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Overhaul Credentials for CBS Re-Application? Or Submit by June?

Last year in April, Columbia became one of the first top MBA programs to announce its new essay topics and recommendation questions. Columbia also revealed that its online application would be available in May, so candidates re-applying to the full-time MBA program in the January-Start, Early Decision (August start) or Regular Decision (August start) pools could submit their applications as early as May. It will likely be the same this year. When learning about this, many candidates ask one question:

“Don’t I have to overhaul my record to be successful with a re-application?”

That is the question we often hear at MBA Admit.com when candidates approach us expressing concern about re-applying to Columbia in May or June, which is only a few months after they received a rejection from the school. These candidates are operating under the false belief that they have to do something drastic, like change jobs, in order to reapply successfully, therefore they will need more time for those drastic changes.

It is actually a false belief that it is always necessary for rejected candidates to “overhaul” their credentials. In many cases, a candidate’s underlying qualifications made them competitive, but the candidate failed to present a strong application that communicated those credentials and the strengths of their candidacy effectively. In such cases, a candidate need not overhaul their credentials, but rather they should greatly improve their application itself – often multiple parts of the application, such as the essays, recommendations, resume and application form responses. In many cases, a candidate may also need to address one specific glaring weakness that served as the primary cause for the rejection, such as a GMAT score that was far too low.

We have found in our experience at MBA Admit.com that Columbia is very receptive to reapplicants as long as the reapplicant took steps to address the perceived weakness(es) of their application or credentials. We have many success stories every year of candidates who gain admission to Columbia just months after they were rejected when applying on their own. A key to their positive outcome was their success in addressing the weak spots of their application or credentials. An “overhaul” of their credentials was not needed.


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Dr. Shel Watts, the Founder of MBA Admit,.com, is a Harvard and Oxford graduate with Harvard admissions experience and over 26 years of work with MBA applicants. Clients can opt to work directly with Dr. Shel in the admissions process. http://www.mbaadmit.com

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Three Greatest Weaknesses to Address with CBS Re-Application

Many candidates ask us at MBA Admit.com about the three most common things candidates should fix in order to gain admission to Columbia Business School (CBS) upon reapplication. The needed fixes will be specific to your case, so we invite you to get a free Introductory Call with us or a more extensive Ding Analysis. But, here are the most common fixes needed for a successful reapplication to CBS:

Addressing Timing

One of the main weaknesses of your application could have been the timing of your submission. If you had a flaw, such as a 640 GMAT score, the Columbia admissions committee might have considered you favorably as a January-start candidate (because that program is easier to get into), even if they did not view your candidacy favorably in February after they had already given out hundreds upon hundreds of seats and had become pickier about who they would accept for their limited, remaining seats. Similarly, if you are an overrepresented candidate – such as an Indian foreign national male, a private equity professional or someone applying from a company like Deloitte that has many applicants to CBS – you might have waited too long to submit your application and you were affected adversely by others who applied and were accepted before you with similar profiles. If you correct the timing of your application – either applying early in the August-start pool or applying in the January-start application pool – you may have a different outcome largely based on timing! (For any reapplication, however, make sure that your next application is in tip-top condition, to convey that you really, really want Columbia!)

Essay or Application Flaws

Also, your application itself may have been weak, resulting in a denial of admission. Did you state an unrealistic short-term goal? Were your long-term goals unattractive? Did your essays fail to emphasize your winning credentials and traits? Was one of your recommendations problematic? When there was a problem with the application and not your qualifications, that is very good news because you can fix your application fast! Fixing the application will be what you need to do in order to gain a different outcome and thus applying earlier, even as early as May or June, can work as long as you are submitting a stronger application.

Low GMAT Score

You can also strengthen your success with a reapplication if you fix any problem in your credentials such as a low GMAT score. Study hard and take the exam again, hopefully boosting your score up. Many candidates can achieve this in a few months. After that, you should strive to apply as early in the admissions cycle as you can, when plenty of seats still remain.


