Quick Point: Columbia Dates and Essays are Live! Applying Before the Deadlines to Columbia Can Give You an Advantage!

Columbia is one of the only top schools where the timing of when you click “submit” actually can matter. Since Columbia has rolling admissions, it’s often to your benefit to submit your application early. So, here are the dates and essay topics, which happen to be the same as the last two years. For reference, last year applicants were submitting a week after the essays were released! This is an important one to stay on top of if it’s on your list! Note for New Yorkers: if you are applying from New York already, you’ll want to especially get started early so you have ample time to create a strong differentiation strategy (tons of people apply from “the” city every year, so the bar may be raised if you’re one of those. Give yourself enough time to make sure you can stand out.)

Columbia Business School Application Deadlines
* Reiterating….it helps to apply well before the deadline!

J-Term Entry (January 2017): October 5, 2016

Regulary Entry (August 2017) (70% of students):

  • Early Decision (Binding) – October 5, 2016
  • Scholarship Consideration Deadline – January 4, 2017
  • Regular Decision – April 12, 2017

Essay Topics
* Same as the last two years

Short Answer Question:
What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (51 characters maximum)Examples of possible responses:
“Work in business development for a media company.”
“Join a strategy consulting firm.”
“Launch a data-management start-up.”Essay 1:
Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals going forward, and how will the Columbia MBA help you achieve them? (100-750 words)

Essay 2:
Columbia Business School’s students participate in industry focused New York immersion seminars; in project based Master Classes; and in school year internships. Most importantly, our students are taught by a combination of distinguished research faculty and accomplished practitioners. How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? (100-500 words)

Essay 3:
CBS Matters, a key element of the School’s culture, allows the people in your Cluster to learn more about you on a personal level. What will your Clustermates be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (100-250 words)

Now What?!? Questions about which Columbia program is right for you (J-Term or Regular?) Wondering if Columbia is right for you at all or how to increase your chances of admission? Contact us for a FREE 30-minute consultation to discuss. We’ve advised many applicants just like you to gain admission to Columbia.

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