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New post 16 Oct 2008, 10:03
loathetheapps wrote:
oh no my concern is that i didn't actually put it on the app?

I think two months gap after college is understandable. You might have explained the gap in your optional essay, but even for that, I think it's a bit too short to call it "employment gap." I also read some thread in this forum that the background check is more about employment period and salary. I guess supervisors can prove responsibilities or job titles. I would just have a good explanation if they ask.

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typically the earlier you get your interview invite, the longer is the waiting period between your application going complete and you receiving a decision.

I received the interview invite about two weeks after review. My application is completed in three weeks. I am grateful that so far it has been smooth, but waiting does make me more nervous. :lol:

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New post 16 Oct 2008, 13:07
January 7th ???? Please tell me they're kidding.

"Your application is complete and will be placed under review on January 7, 2009, the first day of our Regular Decision review period.

You can expect to hear either a final decision or an invitation to interview from us within 12 weeks from January 7, 2009.
Please keep in mind that an invitation to interview can come at any point in the evaluation process.
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New post 16 Oct 2008, 13:49
did you interview with them, or did it go to a straight deferral?

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New post 16 Oct 2008, 13:56
BSD, you need to call admissions asap and tell them your application somehow went into the RD pool. I'm assuming you intended to submit ED.

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January 7th ???? Please tell me they're kidding.

"Your application is complete and will be placed under review on January 7, 2009, the first day of our Regular Decision review period.

You can expect to hear either a final decision or an invitation to interview from us within 12 weeks from January 7, 2009.
Please keep in mind that an invitation to interview can come at any point in the evaluation process.
Submitted Date 06 Oct 2008
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So I tried to stay away from this thread for a few days and that didn't work out! :) And I just saw a first-time applicant report an offer of admission on BW and this applicant's entire timeline from submission to acceptance was less than 3 weeks! Not sure what to make of that.

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No Solaris I intended the RD. But I was kinda expecting a slightly earlier response (having submitted even well before the ED deadline).

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New post 16 Oct 2008, 14:27
Well, no worries then. The "official" review period for RD starts January 7th, 2009. They will probably start reading your application well before that date however.

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No Solaris I intended the RD. But I was kinda expecting a slightly earlier response (having submitted even well before the ED deadline).

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does this mean no decision till february ??


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Well, no worries then. The "official" review period for RD starts January 7th, 2009. They will probably start reading your application well before that date however.

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No Solaris I intended the RD. But I was kinda expecting a slightly earlier response (having submitted even well before the ED deadline).

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Unfortunately early Feb. would most likely be the earliest you would have a decision from CBS, bsd.

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But I believed that they have rolling admissions. Say hypothetically they process all the ED applications by mid-November. They still have nearly 2-3 months to read my app and make a decision. Its not that much of a stretch to imagine that they could process my app by December ? I can't wait till Feb. I have to pay a large commitment fee to LBS in January. I may as well withdraw if they aren't willing to make a decision before January.

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New post 16 Oct 2008, 19:57
While it is indeed possible they could start processing your application considerably earlier, the fact the "official" review period begins January 7 (to me at least) suggests it would be very unlikely you would get a decision until at least 3-4 weeks after that date if you factor in the time it might take for an interview.

I would still call admissions for the final word, but I was under the impression CBS's RD policy was reasonably clear about this?

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But I believed that they have rolling admissions. Say hypothetically they process all the ED applications by mid-November. They still have nearly 2-3 months to read my app and make a decision. Its not that much of a stretch to imagine that they could process my app by December ? I can't wait till Feb. I have to pay a large commitment fee to LBS in January. I may as well withdraw if they aren't willing to make a decision before January.

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New post 16 Oct 2008, 20:49
All - I had a quick question on the Columbia application.
The activities section has a 400 character limit, which does not give a lot of room to explain any community leadership experience beyond 3-4 lines. Is it a strict limit or do they just expect us to list our experiences (without the details)?
Most of the other schools I have applied to have a higher word limit.

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a House DJ @ columbia ( ref to djhouse81)....

another WHY COLUMBIA answer :lol:

what genre of house you dabble in dj house?

Can we play our stuff in the uris hall ;-)

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Thanks guys. The only reason I am asking about Kroll is that I didn't include 1 job I had that lasted literally less than 2 months after I graduated - do you think that'll be a problem?!?! Is there any way they'll find out about that and make a fuss? I quit after less than 2 months so didn't think I needed to include in the exhaustive "list all the jobs you've ever had since college" list.

And Tieny - yes I am in DC we should def. meet up!



You are fine, you are fine, you are fine! Keep saying those words because there is nothing to worry about. There's nothing about a 2-month stint that changes who you are and what you will add to Columbia. That's the whole point of Kroll: to find applicants who blatantly lied and will negatively impact the class as a result of lying. That is 100% not you. This is a great time in your life, enjoy it, and do not sweat Kroll.

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But I believed that they have rolling admissions. Say hypothetically they process all the ED applications by mid-November. They still have nearly 2-3 months to read my app and make a decision. Its not that much of a stretch to imagine that they could process my app by December ? I can't wait till Feb. I have to pay a large commitment fee to LBS in January. I may as well withdraw if they aren't willing to make a decision before January.


BSD, I doubt you will get a decision before Jan. There is a good chance you won't get one even in Jan. The ED deadline just arrived and that review period is 10 weeks after that. Then we have Christmas. I take them at their word when they say they start reviewing Jan 7th.

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got the interviewwwwwwwww!!

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got the interviewwwwwwwww!!


Awesome! goodluck!!!
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New post 21 Oct 2008, 06:25
Sterny: congrats!

I just wanted to add something obviusly very obvious (obviously). It's been two weeks since I submitted my application: I now fully understand how painful the waiting time is. Really.

Whatever... good luck everyone... again.

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New post 21 Oct 2008, 08:33
best of luck sterny... rock the interview!

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Got dinged today. Ugh. Back to the drawing board. :(

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