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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2012, 13:59
Hi Admissions Team,

I'm colombian and English isn't my native language. I took the TOEFL and got 98/120 which I don't know if its enough to get into Columbia Business School. Should I retake the TOEFL?

Is there any minimum TOEFL score recommended to apply into Columbia.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2012, 18:06
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Hi A.

As you know the application process is holistic and the GMAT is just one aspect of the process. There is never a single reason for admission or denial, so unfortunately there isn't a simple answer to your question. If you have taken your GMAT several times and you feel it will not change, then I suggest focusing on the other parts of your application.

Good luck,


Hi Matt, my apologies I realized before writing it that it was too generic!
- Let me rephrase, is there any average/median GMAT quant score breakdown for current students there? A range perhaps? Website only lists total avg. GMAT score and median range.

- Alternately, have students who have a low quant score that have been admitted into CBS in the past displayed quantitative abilities in other aspects of their resume to compensate? For example, would taking and excelling in a good online Business stats course demonstrate quant aptitude to an extent (e.g. Cornell)? Again, I realize there's no straight forward answer to this one, but is it a good "öptional essay" topic?

Sorry to press this, but I'm trying my best to gauge whether I'm CBS applicant-worthy material as its currently on my top 3 list for 2013. Thanks for your time.



Hi Aximili85,

Thank you for following up. We do not have a break out for the quant section of the GMAT. We look at all aspects of the application so if applicants take additional courses we will certainly take those into consideration. We will also look at work experience when we consider an applicant's abilities. If you feel that you want to explain your quant scores and how you have shown quant ability in other aspects of your profile you may do so in the optional essay.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2012, 18:16
coreaspirant wrote:
I applied for Fall 2012 but got a reject. If I am applying again to CSB for Fall 2013, I will be adding a reapplicant essay, but other essays will remain more or less same. I will be able to show developments in my professional/personal life in my CV/Resume and Extra-curricular activities.

1) Does most of the reapplicants have the same essays they had the previous year?

2) Or do you expect to have fresh essays?

3) Also does an AWA score of 4 automatically makes a reject, or are there people with AWA of 4 being accepted by CSB?

4) Since I am an International Applicant required to submit Toefl/PTE score, I would like to know what is the mean range of PTE score

5)And what score in writing in PTE will negate the effect of AWA score of 4

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Hi coreaspirant,

Thank you for your question. Reapplicants are only required to follow the reapplicant checklist http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admiss ... plications which includes the reapplicant essay. You are not required to complete any other essays. We consider the entire application when considering applicants and there will not be a single reason why an applicant is admitted or denied. Additionally, the application is a holistic review process so one part of the application is not able to "make up" for part of the other.

Lastly we do not have a range for the TOEFL or the PTE.

I hope this helps.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2012, 18:25
randomguy2012 wrote:
why are CU employees so rude all of the time?


Hi randomguy2012,

I am sorry you didn't have a positive experience with us. Please feel free to send me your e-mail address through Private Message and I will be happy to set up time to speak with you directly. If you prefer to reach out through our general lines you can reach us at 212-854-1961 or apply@gsb.columbia.edu and our admissions counselors will be happy to assist you.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 09:03
Are any statistics published on the different entering classes (Aug vs Jan entry)? I'm particularly interested in class profile and employment.

When will the Jan entry application be available?

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 13:11
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Are any statistics published on the different entering classes (Aug vs Jan entry)? I'm particularly interested in class profile and employment.

When will the Jan entry application be available?

Thanks!


Thank you for your question. We do not have a breakout for employment between August and January. Previous employment is combined for both classes and shown here http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admiss ... assprofile. The application for January should be available in late May.

We look forward to seeing your application!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 21:36
Hi! I applied 1/4, and was notified 3/29 that my interview report was received. I understand that you admit applicants on a rolling basis, but I was wondering if you could give me a general idea of when my decision will be released. Also, are you still awarding merit scholarships at this point? Thank you for your time.
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2012, 09:34
Hi,

I got rejected from columbia post and interview call. I have a 680 on my gmat, i really dont have a clue as to why i got rejected as my interview also went really good. I am very keen to re apply to columbia, but i dont want to retake my gmat as i have already taken it twice and i dnt want to take a risk by taking it the third time because in case it is below 680, it really is a big negative on my application.

I just want to get a feedback on the loose pieces of my application so that i can work on them, especially wether re taking the gmat is a big must.

