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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2011, 10:25
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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.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2011, 20:38
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Dear Matthew,

Thank you for possibility to ask questiosn and address some of our concerns, related to admissions.

For past month most of applicants have a heated debate on whether to submit the full Gmat report (including the second page where schools to which gmat report was sended are indicated) or just first page with GMAT scores only.

I considered unethical submission of only first page, because the GMAT report consists of 3 or 4 pages (including the list of schools) and not only the first page where the scores and dates are indicated.

Now I am worried whether my honesty somehow would affect the Committee's decision? I think no, but would like to confirm it with you.

Also please inform whether the submission of the full GMAT report (including the second page) or only of the first page (with scores) is required? - This question would be raised by applicants applying before regular decision deadline.


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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 10:26
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PTK wrote:
Dear Matthew,

Thank you for possibility to ask questiosn and address some of our concerns, related to admissions.

For past month most of applicants have a heated debate on whether to submit the full Gmat report (including the second page where schools to which gmat report was sended are indicated) or just first page with GMAT scores only.

I considered unethical submission of only first page, because the GMAT report consists of 3 or 4 pages (including the list of schools) and not only the first page where the scores and dates are indicated.

Now I am worried whether my honesty somehow would affect the Committee's decision? I think no, but would like to confirm it with you.

Also please inform whether the submission of the full GMAT report (including the second page) or only of the first page (with scores) is required? - This question would be raised by applicants applying before regular decision deadline.


thank you!



Dear PTK,

Thank you for your question. We do not have a preference. We are most interested in the score breakdown and the test date.

Best of luck going forward.



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If I've run my own business for the last couple of years, does it make sense to have a client to write a recommendation? I ask because the instructions specify a direct supervisor or a senior professional associate for both recommendations. I can get both recommendations from a previous employer, but I thought that including a recommendation from a current client might provide an interesting perspective.



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Thank you for your question. Yes it makes sense to have a client submit a recommendation. This is certainly an acceptable professional rec.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 07:40
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Hi Matt,

Thank you for being on this forum and offering friendly Q&A. I am sure everyone here greatly appreciates this.

I am an international J-term applicant. I had my alumni interview ~1.5 weeks ago and have not had an update on my application status since. From reading on this forum, I have learned that most people proceed from the actual interview to "interview complete" status within a couple days. Is there anything I can/should do in my situation?

Thanks again and hope to hear from you soon!


Hi bryroro - This means we are waiting for your interviewer to submit their interview report. We are in contact with interviewers regarding this, so you do not need to take any further action at this time.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2011, 09:22
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Hi Matt,
I have a few questions regarding the application. I am really hoping to get some direction from you on the following items:
a) I went to a 4-year public university in the US. However, I took two courses (English I and II) at a community college. These two courses are reflected on my University's official transcript as transferred credits along with the letter grade. Do I need to report this community college as a separate college attended? Also, would you require a transcript from this community college?

b) Financing section - I saw your comment above regarding this section. I do not have any sponsorship or any scholarships in hand. However, I do plan to apply for the scholarship money in the Spring. Should I include what I am "hoping" to receive in scholarships/loans or what I am "expecting" to receive?

c) Internships during college - I have four years of work experience but I have worked in the same job since college. Should I list internships during undergrad as separate work experience? Or is it better not to mention those?

Thanks for being patient with my questions and thanks for helping me out!!


Hi Cheetos1,

a) If the grades are on your degree granting transcripts you do not need to send separate transcripts.

b.) If you do not have scholarships awarded to you do not include this information.

c.) Your internships should be listed in the optional essay.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2012, 06:23
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PTK wrote:
Hi Matthew.

Thank you for helping us with the application questions.

I have few questions to you:

1. As you see I was rejected by CBS. Is it possible to have a formal/informal feedback in any form of what could I improve in my application to be a stronger candidate.

2.What is the tuition cost of J-term program?

3. What is the admision rate for students applying for J-term and why you dont post a separate statistics, including that of post MBA-employment and average saalries.

4. Do you generally encourage reapplicants? and if yes, why?, if previously the candidate was rejected and he/she does not know the reason for rejection?


thank you a lot.

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Hi PTK,

I am sorry to hear about your decision. Unfortunately it is not possible to to receive feedback on your application. The Admissions Office understands well 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 all of our denied applicants. Every year we have many reapplicants who are admitted to the program. All of the January stats are included in our posted statistics. The tuition rate is the same as well.

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Hi admissions team

Though I know that Adcom will look at the overall application, I was wondering whether a GMAT testing history of 640 (Q40/V36), 640(Q42/V38), 710(Q42/V45), with more or less consistent 60% scores in Quant would be an almost automatic reason for disqualification at Columbia. I'm a healthcare analyst with a large consulting firm, so I have demonstrated quant skills at work, but otherwise my undergrad quant scores are low too.

Again, I realize that the overall application is considered, but does that score history sound like a big deal-breaker?

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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.

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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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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.

Best regards,

Steve Hunter


Hi Steve,

Thank you for your question. The application process is holistic so we will be looking at your entire application including your academics. As long as you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited school you are welcome to apply to the MBA program and we will consider all bachelor's degrees equally. If there is anything you feel you need to explain further you may do so in the Optional Essay.

Best of luck Steve!
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Hi Matthew,

Thanks for your help. I am planning to apply ED, and I am currently employed at a company that sponsors MBAs. I noticed that in the application, a note from the company indicating sponsorship is requested. My company makes decisions regarding sponsorship later on in the year, and while it is highly likely that I will be sponsored, sponsorship has not been formally offerred at this time. Given this, what do you suggest that I show on the application?

Thanks again.


Hi magsj73,

Thank you for reaching out to us on the GMATclub forum. Since you are not currently sponsored I suggest putting in the optional essay that you will likely be sponsored at a later date. Once you have your sponsorship letter please e-mail this to us and we can add the letter to you application.

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 11:30
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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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 14:15
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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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 12:49
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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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 14:02
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Very warm welcome to the Columbia GSB Admissions Team!


Thanks! Great to be here.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter ttp://twitter.com/#!/columbiamba and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Columbia ... 3492372790

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

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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 14:08
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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.


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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 14:18
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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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Re: Ask Columbia GSB Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 14:22
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?

Many thanks to your answers!



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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