Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 22 Oct 2014, 05:07

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
1 KUDOS received
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 21 Jan 2013
Posts: 99
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Social Entrepreneurship
Schools: Insead '14 (A)
GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V33
GMAT 2: 690 Q48 V36
GPA: 3.3
WE: Securities Sales and Trading (Other)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 9 [1] , given: 15

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 12:52
1
This post received
KUDOS
chains1910 wrote:
FWIW I submitted early Sept, but didn't have the rec submitted until 9/18, and got the interview invite last week. I was honestly surprised at how quickly I heard. Adcoms I spoke to said 4-6 weeks from completed app (closer to 4 during ED) is standard, so I wouldn't sweat it yet, guys!


Thanks for the feedback chains1910.. I have a feeling that they might be going through the re-applicant files a little faster than remaining applicants.. just a guess..
1 KUDOS received
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 20 Mar 2013
Posts: 12
Concentration: Finance, Real Estate
Schools: CBS '16 (M)
GMAT 1: 730 Q48 V42
GPA: 3.86
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 2 [1] , given: 6

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 13:26
1
This post received
KUDOS
Hey all, just got the call from Columbia! I'm really excited about everything the program has to offer and can't wait to get started.

Background:
28 y/o, 3.85 GPA, 730 GMAT Q48 V42, six years investment banking background and summer internship in investment management

I'm a re-applicant from last year, this time I applied ED and here's my timeline:
Submitted - 8/29
Interview Invite - 9/21
Interview - 9/26
Acceptance - 10/8

As others have stated, demonstrating your passion for the Program is pretty important - I got into some pretty good schools last year but I just thought Columbia was the best fit for me, so I made sure to frame my interview in that way. I also think it's essential to demonstrate steps that you're taking towards your long term goal so it's not some pie in the sky vision. Whether you can do it in the essays or interviews (ideally both), adcom is definitely paying close attention to it. And I would recommend building a rapport with someone in the admissions office, just ask a few questions and try and learn more about the Program. That extra effort will be appreciated.

I'd be happy to answer any questions from pending applicants, good luck to everyone still waiting! It's definitely worth all of the pain and struggle if you get the call :-D
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 13 Oct 2009
Posts: 9
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 13:32
dma wrote:
Hey all, just got the call from Columbia! I'm really excited about everything the program has to offer and can't wait to get started.

Background:
28 y/o, 3.85 GPA, 730 GMAT Q48 V42, six years investment banking background and summer internship in investment management

I'm a re-applicant from last year, this time I applied ED and here's my timeline:
Submitted - 8/29
Interview Invite - 9/21
Interview - 9/26
Acceptance - 10/8

As others have stated, demonstrating your passion for the Program is pretty important - I got into some pretty good schools last year but I just thought Columbia was the best fit for me, so I made sure to frame my interview in that way. I also think it's essential to demonstrate steps that you're taking towards your long term goal so it's not some pie in the sky vision. Whether you can do it in the essays or interviews (ideally both), adcom is definitely paying close attention to it. And I would recommend building a rapport with someone in the admissions office, just ask a few questions and try and learn more about the Program. That extra effort will be appreciated.

I'd be happy to answer any questions from pending applicants, good luck to everyone still waiting! It's definitely worth all of the pain and struggle if you get the call :-D



What did you do differently this year / improved upon from last year?
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 20 Mar 2013
Posts: 12
Concentration: Finance, Real Estate
Schools: CBS '16 (M)
GMAT 1: 730 Q48 V42
GPA: 3.86
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 6

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 14:48
breakenter wrote:
dma wrote:
Hey all, just got the call from Columbia! I'm really excited about everything the program has to offer and can't wait to get started.

Background:
28 y/o, 3.85 GPA, 730 GMAT Q48 V42, six years investment banking background and summer internship in investment management

I'm a re-applicant from last year, this time I applied ED and here's my timeline:
Submitted - 8/29
Interview Invite - 9/21
Interview - 9/26
Acceptance - 10/8

As others have stated, demonstrating your passion for the Program is pretty important - I got into some pretty good schools last year but I just thought Columbia was the best fit for me, so I made sure to frame my interview in that way. I also think it's essential to demonstrate steps that you're taking towards your long term goal so it's not some pie in the sky vision. Whether you can do it in the essays or interviews (ideally both), adcom is definitely paying close attention to it. And I would recommend building a rapport with someone in the admissions office, just ask a few questions and try and learn more about the Program. That extra effort will be appreciated.