Kindly advise.
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 06:48
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Hi,

I got rejected from columbia post and interview call. I have a 680 on my gmat, i really dont have a clue as to why i got rejected as my interview also went really good. I am very keen to re apply to columbia, but i dont want to retake my gmat as i have already taken it twice and i dnt want to take a risk by taking it the third time because in case it is below 680, it really is a big negative on my application.

I just want to get a feedback on the loose pieces of my application so that i can work on them, especially wether re taking the gmat is a big must.

Kindly advise.


Hi siddharth123

Thank you for your question. We are not offering individual feedback on denied applications.We understand the enormous commitment of time and energy that applying to business school represents, but we simply do not have the resources to provide feedback to each denied applicant. Please visit our website at http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/learnmore/faqs#5 for a self assessment of your application. Please keep in mind the application is holistic there is never a single factor for admission or denial. The GMAT is just one aspect of the application.

If you decide to reapply you can learn more about the reapplication process here http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/learnm ... ow/reapply.

I hope this helps.
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 06:54
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Hi! I applied 1/4, and was notified 3/29 that my interview report was received. I understand that you admit applicants on a rolling basis, but I was wondering if you could give me a general idea of when my decision will be released. Also, are you still awarding merit scholarships at this point? Thank you for your time.


Hi evigirl,

We do not have a specific timeline after the interview is complete. If your application has been under review beyond 12 weeks please contact our office. Please keep in mind that the timeline for a final decision can be extended because of interviews.

We are still awarding some merit based fellowships.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 16 May 2012, 12:59
Hi!

I will be applying to CBS for the January 2013 class and have a question about scholarships. I read on CBS's website that fellowships are available to the Fall applicants only; I'm wondering if there are other types of scholarships for January applicants. Does CBS give out full scholarships?

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 17 May 2012, 11:43
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Hi!

I will be applying to CBS for the January 2013 class and have a question about scholarships. I read on CBS's website that fellowships are available to the Fall applicants only; I'm wondering if there are other types of scholarships for January applicants. Does CBS give out full scholarships?

Thanks!


Hi KAS1,

Thank you for your question. There are some need based awards for our January applicants.

We do award full fellowships, but these are extremely competitive and awarded to a select few admitted students. These fellowships are awarded to students in our two-year program.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 18 May 2012, 14:18
Greetings ColumbiaMBA,

One of the primary reasons I am in pursuit of an MBA is to transition from IT to Marketing/Management (a classic "career-changer" move, if you will). I also have a strong GMAT verbal score but my GMAT quantitative score is not as strong.

Would the Admissions committee look favorably upon the decision to enroll in a quant-based marketing course at an accredited institution to a) assuage fears regarding the ability to handle grad-level quantitative work, and b) to demonstrate my interest towards marketing? Do you recommend that this summer class approach is looked upon more favorably than re-taking the GMAT to try and earn a slightly higher score?

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 07:50
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Greetings ColumbiaMBA,

One of the primary reasons I am in pursuit of an MBA is to transition from IT to Marketing/Management (a classic "career-changer" move, if you will). I also have a strong GMAT verbal score but my GMAT quantitative score is not as strong.

Would the Admissions committee look favorably upon the decision to enroll in a quant-based marketing course at an accredited institution to a) assuage fears regarding the ability to handle grad-level quantitative work, and b) to demonstrate my interest towards marketing? Do you recommend that this summer class approach is looked upon more favorably than re-taking the GMAT to try and earn a slightly higher score?

Thanks


Hi OjilEye,

Thank you for your question. We will take into consideration additional courses if you submit these as part of your application. Taking additional courses certainly isn't a requirement, but some applicants find these courses helpful. As far as retaking the GMAT vs. taking a course - the application process is holistic so there isn't a right or wrong approach. Keep in mind that we only consider your highest score for the GMAT, so if you decide to retake and do not score higher we will still consider your highest score.

Best of luck.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 14:07
Hey :)

I would like to ask what does Columbia think about students who took overload in order to graduate early, like 1 semester earlier for purely financial reasons ? I am really considering this, I will save 1 semester of tuition and I will also be able to enter workforce and gain experience earlier. However, I would not like this to impact me negatively in the long term. So, does it make any difference ?
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 06:09
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Hey :)

I would like to ask what does Columbia think about students who took overload in order to graduate early, like 1 semester earlier for purely financial reasons ? I am really considering this, I will save 1 semester of tuition and I will also be able to enter workforce and gain experience earlier. However, I would not like this to impact me negatively in the long term. So, does it make any difference ?


