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24 Oct 2011, 11:25
Hi, checking out the apps, why does Columbia ask for a picture?
How is the picture used during and after admissions season?
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24 Oct 2011, 12:14
I can't verify why they ask for a photo but having applied and been admitted... I think it's honestly just to put a face with a profile... makes your whole application much more personal and removes the "just a number" feel for many applicants.

For reference, lots of us overanalyzed the whole photo idea... suit, no suit, casual, etc. I don't think you should worry about it unless you have poor judgement
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25 Oct 2011, 05:40
Mr. Moll,

Should an applicant (okay, me) update admissions if there was a change to information provided in his or her application- a material pay increase for example? I don't want to start filling CBS' inbox with petty changes to pending applications so want to run this by you first.

Thank you sir.
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25 Oct 2011, 07:16
sda wrote:
Hi, checking out the apps, why does Columbia ask for a picture?
How is the picture used during and after admissions season?
Thanks.

Hi sda,

We want to put a face with the application! It is totally optional and, like all parts of the application, completely confidential. We do not use the picture outside of the application process.

Good luck,

Matthew Moll
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25 Oct 2011, 07:17
2013hopeful wrote:
Mr. Moll,

Should an applicant (okay, me) update admissions if there was a change to information provided in his or her application- a material pay increase for example? I don't want to start filling CBS' inbox with petty changes to pending applications so want to run this by you first.

Thank you sir.

Hi 2013hopeful,

Yes you should e-mail us this update. We will add the new information to your already submitted file.

Thank you for the question!

Matthew Moll
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25 Oct 2011, 08:28
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2013hopeful wrote:
Mr. Moll,

Should an applicant (okay, me) update admissions if there was a change to information provided in his or her application- a material pay increase for example? I don't want to start filling CBS' inbox with petty changes to pending applications so want to run this by you first.

Thank you sir.

Hi 2013hopeful,

Yes you should e-mail us this update. We will add the new information to your already submitted file.

Thank you for the question!

Matthew Moll
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Twitter: @ColumbiaMBA

Thank you. I e-mailed the details to apply@gsb.columbia.edu
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25 Oct 2011, 10:12
Hi Matt,
I'm in the process of choosing recommenders and believe that my work supervisor and the executive director of my volunteer organization would give the admissions board a better-rounded picture of me as an applicant, as opposed to having both recommendations coming from the workplace. Is it possible to have the 2nd recommender be someone from an extracurricular activity that knows me well and has worked with me for 2+ years?

I know the Columbia website indicates 2 professional references, so I just wanted to double check with you.

Thanks!
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28 Oct 2011, 04:18
I have Two questions......

1.I want to know How is Columbia GSB different from other business schools?

2.I have 2.5 Years Exp in a software industry and i have 86.5% in my 10th standard,88% in my high school and 81.1 in my under-graduation where do i stand in getting into Columbia GSB , and with my academics what is the required Gmat score to get into this business school?

Thanks in advance.........
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28 Oct 2011, 05:19
Gumbymc wrote:
Hi Matt,
I'm in the process of choosing recommenders and believe that my work supervisor and the executive director of my volunteer organization would give the admissions board a better-rounded picture of me as an applicant, as opposed to having both recommendations coming from the workplace. Is it possible to have the 2nd recommender be someone from an extracurricular activity that knows me well and has worked with me for 2+ years?

I know the Columbia website indicates 2 professional references, so I just wanted to double check with you.

Thanks!

Hi Gumbymc,

Thank you for your question. We prefer professional recommendations; however who you choose is completely up to you. Recommenders should be able to give insight toward your professional promise and capacity for graduate business study. If you feel someone from your volunteer organization can speak to this then they are probably a suitable recommendation.

Good luck!

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28 Oct 2011, 06:14
kotela wrote:
I have Two questions......

1.I want to know How is Columbia GSB different from other business schools?

2.I have 2.5 Years Exp in a software industry and i have 86.5% in my 10th standard,88% in my high school and 81.1 in my under-graduation where do i stand in getting into Columbia GSB , and with my academics what is the required Gmat score to get into this business school?

Thanks in advance.........

Thank you for your questions. For your first, I suggest speaking to current students so that you are able to get a better sense of what Columbia has to offer. You can contact current students at http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admiss ... actstudent. These are students who work with Admissions to answer prospective student questions. Also, if possible, I suggest visiting campus. There is no better way to find out what Columbia Business School is like and to see if Columbia is the right fit for you.

