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I am thinking about applying to Columbia Early Decision, but have two questions before doing so. If I don't apply ED, I will apply in December/January.

1st, the weakest part of my application is my extra-curricular experience, as I don't have a great deal of ECs post-college. To improve my profile, I recently took up a potentially high impact EC. If I were to apply during most schools' Round 2 (and apply to Columbia at the same time), it would be a 9-10 month EC. If I were to apply ED at Columbia, it would be closer to 6-7 months, which I fear is too short-term and may even hurt my application. Quality and impact aside, would only 6-7 months of participation invalidate this EC, or should I feel comfortable applying ED (assuming the rest of my application is strong)?

2nd, I would think that by applying ED to Columbia, they would be satisfied that I am genuinely interested in them as my top program. Nevertheless, I'm wondering how much value there would be in doing more to show interest, like attending a formal campus visit or speaking with professors/ad coms.

Thank-you for your insight,


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New post 27 Jun 2013, 06:27
Thank you for your posting.

To answer your first question, a few extra months of community service is not going to make or break your application. So, if Columbia is your top choice and you are willing to commit if accepted, then I advise applying in the ED round. However, there are clever ways to demonstrate community service without actually having to have an extensive community service dossier.

To answer your second question: Columbia has many more qualified applicants than available spaces so they are not going to admit a person who does not meet their standards just because they applied ED. However, I do recommend visiting the school and/or attending information sessions in order to meet admissions officers, faculty, staff and student. You just never know who you might make a connection with and how this might impact your chances of admissions.

Regardless of which route you take, you are going to have to submit a compelling and competitive application. This requires a significant investment in time, energy and resources.

Good luck.

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