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10 Oct 2011, 12:30
Thank you for taking the time to come on the board and answer our questions.

For those of us that are able to apply before the fellowship deadline, when would we hear back whether we received any fellowships? Also, is there anyway to know which fellowships you were considered for?
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10 Oct 2011, 15:15
Thanks for taking time to answer our questions.

I have a question about my submission status:

I submitted my application on 10/5 7 AM, and I got an email notifying the status change on 10/5 9 AM. The status was changed to: Your application is now being printed and prepared for review.

However, my two recommendations were not submitted then until around deadline.

Since then, my status has kept being: Submitted. Your application is now being printed and prepared for review...

I wonder whether the unchange of my status means I'm after other candidates who submitted apps earlier than me so it's not my turn yet, or means the late submission of recommendations does harm to the review priority of my package?

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11 Oct 2011, 13:49
Fantastic to see CBS admissions on the boards, welcome! Wish there would of been representation while I was still grueling over my decision

On a side note, odds of putting fudgey and I in the same cluster?
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11 Oct 2011, 15:02
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Very warm welcome to the Columbia GSB Admissions Team!

Thanks! Great to be here.

Check out our video answers that we posted earlier this Fall as well. http://www.youtube.com/user/ColumbiaBus ... 3699C759ED

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11 Oct 2011, 15:08
mbaer2012 wrote:
Thank you for taking the time to come on the board and answer our questions.

For those of us that are able to apply before the fellowship deadline, when would we hear back whether we received any fellowships? Also, is there anyway to know which fellowships you were considered for?

Hi mbaer2012

Thank you for your question. You will hear back after being admitted, usually in the Spring, about financial awards. Fellowships are posted at http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admiss ... llowships; however we do not formally notify admits about fellowships until they are awarded, so admits are not notified about the fellowships for which they were considered prior to that.

I hope this helps!

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11 Oct 2011, 15:18
losttraveler wrote:
Fantastic to see CBS admissions on the boards, welcome! Wish there would of been representation while I was still grueling over my decision

On a side note, odds of putting fudgey and I in the same cluster?

Hi losttraveler,

Thanks for posting! The Admissions Office isn't part of Cluster decisions, but The Office of Student Affairs will take great care in putting you in a Cluster. The Cluster experience is something that will be an important part of your entire Columbia Business School experience, not just in the classroom and during your time on campus, but beyond. Unfortunately I don't think they take specific requests for fellow Cluster members.

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11 Oct 2011, 15:22
bonnierong2010 wrote:
Thanks for taking time to answer our questions.

I have a question about my submission status:

I submitted my application on 10/5 7 AM, and I got an email notifying the status change on 10/5 9 AM. The status was changed to: Your application is now being printed and prepared for review.

However, my two recommendations were not submitted then until around deadline.

Since then, my status has kept being: Submitted. Your application is now being printed and prepared for review...

I wonder whether the unchange of my status means I'm after other candidates who submitted apps earlier than me so it's not my turn yet, or means the late submission of recommendations does harm to the review priority of my package?

Hi bonnierong2010,

Thank you for submitting your application! If your recommenders did not submit your application would be incomplete. We cannot review applications until they are complete, which includes recommendations. If your recommenders submitted after you sent us your application and your application status is incomplete please contact us at apply@gsb.columbia.edu and we will update your application. If they have not submitted we will not be able to begin reviewing your application until the recommenders are in our system.

I hope this helps.

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11 Oct 2011, 15:29
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bonnierong2010 wrote:
Thanks for taking time to answer our questions.

I have a question about my submission status:

I submitted my application on 10/5 7 AM, and I got an email notifying the status change on 10/5 9 AM. The status was changed to: Your application is now being printed and prepared for review.

However, my two recommendations were not submitted then until around deadline.

Since then, my status has kept being: Submitted. Your application is now being printed and prepared for review...

I wonder whether the unchange of my status means I'm after other candidates who submitted apps earlier than me so it's not my turn yet, or means the late submission of recommendations does harm to the review priority of my package?

Hi bonnierong2010,

Thank you for submitting your application! If your recommenders did not submit your application would be incomplete. We cannot review applications until they are complete, which includes recommendations. If your recommenders submitted after you sent us your application and your application status is incomplete please contact us at apply@gsb.columbia.edu and we will update your application. If they have not submitted we will not be able to begin reviewing your application until the recommenders are in our system.

I hope this helps.

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Hi Matthew,

I cannot find whether my status is "complete" or "incomplete". It just says:
Submission Status: Submitted
Submitted Date: 10/5/2011 7:13:00 AM EST
Your application is now being printed and prepared for review.
Recommendation Providers:
XX: Submitted, 10/6/2011 (which is actually 12:00 AM EST, 10/6)
XX: Submitted, 10/5/2011

Should I still email the admission office to update my information?

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11 Oct 2011, 15:33
bonnierong2010 wrote:
ColumbiaMBA wrote:
bonnierong2010 wrote:
Thanks for taking time to answer our questions.

I have a question about my submission status:

I submitted my application on 10/5 7 AM, and I got an email notifying the status change on 10/5 9 AM. The status was changed to: Your application is now being printed and prepared for review.

However, my two recommendations were not submitted then until around deadline.

Since then, my status has kept being: Submitted. Your application is now being printed and prepared for review...

I wonder whether the unchange of my status means I'm after other candidates who submitted apps earlier than me so it's not my turn yet, or means the late submission of recommendations does harm to the review priority of my package?

