2002 Johnson (Cornell) Chat


MBA: Johnson (Cornell) Chat (Feb. 19, 2002)

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Chat Transcript:

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:05:59 PM)
Let's start.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:06:21 PM)
I just changed to moderated mode.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:06:30 PM)
First I want to welcome you all to Accepted.com's Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management Admissions Chat.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:06:44 PM)
I also want to welcome Natalie Grinblatt, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid; Dick Shafer, Associate Dean for Corporate Relations; Cathy Dove, Associate Dean for the MBA Program; and Kerry Dolan, second-year student.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:06:52 PM)
Prior to attending Cornell, Kerry Dolan was an Associate in the Leveraged Finance Group at Banc of America Securities, where she worked in a variety of industries covering leveraged bank and bond financings for private equity firms. She graduated from Boston College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Finance. At Cornell, Kerry is a Park Leadership Fellow and a Partner on The Big Red Venture Fund. This past summer, Kerry returned to the investment banking industry as a Summer Associate in the Mergers Group at Goldman Sachs in New York. She will be returning there on a full-time basis upon completion of her MBA.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:07:08 PM)
And last but not least, I want to welcome Cindy Tokumitsu and Paul Bodine, two of Accepted.com's editors. They should be here shortly if they aren't already.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:07:15 PM)
Thanks to everyone for joining.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:07:23 PM)
In the past, we have enjoyed the spontaneity of unmoderated chats at Accepted.com. However, the increasing popularity of these chats meant that spontaneity occasionally turned into chaos. So tonight, we are going to use a moderated chat formal.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:07:34 PM)
In a moderated chat, all your questions go to the moderator (me). I will choose the questions that have the broadest application and those questions will appear in the main window for our guests to reply to. You will only see your question in the main window if and when it is chosen. You will not see your question on the screen if it is not picked.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:07:44 PM)
Please post your questions, and I will choose as many as possible from the ones you post and our guests will respond. You can also post follow up questions.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:07:56 PM)
Final request: We would like to avoid the brief summary of qualifications (or even the long laundry list) followed by the question, "Can I qualify?" Or "What are my chances?" This isn't the forum for that kind of question.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:08:04 PM)
Other than that limitation, this is your chance to ask questions about Cornell's program and admissions policies. But I would like to take advantage of my position as host and ask the first questions.

Yuping (ID=117) (Feb 19, 2002 9:08:09 PM)
Most b-schools reported a sharp increase of the application pool this year, how about Cornell? Are you going to make any changes, such as enlarging the size of the class, to adjust to the increase?

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:08:22 PM)
Every school talks about leadership, how does the Johnson School differentiate itself in instilling this quality?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:09:05 PM)
Our mission is dedicated to preparing individuals to lead in a dynamic world. We do this in a very unique way which combines very personalized feedback, offering workshops on different facets of leadership throughout the program, emphasizing interaction and collaboration in our curriculum and community, and of course ensuring that students have the strong technical skills to succeed. To begin with, we kick off new-student orientation with an intense analysis of each individual's leadership style. This emphasis on personalized learning continues throughout the program; students are given constant feedback through structured teamwork and leadership positions at the school.

John1 (ID=74) (Feb 19, 2002 9:09:16 PM)
How many TMO applicants this year? How many will be accepted?

Chris (ID=116) (Feb 19, 2002 9:09:30 PM)
Mr. Shafer - do you see a drop-off in the number of companies recruiting on campus for internships/fulltime positions? Do you see a decrease in the number of offers per student?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:09:38 PM)
Yuping - we are not intending to change the size of the entering class.

Burton Lee-TMO Applicant (ID=144) (Feb 19, 2002 9:09:46 PM)
Given the change in the economic environment world wide, how has Cornell geared itself to face it better? What specific efforts has Cornell made or is making to ensure that its students are much more or as competitive as those from other business schools?

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:09:57 PM)
Natalie, are you seeing an increase in applications over last year?

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:10:24 PM)
Chris - we are seeing the same drop in recruiting companies common to all other major business schools - about 40 percent.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:10:27 PM)
Cornell is known to be responsive to the interests and needs of students. What is the school doing to address student concerns? What are some current student concerns?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:10:29 PM)
John - we have not yet entered all the third round TMOs, but we should have between 170-250 applicants for 50 spaces.

Zongshun_Zhang (ID=93) (Feb 19, 2002 9:11:01 PM)
Natalie Grinblatt: I have applied your school. At this stage, what should I do to assist my application? What will be helpful for you to evaluate my qualification? I mean, after I submitted my application.

Alexander (ID=70) (Feb 19, 2002 9:11:06 PM)
In the light of September 11 attack, my country is now on the State Department's list. How would you respond to this situation?

Bobo (ID=121) (Feb 19, 2002 9:11:13 PM)
Based on your answer to the question of Leadership, can you talk about how the Park Program fits and a class that was mentioned to me when I visited, NBA 570?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:11:29 PM)
Linda - Our size facilitates, and our culture values agility, responsiveness and a strong partnership between faculty, administration and students. First, we look for prospective students that come to Ithaca wanting to make a difference and help shape the school. Students are involved in every aspect of the school, through participation on action groups to strong and involved student government. When issues and concerns do arise, we have a number of mechanisms in place to ensure we hear about them (and work together to solve them) prior to the concerns becoming big problems. We conduct multiple feedback sessions each week, have bi-weekly surveys that go to the entire student body, have a Dean's Town Meeting every semester, have anonymous feedback forums, etc. We react quickly to issues. For example, when it became clear this year that recruiting was going to be challenging at all business schools due to the economy, we immediately established a comprehensive program to help students with individual jobs.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:11:33 PM)
Linda, we only have our first deadline complete for the two year and we experienced a 40% increase. The tmo was flat in the first two deadlines.

XavierV (ID=151) (Feb 19, 2002 9:11:38 PM)
If you were to choose 3 attributes you would like to see in Cornell students, what would they be?

Sarreiro (ID=84) (Feb 19, 2002 9:12:18 PM)
Natalie, is it true that students' career goals may influence the adcomm decisions? (E.g..: adcomm would deny admission for an applicant that intends to work in I-banking if there are already many admitted candidates that wish to follow this same career.)

SY (ID=186) (Feb 19, 2002 9:12:22 PM)
Hi, how many applicants does Cornell plan to accept this year? (All three rounds?)

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:12:39 PM)
Cathy, that's pretty close attention to student concerns!

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:13:09 PM)
Xavier -- Ability to succeed in the program academically, leadership, and drive.

