Cornell Class of 2025 Essay Analysis



Cornell has released its essays for the 2022-23 application cycle. Their goals statement and impact essay remain the same, while they have added an additional essay for those interested in the Park Leadership Fellows Program.


2022/23 essay questions


Goals statement: A statement of your goals will begin a conversation that will last throughout the admissions process and guide your steps during the MBA program and experience. To the best of your understanding today, please share your short and long term goals by completing the following sentences and answering the enclosed short answer question (350 words maximum):

  • Immediately post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) [Role] at [Company] within [Industry].

  • Targeted Job Role:

  • Target Job Company:

  • Industry:

  • In 5–10 years post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) [Role] at [Company] within [Industry].

  • Targeted Job Role:

  • Target Job Company:

  • Industry:

  • How has your experience prepared and encouraged you to pursue these goals?

Essay 1: At Cornell, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. Taking into consideration your background, how do you intend to make a meaningful impact on an elite MBA community? (350 words maximum)


Optional essay (required for reapplicants): You may use this essay to call attention to items needing clarification and to add additional details to any aspects of your application that do not accurately reflect your potential for success at Johnson (350 words maximum).