I'd be happy to answer any questions from pending applicants, good luck to everyone still waiting! It's definitely worth all of the pain and struggle if you get the call :-D



What did you do differently this year / improved upon from last year?


#1, I applied ED this year instead of RD.

My goal coming out of school is buyside investing, which is why I was so focused on Columbia and the Value Investing Program. I resigned from my investment banking job and spent a summer working unpaid for a buyside investment firm. I also submitted an entry into an investment competition (essentially pitching a long or short idea) and received recognition there as well. So my story from last year to this year changed pretty drastically and adcom was able to see that I was taking tangible steps to position myself for IM. I also developed a strong relationship with the managing principal at the firm and he wrote me a really great recommendation, which certainly helped.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 13 May 2013
Posts: 26
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 13

CAT Tests
Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 18:46
dma wrote:
Hey all, just got the call from Columbia! I'm really excited about everything the program has to offer and can't wait to get started.

Background:
28 y/o, 3.85 GPA, 730 GMAT Q48 V42, six years investment banking background and summer internship in investment management

I'm a re-applicant from last year, this time I applied ED and here's my timeline:
Submitted - 8/29
Interview Invite - 9/21
Interview - 9/26
Acceptance - 10/8

As others have stated, demonstrating your passion for the Program is pretty important - I got into some pretty good schools last year but I just thought Columbia was the best fit for me, so I made sure to frame my interview in that way. I also think it's essential to demonstrate steps that you're taking towards your long term goal so it's not some pie in the sky vision. Whether you can do it in the essays or interviews (ideally both), adcom is definitely paying close attention to it. And I would recommend building a rapport with someone in the admissions office, just ask a few questions and try and learn more about the Program. That extra effort will be appreciated.

I'd be happy to answer any questions from pending applicants, good luck to everyone still waiting! It's definitely worth all of the pain and struggle if you get the call :-D


Can you tell us what it is like working in investment banking? It would help a lot for career switchers thinking about investment banking. Also, why does everyone want to move to buyside? Congratulations on the acceptance!
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 09 Jun 2013
Posts: 13
Location: United Kingdom
Concentration: Healthcare, General Management
Schools: CBS '16 (S)
GMAT 1: 660 Q42 V38
GMAT 2: Q0 V0
WE: General Management (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 6

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2013, 23:40
dma wrote:
Hey all, just got the call from Columbia! I'm really excited about everything the program has to offer and can't wait to get started.

Background:
28 y/o, 3.85 GPA, 730 GMAT Q48 V42, six years investment banking background and summer internship in investment management

I'm a re-applicant from last year, this time I applied ED and here's my timeline:
Submitted - 8/29
Interview Invite - 9/21
Interview - 9/26
Acceptance - 10/8

As others have stated, demonstrating your passion for the Program is pretty important - I got into some pretty good schools last year but I just thought Columbia was the best fit for me, so I made sure to frame my interview in that way. I also think it's essential to demonstrate steps that you're taking towards your long term goal so it's not some pie in the sky vision. Whether you can do it in the essays or interviews (ideally both), adcom is definitely paying close attention to it. And I would recommend building a rapport with someone in the admissions office, just ask a few questions and try and learn more about the Program. That extra effort will be appreciated.

I'd be happy to answer any questions from pending applicants, good luck to everyone still waiting! It's definitely worth all of the pain and struggle if you get the call :-D



Congratulations, you must be thrilled!

Judging from the timelines, 3 weeks is the minimum amount of time one can expect a response.
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 04 Jun 2013
Posts: 12
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 0

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2013, 08:27
Got my first rejection letter from CBS. Actually didn't hurt as much as I thought it would. Onward and Upward!

