Welcoming the Class of 2020 Two-Year MBA candidates

By: Katelyn Godoy
Photo of Class of 2020 on the lawn in front of Sage Hall

Johnson welcomed 280 Two-Year MBA candidates to campus in early August for two weeks of pre-term activities, panels, and leadership sessions. MBA students began working with their core teams, spent time exploring their new home in Ithaca, and learned about all the resources available to them from the Career Management Center to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Families were welcomed, as well, with two meet-and-greet receptions.

The Two-Year Class of 2020 represents 40 countries and its composition includes 33 percent women, 15 percent underrepresented minorities, and an average GMAT score of 699.

During pre-term, incoming MBAs participated in an exercise that outlined community values and expectations, the Leading Teams Case Competition with their new core teams, and Johnson Outdoor Education (JOE) offsite at Casowasco Camp where they worked on team challenges and had fun getting to know one another.

Highlights from the Class of 2020 pre-term

And just like that, our #CornellMBA Class of 2020 has arrived! Welcome to the #BigRed Family! 🐻❤️👏🏼 #newbeginnings #favoritemoment #grassisstillgreen pic.twitter.com/RKHJ8h7ayg

— Judi Byers (@Judi_Byers) July 29, 2018

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At last night’s Mosaic Orientation we got to welcome students from diverse backgrounds to the #CornellMBA community! We’re so excited that pre-term has begun and the class of 2020 is here at #Cornell ❤️

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@judi_byers on Instagram: Our #CornellMBA wall of shared #values and expectations is back and I am liking the additions from our #Classof2020! 👍🏼  #community  #impact  #collaboration  #integrity  #excellence  #team

MBAs working together in the Dyson Atrium

@tosh1908 on Instagram: Class in back in session! Our 1st year students arrived this weekend and today they are meeting their core team for the first time as a part of our Leading Teams Practicum!

Class of 2020 Leading Teams Case Competition. Best of luck to all 57 teams! #CornellMBA pic.twitter.com/X2Qi0b5CkP

— Kevin Ferguson (@Kevin_Ferguson_) August 9, 2018


@tosh1908 on Instagram: Congratulations to Team 36 for winning today’s Leading Teams Case Competition! @cornellmba  #cornellmba  #leadingteams


@britblackmon on Instagram: Week 1 done with the day 1s #cornellmba

Capping off the first week @ a classic #campus spot! Welcome, Class of 2020 🤩 #CornellMBA #ivyleague #tradition pic.twitter.com/jpmO5EktRz

— Betsy Dick (@ecdick) August 3, 2018

gif of students getting off the bus at JOE

@cornellmba on Instagram: The Johnson Outdoor Experience (JOE) is here 🌲👟☀️🚣‍♀️⛰One-year and two-year students will put their skills to the test in team-based challenges, outdoor competition, and activities to step outside their comfort zone! We can’t wait to see their adventures.

@lind_christopher on Instagram: Look at all this teamwork during #JOE! Happy to report that everyone make it across the river of lava 🔥. When you work together, you can accomplish anything! #CornellMBA

The culmination of the #CornellMBA Pre-Term is #Johnson Outdoor Experience! One final challenge for the students? Build an ice cream that represents the MBA Class of 2020! Excited to see the winner, Johnson Java, be produced this fall with the help of the #Cornell #Dairy 🍦🥇👌🏼 pic.twitter.com/nzHij3yBsc

— Betsy Dick (@ecdick) August 11, 2018

Women pose for a photo with a folder and calculator

@southernfriedpanda on Instagram: First day of school! First day of school!  #cornellmba

If you didn’t take a #CornellMBA picture, did you really go to #Cornell? 🤔
We can’t wait to see what memories the Class of 2020 makes during their #MBA journey! pic.twitter.com/Jbyiz5auao

— Johnson at Cornell (@CornellMBA) August 8, 2018

Welcome Two-Year Class of 2020—we’re so glad you’re here!

Learn more about the Two-Year MBA