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New post 23 Aug 2008, 16:11
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Folks, anyone happen to know if the CBS LOR that's made accessible to the recommenders asks for their current position, company, and educational history?



Yes. Although educational history only asks if they have an MBA. It doesn't ask their undergrad or anything like that.

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I just saw on last year's CBS thread that some of the ED folks received interview calls 11 days after their applications went "Under Review."


That makes me nervous

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New post 23 Aug 2008, 20:23
Hi Solaris,

Can you please provide the link to the Columbia 2008 thread? I can't find it and I'm curious to see last year's timeline for Early Decision interview invites. You said that some invites were issued only 14 days after review but this is faster than reported in the BW forums... I wouldn't rule it out though. I'm guessing those who heard in only 14 days were probably re-applicants.

Also, the info that Columbia issues interview invites after 2 rounds of review is inaccurate. The Adcom has gone on record several times to point out that the interview invite can be issued at any point in the review process (they usually answer this to alleviate the anxiety of applicants who have not received invites while others who went under review at the same time did). Either the first reviewer or second reviewer can request an interview. Thus the process for those who receive an interview can take 1 of 2 forms, as outlined by Ben May from the Adcom on a previous year's Columbia BW thread:

Submitted > Under Review > 1st Reviewer > Interview Invite > Interview > Application Complete (aka Feedback Submitted) > 2nd Reviewer > Committee Review > Decision
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Submitted > Under Review > 1st Reviewer > 2nd Reviewer > Interview Invite > Interview > Application Complete (aka Feedback Submitted) > Committee Review > Decision

Hope this clarification helps!
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New post 23 Aug 2008, 20:57
TienyChesney, you're a veritable treasure trove of information! That makes a lot of sense actually.
BTW - when are you planning on hitting the submit button?

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Submitted > Under Review > 1st Reviewer > Interview Invite > Interview > Application Complete (aka Feedback Submitted) > 2nd Reviewer > Committee Review > Decision
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Submitted > Under Review > 1st Reviewer > 2nd Reviewer > Interview Invite > Interview > Application Complete (aka Feedback Submitted) > Committee Review > Decision


Here's the 2008 thread.
http://gmatclub.com/forum/post346487.html#p346487

And I said interview invites in 11 days! mNeo, the poster from last year who reported that wasn't a reapplicant IIRC. There's also mention in there of someone getting an offer of admission without an interview. :?

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Hey Solaris,

Thanks for the link! I love reading any and everything CBS-related that I can find. Here's a gem for you if you haven't seen it before. Here is the link to last year's spreadsheet of BusinessWeek CBS early decision applicants. It has stats and dates on the vast majority of CBS ED 2008 applicants from BusinessWeek forums. Thanks to ChristopherW for compiling this. I recommend exporting the google spreadsheet into Excel and then doing an auto-filter on the row of categories. You can decipher many interesting trends and this is why I expect the earliest interview invites to come around Sept. 10-15 this year.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key= ... l=en&pli=1

As for when I press that "submit" button, I like to think that I'm one of the first ten apps in their pile :P
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TienyChesney wrote:
As for when I press that "submit" button, I like to think that I'm one of the first ten apps in their pile :P


You're through already? No way, I'm not going to let my enthusiasm for CBS be overshadowed by yours. Now I'm totally pulling all-nighters all week next week to finish before the holiday weekend. I'm kidding of course, congratulations!

I hope you and ryguy will be the first admits of the season at GMATClub.

EDIT -- ugh that's a cool spreadsheet, but it doesn't import very well into OpenOffice. I'm going to wait for someone a little less quantitatively challenged to provide us with a synopsis of what's on there.

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Any input on whether essay 3 needs to be professional or non-professional?

Since all other essays are professional related, i was thinking about a non-professional for essay 3.

Essay 4 could be a personal essay.

Thoughts?

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Any input on whether essay 3 needs to be professional or non-professional?

Since all other essays are professional related, i was thinking about a non-professional for essay 3.

Essay 4 could be a personal essay.

Thoughts?



Essay 4, I hope you mean the optional essay.

I thought, essay 2 can be from outside of your profession. Now you got me worried :(

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New post 24 Aug 2008, 06:03
Not to worry filmcity, my essay 2 is based on a somewhat cool personal anecdote. Essay 1 is really the only one which must be "professional" but it's probably a good idea to keep one of the other two essays focused on work.

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mlchang616 wrote:
Any input on whether essay 3 needs to be professional or non-professional?

Since all other essays are professional related, i was thinking about a non-professional for essay 3.

Essay 4 could be a personal essay.

Thoughts?



Essay 4, I hope you mean the optional essay.

I thought, essay 2 can be from outside of your profession. Now you got me worried :(

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New post 24 Aug 2008, 06:10
Don't think it matters...
Though CBS places very little emphasis on extracurriculars, it is OK to include something that's not professional.
With that said, I do think essay 2&3 are more likely to be situations arise at work.
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New post 24 Aug 2008, 16:27
Alright guys, help!