Submitted 9/11
Rejected 10/9
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 13 Oct 2009
Posts: 9
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2013, 08:28
meaganvw wrote:
Got my first rejection letter from CBS. Actually didn't hurt as much as I thought it would. Onward and Upward!

Submitted 9/11
Rejected 10/9


Profile?

Sorry to hear, good luck with the other applications.

Last edited by breakenter on 09 Oct 2013, 08:34, edited 1 time in total.
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 04 Jun 2013
Posts: 12
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 0

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2013, 08:33
breakenter wrote:
meaganvw wrote:
Got my first rejection letter from CBS. Actually didn't hurt as much as I thought it would. Onward and Upward!

Submitted 9/11
Rejected 10/9


Profile?


GMAT 680
GPA not so great (went to college at 16)
5 years non profit experience, including 3 years international
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 20 Mar 2013
Posts: 12
Concentration: Finance, Real Estate
Schools: CBS '16 (M)
GMAT 1: 730 Q48 V42
GPA: 3.86
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 6

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2013, 10:07
lovelaw27 wrote:
dma wrote:
Hey all, just got the call from Columbia! I'm really excited about everything the program has to offer and can't wait to get started.

Background:
28 y/o, 3.85 GPA, 730 GMAT Q48 V42, six years investment banking background and summer internship in investment management

I'm a re-applicant from last year, this time I applied ED and here's my timeline:
Submitted - 8/29
Interview Invite - 9/21
Interview - 9/26
Acceptance - 10/8

As others have stated, demonstrating your passion for the Program is pretty important - I got into some pretty good schools last year but I just thought Columbia was the best fit for me, so I made sure to frame my interview in that way. I also think it's essential to demonstrate steps that you're taking towards your long term goal so it's not some pie in the sky vision. Whether you can do it in the essays or interviews (ideally both), adcom is definitely paying close attention to it. And I would recommend building a rapport with someone in the admissions office, just ask a few questions and try and learn more about the Program. That extra effort will be appreciated.

I'd be happy to answer any questions from pending applicants, good luck to everyone still waiting! It's definitely worth all of the pain and struggle if you get the call :-D


Can you tell us what it is like working in investment banking? It would help a lot for career switchers thinking about investment banking. Also, why does everyone want to move to buyside? Congratulations on the acceptance!


I think investment banking is an excellent training ground for finance. You get great training in financial modeling, putting together presentations, attention to detail, working towards deadlines, etc. Hours are terrible, but everyone knows that. I worked at a boutique in Chicago so it wasn't even as bad as it could have been. I'm looking forward to the buyside because I like the job description more (I want to evaluate stocks and make investment recommendations), hours are better, and I think it's a more sustainable career for me, personally.
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 22 Feb 2011
Posts: 126
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 16 [0], given: 5

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 05:00
Submitted for RD! Goodluck to those waiting for ED decisions!
2 KUDOS received
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 31 Mar 2011
Posts: 1
Location: United States
Concentration: Real Estate, Finance
Schools: CBS '16 (M)
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V40
GPA: 3.2
WE: General Management (Military & Defense)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 7 [2] , given: 1

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 07:08
2
This post received
KUDOS
Just received my admissions acceptance from CBS, what a great feeling! My background and application timeline are below, in case it helps anyone.

Background: 5+ years WE in Military, 3.2 GPA from service academy, 730 GMAT (49Q/40V).

Submitted - 9/13
Interview Invite - 9/27
Interview - 10/3
Interview Report Submitted - 10/5
Acceptance - 10/10

Feel free to PM me with any questions!

Posted from my mobile device Image
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 22 Feb 2011
Posts: 126
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 16 [0], given: 5

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 08:11
Congrats!! That's a really fast turnaround!
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 06 Jan 2013
Posts: 25
GMAT 1: 700 Q43 V42
GMAT 2: 730 Q47 V42
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 14 [0], given: 67

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 08:20
EPLax1985 wrote:
Just received my admissions acceptance from CBS, what a great feeling! My background and application timeline are below, in case it helps anyone.

Background: 5+ years WE in Military, 3.2 GPA from service academy, 730 GMAT (49Q/40V).

