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Calling all Columbia (CBS) MBA Applicants: (2017 Intake) Class of 2019

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Columbia adcom chat is starting in 20 minutes. Join us in the chat room if you have any questions for CBS adcom. http://gmatclub.com/forum/mchat.php?fl=menu

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Tuesday, Feb 21: Live Q&A with Columbia Admission Director! (Last CBS Live Chat of this Application Season)


Dear Applicants, We will conduct a live chat with Kelsey Kephart, Assistant Director of Admissions at Columbia, on Tuesday, Feb 21. We hope all of you will attend this chat. If anyone can't attend the session but has questions for the 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.

February 21, 2017 | Tuesday | 8:30 AM Pacific Time; 11:30 AM Eastern Time; 4:30 PM GMT | Place:New Chat Room
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Update from Columbia Adcom Chat

"We’ll be launching the new application by late-May (at the latest). Early Decision and January deadlines will remain in early October. The merit-based fellowship deadline will remain in early January, and our final deadline is always in mid-April." - Kelsey Kephart, CBS Admission Director.

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Interview Tips from Adcom

  • Treat it like a job interview. Dress professionally, bring a copy of your resume. Your application is all the preparation you need for the interview.
  • Our alumni are our interviewers - they are the best judge for community fit. They’re volunteers who are excited to give back to the school and build the next generation of CBS graduates. It’s also a chance for interviewing students to learn about CBS - ask questions!
  • We never expect students to travel significant distances to interview. Most often, students interview in their home towns (or cities). Some of you joining us today are travelling for work. If and when you are invited to interview, feel free to enter in your current location. Most students are able to set up an interview within 3-7 days from when they are matched. It’s a quick process!

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"Logistically, luck plays a factor. The later and later a student applies, the less seats we have." - CBS Adcom

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Select Questions and Answers from todays live chat. Thank you all for participating.


Q: Would love some insight into the weight of the interview process. Heard several stories where the interviewer provides extremely enthusiastic feedback and says that the candidate will be highly recommended, but then the candidate gets rejected anyway. Assuming the interviewer was being honest, what is typically the reason behind those rejections?

A: great question. The interview is never "make or break". It is one piece of the puzzle. After a student interviews, they go to committee. Committee consists of 4-8 team members, including myself, that re-read the entire application all over again as a group. A vote takes place which determines the final result.
Adding to that, sometimes there are wonderful interview reports that come in though as a group, we feel that the student is not a fit for the school. We never use metrics or quotas. Our decisions are based on discussions.
Logistically, luck plays a factor. The later and later a student applies, the less seats we have.



Q: Do you allocate a certain number seats to certain countries? for dual-citizenship applicant is there any preference which citizenship to "use" for an application?

A: Absolutely not. We do have any quotas for countries, industries, etc., The dual citizenship is a great question. If a student identifies with a particular citizenship over the other, list that first. There’s no hard and fast rule. It’s personal preference.



Q: J term students do not do an intern. Are they at disadvantage while recruiting? Do you have different criterion for J term admits?

A: I would like to make a slight correction. Jterm students do not do summer internships. That said, half of the class (200 students total, so 100 students) complete in-semester internships. Those students who are in family businesses, are returning to their current employer, are starting or managing their own businesses, or are only making a slight transition (as opposed to a leap across industries) are all great fits for J-term. If a student wants to make a big transition into ibanking or consulting, they will miss the recruiting season (early Fall to early Winter) for those industries. Those industries to not lend themselves to J-term.



Q: For ED applicants, are they at a significant disadvantage for a fellowship? Given that you already have them locked in and don’t need to incentive them.

A: That’s not necessarily true. This year, we’ve given out fellowships to ED applicants. Beyond that, we also give out need-based scholarships. Students apply to need-based aid after they are admitted. We give out just as much need-based as we do merit-based, to ensure that students who want to pursue their MBA at CBS can financially afford to do so! And, just because a student applies Early Decision, that doesn’t mean they’re any less meritorious!



Q: Any impact of proposed changes in H1B visa policy by President Trump’s administration you see on number of international applications in next application cycle?

A: Our International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO - https://isso.columbia.edu/) is working to provide additional information to those with visa-related questions. Practically speaking, the potential scope of this Order and how it could affect visa applications is yet to be determined for the next class. The Order’s legal status is evolving. Should there be any new developments, we’ll share those with prospectives. Schools all over the country are waiting to see what, if any, policy changes are enacted.
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Hi Everyone,

I am writing about the post below. Can anyone please share if there are any ethical consequences if I reject the offer at this stage, and join another program. I have paid the initial deposit, have my VISA Stamped already. However, I just received a competitive offer. Am I at a risk of losing both the programs If I say no to Columbia:( ( That would be really sad).


Hi Members,

I hope you are doing well. Never visited this site actively before but am reaching out to the community now as I am facing tough choices. I am an Indian male with 5 years of work experience in risk management and am looking for a career in consulting after MBA.

I am in a big dilemma. I have a Columbia admit, have paid the deposit and I have got my VISA Stamped as well. Columbia had been my top choice throughout the application season. However, I recently got admitted to INSEAD January intake with significant scholarships. I am not sure what to pick now.

I am struggling with:

1. I have already paid a deposit to Columbia and am way deep in the process. VISA is stamped. Is there a way out now? If I say no to them, will I face any consequences? Is it binding? ( I have not explored this yet).

2. I am not sure about the scenario in the US and now that I have a choice, I am more inclined towards a one year MBA from INSEAD.

3. These two programs are coming at very different price tags and I will be paying significantly more to Columbia. Is it worth it? Will I have a job in the US in the current scenario?

4. US vs. Europe? How to decide? : I know I should have asked this question a year ago, but I really need your help now.


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