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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2013, 11:40
Does anyone know if the background check (they use Re Vera now) verifies just the current employer or the previous 2? As I understand it, in previous years (when they used Kroll), they only verified current employment.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2013, 00:09
How does one tell if the interviewer has submitted feedback? My email is acting up; is there a way to tell on one's status page?

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2013, 08:27
Hey guys, here’s an unusual question:

My #1 interviewer is out of town right now but would be happy to interview me in 2 weeks. For a few different reasons, I think he would really connect with my background and what I want to get out of a Columbia MBA, and he’s had a fascinating career. Given Columbia’s process though, I’m hesitant to wait so long – I received an invite on Feb 1 (applied 1/8) and would interview 2.5 weeks later. Would you move on down the list (recent grads and very unrelated background and industries) or risk slots filling up in exchange for a more meaningful interview?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2013, 08:33
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Hey guys, here’s an unusual question:

My #1 interviewer is out of town right now but would be happy to interview me in 2 weeks. For a few different reasons, I think he would really connect with my background and what I want to get out of a Columbia MBA, and he’s had a fascinating career. Given Columbia’s process though, I’m hesitant to wait so long – I received an invite on Feb 1 (applied 1/8) and would interview 2.5 weeks later. Would you move on down the list (recent grads and very unrelated background and industries) or risk slots filling up in exchange for a more meaningful interview?


IMHO, i would interview as soon as possible -- knowing that slots fill up on a rolling basis and that even the most qualified candidates can miss an opportunity if the timing isn't right. good luck to you!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 08:06
Even though they are rolling admissions things seem to happen in waves. My guess would be they send out a wave of interview invites, then once they get the feedback they focus on those applicants again and send out a wave of admit/dings. Then they send out more interview invites, etc. So they are kind of alternating between the two. This is purely conjecture on my part but it would make sense since they do review all the applications again after your interview goes complete.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 17:19
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I'm in as of today. I was told deposit is due by Feb 21st! Is this normal? It seems like a yield protection mechanism. After tomorrow, all others admitted will have until April to submit their deposit. Any thoughts on this or getting this extended?

Just to update on my full timeline: consistent with last poster

App: 12/17
Invite to interview: 1/9
Interview: 1/27
Feedback: 1/28
Accepted: 02/06


are you in booth btw?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 17:28
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dn1442 wrote:
I'm in as of today. I was told deposit is due by Feb 21st! Is this normal? It seems like a yield protection mechanism. After tomorrow, all others admitted will have until April to submit their deposit. Any thoughts on this or getting this extended?

Just to update on my full timeline: consistent with last poster

App: 12/17
Invite to interview: 1/9
Interview: 1/27
Feedback: 1/28
Accepted: 02/06


are you in booth btw?


Nah. I was gonna apply round 3 given how much more generous they are with scholarships relative to the other top schools (couldn't get it in round 2 with all the others though). Not sure if I'll apply anymore. Although a substantial scholarship might sway me in that direction.

I think I'll shoot the Columbia Admissions Director who called me an email tomorrow asking if Columbia has a policy to extend the deposit deadline given the short notice and the fact that I'm right at the cut off.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 19:07
Applied in end-Dec and finally got an invite!! One of the three ambassadors listed for me also went to my undergrad alma mater. Does the system typically try to assign you with a fellow undergrad alum or did I just get incredibly lucky? I went to a small liberal arts college (where alums tend to be quite loyal) so this could be a huge advantage :)
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 03:07
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I'm in as of today. I was told deposit is due by Feb 21st! Is this normal? It seems like a yield protection mechanism. After tomorrow, all others admitted will have until April to submit their deposit. Any thoughts on this or getting this extended?

Just to update: my full timeline is consistent with last poster


Same - I was hoping to wait till all R2 outcomes before deciding, but this Feb 21 deadline is asking for a premature (and expensive) one. Has anyone been in a similar situation, and how did you manage this? After all the whole point of applying RD (vs. ED) is to preserve the option to choose.

Although I'm inclined to do so, I'm hesitant to email AdCom as (i) it somewhat compromises the 'Why Columbia' essay, and (ii) AdCom will unlikely want to set a precedent given there are many others in similar boat.

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 03:40
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I'm in as of today. I was told deposit is due by Feb 21st! Is this normal? It seems like a yield protection mechanism. After tomorrow, all others admitted will have until April to submit their deposit. Any thoughts on this or getting this extended?

Just to update: my full timeline is consistent with last poster


Same - I was hoping to wait till all R2 outcomes before deciding, but this Feb 21 deadline is asking for a premature (and expensive) one. Has anyone been in a similar situation, and how did you manage this? After all the whole point of applying RD (vs. ED) is to preserve the option to choose.

