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Columbia University’s Columbia Business School


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: December 3, 2019.

Contact Information

3022 Broadway
Uris Hall Room 216
New York, NY 10027
Admissions Office:

School Data

Annual Tuition: $71,544

Acceptance Rate: 16%

Full-Time Enrollment: 1311

International: 43%

Minority: 34%

Average Age: 28

Female: 41%

Male: 59%

Application Deadlines: January & August 2020 Entry Early: October 4, 2019. Merit Fellowship Deadline: January 3, 2020. Final: April 10, 2020.

Ranking Analysis:

Columbia Business School rose two places in Poets&Quants’ 2014 ranking of the top full-time MBA programs in the U.S. The improvement came after a significant jump in the school’s rankings from Bloomberg Businessweek in 2014. CBS zoomed to No. 5 from a rank of 13 only two years earlier. That made a very big difference for the school’s position in our composite ranking, especially because Columbia held its own in all the other rankings.

Most MBAs had good things to say about the school and the MBA program. As one wrote on the open-ended portion of the Businessweek survey: “We have incredible speakers every day due to the NYC location. The finance program is unparalleled. Team-work is emphasized over personal achievement creating a fantastic, collaborative environment. Finally, the approach to teaching is practical and hands on, teaching us real on-the-job skills.”

B-School Smack Down Reports:

Columbia vs. The Wharton School

Columbia vs. New York University’s Stern School of Business

Columbia vs. Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business

Top Feeder Colleges & Companies to Columbia:

Top Feeder Colleges to Columbia Business School

Top Feeder Companies to Columbia Business School

Student Perspectives:

My Story: From World Expeditionist to Columbia

MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch SchoolsHarvardStanford

Match Schools: Chicago, WhartonDartmouthNorthwestern’s Kellogg School

Safety Schools: MIT SloanBerkeleyDukeVirginia

Relevant Features:

Columbia MBA in Class of 2011 Bags $300K Starting Salary

51% of Columbia MBAs Head Into Finance, Highest Among All B-Schools

Gaining Admission to Columbia Business School — Do’s & Don’ts

Inside Job Causes Changes at Columbia

Bruce Usher Named Co-Director of Columbia’s Social Enterprise Program

Note: MBA Program Consideration Set: If you believe you’re a close match to this school–based on your GMAT and GPA scores,  your age and work experience, you should look at these other competitive full-time MBA programs as well. We list them by stretch, match and safety. These options are presented on the basis of brand image and ranking status as a general guideline.