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New post 11 Apr 2007, 22:44
Good evening.

I'm considering applying in the next couple of years to Columbia ED (I really want to apply to a finance heavy school a la Wharton, Columbia, Chicago, NYU). First question: Is Columbia's early decision pool usually stronger or weaker than the regular pool?


I have only taken the GMAT once, with just a bit of prep, got a 660, 42/39 split. Had previously taken practice tests and gotten bw 720 and 730, so was discouraged by my results; plan on taking again before I apply.

Brief background: Currently Military Officer, work as a deputy budget chief for Air Force Base, a cross between a job as a controller and acquisition consultant, will have supervisory experience, and likely a deployment (or a one year tour to South Korea) under my belt by the time I apply to MBA school.

3.7 Undergrad GPA double major Econ/Supply Chain from Big Ten School; Economics programme study abroad at a solid school in the United Kingdom; AFROTC program - Full Scholarship recipient, Fraternity, multiple part time jobs including fundraising for the university and working in research centers in the business school, club lacrosse. Also currently working towards an MS in Finance and will take the CFA level one before applying to MBA school.

I know I should take the GMAT again, and I plan on it. But given my current profile, could you tell me where I stand? I'll answer any other questions about my profile.
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New post 14 Apr 2007, 10:34
Overall, I don't see anything here that should keep you out of a top school. I like the internatioanl exposure and the leadership you exhibited in college, as well as the fact that you're working on bolstering your background academically right now. Hopefully you also have some good leadership experiences to draw upon from your military career.

I don't think that the ED applicant pool is a lot stronger (in terms of terrific credentials) than average, but they are more focused, which makes them stronger applicants overall. But as long as you're equally as focused on Columbia (and communicate your interest in your app), you won't be at a disadvantage.

Yeah, try to get that GMAT score up to 700+. A 660 won't certainly keep you out, but don't let that weakness linger since you have time to take it again.



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