Brokenwheel (ID=170) (Feb 19, 2002 9:13:36 PM)
What is the best way to contact a current student for questions on a particular program?

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:13:39 PM)
Bobo- The park program has been our innovation center for developing new leadership programs for the whole student body. NBA 570 is a three day course with style feedback, a simulation and individual coaching that is now taken by all incoming MBAs.

judsondean (ID=173) (Feb 19, 2002 9:14:05 PM)
Natalie, I'm currently on your wait list and really want to go to Cornell. Any recommendations for getting accepted?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:14:44 PM)
Sarreiro - our applicant pool is diverse enough that we don't have to limit candidates by career choice.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:14:46 PM)
What's hot in the marketplace and what is the Johnson School doing about it?

Sarreiro (ID=84) (Feb 19, 2002 9:15:16 PM)
Cathy, in which cases are exchange programs recommended or not?

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 9:15:20 PM)
Brokenwheel- I am a second year student here. Please feel free to contact me (kld28@cornell.edu) with any questions or comments you may have.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:15:25 PM)
Judson -- it's very individual. We should take this off line.

Pilar Palacios (ID=103) (Feb 19, 2002 9:15:28 PM)
Linda, in the interview Business Week made your last February 13th you mentioned that you look for passion and drive, and I have listened this from a Peruvian current student. How it looks like a prospective student to you in order to have this competencies and how you evaluate them?

Zongshun_Zhang (ID=93) (Feb 19, 2002 9:16:11 PM)
Kerry Dolan: What extracurricular activities do you participate in Johnson School? Which do you think is the most helpful one for your study as well as future career?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:16:16 PM)
Sarreiro - we have extensive exchange opportunities depending on your interests. We are members of PIM - a consortium of over 40 schools that exchange students. Hope this answers your question.

Chris (ID=116) (Feb 19, 2002 9:16:21 PM)
Ms. Dolan - given that you are a partner in the Big Red Venture Fund, do you find yourself assisting portfolio companies in their efforts to build management teams?

waitlist (ID=193) (Feb 19, 2002 9:16:29 PM)
Natalie, It seems like there are large number of waitlist candidates from round one. Roughly, how many were accepted, waitlisted from the first round?

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:16:39 PM)
Linda- Pharmaceuticals and brand marketing are the industries where there is the most job action. Diversified financials are still hiring, but at a lower level than the past few years. We think that entrepreneurial companies will have a strong comeback with the innovation going on in software and biotech when the VC fund start flowing again after the recession moderates.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:16:58 PM)
Sy - we will probably take 400 or so students for the 2 year program to get our class of 250 and 80 students to get our tmo class of 50.

taka (ID=129) (Feb 19, 2002 9:17:09 PM)
Quick inquiry on your program content. Having some background on int'l law, I'm positive about the benefits of case studies. However, there are a myriad of cases. My question is, What percentage of your learning methods is case study? And furthermore, is there any chance that the student might choose or request cases on a particular industry or region? thanks

BOBO (ID=218) (Feb 19, 2002 9:17:29 PM)
Dean Shafer, in a tough job market like this year's what are you doing that other schools aren't to make JGSM students more attractive to potential employers?

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 9:18:06 PM)
Zongshun- There are quite a variety of clubs and activities to get involved in- I am currently in the Finance Club, on the Big Red Venture Fund, and on the Ski Team.

Pilar Palacios (ID=103) (Feb 19, 2002 9:18:16 PM)
Linda, the question was for Natalie Grinblatt.

Corey (ID=154) (Feb 19, 2002 9:18:19 PM)
Do many VC firms recruit at the Johnson School and what kind of backgrounds do they seek from Johnson students?

Yanping (ID=69) (Feb 19, 2002 9:18:44 PM)
Cathy, people apply MBA with hope to have bigger career development afterwards. And a lot of time it comes true. Do you think it is still the case now with so many unfavorable economic situation all over the world?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:18:50 PM)
Taka - we estimate about 40% of our overall teaching methodology is case, but it varies widely by course. We work closely with students when adopting new cases and many faculty are receptive to suggestions for new cases.

Joe_mba (ID=128) (Feb 19, 2002 9:18:59 PM)
Linda, if one is admitted to 2yr Full-time MBA can he or she ask for a switch to the Twelve Month Option?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:19:10 PM)
Alexander -- I suggest you contact our international students and scholars office or our associate director for international programs, Kim Killingsworth. She keeps a close watch on what the state department is doing.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:19:17 PM)
I think this is for Natalie.

suman (ID=147) (Feb 19, 2002 9:19:30 PM)
Is there time to get into extra curricular activities while at school for e.g. the clubs. Or is it that they enhance your educational experience and therefore are recommended?

Burton Lee-TMO Applicant (ID=235) (Feb 19, 2002 9:19:59 PM)
Cathy: forgive me if you already answered this question: My connection was cut off.

Burton Lee-TMO Applicant (ID=235) (Feb 19, 2002 9:20:03 PM)
What are the most significant changes Cornell is implementing this year in the MBA program? New programs? New faculty? New courses/curricula?

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:20:07 PM)
Bobo- we have launched a program to help students with individual job searches, called Match. I put together a SWAT team of 2001 grads to develop target marketing materials, networking workshops, alumni networking events and a tool kit of job search resources (JGSM Jobs, alumni directory, WetFeet, etc). Also doing periodic blitz career counseling with those 1st and 2nd year classes.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:20:12 PM)
Joe, you can ask to switch before April 1. We really need to get the tmos registered early. Class begins May 28.

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 9:20:19 PM)
Chris- we absolutely spend time working with existing companies and new business idea ventures. The Big Red Fund is an outstanding opportunity to gain experience in start up companies and in the venture capital industry.

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:20:42 PM)
Yanping - Dick may want to add to this. Basically, we still see many students interested in being career switchers. This economy makes that more difficult but certainly not impossible.

kkkk (ID=196) (Feb 19, 2002 9:20:45 PM)
Hi, is the interview a necessary step in your admission? and what percentage of applications will you invite for interviews and what percentage of interviewees will you finally admit?

Zongshun_Zhang (ID=93) (Feb 19, 2002 9:21:13 PM)
Natalie Grinblatt: What is the weight of AWA score of the GMAT test in your evaluation?

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:21:17 PM)
Please remember that you will not see your question in the main screen unless it is chosen.

