Johnson MBAs Vote for Nondisclosure

Cornell MBAs no longer will share their grades with recruiters. 

In September, students at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business voted to enact a policy of grade nondisclosure. The Johnson School’s letter-grade system will remain in place, but full-time students in its two-year, one-year, and Johnson Cornell Tech MBA programs now will no longer disclose their grades to recruiters until they have received full-time, postgraduate job offers.

However, the new policy will not apply to students seeking jobs outside the for-profit business sector. For instance, JD/MBA candidates still will need to disclose their GPAs to law firm recruiters, and students applying for public sector jobs also will disclose GPA information.

The decision is the culmination of a yearlong study of students’ academic experience and recruitment at the school. Says Vishal Gaur, associate dean for MBA programs, “We hope that grade nondisclosure will encourage students to take more academic risks and think holistically about their education, personal development, leadership, and the impact they want to have in the future.”