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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 05:45
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Dear Admission Team
I want to know the advantages and disadvantages of applying in the Early Desicion.
Thanks in advance


Hi forfuture,

Thank you for your question. Early Decision is best for applicants who know that Columbia Business School is their first choice. Early Decision applications are read before our Regular Decision applications and because our application process is rolling the earlier you apply the more spots are available. We encourage applicants to consider the Early Decision commitments (visit http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/options#ed) prior to applying for ED.

I hope this helps!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 05:48
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Hi Matthew,
Could you please let me know how we can get to see LORs-question for this year? Is it like after creating an account on CBS admission page or else?

Much appreciate your reply.


Hi debayan222

Thank you for your question. Please visit https://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admis ... mendations for our letters of recommendation. I pasted the text from this part of our website just in case :). Best of luck!

Recommendations

All applications require two recommendations. If you have been working full-time for at least six months, one recommendation should be from your current supervisor. The second recommendation should be from either a former direct supervisor or from another professional associate, senior to you, who can add personal insight into your candidacy.

If you are a college senior or have worked full-time for less than six months, at least one, but preferably both, of your recommendations should be from a person who can comment on your managerial abilities. You may ask a summer employer or another person who you feel can objectively assess your professional promise. The second recommendation may be from a college professor.

We ask recommenders to consider the following guidelines when writing their recommendations:

Your relationship to the applicant.
The applicant’s performance.
Strengths and weaknesses of the applicant.
The applicant’s interpersonal skills.
The applicant’s written and spoken communication skills.
How does the applicant accept constructive criticism or handle conflicts?
How effective are the applicant’s interpersonal skills in the workplace?
The most important thing you would like the Admissions Committee to know.

Please be aware, the Admissions Committee does require all application materials be submitted online, including recommendations.
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 05:51
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AbhiJ wrote:
Hi Matthew,

I do not have a US Cosigner but an immediate family member is a PR of Canada.
Does Columbia has a loan option for Canadian cosigners ? Any insights would be welcome.



Hi AbhiJ,

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately we do not have a loan option for any international student through the school. You would need a US cosigner in order to receive a loan.

Regards,


Hey Matthew

Regarding the question above, will your US cosigner's credit score be reviewed?
Is there a certain credit score that is required by the co signer in order for the applicant to receive a loan?

Thanks


Hi AbhiJ,

I am not exactly sure how credit scores will be reviewed with regard to loans. I suggest contacting our financial aid office at finaid@gsb.columbia.edu and they may be able to help.

Thank you!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 06:18
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debayan222 wrote:
Hi Matthew,
Could you please let me know how we can get to see LORs-question for this year? Is it like after creating an account on CBS admission page or else?

Much appreciate your reply.


Hi debayan222

Thank you for your question. Please visit https://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admis ... mendations for our letters of recommendation. I pasted the text from this part of our website just in case :). Best of luck!

Recommendations

All applications require two recommendations. If you have been working full-time for at least six months, one recommendation should be from your current supervisor. The second recommendation should be from either a former direct supervisor or from another professional associate, senior to you, who can add personal insight into your candidacy.

If you are a college senior or have worked full-time for less than six months, at least one, but preferably both, of your recommendations should be from a person who can comment on your managerial abilities. You may ask a summer employer or another person who you feel can objectively assess your professional promise. The second recommendation may be from a college professor.

We ask recommenders to consider the following guidelines when writing their recommendations:

Your relationship to the applicant.
The applicant’s performance.
Strengths and weaknesses of the applicant.
The applicant’s interpersonal skills.
The applicant’s written and spoken communication skills.
How does the applicant accept constructive criticism or handle conflicts?
How effective are the applicant’s interpersonal skills in the workplace?
The most important thing you would like the Admissions Committee to know.

Please be aware, the Admissions Committee does require all application materials be submitted online, including recommendations.


Hi Matthew,
Thanks for your reply...

I've seen that but just misunderstood it as 'only guidelines!'. So these are the LOR qs actually for this session...? and is there any word limit recommenders should maintain for these qs?
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 02:26
Dear Admission Team,

What is the best option for an applicant who has Columbia Business School as his first choice but who needs some financial assistance to pursue it.

Should I go for regular decision and pursue it, if I get some scholarship.
Can I also go for early decision? What are the chances of getting scholarship once you are admitted?

Apart from that, I also want to know whether I need to give TOEFL. I have graduated from IIT Kharagpur where mode of teaching is English.