Thinking of applying to Columbia Business School? Feel free to reach out to us for a free 30-minute introductory call or sign up at http://www.mbaadmit.com for a FREE profile evaluation.


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Dr. Shel Watts, the Founder of MBA Admit,.com, is a Harvard and Oxford graduate with Harvard admissions experience and over 26 years of work with MBA applicants. Clients can opt to work directly with Dr. Shel in the admissions process. http://www.mbaadmit.com

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Columbia January-Start: Update on Competitiveness

When pondering when to apply to Columbia GSB, many candidates ask us whether the January-start full-time MBA program might be easier to gain admission to than the August-start full-time MBA program. The answer is yes. Admissions to the January-start program tends to be easier. Therefore, if you have a flaw to override in your credentials, such as a less-than-ideal GPA or a less-than-ideal GMAT score, the January start program is something worth considering.

Columbia Graduate School of Business offers three application pools for its full-time MBA program. These are the January-start application pool, the Early Decision (August-start) application pool and the Regular Admission (August-start) application pool. Of these three, the January-start or “accelerated” program is the easiest to which to gain admission, because it is under less demand.

There are multiple reasons why the January-start program is under less demand, most notably because in order to do the January-start program, you must give up a summer internship (you will be in school full-time during the summer). But, Columbia has gone out of its way to build up school-year internship options. Therefore, if you are seeking to change industries or get your foot into the door at a particular company, school-year internships can be used for that purpose.

In light of this, for many candidates it is now a very small trade-off to give up the summer internship in order to gain access to Columbia GSB, which they may not gain admission to through the two other, more competitive August-start admissions pools. The reality is that in those more competitive pools, a less-than-ideal GPA or GMAT score can sometimes prove to be an insurmountable obstacle. Many candidates reason it is perfectly fine to give up the summer internship and complete the school-year internship in order to gain access through the January-start entry point to prestigious Columbia GSB.



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Dr. Shel Watts, the Founder of MBA Admit,.com, is a Harvard and Oxford graduate with Harvard admissions experience and over 26 years of work with MBA applicants. Clients can opt to work directly with Dr. Shel in the admissions process. http://www.mbaadmit.com

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Columbia January-Start Program - Who Should Consider It?

Columbia Graduate School of Business offers an “accelerated” MBA program that is only a few months shorter than its two-year MBA program and begins in January rather than in August.

As Columbia GSB explains on its website, you begin the January-start program with your first MBA semester in January of your Year 1. Your second semester will be in that year’s summer (hence, you will not have a summer internship). In your third semester, which will take place beginning in August, you will be integrated with the full-time MBA applicants who gained admissions under Early Decision or Regular Decision. Your fourth and final semester will begin the next January.

Who is Columbia’s January-start program ideal for? The first set of ideal candidates are those who do not need a summer internship or who know a school-year internship will suffice for them. Some candidates simply don’t need an internship because they want to return post-MBA to their current employer, they have another post-MBA job lined up already, or post-MBA they will be returning to their own company (family business or entrepreneurial). Other candidates do a little research and find that their target post-MBA employer hires school-year interns, and therefore the January-start option is very viable because they can try to gain access to their target employer through the school-year internship option.

The second set of candidates that should consider the January-start program includes candidates who have a notable flaw in their credentials – a flaw so noteworthy that it would likely derail their efforts to achieve admission to Columbia through the Early Decision or Regular Decision August-entry paths. The flawed credential could be a couple of notable employment gaps or a couple of one-year jobs (the top MBA programs prefer to see a candidate stay with a company at least two years). The weak credential can be age - an older candidate might fare better in the January-start pool. The flawed credential could be a low GMAT score – perhaps around 600. Among other issues, the flawed credential could also be a less-than-ideal undergraduate performance.

Because the January-start program has the least competition for admission, when compared with your odds for admissions success through Columbia’s two August entry points (Early Decision and Regular Decision), you should have the best chance to override a notable credential flaw in the January-start pool. So, if you have such a notable weakness in your credentials but want to preserve the option to study at Columbia Graduate School of Business, consider whether the January-start route is ideal for you.