Brad74 (ID=143) (Feb 19, 2002 9:21:35 PM)
I am curious how you would complete the following statement: Companies who employ Johnson graduates say that Johnson graduates are more ______________ than other MBA graduates.

suman (ID=147) (Feb 19, 2002 9:21:35 PM)
If a student wants to work or intern with a particular firm that doesn't traditionally recruit at Johnson's, is the student assisted in pursuing that firm?

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:21:43 PM)
What is the role of the interview at Cornell?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:22:01 PM)
kkkk- we interview about 1/3 of our applicants and admit about half of those we interview. All candidates admitted to the program have been interviewed.

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:22:18 PM)
Yanping- we are working individually with career switchers to develop their stories for how elements of their experience, plus their emphasis in the MBA program, fit the particular needs of a target companies.

taka (ID=129) (Feb 19, 2002 9:22:21 PM)
Thanks to Ms Cathy Dove for the final observation.

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 9:22:31 PM)
Suman- the days here are filled with a combination of academics and extracurricular activities. Most students are extensively involved in a few things outside of the classroom.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:22:44 PM)
Zongshun - we don't use weighted measures. We do use the AWA as a guideline for your analytical writing skills.

tekal04 (ID=156) (Feb 19, 2002 9:22:54 PM)
Cathy, would you consider a permanent resident who has had his education outside the US, an international applicant?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:23:00 PM)
Burton - some of the changes we are implementing this year include: a brand new immersion in Entrepreneurship and Private Equity, we hired 8 new faculty last year, a number of new courses, significant new programming in Career Services as a reflection of the job market, etc. The nice thing about our size is our agility - we can and do make constant adjustments based on student interests and needs.

AR (ID=157) (Feb 19, 2002 9:23:08 PM)
How do you view the GMATs in general?

tracey (ID=230) (Feb 19, 2002 9:23:37 PM)
Could you describe the immersion in Entrepreneurship and Private Equity?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:24:10 PM)
No, a permanent resident is considered a domestic applicant.

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:24:18 PM)
Brad74 - I constantly talk with companies and ask that question. They uniformly tell me that what distinguishes our grads is that they "get on the playing field right away, can size up situations, figure out what has to be done and mobilize people to action - and get results. " And - they do it without a lot of attitude.

ChristinaV (ID=152) (Feb 19, 2002 9:24:25 PM)
How strongly are leadership roles and positions considered when evaluating an application for admission? Do you look for diverse roles, high achievement in a few roles, or a combination of both?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:24:36 PM)
AR - the GMAT is used along with your academic record to determine how well you will perform in the program. This is also a relative measure against a given year's applicant pool.

suman (ID=147) (Feb 19, 2002 9:24:54 PM)
I have heard that Cornell being in Ithaca actually has been detrimental to recruiting companies who don't necessarily want to make the trip out there which can be challenging in bad weather (as is case for a large part of the year). How does Cornell overcome this hurdle?

BOBO (ID=218) (Feb 19, 2002 9:25:13 PM)
How does the Johnson School leverage its relationship with the rest of Cornell?

Corey (ID=154) (Feb 19, 2002 9:26:35 PM)
Which other programs is Cornell usually compared with and how does Cornell set itself apart?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:26:40 PM)
BOBO - our connection to Cornell's Ivy League university - allows students to work with world-class experts in areas as leading edge and important as genomics, biotechnology and computer science. We bring faculty in from other areas on campus, and our students may take classes in other colleges. Our core is purposely small so students can design a program tailored around their own career interests and academic goals.

NYMBA08 (ID=257) (Feb 19, 2002 9:26:54 PM)
In conjunction with Suman's question, how does the Johnson program ensure top-flighted guest speakers come to the campus?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:27:17 PM)
ChristinaV- leadership roles are very important to our process. What I like to see is the ability to assess the situation at hand and create or seize and opportunity from that assessment, rally a team around that goal or vision, implement the vision and add value to the organization. That allows for tremendous diversity.

Zongshun_Zhang (ID=93) (Feb 19, 2002 9:27:25 PM)
Natalie Grinblatt : I have applied to your school. At this stage, what should I do to assist my application? What will be helpful for you to evaluate my qualification? I mean, after I submitted my application.

dylanzhou (ID=262) (Feb 19, 2002 9:27:49 PM)
Natalie, I sent my app around Xmas last year and my status is still "received". Is that a bad sign?

AR (ID=157) (Feb 19, 2002 9:28:16 PM)
How would you describe the learning environment of JGSM? Competitive, cooperative, intimidating?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:28:19 PM)
Tracey - this is our 6th immersion. It begins in the spring semester of the first year and is a collection of relevant courses in the field. There are a number of guests and practitioners that the students are exposed to. There are opportunities in the summer and fall to work with our faculty and others to actually work on and develop business plans and perhaps generate funding depending on the student interest.

waitlist (ID=193) (Feb 19, 2002 9:28:22 PM)
Besides sending in the additional essay and recommendation, can you offer some additional tips for waitlist candidates?

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:28:38 PM)
Suman- there is no question that it is a challenge at times getting to Ithaca. Our core companies do it anyway - they are very active on campus. Our approach more and more is to take people out of Ithaca to where the companies are. This year we have had learning/recruiting trips to NYC, Boston, Seattle, Hong Cong, London, LA, etc, etc. In addition we are moving more toward individual job search support that helps students approach companies in tailored ways. We are also doing more videoconferencing of briefings and video interviews.

RM007 (ID=119) (Feb 19, 2002 9:29:01 PM)
DO TMOs have a more difficult time lining up jobs? Are they usually people who stick to their previous career paths?

Brokenwheel (ID=170) (Feb 19, 2002 9:29:19 PM)
How many types of industries are visited in the Immersion in Mfg. program?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:29:41 PM)
Zongshun - I'm sure you did a fine job. Just be patient and wait for us to review the application.

suman (ID=147) (Feb 19, 2002 9:29:43 PM)
Thanks Dick Shafer

James Chao (ID=199) (Feb 19, 2002 9:30:43 PM)
Cathy, how available are internship opportunities with, say, international corporations? or positions outside of the states?

BOBO (ID=218) (Feb 19, 2002 9:30:53 PM)
Kerry, I noticed you said you were on the ski team. Do Cornell students get to take advantage of all the Finger Lakes region has to offer in terms of the surrounding community and Ithaca? When I was in Ithaca several people mentioned Bibi's and some weird bikini ritual that sounded like fun. What is this?

Joe_mba (ID=128) (Feb 19, 2002 9:31:12 PM)
Linda, along with the increase in the number of applications, did you also see an increase in the quality of the applications? Specifically, are there more candidates with high GMAT scores this year than in the past?