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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 07:44
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Should I go for regular decision and pursue it, if I get some scholarship.
Can I also go for early decision? What are the chances of getting scholarship once you are admitted?


Everybody who applies before the January 6, 2014 (the Merit Fellowship deadline) in considered for scholarships. That includes all early decision applicants. I know this was a concern of mine when I applied Early Decision. I was worried since you are already committed to the school they wouldn't need to try and entice you with scholarships but that isn't the case. I was awarded 2 different scholarships that together are pretty generous and I know of a few other early decision applicants who received even larger awards than I did. I wouldn't let that deter you from applying and especially not from applying ED if Columbia really is your top choice.
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 09:47
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I also want to know whether I need to give TOEFL. I am from India and I have graduated from IIT Kharagpur where mode of teaching is English.
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 07:20
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Hi Mathew

I also want to know whether I need to give TOEFL. I am from India and I have graduated from IIT Kharagpur where mode of teaching is English.


Hi sarcastic,

Thank you for your question. If your undergraduate degree was taught entirely in English then you do not need to take the TOEFL.

Please include this in your Optional Essay.

Best of luck!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 07:36
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Hi Mathew

I also want to know whether I need to give TOEFL. I am from India and I have graduated from IIT Kharagpur where mode of teaching is English.


Hi sarcastic,

Thank you for your question. If your undergraduate degree was taught entirely in English then you do not need to take the TOEFL.

Please include this in your Optional Essay.

Best of luck!


Hi Matthew,
In this regard, what paperwork/proof we'd need to present to CBS?

Asking this because-I think in general Indian universities don't really write that degree was obtained in English as you might know that in India higher education is in ENGLISH only but the degree certificate is of course written in English.So, will that be sufficient (re degree certificate in English) for TOEFL waiver?
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 07:43
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debayan222 wrote:
Hi Matthew,
Could you please let me know how we can get to see LORs-question for this year? Is it like after creating an account on CBS admission page or else?

Much appreciate your reply.


Hi debayan222

Thank you for your question. Please visit https://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admis ... mendations for our letters of recommendation. I pasted the text from this part of our website just in case :). Best of luck!

Recommendations

All applications require two recommendations. If you have been working full-time for at least six months, one recommendation should be from your current supervisor. The second recommendation should be from either a former direct supervisor or from another professional associate, senior to you, who can add personal insight into your candidacy.

If you are a college senior or have worked full-time for less than six months, at least one, but preferably both, of your recommendations should be from a person who can comment on your managerial abilities. You may ask a summer employer or another person who you feel can objectively assess your professional promise. The second recommendation may be from a college professor.

We ask recommenders to consider the following guidelines when writing their recommendations:

Your relationship to the applicant.
The applicant’s performance.
Strengths and weaknesses of the applicant.
The applicant’s interpersonal skills.
The applicant’s written and spoken communication skills.
How does the applicant accept constructive criticism or handle conflicts?
How effective are the applicant’s interpersonal skills in the workplace?
The most important thing you would like the Admissions Committee to know.

Please be aware, the Admissions Committee does require all application materials be submitted online, including recommendations.


Hi Matthew,
Thanks for your reply...

I've seen that but just misunderstood it as 'only guidelines!'. So these are the LOR qs actually for this session...? and is there any word limit recommenders should maintain for these qs?


Hi Matthew,
Any update on this Sir...?
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 08:25
sarcastic wrote:
Dear Admission Team,

What is the best option for an applicant who has Columbia Business School as his first choice but who needs some financial assistance to pursue it.

Should I go for regular decision and pursue it, if I get some scholarship.
Can I also go for early decision? What are the chances of getting scholarship once you are admitted?

Apart from that, I also want to know whether I need to give TOEFL. I have graduated from IIT Kharagpur where mode of teaching is English.



Regards,
Sudarshan


Hi Sudarshan,

Thank you for your questions. As mappleby mentioned both ED and RD admitted students receive fellowships. While it is not possible to assess your chances of receiving admission or a fellowship admitted students from both ED and RD receive awards.

If your degree was taught entirely in English you do not need to take the TOEFL. Please make a note of this in the Optional Essay.

Best of luck,
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 08:37
debayan222 wrote:
ColumbiaMBA wrote:
debayan222 wrote:
Hi Matthew,
Could you please let me know how we can get to see LORs-question for this year? Is it like after creating an account on CBS admission page or else?

Much appreciate your reply.


