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Tiggy - Accepted - 28th July, 2011 Submitted: 6/19, Review: , Invited to Interview: 7/12
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Early Decision: October 5, 2011
Merit Fellowship Consideration: January 4, 2012
Regular Decision: April 11, 2012

January 2012 Entry
October 5, 2011

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Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays.

Short Answer Question
What is your post-MBA professional goal? (200 characters maximum)

Essay 1
Considering your post-MBA and long term professional goals, why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career? Additionally, why is Columbia Business School a good fit for you? (750 words maximum)

Essay 2
Describe a life experience that has shaped you. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (500 words maximum)

Essay 3
For the third essay, please choose one of the following three options:
Option A

The annual A. Lorne Weil Outrageous Business Plan Competition is a student initiative managed and run by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO). The competition encourages Columbia MBA students to explore creative, entrepreneurial ideas that are sufficiently ambitious in scope and scale to be considered “outrageous.” Students explore these ideas while learning firsthand what goes into the development and presentation of a solid business proposal.

Develop your own outrageous business idea. In essay form, compose your elevator pitch. (250 words maximum)

Option B

Columbia deeply values its vibrant student community, the building of which begins at orientation when admitted students are assigned to clusters of 65 to 70 fellow students who take most of the first-year core classes together. During the first weeks of school, each cluster selects a cluster chair. Further strengthening the student community are the more than 100 active student organizations at Columbia Business School, ranging from cultural to professional to community service–oriented. Leadership positions within clusters and clubs offer hands-on management and networking opportunities for students as they interact with fellow students, administrators, faculty members, alumni, and practitioners.

You are running for either cluster chair or a club leadership position of your choosing. Compose your campaign speech. (250 words maximum)

Option C

Founded nearly three decades ago, the Executives in Residence Program at Columbia Business School integrates senior executives into the life of the School. Current executives in residence include more than a dozen experts in areas ranging from media and investment banking to private equity and management. A hallmark of the program is one-on-one counseling sessions in which executives advise students about their prospective career choices.

Select one of the current executives in residence with whom you would like to meet during your time at Columbia. Explain your selection and tell us how you would best utilize your half hour one-on-one session. (250 words maximum)

CLASS PROFILE (Official Figures)
MBA Student Profile — Class Entering 2011 (January and August)

Applications Received 6692
Applicants Accepted 1062
Acceptance Rate 16%
Class Size 751, divided into 11 clusters [August: 548 divided into 8 clusters and J-Term: 203 divided into 3 clusters]
GMAT Scores (middle 80%) 680–760
Undergraduate GPA (middle 80%) 3.1–3.8 [Average: 3.5]
Work Experience (middle 80%) 3–7 years [Average: 5 Years]
At Least One Year of Work Experience 100%
Average age 28
Women 35%
International Citizens 38%

- 48% of the incoming class came with a background in Financial Services (28%) and Consulting (20%); Lowest percentages from Non Profit (4%), Manufacturing (3%) and Energy (2%)
- Highest percentage of incoming students, by undergrad major, is from Social Sciences (35%) followed by Business (26%)

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I have gone over the (somewhat crappy :) ) google doc spreadsheet from class of 2013 thread last year around, and washed the data a little bit. I'll try to see if I can upload the data+pivot file to this thread. Anyway, it gives some grounds for reassurance for most of us folks here (which is good, right?:).

A few notes:
The data is in no way complete, so use for indicative purposes only, of course There are a lot of unknowns (meaning, actual candidates listed w/o complete sets of data, not even decisions etc...).

I'm not going to comment much on RD as it doesn't pertain to most of us. And frankly, since I won't be applying in that round, don't really care:)

For those listed as admitted in the ED round (29% of ED applicants), their average age was 26.6, GPA 3.49, GMAT 730 and they had 4.6 years of WE. They had to wait, on average, 59 calendar days for their decision. This means 8.5 weeks, folks. I guess Columbia isn't bs'ing when they say allow for 8 - 12 weeks..? The minimum was 28 days, which of course is 4 weeks, and the max was 144 days. This is the kind of stuff that makes me question the data, but whatever - it is what we have to work with. Std dev was 26.7 days.... There's no real value, the way I see it, in looking at the GPA, GMAT, etc.

