The Columbia MBA - University of Columbia

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The Columbia Business School is renowned for its international orientation, with a diverse student body of over 50 nationalities, many minority groups and a relatively high proportion of women.
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Key Admission Stats – Columbia MBA:
Average GPA of admits: 3.5
Average GMAT of admits: 715
Average Age of admits: 28


Tips for applying for a Columbia MBA:

  • Like to see entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Seem more open to accepting people with relatively little work experience.

  • Advantageous to apply earlier in rolling admission process.

  • International orientation, multiple languages, openness to diversity, are plusses.

  • Like people who took part in activities and have actively contributed to the well-being of their communities.


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What is Columbia Looking for in a Candidate?
See what traits make you more likely to get accepted into Columbia’s MBA Program.

Trait Importance (4 is highest, 1 is lowest)
Leader/Manager 4
Team Player/Relationship Builder 3
Smart 3.5
Initiates 2
International/Cultural 3
Creative 1
Presentation Skills 2
Persuasion Skills 1
Community/Society 2
Risk Taker 1
Business Skills 2
Source of career plan/prog choice 1
Promotions 2
Credible Names 1
Story is unique 1

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Columbia MBA – Areas of Academic Strength:
Finance, (International Business)


The Columbia MBA Culture - Common perceptions:

  • Dynamic, fast-paced

  • Presents itself as the most international of American b-schools

  • Relatively high percentage of female students


Advantages of the Columbia MBA:

  • Location in NYC - 1) Job and networking opportunity. 2) The opportunity to have business leaders from many fields, the 'movers and shakers', as adjunct professors and guest speakers.

  • Large alumni network

  • Top faculty


What else is special about the Columbia MBA?

  • Timing is important - Columbia has a rolling admissions program, and there is significant advantage to applying earlier in the process, and to not applying in the last few days before the deadline.

  • Offer option of binding Early Decision.


Who is likely to particularly enjoy the Columbia MBA?

  • Someone interested in living in the heart of NYC

  • Someone interested in finance (including hedge funds, PE)


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More about Columbia's MBA program:
The program is especially strong in finance and offers many courses and experiential learning in this field. Approximately half of graduates work in the banking industry following graduation. The program is also considered strong in entrepreneurship. The Lang Center for Entrepreneurship provides initial funding to students with solid business plans, as part of the program. The school's location, in central New York City, offers students access to top business figures both as faculty and through professional internships during their studies and career options after graduation.
The school has a business-social network of over 33,000 alumni worldwide, offering access to information and career opportunities. Graduates of the program are in high demand on Wall Street, and many employers in the banking industry recruit managers from the program.
Alumni include the following individuals, with current or past positions in parentheses: Wolfgang Bernhard (President and COO of Chrysler), Michael Gould (Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale's), Alexander Haig, Jr. (United States Secretary of State), Matthew J. Hart (President and COO of Hilton Hotels Corporation), Rochelle Lazarus (Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather), Alan Patricof (founder of Apax Partners), Benjamin Rosen (Chairman of Compaq), Robert Stevens (Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin), Joseph Vittoria (Chairman and CEO of Avis), and many other CEOs of leading companies.


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