Although I'm inclined to do so, I'm hesitant to email AdCom as (i) it somewhat compromises the 'Why Columbia' essay, and (ii) AdCom will unlikely want to set a precedent given there are many others in similar boat.

Thoughts? Any precedents?



Great point and it's clearly a fair one (Especially since those who submitted in late Dec/early Jan - the same official round of application as us will have until April). I do intend on emailing. I'll let you know what happens but if I'm declined, I would definitely encourage you and others to do the same. Perhaps enough people will allow them to rethink it. I mean, 2 weeks, is a bit harsh. And like you said, it puts us in an Early Decision Position which we did not apply for.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 09:43
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old1442 wrote:
I'm in as of today. I was told deposit is due by Feb 21st! Is this normal? It seems like a yield protection mechanism. After tomorrow, all others admitted will have until April to submit their deposit. Any thoughts on this or getting this extended?

Just to update: my full timeline is consistent with last poster


Same - I was hoping to wait till all R2 outcomes before deciding, but this Feb 21 deadline is asking for a premature (and expensive) one. Has anyone been in a similar situation, and how did you manage this? After all the whole point of applying RD (vs. ED) is to preserve the option to choose.

Although I'm inclined to do so, I'm hesitant to email AdCom as (i) it somewhat compromises the 'Why Columbia' essay, and (ii) AdCom will unlikely want to set a precedent given there are many others in similar boat.

Thoughts? Any precedents?



Great point and it's clearly a fair one (Especially since those who submitted in late Dec/early Jan - the same official round of application as us will have until April). I do intend on emailing. I'll let you know what happens but if I'm declined, I would definitely encourage you and others to do the same. Perhaps enough people will allow them to rethink it. I mean, 2 weeks, is a bit harsh. And like you said, it puts us in an Early Decision Position which we did not apply for.


Yeah, I was admitted 6 days ago and told decision was due Feb 21st. Meanwhile Stern accepted me yesterday and said I have until late April to decide! Definitely is way too short of a timeframe in my opinion. I need to decide for Duke by Feb 27th anyways, so an extension wouldn't really help me, but I'll be interested to hear if they give you one.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 10:09
Dakells wrote:
Yeah, I was admitted 6 days ago and told decision was due Feb 21st. Meanwhile Stern accepted me yesterday and said I have until late April to decide! Definitely is way too short of a timeframe in my opinion. I need to decide for Duke by Feb 27th anyways, so an extension wouldn't really help me, but I'll be interested to hear if they give you one.


That's crazy. As an ED applicant I had 3 weeks to pay, got accepted early Oct and had until 31 Oct to pay my deposit. 2 weeks for RD seems absurd to me.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 10:54
is the RD deposit(from the posts, it looks like it is due two weeks after admission) 6k as well?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 15:50
No, the RD deposit should be less. Somebody who has been accepted can chime in with the actual amount but they make the ED deposit higher to discourage you from cheating the ED system.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 15:53
Reg Decision first deposit is 2k, another 1k due later. Request to extend politely denied...
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2013, 07:41
So looks like this week we didn't see much progress with applications - so hopefully 1/09 people will see something next week? Anybody out there apply on 1/09 and hear back yet?

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2013, 07:57
chendere wrote:
Applied Oct 1
interviewed end of Oct
Admitted end of Jan

background:
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Prop trader at BB
6yrs work exp
UmichRoss BBA GPA 3.5
GMAT 740

I'm not sure how Fuqua can be an alternative to Columbia?
Seems like some people are choosing between them?
Maybe it's the Michigan Duke rivalry talking but is Columbia and Duke even in the same league?


Congrats on the admit. I agree, I'm not sure why you would turn down Columbia for Duke. Ross and Fuqua you could make arguments either way but Columbia is definitely in a league above Fuqua.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2013, 08:20
I am attending the Columbia info session on Monday 2/11. Any suggestions on what to do other than attend the 1 hr session? I have an interview on 2/13 so hoping to really take advantage of the on-site visit. Thanks
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2013, 09:07
Just got waitlisted after an interview :( ... I thought I would get in for sure given that my interviewer clearly told me that he was going to recommend me and that I would make a great fit for sure. This kind of bums me out for my other upcoming interviews (given that I rocked the interview yet it still wasn't enough) How large a part does the interview play in the application?

I have an upcoming HBS interview but now I'm worried that regardless of how I do, it wont make that big of a difference....Any helpful advice?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2013, 13:46
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I got dinged today -
Applied - Jan 9
Ding - Feb 8
Best wishes to everyone


Really appreciate your update! This is quite scary as i also applied on the 1/9 deadline, and it seems like they are starting to roll out decisions for this group of applicants...
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