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Such information helps so much! That's great that they gave us pointers.

I wonder, if they as reported manage to send out interview invites and dings before Christmas, when and how fast would interviews happen?
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Does anybody know how off-campus interviews work at Columbia? Is it via Skype or with a local alum in person? I don't recall answering any questions about interview city preference in the application form. Will they ask you about your choice of city once you are shortlisted for an interview? I'm traveling throughout December, and would be great if I had flexibility in my choice of city.


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What are the possible status on your app? Does it changes from "submitted" to "in review" or something like that
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Does anybody know how off-campus interviews work at Columbia? Is it via Skype or with a local alum in person? I don't recall answering any questions about interview city preference in the application form. Will they ask you about your choice of city once you are shortlisted for an interview? I'm traveling throughout December, and would be great if I had flexibility in my choice of city.


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http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/programs/m ... ew-process

Most of the information you're requesting is easily discoverable online, including CBS's website. In almost all cases, invitees will be interviewed by an alumnus in or near the person's hometown. The CBS website states if no alum is available, a Skype interview may be performed with either an admissions officer or current student.

If you are invited to interview, they request you schedule your interview within a month of your invite date. If that timing doesn't work for you, I'm sure if you contact CBS admissions, they'll be happy to set you up with either a Skype interview or an interview with an alumnus in a different town.

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Dear Applicants, We will conduct a live chat next week with Kelsey Kephart, Assistant Director of MBA Admissions at Columbia. We hope all of you will attend this chat. If anyone can't attend the session but has questions for CBS adcom, you can PM your questions to me and I will try to get their answers from the adcom. Thank you! See y'all in the event.

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Update from Columbia Live chat.....

"For RD applicants: our regular decision review commenced yesterday, November 21. From the day an applicant submits their application we will render a decision within 6 weeks. In practice, it’s usually 4 weeks." - Kelsey Kephart, Assistant Director of Admissions of Columbia.
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"I often receive emails from students worried about their decision timelines. We adjust our decision timelines based on the overall amount of applications. On deadline day, early October/January and mid-April, we receive roughly 1,000 applications in a 24-hour period. A student’s timeline to receive a decision shifts towards 6-weeks. Between deadlines, we are efficient! We trend towards 4 weeks otherwise." - Kelsey.

"I’m often asked what students can do to differentiate themselves. We build a class of students who we feel will be great community members. Building relationships with students are often a part of that decision making process. Regardless if you’re able to visit campus or not, keep in touch with us, send us an email, get to know us! It’s one of the pieces of the application process that some students overlook." - Kelsey


Question: I wanted to ask how the application committee looks at an applicant who’s on the higher end of experience level – say 11 years at the times of joining the class. Can age be a deciding factors, all others parts of the application notwithstanding?

Answer: Great question! When I read an application, I try to envision what a student will bring to the classroom experience. I want to ensure that a student will be able to share their experiences. For students with more years WE, there’s more potential for that student to help peers transition into their sector by running a club, connect them with contacts, contribute to a classroom discussion. No single factor is a deciding one - we look for reasons to admit.
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Question: Being unemployed for 2/3 months while changing job could be viewed as a weakness by the adcom? if it could be, can I explain the reasons in an additional essay. Thanks!

Adcom: A gap of 2/3 months is not uncommon between jobs. There’s a spot in the application where we ask whether there are any gaps. I suggesting using that space. It is not necessarily a negative. I’m of the opinion that it depends what you do with that gap. Are you travelling, studying, relocating? It is in your best interest to detail how you’re spending your time. Never leave anything up to question!


Question: Do you expect any change in Immigration policy with the new administration? If yes, what do you think about the impact on the MBA graduates especially in terms of their career placements?

Adcom: I understand the concerns for international students in regards to attending a US school. Any change to Visa or Immigration policies will be most likely slow to change. I’m hopeful that any potential change won’t affect this upcoming class. That said, we have a dedicated office - our International Students & Scholars Office - that is prepared to deal with any change in policy.


Question: Could a low GPA be mitigated by taking additional courses? eg. a corporate finance or equity valuation course?

Adcom: I never suggest that students jump into any additional coursework. As a prospective student, you’re main responsibility is your current job. Some students don’t have the time or resources to undertake additional coursework. I cannot ding a student who is unable to do so. I suggest focusing on what you can change - your test scores. Focus on those, do your best, retake if you need to. That being said, if you have completed coursework - submit those transcripts. It’s never a negative thing that a student has undertaken courses.
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Has anyone in Asia heard back from CBS after an interview lately? I interviewed on 8th and my feedback was submitted on 9th. I am yet to hear a decision from them. I wonder if there is still a chance..hoping for a miracle.

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Any news for RD applicants? I Haven't seen status update yet and I applied in July

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Adcom has started to review applications and will begin to send out invites later this week. They review the RD after the ED so your app has been waiting until just recently. Good luck and stay tuned!

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Any news for RD applicants? I Haven't seen status update yet and I applied in July


They send out first RD invites tomorrow, 01 Dec. Read the article on Clear Admit / News / BSchool News / News / 2nd Page. They started reviewing RDs on the 21st Nov. They review applications in a chronological order, and since you submitted very early tomorrow may be a big day for you! Good luck!

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Any news for RD applicants? I Haven't seen status update yet and I applied in July


They send out first RD invites tomorrow, 01 Dec. Read the article on Clear Admit / News / BSchool News / News / 2nd Page. They started reviewing RDs on the 21st Nov. They review applications in a chronological order, and since you submitted very early tomorrow may be a big day for you! Good luck!


Thanks! I'm just wondering if there should be any status change in my app.

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