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SC Johnson Graduate School of Management – Cornell University


The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management—part of the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University—was originally founded in 1946 as the Cornell School of Business and Public Administration. The family of Samuel Curtis Johnson, Jr. donated $20 million to the business school in 1984 (at the time, the largest donation to a business school in history), renaming the school in his honor. In early 2017, a year after the business school joined with the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Herbert Fisk Johnson III of S. C. Johnson & Son donated $150 million to the school, thus renaming it as the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.


The main Cornell SC Johnson College of Business campus is in Ithaca, home to the central campus of Cornell University. The main business school campus is located less than five miles away from the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

Students enrolled in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business Tech MBA will take classes at the main Ithaca campus and the brand new New York City campus on Roosevelt Island, which lies between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Roosevelt Island campus is located less than 10 miles away from the LaGuardia Airport.

The Cornell Executive MBA program also takes place in the New York City metro, at the HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center in Palisades, New York.


The center of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is at Sage Hall in Ithaca. Originally built in 1875, Sage Hall is a converted residential building, but undertook a $38 million renovation in the late 1990s as the center for the Cornell business school. Sage Hall contains classrooms, an executive lounge hall, an atrium, cafe, library, and more state of the art features.

Cornell Tech, home to the university’s engineering school, opened mid-2017 on a five-acre plot on Roosevelt Island for the first phase of its campus expansion. Eventually, Cornell Tech is expected to be larger than 12 acres. The green building features no parking lots, built primarily to utilize public transportation. The main center of the campus, the Bloomberg Center, is an $800 million five-story building that hosts the Cornell Tech MBA program. Expansion is expected to be completed by 2019.


Johnson employs 58 full-time and 53 visiting, part-time or adjunct faculty members specializing in 16 different disciplines. This group of scholars and professionals directs four research centers and institutes: The Parker Center for Investment Research, the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, the Smith Family Business Initiative, and the Emerging Markets Institute.

Student Body

The Johnson MBA Class of 2019 enrolled 277 students. Students in the class of 2019 had a mean GMAT score of 700 and a median GPA of 3.36. The incoming class also had a mean of five years of work experience. Twenty-seven percent of the first year students were women, while 12 percent were underrepresented minorities, which refers to students of African American, Native American, and Hispanic American backgrounds. U.S. Citizens accounted for 64 percent of the class, with the remaining portion of students representing 38 countries.

MBA Degree Offerings

Cornell Johnson offers a one-year and two-year MBA program at its Ithaca campus, as well as the new Cornell Tech MBA on its Roosevelt Island campus in New York City. The business school also offers students two Executive MBA options: the Cornell Executive MBA Metro NY, and the Cornell Executive MBA Americas, as well as a myriad of dual degree programs.

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