On average, ED Admits waited 30 days from submitting to receiving interview, 9 days from interview invite to interview took place. Then another 6 days before the interview status went complete, and another 13 days before they received decision... This is 38 data points, and the spread is wide.. Some kid who submitted in may (christ) got his decision end of august, whereas another kid who submitted in end of august heard back positively only 28 days later (no pun intended). BUT, then we have people like KBC who must have been tearing his/her hair out: submitted 10/6 last year and got the decision 1/31 this year! Another guy did 10/5 and got 1/13 as decision date.. And among those who submitted last day (slackers!), there are some who heard in 29 days.. Can't find a pattern to this.

Of those 38 people on ED who were admitted (such an incomplete dataset), 12 people heard on Mondays, and 10 people heard on Fridays. Of course, then another 4 people heard on Saturdays, which should in my opinion invalidate the whole set - but we have heard of people who've been interviewed by Mary Miller herself and gotten the admit right after the interview is done.

Folks. This seems extreme - I know. But it was a valuable exercise. I'm not going to fret over this stuff anymore. The 30 minutes it took washing and analyzing the data was worth it.

(I did think it interesting that the avg GMAT (OK, 4 datapoints) for J Term admitted people was 685).
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Over the past few months I have been collecting people's ED application timelines (sorry J-Term-ers) that they posted (during free time of course!).

I basically just stole the 2011 threads document and have been entering everyone's info as they post it.

The data was manually collected so there could be errors. There is also the problem of people posting then disappearing, so there are holes in the data (just like any dataset).

As for the personal stats, I just took it from the first page. So, if you're name is hidden or you're not on roll call you won't see your info there.

Hopefully everyone finds this useful and can use it to see how other people's timelines have developed to augment last years dataset.

Currently, the sheet is sorted by submit date then username.

If there's anything else anyone wants to see, let me know and I'll attempt to add it. I (sadly) enjoy dicking around in excel and this keeps me occupied while I trade my US PA at night.

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News Flash

Columbia has updated its class profile for the class that entered in 2011. it has been updated on the main page of this forum. Link: http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admiss ... assprofile

Noticeable changes:
Acceptance rate up by 1 to 16% from 15%
Applications up by a small bit to 6,692 over 6,666
Class size up a bit to 751 from 739
International students down to 38% from 40%
No one admitted without work experience as opposed to 7-8 last year (this year % of students with atleast 1 year work ex is 100 opposed to 99 last year)
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I was at Spotlight On: Diversity today and I have to say that any reservations I had about Columbia's culture and student body were put to rest. The admissions staff, current students, and alum were accessible, down to earth, and so personable. They offered really good application advice that I can use to coach my recommenders. I was taking notes the whole time and now have a plethora of information with which to explain "Why Columbia?' in my essays. The absolute best moment was when Mary Miller took off her shoes, stood on a coffee table in her stockinged feet, and announced that one of the perspective students in attendance had just been admitted in the ED round. So all you ED people it looks like announcements should be forthcoming.

One thing I took away from the event is that the student body really wants to see others succeed. They offered their assistance with everything from essay proofing to connecting me with current students with similar career interests. The help they offer one another through the Peer Adviser and tutoring programs (CBS, BBSA, etc.) is also very encouraging. All of my worries about a cutthroat environment were assuaged after today. I can't wait to apply!
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I received the call last night around 8pm EST. I have been admitted into the J-term 2012 program. Life is good!!! I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity.

My advice is to be prepared for your interview. I think that is what solidified my spot in the class.

Good luck to the rest of you out there!!!!
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Hi guys,

I finished my interview last night and my Ambassador actually supplied me with the statistic: around 27% of applicants get invited to interview. The data point was part of the information package that she got when I confirmed the interview. The only problem is that we do not know if this varies across J-Term, ED and RD.

