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To commemorate Businessweek’s 2014 ranking of the top undergraduate business programs, Forster Thomas is profiling the top ten.  Today is the #3 school, Cornell University’s Dyson school.  


By Ben Feuer, Photo by Zaphodsotherhead


For some of you out there, the prestige of attending a top business school is not enough – you’d also like to have an Ivy undergraduate institution on your resume.  Cornell strikes a great balance between the two. 

• Mid-range private tuition of $28,990

• Not only is it a strong business program, Cornell is an Ivy League school itself

• 67% of students are from the Northeast

• 46% of students go on to work in Financial Services … 7% in Entertainment

• An average salary upon graduation: $61,000



Cornell's Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, home to the university's only accredited undergraduate business degree, is located in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). You will therefore apply to CALS for admission and must complete the Common Application and Cornell University Supplement. The major code for Applied Economics and Management is 140.

You are encouraged to visit campus and attend an information session. We do not require an interview.

Factors considered include academic achievement, standardized test scores, academic interests, leadership accomplishments outside the classroom, and recommendations, with academic achievement being the most important.


Two types are recognized -- Intra-University transfers: students from other colleges or schools at Cornell, and Intra-CALS transfers: students from other departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell.

Transfer students are considered with a minimum GPA of 2.75, but 3.3 is more realistic.  Cornell strongly recommends microeconomics, macroeconomics and Calculus as prerequisites.  AP credit is accepted.  Students must also receive a grade of B+ or better in at least one business course.

In addition to coursework, the admissions decision is based on qualitative factors such as work experience, leadership positions, internships, and the internal transfer applicant's ability to explain why the AEM major is a good fit for him or her.

For current Cornell students, there is an application here, but check this website first for additional information.

For students of other universities, there is an application here, and overall school transfer requirements here.  Interviews will also be required – students apply directly to Dyson.


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