Living in Ithaca


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Ithaca is a city like no other – an incredible place to find your focus and be inspired on your way to business success. Whether you’re here for your summer core curriculum before heading to Roosevelt Island or you’re relocating to Ithaca for the next one to two years, you’ll have countless opportunities to take advantage of the fun, inspiration, and sense of community that Ithaca has to offer.

Spectacular Surroundings

You’ll draw as much inspiration from the stunning beauty of our gorges and waterfalls as you will from our thriving intellectual community, vibrant downtown, and eclectic culture. Join in local events and activities throughout the year, whether you’re into the foodie scene, the arts, outdoor adventure, wine and beer trails, or startup incubators and makerspaces.

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The Johnson Community at Cornell

Your MBA experience will be as memorable and valuable personally as it is professionally. Outside of classes and work groups, you’ll form strong bonds based on shared ambition and growing trust as you use your experience, knowledge, and talent to empower and inspire one another. Whether you’re here for just your summer core or for your entire degree, you’ll build a network and friendships that will last a lifetime.

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Explore the Area

In Ithaca, you’ll find a bustling city full of art and culture. Head to Visit Ithaca to discover what this breathtaking area has to offer.

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Find Housing

Begin your housing search soon – rentals and homes go quickly in Ithaca.

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Plan Your Way Around

By foot, two wheels, or four — decide which transportation
options work best for you.

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Partners and Families

We provide resources to help families feel welcome and make the transition to Ithaca—from job opportunities to housing and education—and host events to make sure they feel at home at Johnson, Cornell, and Ithaca.

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Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for all students. You will be automatically enrolled in the student health plan unless you have an acceptable alternative, per Cornell policy.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Johnson supports and celebrates diversity and inclusion in our community and the broader business world.