Thinking of applying to Columbia Business School? Feel free to reach out to us for a free 30-minute introductory call or sign up at http://www.mbaadmit.com for a FREE profile evaluation.


We welcome you to sign up for our FREE informative Newsletter, which provides useful tips, insider information and guidance for applying to top MBA programs. Sign up on the right hand side of our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com.

Best wishes,
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Dr. Shel Watts, the Founder of MBA Admit,.com, is a Harvard and Oxford graduate with Harvard admissions experience and over 26 years of work with MBA applicants. Clients can opt to work directly with Dr. Shel in the admissions process. http://www.mbaadmit.com

Interested in learning if we think you can be successful as an applicant to a top MBA program? Sign up for a FREE Profile Evaluation directly from Dr. Shel. Fill out the form on our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com

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Interested in learning if we think you can be successful as a top MBA applicant? Sign up for a FREE Profile Evaluation directly from Dr. Shel Watts, a Harvard and Oxford graduate with Harvard admissions experience and over 26 years of work with MBA applicants. Fill out the form on our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com

Opt to work directly with Dr. Shel on your MBA applications! Ask about our current specials – Comprehensive packages beginning at $1895 (Compare with our competitors who charge $4,400!); Basic editing of one application for $995. Valid through March 30, 2017.



Columbia January-Start Program - Who Should Consider It?

Columbia Graduate School of Business offers an “accelerated” MBA program that is only a few months shorter than its two-year MBA program and begins in January rather than in August.

As Columbia GSB explains on its website, you begin the January-start program with your first MBA semester in January of your Year 1. Your second semester will be in that year’s summer (hence, you will not have a summer internship). In your third semester, which will take place beginning in August, you will be integrated with the full-time MBA applicants who gained admissions under Early Decision or Regular Decision. Your fourth and final semester will begin the next January.

Who is Columbia’s January-start program ideal for? The first set of ideal candidates are those who do not need a summer internship or who know a school-year internship will suffice for them. Some candidates simply don’t need an internship because they want to return post-MBA to their current employer, they have another post-MBA job lined up already, or post-MBA they will be returning to their own company (family business or entrepreneurial). Other candidates do a little research and find that their target post-MBA employer hires school-year interns, and therefore the January-start option is very viable because they can try to gain access to their target employer through the school-year internship option.

The second set of candidates that should consider the January-start program includes candidates who have a notable flaw in their credentials – a flaw so noteworthy that it would likely derail their efforts to achieve admission to Columbia through the Early Decision or Regular Decision August-entry paths. The flawed credential could be a couple of notable employment gaps or a couple of one-year jobs (the top MBA programs prefer to see a candidate stay with a company at least two years). The weak credential can be age - an older candidate might fare better in the January-start pool. The flawed credential could be a low GMAT score – perhaps around 600. Among other issues, the flawed credential could also be a less-than-ideal undergraduate performance.

Because the January-start program has the least competition for admission, when compared with your odds for admissions success through Columbia’s two August entry points (Early Decision and Regular Decision), you should have the best chance to override a notable credential flaw in the January-start pool. So, if you have such a notable weakness in your credentials but want to preserve the option to study at Columbia Graduate School of Business, consider whether the January-start route is ideal for you.


Thinking of applying to Columbia Business School? Feel free to reach out to us for a free 30-minute introductory call or sign up at http://www.mbaadmit.com for a FREE profile evaluation.


We welcome you to sign up for our FREE informative Newsletter, which provides useful tips, insider information and guidance for applying to top MBA programs. Sign up on the right hand side of our homepage at http://www.mbaadmit.com.

Best wishes,
Dr. Shel (Shelly Watts)
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Email: info@mbaadmit.com


Hi Shelly,

I was wondering if you can give me some advise on if I should apply J term or early decision.

I am one of those candidates with a notable weakness, here's my stats.

-I graduated w/ a 2.0 (still battling my self esteem b/c of it) but I had EXTREME circumstances (mostly due to family) that contributed to that which I will highlight in my essay. However, that was 4 years ago.

