Two of the things that distinguish Johnson from our peer schools are the very genuine sense of community and the quality of life that our students experience. We see spouses and partners as important members of our community, and they are warmly welcomed. In addition to providing information resources to help spouses, partners and families find housing, schools, jobs, and other "musts," we reach out to engage our students and the people important to them in activities that bring them together and make them feel right at home at Johnson, Cornell University, and Ithaca - a vibrant, small city with sophisticated amenities set in beautiful agricultural surroundings.
This very active organization brings together Johnson students, families and partners. While forging friendships, members share information on jobs, health care, day care, entertainment, student schedules, and many other aspects of life in the greater Cornell and Ithaca communities. They also organize a number of great social events. You'll find abundant information at the Joint Ventures website.
Cornell recognizes the importance of partners and families in the lives of graduate students, and provides various services and networking opportunities. For more information on listservs, partner ID cards, and much more, visit the Graduate School Partners and Families Website.
Diversity and Inclusion
Cornell University's commitment to providing a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment originated with our founder, Ezra Cornell. With a visible and growing multinational population, the Ithaca community and Cornell campus offer events and organizations that celebrate diverse cultures and minority groups. At Johnson, minority student resources include the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a network of student clubs that represent varied affiliations.
Ithaca has a surprisingly large and visible gay community. Johnson's active LGBT group, Out for Business, maintains relationships with recruiters from LGBT corporate affinity groups and is part of the greater Cornell LGBT community, which includes the Cornell LGBT Resource Center and the Law School's LAMBDA group. Both Cornell and Johnson provide benefits to domestic partners of gay students.
A relatively small city in the heart of New York's beautiful Finger Lakes region, Ithaca is a great place for families as well as singles. Various authors searching out the "best" of various aspects of life have bestowed many titles on our hometown. Here's a brief sampling:
- Ithaca is ranked the #2 Best Small College Town by USA Today, April 2016
- Men's Journal names Ithaca one of ten Best Places to Live, March 2016
- Ithaca named Coffee Capital of New York State, January 2016
- Ithaca named Healthiest City in New York State by 24/7 Wall Street, September 2015
- Ithaca named among Best Small Cities for Young Single Women, March 2015
- Ithaca named 9th Most Exciting College Towns by MSN Real Estate, May 2014
- The Finger Lakes is ranked the #8 must-visit spot on the "Wine Tours of the World" feature from ABC News, April 2014
- Tompkins County is named the #2 "Healthiest County in New York" by CountyHealthRankings.org, April 2014
- Ithaca named the #10 Best New York Art Spots that Aren't in NYC by the Huffington Post, March 2014
- Ithaca named one of "America's Most Romantic Towns" by Travel + Leisure, January 2014
Want to read more? Check out some fast facts at VisitIthaca, see demographic information at the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and learn more about the beautiful Finger Lakes surroundings.
Here's a listing of places to get information about job opportunities in the area.
- Provides job postings and applications for Cornell employment opportunities.
- Phone: 607.254.8370
Displaced Homemakers Center of Tompkins County
- Offers an excellent program for women going back into the job market or changing careers after an absence.
- Phone: 607.272.1588
- Address: 301 S. Geneva St., Ithaca, NY, 14850
- Provides information on full-time, part-time, and temporary job opportunities.
- Phone: 607.272.7570
- Provides information on temporary work.
- Phone: 607.277.2724
- Provides information on temporary work.
- Phone: 607.272.7035
Stafkings Personnel Systems
- Provides a wealth of information in its membership directory, including demographics and a list of all member employers by business category.
- Phone: 607.273.7080
- Address: 904 East Shore Dr., Ithaca, NY, 14850
Tompkins County Human Services Resource Directory
- Publication available at Cornell Career Center or Uris Library. Identifies non-profit agencies and services that operate within the county.
Tompkins County Library
- Maintains (as a hard copy) updated information on civil service listings and job opportunities for Cornell University and Ithaca College. Check with the reference librarian.
- Phone: 607.272.4557
- Address: 312 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY, 14850