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The School's policies are designed to faciliate a smooth and fair student experience for our community. Many of these policies were either suggested by students or molded through their feedback. Consider joining a student leadership group to have an impact on future School policies.
For questions on any of our policies, please don't hesitate to contact the Office of Student Affairs at email@example.com or by stopping by Uris 105, or contact EMBA Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or by stopping by Warren 404.
Columbia Business School Policies
For a thorough explanation of Columbia University policies, including the policy on access to student records under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies, and the discrimination and sexual harassment policy and procedure, see FACETS (Facts About Columbia Essential To Students).
At Columbia Business School, we believe that diversity strengthens any community or business model and brings it greater success.
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Startups for a Better World
More and more alumni entrepreneurs are launching ventures to serve the greater good.Read More
Sowing Startup Success
Owen Davis ’08, managing partner of NYC Seed, doesn't believe people are born with a startup gene. "Anyone can launch," Davis says. "There’s a process that will minimize the silly mistakes new entrepreneurs make.”Read More
A Storyteller Goes Back to School
Amanda Kinsey ’12 has produced a film about Columbia University's storied past.Read More
Columbia Business School Orientation Is a “Whirlwind”
Five students from the incoming class of 2016 spoke about orientation and starting classes at Columbia Business School.Read More
Why Creative Destruction Has Bypassed India
The frenzy that has accompanied the introduction of the iPhone 6 is a perfect example of creative destruction, a phenomenon that's a key measure of dynamic growth. In India, it's in short supply.Read More
Four Moves That Would Transform India
Arvind Panagariya sets an agenda for India's new leader during the inaugural event of Columbia Business School’s new India Business Initiative.Read More
Unlocking the Value of Movable Assets
Can a simple change to commercial laws in emerging economies spur business growth?Read More
You Say You Want a Revolution
The editor of The Economist traces three revolutions that upended society as we know it, and explains why a fourth revolution within the next ten years is unavoidable.Read More
Power Isn't Enough: Study Reveals the Missing Link for Effective Leadership
New research from Columbia Business School shows that powerful leaders fail to listen properly and take others’ accounts into perspective, jeopardizing the impact they could haveRead More
Top Ten Questions Asked
Here are the most frequently asked questions by current students.
Information on courses and all bidding-related information (including statistics) can be found on BOSS (Business Online Selection System). To see important dates for the Business School, navigate to the MBA Academic Calendar tab in BOSS.
More information regarding independent studies can be found on the Indepedent Study webpage , and you can pick up the required form, as well as additional information, in Uris 105. Students may register for up to 3 credits of independent study per term (the study can be either 1.5 or 3 credits). Independent studies are designed to be independent of the classroom experience and may not be used as a means of adding a seat to a full course.
More information can be found on the Cross-Registration webpage. MBA students may count up to six credits of graduate-level coursework at other schools within the University toward the MBA degree. Graduate-level courses are denoted by a number of 4000 or higher. Undergraduate courses may be taken as long as they are in addition to the 60 credits of graduate-level course work required for the MBA degree. Although the credits from an undergraduate course will not count toward the MBA degree, the grade earned in an undergraduate course will be included in calculating student GPA.
Membership on the dean's list is awarded at the end of the first term to students who achieve a 9.0 weighted GPA. In subsequent terms, membership is awarded to all students who achieve a 9.25 weighted term GPA.
First, meet with a club advisor in OSA, who will connect you with the Student Government’s VP of clubs and careers. You’ll be required to fill out an application form, collect signatures from potential club members, plan out your first year’s budget, and make a presentation to the Student Government’s club committee.
Many local vendors accept a voucher in lieu of cash payment. You can pick up the voucher from Financial Planning in Uris 216. Vouchers are essentially blank checks that you give to the delivery person upon arrival and can include a tip. Vendors send the voucher is sent back to Financial Planning as an invoice and the funds are debited from your club account.
Only students pursuing an MBA degree can join Business School clubs. Business School students seeking MS and PhD degrees are not eligible.
All loan funds - federal or private - are sent to the University's Student Financial Services (SFS) office electronically via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). Once the SFS office is in receipt of the funds, they place the amount(s) onto your tuition bill as a "credit" to your account. You do not need to pick up any physical checks. Any loan amounts above tuition and fees will be refunded to you. Direct deposit helps to expedite the refund process.
Refunds are issued within 7–10 days of funds arriving at the University. Assuming your loans are in place for the earliest federally allowable date, your refunds should reach you within a week following the first day of classes. For the fastest refund processing, please sign up for direct deposit on ssol.columbia.edu.
Students who face higher costs due to extenuating circumstances may request a budget increase by submitting a formal appeal along with appropriate documentation. If approved, the budget increase allows students to borrow additional loan funds, subject to lender or Department of Education approval. Appeals are not an entitlement and can be turned down by the Appeals Committee. Learn more about appeals and download the appeal form.