-Since then, I've taken about 15 continuing education post bacc grad classes at NYU in finance, Econ, math and writing

-I've also studied in Italy for a yr, taking three heavy quant classes

- done a 5 month teach abroad in Senegal, 3
Month financial analysis internship in South Africa

-I scorned 720 on my GMAT, am 31, African American female and Brooklyn native

-for 2 years I've been a grad assistant of a 2 yr non profit that places 30 female state university of ny students (I also went to a SUNY) into highly prestigious internships like Clinton Foundation, state dept etc

-I'm on my community board's economic and social council
-I volunteer tutor refugee adults in the NYC area

-lastly I've worked as analyst at a mid tier firm for 2 yrs.

Although my undergrad gpa was 4 yrs ago, should I apply in j-term? Early decision (b/c Columbia really is the only school I want to go to), retake the gmat for a higher score or do something else all together to strengthen my chances?

Thank you!!

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Happy Cinco De Mayo! Once you are finished celebrating, you may want to get started on your Columbia essays. Columbia Business School has just released its application deadlines and questions for the class of 2020! Read below for Personal MBA Coach Founder Scott Edinburgh’s essay analysis.

Early Decision / January Term (J-Term)
October 4, 2017

Merit Based Fellowship Deadline
January 5, 2018

Final Regular Decision
April 11, 2018

*Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

This year, Columbia again has three questions, all of which have changed somewhat from last year. These three questions together will prompt candidates to cover a wide range of information about goals, plans on campus and personality. Be sure that you do not repeat yourself across the essays and that they all work together to paint an accurate and consistent picture of your candidacy.

Essay #1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3 - 5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)
Columbia again specifically asks that candidates not repeat their resumes in this career goals question. This does not mean that you cannot mention your past at all, but any mention should be brief and used as context to further elaborate on why your goals are attainable. This question explicitly asks for both a short-term goal and a long-term dream job so be sure to include both. These goals should show a logical progression from your current experience. If they do not, then a brief explanation is a good idea so that the admissions committee can understand how you will realistically attain your goals. Discussing your long-term dream job is an opportunity to show the admissions committee your true ambitions and what really matters to you professionally. It is important that candidates have lofty goals here but ones that make sense for them and fit with both their short-term goals and overall story. This is a unique chance to show not only how you envision your career unfolding but to give the reader a little more insight into who you are. While not explicitly asked, a bit on the skills or experiences from Columbia that will allow you to achieve these goals could add some nice perspective and a segue into Essay #2.
Essay #2: The full-time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Columbia Business School? (250 words)



For this question, I recommend that candidates think specifically about WHY they are getting an MBA and what it will allow them to accomplish. For instance: Are you looking to switch careers? Do you already have a post-MBA offer and need to instead brush up on very specific skills in order to succeed in that role? Are you looking to build a network and support as you launch your own company? Whatever your specific motivation might be, state that here and then include details on how you will achieve this at Columbia. Research is key to answering this question well. Take the time to learn about all Columbia has to offer and be very specific in discussing how you plan to be involved on campus and what you this will get you. Not everyone will need to touch on academics, recruiting and networking but be sure to cover off on more than one aspect of the MBA program.
Essay #3: Please select and answer one of the following essay questions: (250 words)
a: Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.
b: If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?


This third question gives candidates a chance to discuss another aspect of their candidacy with the admissions committee. In most cases, I would recommend using this to share something more personal. This does not have to be the case, but it is a good opportunity to paint a clearer picture of who you are and complement what you wrote in the first two essays.

For those selecting question A, be sure to talk about just one thing. In 250 words, a list will not be effective. This is the opportunity to share a passion, perhaps a sport or a special skill or talent that you have. If you are very involved in an extracurricular activity, this would also work well. Be sure to cover off on why it is important to you and what you have accomplished.

For those selecting question B, this should again show more about who you are personally. The why here is more important than the what and should tell the admissions committee more about what matters to you. Perhaps you have a hobby that can be best accomplished in another country, such as skiing the Lauberhorn in Switzerland. Or maybe you want to explore an important part of your culture or ancestry. Whatever you select here, make sure it serves to explain your personality and goes well beyond always wanting to visit a particular beach in Fiji.

