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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2012, 12:10
Hey guys. Just got an e-mail from columbia regarding a status update, but I'm too nervous to open it!!! With columbia there's no wa of telling if it's an invite or a ding. I submitted on early morning of December 1st, for what it's worth (1 AM, i believe).
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2012, 12:35
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Hey guys. Just got an e-mail from columbia regarding a status update, but I'm too nervous to open it!!! With columbia there's no wa of telling if it's an invite or a ding. I submitted on early morning of December 1st, for what it's worth (1 AM, i believe).

Would you quit stalling and open the daggone status update. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and click.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2012, 16:45
I got an interview invite! submitted December 2nd and was invited December 22nd!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2012, 17:16
So, I submitted my application last Saturday, but my recommenders haven't submitted there stuff yet (so, so frustrating). Anyone know if that puts my in queue, or if they don't begin to consider your application until they have everything in?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2012, 20:01
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So, I submitted my application last Saturday, but my recommenders haven't submitted there stuff yet (so, so frustrating). Anyone know if that puts my in queue, or if they don't begin to consider your application until they have everything in?


My impression is that they don't start reviewing until all your components are in -- including recommendations.

According to CBS' http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/checkstatus

CBS wrote:
Your online application will go through several stages:
Application Received

The School has received all required application components and has begun to review your application. During this stage, your application is reviewed by at least two admissions officers after which you will be either invited to interview or denied admission. Please note that August entry Regular Decision applications will not be reviewed earlier than December 1.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2012, 22:53
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Hey guys. Just got an e-mail from columbia regarding a status update, but I'm too nervous to open it!!! With columbia there's no wa of telling if it's an invite or a ding. I submitted on early morning of December 1st, for what it's worth (1 AM, i believe).


So...?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 09:12
Quick question.

Submitted a few days ago. When I now login, am I supposed to see the status of my application somewhere? I see a page showing Recent Activities (including my fee payment) as well as some other stuff (date of app submission, rec submissions). I am getting worried as I don't see a definitive "Application being reviewed" (or similar) status. Anyone?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 09:41
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I got an interview invite from CBS a few days ago.

Submitted full app: 11/20
Invited to interview: 12/19

So basically a month's turnaround. I also made a conscious choice to submit before the Thanksgiving break figuring that there'd be a glut of apps after that.

By the way, any advice or great samples of Columbia interview questions?


It's going to depend a lot on who you interview with but most people have had fairly informal interviews. The only mandatory question is to describe a time you faced adversity. Most of the questions in my interview focused around why I wanted to switch careers. What attracted me to my new career path, etc. Just know your story and what you want to do. If you can articulate that well then I think you will be fine. I wasn't even asked to walk through my resume, it was much more like a conversation.


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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 09:47
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Quick question.

Submitted a few days ago. When I now login, am I supposed to see the status of my application somewhere? I see a page showing Recent Activities (including my fee payment) as well as some other stuff (date of app submission, rec submissions). I am getting worried as I don't see a definitive "Application being reviewed" (or similar) status. Anyone?


Unfortunately this is normal for CBS this year. You won't see anything else on that page until you get either your interview invitation or your ding notification email. Mine still says "Submitted" and I was accepted in October.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 09:59
thanks for your helpful responses, mappleby!

By the way, does anyone know approximately what % of the applicants get interviewed, and what % of the interviewed applicants are given offers?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 11:03
Interviewed and know feedback received second week in December. Have no status update! Very nervous. Wondering if I will have to wait until the New Year.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2012, 16:54
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Quick question.

Submitted a few days ago. When I now login, am I supposed to see the status of my application somewhere? I see a page showing Recent Activities (including my fee payment) as well as some other stuff (date of app submission, rec submissions). I am getting worried as I don't see a definitive "Application being reviewed" (or similar) status. Anyone?


Unfortunately this is normal for CBS this year. You won't see anything else on that page until you get either your interview invitation or your ding notification email. Mine still says "Submitted" and I was accepted in October.

Thanks mappleby, appreciate the info.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2012, 20:28
Hi guys, anybody get accepted after being waitlisted in the early decision application??
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 08:53
mappleby wrote:
Not that have been reported on GMAT club yet. But they have only admitted a handful of regular decision applicants so far. I would think at least January before we start seeing movement on the waitlist. They want to make sure they see how the RD pool is turning out before moving on ED waitlisters.


Thanks mappleby. The waitlist letter says that CBS will answer before Feb 1, 2013 so I guess you are right and January will be the month of decisions for us that were waitlisted
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 09:12
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Not that have been reported on GMAT club yet. But they have only admitted a handful of regular decision applicants so far. I would think at least January before we start seeing movement on the waitlist. They want to make sure they see how the RD pool is turning out before moving on ED waitlisters.


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I was looking for some insight on that. Very helpful!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 10:24
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Not that have been reported on GMAT club yet. But they have only admitted a handful of regular decision applicants so far. I would think at least January before we start seeing movement on the waitlist. They want to make sure they see how the RD pool is turning out before moving on ED waitlisters.


Thanks mappleby. The waitlist letter says that CBS will answer before Feb 1, 2013 so I guess you are right and January will be the month of decisions for us that were waitlisted


Just to warn you, I wouldn't put too much weight on those dates. I was waitlisted Rd 1 at Kellogg last year. They told me I would hear by mid-Dec. They moved the date every couple of months and in June I still hadn't heard anything. It can be a painful process and maybe Columbia is better than Kellogg but just to prepare you in advance.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 01:53
I applied for the J-term. I was interviewed, waitlisted, and rejected. My profile is UG Gpa 3.0 MS 3.4 GMAT 700 Toefl 108 Work Family Business and corporate work 5 yrs

I am thinking of reapplying. I know that my UG Gpa is low.

Would an alternate transcript help my application? OR should I just give up on reapplying?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 10:40
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I would work on your GMAT before you worry about GPA. You already have an MS so I think that is enough in terms of an alternate transcript. Did you address your low GPA in the optional essay? Without seeing your actual application it is hard to know where exactly to improve but it does seem like CBS likes re-applicants so definitely give it another shot. Maybe apply ED in the fall next time.


I have a 700 GMAT too. Is that a total goner for CBS ?

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I know 700 is low for an Indian application, but that was the best I could do this year and am hoping that would not be a reason for an outright ding.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 21:58
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I would work on your GMAT before you worry about GPA. You already have an MS so I think that is enough in terms of an alternate transcript. Did you address your low GPA in the optional essay? Without seeing your actual application it is hard to know where exactly to improve but it does seem like CBS likes re-applicants so definitely give it another shot. Maybe apply ED in the fall next time.


Thank you. I am not sure if rewriting Gmat is the best use of my time, when in the end, it does not add any value other than a data point. It dosent teach me anything new or improve my skill.

My MS was in a technical field, so I am wondering if an alternate transcript in business topics or single certificate courses such as finance, accounting, economics, might help show that iam capable of the mba rigour?

I am wondering if it helps or hurts my application. In the sense, if the admission views the single certificate courses as an excuse to "you already took business courses"
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2012, 03:26
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I but it does seem like CBS likes re-applicants so definitely give it another shot. Maybe apply ED in the fall next time.


I can confirm that.. I worked with a bunch of reapps at Columbia, and they seem to do pretty well (when there's some meat in the soup)
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