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At Columbia, we're proud of the active role our students take in influencing policy and practices at the School. To foster student involvement in the administration, we have several student leadership groups that work closely with each other and with the administration to ensure that Columbia is constantly evolving to be an even better environment for our students.
Bernstein Leadership Board
The Student Leadership and Ethics Board is composed of first- and second-year MBA and EMBA students who develop programs focused on ethical decision making and principled leadership. Students are selected based on an interest in leadership and ethics, as well as academic and work experience. The board interacts with faculty, staff, alumni and students to develop, support, organize, and market extracurricular events under the auspices of the Center. Events include high-profile speakers and experiential learning activities such as films, role-playing activities, events featuring improvisational actors, and other creative sessions as determined by the board.
The Career Fellows Program is a Career Management Center (CMC) leadership initiative that employs and trains second-year students to provide career management skills, advice, and support to classmates during the job-search process. Selectively chosen through an application process to represent a wide array of industries, functions, and geographies, Career Fellows offer industry exploration and education, networking best practices, résumé and cover letter reviews, pitch preparations, and mock interviews. Career Fellows further develop their own communication, leadership, and lifelong career management skills through working closely with the CMC.
Dean's Advisory Board
The Dean’s Advisory Board, composed of students, is devoted to discussing the student body's feedback and vision regarding new and current programming with Dean Hubbard. This group has a tangible impact on the community, and has helped launch bold initiatives like the Columbia Business Lab.
Graduate Business Association
The Graduate Business Association (GBA) is Columbia Business School's student council, which enriches and broadens the student experience. Interacting with students, administration, faculty, and the external community, the GBA promotes an environment of energetic, engaged students who are proud to be lifetime members of the Columbia Business School community.
The Hermes Society is composed of selected students who voluntarily serve as representatives of the Admissions Office and the Columbia Business School student body. Members participate in and represent the student perspective at information sessions on campus, welcome admitted students to the community, organize and facilitate Columbia Connect (Open House) events, and meet with applicants to answer their questions. Applications are accepted each semester from students who have completed at least one semester at the School.
Each cluster elects Honor Board representatives to serve on a committee that works closely with the administration and faculty to resolve any breaches of the honor code. Honor Board members often help to prepare their clusters for exams, and work to ensure ethical behavior is demonstrated by their peers.
International Student Advisory Board
The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is comprised of students who are elected by their clusters to serve as their international student representative. In addition to supporting international students through initiatives focused on career opportunities, community involvement, or academic achievement, ISAB organizes International Week on campus in both the fall and spring, setting up activities to celebrate the diverse cultural mix of students at Columbia.
Peer Advisor Program
Peer advisors are students who have been selected through an application process to help guide new students through the first-year transition to Columbia. Peer advisors are actively involved in Orientation and, as part of the Program on Social Intelligence, they coach and advise first-year learning teams. Peer advisors go through extensive leadership training and work closely with OSA, faculty members, and departments throughout the School as liaisons to the first-year class.
Silfen Leadership Series
The David and Lyn Silfen Leadership Series is an unparalleled learning opportunity for the entire Columbia Business School community, attracting renowned business leaders from around the world to provide a forum for students to exchange thoughts and ideas with the most important people in business today.
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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 GBA’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 GBA’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.