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Initial Deposit
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Hello Class of 2019!
Congratulations to all!

Quick question about the ED Deposit of $6000 to be paid to CBS...
I'm a domestic candidate and selected wire transfer as my method of payment. However, I'm confused as to who the 'beneficiary' is when putting in transfer details... is it Wells Fargo bank or Columbia University?

Additionally, if I have accepted my online reply form by putting in Wire Transfer as the method of payment... can I pay by check instead now or should I call admissions and make them aware.

This should be so simple, I feel silly asking these questions!

Thanks in advance! :) :)


No worries - I had the same question when I was wiring my deposit. I feel the instruction on the web page could have been more clear. I am international and I put Columbia University as the name of the beneficiary. The transfer went through fine without any issue. I think the account does belong to Wells Fargo but as long as you have the correct routing number and account number it should be fine.

As for changing the method of payment - I think it's fine as long as you let them know.



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Hi all!

When does "Re Vera" appear on the to-do list? I've submitted my ED deposit, still no background checks on my timeline.. Does everyone go through one?

What's the consensus on pre-MBA tour vs pre-MBA internship? 8-)


I received the "Re Vera" task on my to-do list - I was admitted in August, but I doubt that matters. I submitted the release and payment for the "Re Vera" background check and let my recommenders know that they may be contacted. This may have been too early since I don't plan on quitting till next June....oh well :)

In regards to pre-MBA tour vs. pre-MBA internship, I think those are two distinct programs. Pre-MBA tour trips for CBS, I believe, include multiple trips that occur between May and August before Fall Term. I plan on going to 1-3 trips (likely 1-2 because I will so painfully in debt once MBA loans kick in). Pre-MBA internships can be done in addition to the pre-MBA tour trips (assuming you don't choose a trip /trips that overlap); however, from my research, pre-MBA internships more likely than not will need to be brokered through a connection / your network. There are official programs, but they are very selective so there is no guarantee. Personally, I would do one if it'll be a great AND different learning experience, but aside from that, the advice I've gotten is to enjoy the stress-free months before CBS takes over your life (in a good way).



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Maybe a bit early to start talking about this...but have other people started to think about plans before next Fall? Anybody thinking about pre-MBA internships, travel, etc... and when do you think you'll be leaving your current job?


I haven't started thinking yet but I definitely will as the new year starts. The CBS pre-MBA world tour sounds awesome from what I've read about previous years.

I'd like to finish my job around late May/early June, but I think saving money may convince me to work slightly longer...


Yup, i'm leaving my job end of March and then moving to part time until school starts. Have an italy trip planned and hoping to get a few more in. The summer of anon4444 is about to be legit af.

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Hi All, congrats on getting in.

Has anyone heard anything from Re Vera at all? I'm past the 8 week mark now and it seems a little strange that they'd already be behind this early on in the process. I've had no contact from them personally and I don't believe my work/recommenders have been contacted either, but obviously could be wrong about that. I'm assuming that they're done if I haven't heard from them yet, but curious if everyone has had silence.
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Hi All, congrats on getting in.

Has anyone heard anything from Re Vera at all? I'm past the 8 week mark now and it seems a little strange that they'd already be behind this early on in the process. I've had no contact from them personally and I don't believe my work/recommenders have been contacted either, but obviously could be wrong about that. I'm assuming that they're done if I haven't heard from them yet, but curious if everyone has had silence.


I'm at the 4 week mark, and I know my current employer received a call this week.
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Hi All, congrats on getting in.

Has anyone heard anything from Re Vera at all? I'm past the 8 week mark now and it seems a little strange that they'd already be behind this early on in the process. I've had no contact from them personally and I don't believe my work/recommenders have been contacted either, but obviously could be wrong about that. I'm assuming that they're done if I haven't heard from them yet, but curious if everyone has had silence.


I'm at the 4 week mark, and I know my current employer received a call this week.



Awesome - that's good to know, thank you.
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Hi All, congrats on getting in.

Has anyone heard anything from Re Vera at all? I'm past the 8 week mark now and it seems a little strange that they'd already be behind this early on in the process. I've had no contact from them personally and I don't believe my work/recommenders have been contacted either, but obviously could be wrong about that. I'm assuming that they're done if I haven't heard from them yet, but curious if everyone has had silence.