Rit1 (ID=256) (Feb 19, 2002 9:31:13 PM)
Cathy - With regard to your previous comment on taking classes from other academic disciplines at Cornell - what would you regard as a reasonable class load outside of the MBA curriculum? (i.e. 1 additional class per semester?)

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:31:29 PM)
Brokenwheel - I don't have the data regarding this immersion here, but estimate approximately 5 industries. This immersion highlights a number of company visits throughout the semester. We can get you a more precise answer if you contact us tomorrow.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:31:38 PM)
Dylan -- we have a lot of applications to get through. It just means that my staff hasn't entered your data yet. We are hoping to have all second round applicants in they system by Monday and do appreciate your patience.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:31:57 PM)
I think he means Natalie.

dylanzhou (ID=262) (Feb 19, 2002 9:31:56 PM)
Thanks, Natalie.

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 9:32:02 PM)
NYM- the Johnson school hosts a number of outstanding speakers throughout the year, including the Park Leadership Speaker Series, Durland, and Hatfield lectures. These lectures take place throughout the year and typically draw people from all areas of the university.

Zongshun_Zhang (ID=93) (Feb 19, 2002 9:32:17 PM)
Natalie Grinblatt: In Johnson School, how do you evaluate a student's performance? What are the weights of class participation, homework, exams and team project? Which one is the most important?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:32:35 PM)
Joe - the objective measures...GMAT and GPA are in fact up.

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:32:36 PM)
RM007- TMOs have a more difficult time in markets like this where consulting is pretty flat and equity research and investment banking are hiring fewer people. The plus for them is that they are more experienced and have heavy technical backgrounds which many tech companies want. We work with them to translate their experience in ways that make sense to individual companies, not generically. In this market, which is an experienced hire market, TMOs can have advantages, but they are best to build directly on their experience.

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 9:33:02 PM)
AR- the learning environment at JGSM is both competitive and cooperative.

presidio (ID=270) (Feb 19, 2002 9:33:14 PM)
Hi, sorry I'm joining a bit late. I have the same question as James, i.e. is it possible for Americans to be placed in positions overseas upon graduation? How difficult is it to do this?

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:33:16 PM)
Kerry, can you elaborate?

Zongshun_Zhang (ID=93) (Feb 19, 2002 9:33:56 PM)
Cathy Dove: Do you have any plans to improve the rank of your MBA program? What kind of expectations do you have of new students?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:34:03 PM)
Zongshun - the weighting varies significantly depending on the class. Teamwork is very important overall, but different classes will assign various numbers of team projects.

Sojuwarrior (ID=211) (Feb 19, 2002 9:34:24 PM)
I think the Park Leadership initiative is fantastic but it is limited to US students. Is there anyway for internationals to become involved in some of the initiatives? I am not concerned with the financial aid situation but with the leadership lectures and other activities that are generally outside the scope of the core program.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:34:57 PM)
waitlist- I don't necessarily recommend additional recommendations or essays. I think it's best if we discuss this off line because it's so individual. Please email me at mba@cornell.edu.

Zongshun_Zhang (ID=93) (Feb 19, 2002 9:35:00 PM)
Cathy Dove: Thank you very much!

Yuping (ID=117) (Feb 19, 2002 9:35:13 PM)
Natalie, how do you evaluate the "soft" skills of the applicant, such as leadership, which Johnson emphasizes most?

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:35:40 PM)
James Chao - Internships this year, as well as full time positions, are especially difficult for international students because most multinationals are hiring very few people for the U.S. market. U.S. work authorization is critical this year. We have put a major push on using our alumni and corporate contacts to get internships and full time jobs abroad. This is a year when many international students will end up working in their home countries.

Pilar Palacios (ID=271) (Feb 19, 2002 9:35:47 PM)
I have another question about the interviews. Is it mandatory to have it in person in Cornell?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:36:40 PM)
Rit1 - most students look at other Cornell classes during their spring semester first year (if they are not taking an immersion) or second year. Our graduation requirements are 60 credits. The core is 20 and you must take another 25 credits of Johnson School electives. That leaves 15 credits (or more if you want to go above 60) for non-JS courses.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:36:44 PM)
Sojuwarrior -- all students benefit from the Park Program. The lecture series is open to all. Students can get involved with the projects. NBA 570 , the leadership assessment is taught in orientation to all candidates.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:36:58 PM)
Each of you has different perspective on Johnson. What do you think is the best and most distinctive aspect of the Johnson experience? What do you think it needs to improve or what is it working to improve?

luisfer (ID=222) (Feb 19, 2002 9:37:17 PM)
DickShafer- Are some of the companies that recruit students from Cornell from out of USA, specifically from Europe? And is it often that they recruit students to go to those countries?

tgrant (ID=221) (Feb 19, 2002 9:37:30 PM)
Kerry, can you speak to what kind of opportunities exist for students' "significant others," in terms of both jobs and cultural excursions?

NYMBA08 (ID=273) (Feb 19, 2002 9:37:56 PM)
For accepted students, are there any courses you recommended taking in preparation, i.e. accounting, corp. finance?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:38:31 PM)
Pilar -- we prefer in-person interviews . On campus interviews offer a way for you to get to know the school, but alumni interviews count the same. If there are no alumni in your area or you can't come to campus, we will offer a phone interview, but we prefer to keep those to a minimum. You miss the human connection with phone interviews.

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:39:11 PM)
Zongshun - re: rankings. We believe the feedback they provide is very important and are pleased to be a top-ranked program. We constantly evaluate our program to ensure it is providing a top-notch education to students. The different ranking methodologies evaluate some factors we think are very important, and others that are less important.

SheilaN (ID=180) (Feb 19, 2002 9:39:19 PM)
In regard to teamwork, are students put in teams that they have to stay in to the end of the year or do those teams change depending on the class / assignment?

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 9:39:44 PM)
AR- the leaning environment is not at all "intimidating," but the work is challenging and it can be slightly competitive among students. You will find that the students here are all extremely intelligent, passionate about business, diligent and hardworking. You will also find that working together, and working well on a team, is essential to success.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:39:52 PM)
Yuping- You need to tell your story well. That's how those skills come through in the application and in the interview. Recommenders can often affirm those skills as well.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:40:01 PM)
In comparison with other top MBA programs, how much better does the Johnson MBA prepare its students to take advantage of business opportunities in the world of technology?

Yuping (ID=117) (Feb 19, 2002 9:40:06 PM)
Thanks Natalie!

Zongshun_Zhang (ID=93) (Feb 19, 2002 9:40:10 PM)
Cathy: Thank you very much!