Submitted - 9/13
Interview Invite - 9/27
Interview - 10/3
Interview Report Submitted - 10/5
Acceptance - 10/10

Feel free to PM me with any questions!

Posted from my mobile device Image


Nice EPlax! And thanks for the back ground, it's very helpful!!
_________________

I blog about the GMAT/MBA experience as it happens to me. Also, Zoolander.

http://fromgmattomba.wordpress.com/

Current Student
avatar
Joined: 21 Jan 2013
Posts: 99
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Social Entrepreneurship
Schools: Insead '14 (A)
GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V33
GMAT 2: 690 Q48 V36
GPA: 3.3
WE: Securities Sales and Trading (Other)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 15

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 10:38
EPLax1985 wrote:
Just received my admissions acceptance from CBS, what a great feeling! My background and application timeline are below, in case it helps anyone.

Background: 5+ years WE in Military, 3.2 GPA from service academy, 730 GMAT (49Q/40V).

Submitted - 9/13
Interview Invite - 9/27
Interview - 10/3
Interview Report Submitted - 10/5
Acceptance - 10/10

Feel free to PM me with any questions!

Posted from my mobile device Image


Congrats buddy! That really is super quick turnaround.. I haven't heard anything from them and I applied only 3 days after you lol.. Good Luck @ Columbia..
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 22 Apr 2013
Posts: 5
GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V44
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 11:13
The posts from other people on this board have been instrumental to my sanity especially when I was counting the number of "ideal" days after an interview before a decision would come out. Thought I would contribute back by sharing my time line as well.

Background: international male, 25 years old, ~4 years WE in research/consulting, 3.4 GPA from international school, 760 GMAT (50Q/44V)

Submitted - 9/15
Interview Invite - 9/30
Interview - 10/3
Interview Report Submitted - 10/3
Acceptance - 10/10
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 28 May 2012
Posts: 130
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Marketing
GMAT 1: 710 Q43 V45
GMAT 2: 700 Q42 V42
GMAT 3: 760 Q48 V48
GPA: 3.51
WE: Marketing (Consulting)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 45 [0], given: 27

Reviews Badge
Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 13:20
Hi all, just had my interview today. Really laid back and informal. Asked the basic questions. Tell me about yourself, goals, why MBA, why CBS, questions for the interviewer etc. Only one I didn't expect was do you have any reservations about CBS, but I think I handled it fine. Interviewer put in the feedback later today and now the wait begins! Best of luck to you all and I hope I'll be joining all of you admits soon!

And Congrats Eplax and Bleep!
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 13 May 2013
Posts: 26
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 13

CAT Tests
Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 13:39
chains1910 wrote:
Hi all, just had my interview today. Really laid back and informal. Asked the basic questions. Tell me about yourself, goals, why MBA, why CBS, questions for the interviewer etc. Only one I didn't expect was do you have any reservations about CBS, but I think I handled it fine. Interviewer put in the feedback later today and now the wait begins! Best of luck to you all and I hope I'll be joining all of you admits soon!

And Congrats Eplax and Bleep!


Let us know when you get that acceptance :!: Any idea why you didn't have more success last cycle with that 760 GMAT and 3.5 GPA?
3 KUDOS received
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 28 May 2012
Posts: 130
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Marketing
GMAT 1: 710 Q43 V45
GMAT 2: 700 Q42 V42
GMAT 3: 760 Q48 V48
GPA: 3.51
WE: Marketing (Consulting)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 45 [3] , given: 27

Reviews Badge
Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 13:59
3
This post received
KUDOS
lovelaw27 wrote:
chains1910 wrote:
Hi all, just had my interview today. Really laid back and informal. Asked the basic questions. Tell me about yourself, goals, why MBA, why CBS, questions for the interviewer etc. Only one I didn't expect was do you have any reservations about CBS, but I think I handled it fine. Interviewer put in the feedback later today and now the wait begins! Best of luck to you all and I hope I'll be joining all of you admits soon!

And Congrats Eplax and Bleep!


Let us know when you get that acceptance :!: Any idea why you didn't have more success last cycle with that 760 GMAT and 3.5 GPA?