I'm around the 4 week mark too and I heard from them recently. I honestly wouldn't worry about not hearing from them yet. I think no news is good news!
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gmat1122 wrote:
Hi All, congrats on getting in.

Has anyone heard anything from Re Vera at all? I'm past the 8 week mark now and it seems a little strange that they'd already be behind this early on in the process. I've had no contact from them personally and I don't believe my work/recommenders have been contacted either, but obviously could be wrong about that. I'm assuming that they're done if I haven't heard from them yet, but curious if everyone has had silence.


Wondering if you ever heard back. I'm at just about the 7 week mark now.
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gmat1122 wrote:
Hi All, congrats on getting in.

Has anyone heard anything from Re Vera at all? I'm past the 8 week mark now and it seems a little strange that they'd already be behind this early on in the process. I've had no contact from them personally and I don't believe my work/recommenders have been contacted either, but obviously could be wrong about that. I'm assuming that they're done if I haven't heard from them yet, but curious if everyone has had silence.


Wondering if you ever heard back. I'm at just about the 7 week mark now.


Nope, getting pretty close to 4 months now. Although I'm almost positive that they're done and CBS just hasn't gotten back to us yet.
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Pretty quiet in here.

Anyone hear back from merit or need-based scholarships?

When is the timeline to hear back?
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gmat1122 wrote:
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gmat1122 wrote:
Hi All, congrats on getting in.

Has anyone heard anything from Re Vera at all? I'm past the 8 week mark now and it seems a little strange that they'd already be behind this early on in the process. I've had no contact from them personally and I don't believe my work/recommenders have been contacted either, but obviously could be wrong about that. I'm assuming that they're done if I haven't heard from them yet, but curious if everyone has had silence.


Wondering if you ever heard back. I'm at just about the 7 week mark now.


Nope, getting pretty close to 4 months now. Although I'm almost positive that they're done and CBS just hasn't gotten back to us yet.


Same here. I submitted authorization to Re Vera on Oct. 24th, my employer was contacted in November or December, but I haven’t heard anything since. Has anybody heard back from Columbia?


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Hey Fellow CBS 2020ers,

Congratulations on being accepted to CBS. We’re really excited to meet you all! To jump-start the fun, networking, and memories, we would love to invite you on a trip around the world. Welcome to the CBS World Tour!

What is the World Tour?!

The CBS World Tour is an entirely optional (although highly recommended), self-funded trip around the world organized by CBS students for CBS students—and their significant others. Each trip is organized by a country expert— maybe they were born there, worked there, or are super excited about the country— and lasts around a week. The trips give you the chance to share awesome experiences with your future classmates and make friends before the chaos of school. Last year’s trip hit up such varied places as Tanzania, Vietnam, Croatia, France, and Mauritius. You can join for as many trips as you would like (although some may overlap).

When is the World Tour?!

The exact schedule is still pending, but we’re planning to travel between May and August. TBC.

How can I get involved?!

We are looking for trip leaders to organize the various trips. If you’re interested please email us at cbsworldtour2018@gmail.com or sign-up at cbsworldtour.com. We already have leaders for our Yacht Week and Hamptons trips, but if you want to help out that would still be appreciated.

What if I just want to travel?!

Sign up for our newsletter at cbsworldtour.com and we’ll let you know as soon as the schedule is released and sign-ups are open. We’re really excited to get to know you all. Please send us an email if you have any questions.

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Does anyone know when we'll be able to sign up for CBS World Tour trips? And has anyone heard back about merit scholarships?
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Does anyone know when we'll be able to sign up for CBS World Tour trips? And has anyone heard back about merit scholarships?


Wondering about this, too. Most people seemed to find out about their merit fellowships on the admissions call itself, right? At least that's how things appear for most schools, including CBS. The school says they may award some after admissions, but I'm not sure how significant the scholarships will be. Bummer, since it's a huge factor in my decision-making process.
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Does anyone know when we'll be able to sign up for CBS World Tour trips? And has anyone heard back about merit scholarships?