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:40:33 PM)
SheliaN - teams are assigned in the core classes (especially in the fall). In electives most faculty permit students to select their own teams, but sometimes teams will be assigned to leverage different skills, etc.

Christine (ID=216) (Feb 19, 2002 9:40:34 PM)
Kerry, I have heard that some internships are decided in the first semester. Is that true? what's the key points to get the internship?

AR (ID=157) (Feb 19, 2002 9:40:39 PM)
Thank you Kerry

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:40:58 PM)
Linda- from my point of view, the really distinctive thing that we are developing at the Johnson School is the increasing connection with the other parts of Cornell. We are increasingly building faculty and research from our world-class schools like engineering, computer science, ILR, Law and arts and sciences into Johnson school courses. A great example is our e-commerce immersion and biotech courses that draw on faculty from several schools. In the future MBAs will need to be conversant on the way disruptive technologies that are created at schools like Cornell will impact business strategy and management. Johnson will be a leader in this.

tgrant (ID=221) (Feb 19, 2002 9:41:38 PM)
What kind of finance companies recruit at Johnson outside of investment banks?

WonY (ID=110) (Feb 19, 2002 9:41:54 PM)
Do most students live on campus housing or off campus?

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:43:03 PM)
Your questions will only appear in the main window if they are chosen.

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 9:43:09 PM)
tgrant- Cornell has a very active club for spouses and significant others (neatly named the "Joint Ventures") that people speak very highly of. The club has activities for the couples and for the non-students. They meet a few times a week.

tgrant (ID=221) (Feb 19, 2002 9:43:35 PM)
Thanks Kerry!

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:43:47 PM)
Jerry Feldman - see my last answer on what is distinctive. In addition, we have just hired a top technology management professor who will have a joint appointment with computer science program. This gives us terrific muscle that we would not have if we contained ourselves to the Johnson School faculty alone. We also have major partnerships with companies like Agilent, HP, Cisco, Corning, Intel who work with us in numerous ways.

Alexander (ID=70) (Feb 19, 2002 9:43:50 PM)
DS - I am interested in business strategy and management. Thanks for your information - it has been encouraging.

Dave (ID=176) (Feb 19, 2002 9:44:20 PM)
Does Johnson have any formal programs with the Hotel School for MBA students interested in the hospitality industry?

luisfer (ID=222) (Feb 19, 2002 9:44:32 PM)
How do you rank the JBSM in Finance compare to other schools? and what makes you different from them?

jonathan s. (ID=165) (Feb 19, 2002 9:44:42 PM)
I realize that Johnson is proud of its multi-disciplinary approach, however I would appreciate knowing what you think are the top 3 departments within JGSB.

WonY (ID=110) (Feb 19, 2002 9:45:30 PM)
My wife is a non English speaker, will she be totally lost in Ithaca?

Pilar Palacios (ID=271) (Feb 19, 2002 9:45:48 PM)
Natalie or Kerry: In last years the women presence is more important in business and MBA are the best way to watch this. However, women have to do a big effort to engage in business world, how does Cornell help women to achieve this?

David (ID=307) (Feb 19, 2002 9:45:54 PM)
Cathy, what do you think is the most remarkable characteristic of JBSM's MBA?

Corey (ID=298) (Feb 19, 2002 9:45:57 PM)
It is my understanding that Cornell has somewhat of an international focus. What are the benefits of attending a top US school like Cornell vs. going to a top European school?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:46:11 PM)
Dave - Many of our students take classes at the Hotel School (and some of their students take our classes). In addition, we have a collaborative approach to career services for those that might be interested in the hospitality industry.

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 9:46:45 PM)
Christine- very few internships are decided in the first semester. Most are offered in the first part of the second semester. Grades, experience, and interviews are all important in obtaining an internship. Our Career Services Office provides extensive guidance to students prior to the resume drops.

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:46:46 PM)
tgrant - we have numerous diversified financial services companies - the big ones like Citigroup and JPMorganChase are corporate partners and very involved in the school. Our I-banking and managerial finance immersions, as well as the Parker Center for Investment Research attract most of the major financial institutions, as well as many companies looking for people in corporate finance.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:47:13 PM)
Won- there are strong ethic communities here in Ithaca that will make her feel at home. She can also take ESL courses if she wants to pick up the language.

turbo (ID=259) (Feb 19, 2002 9:47:31 PM)
How does JGSM encourage its students to contribute back to the local community - are there specific programs that push students to employ their newly learned business schools to local community concerns?

Yuping (ID=117) (Feb 19, 2002 9:48:22 PM)
Kerry, how about the workload of the program? normally, when do you go to bed?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:48:43 PM)
Luisfer - we have a number of outstanding faculty in the finance field. In addition, our Parker Center offers students access to full Wall Street capabilities with a complete trading setup. We have several funds which are run by student fund managers - our Cayuga Fund and Big Red Venture Fund are student run.

Brokenwheel (ID=170) (Feb 19, 2002 9:48:48 PM)
Mr. Shafer, what types of jobs do Semester in Mfg. students place in?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:49:11 PM)
Pilar: Angela Noble-Grange who directs our office for women and minorities in business has been making tremendous strides in this arena. The women's power lunch series is only one example of this. Please sign on to her website to learn more

ADI (ID=295) (Feb 19, 2002 9:49:42 PM)
? Are you one of the schools that is actively encouraging applicants with less than 2 years of work experience?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:49:43 PM)
Pilar -- I forgot to give you the url, it's www.johnson.cornell.edu/owmb

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 9:49:47 PM)
Do you expect busy recommenders to fill out your specific form? Do you look negatively on letters sent by the recommender to all the schools an applicant is applying to and merely attached to your form?

JJ (ID=240) (Feb 19, 2002 9:50:16 PM)
Dick - how can I learn about the specific positions available for students at the large financial companies? I am particularly interested in asset management/buyside research and I get the feeling that most of the available jobs are in investment banking and sell-side equity research.

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:50:23 PM)
turbo- we have a very active group called Community Impact which organizes student activities in Ithaca and elsewhere. In addition, there is a requirement for our Park Fellows that they do a major project that benefits the community. Other students also get involved in these projects. They have developed strategies for community agencies, launched a community foundation and an alternative credit union, etc.

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:50:49 PM)
Jonathan - you are correct, we are very proud of our different disciplines. It is very difficult to select 3, but I would certainly include finance, entrepreneurship, and strategic management as in the top tier.

