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Columbia Early Decision Questions [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2013, 16:51
Hello,

I am thinking about applying to Columbia Early Decision, but have two questions before doing so. If I don't apply ED, I will apply in December/January.

1st, the weakest part of my application is my extra-curricular experience, as I don't have a great deal of ECs post-college. To improve my profile, I recently took up a potentially high impact EC. If I were to apply during most schools' Round 2 (and apply to Columbia at the same time), it would be a 9-10 month EC. If I were to apply ED at Columbia, it would be closer to 6-7 months, which I fear is too short-term and may even hurt my application. Quality and impact aside, would only 6-7 months of participation invalidate this EC, or should I feel comfortable applying ED (assuming the rest of my application is strong)?

2nd, I would think that by applying ED to Columbia, they would be satisfied that I am genuinely interested in them as my top program. Nevertheless, I'm wondering how much value there would be in doing more to show interest, like attending a formal campus visit or speaking with professors/ad coms.

Thank-you for your insight,

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Re: Columbia Early Decision Questions [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2013, 21:34
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Good questions dude,
So for the first thing, it is MUCH more worthwhile that you simply apply ED. I'm not sure what you are doing in your EC, but still, the difference of a few months is not likely to outweigh the advantage of applying ED, which if Columbia is your target, I highly suggest.

Second, doing anything you can to show interest is fantastic (talking to students, alumni, professors, more research etc.), visits can be excellent too, buuuut I don't want to give you the impression that "if you visit you will have better chances" because it's just not true. Yes, it helps a wee bit on the feeling side, it helps you also deepen your knowledge about Columbia which in a very indirect way can be beneficial too, so it may be worth it for other reasons.

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