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19 Jan 2012, 10:41
I posted a new subject on accident, meant to post it on this forum, here is my question...

I have a question about graduate school gpa. I graduated undergrad with a 3.51gpa with a bachelor's in International Economics. I went directly to law school and graduated with a 2.8gpa. I am sure you are familiar with law school's and their strict bell curve. This unfortunately lands most students with a C average.

Does admissions place more weight on the undergrad GPA? Will it also consider the low law school GPA? (Please note that I passed the bar and am a licensed attorney in my state).

Thanks,

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30 Jan 2012, 02:43
Hi Matt,

I am an international applicant and I would like to know, if having my own business for almost ten years can be considered as work experience? After graduating Computer Engineering(5 years), I start my own company(international road transport and forwarding goods).

Taking this in consideration from who should I ask for recommendation letters?

Thank you,
Gabi

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30 Jan 2012, 06:20
Hi Matthew.

Thank you for helping us with the application questions.

I have few questions to you:

1. As you see I was rejected by CBS. Is it possible to have a formal/informal feedback in any form of what could I improve in my application to be a stronger candidate.

2.What is the tuition cost of J-term program?

3. What is the admision rate for students applying for J-term and why you dont post a separate statistics, including that of post MBA-employment and average saalries.

4. Do you generally encourage reapplicants? and if yes, why?, if previously the candidate was rejected and he/she does not know the reason for rejection?

thank you a lot.

regards,
PTK
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30 Jan 2012, 07:15
charu115 wrote:
Hi

I am an international applicant and wanted to know whether submitting the application by January end is considered too late for international applicants?

Thanks
Charu

Hi Charu - Thank you for your question! This is not too late to be considered. It is always in the applicants best interest to apply as early as possible with rolling decision, but our class will not be closed at the end of this month.

Good luck!
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30 Jan 2012, 07:16
gabypaun wrote:
Hi Matt,

I am an international applicant and I would like to know, if having my own business for almost ten years can be considered as work experience? After graduating Computer Engineering(5 years), I start my own company(international road transport and forwarding goods).

Taking this in consideration from who should I ask for recommendation letters?

Thank you,
Gabi

Hi Gabi,

Thank you for posting. We consider all types of work experience. As for recommendation letters a client or a partner at your firm could be used as a recommender.

Best of luck!
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01 Feb 2012, 19:30
ColumbiaMBA wrote:
charu115 wrote:
Hi

I am an international applicant and wanted to know whether submitting the application by January end is considered too late for international applicants?

Thanks
Charu

Hi Charu - Thank you for your question! This is not too late to be considered. It is always in the applicants best interest to apply as early as possible with rolling decision, but our class will not be closed at the end of this month.

Good luck!

Hi Matthew,
I will apply by mid February. Based on the deadline for regular decision I think my application will still be considered for the August 2012 entry, right? Does the admission committee have different criteria for applicants applying at this time? Do the applicants need to explain why they apply late in the process?

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02 Feb 2012, 16:27
Chaolien wrote:
ColumbiaMBA wrote:
charu115 wrote:
Hi

I am an international applicant and wanted to know whether submitting the application by January end is considered too late for international applicants?

Thanks
Charu

Hi Charu - Thank you for your question! This is not too late to be considered. It is always in the applicants best interest to apply as early as possible with rolling decision, but our class will not be closed at the end of this month.

Good luck!

Hi Matthew,
I will apply by mid February. Based on the deadline for regular decision I think my application will still be considered for the August 2012 entry, right? Does the admission committee have different criteria for applicants applying at this time? Do the applicants need to explain why they apply late in the process?

The criteria does not change for applicants. If you want to explain why you applied at this point in the process feel free!

Good luck!
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08 Feb 2012, 12:34
Hi Matt,

Thank you for your time on this thread. I am looking to apply next cycle. My background is research-centric. Moreover, I've worked exclusively for the public sector (Fed and then the Treasury). Even though the subject matter of my work experience might be of interest to those in the private sector, I do not have direct exposure to businesses and thus am not familiar with decision making at the firm level (with the exception of reading about it in economic literature).

I wish to transition from a research career to one that is more action oriented. I believe going through an MBA program is a very good path. I am thinking about ways to promote my previous experience such that it would be relevant to business schools. How should I go about this? What are some natural questions that you would ask a candidate with my background?

Peter

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13 Feb 2012, 15:29
pcwcecac wrote:
Hi Matt,

Thank you for your time on this thread. I am looking to apply next cycle. My background is research-centric. Moreover, I've worked exclusively for the public sector (Fed and then the Treasury). Even though the subject matter of my work experience might be of interest to those in the private sector, I do not have direct exposure to businesses and thus am not familiar with decision making at the firm level (with the exception of reading about it in economic literature).

I wish to transition from a research career to one that is more action oriented. I believe going through an MBA program is a very good path. I am thinking about ways to promote my previous experience such that it would be relevant to business schools. How should I go about this? What are some natural questions that you would ask a candidate with my background?

Peter

Hi Peter,

Good luck,
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16 Feb 2012, 05:34
Hi Matt,

I have a question concerning the Early Decision round.

I am just curious: what are the repercussions for not accepting an offer of admission at Columbia GSB during the Early Decision round? I am aware you are losing out on a \$6,000 deposit, but what else could happen if you simply decide you do not want to go to Columbia GSB anymore? (whether it is because you decide to go to another school, or simply because you have ultimately decided against an MBA).

