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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2012, 13:47
skmartina wrote:
Dear Matthew

This is about the optional essay and your answer to qtrip that the Optional Essay should be used to explain parts of the application that may need further clarification.

However, do you think it is fine to use optional essay to provide additional information. I want to mention that my wife and I are both applying to CBS and was thinking of using optional essay for the same.

Please suggest.

Thanks
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Hi R,

Thank you for your question. You can mention this in the Optional Essay, but there is a section where we ask you if a "relative or partner" is applying. If you mention it there you wouldn't necessarily need to mention it in the optional essay.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2012, 14:31
Hello,

I am currently a NJ resident attending an online business school (Jones International University) while working to help pay for it. I am a third-year student entering my fourth year in the Spring of 2013, as I had already completed my Associate's Degree from a local Community College. I spent 5-years working self-employed and decided to finish my degree (I am now 25, and will be 27 upon graduation). I am currently earning a 4.0 GPA making Dean's List after the first semester. I am also currently studying for my GMAT, scoring 700+ on every practice exam I have taken so far.

My academic pedigree is realistically, putting it lightly, less than stellar. Community College and then an Online Business School is far from impressive compared to many applicants to top MBA programs. Even having a 4.0 GPA, is this still frowned upon for admissions? Will it negatively affect my chances of being accepted?

Thank you for your time.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2012, 06:17
Hi Matthew,

Thanks for answering questions. I'm a current 2L at Columbia Law School and I'm applying for the 4-year joint degree program. I also worked for 2 years between undergrad and law school at a management consulting firm.

I was wondering if you would generally prefer to see two recommendations from my time at the consulting firm (because I spent two whole years there) or one from the consulting firm and one from the legal internship I had this summer (where I only spent three months)?

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2012, 09:20
cls2014 wrote:
Hi Matthew,

Thanks for answering questions. I'm a current 2L at Columbia Law School and I'm applying for the 4-year joint degree program. I also worked for 2 years between undergrad and law school at a management consulting firm.

I was wondering if you would generally prefer to see two recommendations from my time at the consulting firm or one from the consulting firm and one from the legal internship I had this summer?

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Hi cls2014,

Thank you for your question. It is completely up to you who you choose as your recommenders. We prefer that recommendations are professional and we prefer a direct supervisor, since you are not currently employed full time it makes sense for you to have past employers or someone from your internship as recommenders. We do not have a preference for which you choose; however it is best if they are able to speak to the questions we ask recommenders to complete. If you would like to explain why you chose your recommenders please feel free to do so in the recommendation section or in the optional essay.

I hope this helps! Best of luck.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2012, 01:17
Hello,

I applied to CBS on Sept. 10th for August 2013 ED. Since submitting my application, my status has been "Received: Application" - this status does not appear on the CBS website as one of the stages an application goes through. Kindly advise as to the meaning of this status, and whether it is advisable to contact the admissions office to check if all the required materials have been received by the school.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2012, 08:36
Hello,

I'm wondering if Columbia has a specific resume format that I should follow. Also, what is the official answer on the length of the resume? I have various promotions and accomplishments that just aren't fitting on one page.

Employment section on the application -- Should I just copy the accomplishments from the resume OR include detailed accomplishments and highlight ONLY the important ones on the resume?

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2012, 21:41
Hi,

I'm curious as to whether or not I should disclose I have ADHD on my option essay. I was recently diagnosed in the past year. My undergraduate GPA and GMAT are good, but not fantastic. My concern is mainly about some holes in my transcript and one of the GMAT sessions where I essentially bombed. I think having this as an undiagnosed condition, while it did not hinder me from having a successful career, does explain for some blemishes in my academic accomplishments.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2012, 06:16
danielleloe wrote:
Hello,

I applied to CBS on Sept. 10th for August 2013 ED. Since submitting my application, my status has been "Received: Application" - this status does not appear on the CBS website as one of the stages an application goes through. Kindly advise as to the meaning of this status, and whether it is advisable to contact the admissions office to check if all the required materials have been received by the school.

Thank you
Danielle


Hi Danielle,

Thank you for your question. This is a confirmation that we received your application. Once your application is under review you will receive e-mail notificaiton. If anything is missing from your application we will also let you know via e-mail.

I hope this helps.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2012, 06:22
KAS1 wrote:
Hello,

I'm wondering if Columbia has a specific resume format that I should follow. Also, what is the official answer on the length of the resume? I have various promotions and accomplishments that just aren't fitting on one page.

Employment section on the application -- Should I just copy the accomplishments from the resume OR include detailed accomplishments and highlight ONLY the important ones on the resume?

Thanks,


Hi KAS1,

Thank you for your question. We do not have a specific format or length for the resume. Most resumes are one page, but that isn't a requirement. The employment section is an opportunity to provide further details about your work history and should not be a direct copy of your resume, but we understand there will be overlap.