Hi bonnierong2010,

Thank you for submitting your application! If your recommenders did not submit your application would be incomplete. We cannot review applications until they are complete, which includes recommendations. If your recommenders submitted after you sent us your application and your application status is incomplete please contact us at apply@gsb.columbia.edu and we will update your application. If they have not submitted we will not be able to begin reviewing your application until the recommenders are in our system.

I hope this helps.

Matthew Moll
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Hi Matthew,

I cannot find whether my status is "complete" or "incomplete". It just says:
Submission Status: Submitted
Submitted Date: 10/5/2011 7:13:00 AM EST
Your application is now being printed and prepared for review.
Recommendation Providers:
XX: Submitted, 10/6/2011 (which is actually 12:00 AM EST, 10/6)
XX: Submitted, 10/5/2011

Should I still email the admisson office to update my information?

Thanks.

Hi bonnierong2010,

This means your application is still being processed. I recommend waiting until you receive an e-mail about your next status update. You should allow up to three weeks for another status update; however they usually happen much sooner.

Regards,

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11 Oct 2011, 15:40
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bonnierong2010 wrote:
ColumbiaMBA wrote:
Hi bonnierong2010,

Thank you for submitting your application! If your recommenders did not submit your application would be incomplete. We cannot review applications until they are complete, which includes recommendations. If your recommenders submitted after you sent us your application and your application status is incomplete please contact us at apply@gsb.columbia.edu and we will update your application. If they have not submitted we will not be able to begin reviewing your application until the recommenders are in our system.

I hope this helps.

Matthew Moll
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Hi Matthew,

I cannot find whether my status is "complete" or "incomplete". It just says:
Submission Status: Submitted
Submitted Date: 10/5/2011 7:13:00 AM EST
Your application is now being printed and prepared for review.
Recommendation Providers:
XX: Submitted, 10/6/2011 (which is actually 12:00 AM EST, 10/6)
XX: Submitted, 10/5/2011

Should I still email the admisson office to update my information?

Thanks.

Hi bonnierong2010,

This means your application is still being processed. I recommend waiting until you receive an e-mail about your next status update. You should allow up to three weeks for another status update; however they usually happen much sooner.

Regards,

Matthew Moll
Assistant Director

Thanks, Matthew.
Then I'll wait for the status change email.
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12 Oct 2011, 07:14
Thanks for being on this board.

I submitted regular decision and was wondering how this year's process is going compared to previous years. Are regular decisions still reviewed around mid-December? It seems as though some people take only ~20 days (ED applicants) between submission and having a decision rendered. Seems like at the 20 days rate regular decision applicants might be able to get reviewed even earlier. Do you think that will be the case?
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12 Oct 2011, 15:48
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Thanks for being on this board.

I submitted regular decision and was wondering how this year's process is going compared to previous years. Are regular decisions still reviewed around mid-December? It seems as though some people take only ~20 days (ED applicants) between submission and having a decision rendered. Seems like at the 20 days rate regular decision applicants might be able to get reviewed even earlier. Do you think that will be the case?

Hi robface,

Thank you for submitting your application. We will begin reviewing RD applications in December; however it is difficult to gauge if the timeline for review will be shorter. You should allow 8-12 weeks to receive your decision from when your application goes under review even if you submitted your RD application and it we begin reviewing it in December.

Best of luck.

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13 Oct 2011, 05:17
Hi,

I had applied ED but received a denied without interview decision update yesterday (after 1 month of submitting). I wanted to check if CBS offers any feedback, once the admissions season is over? I know you mention on your website that you don't, but a current student I know mentioned this may not be the case this year and he knew of people who received feedback in the past? Wanted to confirm with you.

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13 Oct 2011, 13:29
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Hi,

I had applied ED but received a denied without interview decision update yesterday (after 1 month of submitting). I wanted to check if CBS offers any feedback, once the admissions season is over? I know you mention on your website that you don't, but a current student I know mentioned this may not be the case this year and he knew of people who received feedback in the past? Wanted to confirm with you.

Thanks

Hi st1der,

Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear you were not offered a spot in our class. We do not offer individual feedback and do not think this policy will change. We simply do not have the resources to meet the number of requests. You can do a self assessment of your application at http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/learnmore/faqs#5

Best of luck going forward.

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14 Oct 2011, 08:08
Matthew,

Like the others, I too am thankful (and impressed) that Columbia has representation on this board. Very cool!

Can you advise on timeline for ED applicants? I had my interview some 3 weeks ago, and the feedback was submitted almost the next day if I remember correctly.

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Matthew,

Like the others, I too am thankful (and impressed) that Columbia has representation on this board. Very cool!

Can you advise on timeline for ED applicants? I had my interview some 3 weeks ago, and the feedback was submitted almost the next day if I remember correctly.

Thanks again!

Hi NoggieViking,

You should allow up to 12 weeks for a decision. We do our best to render decisions in a timely manner, but please allow for 12 weeks from when your application went under review. There isn't a specific timeline for a decision after an interview is complete.

Good luck!

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14 Oct 2011, 12:11
ColumbiaMBA wrote:
NoggieViking wrote:
Matthew,

Like the others, I too am thankful (and impressed) that Columbia has representation on this board. Very cool!

Can you advise on timeline for ED applicants? I had my interview some 3 weeks ago, and the feedback was submitted almost the next day if I remember correctly.

Thanks again!

Hi NoggieViking,

You should allow up to 12 weeks for a decision. We do our best to render decisions in a timely manner, but please allow for 12 weeks from when your application went under review. There isn't a specific timeline for a decision after an interview is complete.

Good luck!

Matthew Moll
Assistant Director

Thank you very much for replying to my question.

Have a good weekend all!
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