Please carefully review these dates and put them in your calendar. More key dates will be added as our calendar for academic year 2022 – 2023 is finalized; be sure to continue to monitor this page.
Academic Dates: A Note About Weekends
Please understand that weekends are not free. Weekends are frequently needed for group work, academic review sessions, and other activities. Additionally, some class sessions, midterms, and final exams will be held on weekends. This is particularly true during the accelerated summer core curriculum. We urge you to avoid outside commitments as much as possible. All dates subject to change.
All incoming international students are expected to attend International Student Orientation (ISO) before the official start of the MBA program unless they receive a waiver. More information, including how to apply for a waiver, will be part of the Student Information Form completed in spring.
We strongly encourage you to arrive in the United States a minimum of a few days prior to ISO so that you can begin to acclimate to the local time zone and life in Ithaca.
The summer core curriculum is extremely accelerated. Class sessions and exam dates are mandatory; plan to be fully engaged and limit your outside commitments. Typically, you will take two classes at a time, with sessions all day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, but there are some Saturdays and Sundays where classes will need to meet.
Wednesdays are generally devoted to group work, career prep, and other activities, but occasionally there are exceptions and class will be held on Wednesdays. In addition to the occasional weekend class session or exam, you’ll use weekends to work with your core team, attend review sessions, and sometimes take exams.
Your program kicks off with an official welcome and the start of orientation programming. Attendance at the orientation sessions is mandatory for all members of the Class of 2023.
During the first few days, you’ll have required orientation sessions to help you acclimate and make the most of your MBA experience. Throughout the week, you’ll have orientation programming during the times you are not in class.
During your first week, you’ll have additional orientation programming during the times you are not in class.
Final summer courses will conclude in mid-to-late August.
In the first half of the fall semester, you’ll finish one final core course: Managing Operations. You can also take your Leadership course requirement in the fall. Everything else is up to you—consider pursuing an Area of Focus, or venturing outside of Johnson for coursework in other Cornell programs.
In the spring you’ll continue to pursue electives. You will also have the option of participating in an Ithaca-based Immersion program, or you might consider a Johnson NYC Curriculum Intensive in New York City. You’ll also need to wrap up your leadership requirement if you didn’t complete it in the fall.