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New post 22 Oct 2008, 08:37
I doubt it has anything to do with the financial crisis...i feel that when solid candidates such as solaris dont get accepted its primarily due to their lack of conveying their greatness in the essays.

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New post 22 Oct 2008, 09:32
deckardbr wrote:
also, from reading posts from last year I remember people getting waitlisted or deferred. Now it seems more In or Out.

Is it?



I think it's the timing, I got that same conclusions, but for the most part alot of the waitlist or deferred were people who applied the last 3 days. I think this year, we haven't reach that point yet. If last years trend hold true, 50% of the people applied the last 2 days. So I think we will start seeing alot more deferrals and waitlist.
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New post 23 Oct 2008, 01:55
Sorry to hear the news guys. Like BSD said, dings are part of the processes. Keep at it and hard work pays off!

good luck and keep going

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Thanks everyone for the kind words. Good luck to you all! :-D

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New post 23 Oct 2008, 22:17
Oh no. Why are there so many dinges...what's a typical profile of an accepted student?

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New post 23 Oct 2008, 22:40
I am so sorry solaris1,sng and happy bunny

Darn !!! I cant believe that Columbia has actually dinged such solid candidates !!

are they reading too many applications nowadays ????
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New post 27 Oct 2008, 13:02
Dinged! w/o interview!
Submitted end of August, ED

3.1 GPA Engineering State School
700 GMAT, 44V, 42Q, AWA 6.0
39 months WE at matriculation (IT at Fortune 500)
Solid essays (in my opinion), wrote about bkgrnd in IT and Engineering (and trends that I have observed) and desire to leverage previous WE to work in MC -- all essays proof-read by alumni
average community service (nothing crazy)
Asian-American

What do you guys think? Is it the low WE? I am also considering taking a calculus class to address my low Quant Score.. do you think that the quant score is of concern?

Dissapointed.. but there is always next year!

Thanks everyone!

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New post 27 Oct 2008, 13:32
things that stick out, your Q score is LOW..

you probably need to personalize your essays more..maybe not talk much about work..maybe something personal??

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Dinged! w/o interview!
Submitted end of August, ED

3.1 GPA Engineering State School
700 GMAT, 44V, 42Q, AWA 6.0
39 months WE at matriculation (IT at Fortune 500)
Solid essays (in my opinion), wrote about bkgrnd in IT and Engineering (and trends that I have observed) and desire to leverage previous WE to work in MC -- all essays proof-read by alumni
average community service (nothing crazy)
Asian-American

What do you guys think? Is it the low WE? I am also considering taking a calculus class to address my low Quant Score.. do you think that the quant score is of concern?

Dissapointed.. but there is always next year!

Thanks everyone!

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New post 27 Oct 2008, 13:38
hm a calculus class? how will that help? weren't you an engineering major? You must have taken a few calculus classes I'd imagine.

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New post 27 Oct 2008, 13:41
So a likely bit of overanalysis here.

I'm about done with my Columbia essays. Considering Columbia's sensitivity for being a "backup" school for Harvard, Wharton and arguably Sloan, do you think they'd raise an eye at all for RD apps that are conveniently submitted a few weeks after the above schools' deadlines. I feel it would just scream 'now that I got the big ones out of the way, I can finish up Columbia'.

Should I wait til late November'ish to submit? Still well before the RD review period, but I'd kinda just like to be done with this....

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New post 27 Oct 2008, 13:42
Yes, I have taken through calc 4 but got B's in all of them. I was hoping that by taking a calculus class and receiving an "A" would help alleviate concerns regarding my quant abilities. Good idea?

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New post 27 Oct 2008, 13:51
also re your situation palmetto i assume the calculus class you'd be retaking would be at some community college...which if only to go from B to A in calculus seems at least to me like something that wouldn't take you from dinged w/o interview to accepted at Columbia. They have many people there who got B's in Calculus. Much less with 42's on the quant part of the GMAT. Your money would be much better spent hiking up your quant GMAT score. just my $0.02.

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New post 27 Oct 2008, 13:53
Sorry to hear about being dinged. I would focus on more leadership within your community.

Instead of taking a semester-long course, why not study for the GMAT for a month or two and then retake the exam?

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you will be wasting time if you retook calc because of a B

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bostonsparky wrote:
So a likely bit of overanalysis here.

I'm about done with my Columbia essays. Considering Columbia's sensitivity for being a "backup" school for Harvard, Wharton and arguably Sloan, do you think they'd raise an eye at all for RD apps that are conveniently submitted a few weeks after the above schools' deadlines. I feel it would just scream 'now that I got the big ones out of the way, I can finish up Columbia'.

Should I wait til late November'ish to submit? Still well before the RD review period, but I'd kinda just like to be done with this....


The fact that you're RD probably alerts them enough to the fact that Columbia may not be your #1 choice. And frankly, they're ok with that, otherwise they would only admit ED. I would submit as soon as your application is at its best, irrespective of other schools' deadlines.

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PalmettoRU wrote:
Dinged! w/o interview!
Submitted end of August, ED

3.1 GPA Engineering State School
700 GMAT, 44V, 42Q, AWA 6.0
39 months WE at matriculation (IT at Fortune 500)
Solid essays (in my opinion), wrote about bkgrnd in IT and Engineering (and trends that I have observed) and desire to leverage previous WE to work in MC -- all essays proof-read by alumni
average community service (nothing crazy)
Asian-American

What do you guys think? Is it the low WE? I am also considering taking a calculus class to address my low Quant Score.. do you think that the quant score is of concern?

Dissapointed.. but there is always next year!

Thanks everyone!


Reading your post makes me a little sad. I am also an Asian American (male), and went to a Eng. state school. I am shooting for a similar GMAT score as well. I do not think retaking a calculus class will help much. I think taking a course along the lines of MC would be more beneficial, since then you could write how your interest in MC is more solid due to taking a course.

Also, I am not sure if you tailored your essays toward how and why MC is of interest to you, and how your efforts WE wise support on why Columbia's MC degree will help you reach your career goals.

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New post 28 Oct 2008, 04:40
dinged without interview... my profile: 130-t69251

devastated... not sure if this will get me into my other target schools (sloan and fuqua)

maybe i should wait for a year... or retake my gmat @@?

good luck to the rest with their apps!

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New post 28 Oct 2008, 05:37
Thanks for the feedback guys! Looks like it's time to hit the GMAT books again.. I already started drafting a study plan! Best of luck to the rest of you guys with your apps!

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dinged without interview... my profile: 130-t69251

devastated... not sure if this will get me into my other target schools (sloan and fuqua)

maybe i should wait for a year... or retake my gmat @@?

good luck to the rest with their apps!



Are you applying anywhere else? But if you're gonna wait a year I would retake the gmats Goodluck!
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New post 28 Oct 2008, 15:50
Freedom Angel I think you are a bit too young. I would not worry about the GMAT, use the next couple of years to get some really interesting work experience.

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