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Wow I'm excited to say I got admitted off the waitlist!!! I was beginning to think that I would have to wait until summer to get an answer. To all the other waitlisters out there, keep your chins up! :-D
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Just got the phone call from Amanda Carlson! I'm in! She took me totally off guard by calling at 7:15 PM (EST) - we're in the midst of hurricane devastation here on the East Coast so I was thinking it was the power company...great surprise!

My profile:
White male
26 years old
USA
740 (97% verbal, 73% quant --> shows that 80/80 is certainly not a requirement)
4 years of WE in engineering
Intended concentration: Real Estate

My timeline:
Applied ED 9/17
Interview invite 10/1
Interview/feedback submitted 10/13
Admitted 11/1 (longer delay than many posters here have been reporting)

Some advice (application preparation aside) for those of you who have not yet finished you application or who have not yet received a decision:

If you can, make a very pronounced effort to visit campus! I attended an MBA information session and the Real Estate Spotlight event. I'm not sure if everyone's aware of this, but the Admissions Office maintains an open-door environment, even on weekends. I stopped in on a Saturday with my story and some pointed questions ready, and I ended up having a very relaxed but very productive 20-minute conversation with one of the primary adcoms. I gambled on this, but I knew that if the meeting went well it would pay dividends. Sure enough, during my phone call Amanda told me that this informal meeting really made an impression with the adcom member I spoke to. She mentioned some other details (date of my wedding, etc.) that made it clear that the adcom had taken notes as soon as I left the Admissions Office that day (I exchanged business cards when I left).

To those of you still waiting: keep hope alive! I'll be happy to give more advice or answer more questions!
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I'm in!!!! It was worth the wait!!

Timeline:
App Submited: 1/09
Invited to Interview: 2/18
Interviewed: 2/21
Feedback Submitted: 2/27
Decision Released: 3/12

They didn't say anything about any merit scholarships - does that mean I didn't get any for sure?
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Accepted!

Submitted 12/29, Interview Invite 1/23, Interview 2/13 (took awhile to schedule), Interview Feedback Submitted 2/22, Accepted! 3/4 (got a call and then a few emails)

Congrats to other admits, and good luck to those waiting!
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just got the acceptance call, right after i called columbia a tease =)
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Just got the call for a Fellowship award! I guess that answers the question about Early Decision applicants. I honestly thought there was no way they would bother giving money to ED admits because we are already committed to the school. Glad I was mistaken.
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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").
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DING with interview! international j-term reapplicant here. and i didn't even get a courtesy e-mail notifying me of the decision; i had to log in to my account to find the decision update, so be sure to check your app status regularly.

application process debrief and thoughts for what it's worth:

- at the time of submission (early july), there wasn't an application preview option before submission and i inadvertently clicked submit thinking that there would surely be a proof preview option before paying the application fee. there wasn't. but fortunately a frantic call to the adcom was all it took to have them reset my application to “not submitted”, giving me the opportunity to proof check before submitting.

- nevertheless, after submission and once the preview option became available a few days later, my application still looked crummy. text in certain sections was truncated, test scores for V/AWA sections were reversed, resume was missing etc. boggles the mind how a supposed top tier school cannot work out the bugs in their app system before releasing the app - unnecessary cause for apprehension to already stressed out applicants!

- as bad as it looked, i still received an interview invite within 1 day of submission. goes to show how fast adcom can move if they really want!

- before i freak people out, the quick processing was only because i requested an expedited review at the time of submission. i told them that i was considering some fall options as well and therefore need a decision in 3 weeks.

- surprisingly, they were very accommodating and in the interest of time even offered to do a skype interview with adcom instead of the usual alumni interview.

- i did the skype interview with one of the junior assistant directors 1 week later. the guy seemed decent enough but the video was turned off on the his end, so it was a bit awkward in the sense that i was staring at a blank screen unable to gauge his expressions/reactions.

- interesting interview - it was not blind like the traditional alumni interview (he had already read my app and had it in front of him) and i didn't get most of the standard CBS interview questions that you find on the clear admit website (you know those pesky "tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership/integrity" type bs questions). instead he asked me to walk him through my resume and then seemed to delve deeper into whatever areas of my application he felt needed more clarity.

some examples: i see that comp at your old firm was flat, so did you leave because you felt that you couldn't advance (clearly they use the compensation/bonus numbers as an indicator of your performance/advancement in a role); if you had the option to advance in pe, why did you leave to join your family business; a whole slew of questions about the family business - sales, number of employees, regional operations, managerial dynamics, etc.; a whole slew of questions about my post-MBA plans for the business - it doesn't appear that you have much managerial experience to date, so how do you think you'd be able to achieve your goals to manage what you project to be a growing and much larger organization in the future; it seems that you struggled in certain semesters in college (i had a gpa towards the low end of their admitted candidate range) so how do you expect to manage your priorities at CBS; how do you expect to contribute to CBS.

