresleyAMBA2011 (Dec 14, 2009 1:16:18 PM)
I agree Anne, I've driven to Ithaca from CT quite a few times when my
brother was at the Johnson school and always loved the drive and the
campus area is beautiful and extremely scenic.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:16:32 PM)
Hi Mike, we have seen a steady increase in military applicants over the
last couple of year. We participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, we
also have a scholarship targeted at our U.S. military veterans - the
Nolan Scholarship. In addition, our Vets club does a lot of outreach.
purnama (Dec 14, 2009 1:16:37 PM)
Laurie: How would you evaluate an applicant with an unbalanced GMAT
score in favor of verbal on 1st attempt, but in favor of quant on 2nd
Franco Mora (Dec 14, 2009 1:16:48 PM)
Thank you, Anne. You will receive the mail during the day.
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:16:53 PM)
Hi Jeremy, I think all Johnson School students, regardless of
backgrounds, are given serious consideration by recruiters...career
changers or not. I do not think the marketplace is changing that much
as to career changers being disadvantaged.
Mike Majestic (Dec 14, 2009 1:17:27 PM)
Randall: I am interested using an MBA to go in to field that is not
directly related to my previous work experience. Are you finding that
graduates from the Johnson school who focused on a career change have
struggled to find job placement?
klughing (Dec 14, 2009 1:17:38 PM)
Ann: My undergraduate degree is in engineering and
I have a decent GPA. This proves that I have the quant ability, so should I
still be taking accounting classes or should I take something more
like business communications?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:17:38 PM)
Purnama: We certainly value your dedication in terms of retaking the
GMAT and we may see your higher quant score on the second attempt as
evidence of improved performance in the quant space based on a
different approach to test preparation.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:17:50 PM)
Thanks Franco Mora - I'll be looking for your note.
businessap18 (Dec 14, 2009 1:17:52 PM)
Laurie: As a follow up to Sid's question - what constitutes a low AWA score?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:18:07 PM)
Hi Alessandra, difficult question - you may want to include a third
recommender for this reason. Especially if you requested them to
complete our template and they did not. Something too general could be
seen as weak and they may have included another school's name (worse
case scenario). If you decide to do a 3rd recommendation, I would
include this reason in your optional essay or email your application
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:18:11 PM)
Mike Majestic--see prior email to Jeremy and no, career changes are still getting good offers!
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:18:14 PM)
Businessap18: We look for an AWA score of 5.
ravi (Dec 14, 2009 1:18:20 PM)
Christine: Could you talk a little bit about the summer projects,
which the students might have completed lately, in terms of sufficient
companies available to work with?
GauravMisraLdn (Dec 14, 2009 1:18:27 PM)
Hi Randall, would you recommend a trip down
to Ithaca over the coming holidays? Or would it be better to visit the
campus early next year?
CornellWannabe (Dec 14, 2009 1:19:01 PM)
Laurie: I applied in Round 1, but at that time, my husband wasn't sure of
applying. He decided and applied in Round 2! Should I send an update on
howrwe (Dec 14, 2009 1:19:20 PM)
Ann: Can you elaborate on what the interest rate is on non-cosigner
loans? Also, are international students with U.S. credit history able to apply
for an amount covering both tuition and living expenses?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:19:33 PM)
Klughing, if you are planning to take some courses before starting
business school, a good recommendation would be the on-line MBA MATH
course. It's on line, so you can complete it at your
leisure, and you can use this as a guide to further study in a
particular discipline, if necessary.
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:19:40 PM)
Hi Gaurav, come visit us early next year. Classes are over and most of
the students have gone home. Classes resume on the 25th and students
can sit in at that time...and don't forget some time for coffee.
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:19:51 PM)
Hi Ravi, Candace Maxian worked with our students
looking to take summer projects (which are different than internships
which our CMC would best to answer). I am not sure what you are
specifically looking for
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:20:21 PM)
CornellWannabe: Feel free to send me an update regarding your husband's
decision to apply. He could also share this information with his
application manager if he did not already include your name within his
Samiur Rahman Talukder (Dec 14, 2009 1:20:26 PM)
international joint-education opportunities -?
Techpro (Dec 14, 2009 1:20:55 PM)
Laurie: There are some MBA programs geared towards Engineering
Managers; would it be fair to compare AMBA with such programs? Do AMBAs
typically pick a different career path than full-time MBA graduates?
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:20:58 PM)
Samiur, could you explain further what you are asking?