Best of luck!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2012, 07:28
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Hi,

I'm curious as to whether or not I should disclose I have ADHD on my option essay. I was recently diagnosed in the past year. My undergraduate GPA and GMAT are good, but not fantastic. My concern is mainly about some holes in my transcript and one of the GMAT sessions where I essentially bombed. I think having this as an undiagnosed condition, while it did not hinder me from having a successful career, does explain for some blemishes in my academic accomplishments.

Thank you.


Hi aspiringmbawoman,

Thank you for your question. This is a decision that is very much up to you, but I encourage you to explain this so that the admissions committee has a clearer understanding of your academic history. You can explain your recent diagnosis and your grades and GMAT in the optional essay.

Best of luck

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2012, 09:51
Hello,

Regarding the "Contacts" section of the application:

"Have you ever spoken with a Columbia Business School Program Representative or attended a Columbia Information Session?"

Does this include students that you have reached out to/met up with to ask questions about the program? Or are "representatives" just members of the admissions team or other non-students?

Likewise, if the only students we know are the ones we have contacted regarding the program (rather than friends/family etc.), do they get placed in the "representatives" bucket or the latter question: "Do you know any current students at Columbia Business School?"

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2012, 21:59
Hi,

I'm wondering why you ask for parental information, and also if not filling it in would affect my admission decision?

My parents were born overseas, and neither of them attended college. They're not C-suite execs, so I won't be doing myself any political favors by including my parents' information, but would I be hurting my chances of gaining admission if I left this information out?

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2012, 06:57
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Hello,

Regarding the "Contacts" section of the application:

"Have you ever spoken with a Columbia Business School Program Representative or attended a Columbia Information Session?"

Does this include students that you have reached out to/met up with to ask questions about the program? Or are "representatives" just members of the admissions team or other non-students?

Likewise, if the only students we know are the ones we have contacted regarding the program (rather than friends/family etc.), do they get placed in the "representatives" bucket or the latter question: "Do you know any current students at Columbia Business School?"

Thanks very much!


Hi RatRace,

Thank you for your question. You can list anyone you met at the school whether it be current students, admissions staff, or anyone else at Columbia Business School. If you spoke to current students or know any current students you can include them in that section.

I hope this helps!

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2012, 07:02
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Hi,

I'm wondering why you ask for parental information, and also if not filling it in would affect my admission decision?

My parents were born overseas, and neither of them attended college. They're not C-suite execs, so I won't be doing myself any political favors by including my parents' information, but would I be hurting my chances of gaining admission if I left this information out?

Thanks.


Hi contraidentukl,

We include this in the application so we can get to know you a little more and learn more about your background. I suggest including your parent's information, so that we have a chance to get to know you better!

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2012, 14:32
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Regarding the Diversity Connect event, I wanted to know if anyone can apply or is it exclusive to those who consider themselves from an underrepresented minority group? I am very interested in learning about various diversity initiatives at Columbia but understand if this event is geared towards underrepresented minorities only.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 12:43
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Regarding the Diversity Connect event, I wanted to know if anyone can apply or is it exclusive to those who consider themselves from an underrepresented minority group? I am very interested in learning about various diversity initiatives at Columbia but understand if this event is geared towards underrepresented minorities only.

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Hi mba252525,

Anyone can apply to Diversity Connect! We hope to see you on campus!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2012, 11:12
Hi,
I am an international applicant for the J-Term and am awaiting the decision after completing my interview. My concern is that even if I am offered admission, I may not be able to fulfill all the requirements for getting a US student visa for myself and my partner in time due to logistical reasons. If I am unable to get my visa on time for January start, would Columbia defer my admit to next intake?
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 05:09
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I am an international applicant for the J-Term and am awaiting the decision after completing my interview. My concern is that even if I am offered admission, I may not be able to fulfill all the requirements for getting a US student visa for myself and my partner in time due to logistical reasons. If I am unable to get my visa on time for January start, would Columbia defer my admit to next intake?
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Hi mgec,

Thank you for your application! We take into consideration visa requirements when making our decisions so you should get notification in time. Unfortunately we are not able to defer admissions.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 10:36
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mgec wrote:
Hi,
I am an international applicant for the J-Term and am awaiting the decision after completing my interview. My concern is that even if I am offered admission, I may not be able to fulfill all the requirements for getting a US student visa for myself and my partner in time due to logistical reasons. If I am unable to get my visa on time for January start, would Columbia defer my admit to next intake?
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Hi mgec,

Thank you for your application! We take into consideration visa requirements when making our decisions so you should get notification in time. Unfortunately we are not able to defer admissions.

Best of luck!


Thanks for your answer.

That wouldn't be necessary. I just heard of the ding !!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 01:10
Hi Matthew,

Had a question on the status of my application similar to a previous one. It says 'Submitted' ever since I had submitted it for ED on 3rd October. Am guessing it means that the AdCom has still to review it? What is the usual timeline for the process? Also, wanted to know if delay is an indication on the perceived strength of the application.

Thanking you in anticipation.
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