- on balance, i thought that his line of questioning was fair as it gave me an opportunity to address some of the weaker areas of my app. i just wished i had known what to expect ahead of time, so i could have prepared and articulated my responses more coherently.

- i received a final decision about 2 weeks after the interview.

- in conclusion, here's my overall sense about cbs: (i) they are really really stats focused (despite solid ib/pe work ex and a mid-700 gmat, they didn't blink at the low gpa. furthermore, a 70-point score improvement was the only material change since my previous app and this time around i made the interview cut). for applicants from well represented demographics, the stats carry far more weight than adcoms would care to disclose and while they won't guarantee you get in, low stats will definitely keep you out despite quality work experience, essays etc. so in the event that your stats are low, you are better off cranking on the gmat to get it over the 7 hurdle or taking the time to create an alternative transcript instead of wasting time polishing essays; (ii) they really want to know that you will be employable upon graduation; (iii) for j-term applicants, they want to be dead certain that you don't need the internship and want to see evidence that your goals are realistically attainable; (iv) if you have entrepreneurial goals, including family business, scale seems to matter (i would reckon revenues of $25M+ to carry some weight and get them comfortable); (v) for fall term applicants, i cannot emphasize enough how greatly you improve your odds if you apply ED as CBS uses it as an effective yield management tool.
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I got dinged today. Submitted Nov 1, interview invite on Dec 17, and interviewed on January 7th. Final review submitted on January 15th.

I'm convinced that it was because of my interview. My interviewer hated that I was on the younger side of the age range; he just didn't like me from the start and kept going back to my age which isn't even that young; it's still within the range.

My advice for anyone getting a Columbia invite, be careful on the interviewer you pick. Try go for someone older to interview you; they won't have as much of a superiority complex. Research them before you pick one. Make sure it is someone who could relate to you. I cannot stress how important this is.

Good luck!
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Just got the call! I can't even believe it!

Timeline in case it's helpful:

Nov 19th - Technically Submitted my portion of app
Dec 28th - App finally complete after second recommendation was finally submitted (thanks recommender!)
Jan 9th - Invitation to Interview
Jan 18th - Interviewed
Jan 30 - Had a missed call from a blocked number, suspect this may have been them
Feb 1 - Got another blocked call, answered and was accepted!
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In! Here's my timeline:

App submitted: 12/24
Interview invite: 1/23
Interview: 2/4
Feedback submitted: 2/5
Acceptance: 2/18

Good luck to everyone and thanks to the gmatclub community for all of the helpful advice!
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Seems like every time I post about not hearing from a school, I coincidentally get feedback right away... Got the good call today with $ - very excited to explore CBS. Good luck to everyone else!
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Just got the call - I'm in!

Application submitted: Jan 8th
Interview Invite: Feb 1st
Interview: Feb 12th
Feedback submitted/application complete: Feb 22nd
Admitted: March 4th

Now to make a decision between Stern and CBS...eek!
Goodluck to everyone still waiting!
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Finally I can type up this post...

ACCEPTED!!!
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FYI everyone I'm a current student starting my 2nd year this fall. If anyone has questions, wants to meet up in person to chat, or would like me to look over your essays, let me know.

A good resource for admitted students is the peer advising website: http://cbspeeradvising.wordpress.com/. This may also help prospectives to get a feel for the school.

lonesoui wrote:
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lonesoui wrote:
Count me in for ED. It's NYC! The morals are looser, and the liquor is cheaper!

You must know a different NYC than I do haha. GL with your app.


It's a quote from an F Scott Fitzgerald's poem. They used it in the new Great Gatsby trailer


Does anyone know the situation with the ED $6k deposit? Like do we get it back once we pay tuition, does it get applied to tuition, or neither?


It is applied toward tuition.
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Just got the call. I'm in!

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I am in! Excited!

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interviewed today as sandy hit new york city. haha, it was quite an adventure going out there!
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Everybody who applies before the January deadline is automatically considered for fellowships and merit based scholarships. You don't have to do anything else.
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