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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 08:50
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Have you heard back?


I actually just interviewed yesterday, so not quite. :)

My interviewer noted that the admissions office was trying out some new stuff this year (might also explain why the interview instructions were different for different people) and might be a bit slow. But that I should hear back in one to two weeks.

Based on responses here, I've noticed notifications in as little as 6 business days (which means that Tuesday might be my day!). That does seem really quick. I wonder what the "new stuff" actually is.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 09:02
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Based on responses here, I've noticed notifications in as little as 6 business days (which means that Tuesday might be my day!). That does seem really quick. I wonder what the "new stuff" actually is.


So my interviewer (who was surprisingly knowledgeable about all of this stuff) said that Columbia had a long term dean of admissions who was much beloved, but then she retired, and then they brought in a guy who didn't work out, and so the new dean is someone who had worked underneath the old one that everyone liked. Basically now they are trying to streamline their application process, especially in the face of a double digit increase in applications from last year.

Part of it might just be not having enough admissions counselors to process everything, given the increase in applications, and so needing to figure out how to be most efficient with their manpower.

Also - good luck! I hope that you hear good news, and sooner rather than later!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 09:35
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Happy Friday!

Anyone who went to CBS admit day (or weekend?) who can comment on the experience? Is it a day or couple of days? What events did they have? And anyone know when the next upcoming event is?

Thanks :-)


I'm a current student that works on the planning for Connect, Connect II will happen from April 11th-13th, with official programming on the 11th and the 12th, and student-led programming on the 13th. We usually do a variety of activities but if you sign up you will receive a full agenda as soon as its finalized. The event in general is meant for you to get a feel for the school and to get to meet your potential future class mates. There are alumni, current student panels, networking activities for you to get to know other current students, special speakers, and information sessions on housing, recruiting, financial aid, and everything else you can probably think of.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 09:55
MBAcm2013 wrote:
woofbearus wrote:
highhopes75 wrote:
Have you heard back?


I actually just interviewed yesterday, so not quite. :)

My interviewer noted that the admissions office was trying out some new stuff this year (might also explain why the interview instructions were different for different people) and might be a bit slow. But that I should hear back in one to two weeks.

Based on responses here, I've noticed notifications in as little as 6 business days (which means that Tuesday might be my day!). That does seem really quick. I wonder what the "new stuff" actually is.


I think the time frame varies. My feedback was submitted on the 27th and nothing yet - but at least two people had the same feedback submission date and have heard back already. waiting waiting waiting! :evil:
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 12:44
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I hear you. My feedback was submitted on the 28th and I've been checking my status at least 10x per day. But admissions can take as long as they want with my application as long as it ends with a phone call that says "welcome".
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 20:49
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I hear you. My feedback was submitted on the 28th and I've been checking my status at least 10x per day. But admissions can take as long as they want with my application as long as it ends with a phone call that says "welcome".

Does the status online change before you get a phone call? (Similar to Wharton?)
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2013, 07:30
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I hear you. My feedback was submitted on the 28th and I've been checking my status at least 10x per day. But admissions can take as long as they want with my application as long as it ends with a phone call that says "welcome".

Does the status online change before you get a phone call? (Similar to Wharton?)


No, checking the status online is a waste of time once your feedback is submitted. You will get an email if you're dinged and a phone call if you are accepted. The website changes after one of those happens. It took about a day after getting my phone call to see the website updated.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 07:24
Hi all.

I applied on 01/30 and I am still waiting for an invitation for interview (or denial of admissions). Did you guys first receive the invitation for interview on your e-mail, or did you get a status update on the webpage?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 07:35
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Hi all.

I applied on 01/30 and I am still waiting for an invitation for interview (or denial of admissions). Did you guys first receive the invitation for interview on your e-mail, or did you get a status update on the webpage?


I received an email with the subject "Columbia Business School Invitation to Interview". So keep a look out in your email inbox!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 09:43
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Hi all.

I applied on 01/30 and I am still waiting for an invitation for interview (or denial of admissions). Did you guys first receive the invitation for interview on your e-mail, or did you get a status update on the webpage?


I'm in the same boat as you - Applied a bit on the late side (2/15) and haven't heard anything. They do pick applications up as they come in, though, and it's entirely possible they're still working through the merit scholarship applicants. The latest application I've seen someone get moved on was an interview invite for a 1/14 applicant. I wouldn't give up hope yet, but it's looking more likely that I'll be accepting another school's offer before I hear anything from CBS.