Remember, with 1,000 words total here, it is important you are not repeating yourself too much and that you maximize every word.

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Columbia Releases Its 2017-2018 MBA Deadlines!!!

Columbia Business School has become one of the first top U.S. MBA programs to release its MBA application deadlines for the 2017-2018 admissions season! The actual online application will be available in a few days, on Monday, May 15, 2017.

The admissions season has started! So, get ready to prepare your winning application!


DEADLINES

The deadlines for the Columbia Business School 2017-2018 MBA program are:

MBA: January 2018 Entry

The application will be available on May 15, 2017 and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.

Deadline: October 4, 2017


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The application will be available on May 15, 2017 and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.

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The admissions season has started! So, get ready to prepare your winning application!


Here are Columbia’s new (2017-2018)MBA essay questions:

Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters)

Essay 1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3 – 5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)

Essay 2: The full-time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Columbia Business School? (250 words)

Essay 3: Please select and answer one of the following essay questions: (250 words)
a: Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.
b: If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?

Optional Essay: Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 words)

The amount of essay space is much less than last year, so use the "prime real estate" excellently!


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According to Columbia Business School’s Admissions Office, the required essays for the 2017-2018 Columbia MBA application have changed since last year. The admissions season has started! So, get ready to prepare your winning application!

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Essay 2: The full-time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Columbia Business School? (250 words)

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b: If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?

Optional Essay: Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 words)

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I'm assuming it would be easier to get admitted applying for January-term than early decision August-term right?

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I'm assuming it would be easier to get admitted applying for January-term than early decision August-term right?



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you can not say , it is easier to get admitted for Columbia. It is one of the top universities.
Yes you can say it is relatively easy as compared to July intake.

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I'm assuming it would be easier to get admitted applying for January-term than early decision August-term right?



Hi ,

you can not say , it is easier to get admitted for Columbia. It is one of the top universities.
Yes you can say it is relatively easy as compared to July intake.

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Ok, thanks! I didn't mean to make it sound like either of them was easy. :)

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Hi erichong9848,

I read your post as simply asking which between the two is easier... and yes, you have it right, the January entry point has less demand and, generally speaking, you have the best odds of admission in the January-start pool. The January-start program is under less demand because some people don't want to give up a summer internship (even though there are now school year internships that can provide similar benefits)... When I get a candidate who might have a less-than-ideal GPA, is a little older or has some other soft spot in their profile, if January-start fits with their aims I encourage them to take a look. It is also ideal for candidates who have their own businesses and don't want to be in school longer or who will be returning to their same industry or company after the MBA.

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I'm assuming it would be easier to get admitted applying for January-term than early decision August-term right?



Hi ,

you can not say , it is easier to get admitted for Columbia. It is one of the top universities.
Yes you can say it is relatively easy as compared to July intake.

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I think the 2.0 GPA is going to be too low for Columbia's full-time program, unless your GPA was going up notably over time, such that it was in the high 3s in your last 2 years. Otherwise, to access a school of that caliber, you need to get another transcript of good grades... a one-year or two-year degree somewhere. I am not sure that select courses in a non-degree transcript will allow you to override the GPA at a school as competitive as Columbia. You could have extenuating circumstanes, though, but I would need to hear about those.

Candidates have an easier time overriding a GPA that is around 2.0 when they apply to EMBA programs like that of Columbia or Cornell...

If you need more assistance, you can send your resume to me at info@mbaadmit.com, where I can take a deeper look. Don't give up until you get a closer look, though, as I feel as if I don't have your full story...

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Columbia January-Start Program - Who Should Consider It?

Columbia Graduate School of Business offers an “accelerated” MBA program that is only a few months shorter than its two-year MBA program and begins in January rather than in August.

As Columbia GSB explains on its website, you begin the January-start program with your first MBA semester in January of your Year 1. Your second semester will be in that year’s summer (hence, you will not have a summer internship). In your third semester, which will take place beginning in August, you will be integrated with the full-time MBA applicants who gained admissions under Early Decision or Regular Decision. Your fourth and final semester will begin the next January.