Wondering about this, too. Most people seemed to find out about their merit fellowships on the admissions call itself, right? At least that's how things appear for most schools, including CBS. The school says they may award some after admissions, but I'm not sure how significant the scholarships will be. Bummer, since it's a huge factor in my decision-making process.


They sent an email around 2 weeks ago saying need-based will be rolled out soon, and some merits have already been handed to students.
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Does anyone know when we'll be able to sign up for CBS World Tour trips? And has anyone heard back about merit scholarships?


Wondering about this, too. Most people seemed to find out about their merit fellowships on the admissions call itself, right? At least that's how things appear for most schools, including CBS. The school says they may award some after admissions, but I'm not sure how significant the scholarships will be. Bummer, since it's a huge factor in my decision-making process.


They sent an email around 2 weeks ago saying need-based will be rolled out soon, and some merits have already been handed to students.


Yeah, I saw the optional application for need-based scholarship. But, regarding the fellowships, since it's been said that the majority of merit is handed out in February and I received my decision only yesterday - should I assume that I've been passed over for merit? Probably a question I'll shoot off to adcom when my other schools results trickle in and I can compare my options.
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Yeah, I saw the optional application for need-based scholarship. But, regarding the fellowships, since it's been said that the majority of merit is handed out in February and I received my decision only yesterday - should I assume that I've been passed over for merit? Probably a question I'll shoot off to adcom when my other schools results trickle in and I can compare my options.


From what I inferred in the email from the finaid office, it seems like only some merit have been issued - let me try to find that email when I get home.

Though, keep us posted with what the adcom tells you?
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Yeah, I saw the optional application for need-based scholarship. But, regarding the fellowships, since it's been said that the majority of merit is handed out in February and I received my decision only yesterday - should I assume that I've been passed over for merit? Probably a question I'll shoot off to adcom when my other schools results trickle in and I can compare my options.


From what I inferred in the email from the finaid office, it seems like only some merit have been issued - let me try to find that email when I get home.

Though, keep us posted with what the adcom tells you?


Thank you and absolutely will do!
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whippersnacker wrote:

Yeah, I saw the optional application for need-based scholarship. But, regarding the fellowships, since it's been said that the majority of merit is handed out in February and I received my decision only yesterday - should I assume that I've been passed over for merit? Probably a question I'll shoot off to adcom when my other schools results trickle in and I can compare my options.


From what I inferred in the email from the finaid office, it seems like only some merit have been issued - let me try to find that email when I get home.

Though, keep us posted with what the adcom tells you?


Spoke with some current students familiar with the matter - looks like merit fellowships are still being handed out at admission even now. The later the cycle goes (March etc.), the smaller the awards become. There's also a small chance you'll be one of the lucky few who gets a secondhand fellowship package if an admitted student opts to go somewhere else. So...yup.

Now I'm more interested in the need-based financial scholarship. I heard the school first pads you with institutional loans and then tries to bridge the gap with cash scholarship. And unless you come from an NGO, I'm not sure the awards are that large either.
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whippersnacker wrote:
financenoob wrote:
whippersnacker wrote:

Yeah, I saw the optional application for need-based scholarship. But, regarding the fellowships, since it's been said that the majority of merit is handed out in February and I received my decision only yesterday - should I assume that I've been passed over for merit? Probably a question I'll shoot off to adcom when my other schools results trickle in and I can compare my options.


From what I inferred in the email from the finaid office, it seems like only some merit have been issued - let me try to find that email when I get home.

Though, keep us posted with what the adcom tells you?


Spoke with some current students familiar with the matter - looks like merit fellowships are still being handed out at admission even now. The later the cycle goes (March etc.), the smaller the awards become. There's also a small chance you'll be one of the lucky few who gets a secondhand fellowship package if an admitted student opts to go somewhere else. So...yup.

Now I'm more interested in the need-based financial scholarship. I heard the school first pads you with institutional loans and then tries to bridge the gap with cash scholarship. And unless you come from an NGO, I'm not sure the awards are that large either.



Been some time since I got on the forum.

For future applicants, I applied ED and received a full tuition scholarship mid March. So CBS definitely does give money even if one applies ED.
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