Oh yea. I did a big post-mortem on my apps last year and found a number of reasons.

I applied to most schools later in the game at the early January deadlines, and didn't end up getting my 760 until late December (UT and MIT never even accepted that score). My essays were not nearly as good as they could have been, since I really didn't give them 100% attention until after I finished the GMAT, and only had ~ a week to work on them (for all 7 schools) at that point.

WE wasn't as strong. The extra year will put me at 51 months vs. 39, so closer to the median for most schools. I also made an unexpected career transition right after I submitted, which I don't think I sold as well as I could have in my CBS interview last year, but has been a great move and was an easy sell this time. I've also made a MUCH stronger effort this time around to network with CBS alums, students and admissions office members, and I visited campus, sat in on a class, went to admissions events and made sure to follow every one of these things up with a thank you note.

Basically, beyond the stats, I just put a much stronger and more calculated product in front of the admissions committee and demonstrated much more interest in the program than last year. I hope this all pays off, but I guess we will find out in the next two weeks! Hope my mistakes from last year can help you guys!
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 06 Jan 2013
Posts: 25
GMAT 1: 700 Q43 V42
GMAT 2: 730 Q47 V42
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 14 [0], given: 67

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 14:10
chains1910 wrote:
lovelaw27 wrote:
chains1910 wrote:
Hi all, just had my interview today. Really laid back and informal. Asked the basic questions. Tell me about yourself, goals, why MBA, why CBS, questions for the interviewer etc. Only one I didn't expect was do you have any reservations about CBS, but I think I handled it fine. Interviewer put in the feedback later today and now the wait begins! Best of luck to you all and I hope I'll be joining all of you admits soon!

And Congrats Eplax and Bleep!


Let us know when you get that acceptance :!: Any idea why you didn't have more success last cycle with that 760 GMAT and 3.5 GPA?



Oh yea. I did a big post-mortem on my apps last year and found a number of reasons.

I applied to most schools later in the game at the early January deadlines, and didn't end up getting my 760 until late December (UT and MIT never even accepted that score). My essays were not nearly as good as they could have been, since I really didn't give them 100% attention until after I finished the GMAT, and only had ~ a week to work on them (for all 7 schools) at that point.

WE wasn't as strong. The extra year will put me at 51 months vs. 39, so closer to the median for most schools. I also made an unexpected career transition right after I submitted, which I don't think I sold as well as I could have in my CBS interview last year, but has been a great move and was an easy sell this time. I've also made a MUCH stronger effort this time around to network with CBS alums, students and admissions office members, and I visited campus, sat in on a class, went to admissions events and made sure to follow every one of these things up with a thank you note.

Basically, beyond the stats, I just put a much stronger and more calculated product in front of the admissions committee and demonstrated much more interest in the program than last year. I hope this all pays off, but I guess we will find out in the next two weeks! Hope my mistakes from last year can help you guys!


Wow, really appreciate the level of detail Chains, very helpful! Best of luck, I think you've put yourself in a winning position and I bet good news is heading your way :)
_________________

I blog about the GMAT/MBA experience as it happens to me. Also, Zoolander.

http://fromgmattomba.wordpress.com/

Re: Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016   [#permalink] 10 Oct 2013, 14:10
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
1 Experts publish their posts in the topic Columbia class of 2016 - Calling all Waitlisted Students CelerIP 15 26 Dec 2013, 08:21
8 Experts publish their posts in the topic Columbia: J-Term Calling all applicants: Class of 2016! souvik101990 118 21 Apr 2013, 03:25
422 Experts publish their posts in the topic Wharton: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016! Diver 1740 21 Apr 2013, 03:19
411 Experts publish their posts in the topic Harvard (HBS) Calling all applicants - Class of 2016 tdawg 1093 21 Apr 2013, 03:11
658 Experts publish their posts in the topic Stanford GSB Calling all applicants for Class of 2016! azowu 1255 21 Apr 2013, 00:25
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Columbia: Calling all applicants - Class of 2016

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Go to page   Previous    1  ...  10   11   12   13   14   15   16  ...  60    Next  [ 1181 posts ] 



GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.