Who is Columbia’s January-start program ideal for? The first set of ideal candidates are those who do not need a summer internship or who know a school-year internship will suffice for them. Some candidates simply don’t need an internship because they want to return post-MBA to their current employer, they have another post-MBA job lined up already, or post-MBA they will be returning to their own company (family business or entrepreneurial). Other candidates do a little research and find that their target post-MBA employer hires school-year interns, and therefore the January-start option is very viable because they can try to gain access to their target employer through the school-year internship option.

The second set of candidates that should consider the January-start program includes candidates who have a notable flaw in their credentials – a flaw so noteworthy that it would likely derail their efforts to achieve admission to Columbia through the Early Decision or Regular Decision August-entry paths. The flawed credential could be a couple of notable employment gaps or a couple of one-year jobs (the top MBA programs prefer to see a candidate stay with a company at least two years). The weak credential can be age - an older candidate might fare better in the January-start pool. The flawed credential could be a low GMAT score – perhaps around 600. Among other issues, the flawed credential could also be a less-than-ideal undergraduate performance.

Because the January-start program has the least competition for admission, when compared with your odds for admissions success through Columbia’s two August entry points (Early Decision and Regular Decision), you should have the best chance to override a notable credential flaw in the January-start pool. So, if you have such a notable weakness in your credentials but want to preserve the option to study at Columbia Graduate School of Business, consider whether the January-start route is ideal for you.


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Hi Shelly,

I was wondering if you can give me some advise on if I should apply J term or early decision.

I am one of those candidates with a notable weakness, here's my stats.

-I graduated w/ a 2.0 (still battling my self esteem b/c of it) but I had EXTREME circumstances (mostly due to family) that contributed to that which I will highlight in my essay. However, that was 4 years ago.

-Since then, I've taken about 15 continuing education post bacc grad classes at NYU in finance, Econ, math and writing

-I've also studied in Italy for a yr, taking three heavy quant classes

- done a 5 month teach abroad in Senegal, 3
Month financial analysis internship in South Africa

-I scorned 720 on my GMAT, am 31, African American female and Brooklyn native

-for 2 years I've been a grad assistant of a 2 yr non profit that places 30 female state university of ny students (I also went to a SUNY) into highly prestigious internships like Clinton Foundation, state dept etc

-I'm on my community board's economic and social council
-I volunteer tutor refugee adults in the NYC area

-lastly I've worked as analyst at a mid tier firm for 2 yrs.

Although my undergrad gpa was 4 yrs ago, should I apply in j-term? Early decision (b/c Columbia really is the only school I want to go to), retake the gmat for a higher score or do something else all together to strengthen my chances?

Thank you!!

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Columbia Business School has an updated application out for this year and has changed the essay questions significantly. What we have heard from the admissions committee at CBS is that authenticity is key, and they are looking for candidates who are a great fit for the program and have the academic background to handle the rigor.

Columbia is a fast-paced program in a fast-paced city. The “spirit and pace of program is faster than others due to NYC. Something about being in a city that never sleeps,” explained admissions director Michael Robinson in a recent CBS webinar.

Fit with Columbia therefore will be different than other MBA programs, and it’s up to you to prepare with thorough research into the school. Columbia is looking for students who have big plans for their lives, MBA or not. As Robinson said, there are “no dream schools just dreams. Live a life where you are doing big things regardless if you get into a business school.”

Before you get started with this set of essays it will be helpful to brainstorm your career objectives, strengths and weaknesses, and to think about your overall future dreams. To see how current students are thinking about Columbia and their goals, check out student profiles.

Columbia offers several flexible options for admission, from full-time MBA programs starting in the fall, to a January entry session and an excellent executive MBA program. Columbia also offers an early decision option for candidates who are committed to attend the school. The Columbia admissions cycle is rolling, so the earlier you submit your application the earlier you will receive feedback. We recommend you try to submit your application as soon as possible, while maintaining high quality.

