Two-Year MBA: Life At Johnson

Johnson is, by design, an intense, collaborative community — one in which relationships are formed quickly and last a lifetime. We choose to remain a small school so that all of our students and faculty can work closely together.

Student Clubs

Our student clubs provide abundant opportunities to practice skills. Our culture is infused with a genuine appreciation of one another and fosters a style of teamwork that puts our graduates at the top of recruiters’ lists.

List of Clubs

Student Profiles

Hannah Zweifler

“The very real decisions we had to make as an expedition team (on the Patagonia Trek) were rich with learning for our frontcountry lives, such as how to make sure all voices on a team are heard to co-create solutions, how to get buy-in and motivate others, and how to explore the risks and consequences of our choices.” Read More

Hannah Zweifler, MBA '18


  • Huge roster of cutting edge arts, music, and cultural events
  • More restaurants per capita than New York City
  • Incredible natural beauty
  • Cost of living that’s not insane
  • Fun, interesting, diverse people
  • Schools, parks, safety…amazing for families
  • All of the above. Find out more.

This is a college town like no other, a place with a distinctive heartbeat of its own, wrapped around the academic universe of Cornell.

Don’t take our word for it – here’s how Ithaca has landed in media rankings, ranging from sports, to outdoor fun, to healthful living, to parenting:

Johnson (JGSM) students engaged in team building during Johnson Outdoor Experience (JOE).
Cornell University Ithaca campus
Group of MBA students in Dyson atrium in Sage Hall.
MBA Students collaborating in Sage Hall
Cornell University Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Sage Hall where MBA classes are held.
Dyson atrium inside Sage Hall where students can gather, study, and collaborate.
The Johnson (JGSM) Battle of the Brands marketing competition.
The Johnson Women in Business (JWIB) Alumni-Student Panel.
Johnson (JGSM) MBA Students presenting in pitch competition.
MBA student Denise Chow stays still and straight as fellow classmates pass her through an opening of the "spider web" during JOE - Johnson Outdoor Education - at Camp Casowasco in Moravia, NY.
The photo booth at the Johnson (JGSM) Sage Social LGBTQ+ event.
Johnson (JGSM) MBA Students on spring break trek.
Johnson (JGSM) students on immersion trek as part of experiential learning.
Campus to campus charter bus connecting the Ithaca, NY Cornell campus to campuses in New York City, NY.
Johnson students at a Breakfast Workshop with motivational speaker Jullien Gordon at Johnson Means Business (JMB).
Members of the Pick 2 Pay team work with mentor and coach Tim Novikoff (PhD '11) as they prepare for the final round of pitches during Startup Weekend.
Johnson (JGSM) students in the Dyson Atrium, Sage Hall.
Johnson (JGSM) students in the Dyson Atrium, Sage Hall.
Johnson (JGSM) MBA students listening to presenters at pitch competition.
Johnson (JGSM) Welcome Picnic.
The Johnson Women in Business (JWIB) Women's Power Lunch (WPL).
Student managers of the Cayuga Fund in the Parker Center for Investment Research (PCIR).
Faculty teaching at Sage Hall in classroom.
Manoj Thomas teaching to Johnson MBA students.
A Sage Social with Luis Carlos Sarmiento, MBA '85, President and CEO Grupo Aval S.A., following his delivery of the 25th Durland Lecture.
N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Limited, meets with Johnson faculty and students following his 2012 Johnson School Distinguished Global Leader Speaker Series (DGLSS) lecture on "Entrepreneurship and the Lessons Learned from My Corporate Journey."
Faculty teaching at Sage Hall in classroom.
Sage Hall in fall.
Sage Hall in the winter.
Johnson (JGSM) MBA Students playing hockey game against faculty and staff.

Life at the Johnson School

The campus connects Ithaca, NY, locals, New York City executives, business students from across the country, and even businesspeople from China to foster global connections.

Experience the Johnson School campus

Joint Venterures Families and Partners

Joint Ventures

Joint Ventures is a club for Johnson School students and their significant others. Our mission is to foster ties of friendship and personal growth among Johnson School students, their significant others, and their families.

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The Johnson School offers a Family-Friendly Community

A two-year MBA student shares his perspective

Office of Diversity and Inclusion staff photo

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

An intense, diverse, and authentic community

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Veterans at Johnson

Veterans at the Johnson School

The Johnson School is committed to supporting our veteran students intellectually, socially, and financially.

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