Hi Ivan91,

Thank you for your question. Graduating early will not negatively impact your application. As long as you have completed your bachelor's degree you are welcome to apply.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 08:48
Hi,

I applied this past January but was unfortunately not accepted. I plan to reapply early decision this year because Columbia is my top choice. I have a few questions if you wouldn't mind answering them:

Do you have any advice on what Columbia looks for in reapplicants that might be different from that of other programs, or any areas of the reapplicant application where Columbia may weight as more important than others?

The website mentions that reapplicants need to submit one new letter of recommendation. Can this be from someone who wrote one of the letters of recommendation the previous year?

Can an applicant submit new versions of the standard application essays if they feel they will be better than the originals?

Additionally, and unrelated to being a reapplicant, could you provide an estimate as to when you expect the 2013 application and essay questions to be available?

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 10:58
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Hi,

I applied this past January but was unfortunately not accepted. I plan to reapply early decision this year because Columbia is my top choice. I have a few questions if you wouldn't mind answering them:

Do you have any advice on what Columbia looks for in reapplicants that might be different from that of other programs, or any areas of the reapplicant application where Columbia may weight as more important than others?

The website mentions that reapplicants need to submit one new letter of recommendation. Can this be from someone who wrote one of the letters of recommendation the previous year?

Can an applicant submit new versions of the standard application essays if they feel they will be better than the originals?

Additionally, and unrelated to being a reapplicant, could you provide an estimate as to when you expect the 2013 application and essay questions to be available?

Thanks


Hi sdd996,

Thank you for your interest! I am sure you have seen the reapplicant list- www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/applynow#reapplications - be sure to follow these steps once the application is available. Keep in mind the application process is holistic so there is no specific weight given to any part of the application.

Your recommendation should be new. You should not use the same recommenders. We have access to your previous application as a reapplicant so we ask that you provide new recommendations from someone new.

You are welcome to answer essay questions in addition to the reapplicant essay, but you are not required to do so and this is not expected.

The application for ED should be available sometime in early June.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 12:13
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sdd996 wrote:
Hi,

I applied this past January but was unfortunately not accepted. I plan to reapply early decision this year because Columbia is my top choice. I have a few questions if you wouldn't mind answering them:

Do you have any advice on what Columbia looks for in reapplicants that might be different from that of other programs, or any areas of the reapplicant application where Columbia may weight as more important than others?

The website mentions that reapplicants need to submit one new letter of recommendation. Can this be from someone who wrote one of the letters of recommendation the previous year?

Can an applicant submit new versions of the standard application essays if they feel they will be better than the originals?

Additionally, and unrelated to being a reapplicant, could you provide an estimate as to when you expect the 2013 application and essay questions to be available?

Thanks


Hi sdd996,

Thank you for your interest! I am sure you have seen the reapplicant list- www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/applynow#reapplications - be sure to follow these steps once the application is available. Keep in mind the application process is holistic so there is no specific weight given to any part of the application.

Your recommendation should be new. You should not use the same recommenders. We have access to your previous application as a reapplicant so we ask that you provide new recommendations from someone new.

You are welcome to answer essay questions in addition to the reapplicant essay, but you are not required to do so and this is not expected.

The application for ED should be available sometime in early June.

Best of luck!

Thanks for the quick reply! Just two quick follow up questions.

On the topic of the recommender - One of my recommendations last year was from my supervisor. They are still my only supervisor, and the person who would be able to speak best to my improvement over the past year. My plan was to ask them for a completely new recommendation, focusing more on my growth in the past year than years prior. The only other type of person I can think I could ask would be a manager I worked with for a project or two, and are not familiar with the rest of what I do or my growth. Is it still preferred/required to change recommenders in a case like this?

On the essays - I definitely understand the concept behind only requiring the reapplicant essay. However, my natural worry is that if my application (and essays) were not sufficient to get me accepted last year, and these essays will be used along side the new reapplicant essay, won't whatever criticisms or flaws in my past essays still appear now, and therefore hurt my application? Do you find many accepted reapplicants only submit the new essay, or do they rewrite all of them?

Thanks again!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 20:10
Hi,
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