New Students

Your life at the Johnson begins with an orientation program that many students describe as challenging and content-rich. This fast-paced program will quickly engage you in our intense, highly collaborative community.

All incoming members of the Class of 2016 are expected to be in Ithaca for Orientation Sunday, August 3 through Thursday, August 14; and Core Class, Leading Teams, begins on Tuesday, August 5th and First-half Fall Core Classes begin the morning of Friday, August 15.

Orientation includes exemption exams, overview of expectations and resources, Career Management Center orientation, and social events.


Business Attire

  • 12:00 pm - Check-in begins in the Dyson Atrium, Sage Hall. A light lunch will be provided.
  • 12:00-3:30 pm - Individual photographs will be taken in 131 & 135 Sage Hall.
  • 12:30-1:15 pm - Orientation Overview Session (Last Name A-H) - B09 Sage Hall
  • 1:30-2:15 pm - Orientation Overview Session (Last Name I-P) - B09 Sage Hall
  • 2:30-3:15 pm - Orientation Overview Session (Last Name Q-Z) - B09 Sage Hall
  • 4:00-5:00 pm - Dean's Welcome Address (Families Invited) - G01 Uris Hall
  • 5:00-7:00 pm - Welcome Reception (Families Invited) - Dyson Atrium, Sage Hall

SCHEDULE - Get the Orientation "At-a-Glance" Schedule Here - hard copies will be distributed at check-in.

Orientation Event Details - You will see all the pre-orientation and orientation events listed below, and can click on individual items for more details. You can also set-up a calendar feed using the instructions below.

Partners and Families - Welcome! You are invited to several events and activities during Orientation and throughout the academic year. We hope to see you at the following events:

Partners - To help us get to know you and keep you up-to-date on what is happening at Johnson, please email to be added to the list of student partner emails we maintain.

Attire for Orientation - Plan to arrive in Business Attire on August 3 for photographs, the welcome session and reception. You will need to be in Business Casual Attire on August 8 for the Alumni Career events; and Business Casual for the Leading Teams Case Competition Finals on August 13. The rest of Orientation is Casual Attire. You will receive details in advance regarding what to wear and bring for the off-site portion of Leading Teams, Johnson Outdoor Experience, that everyone attends on August 14.

NOTE: We need your t-shirt size and emergency contact information for the the August 14 off-site event. If you have already registered for any Orientation Events (Math Camp, International Orientation, Winery Visit, or Boat Cruise), then we have your information. If you have NOT signed up for any event, please to go this link to provide your t-shirt size and emergency contact information. You can do this without signing up for anything else, and no payment is required.

Orientation Social Events: Don't Miss Out...Sign-up Now!

  • Monday, August 4, 5:45-9:15 pm - Wagner Vineyards. Advance sign-up and payment required. This extremely popular event is an opportunity for social interaction and relaxation. Bring your partner/spouse and join fellow classmates for a local wine tasting. Buses will depart from campus for transportation to one of the Finger Lakes wineries, Wagner Vineyards. At Wagner, you will have the opportunity to sample their signature wines and/or beers. Hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening. In addition, a cash bar serving Wagner’s beer and wine will be available. Buses will leave Wagner at 8:00 and 8:30 PM for the return trip to Ithaca, and arrive back on campus by 9:15 PM. Bring your sunglasses for the beautiful view! Adults only.
  • Sunday, August 10 - Cayuga Lake Cruises. FREE, but advance sign-up required. Join fellow students and their families on a 2-hour cruise of beautiful Cayuga Lake on the M/V Columbia. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to your sailing time. CASH BAR; complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Cruises depart at 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm, and 8:00 pm. Partners and families welcome.

Set-up a Calendar Feed

You can set-up a feed to your own calendar of all MBAI events from the Johnson Calendar of Events by clicking on the "Subscribe" button just above the calendar on this page. Scroll down to the Group Calendar for MBAI and click on the appropriate calendar type for you. If you have specific questions about the Orientation schedule or calendar feed, please contact us at



4/6/2015  8:00am

CORE Class

4/7/2015  4:25pm

Day Family Ethics Speaker - Christine Bader - "The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist"

B08 Sage Hall

4/8/2015  8:00am

CORE Class

4/9/2015  4:15pm

Sage Social: Gaypril

Dyson Atrium, Sage Hall

4/10/2015  10:00am

Core Leadership Skills for VUCA World (General Casey)

4/11/2015  10:00am

Core Leadership Skills for VUCA World (General Casey)

4/13/2015  8:00am

SSO Site Visit - all day

4/14/2015  8:00am

SSO Site Visit - all day

4/15/2015  8:00am

SSO Site Visit - all day

4/16/2015  8:00am

SSO Site Visit - all day

4/16/2015  4:15pm

Sage Social: DJ Early Arrivals

Dyson Atrium, Sage Hall

4/17/2015  8:00am

SSO Site Visit - all day

4/23/2015  4:15pm

Sage Social: Battle of the Brews

Dyson Atrium, Sage Hall

4/29/2015  6:30pm

Core Leadership Skills for VUCA World (General Casey)

4/30/2015  4:15pm

Sage Social: Celebrate Johnson!

Dyson Atrium, Sage Hall


5/2/2015  10:00am

Core Leadership Skills for VUCA World (General Casey)

5/6/2015  7:00pm

Johnson Follies

State Theatre, Ithaca

5/7/2015  11:00am

Slope Day

Libe Slope, Cornell University

5/16/2015  12:00pm

All Johnson Social Event



8/27/2015  3:00pm

Johnson Fall Club Fair

Dyson Atrium, Sage Hall

8/27/2015  5:30pm

Johnson Fall Picnic

Stewart Park, Large Pavilion


9/17/2015  8:00am

Cornell Presidential Inauguration: Elizabeth Garrett

Ithaca, NY

9/24/2015  8:00am

National Black MBA Conference

Orlando, FL


10/8/2015  8:00am

National Society of Hispanic MBAs Conference

Chicago, IL

10/8/2015  8:00am

Reaching Out MBA Conference

Chicago, IL

10/16/2015  8:00am

Asian MBA Conference

New York, NY


11/5/2015  7:00am

Net Impact Conference

Seattle, WA

11/16/2015  1:00pm

International Education Week