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Will Early Decision Boost My Admissions Odds at Columbia GSB?

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Is Submitting My Columbia Application in May/June too Early?

Candidates were very happy recently because Columbia announced its essay topics and recommendation questions early this year. An April announcement can be rare! Columbia has also revealed that its online application will be available in May 2016. This means that you can submit your application to Columbia as early as May. Whether you are applying to Columbia’s full-time MBA program in the January-Start, Early Decision (August start) or Regular Decision (August start) pools, you can submit your application as soon as the application is live.

This has left many candidates wondering whether May or early June is too soon to submit an application to Columbia GSB.

Because Columbia GSB operates with rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the more seats will still be available, and thus the better your odds will be of securing one of those MBA seats. Therefore, submitting your application in May or June may be to your great advantage.

Even better, when you submit early, you will likely hear your outcome within 2-6 weeks. Therefore, if you submit in May, you could learn by June whether you have admission!

Are you a re-applicant? Read our advice about this topic specifically for applicants who were rejected from Columbia in the last year: http://gmatclub.com/forum/re-applicants-is-submitting-my-columbia-application-in-may-june-too-e-217485.html


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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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Re-Applicants: Is Submitting My Columbia Application in May/June Too Early?

In April 2016, Columbia became one of the first top MBA programs to announce its new essay topics and recommendation questions. Columbia has also revealed that its online application will be available in May 2016. This means that you can submit your application to Columbia as early as May. Whether you are applying to the full-time MBA program in the January-Start, Early Decision (August start) or Regular Decision (August start) pools, you can submit your Columbia GSB application as soon as the application is live!

Many reapplicants are thrilled at the idea that they can try again at Columbia. In our experience at MBA Admit.com, 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.

But the very idea of applying only months after a prior rejection makes some reapplicants nervous. What if they applied to Columbia in February 2016 and were rejected, but try to reapply to Columbia in May or June of the same year – just months later! Isn’t it impossible to show they have fixed the problem or had “growth” or “improvement” in their candidacy since last applying? No, it’s not impossible! It is, in fact, very possible to show you have fixed the problem in such a short time and we have helped candidates to do this countless times.

Addressing Timing

For one thing, 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), but they did not view your candidacy favorably in February, after they had already given out hundreds upon hundreds of seats and far fewer places remained. If you correct the timing of your application – either applying early in the August-start pool or applying for January-start, 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!)

Addressing Prior Application Flaws

Also, your application itself may have been the problem that caused your rejection, not your candidacy. Did you state an unrealistic short-term goal? Were your essays mediocre? Did you have one flat recommendation? 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 in May or June will work as long as you are submitting a stronger application.

Demonstrating “Growth” After Only a Few Months

As for showing growth since your last application when the last application was only months prior, some candidates are concerned. But, you naturally would have taken on different aspects of a work project even if the project did not change. You may also have done a new extracurricular project. You may have completed more research about Columbia since last applying. All of these things demonstrate growth. We at MBA Admit.com have never seen a candidate who has not been able to identify areas of growth, even if they were reapplying to Columbia within months of a rejection.

Benefits of Applying Early in the Rolling Admissions Process

Because Columbia operates with rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the more seats will still be available, and thus the better your odds will be of securing one of those MBA seats. Therefore, submitting your application in May or June may be to your great advantage.

Even better, when you submit early, you will likely hear your outcome within 2-6 weeks. Therefore, if you submit in May you could learn by June whether you have admission!




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)
President, MBA Admit.com

http://www.mbaadmit.com
Email: info@mbaadmit.com
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From MBA Admit.com: Proudly, one of the most affordable MBA admissions consulting companies. Comprehensive service for approx. $1695-$1995 for the first application and approximately $500-900 for work on the essays of a second application. Basic editing: $985 for 1 application. Restrictions apply.

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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Ask about our current specials – Comprehensive packages beginning at $1595 (Compare with our competitors who charge $4,400!); Basic editing of one application for $985. Valid through May 3, 2016. Opt to work directly with Dr. Shel on your MBA applications!





Will Early Decision Boost My Admissions Odds at Columbia GSB?

Around this time of the year, many candidates reach out to us at MBA Admit.com to inquire whether we think Early Decision really helps boost the odds of gaining admission to Columbia Business School. Yes, applying in the Early Decision pool does have a strong, positive impact on your admissions odds, for many reasons.

For those of you who are not yet aware, Columbia has three admissions 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 is the easiest entry point (it is under much less demand, partly because you start “off-season” and partly because a candidate must forgo a summer internship). The Early Decision option is the second-easiest entry point, followed by Regular Decision, which is the most difficult entry point of the three.

Submitting your application in the Early Decision admissions pool boosts your odds relative to the odds you will face in the regular August-start admissions pool, because upon Early Decision admission you must pay a deposit to secure your spot at Columbia GSB. This is supposed to signal that you have made a commitment to Columbia. For your willingness to make an early commitment and pay of the deposit, Columbia is often willing to show more flexibility with the candidate who has a flaw in their profile. So if you are slightly older than ideal, have a less-than-ideal GMAT score, have some hiccups in your undergraduate record, etc., you often will be given more latitude to override the flaw during the Early Decision pool than you would be during Regular Decision.

If you want to boost your odds of admission and don’t mind handing over a deposit to secure your spot, Early Decision may be for you.

This begs the question – what happens if you gain admission under Early Decision, pay the deposit, but later get into a school you prefer, like Harvard? At MBA Admit.com, we have seen candidates simply choose to lose their deposit to Columbia and accept the school they prefer. We don’t comment on whether you should do this or not, but we can state factually that we have seen this done. For those candidates, they were willing to pay the deposit in exchange for getting a boost toward success in the Columbia admissions process and they were willing to lose the deposit if they got into another school that was their first choice.




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)
President, MBA Admit.com

http://www.mbaadmit.com
Email: info@mbaadmit.com
_________________

From MBA Admit.com: Proudly, one of the most affordable MBA admissions consulting companies. Comprehensive service for approx. $1695-$1995 for the first application and approximately $500-900 for work on the essays of a second application. Basic editing: $985 for 1 application. Restrictions apply.

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

Direct email address: info@mbaadmit.com

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