NYU Stern | Mr. Long Shot
GRE 303, GPA 2.75
Kellogg | Ms. Kellogg Bound Ideator
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
Harvard | Mr. Amazon Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Yale | Ms. Biotech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.29
Tuck | Mr. Winning Team
GMAT 760, GPA 7.95 out of 10
Kellogg | Ms. Clean Tech
GMAT 690, GPA 3.96
Harvard | Mr. Renewable Energy Investing
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Tuck | Mr. Strategic Sourcing
GMAT 720, GPA 3.90
Tuck | Mr. Recreational Pilot
GRE 326, GPA 3.99
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seller
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Government Consultant
GMAT 600, GPA 3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Space Launch
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
INSEAD | Mr. Media Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.65
MIT Sloan | Ms. MD MBA
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Research 2+2
GMAT 740, GPA 3.96
London Business School | Mr. Investment Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 2.2
Wharton | Ms. PMP To MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.72
Kellogg | Mr. Sales Engineer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.00
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBTQ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.58
Duke Fuqua | Mr. 2020
GMAT 630, GPA 3.92
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Cambridge Judge | Mr. Versatility
GMAT 680, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Hustler
GMAT 760, GPA 4
Chicago Booth | Mr. M7 Aspirant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.79 / 4.00
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Journalist
GMAT 690, GPA 2.8

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.