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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2011, 18:25
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rohanngupta wrote:
Dear Matthew,

I've just submitted by Columbia application (minutes ago) and from previous posts, I take it that applications are not reviewed until December. Is it therefore, safe to say that I won't know my decision till February? I ask this because I don't want to be obsessing over my application and checking every day!

Also, how open is the GSB to candidates with relatively lesser work experience (in my case 25 months at the time of joining)? Also, will full-time work prior to graduation (with designated responsibilities/goals/targets) be counted? As per the application instructions I have not included it in my calculation of total months of experience, but have included a note in the 'Additional Information' section.

Thank you!
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Hi Rohan,

Congratulations on submitting your application. You should allow 12 weeks for the application to be reviewed once your application goes 'under review.'

Work experience is not a prerequisite for acceptance into the MBA program at Columbia, however the middle 80 % of admitted students have 3-7 years of prior professional experience. Prospective candidates with strong credentials have been accepted immediately from undergraduate study. In addition, we are not looking for a specific type of work experience, but rather aim to create a diverse class with different backgrounds and interests. Ideal applicants have demonstrated leadership, have the ability to work as members of a team, and can contribute to the academic experience of their peers. We will take into consideration all work experience that you put into the application.

Good luck!


Dear Matthew,

Thank you for clearing that up. Considering I have 8 months of experience prior to graduation, should I have entered (25 + 8) = 33 months (instead of my current 25) in the online application, or is the note in the 'additional information' section sufficient. Is it worth writing an e-mail to the admissions committee to sort this out?

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2011, 14:11
rohanngupta wrote:
ColumbiaMBA wrote:
rohanngupta wrote:
Dear Matthew,

I've just submitted by Columbia application (minutes ago) and from previous posts, I take it that applications are not reviewed until December. Is it therefore, safe to say that I won't know my decision till February? I ask this because I don't want to be obsessing over my application and checking every day!

Also, how open is the GSB to candidates with relatively lesser work experience (in my case 25 months at the time of joining)? Also, will full-time work prior to graduation (with designated responsibilities/goals/targets) be counted? As per the application instructions I have not included it in my calculation of total months of experience, but have included a note in the 'Additional Information' section.

Thank you!
Rohan


Hi Rohan,

Congratulations on submitting your application. You should allow 12 weeks for the application to be reviewed once your application goes 'under review.'

Work experience is not a prerequisite for acceptance into the MBA program at Columbia, however the middle 80 % of admitted students have 3-7 years of prior professional experience. Prospective candidates with strong credentials have been accepted immediately from undergraduate study. In addition, we are not looking for a specific type of work experience, but rather aim to create a diverse class with different backgrounds and interests. Ideal applicants have demonstrated leadership, have the ability to work as members of a team, and can contribute to the academic experience of their peers. We will take into consideration all work experience that you put into the application.

Good luck!


Dear Matthew,

Thank you for clearing that up. Considering I have 8 months of experience prior to graduation, should I have entered (25 + 8) = 33 months (instead of my current 25) in the online application, or is the note in the 'additional information' section sufficient. Is it worth writing an e-mail to the admissions committee to sort this out?

Thank you again,
Rohan



Hi Rohan - Your original entry is correct. The additional note is enough.

Thank you for your question.
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 04:06
Hi Matthew,

I have a question considering the salary info in the online application.
Am I required to share the gross salary info i.e with taxes included or the net pay from which taxes are deduced ?

Thank you

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 14:06
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Hi Matthew,

I have a question considering the salary info in the online application.
Am I required to share the gross salary info i.e with taxes included or the net pay from which taxes are deduced ?

Thank you

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Hi amaterasu - You should include your salary before taxes.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 22:51
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amaterasu wrote:
Hi Matthew,

I have a question considering the salary info in the online application.
Am I required to share the gross salary info i.e with taxes included or the net pay from which taxes are deduced ?

Thank you

Best regards,


Hi amaterasu - You should include your salary before taxes.

Thank you!


Thank you Matthew for your quick reply and information.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2011, 05:46
Hi Matthew,

I'm applying for the January 4 deadline for the full time program. I am a US citizen and currently reside in NYC. However, I am going to Switzerland to study French for a month just after January 15. I understand from previous comments that the application review can take up to 12 weeks. Therefore, is it safe to assume that if I arrive back in NYC at the end of February that I won't miss any possible interview invitations?

