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14 Dec 2011, 07:41
anirudh316 wrote:
Hello! I am submitting my CBS application in a couple of days, and had a couple of basic application questions:
1. What's the difference between Entrepreneur/Owner and Entrepreneur/Small Business when entering the "Function" field in employment?
2. When they ask for "Primary language", is that my mother tongue or the language I'm most comfortable with?
3. Is the GPA supposed to be rounded off to the nearest tenth or hundredth?

I would appreciate any help with these, as I want to submit a "near-perfect" application! Thanks

Hi anirudh316,

1. You can choose either.
2. You should choose the language you use most.
3. Round to the nearest 10th.

Thank you for posting!
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14 Dec 2011, 07:45
Hi Everyone - If you are on Twitter and want to live chat with admissions officers, join us tonight from 6-7pm EST. You can follow the chat at http://tweetgrid.com/grid?l=2&q1=your+n ... olumbiaMBA and post your questions by mentioning @ColumbiaMBA or #mbachat.

I look forward to hearing from you!
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14 Dec 2011, 10:48
Matthew,
Thank you for the response.
Just one last question.
The application asks us to mention if we have spoken to a program representative. Do the student ambassadors count as program representatives. If not, who is the program representative?
Thanks a lot!

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15 Dec 2011, 18:02
ColumbiaMBA wrote:
Hi,

I applied to CBS for the full-time MBA program and received a deferred decision on 11/2/11 saying that I can expect to get a final decision anytime by the 2/1/12 deadline. Can you please elaborate on what exactly is a deferred decision? Does this mean I'm wait listed?

Thanks,
Arsalan

Thank you for your question. We do waitlist some candidates, but it sounds as though you are going to be considered later in the process. This means we will reevaluate your application with the larger pool of applicants. ED applicants can sometimes receive this decision and are no longer bound to the ED commitment if they are then admitted. We give this decision to a very small percentage of applicants.

Best of luck!

Hi Matthew

I got this deferral decision, too. And I wonder can I submit updated essays, resume, or recommendations to improve my candidacy?

Or, I can not re-submit materials, but can share some update on personal and prefessional achievements via email?

Best,

Bonnie

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16 Dec 2011, 08:34
anirudh316 wrote:
Matthew,
Thank you for the response.
Just one last question.
The application asks us to mention if we have spoken to a program representative. Do the student ambassadors count as program representatives. If not, who is the program representative?
Thanks a lot!

Hi anirudh316,

Yes you can include students or anyone else you have spoken to at Columbia Business School.

Regards,
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16 Dec 2011, 08:47
bonnierong2010 wrote:
ColumbiaMBA wrote:
Hi,

I applied to CBS for the full-time MBA program and received a deferred decision on 11/2/11 saying that I can expect to get a final decision anytime by the 2/1/12 deadline. Can you please elaborate on what exactly is a deferred decision? Does this mean I'm wait listed?

Thanks,
Arsalan

Thank you for your question. We do waitlist some candidates, but it sounds as though you are going to be considered later in the process. This means we will reevaluate your application with the larger pool of applicants. ED applicants can sometimes receive this decision and are no longer bound to the ED commitment if they are then admitted. We give this decision to a very small percentage of applicants.

Best of luck!

Hi Matthew

I got this deferral decision, too. And I wonder can I submit updated essays, resume, or recommendations to improve my candidacy?

Or, I can not re-submit materials, but can share some update on personal and prefessional achievements via email?

Best,

Bonnie

Hi Bonnie,

You are welcome to submit additional information and updates. I suggest that when you are submit information beyond professional updates to make sure these materials will add value to your application.

Good luck!
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16 Dec 2011, 08:52
ColumbiaMBA wrote:
bonnierong2010 wrote:
Hi Matthew

I got this deferral decision, too. And I wonder can I submit updated essays, resume, or recommendations to improve my candidacy?

Or, I can not re-submit materials, but can share some update on personal and prefessional achievements via email?

Best,

Bonnie

Hi Bonnie,

You are welcome to submit additional information and updates. I suggest that when you are submit information beyond professional updates to make sure these materials will add value to your application.

Good luck!

Hi Matthew,

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17 Dec 2011, 10:50
Hi Matthew,
I'm another one of the ED deferred candidates. Will you suggest that I submit another short essay to focus on the areas of experience and skills that did not come across in my initial application package? Or you're more interested in any professional achievement I had in since Oct 5?
Thank you.

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18 Dec 2011, 13:48
Hey Columbia MBA,
I would like to know what does Columbia think about applicants that participated in Student government during undergrad. Can this boost the application ? What about being an SG president ? Also, on the website it is stated that the only international students that may be waived from the TOEFL requirements are the ones who studied in a country where the official language is English. How about studying in a non-English country, in an American university abroad, entirely in English ?

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19 Dec 2011, 13:47
happyface wrote:
Hi Matthew,
I'm another one of the ED deferred candidates. Will you suggest that I submit another short essay to focus on the areas of experience and skills that did not come across in my initial application package? Or you're more interested in any professional achievement I had in since Oct 5?
Thank you.

happyface

Hi happyface,

This is entirely up to you. We certainly want to hear from our candidates who will are considering later, but I suggest that the update is adding to your application not merely reemphasizing what you have already submitted.

Best of luck!
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19 Dec 2011, 13:52
Ivan91 wrote:
Hey Columbia MBA,
I would like to know what does Columbia think about applicants that participated in Student government during undergrad. Can this boost the application ? What about being an SG president ? Also, on the website it is stated that the only international students that may be waived from the TOEFL requirements are the ones who studied in a country where the official language is English. How about studying in a non-English country, in an American university abroad, entirely in English ?