RK - sweating the 17th (Dec 14, 2009 1:21:18 PM)
Christine: Any plans on going on the MBA Tours in the Middle East next year?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:21:42 PM)
Hi Matt--Master's degrees are best for our AMBA class and give us
another basis by which to evaluate you. Master's GPA should be equal to
or stronger than your undergrad.
Rohit (Dec 14, 2009 1:21:45 PM)
Hi Randall. I am retired Commander from the Indian Navy. I have
taken premature retirement after 20 years of active military service. I
want to pursue full time accelerated MBA at Cornell. Would my years of
service be a handicap for selection to a full time program? I am not
interested to pursue an EMBA because my goal is to get out of the comfort
level and immerse myself in an intellectually challenging environment
to have a successful and meaningful transition to the corporate world.
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:22:04 PM)
Hi RK, at this time, we have not made travel plans for next year. Anywhere specific in the M.E.?
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:22:10 PM)
Techpro: Many AMBA candidates pursue management or consulting positions
related to their previous experience and technical skills.
arthur (Dec 14, 2009 1:22:14 PM)
Christine: My status has changed to under review - does this mean I will
receive all updates on the application website and/or via email, or
will I receive a call for interview if I am granted one?
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:22:16 PM)
Howrwe, the interest rate hasn't been finalized, but will be lower than
last year. International students wishing to borrow more than tuition
must secure a U.S. citizen co-signer, regardless of their U.S. credit
Pavit (Dec 14, 2009 1:22:22 PM)
Laurie: As I have been hearing you value letters from alumni and
students, I will plan to send one of those in. Will obtaining a third
professional recommendation be helpful or is that considered overkill?
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:22:38 PM)
Hi Rohit, can you connect with me by email offline? I can best address
your situation then.
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:22:43 PM)
Pavit: We generally support inclusion of a third recommendation if this
document will provide additional or unique insight about your
experience and abilities.
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:22:46 PM)
Hi Arthur, you will receive an email if you are invited to interview. Your status will change as well.
Linda Abraham (Dec 14, 2009 1:22:48 PM)
Thank you again all for participating today. Special thanks to Randall,
Ann, Laurie, and Christine for joining us at this busy time of year.
We look forward to seeing you at future chats. The next scheduled chat is:
Dec 16: Dartmouth Tuck Q&A
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LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:25 PM)
Thanks for joining us today!
ChristineSnevaCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:35 PM)
Please email me if you have further questions! Take care!
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:38 PM)
Feel free to contact us with other questions as you complete the application process.
Li (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:42 PM)
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:44 PM)
Thanks everyone - this was great - lots of good questions. Please feel
free to contact me if you have additional questions.
Samiur Rahman Talukder (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:46 PM)
Thank you Randall!
RK - sweating the 17th (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:49 PM)
Randall, hope to hear from you on the 17th. Thank you for your time~ :)
LaurieShunneyCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:51 PM)
Round 3 Deadline = January 12th
Anna (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:52 PM)
gverma_atl@bigred (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:54 PM)
Thanks a lot for your time and kind responses, Christine, Randall and Ann. Looking forward to the decision date.
Unique_Impact (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:56 PM)
Thanks team Johnson, this chat was really helpful.
AnnRichardsCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:23:58 PM)
Good luck everyone!
Matt Ithaca (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:02 PM)
Thank you Randall. Does that mean those with master's are discouraged from applying to the 2-year?
AnnRichardsCORNELL(Dec 14, 2009 1:24:05 PM)
Matt Ithaca, you can apply for the two year program.
CU_MEng_'04 (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:06 PM)
Thank you all.
enthusiastic_saurabh (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:07 PM)
RandallSawyerCORNELL (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:10 PM)
Thanks very much for joining us today. Happy holidays and safe travels
to everyone. Good luck in applying to the Johnson School. You can email
me directly with questions.
Jim Rumpf (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:12 PM)
Thank you all for extending the chat, especially in the midst of such a busy week.
Pavit (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:15 PM)
Thank You everyone!
Techpro (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:20 PM)
Thank you Laurie.
Tina (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:35 PM)
Thanks so much for your time!
Sandeep Sharma (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:38 PM)
Thanks Linda, Randall and the rest!
Farouq Tuweiq (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:40 PM)
Very informative, thanks to all!
Bilige (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:51 PM)
Many thanks. Really appreciate this opportunity to learn more about Johnson.
Beatrice (Dec 14, 2009 1:24:53 PM)
Thank you! See you in round 3!
PresleyAMBA2011 (Dec 14, 2009 1:26:19 PM)
Thanks a lot guys, this was very insightful.
Linda Abraham (Dec 14, 2009 1:26:28 PM)
You're most welcome. Happy Holidays and good luck with your applications!
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