Cornell to Establish a College of Business

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The establishment of the Cornell College of Business is expected to broaden opportunities for students through a greater variety of courses in the curriculum, expanded extracurricular activities, and a larger job recruitment network. Photo: Lindsay France/University Photography

A new College of Business will bring together Cornell’s three accredited business programs: the School of Hotel Administration, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Each school will maintain its unique identity and mission within one of the most comprehensive business schools in the country, with 145 research faculty and nearly 2,900 undergraduate, professional and graduate students.

The Dyson School will remain within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and also join the College of Business.  New York state residents will continue to enroll at the New York state contract college tuition rate.

“The applied economics and management program in CALS has always been unique among business programs for its breadth of framing and grounding in reality,” said John Dyson ’65, whose family’s gift established the Dyson School in 2010. “The university administration plans to build on this excellence and strengthen it even further. The shared school will continue to fulfill its traditional land-grant mission while offering a broader business education for students.”

The unanimous approval by the Cornell Board of Trustees of the College of Business on Jan. 30 launched an ongoing, inclusive process that will unfold over the next several months. Faculty and academic leaders are working together to develop the details of the new integrated structure, alongside advisory committees, which include alumni, students, faculty and staff. The college’s establishment is expected to broaden opportunities for students through a greater variety of courses in the curriculum, expanded extracurricular activities, and a larger job recruitment network.

“The College of Business will bring together the excellence and breadth of Cornell’s leading undergraduate, graduate and specialized professional programs to address society’s most pressing issues,” said Michael Kotlikoff, acting president of Cornell University. “Through this integration, Cornell will bring together unique strengths in three of the world’s largest industries: food, hospitality, and technology, to create even greater opportunities for students to learn from and work with the full range of Cornell’s outstanding leaders in the fields of business, management and applied economics. Students will have enhanced access to the international opportunities, mentorship and alumni expertise that are critical to their long-term success.”