Cornell Tech MBA COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we strongly encourage you to relocate to Ithaca for the summer core. All classes will be held on an Eastern time zone schedule. Additionally, the accelerated nature of the coursework, a heavy emphasis on group work, and the opportunity to get to know your classmates in informal, socially-distanced, safe ways will make it extremely beneficial for you to be here.
Ithaca’s famed natural beauty also makes it the perfect place to spend a summer, and it’s easy to find safe outdoor recreational activities to enjoy with your classmates.
Your initial orientation and coursework will be online, but we expect to switch to a hybrid format in late May once Cornell’s spring semester courses have concluded. In the hybrid environment you can choose to have an in-person (socially-distanced and masks required) seat in a given class. Seat assignments will rotate as needed if demand exceeds classroom capacity.
The hybrid format will give you the opportunity for an in-person class experience, and is consistent with what we’ve done for our Ithaca-based students during the 2020-2021 academic year. Ithaca students who have taken advantage of our hybrid option have rated the experience very positively, reporting that they appreciate the option to be with classmates in person. Many have also said that attending classes on campus makes it easier for them to focus on academics.
We understand that some students might not be able to attend classes in-person due to travel restrictions, visa issues, and/or because they or an immediate member of their household are immunocompromised. For these reasons, students will have the option of participating in classes remotely and synchronously on an Eastern time zone schedule this summer.
Cornell has made the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff its number one priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key to Cornell’s success has been a robust COVID-19 testing protocol for all students in the Ithaca area, which includes both entry testing and ongoing surveillance testing. Undergraduates are tested twice a week, and professional students are tested weekly. We anticipate that this testing regimen will continue in the summer, and expect to have more detailed information in the spring. Learn more about Cornell’s testing program.