How much notice is given prior to the proposed interview date?

Alternatively, if I am still in Switzerland for over a month, is it possible to rearrange the interview such that it takes place with an alumni or school representative near Geneva or Zurich?

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2011, 07:57
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Hi Matthew,

I'm applying for the January 4 deadline for the full time program. I am a US citizen and currently reside in NYC. However, I am going to Switzerland to study French for a month just after January 15. I understand from previous comments that the application review can take up to 12 weeks. Therefore, is it safe to assume that if I arrive back in NYC at the end of February that I won't miss any possible interview invitations?

How much notice is given prior to the proposed interview date?

Alternatively, if I am still in Switzerland for over a month, is it possible to rearrange the interview such that it takes place with an alumni or school representative near Geneva or Zurich?

Thank you very much.



Hi jrc3286,

Thank you for your question. Applicants can receive an invitation to interview at any time. We have interviewers all over the world (including Switzerland!) so your interview can take place anywhere and at any point while your application is under review.

Good luck!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2011, 19:15
Hi There:

I was wondering what is the best way to go about addressing this issue in the application and how the admissions office views this type of event. Earlier this year when I was taking the GMAT, during the break between the quant and verbal sections, while grabbing a snack from my bag I accidently touched my phone while moving items out of the way. The proctor in the waiting room saw this and suspended my exam. I received a letter from GMAC saying that it was a policy violation and that it would be reflected as such on my official report. As you can imagine, I was very very upset and distraught over the decision as I had absolutely no intention of any wrong-doing and was just honestly moving stuff out of the way in a rush during the 8 minute break. I am an honest individual in my personal and professional life and I feel as if this a big blemish for something that happened accidently. All else being equal on the overall application, I want to address in the 4th essay and be open and honest to the adcom but I'm afraid this "P" code will negatively affect my chances. What is the best approach and how does the adcomm view this type of event for perspective candidates.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2011, 21:14
Hi, how long do you store a gmat score report?
I'm going to take it soon but won't be applying for this admissions season.
Do you store the score report for the full 5 years until its expiration?
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2011, 22:40
Hi,

I applied to CBS for the full-time MBA program and received a deferred decision on 11/2/11 saying that I can expect to get a final decision anytime by the 2/1/12 deadline. Can you please elaborate on what exactly is a deferred decision? Does this mean I'm wait listed?

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 11:45
LostinNY wrote:
Hi There:

I was wondering what is the best way to go about addressing this issue in the application and how the admissions office views this type of event. Earlier this year when I was taking the GMAT, during the break between the quant and verbal sections, while grabbing a snack from my bag I accidently touched my phone while moving items out of the way. The proctor in the waiting room saw this and suspended my exam. I received a letter from GMAC saying that it was a policy violation and that it would be reflected as such on my official report. As you can imagine, I was very very upset and distraught over the decision as I had absolutely no intention of any wrong-doing and was just honestly moving stuff out of the way in a rush during the 8 minute break. I am an honest individual in my personal and professional life and I feel as if this a big blemish for something that happened accidently. All else being equal on the overall application, I want to address in the 4th essay and be open and honest to the adcom but I'm afraid this "P" code will negatively affect my chances. What is the best approach and how does the adcomm view this type of event for perspective candidates.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You.


Hi LostinNY,

Thank you for your question. I suggest that you explain your situation in Optional Essay. It is difficult to answer your question "how does the adcomm view this type of event," but it is best to explain this as thoroughly as possible in the Optional Essay rather than leave this unexplained.

Good Luck!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 11:49
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Hi, how long do you store a gmat score report?
I'm going to take it soon but won't be applying for this admissions season.
Do you store the score report for the full 5 years until its expiration?


Hi sda,

Thank you for your e-mail. We do not verify official scores until applicants are admitted. Scores are valid for five years so you must submit your application while your scores are still valid, but you would self-report your scores. For further information on score reporting please visit our website at http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admiss ... ments#GMAT.

Good luck!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 11:54
arsalanask wrote:
Hi,

I applied to CBS for the full-time MBA program and received a deferred decision on 11/2/11 saying that I can expect to get a final decision anytime by the 2/1/12 deadline. Can you please elaborate on what exactly is a deferred decision? Does this mean I'm wait listed?