Romme (ID=250) (Feb 19, 2002 9:50:59 PM)
Marketing is a highly rated discipline at JGSM. Can you speak a little more on the focus of the marketing department, the faculty and their research?

kate (ID=122) (Feb 19, 2002 9:51:26 PM)
Natalie, what are the key things you hope to learn about a candidate during the interview? Does the interviewer have specific questions they are asked to address or assess?

Burton Lee-TMO Applicant (ID=235) (Feb 19, 2002 9:51:48 PM)
Any ideas as to why the top 3 management consulting firms (Mckinsey, BCG, Bain) are not recruiting at Cornell this year? Can we expect them next year?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:52:33 PM)
Linda - we appreciate the use of the form and try to make it easy on the recommenders by offering an on-line option. I do recommend that the applicant make it easy on on the recommender by providing a copy of the application, resume and a cover letter indicating some of the things they would like to highlight. Again, we use the recommendations as an affirmation of what the candidate says in the application and it provides an important role. It may also be nice to give the recommender a thank you note and/or gift upon completion.

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:52:48 PM)
JJ- One of the best ways to explore the possibilities is to get in contact with Al Biloski, who runs our finance-oriented immersions, Prof Michaely, one of our finance professors, or Steve Sharratt, director of the Parker Center. If you email me at ras22@cornell.edu I will give you their contact info.

cindy tokumitsu (ID=163) (Feb 19, 2002 9:53:16 PM)
Do you provide feedback to applicants denied admission, or to waitlisted applicants? If so, when?

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 9:53:33 PM)
Yuping- students here remain extremely busy throughout the program, but there is definitely time for extracurricular activities and fun outside of the classroom. There will be times when you work on cases and projects well past midnight, but there will also be times when you take the night off- there are many group skiing trips and organized happy hours!

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:53:37 PM)
David - while all top business schools prepare students to be leaders, the Johnson School is unique in HOW we approach this. First, our approach is extremely experiential and team-based. For example, our innovative immersion learning integrates theory and practice. Second, we are small and interactive by design. Our size and culture allow us to be extremely agile and be quickly responsive to the needs of our students and recruiters. Finally, as I mentioned above - our connection to Cornell permits students to access world class curriculum across the University.

PabloS (ID=197) (Feb 19, 2002 9:53:57 PM)
How frequently do MBA students participate on team projects with students of other careers (e.g. engineering, sciences) to work on combined projects for the benefit of their local society, region or country? Do you promote this kind of project?

Corey (ID=298) (Feb 19, 2002 9:54:33 PM)
Natalie, what should someone do for recommendations if he/she is self-employed and has had neither a supervisor nor a professor for a matter of years?

Sarreiro (ID=84) (Feb 19, 2002 9:54:38 PM)
Mr. Shafer, does JGSM encourage their graduates to follow an entrepreneurial career? Does Big Red Venture Fund or the Cayuga Fund support foreign venture?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:55:56 PM)
Peaking -- we do not have a healthcare program through the Johnson School, but the healthcare program on campus, the Sloan program, is developing a joint program with the Johnson school. In the meantime, students interested in that field can take classes there. In fact, up to 25% of your coursework can be taken outside of the Johnson School in other Schools and Colleges at Cornell.

Burton Lee-TMO Applicant (ID=235) (Feb 19, 2002 9:56:05 PM)
Natalie: how would you weight someone with extensive work experience, such as over 10 years? Is this a plus or a minus?

James Chao (ID=199) (Feb 19, 2002 9:56:27 PM)
Cathy, are the classes graded? if so, doesn't it counter affect the so-called "team-based" approach? and what has JGSM done to prevent it?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:56:31 PM)
Romme - we have a number of excellent marketing faculty - you may want to access our website to see what their specific interests are. If you are interested in marketing you may want to consider our Strategic Brand Immersion program, which gives students an outstanding background in preparation for working in marketing in both an internship as well as an ultimate career objective. The Immersion includes a number of company visits as well as intense preparation in Market Research and other skills.

leo75 (ID=308) (Feb 19, 2002 9:57:10 PM)
Natalie, where do you see Cornell in 5 years? How will it differ from other top-tier schools then?

chenwei (ID=107) (Feb 19, 2002 9:57:11 PM)
How often does your school update the case study course? Say, when the case of Enron would be studied in JSGM's class?

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 9:57:20 PM)
ADI- some people can accomplish a great deal in 2 years, and we do accept them. Others need more experience to get to the same point. We do not have a specific policy on this. Our average experience level is about 5 years, with a considerable range around that mean. We look for people who will do well in the program, but as importantly, will be attractive to employers and do very well in their careers, no matter what their previous experience.

Rit1 (ID=256) (Feb 19, 2002 9:57:20 PM)
Natalie - Does the Sloan healthcare program happen to have a specific URL?

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 9:57:22 PM)
BOBO: Cornell students definitely do take advantage of the Finger Lakes region- skiing, hiking, biking, camping, kayaking- what a beautiful area! As for Bibi's and the bikini ritual- that is the Johnson School Secret!

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 9:57:34 PM)
Kate- we do have an agenda to get through, but it's more of a conversation than specific questions. In the interview, we hope to learn more about you than we were able to gather in the paper application and frankly to see if there is a good fit with the Johnson School culture and ambitions.

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 9:58:27 PM)
Pablo - joint teams are common in classes that include students from these other colleges. For example, two of our immersions - Semester in Manufacturing and e-Business are designed to include students from computer science/engineering. We have found team learning is enhanced when students from these other areas are integrated in the class and teams.

Yuping (ID=117) (Feb 19, 2002 9:59:31 PM)
What are the skills of Johnson's graduates which recruiters value most?

peter (ID=242) (Feb 19, 2002 10:00:11 PM)
Natalie, what do you value the most from an applicant, other than the objective numbers?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 10:00:39 PM)
James - classes are graded. The grades tend to be a mix of evaluating independent and team work, so they do end up being very reflective of an individual's mastery and contribution to a particular subject. Team evaluations are important - most businesses are reliant on effective teams and this is a very important of the learning experience at the Johnson School.

Roman (ID=266) (Feb 19, 2002 10:00:41 PM)
I am Eastern European and upon MBA graduation I would like to return to the region and help local companies to expand their business scope and management skills. Does JGSM have already established practice/contact with companies particularly in Bulgaria?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:00:47 PM)
Cindy - we do not provide feedback for denied applicants. With waitlisted applicants there may be some specific things they can do before we look at the waitlist and we may suggest those. Most people can do some self-analysis and figure it out. I'm not sure the feedback sessions are all that helpful to the people who actually have gone through them.

