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Columbia Business School has changed its third essay for the 2020-2021 admissions season (scroll down to see it)!

Add that on to the often-stress-inducing “dream job” essay, and you may feel that you need some help figuring out what they’re looking for!

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Columbia Business Schools Essays and Deadlines for the 2020-2021 season are below:

 Columbia’s Essays

ApplicantLab provides exclusive step-by-step advice, including videos, brainstorming, and writing exercises to help you answer all of CBS’s questions and determine which of your stories most proves your fit with the Columbia Business School  community:
  • Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)
  • Essay #1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)
  • Essay #2: Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you? (250 words)
  • Essay #3 (NEW for 2020-2021): Tell us about your favorite book, movie or song and why it resonates with you (250 words)
  • Optional Essay:
        • Is there any further information that you wish to provide the Admissions Committee? If so, use this space to provide an explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or your personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 Words)
  • NOTE! The “Deferred Enrollment” candidates (those who are currently in their final year of college or graduate school) have different questions:
    • Essay #1: How is a Columbia MBA going to help you? (250 words maximum)
    • Essay #2: What has been your favorite class, and why? (250 words maximum)
    • Essay #3: (NEW for 2020-2021): Tell us about your favorite book, movie or song and why it resonates with you (250 words)
      • Note: this question has not yet been officially confirmed, but in the past question 3 for deferred applicants was the same 3rd question as the regular applicants
        • Deferred applicants only need to submit one letter of recommendation
  • Re-applicants to Columbia:
    • If you’re applying more than 12 months after your last application, you may be treated as a brand-new applicant, and thus need to re-submit everything all over again.
    • Otherwise:
      • Need only submit one letter of recommendation this time around
      • Need to update the relevant fields in the application form around employment
      • Do not HAVE to re-write the other essays, but MUST write at least this re-applicant essay:
        • How have you enhanced your candidacy since your previous application? Please detail your progress since you last applied and reiterate how you plan to achieve your immediate and long term post-MBA professional goals. (Maximum 500 words)

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Round Application Deadline Notification Date
"J-term" (start Jan. 2021) Oct 2, 2020 (rolling)
Binding Early Decision (start Aug. 2021) Oct 2, 2020 (rolling)
Regular Decision (start Aug. 2021): Merit Fellowship Deadline Jan 3, 2021 (still not confirmed) (rolling)
Regular Decision (start Aug. 2021): Final Deadline April 9, 2021 (rolling)
Deferred Enrollment (current college / graduate students; start in 2023 or after) April 15, 2021 (rolling)
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