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Columbia Business School MBA Application Essay Tips 2013

Columbia Business School has posted the essay questions for this fall’s application. Columbia has updated several questions with an increased focus on New York City as a defining feature. As usual, Columbia is highly concerned …

Columbia Business School has posted the essay questions for this fall’s application. Columbia has updated several questions with an increased focus on New York City as a defining feature. As usual, Columbia is highly concerned about fit and your knowledge of the program. Before you get started with this set of essays it will be helpful to brainstorm your career objectives, strengths and weaknesses, and to make sure you have done as much school research as possible.

Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (100 characters maximum)

This is a simple question, but may require you to condense your career goals into one clear career vision statement. Columbia presents several examples on their website, all of which have some unique aspect. Rather than a generic statement like: “I plan to work in finance after Columbia” the goal is to infuse some individuality. Something like: “After my MBA I plan to pursue a career in real estate finance within a private equity firm” tells the admissions committee far more about your interests and goals.

Essay 1: Given your individual background, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)

Remember that this essay has two purposes: demonstrate that you know why you are interested in Columbia, and showcase why you are an excellent fit for the program. Both goals should be kept in mind as you answer the question.

Columbia has traditionally asked a similar question to determine why you are pursuing an MBA and why Columbia is the right program for you. It is likely that part of your answer to this question deals with your future career goals. When you think about your future plans it will add credibility to describe how you tend to approach goals in general. Are you determined despite obstacles? How have you demonstrated your persistence in your career thus far? This essay is not a recitation of your resume and should focus only on relevant examples from your career, but often the best indicator of future performance is the past, and therefore examples can support your position that your goals are achievable with a Columbia MBA.

The question is open ended enough to allow you to describe other details about your background. If you have a unique path to the MBA this is the place to describe it. If your cultural or family background is interesting and relevant to your application examples featuring details about your experiences could also be appropriate in response to this question.

Essay 2: Columbia Business School is located in the heart of the world’s business capital – Manhattan. How do you anticipate that New York City will impact your experience at Columbia? (Maximum 250 words)

The two videos Columbia asks applicants to watch can give you a few clues about the selling points that Columbia Business School sees in their New York City location. Everything from galleries and food to access to professionals in finance is referenced and could be included in your personalized response to this question.

As you decide how to approach this question make sure that your individual goals for learning and career are impacting how you answer. You should consider the industry you plan to enter, and either the key adjunct professors from that industry at Columbia or the access to major companies from that industry in New York City. Consider your personal interests and how you might pursue them in the diversity of such an international city, and also the ways that Columbia’s alumni network can provide opportunities within the metropolitan area.

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.

Essay 3: What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250 words)

If you did not cover anything personal in the prior two essays this is your opportunity to stand out from the pack of other applicants. If you are stumped by this essay prompt you may want to ask friends, family members or colleagues what they view as an interesting and unique fact about you.

Once you have ideas about how to approach this question make sure that you are describing something about yourself that will be interesting both to your peers and to the admissions committee. Facts about your prior work experience, any international experiences or travel, or extracurriculars that are a strong passion for you are all both potentially interesting to the people in your Cluster and the Columbia Business School admissions committee.

Optional Essay: An optional fourth essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.

If there are any areas of concern, this is the correct place to address them. Strike an upbeat tone here and avoid excuses. Explain your issue clearly and focus most of the essay on the correction for the issue. For example, if you had a disciplinary issue in college, spend most of the essay demonstrating that you learned from the experience and have been an ideal citizen ever since.

If you do not have a weakness to address here, it’s an ideal opportunity to provide any information that you were unable to work into the other three essays. If you have an unusual background, hobby or extracurricular experience, this may be an opportunity to showcase your unique profile.

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Columbia Business School Launches Entrepreneurs Lab

The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School has announced the creation a new space designed to support student entrepreneurs across the entire campus. Known as Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab, this cooperative working space will …

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The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School has announced the creation a new space designed to support student entrepreneurs across the entire campus. Known as Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab, this cooperative working space will be available free of charge to students accepted into the new program.

More than a dozen entrepreneurs will serve as the inaugural class for the Lab. Participants will have access to practical resources and mentorship opportunities that will help them launch new ventures in a variety of fields—from healthcare to environmental protection, to media and entertainment.

One of the proposed ventures uses cutting-edge language processing combined with a 3D graphics engine to create a rendering of any scene based purely on a person’s words.  Dubbed WordsEye by its creators, the technology recently claimed the $100,000 grand prize in the fourth annual New York Business Plan Competition.

“The Entrepreneurship Lab is a collaboration between multiple schools across campus and an important milestone in Columbia University’s efforts to prioritize the importance of entrepreneurship programming for all Columbia entrepreneurs,” says Professor Murray Low, director of the Lang Center.

“Our goal in launching the lab was to provide a cooperative space that could serve as an incubator to some of the many impactful ideas housed in the minds of Columbia community members.”

Columbia Business School alumnus Derek Lee ’08 is one of the lead facilitators of the program.  “I think this class of entrepreneurs provides a solid start to the CEL initiative,” he says.  “Our goal is to provide them with skills and perhaps more importantly, experiences they can bring with them into the fall.”