Rit1 (ID=256) (Feb 19, 2002 10:00:49 PM)
Natalie / Cathy - In follow up to Leo75's question - What do you see as they key drivers of change for the Johnson program over the next 5 years?

angel_smart1978 (ID=325) (Feb 19, 2002 10:01:13 PM)
Kerry, what impressed you most after you joined Johnson for 1 year?

Rameshkumar_Ravikumar (ID=299) (Feb 19, 2002 10:01:25 PM)
I am currently working as a Project Lead in one of the major corp. in Dallas, Texas. I am interested in pursuing for a full time MBA in financial engineering. From Johnson's website I find that this program is offered jointly by the business school and by the engineering school. I would like to know how flexible is this program.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:02:05 PM)
Corey -- suppliers, clients, someone who can be objective and let us know why you chose the recommenders you chose.

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 10:02:38 PM)
Chenwei - our faculty bring in relevant and timely cases into the classroom all the time. Many classes are using the Enron as a realtime case study. In addition, we will offer non-class based analysis on important topics. For example, we recently ran a "teach-in" on the Enron case which featured top accounting, finance and law faculty. It was extremely well received.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 10:02:42 PM)
Kerry, what do you think is the best and most distinctive aspect of the Johnson experience?

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 10:02:46 PM)
Sarreiro- we have a very strong and unique entrepreneurship program at Cornell. It is one of two in the country that is organized across the university, rather than just within the business school. In our case we have 9 colleges participating in the EPE program and a world-wide network of Cornell alumni participating in the Cornell Entrepreneurial Network - see out website. We educate over 2000 students per year at the Johnson School in entrepreneurship courses. The Big Red Venture Fund is focused on Cornell connected ventures of some kind, which so far have been domestic. This could easily change - we have only recently made our first investment. The Cayuga Fund is a stock fund that invests in a broad array of domestic and international stocks.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:03:29 PM)
Rit -- the program is under Human Ecology. I don't know the url off hand.

Claudia (ID=206) (Feb 19, 2002 10:04:01 PM)
I applied through embark in the second round but I have not yet received any mail confirming that Cornell is reviewing my application...What can I do?? Do I still wait??

mike (ID=269) (Feb 19, 2002 10:04:55 PM)
Natalie, about the interview, my understanding is that it is based on invitation. So should I have to wait for an invitation or can I ask for an appointment by contacting you?

ms (ID=265) (Feb 19, 2002 10:05:03 PM)
?Are there any plans for international exchange programs

Yuping (ID=117) (Feb 19, 2002 10:05:30 PM)
Dick, you said the entrepreneurship program is organized across the university, does mean that business students work together with those from other colleges and can take the advantages of other colleges?

Burton Lee-TMO Applicant (ID=235) (Feb 19, 2002 10:06:11 PM)
Kerry, has Cornell met or exceeded your expectations? and where? Has Cornell fallen short in any areas? If so, where?

toro (ID=294) (Feb 19, 2002 10:07:21 PM)
What is the workload of the 2nd year compared to one of the first year of MBA?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:07:40 PM)
Leo -- I see us leveraging all the exciting things happening at Cornell including the multiple technology initiatives taking place here on campus and using technology to deliver content. We intentionally choose to remain the same size, but we'll focus on curriculum that is important to our students, faculty, and the marketplace.

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 10:07:55 PM)
Angel and Linda- Cornell has an extremely strong sense of community. Our small size, beautiful Upstate NY setting, outstanding quality of teaching, career guidance, accessible professors, dedicated alumni community and innovative immersion curriculum all impressed upon me as soon as soon as I arrived at the Johnson School. I was also extremely impressed with the career services offered.

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 10:08:23 PM)
ms - we have a number of international exchange programs which are available to all of our students. In addition, we run study tours of approximately 1 week for those students that do not want to (or can't commit) to a full semester abroad.

dylanzhou (ID=262) (Feb 19, 2002 10:08:32 PM)
How selective are the international exchange programs? I am thinking about going to France.

Jerry_Feldman (ID=161) (Feb 19, 2002 10:08:54 PM)
Besides the Big Red Venture Fund, which I read about in your catalog, are there any other models of entrepreneurship that your school offers its students?

Sojuwarrior (ID=211) (Feb 19, 2002 10:09:48 PM)
Does participating in an international exchange put the student at a disadvantage with regards to recruiting as he/she is not on campus during that important first semester of second year?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:09:59 PM)
Roman -- We are part of the MBA Enterprise Corp. That would be a great opportunity for you to partner with companies in Bulgaria and other Eastern European Nations.

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 10:10:17 PM)
Burton Lee - the big 3 strategy firms are taking applications from the school and interviewing. We have had several placements. As you know, all consulting firms have pulled in their horns this year and only recruited actively at a few core schools. Time will tell what will happen next year. My guess is that next year will be one with reduced hiring as well. The backlogs are not yet building for most of the firms. Once they do, the firms will want to get their utilization of existing staff up. They will hire first in the fall from their summer interns and come back on campus for additional hires after that. Too early to tell what will happen specifically at Cornell, but I am keeping in close contact with all the major firms. We intend to launch a significant consulting initiative here before next fall.

James Chao (ID=199) (Feb 19, 2002 10:10:51 PM)
Cathy, since internships are decided during second semester and corporate interviews take place during second year, what do you think is the ideal time for students interested in participating in exchange programs and overall do you think the participants gain more out of the experience?

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 10:10:52 PM)
Toro- the workload in the second year is different from that in the first year primarily because courses are elective, rather than the required core classes. Students still remain busy, but the workload does ease up a bit!

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 10:11:02 PM)
Rit1- key drivers for change are based on our assessment of the market place and working with our students as partners . Our approach is one of continual change - for example, we implement new courses and curriculum changes every year based on feedback from these groups and others.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:11:06 PM)
Rameshkkumar- I suggest you contact Bob Jarrow directly regarding this program. His email is raj15@cornell.edu

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:12:22 PM)
Claudia -- please contact our office tomorrow and speak with Rachel or Trudy. The number is 800-847-2082.

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 10:12:50 PM)
Dylanzhou - the selectivity varies by program. In general, often our students can go to their first choice school because the demand for international students coming here is greater than for US students going abroad (the system works on a swap basis).

AnuragPardeshi (ID=92) (Feb 19, 2002 10:12:54 PM)
With technology still playing a large role, does Cornell try to recruit individuals with technical backgrounds (i.e. engineering)?