Best of luck to those of you waiting on a decision and on interview invitations!
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Hi people. Had my interview with an alum. I applied regular decision. The alum was very nice and after giving me a one minute personal overview, proceeded to ask me the following questions:

- Walk me through your resume.
- Describe a time when you faced adversity / an adverse situation.
- What are your long term goals?
- What is your post-MBA goal?
- What are some of the steps you might take to achieve your long-term goal?
- What is/are your backup plan(s) in case your long-term or short-term goal(s) do not pan out?
- Why do you want an MBA and why now?
- Why is Columbia the school for you?
- How will you contribute to Columbia?
- What are some of the classes / programs at Columbia in which you are interested?
- Describe a time you worked in a team.
- Have you visited Columbia or attended an information session?
- Do you have any questions for me?

Overall, I came out of that with a decent feeling, but time will tell. The interview was approximately 45 minutes. Hope this helps.

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Hi Guys,

I am from India and had attended the information session at The Claridges Hotel in New Delhi yesterday. Thought I'd put across my thoughts on the experience I had

It was a fantastic session. I attended Wharton's in Delhi last month which was disastrous and between Wharton and Columbia, as I wish to apply to one 'Finance' school, Columbia would definitely be my preferred choice. Just to clarify that this decision is not based on the 'quality' of the session's logistics (eg: venue, accessibility etc.) but the 'quality' of the experience overall. Wharton had lousy alumni and hosted their session in a very downtrodden venue and it was COMPLETELY opposite for Columbia. There were 2 alumni from Columbia who were present for the session and one of them was completely outstanding - I mean you could hear him and feel the kind of difference a world class MBA makes to you. Further, answers from the admissions representative Jenniffer LaRusso, and the alumni were excellent! No meandering responses and very candid. My biggest apprehension about Columbia was how it is more of a commuter school, but the alumni (the guy I mentioned above who was very impressive) answered them really well and addressed concerns. The other alumn came from a family business background and took the J Term, so helpful to have an alumni from both type of full time offerings at Columbia.

Jenniffer explained very well about the rolling admissions process, the fact that if the adcom feels you need to be evaluated against a larger pool, how they shift your application from ED to regular, also about the waitlist and all other aspects of admissions. The crowd that came for the session was much better well informed and very smartly turned out. Saw many folks coming in dressed in business attire (I went in business formals straight from office) unlike Wharton where most looked like they had bunked an engineering class at an Indian engineering college. Dressing isn't really a concern area as such, but it does look nice if you come prepared in semi formals atleast, especially when the session is being held at a prominent 5 star hotel in the heart of Delhi for one of the world's best business schools.

All in all 1. Highly Informative 2. Well Conducted 3. Excellent alumni interaction 4. Gave me much much more confidence about Columbia as a target school
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Just had my interview...lasted 2 hours! My interviewer asked me a LOT of questions - I guess thats because he just graduated and doesnt have a lot of experience on this so he went by the book. My questions were:

Resume
why do you want to get an MBA
why now
why columbia
what if you dont get in
how will an mba help you achieve your professional goals
are you sure you cant achieve your goals without an mba
leadership example
how do you work in groups? give me an example
ethical dilemma
questions for me?

When I answered each of the questions above he kept on digging deeper and deeper and asking more and more...it definitely got tricky at times so i dont know what to think overall - i feel like i answered a bunch of the questions well and did not do so great on others. We will have to wait and see but i am definitely anxious...was kinda confident before the interview but dont know what to think now hehehe...good luck everyone!!!
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I had my interview today. I nailed all of the answers, but I was a bit nervous and I think it showed.

Anyways, interviewer told me the statistics last year were 27% of applicants received an invitation and 15% of all were accepted. She mentioned that CBS asks interviewers to complete the feedback form within 2 days from the interview.

