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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 10:03
chains1910 wrote:
Dinged. Emailed about 30 mins ago.

Interviewed 2/26 and feedback on 2/27.

This one stings. My other dings I more or less expected, but Columbia was my top choice and I really felt like I was a great fit there. Maybe I ought to wait til class of 2016. Oh well, so it goes. Best of luck to the rest of you.


Sorry to hear that Chains. I saw your question in the Ask Columbia Admissions thread. The schools have to be very ambiguous in how they answer questions about individual people's chances. The reality is the Columbia seems to really like re-applicants. This jives with my personal experience as well as the information I received from friends and talking to admissions consultants when I decided where to apply my second time around. If you like Columbia I encourage you to re-apply and do it ED next time. Yield is important to top schools' rankings so showing a clear dedication to the school definitely helps.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 11:12
Slow couple days...

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 11:57
chains1910 wrote:
Dinged. Emailed about 30 mins ago.

Interviewed 2/26 and feedback on 2/27.

This one stings. My other dings I more or less expected, but Columbia was my top choice and I really felt like I was a great fit there. Maybe I ought to wait til class of 2016. Oh well, so it goes. Best of luck to the rest of you.



Maybe I'll see you at Georgetown. I just got dinged from Stern, so I believe Columbia will be dinging me soon. Well, good luck with Kellogg!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 12:57
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Accepted! Yay! So pleased. :)

Here's my timeline:

1/9: Applied minutes before the deadline;
2/18: Received interview invitation;
2/26: Interviewed (a very informal and enjoyable 1.5 hour conversation at a coffee shop; the only "interview questions" I was really asked were to walk through my resume, "Why Columbia?," to discuss my future goals (specifically and generally), and to describe a few times when I'd faced "adversity" in my life);
2/27: Feedback submitted; and
3/7: Accepted (via telephone call from "Unknown," followed by an email a few minutes later; I was told that my online status would be updated later today with "next steps").



Good stuff -- huge congrats!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 14:48
When is the application cutoff? Could I still apply? The website is not really clear on the final possible submission date?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2013, 15:10
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When is the application cutoff? Could I still apply? The website is not really clear on the final possible submission date?


The site says April. There should be an exact date in the application system.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 07:48
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joeKing87 wrote:
When is the application cutoff? Could I still apply? The website is not really clear on the final possible submission date?


The site says April. There should be an exact date in the application system.


It says April 10th - http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/applynow
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 08:05
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 :-)
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 08:26
So just wanted to share a bit about my interview. I interviewed in New York, at the offices of my interviewer. He was incredibly smart, friendly and outgoing, and really seemed interested in getting to know me and to help me understand more about Columbia. At one point we ended up talking about the Big Bang Theory and reality TV, which was fun. He was nice enough not to take notes during that part though

He did have a printout of the standard questions that Columbia asks and was taking notes on the back of it. The ones that he asked specifically that were not just covered in our general conversation about my goals and background were:

-Tell me about a time that you faced adversity (he clarified that this used to be "tell me about a time you faced an ethical question")
-Is Columbia your first choice? Where else did you apply?
-What will you do if you don't get accepted into business school

Overall, I had a great time talking to him about what I wanted to do, my career goals, and his experiences at Columbia. He was very enthusiastic about the school, and overall was a really wonderful ambassador for the program.

Plus he submitted my feedback the same afternoon as I interviewed. I'm glad that I managed to get my thank-you email in before he got his feedback in. :)
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 08:43
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So just wanted to share a bit about my interview. I interviewed in New York, at the offices of my interviewer. He was incredibly smart, friendly and outgoing, and really seemed interested in getting to know me and to help me understand more about Columbia. At one point we ended up talking about the Big Bang Theory and reality TV, which was fun. He was nice enough not to take notes during that part though

He did have a printout of the standard questions that Columbia asks and was taking notes on the back of it. The ones that he asked specifically that were not just covered in our general conversation about my goals and background were:

-Tell me about a time that you faced adversity (he clarified that this used to be "tell me about a time you faced an ethical question")
-Is Columbia your first choice? Where else did you apply?
-What will you do if you don't get accepted into business school

Overall, I had a great time talking to him about what I wanted to do, my career goals, and his experiences at Columbia. He was very enthusiastic about the school, and overall was a really wonderful ambassador for the program.

Plus he submitted my feedback the same afternoon as I interviewed. I'm glad that I managed to get my thank-you email in before he got his feedback in. :)


Have you heard back?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 08:45
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When is the application cutoff? Could I still apply? The website is not really clear on the final possible submission date?


The site says April. There should be an exact date in the application system.


It says April 10th - http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/applynow


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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 08:47
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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.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2013, 08:50
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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.
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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
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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, 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
MBAcm2013 wrote:
urarunner2 wrote:
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
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 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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