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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 20:42
Hey - how is everyone getting their information? I'm trying to look through on their website and in my login, but can't seem to find the new essay questions, new deadline, etc. Can anyone post the essay prompts?
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 20:53
dodib0 wrote:
Hey - how is everyone getting their information? I'm trying to look through on their website and in my login, but can't seem to find the new essay questions, new deadline, etc. Can anyone post the essay prompts?


you have to log into the application page for the essay prompts.
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 20:57
Thanks. I figured it out.
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 01:03
hazay wrote:
Moss wrote:
What is the new strategy?


Christina Shelby has indicated on BW forums that they will start reviewing applications as soon as they are complete. It is confirmed on CBS website. CBS is now playing a Super Early Decision Round strategy. You apply by mid May and get admitted by early August. They pushed the ED strategy to its limit to gain advantage over their peers schools.

And "It seems" (essay not published on the website at this date) that they throw in a couple of freebies with over simplified essays. 2 essays, limited thinking and pain required.

The message is clear : "Come on, It s so easy to apply and you get the reply by august, come on.. Booth,Kellogg,Sloan,Tuck,CBS... we re all peer schools... dont worry too much... 2 essays and you re in at CBS by august ... take the blue pill "


Are they trying to enlarge the applicant pool, only to shred it?

Can someone post the essay questions? I have a profile with CBS but I haven't "begun" the application.
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 02:15
Looked at the essays and other materials.

There doesn't seem to be any particular flavor to their application, as a whole ie) there is no overarching theme, unlike certain other schools.
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 02:35
This actually pisses me off, because the answer to the theory-practice-Master Class just fell into place during the last few hours. If they're opening up the pool to younger applicants, they really should keep this question in.
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 09:04
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Another ED applicant here.

Essay #1 is straight-forward why MBA/why Columbia question, but essay #2 is very difficult, I think. First, it is 500 words and second, I gotta tell a good story that covers not only "me" but also "my personal interests" since the topic specifically has "AND" between those two. :x

What hazay said makes sense. It I can send it in by July, the decision, good or bad, will come before other school's deadline - I can either save money or pressure myself with more motivation :-D Kinda waiting for admission consultant websites to kinda "analyze" the topic and give guidances on how to attack.

However, I'm not sure eliminating the official review starting date will increase applicant pool for ED though.

Good to see this thread. I will be in this thread A LOT since CBS is my 1st choice :P


The second essay definitely is more open-ended.
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 09:31
lawgonebusiness wrote:
Hi guys,

It seems that the new cycle is underway. So I think it will be nice to start this thread so we don't have to go to p.81 in the previous year's thread.


FYI

If you are going to start 2011 threads, can you make the roll call page (1st post in each thread) look like the ones from the previous years? Thanks.

calling-all-2010-cbs-applicants-merged-78610.html?view-post=586314#p586314
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 10:39
Have they posted an official deadline for the applications for the early decision? Someone mentioned May, but I don't see that anywhere. Another said July, but I'm also missing this date. Does anyone know if these are just speculations or official deadlines?
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 11:02
May deadline would be pretty severe -- they haven't even officially made the announcement of the "August" ED deadline and there are only 2 weeks left in May! Here's hoping we get until the end of June. But any news from anyone?
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 11:25
ED deadline is Oct. 7.
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 12:46
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essay #2 is very difficult, I think. First, it is 500 words and second, I gotta tell a good story that covers not only "me" but also "my personal interests" since the topic specifically has "AND" between those two.


Very very difficult indeed :cry:
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 13:26
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ED deadline is Oct. 7.


All date info is on this page:

www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/learnmore/options
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 13:28
chostein wrote:
However, I'm not sure eliminating the official review starting date will increase applicant pool for ED though.
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Agreed, I don't believe that it will necessarily increase the size of the ED applicant pool. But I wonder how much of an impact it will have on releasing decisions. In last year's thread, there were people being interviewed in late Nov, but if they begin the review period sooner, could this mean that the decisions for applications submitted closer to the deadline will be rendered sooner?
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 14:02
The only explanation for the early ED review is that they want to increase their yield rate by taking in more people during ED. Otherwise it doesn't make any sense to extend the review period.
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 14:34
Looks like I might be reapplying to CBS from Round 2.

I am a bit confused. Has the timeline changed significantly? What's the difference with last year's deadline? The deadline says October 6th for ED.

And what are the two essays for this year?
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 14:38
I'm currently waitlisted for Fall 2010, and may not hear a final decision until August. Does anyone have perspective on applying for Fall 2011 ED in the meantime? Can I put in an application while still on the waitlist for this fall? Any pros or cons?
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 23:26
Essay 1
What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? (Recommended 750 word limit)

Essay 2
Please tell us about yourself and your personal interests. The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (Recommended 500 word limit)
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 00:40
Any advice on how to approach the second essay? Considering the 500 word limit..
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Re: Calling All CBS 2011 Applicants!! [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 07:42
redevil wrote:
Any advice on how to approach the second essay? Considering the 500 word limit..


I am assuming the goal is to find interesting people who do interesting things. I think this essay is great because it really lets you set yourself apart from the crowd by focusing on who you are. Find a way to set yourself apart.

Maybe they got bored with the Master Class essays; thousands of applicants all talking about the Master Class, that has to be pretty boring. I think the this year's second essay is really going to spice things up for adcom.
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