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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2013, 07:40
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curious if anyone submitted in August has received an interview invite.

I submitted on August 7, according to the data points here if I can get an interview it should be this week.
Just a warning: There are few "shoulds" with the Columbia process in terms of timing of the steps. The variability is really wide. It's easy to get very stressed out in this process (one of the downsides of Columbia's rolling system - though the benefits outweigh it). There are common patterns but just be careful about tagging expectations for when you'll hear back onto what others have reported, it can drive you crazy.


thank you! Just got my invite 5 min ago :) now selecting my date with local interviewers.
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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2013, 07:48
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curious if anyone submitted in August has received an interview invite.

I submitted on August 7, according to the data points here if I can get an interview it should be this week.
Just a warning: There are few "shoulds" with the Columbia process in terms of timing of the steps. The variability is really wide. It's easy to get very stressed out in this process (one of the downsides of Columbia's rolling system - though the benefits outweigh it). There are common patterns but just be careful about tagging expectations for when you'll hear back onto what others have reported, it can drive you crazy.


thank you! Just got my invite 5 min ago :) now selecting my date with local interviewers.
AWESOME!!! Good luck with it!!!!!! :-D

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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2013, 07:52
Submitted on August 3rd. Still waiting to hear back.
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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2013, 12:13
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curious if anyone submitted in August has received an interview invite.

I submitted on August 7, according to the data points here if I can get an interview it should be this week.
Just a warning: There are few "shoulds" with the Columbia process in terms of timing of the steps. The variability is really wide. It's easy to get very stressed out in this process (one of the downsides of Columbia's rolling system - though the benefits outweigh it). There are common patterns but just be careful about tagging expectations for when you'll hear back onto what others have reported, it can drive you crazy.


thank you! Just got my invite 5 min ago :) now selecting my date with local interviewers.


Congrats and good luck :)



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Submitted on August 3rd. Still waiting to hear back.


We're on the same boat ;) I submitted my application during this week as well and still waiting for an answer !
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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2013, 13:15
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We're on the same boat ;) I submitted my application during this week as well and still waiting for an answer !


Glad I'm not alone. Every e-mail notification this week has brought with it a mini panic attack. Hoping to get some good news tomorrow or early next week.
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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2013, 22:28
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We're on the same boat ;) I submitted my application during this week as well and still waiting for an answer !


Glad I'm not alone. Every e-mail notification this week has brought with it a mini panic attack. Hoping to get some good news tomorrow or early next week.


Same for me! Good luck. I think we should hear from them by the end of the next week at the latest! (but i hope sooner :) )
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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2013, 08:15
Wanted to alert everyone to a recent very subtle change on the Columbia website: They are once again stating a clear preference for the GMAT over the GRE. See http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/programs-admissions/mba/admissions/application-requirements#3

Columbia used to have a very restrictive policy on this (we ranted about it and other applicant-unfriendly rules last year), which has since been loosened (we'd like to believe that our rant contributed to some of those changes).

A few other schools also have a stated preference for GMAT over GRE. You won't be turned away just because you're submitting a GRE score but they do evaluate them slightly differently; see this post on the EssaySnark blahg to explain and this one about converting GRE -> GMAT. If you have not yet tested, might want to consider all this before proceeding.

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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2013, 08:21
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If I submit the RD decision app right now, will there be no benefit as it will just be deferred until all ED decisions are rendered?


True. they won't start reading RD apps until December, so no point submitting right now; in fact it would scream that CBS is not your first choice - imagine telling a gal/guy that you are not my first choice, but I will still ask you out on a date :)


tad hyperbolic...

I believe they start reading RD November.
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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2013, 08:52
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I believe they start reading RD November.

The website says "early December" and even that is earlier than they've ever done before. Used to be that RD didn't start reviews until January. Never heard of any RD apps seeing movement before middle December in past years.

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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2013, 09:25
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Wanted to alert everyone to a recent very subtle change on the Columbia website: They are once again stating a clear preference for the GMAT over the GRE. See http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/programs-admissions/mba/admissions/application-requirements#3

Columbia used to have a very restrictive policy on this (we ranted about it and other applicant-unfriendly rules last year), which has since been loosened (we'd like to believe that our rant contributed to some of those changes).