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Columbia Business School Posts 2013-2014 MBA Essay Questions

Columbia Business School, which recently released the 2013-2014 application deadlines, has now announced the essay prompts for the upcoming MBA admissions cycle. This year’s essay questions are: Short Answer Question What is your immediate post-MBA …

Columbia Business School, which recently released the 2013-2014 application deadlines, has now announced the essay prompts for the upcoming MBA admissions cycle. This year’s essay questions are:

Short Answer Question
What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (100 characters maximum)

Essay 1

Given your individual background, why are you pursuing a Columbia MBA at this time? (Maximum 500 words)

Essay 2

Columbia Business School is located in the heart of the world’s business capital ”“ Manhattan. How do you anticipate that New York City will impact your experience at Columbia? (Maximum 250 words)

Please view the videos below:

 New York City ”“ limitless possibilities

 New York City ”“ fast paced and adaptable

Essay 3

What will the people in your Cluster be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (Maximum 250 words)

Optional Essay

An optional third essay will allow you to discuss any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.

For more information, please visit Columbia Business School’s admissions website.

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Columbia Business School MBA Application Deadlines

Columbia Business School has posted the MBA application deadlines for the 2013-2014 admissions cycle. The upcoming deadlines are: August 2014 Entry Early Decision Deadline: October 2, 2013 Merit Fellowships Consideration Deadline: January 6, 2014 Regular …

Columbia application deadlines

Columbia Business School has posted the MBA application deadlines for the 2013-2014 admissions cycle. The upcoming deadlines are:

August 2014 Entry

Early Decision Deadline: October 2, 2013

Merit Fellowships Consideration Deadline: January 6, 2014

Regular Decision Deadline: April 9, 2014

January 2014 Entry

Deadline: October 2, 2013

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All applications are due at 11:59 p.m. EST on the day of the deadline. Applicants should note that the August entry has two review periods ”” early decision and regular decision. Because the School uses a rolling admissions process, it is always to your advantage to apply well before the deadline. For more information, visit Columbia’s admissions website.

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Columbia Business School Receives $100 Million Gift

Columbia Business School announced today that Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. and a member of the School’s Board of Overseers, has pledged $100 million to Columbia Business School. …

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Columbia Business School announced today that Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. and a member of the School’s Board of Overseers, has pledged $100 million to Columbia Business School.  The pledge matches the school’s largest gift ever, and will support the development of Columbia’s Manhattanville Campus.

In recognition of Mr. Perelman’s generosity, the business school will name one of its two buildings on the new campus the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation.

Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger said this gift would benefit future generations of Columbia Business School students as well as the wider university community.

“Our world has been changed by the global marketplace, so business schools and universities must respond with new thinking and new structures for learning about our economy and society,” Bollinger said.  “The Perelman Center will be part of an interdisciplinary and environmentally sustainable urban campus that will help define Columbia’s next century.”

Perelman has been a longtime member of the Columbia Business School community, serving on its Board of Overseers since 1994.  He is an active philanthropist who believes powerful results can be achieved when financial resources are leveraged with human resolve.

“Throughout the past four decades Ronald has proven himself to be one of the most accomplished investors and philanthropists of his time. He displays the type of instinct and insight that are hallmarks of a true leader ”” the very same traits that we seek to instill in our students here at Columbia Business School,” said Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School.

Hubbard noted that the new Perelman Center would allow Columbia to pioneer breakthroughs in management education and help create the classrooms of tomorrow.

The two new Business School buildings on the Manhattanville campus will be designed by renowned New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro and will reflect the fast-paced, high-tech, and highly social character of business in the 21st century.  The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation will be situated opposite The Henry R. Kravis Building, which is named in recognition of a 2010 gift made by alumnus Henry R. Kravis ’69.

When announcing his generous gift, Perelman said, “The business landscape is changing rapidly and dramatically, and as such the principles that define strong business leadership ”” such as an entrepreneurial mindset and solving complex challenges ”” are more important now than ever before.”

“It is our responsibility to ensure that we are building a generation of great business leaders who drive success in an ever-changing, competitive global economy,” Perelman added, “and I believe Columbia Business School has its finger on the pulse of the changing nature of business education. I am extraordinarily pleased to pledge this gift to help them prepare the next generation of business leaders for 21st century challenges.”

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Columbia Business School Launches ‘Notes to the Next Class’

Columbia Business School announced the launch today of a new online space called Notes to the Next Class. Here, current students as well as the 41,000-plus alumni around the world can pass along their knowledge …

Columbia Launches Notes to the Next Class

Columbia Business School announced the launch today of a new online space called Notes to the Next Class. Here, current students as well as the 41,000-plus alumni around the world can pass along their knowledge to future MBA classes by sharing photos, videos, advice, favorite memories and other stories from their time at Columbia Business School.

With the new website, the idea is that generations of students can compare their experiences on campus, resulting in a shared celebration of history at the school. Community members are free to post notes and related media, and also to read what their colleagues from other eras have shared on the same topic.

The site is organized by major business school milestones, including everything from being accepted and attending orientation to graduating and starting a career. Through the series “Quick Quotes,” visitors get a feel for the Columbia Business School experience in a brief, text-only format. Whether offering inspiration, motivation or advice to future students, these bite-sized words of wisdom from alumni provide further proof of why Columbia Business School places as one of the top MBA programs in the United States.

If Columbia is one of your target schools, this is a great new resource you must check out.

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