Unfortunately, I cannot speak to your chances as an applicant. As for the GMAT we do not have a minimum requirement, but last year the middle 80 percent of admitted students scored between a 680 and a 760.

Good luck!

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02 Nov 2011, 16:32
It sounds like a lot of the ED folks are hearing back already. Any chance some of those Regular Decision apps will get looked at before December?
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04 Nov 2011, 08:27
mappleby wrote:
It sounds like a lot of the ED folks are hearing back already. Any chance some of those Regular Decision apps will get looked at before December?

Hi mappleby,

Thank you for your question. I think it is very unlikely. If you applied RD you should assume that the earliest your application will be reviewed is December.

Good luck!

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16 Nov 2011, 11:10
Hello,

I had a question about accepting admission. If I was to be accepted in the regular decision round, what would the deadline be for accepting the offer? Is it based on the admission date or is there a single deadline for all regular decision applicants?

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16 Nov 2011, 13:29
Hi Matt,

Thanks for taking our questions! My recommender reached out to me today concerned about the correct length of the recommendation letter. He asked if it's appropriate for responses to be ~1 paragraph per question, or if letters are typically 1 page or so per question. I wanted to get your guidance and hopefully give him some helpful feedback to help him along!
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16 Nov 2011, 14:22
johnnymac wrote:
Hello,

I had a question about accepting admission. If I was to be accepted in the regular decision round, what would the deadline be for accepting the offer? Is it based on the admission date or is there a single deadline for all regular decision applicants?

Thank you

Hi johnnymac - There is a specific deadline for RD admits. It will be in late February.

Good luck!

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16 Nov 2011, 14:24
rsmba wrote:
Hi Matt,

Thanks for taking our questions! My recommender reached out to me today concerned about the correct length of the recommendation letter. He asked if it's appropriate for responses to be ~1 paragraph per question, or if letters are typically 1 page or so per question. I wanted to get your guidance and hopefully give him some helpful feedback to help him along!

Hi rsmba,

Recommendations do not have a required length. If your recommender wants to submit a paragraph per answer this is acceptable. Rarely do we see one page per question, but we do not have a required minimum or maximum length.

I hope this helps!

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21 Nov 2011, 12:16
Hi,
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question.
Columbia is my preferred MBA program and I would like to ensure my application is strong.
Given that, I wanted to check whether you have a certain knock-out level (didn’t find it on the program website) for the TOEFL? How will I know that the score I have received is competitive/sufficient and doesn’t jeopardize my application?
In addition, I've heard that Columbia accepts the higher score if I decide to re-take the exam.
Is that correct?

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23 Nov 2011, 10:55
visitor007 wrote:
Hi,
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question.
Columbia is my preferred MBA program and I would like to ensure my application is strong.
Given that, I wanted to check whether you have a certain knock-out level (didn’t find it on the program website) for the TOEFL? How will I know that the score I have received is competitive/sufficient and doesn’t jeopardize my application?
In addition, I've heard that Columbia accepts the higher score if I decide to re-take the exam.
Is that correct?

All the compliments for the great Q&A platform you provide
Thanks again

Hi visitor007

We do not have a minimum requirement for the TOEFL. The only advice I can give you is do the best you can! We will accept your highest TOEFL score no matter how many times you retake the TOEFL.

Good luck!

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24 Nov 2011, 12:48
Hi there,

I wanted to ask for advice regarding recommendation letters. Of the two letters of professional recommendations, how would the admissions committee feel if I were to use my graduate school supervisor as a referee? I worked closely with my grad supervisor on a research project and he is now one of my clients at my current work. My understanding is that academic referees are discouraged.

For a referee, would my grad supervisor be a good candidate compared to someone else from my current workplace (to complement the recommendation from my current work manager)?

Thanks for any suggestions you could provide,
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28 Nov 2011, 09:43
kma wrote:
Hi there,

I wanted to ask for advice regarding recommendation letters. Of the two letters of professional recommendations, how would the admissions committee feel if I were to use my graduate school supervisor as a referee? I worked closely with my grad supervisor on a research project and he is now one of my clients at my current work. My understanding is that academic referees are discouraged.

For a referee, would my grad supervisor be a good candidate compared to someone else from my current workplace (to complement the recommendation from my current work manager)?

Thanks for any suggestions you could provide,
Kay

Hi Kay,

Thank you for your question. We prefer professional recommendations, however it is up to you who you choose.

Good luck!

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