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Very interesting you bring this up. I applied to CBS last year and this year (as a reapplicant this year) both with a GRE score. I managed to get invited for an interview last year, though I didn't get an offer in the end... we'll see how my application turns out this year.
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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2013, 09:31
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Very interesting you bring this up. I applied to CBS last year and this year (as a reapplicant this year) both with a GRE score. I managed to get invited for an interview last year, though I didn't get an offer in the end... we'll see how my application turns out this year.
Columbia is very reapplicant-friendly and the fact that you got the interview invite last year reinforces our point that the GRE instead of GMAT will never keep someone out. Hopefully you've tightened up your career goals this time (weak goals are one of the most common flaws we see in rejected Columbia apps) and if you're giving some evidence that you've improved your profile then it could totally work out for you - especially if you're applying in Early Decision. They prefer to see an ED app for reapplicants. Good luck, can't wait to hear about your CBS admit!! :-D

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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2013, 09:45
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Very interesting you bring this up. I applied to CBS last year and this year (as a reapplicant this year) both with a GRE score. I managed to get invited for an interview last year, though I didn't get an offer in the end... we'll see how my application turns out this year.
Columbia is very reapplicant-friendly and the fact that you got the interview invite last year reinforces our point that the GRE instead of GMAT will never keep someone out. Hopefully you've tightened up your career goals this time (weak goals are one of the most common flaws we see in rejected Columbia apps) and if you're giving some evidence that you've improved your profile then it could totally work out for you - especially if you're applying in Early Decision. They prefer to see an ED app for reapplicants. Good luck, can't wait to hear about your CBS admit!! :-D


Thanks, EssaySnark!

I did apply through ED this time, and I'm hoping for the best. After I was rejected last year, I found it difficult to pinpoint the areas of improvement... It was hard for me to judge whether my essays / goals were "strong" or "weak". Perhaps I should have had my goals evaluated by acquaintances before reapplying...
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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2013, 10:53
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Submitted my application yesterday. Hoping my recommender submits the LOR soon. And it begins!
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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 09:19
Hi all,

I'm looking for some quick feedback on my profile and thoughts on my odds.

-750 GMAT (49Q, 44V)
-5 years work experience at major market research firm. measuring tv and digital advertising effectiveness for large advertisers and media publishers. started as a regular analyst out of school and received three promotions, including 1 yr as a project manager (led integration of a multimillion $ acquisition) and now doing product management in the digital space.
-Upon graduation, I want to take a strategic/biz dev role at a digital media/advertising company to help drive their product and overall commercial strategy.
-3.68 GPA at a mediocre undergrad school, degree in general business with focus on economics. Note: I went to top 5 computer engineering school out of high school, did extremely poorly the first two semesters, steadily improved my grades, transferred out, studied business and finished with a strong GPA at the new school.
-not many extracurriculars - I am a big tech junkie and do tons of small things on the side like building computers for folks and hacking/modifying electronics

I plan to use my optional essay to talk about my education experience. I'm wondering if you think it is worth trying to use one my essays to talk about my passion for technology in order to address my lack of extracurriculars (perhaps the one about what I'd want others in my Cluster to know about me).

Any advice/thoughts are greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

btw - plan on applying ED to help my odds, even if it only helps a tiny bit.
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Application submitted. Now for the months of waiting :)

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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 18:20
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Submitted on August 6th.No updates yet. Does that mean I should prepare for a denial and focus better on my next application? I know couple of guys who applied around the same time frame and did hear back.


Certainly not time to give up yet! Just keep your fingers crossed and keep working on your other apps (just in case).

It's not over until it's over! (And it's early September; it's too early for this attitude, you guys!)

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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 21:43
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Submitted on August 6th.No updates yet. Does that mean I should prepare for a denial and focus better on my next application? I know couple of guys who applied around the same time frame and did hear back.


I'm in the same situation. I didn't hear anything yet either (I submitted my application beg. of August = +/- one month).

Waiting is so frustratingggg!
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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2013, 11:32
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Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2013, 11:41
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Submitted on August 6th.No updates yet. Does that mean I should prepare for a denial and focus better on my next application? I know couple of guys who applied around the same time frame and did hear back.


Certainly not time to give up yet! Just keep your fingers crossed and keep working on your other apps (just in case).

It's not over until it's over! (And it's early September; it's too early for this attitude, you guys!)



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