No hint as to whether she was going to recommend me or not, I really think it could go either way. Interview lasted 1 hour and the questions she asked were:

- Walk me through your resume
- Why Columbia?
- What are your goals?
- Why an MBA now?
- Backup plan
- Leadership example
- Teamwork example
- What's my leadership style and provide an example?
- How will I contribute to Columbia?
- Time I faced adversity example
- Provide adjectives that your supervisor would use to describe you
- Weakness question
- Ethical dilemma example
- What other schools are you applying to?
- Is there anything you want me to emphasize on my write up? (I said my maturity as I am a few years younger than CBS' WE mean)
- Questions for her

Lots and lots of small talk in between and many follow up questions with all of my examples.
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Here is my own analysis of the 3 optional essays. I preface this by saying I have no inside info on how the adcoms look at these essays, this is just my personal opinion.

Option A: If you're entrepreneurial and have a clearly amazing idea go for it. That said, its only 250 words, so I think even if you don't have some amazing idea its still OK to try this essay out. What you'd want to do is show what your priorities in life are. Whatever your business does should reflect your values. In this way, you can sort of communicate to the adcoms your personality and values system based on what your business will do.

Option B: This is a great way of showing a particular passion you have, or even of touting your existing EC credentials and how you're going to translate that energy into leadership and community building at CBS. I'm almost positive that the adcoms have focused on people who make involvement and community a priority for them, and it has definitely transformed the culture at CBS for the positive. If you can communicate energy, positiveness, and passion about an issue or community and show how that will translate into you being active at CBS, go for this option.

Option C: This is another way of communicating your maturity and depth over your career goals. If you can ask an insightful, cutting question to these EIRs that shows you not only have knowledge about your career but wisdom behind both the challenges and opportunities in it and how they will affect your career search, you will probably hit home. I would also try and ask some questions that speak to your personal situation -- use this as a tool to further let the adcoms into your world to figure out who you are, what drives you, and why your background and experience set will translate to success in your career. If you can do this Jeopardy style (in the form of a question), then I think you'll be successful with this.




The key theme is that not only should you answer each question directly, but remember what the goals of these essays are. They're not angel investors or VCs and they probably can't assess a great business idea communicated in 250 words. They're looking for what that business says about you and your aspirations. The adcoms are probably only a little curious what leadership positions you'll take, what they really want to know is what values and personal experiences have you had that make you want to lead and lead in the specific way you'll discuss. The adcoms don't want to know if you'll ask the Execs-In-Residence if you should do "banking or consulting?" They want to know what issues are facing your personal career journey, and what that says about who you are and what your core goals and values are.

So make sure with each one of these that in addition to answering the question, you let the adcoms know more about you, who you are, what makes you tick, what your goals are, and everything else that down deep is the core driver of how you are answering the question.
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Guys- I am in. Received a call from the adcom yesterday. Now time for party!!

I applied ED. GMAT- 750, work ex-3 years, Sector- Energy

Timeline- submitted 8/3, interview call 8/8, interview- 8/17, application complete- 8/25, Admit- 9/13

Best of luck to all of you guys who are waiting for their decision. I know it is darn tough but keep the faith!
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Had my interview last night and I think it went well. I would have posted earlier, but went straight from their to the airport to get on a flight to vegas :-D .

So the interesting thing is that I was only asked 4 questions during the interview. The interesting thing I found out is that there are actually only 2 mandatory questions that he had to ask. He started with the typical walk me to your resume and then why an MBA and why now. Then I asked him a bunch of questions about himself. At the end he asked the 2 mandatory questions, which he was not a fan of. One was talking about a situation where you are in an ethical/moral dilemma. The other was what was your biggest adversity. Hope that little nugget of information helps people who are yet to interview.

Good luck to everyone who is waiting to get an interview invite or for their final decision!
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Here's what it looks like for the set of complete datapoitns (31 or something, didn't count). ED Admits still. Very ltd data on JTerm. I would not worry if submitting on 10/5 and yet to hear!
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Oh hey guys. I just talked to the most wonderful woman in the world. No, not my mom. Kait/Kate/Cait from admissions. She just rang me up. Class of 2014, here I come!
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Re: Columbia 2012 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2011, 09:03
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GOT THE CALL!!!!!#!#!$!@$!@#!#!@#

Submit: 9/5
Review: 9/6
Interview Invite: 9/23
Interview: 10/9
Interview Complete: 10/17
Admit - ED: 10/25

I got a call from an Unknown number though. YAY!!
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