Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.85
Darden | Ms. Business Reporter
GMAT 2150, GPA 3.6
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. IB Deferred
GMAT 730, GPA 3.73
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Yale | Mr. Ukrainian Biz Man
GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Future Angel Investor
GMAT 620, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Amazon Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Fintech
GMAT Not Taken Yet, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Wharton | Ms. Software Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.84
Kellogg | Mr. Military In Silicon Valley
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Orthopaedic Surgeon
GMAT Waived for MCAT (36/45), GPA 3.92
Harvard | Mr. E-Sports Coach
GRE 323, GPA 5.72/10
Wharton | Ms. PMP To MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.72
Columbia | Mr. CPA
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Health Clinic Founder
GRE 330, GPA 3
Tuck | Mr. Waterflooder
GMAT 700, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Aspiring Tech Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.4
Tuck | Mr. Risk Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.1/10
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Student Product Manager
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Ms. FANG Tech
GRE 321, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Sports Management
GMAT 690, GPA 3.23

Top Feeder Colleges to Johnson at Cornell

Of course, the pedigree of one’s undergraduate degree is just one of many factors used by admissions to decide whether to admit or deny an applicant. Unlike GMAT scores, grade point averages, however, it’s one of the more mysterious factors because no B-school publicly discloses the colleges attended by their admits. Yet, the school where an applicant earned his bachelor’s degree can loom large in an admissions decision, often given far more consideration than most admissions directors will admit (see Getting Into Wharton: Does College & Work Pedigree Trump Merit?).

“School and job pedigree count more than schools would like to publicize because the mythology of admissions is that everyone starts equal, and schools are open to all comers,” says Sanford Kreisberg, an MBA admissions consultant who runs HBSGuru.com. “But schools are not equally open to all comers, and job pedigree especially can be critical, even more so than schooling. You are not getting into Harvard Business School or Wharton from the local bakery or real estate office.”

Other findings:

  • The largest international school represented is Shanghai-based Fudan University  which supplied as many as seven students in the class.
  • Three schools alone–Cornell, Michigan and New York University–acount for 18% of the Class of 2013.

 

Top Feeder Colleges to Cornell’s Johnson SchoolEstimated 

% of

Class of 2013

Estimated 

Number in

Class of 2013

Number  

Found in

Facebook

1. Cornell University Ithaca, NY10.6%2913
2. University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI4.1%115
3. New York University New York, NY3.3%94
4. University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA2.4%73
4. University of Connecticut Storrs, CT2.4%73
4. State University of NY Stony Brook, NY2.4%73
4. Fudan University Shanghai, China2.4%73
8. Princeton University Princeton, NJ1.6%42
8. Northwestern University Evanston, IL1.6%42
8. UCLA Los Angeles, CA1.6%42
8. Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA1.6%42
8. Georgia Institute of Tech Atlanta, GA1.6%42
8. Boston University Boston, MA1.6%42
8. University of Toronto Toronto, Canada1.6%42
8. Morehouse College Atlanta, GA1.6%42

Source: These numbers are calculated from Cornell University’s Johnson School Class of 2013 Facebook page. The undergraduate backgrounds of 122 members of the incoming class of some 275 students could be verified by Poets&Quants using Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media sources. The sample size represents 44.4% of the entire class. The estimate of students from a specific school are based on the percentage of the confirmed sample who have come from that university. Data compiled by Diana Tarrazo.

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About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.