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Columbia Business School Essay 2016-17

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Applicants must complete one short answer question and three essays.

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 Cluster mates be pleasantly surprised to learn about you? (100-250 words)

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

Knight-Bagehot Fellows:
Rather than answer Essay 1, current Knight-Bagehot Fellows applying to Columbia Business School should use the space allocated to the first essay (500 words) to complete the Wiegers Fellowship application essay.

Wiegers Fellowship Essay Question:
What are your career goals? How has the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship affected these goals? How will an MBA help you achieve these goals? (500 words maximum)


MBA Student Profile — Class Entering 2015 (January and August)

Applications Received: 5829
Admitted: 1048
Enrolled: 762, divided into 11 clusters
January Entry Class Size: 203, divided into 3 clusters
August Entry Class Size: 559, divided into 8 clusters
GMAT Scores (average): 715
GMAT Scores (range): 500–780
GMAT Scores (middle 80%): 680–760
Undergraduate GPA (average): 3.5
Undergraduate GPA (middle 80%): 3.1–3.8
Work Experience (average): 5 years
Work Experience (middle 80%): 3–7 years
At Least One Year of Work Experience: 99%
Average Age: 28
Age Range: 22–40
Age Range (middle 80%): 25–31
Women: 36%
Minority of US Origin: 35%
International Citizens: 42%

Undergraduate Major

 Social Science 38%
 Business 34%
 Engineering 13%
 Humanities 7%
 Sciences 5%
 Other 2%
 Technology 1%

Previous Industries

 Financial Services 25%
 Consulting 23%
 Marketing/Media 11%
 Private Equity 8%
 Technology 6%
 Other 6%
 Military/Govt 6%
 Nonprofit 5%
 Real Estate 4%
 Healthcare 3%
 Energy 2%
 Manufacturing 2%

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