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New post 29 Dec 2008, 23:43
When you preview your whole app, does it cut off stuff if you go beyond 400 chars (or some similar limit)? I remember having some issues with formatting when I previewed my app, so I went back and changed things to roughly 250-350 chars.

In general, I've been pretty anal about word/character limits in all of my apps. Not sure if going over by a few words/sentences really matters, but I'd prefer to be on the safer side and follow adcom's instructions closely.
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I am having this problem as well. Has anyone contacted admissions about this?
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New post 31 Dec 2008, 10:17
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I am having this problem as well. Has anyone contacted admissions about this?


Here's how to do it:

1. save your word doc as a .txt (plain text) document
2. copy and paste to the activities, essays, etc.
3. save the work without making any edits (it will probably look clean at this point)
4. after saving your pasted work, go back and edit--words will be cut off at the end and punctuation will have errors.
5. after your edits are complete, save it again.
6. go back to double check but it should be clean at this point.

FYI--I used about 750 characters for one of my activities sections. 400 just wasn't enough and I'm willing to risk it.
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does anyone know if we're allowed to upload our transcript in PDF? I can't tell. it says we can't upload in jpeg or any other image format, but then it mentions something about a pdf, but I have no idea. I dont want to enter every single class i've taken in the self reported excel worksheet if i can just upload them in PDF. Can people comment on how they've addressed the transcript issue?
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Although CBS follows a rolling admission, Jan 7th is the deadline for submitting the application for Fall'09 to be considered for scholarships. The progress I am making in writing my essays, its going to be hard meeting the Jan 7th deadline (for me). Does anybody know of other disadvantages of submitting the app late (from Jan 7th) by a couple of weeks?
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leonidas wrote:
Although CBS follows a rolling admission, Jan 7th is the deadline for submitting the application for Fall'09 to be considered for scholarships. The progress I am making in writing my essays, its going to be hard meeting the Jan 7th deadline (for me). Does anybody know of other disadvantages of submitting the app late (from Jan 7th) by a couple of weeks?


The biggest disadvantage is the rolling admission. From what I've heard, they recieve close to 50% of their RD apps around the deadline date (Jan 7th). I'm pretty sure they recieve a significant chunk of apps before the deadline date also. So, the later you submit your app, the less spots are available in the incoming class since they've already been filled up, the lower the odds of admission. I would think the biggest disadvantage is for people who are already part of an overrepresented group to apply late. For people with unique profiles, it shouldn't matter too much.

Although, if your essays are going to be much better, then I would suggest take your time and don't worry about Jan 7th. A friend of mine did turn in his app last February and he is now matriculating at Columbia.
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leonidas wrote:
Although CBS follows a rolling admission, Jan 7th is the deadline for submitting the application for Fall'09 to be considered for scholarships. The progress I am making in writing my essays, its going to be hard meeting the Jan 7th deadline (for me). Does anybody know of other disadvantages of submitting the app late (from Jan 7th) by a couple of weeks?


The biggest disadvantage is the rolling admission. From what I've heard, they recieve close to 50% of their RD apps around the deadline date (Jan 7th). I'm pretty sure they recieve a significant chunk of apps before the deadline date also. So, the later you submit your app, the less spots are available in the incoming class since they've already been filled up, the lower the odds of admission. I would think the biggest disadvantage is for people who are already part of an overrepresented group to apply late. For people with unique profiles, it shouldn't matter too much.

Although, if your essays are going to be much better, then I would suggest take your time and don't worry about Jan 7th. A friend of mine did turn in his app last February and he is now matriculating at Columbia.


Thanks. Though I am in the overrepresented group, a good essay few days late is much better than a lousy one before 7th. I recently found about the EC essays from the application so was a little startled.
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hi all,

are you guys actually writing essays for EC section? it is a bit confusing: on the top it says "list upto 3 activities" and below that it says "add essay"...also on the top it says (400 character limit) which i think means 400 words based on the size of the text box....

i find it hard to believe one would have to write an essay here....never seen it on any of the other apps? how can you write so much about ECs? what say?

thanks in advance.....
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hi all,

are you guys actually writing essays for EC section? it is a bit confusing: on the top it says "list upto 3 activities" and below that it says "add essay"...also on the top it says (400 character limit) which i think means 400 words based on the size of the text box....

i find it hard to believe one would have to write an essay here....never seen it on any of the other apps? how can you write so much about ECs? what say?

thanks in advance.....


I am pretty sure this section is just used to list/briefly describe your ECs. I stuck to the character limit.
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that's what i thought foodstamp...the thing that surprised me was after i had listed the ECs in the text box, below the text box it said "59640 characters left"....made me think something was wrong...
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New post 04 Jan 2009, 17:12
Can anyone please comment on how they handled the transcript! I'm still unclear if we have to use the excel spreadsheets or we can upload a pdf.
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I submitted RD application yesterday. Please update on first page.
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Can anyone please comment on how they handled the transcript! I'm still unclear if we have to use the excel spreadsheets or we can upload a pdf.


In the instructions they say:
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UPLOAD TRANSCRIPT ONLY IN THE EXCEL FILE 97-2003 FORMAT. AN ERROR WILL OCCUR UPON UPLOADING AN EXCEL 2007 FILE (.XLSX). IF YOU HAVE OFFICE 2007, WHEN SAVING YOUR FILE MAKE SURE TO SELECT 'EXCEL 97-2003 WORKBOOK (*.XLS)' FROM THE SAVE AS TYPE DROP DOWN.

SCANNED TRANSCRIPTS IN JPG OR OTHER IMAGE FORMATS ARE NOT SUPPORTED


You can find the excel spreadsheet for the self-reported transcript at this link
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New post 04 Jan 2009, 20:45
Yes thank you. I obviously read that, and did not need the both bold AND caps copy and paste from their site however, it also says further down that you can submit transcripts via uploading in PDF if you can't upload the excel sheet. I was curious to know if anyone had done that, as it doesn't seem like the preferred way to do it and I wouldn't want points against me.
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I submitted PDF transcripts and was invited to interview earlier in the ED cycle, so PDF is fine.
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hey solaris1..did you list your ECs or write essays/detailed descriptions....there seems to be a problem with the word limits specified
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New post 05 Jan 2009, 07:47
With a 400 character limit, there's not much you can besides simply listing your ECs, including a very brief description, any offices held, and dates.

And that's just what I did.

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hey solaris1..did you list your ECs or write essays/detailed descriptions....there seems to be a problem with the word limits specified
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I submitted PDF transcripts and was invited to interview earlier in the ED cycle, so PDF is fine.



Thanks! Good to know!
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Recs are in, essays are proof-read, fee is paid... consider me applied! :-D
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