Is the statement of intent legally binding? Do Columbia admissions notify other MBA programs of your actions?

Thank you!

Best,

Eric

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16 Feb 2012, 16:10
eric86 wrote:
Hi Matt,

I have a question concerning the Early Decision round.

I am just curious: what are the repercussions for not accepting an offer of admission at Columbia GSB during the Early Decision round? I am aware you are losing out on a \$6,000 deposit, but what else could happen if you simply decide you do not want to go to Columbia GSB anymore? (whether it is because you decide to go to another school, or simply because you have ultimately decided against an MBA).

Is the statement of intent legally binding? Do Columbia admissions notify other MBA programs of your actions?

Thank you!

Best,

Eric

Hi Eric,

Early Decision is for applicants who know that Columbia is their first choice. All ED applicants must sign the statement of commitment that reads:

"As an Early Decision candidate to Columbia Business School, I am committed to attending Columbia Business School, and will withdraw all applications and decline all offers from other schools upon admission to Columbia Business School."

We expect that all admitted students who apply Early Decision attend, but we do not take action against those who do not. If applicants are unsure of this level of commitment I always suggest that they consider applying instead for regular decision.

Good luck,
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17 Feb 2012, 10:20
Hi Matt,

Is it too late to submit an application now?
Are the chances of acceptance for applications submitted at this time lower?

Thanks,
Dina

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GMAT 2: 740 Q48 V42
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19 Feb 2012, 12:36

Though I know that Adcom will look at the overall application, I was wondering whether a GMAT testing history of 640 (Q40/V36), 640(Q42/V38), 710(Q42/V45), with more or less consistent 60% scores in Quant would be an almost automatic reason for disqualification at Columbia. I'm a healthcare analyst with a large consulting firm, so I have demonstrated quant skills at work, but otherwise my undergrad quant scores are low too.

Again, I realize that the overall application is considered, but does that score history sound like a big deal-breaker?

Regards
A.
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22 Feb 2012, 07:53
DGGG wrote:
Hi Matt,

Is it too late to submit an application now?
Are the chances of acceptance for applications submitted at this time lower?

Thanks,
Dina

Hi Dina,

We are still accepting and reviewing applications for the August entry. We are admitting applicants on a rolling basis so there are fewer spots available than there were earlier in the cycle, however applicants can still be admitted if they apply up until the deadline.

Good luck!
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09 Mar 2012, 16:31
Hi Matt,

Can an applicant who has been denied admission for Fall 2012 apply for J-Term for the term starting January 2013?

Thanks.

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12 Mar 2012, 15:42
CBSCBSCBS wrote:
Hi Matt,

Can an applicant who has been denied admission for Fall 2012 apply for J-Term for the term starting January 2013?

Thanks.

Hi CBSCBSCBS,

Yes applicants who applied for the August 2012 can reapply for January 2013. Please visit http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admiss ... plications for information on the reapplication process.

Good luck!
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14 Mar 2012, 05:36
Hi Matt!

Just wanted to check when would the application for Jan 13 intake start? Is it going to be 1st May, or later part of the month. Also, are the essay and recommendation questions expected to change from the current application?

Thanks

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17 Mar 2012, 09:01
Greetings CBS!

I am planning on applying to CBS this fall for a 2013 matriculation, but before I do I was hoping to garner some info regarding non-traditional applicants. My narrative is a strange and circuitous one. At 40, and as an actor here in NYC and LA, I feel a little trepidatious applying for business school since I come from such a different background compared with most applicants.

A brief synopsis then: I graduated from The Juilliard School ten years ago and have been a professional actor ever since - meaning I have not had any other jobs. I have done everything from Shakespeare in the Park to Broadway to television and film and even commercials and voice overs, and am looking to enter into the business side of the Media/Entertainment industry post b-school. What advice in general would you have for someone like me when applying? For instance, what should I do with regards to my resume and letters of recommendation on my application, etc?

Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

All the best,
Charles
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22 Mar 2012, 07:17
fllfthm5 wrote:
Greetings CBS!

I am planning on applying to CBS this fall for a 2013 matriculation, but before I do I was hoping to garner some info regarding non-traditional applicants. My narrative is a strange and circuitous one. At 40, and as an actor here in NYC and LA, I feel a little trepidatious applying for business school since I come from such a different background compared with most applicants.

A brief synopsis then: I graduated from The Juilliard School ten years ago and have been a professional actor ever since - meaning I have not had any other jobs. I have done everything from Shakespeare in the Park to Broadway to television and film and even commercials and voice overs, and am looking to enter into the business side of the Media/Entertainment industry post b-school. What advice in general would you have for someone like me when applying? For instance, what should I do with regards to my resume and letters of recommendation on my application, etc?

Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

All the best,
Charles

Hi Charles,

Thank you for your question. We are not looking for a specific type of work experience for the MBA program. We have had actors and artists in the past apply and be admitted. You will need to submit a resume, but we do not have specific requirements for this. As far as recommendations we want professional recommendations so choose two recommenders who know you well and can speak to your skills and potential as a professional. This is really no different than any other applicant; however if there is anything in your work experience you feel needs to be explained further you can give us more information in the optional essay.

Best of luck,
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30 Mar 2012, 11:11
Hello, there are a few of us who applied before the merit deadline (Jan 4) but have not heard anything back, including interview invites or rejections. I understand CBS follows a rolling admissions process, but could you provide any clarity on when we can expect to hear a response considering it has been roughly 3 months since submission? Many thanks for your time.

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