Each Johnson cohort is named for one of the 11 Finger Lakes, home to the Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-o-SHOW-nee) Confederacy. Referred to as the Iroquois League or Confederacy by the French, and the Five (then later Six) Nations by the English, the confederacy is properly called the Haudenosaunee Confederacy which means “People of the Longhouse.” Comprised of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations, the Confederacy is widely described as the oldest participatory democracy and its Constitution is believed to have been a model for the U.S. Constitution.

As we use these indigenous names for our cohort system, we acknowledge that the lakes are part of the traditional lands of the nations that make up the Haudenosaunee, and that Cornell itself sits on land within the territory of the Cayuga Nation. Why is it important to acknowledge this? Because acknowledgement is a step toward greater consciousness of Native sovereignty and cultural rights and reconciliation. Learn more about Indigenous Land Acknowledgment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the point of cohorts?

The cohort system was launched in 2018 to foster an even more inclusive, supportive and spirited residential MBA experience.

How many cohorts are there?

There are six cohorts, each with approximately 100 members, comprised of AMBAs, first-years, second-years and exchange students. The Johnson cohorts are Conesus, Honeoye, Keuka, Otisco, Owasco, and Skaneateles.

How does the point system work?

Points are awarded based on participation benchmarks, with prizes awarded throughout the school year.

How does the selection process work?

Students are assigned based on a similar algorithm as the one used to select Core Teams.

Is cohort programming separate?

Events for cohorts are incorporated into existing programming (such as Dine Around) and new events will also expand the impact of the initiative.

What are events like?

Previous events include Ezra Games during pre-term, Around the World Dine Around, canned food drive competition, happy hours, and partnering with other groups like the Johnson on Tap x Cohort Oktoberfest.