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An admissions representative from Columbia Graduate School of Business recently took time to answer a few questions about the Columbia admissions process. If you are getting ready to apply to business school, you don’t want to miss out on this savvy advice.


Can you provide a general overview of your admissions process?

Columbia Business School selects applicants from varied business and other backgrounds who have the potential to become successful global leaders. Their common denominators are a record of achievement, demonstrated leadership and the ability to work as members of a team. The Committee seeks to develop a thorough understanding of each applicant prior to rendering a decision. For more information, on Columbia admissions requirement, click here

Is it better to apply early in the process?

Columbia Business School has a rolling admissions process. It is always to one's advantage to apply earlier simply because more seats are available at the beginning of the review process.

Who conducts your admissions interviews?

Interviews are primarily conducted by alumni in the applicant's home city. Interviews are not required for admission to Columbia Business School. They are by invitation only and cannot be requested.

Do you have any interview tips for applicants?

The interview is an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate how they present themselves. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their goals, their accomplishments, and their reason for seeking an MBA.

How important is an applicant's GMAT score?

While GMAT scores are important, the Committee weighs all aspects of the application equally.

In regards to undergraduate study, do you consider other factors besides performance? For example, does it matter where an applicant completed their undergraduate schooling?

Columbia Business School accepts applicants from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds and institutions. We consider cumulative GPA and the overall strength of the transcript.

What is your position on people who apply to your MBA program directly out of college?

Columbia Business School accepts applicants who apply directly from college. In many cases an applicant would benefit from a few years of work experience prior to applying. This is reviewed, like all areas of the application, on a case by case basis.

Does race, ethnicity, sex, and cultural background play much of a role in your admission decisions?

The Admissions Committee endeavors to select a group of people representing an extraordinary variety of professions, nationalities, ethnicities and personal interests. Columbia Business School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, nationality, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability or veteran status.

What qualifies as a good letter of recommendation?

A good letter of recommendation is one where the recommender can articulate that they really know the candidate (what he/she brings to the table) and why an MBA would be beneficial to the applicant's goals and career.

What is the most common mistake that applicants make?

Candidates should take care to answer the questions asked and be very clear about one's goals.

How can an applicant stand out among their peers?

Applicants should articulate their reason for getting an MBA and how Columbia's program fits their professional goal.

Why does your school stand out among other business schools?

Columbia Business School builds on its unique strengths--a premier faculty, a global curriculum and world-class resources-to create and apply knowledge and prepare students to assume leadership and entrepreneurial roles in the marketplace. The only Ivy League business school in New York City, its location provides the opportunity to learn by participating in the global marketplace. With thousands of multinational companies, a diverse real estate market and the major stock, bond and commodity exchanges, New York City is a living laboratory for Columbia MBAs.

Columbia is one of the most heterogeneous of leading business schools in professional background, international representation and individual demographics. The School offers a superior education; international composition of students, faculty and curriculum; location in the world's business capital, and an influential and approachable international alumni base.

For more information on Columbia Graduate School of Business, visit them on the web at www.gsb.columbia.edu

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