Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Harvard | Mr. Army Intelligence Officer
GRE 334, GPA 3.97
Harvard | Ms. Data Analyst In Logistics
GRE 325, GPA 4
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Comeback Story
GRE 313, GPA 2.9
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Green Financing
GRE 325, GPA 3.82
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
MIT Sloan | Mr. Marine Combat Arms Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. MBB Aspirant/Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 3.16

Columbia Applicants Asked To Watch Video


The school’s new essay questions arrive just after major changes in the way Harvard Business School will assess new MBA applicants was announced less than two weeks ago (see “Behind Harvard’s Big Admission Changes“). HBS cut in half the number of required essays for applicants to its full-time MBA program. Instead of requiring MBA candidates to write four separate essays, for a total of 2,000 words, applicants to Harvard will now have to turn in two essays, for a total of just 800 words. Applicants who are invited to admission interviews at Harvard will then have 24 hours to file a third essay of 400 words about their interview experience.

The alternations at Columbia were not nearly as dramatic. “Harvard’s approach this year represents a different approach and reallocation of admissions office resources,” adds consultant Abraham. “In contrast, Columbia is fiddling with the dial — not changing the station.”

Columbia Business School, for example, maintained the same number of required essay questions, slightly rewording some of them and adding the one new video-based query. Columbia retained last year’s 200-character short answer question, “What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal?”, and the 500-word question, “Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career, and how do you plan to achieve your immediate and long-term, post-MBA professional goals?”

The school also retained last year’s 500-word question to “describe a personal experience and how it has influenced who you are today. The essay should have a personal rather than a professional focus,” the school said.

An optional fourth essay allows applicants to discuss “any issues that do not fall within the purview of the required essays.”

The questions follow last week’s publication of Columbia’s announcement of its new application deadlines. For applicants who want to enter Columbia in August of 2013, the early decision deadline is Oct. 3 of this year, while the regular decision deadline is April 15, 2013. For applicants who want to enter in January of 2013, Columbia posted a deadline of Oct. 3, 2012. About 70% of Columbia MBA students begin their studies in the fall term. After mandatory orientation in the second half of August, regular classes begin in September. Most August-entry students complete a summer internship between their second and third terms.

Because the School uses a rolling admissions process, the school says it is always to your advantage to apply well before the deadline.


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