Anyone know if I can resend the Columbia Recommendation Request to my recommender's e-mail by simply checking off that "send" button on the application again?

Or do I have to call admissions to arrange for that?


EDIT - Nevermind I figured this out. Checking off that "send" box does indeed resend the Recommendation Request.

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DJhouse,

I hope your orientation is as sweet as the stories! How is the "talent" in the upcoming class? ;) On a serious note though, how long is Orientation? 3 days? 1 week? 2 weeks? Do they have activities from morning to night or are their built in breaks?

Also, I remember in your Ambassador thread, you reported that most CBS students live on the Upper West Side. Can you comment on which range of streets is the most popular? (90s, 80s, 70s, 100s) I know Linda Meehan said in an online chat that the majority of CBS students live within 10 blocks of campus (I assume this is because all internationals get campus housing)... what housing trends have you noticed with your current class? Thanks and I hope you're living it up!

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I have started Orienttion, and here are three adjectives that describe it: Amazing! Busy! Exhausting!

If I do not reply to questions, I apologize in advance, but I do not have a lot of time. I will try my best.


Orientation has been excellent and tiring, as I've said. It lasts 2 weeks, and the first week is by the far the most hectic with school stuff during the day and partying at night. But all throughout you get to meet your wonderful classmates in an academic and social setting. It's great! Who wouldn't want that?!?! The second week (this week) is going to be a little more low key with actual classes starting up and some optional review sessions. However, there's no doubt in my mind that there will be nightly activities.

The housing trends this year seem to be a concentration around the 80's to 100's, but this is just a representation of my friends. There are plenty of people in above 120th. As you get below the 80's it starts to thin out. But, like I said, there are people everywhere. There is no dearth of students living further afield. In my learning team I have people who live in university housing, Brooklyn, UWS, and Midtown. It spans the city. You just have to find a place that suits your needs (as well as those of your significant other, if that is the case). It does not really get more specific with regards to housing.

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New post 24 Aug 2008, 23:54
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mashi wrote:
For completing the app. I'm still struggling to select my recommenders.

Columbia specified 8 questions for recommenders to answer, I envision at least 1 paragraph per question, that will make the letter about two pages. Do you know how long the recommendation letter should be? 1page, 2 pages or 3+pages?


I can't imagine 3 pages. My recommender said his CBS rec was 1.5 pages.

To put things in perspective, Wharton has 9 rec questions and clearly instructs recommenders to submit only a ONE PAGE document for the rec.


Wharton actually says that reccomenders will typically write 2-3 pages (not one).

From Wharton website:http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/admissions/apply/preparing.cfm

"Useful recommendation letters are usually two to three pages long."

Even though I'm not applying to Wharton I used this as a guideline when I prepped my reccomenders. Both my CBS reccomenders said their recs were 2.5-3 pages.

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Yeah, I was just pointing out their instructions in the application regarding rec letter lengths. I doubt there would be a penalty if the rec was 2 pages or so.

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Hi DJhouse,

Thanks for the housing update. Good to hear that West 80s is a viable option. I definitely want to be around a decent concentration of other students but don't want to be in 90s or 100s. Looks like I'll be in the West 80s or Morningside Heights (around 110s) itself. Assuming I'm admitted that is :P

I'm glad that you're living it up these two weeks. We all envy you!
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1) Is there a separate post for J-Term? I ran a quick search and did not see one. I have to imagine that quite a few January start offers have gone out and we'll have enough data for a decent statistical base.

2) Does anyone know how much emphasis CBS places on fit/interest in the program? I applied J-Term and haven't heard back yet. My GPA is above CBS's average, GMAT is achilles heel (690, driven by Q<80th percentile) but I am not a career changer and have fit and expressed interest in their value investing program. My WE is quantitative (Currently am an investment associate at a large HF, M&A and valuation experience, CFA charterholder, CPA) plus one of my recommenders is a CBS alum who knows me and my work well so I'm hoping that will make up for my flub on the exam.

This site is great- I wish I would have discovered it earlier.

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1) Is there a separate post for J-Term? I ran a quick search and did not see one. I have to imagine that quite a few January start offers have gone out and we'll have enough data for a decent statistical base.

2) Does anyone know how much emphasis CBS places on fit/interest in the program? I applied J-Term and haven't heard back yet. My GPA is above CBS's average, GMAT is achilles heel (690, driven by Q<80th percentile) but I am not a career changer and have fit and expressed interest in their value investing program. My WE is quantitative (Currently am an investment associate at a large HF, M&A and valuation experience, CFA charterholder, CPA) plus one of my recommenders is a CBS alum who knows me and my work well so I'm hoping that will make up for my flub on the exam.

This site is great- I wish I would have discovered it earlier.


So, your essays were good too?

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I submitted my Columbia app this morning

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nice work, IHateTheGMAT. You're the 3rd person on this thread to confirm submission. What school's next?

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nice work, IHateTheGMAT. You're the 3rd person on this thread to confirm submission. What school's next?


I'm about halfway through my Tuck essays. Then it's on to Cornell.

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I submitted my Columbia app this morning


Well done mate!

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