Admissions Criteria

Diverse, passionate, and driven

Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate students are as diverse as the specialties they choose to pursue. The ability to bring leadership to the industry and make a unique contribution to the community at Cornell are factors that are often emphasized over direct experience, GPAs, and GMAT scores. Characteristics that the selection committee looks for include:

  • A passion for real estate and its related fields
  • Creativity and an intellectual spark
  • The ability to positively contribute to diverse teams
  • Leadership in an academic, work, or community setting
  • Direct or indirect real estate experience or exposure

Baker Program students demonstrate the variety of interests, backgrounds, and geographies that constitute a diverse and compelling cohort for your studies.

Jason Abel

Jason Abel

Hometown: Dresher, Pennsylvania

Education: University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business, bachelor of business administration in accounting and information systems

Professional experience: Audit associate for KPMG in their financial services sector, financial analyst for Gibraltar Capital and Asset Management, LLC

Future Career Focus: Career in real estate private equity management

X-Factor: Monthly volunteer at Jewish Relief Agency packing and delivering food and supplies

Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson

Hometown: Ithaca, New York

Education: State University of New York at Geneseo, bachelor of arts in economics

Experience: Capital improvement projects for Travis Hyde Properties; renovation and construction project manager

Future Career Focus: Infill development projects

X-Factor: Created website to track and update others on real estate market and property development in the Ithaca area

Jessica Kane

Jessica Kane

Hometown: Davie, Florida

Education: University of St. Gallen, Switzerland: School of Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences, master of strategies in international management; University of Oklahoma: Price College of Business, bachelor of business administration

Experience: Project coordinator, SIEMENS, Germany; business development ambassador, Muse, Shanghai; project manager, Cardiff Giant hospitality group, Los Angeles

Future Career Focus: Development and finance

X-Factor: Speaks Chinese and German

Katherine Scafuri

Katherine Scafuri

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Education: Wellesley College, double major in architecture and French cultural studies

Experience: Project coordinator, Hill Harder Development; design assistant, Kristine Mullaney Design; intern, Cambridge Historical Commission

Future Career Focus: Development

X-Factor: Fluent in French

Jason Spencer

Jason Spencer

Hometown: Deckerville, Michigan

Education: University of Michigan, master of engineering in structural engineering, bachelor of science in civil engineering

Experience: Freelance structural engineer; project manager on Hyatt Hotels apartment complexes, and the American embassy in London

Future Career Focus: Career in development that successfully balances economic constraints, architectural aesthetics, and sustainable design principles

X-Factor: Assessed several multi-story buildings for structural damage following a major earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand


If you still have questions about your credentials, send us your resume for a pre-assessment. This step is an ideal way to begin a dialogue with our admissions team. After receiving your resume, we will contact you with feedback on your qualifications or questions for further discussion.

Resumes should be emailed to Pre-assessment requests are fulfilled within approximately seven business days.