Hi Ivan91,

Thank you for your question. We ask for undergraduate extracurricular activities in the application. We take into consideration all XCs as part of the holistic review process, but there isn't a metric for how this can "boost" an application.

As for the TOEFL you must meet all requirements that we list on our website to receive a TOEFL waiver. We are unable to make exceptions. Visit http://ow.ly/84pOn for further information.

Good luck!
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21 Dec 2011, 16:03

As my understanding is working in a big firm is better for an MBA admission than at a smaller company (less than 200 employees).
I work for a small company and intentionally declined the opportunity to work for bigger ones because it would give me more responsibility, ability to interact and understand the management's strategic moves in improving the firm.

If I was working in a big firm the admissions committee knows before hand about more about me as the interviewing or working for a big firm itself sets a standard. My assumption it is harder for the admissions committee to judge the potential a candidate working in a smaller firm and his contribution.

Is my assumption correct, if so how do I working in a smaller firm compensate for it.

I appreciate your time and effort.

Thanks,
Suresh

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21 Dec 2011, 19:58
Hi Matt,
I have a few questions regarding the application. I am really hoping to get some direction from you on the following items:
a) I went to a 4-year public university in the US. However, I took two courses (English I and II) at a community college. These two courses are reflected on my University's official transcript as transferred credits along with the letter grade. Do I need to report this community college as a separate college attended? Also, would you require a transcript from this community college?

b) Financing section - I saw your comment above regarding this section. I do not have any sponsorship or any scholarships in hand. However, I do plan to apply for the scholarship money in the Spring. Should I include what I am "hoping" to receive in scholarships/loans or what I am "expecting" to receive?

c) Internships during college - I have four years of work experience but I have worked in the same job since college. Should I list internships during undergrad as separate work experience? Or is it better not to mention those?

Thanks for being patient with my questions and thanks for helping me out!!

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22 Dec 2011, 10:18
syalaman wrote:

As my understanding is working in a big firm is better for an MBA admission than at a smaller company (less than 200 employees).
I work for a small company and intentionally declined the opportunity to work for bigger ones because it would give me more responsibility, ability to interact and understand the management's strategic moves in improving the firm.

If I was working in a big firm the admissions committee knows before hand about more about me as the interviewing or working for a big firm itself sets a standard. My assumption it is harder for the admissions committee to judge the potential a candidate working in a smaller firm and his contribution.

Is my assumption correct, if so how do I working in a smaller firm compensate for it.

I appreciate your time and effort.

Thanks,
Suresh

Hi Suresh,

Thank you for your question. We do not have a preference for type of work experience or size of company. We admit students from a variety of work experience backgrounds.

Good luck!
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22 Dec 2011, 15:01
ColumbiaMBA wrote:
Cheetos1 wrote:
Hi Matt,
I have a few questions regarding the application. I am really hoping to get some direction from you on the following items:
a) I went to a 4-year public university in the US. However, I took two courses (English I and II) at a community college. These two courses are reflected on my University's official transcript as transferred credits along with the letter grade. Do I need to report this community college as a separate college attended? Also, would you require a transcript from this community college?

b) Financing section - I saw your comment above regarding this section. I do not have any sponsorship or any scholarships in hand. However, I do plan to apply for the scholarship money in the Spring. Should I include what I am "hoping" to receive in scholarships/loans or what I am "expecting" to receive?

c) Internships during college - I have four years of work experience but I have worked in the same job since college. Should I list internships during undergrad as separate work experience? Or is it better not to mention those?

Thanks for being patient with my questions and thanks for helping me out!!

Hi Cheetos1,

a) If the grades are on your degree granting transcripts you do not need to send separate transcripts.

b.) If you do not have scholarships awarded to you do not include this information.

c.) Your internships should be listed in the optional essay.

I hope this helps!

Matt,
Thank you so much. That was extremely helpful. One last question, I am having trouble uploading my transcript into the system. It's a pdf file which exceeds the recommended size limit. Is there a way around this? Should I e-mail my transcript separately to the AdCom?

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23 Dec 2011, 08:52
Matt,
Please ignore my above question. I figured it out and just hit submit on my application. Thanks again for your help. Happy Holidays!

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28 Dec 2011, 09:15
Cheetos1 wrote:
Matt,
Please ignore my above question. I figured it out and just hit submit on my application. Thanks again for your help. Happy Holidays!

Great! Have a Happy New Year!
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28 Dec 2011, 14:25
Hi

I applied to CBS in last week of November

I haven't received any correspondence from CBS till date. It shows my application is Under Review.

When can I expect an interview call , if any?

If I am not selected, will the status change to rejected, waitllisted, etc? If yes, how much time does it usually take?

Thanks a lot

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29 Dec 2011, 11:00
coreaspirant wrote:
Hi

I applied to CBS in last week of November

I haven't received any correspondence from CBS till date. It shows my application is Under Review.

When can I expect an interview call , if any?

If I am not selected, will the status change to rejected, waitllisted, etc? If yes, how much time does it usually take?

Thanks a lot

Hi coreaspirant,

The applications for RD went under review in December. Once your application is under review you should allow between 8-12 weeks for review. You can receive a decision or an interview invitation at any time. If you want to know your status you can login at any time to view this.

Good luck!
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15 Jan 2012, 08:42
Hi

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

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