Thanks,
Arsalan


Hi arsalanask,

Thank you for your question. We do waitlist some candidates, but it sounds as though you are going to be considered later in the process. This means we will reevaluate your application with the larger pool of applicants. ED applicants can sometimes receive this decision and are no longer bound to the ED commitment if they are then admitted. We give this decision to a very small percentage of applicants.

Best of luck!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 19:28
Hi Matthew,

Thank you for your time in answering our questions.

I am an international applicant and had a question about the "How will you finance your MBA" section on the application form? Does this section have any bearing on the admissions process? I am planning on using my own/family savings to cover around 30-40% of the expenses. For the remaining amount I am hoping for fellowships/scholarships. At the same time, I have made arrangements to have a US cosigner for a loan. However, of course, right now I don't know if I will get any fellowships/scholarships from CBS. Therefore, I am not really sure what to write in this section. Can you pls advise on what is expected from the applicants for this section. I know its an optional section but at the same time I want the admissions committee to know that I have thought about how I will finance my MBA.

Thanks again for your time and consideration.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2011, 08:55
Hello! I am submitting my CBS application in a couple of days, and had a couple of basic application questions: 
1. What's the difference between Entrepreneur/Owner and Entrepreneur/Small Business when entering the "Function" field in employment? 
2. When they ask for "Primary language", is that my mother tongue or the language I'm most comfortable with?  
3. Is the GPA supposed to be rounded off to the nearest tenth or hundredth? 
 
I would appreciate any help with these, as I want to submit a "near-perfect" application! Thanks
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2011, 06:39
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Hi Matthew,

Thank you for your time in answering our questions.

I am an international applicant and had a question about the "How will you finance your MBA" section on the application form? Does this section have any bearing on the admissions process? I am planning on using my own/family savings to cover around 30-40% of the expenses. For the remaining amount I am hoping for fellowships/scholarships. At the same time, I have made arrangements to have a US cosigner for a loan. However, of course, right now I don't know if I will get any fellowships/scholarships from CBS. Therefore, I am not really sure what to write in this section. Can you pls advise on what is expected from the applicants for this section. I know its an optional section but at the same time I want the admissions committee to know that I have thought about how I will finance my MBA.

Thanks again for your time and consideration.



Hi forsaken11,

Thank you for your question. We ask this question so that applicants begin thinking about the finances of the MBA. We ask applicants to estimate how they plan to pay for the program. Use your best judgment when completing this section.

Good luck!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2011, 06:41
anirudh316 wrote:
Hello! I am submitting my CBS application in a couple of days, and had a couple of basic application questions: 
1. What's the difference between Entrepreneur/Owner and Entrepreneur/Small Business when entering the "Function" field in employment? 
2. When they ask for "Primary language", is that my mother tongue or the language I'm most comfortable with?  
3. Is the GPA supposed to be rounded off to the nearest tenth or hundredth? 
 
I would appreciate any help with these, as I want to submit a "near-perfect" application! Thanks


Hi anirudh316,

1. You can choose either.
2. You should choose the language you use most.
3. Round to the nearest 10th.

Thank you for posting!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2011, 06:45
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2011, 09:48
Matthew,
Thank you for the response.
Just one last question.
The application asks us to mention if we have spoken to a program representative. Do the student ambassadors count as program representatives. If not, who is the program representative?
Thanks a lot!
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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2011, 17:02
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arsalanask wrote:
Hi,

I applied to CBS for the full-time MBA program and received a deferred decision on 11/2/11 saying that I can expect to get a final decision anytime by the 2/1/12 deadline. Can you please elaborate on what exactly is a deferred decision? Does this mean I'm wait listed?

Thanks,
Arsalan


Hi arsalanask,

Thank you for your question. We do waitlist some candidates, but it sounds as though you are going to be considered later in the process. This means we will reevaluate your application with the larger pool of applicants. ED applicants can sometimes receive this decision and are no longer bound to the ED commitment if they are then admitted. We give this decision to a very small percentage of applicants.

Best of luck!


Hi Matthew

I got this deferral decision, too. And I wonder can I submit updated essays, resume, or recommendations to improve my candidacy?

Or, I can not re-submit materials, but can share some update on personal and prefessional achievements via email?

Best,

Bonnie
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