Greetings from the Admissions Office!
Admissions officers in Santa Hats
Amanda Carlson, Assistant Dean of Admissions
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 3:00pm

It is certainly a busy, but festive, time of year. New York City literally lights up and comes alive with holiday spirit during the month of December. For many of our students this is their first winter in New York, and they are making the most of it — whether ice skating and watching the annual tree lighting in Rockefeller Center or, for some, seeing snow for the first time. And, just a few weeks ago we celebrated the American Thanksgiving tradition.  For me, a highlight of the holiday was introducing one of our first-year Thai students to the nuances of American football, Black Friday coupons, and the tradition of “breaking the wishbone.” (He won.)  As the holidays continue we are hard at work and looking forward to the New Year.

We realize that many of you have spent the past few weeks furiously preparing applications and poring over essays.  As such, our team has decided to introduce a new blog, Voices of Columbia Business School. Our goal in launching this blog, which will include regular entries and updates from the admissions team and from Columbia MBA and EMBA students, is to provide insights into the admissions process, offer any updates we may have about how the process is flowing, and, perhaps most important, offer reflections on the Columbia Business School student experience.

On the admissions front, you may be aware that our application review timeline has changed a bit this year. We continue to review applications on a rolling basis, however this year, our goal is either to invite you to interview or to release your application within six weeks of the application being placed under review. If interviewed, our goal is to get you a final decision within two weeks of receiving the completed interview report. We’ve been able to keep to this schedule so far this year and look forward to providing every applicant with a decision in as timely a manner as we can. You work hard to get your applications in and we will work just as hard to ensure you hear from our team as soon as possible.

As noted above, New York is a wonderful place to visit, especially during the holiday season. For those of you who have not yet been to campus, we’d love to see you and share more about Columbia Business School.

Thanks for reading!

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