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 10:12:55 PM)
Yuping- definitely. We have more mixture of students across schools all of the time. Many of the Johnson entrepreneurship classes also have students from other schools. I will also say that we have much more that we want to do in this area. I believe it will be a major differentiator for us in the future as we build the bridges across schools and especially with a very active alumni network across Cornell.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:12:58 PM)
Mike -- you need to wait for the invitation.

Sarreiro (ID=84) (Feb 19, 2002 10:13:01 PM)
Cathy, my point when I initially asked about exchange programs is that, isn't it possible that a full semester abroad can, sometimes, be damaging for the curriculum?

peter (ID=242) (Feb 19, 2002 10:13:10 PM)
Natalie-- who should I contact to retrieve the login info for the online status checker please? thx

Corey (ID=298) (Feb 19, 2002 10:13:30 PM)
I have found that certain schools, while fantastic programs, are looked upon favorably by regional recruiters but lose their cache the farther one goes from the school. What areas of the country would you say Cornell is the most influential with prospective employers?

RM007 (ID=119) (Feb 19, 2002 10:13:44 PM)
How many students from the Johnson have gone on to start successful businesses soon after graduation? Is the the spirit of entrepreneurship prevalent in the school in those terms?

sam (ID=301) (Feb 19, 2002 10:14:06 PM)
I checked my application status online. It says Transcript not received. I sent it in a package with my recommendations. Do I need to resend?

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:16:00 PM)
Anurag -- our TMO program is specifically designed for engineers (and scientists). About 30% of our students have an engineering background.

Corey (ID=298) (Feb 19, 2002 10:16:06 PM)
Does Cornell afford a way for students to talk with VC's about their business plans?

angel_smart1978 (ID=325) (Feb 19, 2002 10:16:37 PM)
Which aspect does Johnson place most for reviewing the application-- academic scores, working experience or recommendation?

CathyDoveCORNELL (ID=140) (Feb 19, 2002 10:16:52 PM)
Soju/James/Sarreiro - going on an exchange program is a very individual decision. Many US students, because of the recruiting schedule in all top schools, find it is difficult to go abroad for a full semester. Others find it enhances their career searching as they may go to a location (e.g. London) they are interested in working in upon graduation, or they have a flexible career search schedule. In general, we find that the great majority of students who do choose to go are extremely positive about the experience and recommend it to their colleagues. Sarreiro - going abroad does not tend to be a problem academically other than you of course can't take as many electives at the Johnson School as someone who remains in Ithaca.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:17:29 PM)
Peter -Rachel or Trudy in our office. Rachel's email is rg50@cornell.edu and Trudy's is ter5@cornell.edu

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 10:17:39 PM)
Burton- Cornell has far exceeded my expectations. My experience here has truly been outstanding. The professors are extremely responsive- they focus on current issues and respond immediately to student needs. The career services are also outstanding. I had a wonderful two years here are now feel extremely well prepared to return to the business world.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:18:40 PM)
Sam -- check with Trudy ter5@cornell.edu or Rachel rg50@cornell.edu. If it hasn't come in, you may have to resend.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 10:18:43 PM)
Please submit your last questions. We are going to finish soon.

PabloS (ID=197) (Feb 19, 2002 10:18:48 PM)
Cathy- Does JGSM promote the creation or administration of non-profit organizations and non-profit management (e.g. educational foundations) in developing countries?

dylanzhou (ID=262) (Feb 19, 2002 10:18:48 PM)
How heavy is the workload? What time do students usually go to bed at JGSM?

Corey (ID=298) (Feb 19, 2002 10:19:17 PM)
Kerry, could you please tell me why you chose Cornell above other programs? What was your criteria and were there any other programs that were a close second for you?

peter (ID=242) (Feb 19, 2002 10:19:49 PM)
Natalie - is it disadvantageous to apply in r3, considering this year's # of applicants? thx

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 10:19:57 PM)
Jerry_Feldman - we have students who are starting their own businesses, mostly in concert with faculty from around the university. Cornell has an aggressive Research Foundation which is chartered with commercializing technology generated at the university. We have a terrific course focused on building business plans for start-ups that involves VC types with student business ideas. This spring we launched a new Entrepreneurship and Private Equity Immersion that works with students and funding sources to involve students in VC, private equity and start ups. This is not so much a fixed program as it is a series of entrepreneurial learning ventures - which is the whole idea of how this thing is emerging.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:21:23 PM)
Angel -- we don't rank order or have a weighted measure for the components of the application, but frankly we are a school and if an applicant can't cut it academically, it is a concern.

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:22:35 PM)
Peter -- I am saving spaces for the third round. Not to worry. You will not be able to apply for scholarship in the third round.

Jerry_Feldman (ID=161) (Feb 19, 2002 10:22:39 PM)
Thank you very much for your help !!!

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 10:22:46 PM)
Thank you again all for participating this evening. Special thanks to Natalie, Dick, Cathy, and Kerry for joining us and to Cindy Tokumitsu and Paul Bodine for their assistance.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:00 PM)
We look forward to seeing you at future chats. Here is a list of currently scheduled chats:

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:10 PM)
March 11: Wait-list Chat

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:20 PM)
Please check /chat/schedule.aspx#mba for exact times and details.

peaking (ID=285) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:22 PM)
Thank you!!

Rit1 (ID=256) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:24 PM)
Cornell folks - thanks for both your time and your insights

turbo (ID=259) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:26 PM)
Great discussion - thanks JGSM and Accepted.com

Pilar Palacios (ID=271) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:29 PM)
Thank you to all of you. It has bee a great experience.

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:30 PM)
Have a very good evening! Good luck with your applications!

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:34 PM)
You're all most welcome.

KerryDolanCORNELL (ID=142) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:39 PM)
Corey- Cornell has a number of programs that promote entrepreneurship among students. The Big Red Venture Fund is one way for students to get immediately involved in start up companies and talk with venture capitalists. The Fund works very closely with venture capitalists, who provide instruction and advice to the students. We also have an immersion that focuses on entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Yanping (ID=322) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:47 PM)
Thanks to all of you!

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 10:23:59 PM)
Good luck to all of you!

DickShaferCORNELL (ID=145) (Feb 19, 2002 10:24:04 PM)
Thanks to all of you!

NatalieGrinblattCORNELL (ID=141) (Feb 19, 2002 10:24:23 PM)
On behalf of the Johnson School...Thanks all for chatting...thank you Linda for moderating. Good luck!

Linda Abraham (ID=131) (Feb 19, 2002 10:24:10 PM)
You're most welcome. Good night!