Anyone get an interview invite lately?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 09:54
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Hi all.

I applied on 01/30 and I am still waiting for an invitation for interview (or denial of admissions). Did you guys first receive the invitation for interview on your e-mail, or did you get a status update on the webpage?


I'm in the same boat as you - Applied a bit on the late side (2/15) and haven't heard anything. They do pick applications up as they come in, though, and it's entirely possible they're still working through the merit scholarship applicants. The latest application I've seen someone get moved on was an interview invite for a 1/14 applicant. I wouldn't give up hope yet, but it's looking more likely that I'll be accepting another school's offer before I hear anything from CBS.

Anyone get an interview invite lately?


I'm in the same boat as you guys. I applied on 7th Feb and am waiting to hear back. I checked the previous pages and haven't seen any one reporting an interview invite lately.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 11:33
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I'm in the same boat as you guys. I applied on 7th Feb and am waiting to hear back. I checked the previous pages and haven't seen any one reporting an interview invite lately.

From what I remember, CBS sent out a lot of invites in "batches" - not as in a flash email but in the sense that large groups got invited within informal periods. Adcom may be focused on getting out final decisions for the merit scholarship group so regard the no news as good news for now :-)
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2013, 22:18
ah, waitlisted today after interviewing 3/1- had a rather odd, four-hour interview. not sure what to make of that.

not sure which aspect of my app was weak, so a little unsure as to whether i should submit additional materials. possibly an additional recommendation?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2013, 02:22
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ah, waitlisted today after interviewing 3/1- had a rather odd, four-hour interview. not sure what to make of that.

not sure which aspect of my app was weak, so a little unsure as to whether i should submit additional materials. possibly an additional recommendation?


Sorry to hear that; when did your interviewer submit feedback?

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2013, 03:40
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ah, waitlisted today after interviewing 3/1- had a rather odd, four-hour interview. not sure what to make of that.

not sure which aspect of my app was weak, so a little unsure as to whether i should submit additional materials. possibly an additional recommendation?

4 hrs?!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2013, 03:48
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ah, waitlisted today after interviewing 3/1- had a rather odd, four-hour interview. not sure what to make of that.

not sure which aspect of my app was weak, so a little unsure as to whether i should submit additional materials. possibly an additional recommendation?

4 hrs?!


Does this interview qualify as 'worst interview ever'? Just based on length of time...wow.....
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2013, 04:47
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afdelag wrote:
Hi all.

I applied on 01/30 and I am still waiting for an invitation for interview (or denial of admissions). Did you guys first receive the invitation for interview on your e-mail, or did you get a status update on the webpage?


I'm in the same boat as you - Applied a bit on the late side (2/15) and haven't heard anything. They do pick applications up as they come in, though, and it's entirely possible they're still working through the merit scholarship applicants. The latest application I've seen someone get moved on was an interview invite for a 1/14 applicant. I wouldn't give up hope yet, but it's looking more likely that I'll be accepting another school's offer before I hear anything from CBS.

Anyone get an interview invite lately?


I'm in the same boat as you guys. I applied on 7th Feb and am waiting to hear back. I checked the previous pages and haven't seen any one reporting an interview invite lately.


Hi, I applied on 1/21 and got my interview invite last week on 3/5 so I'd say there's still hope for you guys! Good luck!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2013, 05:51
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MBAcm2013 wrote:
bschoolfool wrote:
ah, waitlisted today after interviewing 3/1- had a rather odd, four-hour interview. not sure what to make of that.

not sure which aspect of my app was weak, so a little unsure as to whether i should submit additional materials. possibly an additional recommendation?

4 hrs?!


Does this interview qualify as 'worst interview ever'? Just based on length of time...wow.....


Wait can you please give more details about this 4-hour interview? HOW did it last that long?!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2013, 06:45
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MBAcm2013 wrote:
bschoolfool wrote:
ah, waitlisted today after interviewing 3/1- had a rather odd, four-hour interview. not sure what to make of that.

not sure which aspect of my app was weak, so a little unsure as to whether i should submit additional materials. possibly an additional recommendation?

4 hrs?!


Does this interview qualify as 'worst interview ever'? Just based on length of time...wow.....



it was completely bizarre. 4 hr interview, 3 hrs of which were him talking about his very personal life...
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