Hi debayan222

Thank you for your question. Please visit https://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admis ... mendations for our letters of recommendation. I pasted the text from this part of our website just in case :). Best of luck!

Recommendations

All applications require two recommendations. If you have been working full-time for at least six months, one recommendation should be from your current supervisor. The second recommendation should be from either a former direct supervisor or from another professional associate, senior to you, who can add personal insight into your candidacy.

If you are a college senior or have worked full-time for less than six months, at least one, but preferably both, of your recommendations should be from a person who can comment on your managerial abilities. You may ask a summer employer or another person who you feel can objectively assess your professional promise. The second recommendation may be from a college professor.

We ask recommenders to consider the following guidelines when writing their recommendations:

Your relationship to the applicant.
The applicant’s performance.
Strengths and weaknesses of the applicant.
The applicant’s interpersonal skills.
The applicant’s written and spoken communication skills.
How does the applicant accept constructive criticism or handle conflicts?
How effective are the applicant’s interpersonal skills in the workplace?
The most important thing you would like the Admissions Committee to know.

Please be aware, the Admissions Committee does require all application materials be submitted online, including recommendations.


Hi Matthew,
Thanks for your reply...

I've seen that but just misunderstood it as 'only guidelines!'. So these are the LOR qs actually for this session...? and is there any word limit recommenders should maintain for these qs?


Hi debayan222 - Thank you for following up. This is what we ask recommenders to consider for this cycle. We ask that recommendations are limited to 1000 words.

Regards,
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 09:16
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 16:17
Hi Matthew,

A couple of questions for the J-Term program specifically:

-Who are your intended "audience" for this program?
-Can we do early decision for the J-Term?
-Will we have a breakout for the employment report soon for J-Term?

Thanks!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 08:37
Hi,

Regarding the application, I did various internships during my undergraduate studies and I was wondering if I should list these under Extracurricular activities on the application? Or are you just looking for clubs and community service type activities for the extracurricular section?

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 09:08
ricecake wrote:
Hi Matthew,

A couple of questions for the J-Term program specifically:

-Who are your intended "audience" for this program?
-Can we do early decision for the J-Term?
-Will we have a breakout for the employment report soon for J-Term?

Thanks!


Hi ricecake,

Thank you for your questions. The January Program is ideal for applicants who do not feel they need an internship for the next step in their career. For further information on the January Program please visit http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/academics/january. There isn't a separate Employment Report for the January Program and we do not have an ED option for January, but the application process is rolling.

I hope this helps!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 10:46
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Hi Mathew

I also want to know whether I need to give TOEFL. I am from India and I have graduated from IIT Kharagpur where mode of teaching is English.


Hi sarcastic,

Thank you for your question. If your undergraduate degree was taught entirely in English then you do not need to take the TOEFL.

Please include this in your Optional Essay.

Best of luck!


Hi Matthew,
In this regard, what paperwork/proof we'd need to present to CBS?

Asking this because-I think in general Indian universities don't really write that degree was obtained in English as you might know that in India higher education is in ENGLISH only but the degree certificate is of course written in English.So, will that be sufficient (re degree certificate in English) for TOEFL waiver?


Hi Matthew,
Could you please share your thoughts on my above post (highlighted for your convenience) apart from that we can mention about the same in Optional Essay as you've already mentioned earlier...?

Much appreciate your reply.
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2013, 21:38
Dear Matthew,

I am trying to find the tution costs for the Jterm, but can't seem to find anything on the website. Can you please share the number? I suspect that the 2nd year amount will be similar to the 2 year program, but the 1st year amount will be lower.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2013, 12:32
Hi Matthew,

I am planning to apply ED to Columbia in the fall, and I recently started an application online. I took both the GMAT and GRE, and I ended up doing significantly better on the GRE than on the GMAT. I sent both scores to Columbia at the time that I took each exam, but I noticed that my GMAT score has already been added to my application.

Should I only put the score I want to be considered on my application, or both scores? It seems to me that I cannot delete my GMAT score from my app, as it has been "verified". Will admissions consider both scores, or just my highest score?

Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help.
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2013, 12:35
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Hi,

Regarding the application, I did various internships during my undergraduate studies and I was wondering if I should list these under Extracurricular activities on the application? Or are you just looking for clubs and community service type activities for the extracurricular section?

Thanks


Hi Swoosh617,

Thank you for your question. You should list your internships in the Optional Essay. Clubs and activities should be included in the XC section.

Best of luck!
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