Preparing for the Business World

Whatever your particular area of interest in business, chances are Cornell offers a surprising variety of ways to develop it.

The Cornell College of Business offers two undergraduate majors and multiple business minors through the college’s two AACSB International-accredited undergraduate business schools:

  • Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management: Accounting, agribusiness management, applied economics, business analytics, entrepreneurship, environmental, energy & resource economics, finance, food industry management, international trade and development, marketing, strategy. The Dyson School is also part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • School of Hotel Administration: Hospitality management, entrepreneurship, finance, real estate

Opportunities to minor in a business-related field include:

Furthermore, you can prepare for a business career by pursuing coursework in five other Cornell undergraduate colleges and schools (listed here alphabetically):

Moreover, Entrepreneurship at Cornell is the hub for students to explore startup opportunities, enter business plan competitions, and engage with faculty, industry mentors and fellow students to create tomorrow’s business innovations today.

Each program offers a different approach to preparing for a business career. Whichever field you choose, you’ll leave Cornell more certain of where it is you want to go and very well prepared to get there!

Why the Business World (and We Mean World) Beats a Path to Our Door

You should know that J.P. Morgan Chase, Procter & Gamble, GE, Goldman Sachs, Google, Abercrombie & Fitch Co., and several hundred other companies routinely come to campus. Their recruiters are interested in talking with and hiring Cornell students because of the undisputed value of an employee with a Cornell education. A large number of not-for-profit employers also come to Cornell seeking students with business skills.

Cornell Career Services offices, in your undergraduate college or the university-wide career services office, are staffed with professionals who will be glad to suggest job-hunting strategies, discuss interviewing techniques, and work with you on putting together an effective resume. If you’re looking for advice about or insight into a field, tap into the Cornell alumni network through Cornell Career Services’ Cornell Handshake system, the CALS Alumni Mentor Network or one of Cornell’s formal job-shadowing programs.

With so many paths open to students interested in the business world, deciding which route to follow at Cornell sometimes can be difficult. The best advice we can give you is to do some additional investigating. Whatever your decision, rest assured that you’ll leave Cornell with thorough training in your field and a solid background in management preparation. That and your Cornell degree are a powerful combination!