Stumped by the Columbia essays? Contact Stacy Blackman Consulting to learn how we can help.

Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters)

This is a simple question, but may require you to condense your career goals into one clear career vision statement. Rather than a generic statement like: “Work in finance” the goal is to infuse some specificity. Something like: “Work in real estate finance within a private equity firm” tells the admissions committee far more about your interests and goals.

Note that the limited character count is intended to get you to the point quickly, elaboration is for the next essay.

Essay #1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)

Columbia asked a similar question last year, but it was open-ended in terms of timeframe of your career goals, and it focused more on how Columbia would help you achieve them. Given the changes in this essay question, this is a question about short- and long-term goals and dreams.

Those who seek a top-tier MBA at a school like Columbia have big dreams. You will be exposed to people and opportunities that will expand your horizons. Think about your true passions, and make sure your goals are aspirational.

As you talk about your future you may need to refer to your past career and personal experiences. As you consider what to say make sure you are citing only relevant examples from your career. Think about the experiences you can describe that were truly pivotal and can support your future goals. Your goals should have some logical progression from your past, but you can (and should!) show you plan to change and adapt.

For example, perhaps you want to be a general manager of a company or division, and right now you have been working primarily in marketing. You might spend your time at Columbia learning about finance and strategy, being part of consulting projects and interning at a start-up to round out your experience and start on your general management path.

Most importantly, Columbia wants to know who you are and how you are unique. Don’t try to be anyone else, instead reveal your own motivations, goals, and plans that Columbia will help you achieve. “Be Authentic. Want to admit people not packages. Don’t follow blogs and essay models,” Robinson suggested.

Essay #2: The full time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Columbia Business School? (250 Words)

Specifics, specifics and specifics help you set yourself apart with this essay. Know yourself and know the school. As you address this question make sure your answer is tailored to your individual goals for learning and career along with your knowledge of Columbia’s academic and professional opportunities.

Columbia is centered in its New York City location. The city provides unparalleled networking opportunities and sets a fast pace for the program. Research the programs and the clubs that may help you identify network with professionals and alumni. Your fellow students will be an invaluable resource for you going forward in your career – both network and sometimes support group. How will you build relationships during your school years?

Academics at Columbia include an incredible portfolio of adjunct professors from industry. You should consider the industry you plan to enter, and either the important adjunct professors from that industry at Columbia or the access to major companies from that industry in New York City. Recruiting will be a similar story, as a significant number of major companies are headquartered in New York. How will you use that level of day-to-day access to target companies?

A mix of personal and professional interests may be covered in this topic, and you may want to emphasize either one of those angles depending on the answers you present to the other core questions. The admissions team will be asking themselves, “Will the person excel in our academics and will they be an important factor in our community?”.

Essay #3: Please select and answer one of the following essay questions (250 words):
a. Please tell us what you feel most passionate about in life.
b. If you were given a free day and could spend it anywhere, in any way you choose, what would you do?

Both of these essay questions focus on your personal passions and what matters most to you. Go beyond generic ideas that may be common across all people (e.g., love for friends and family) and get into the parts of your life that differ from those around you. Did you grow up in unique circumstances? Did you cultivate an unusual hobby or interest? Sometimes the people around you know best – ask your best friend and a sibling what is special about you.

Once you identify a topic for this essay you need to fit your answer into only 250 words. Option B is fairly contained and the structure can help you focus on just one story, relationship, or event. In Option A, make sure you can offer an illustrative example to support what you are most passionate about. Showing instead of stating your passions will be most effective for the reader.

Optional Essay: Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, please use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. You may submit bullet points. (500 words)

The optional essay in prior years was more open-ended, while this year Columbia is asking only for areas of concern. We recommend keeping this essay brief and only focusing on specific areas such as a low demonstrated quantitative abilities, lack of a recommendation from a current supervisor, gaps in work experience, or particularly low grades.

It is best to explain the issue factually and succinctly, then explain how you have addressed the issue and why it should not concern the admissions committee in terms of your aptitude for the program and studies.

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