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Columbia Early Decision Questions [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2013, 16:52
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,

J.
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Re: Columbia Early Decision Questions [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 04:40
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I always recommend a visit in person--not only can you get a good feel for the school and culture, but you also have your first chance to make a good impression. As for the EC, there would be marginal if any benefit from an extra 3 months of involvement. Best if you can connect what you are doing in the activity to something you have done before so it can be argued you have a longer term involvement in that area. ED route would likely be the better play, since you would get preferential consideration over R1 or R2 applicants. This should outweigh an extra couple of months of engagement in your chosen EC activity.
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