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The Columbia MBA – Columbia University

The Columbia Business School is renowned for its international orientation, with a diverse student body of over 50 nationalities, many minority groups and a relatively high proportion of women.

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Average GPA of admits: 3.6

Average GMAT of admits: 740

Average Age of admits: 28

Average work experience: 5 years

Enrollment: 741

Selectivity: 16%

Yield: 70%

Women: 39%

International Students: 42%

Percent of Hires in Each Industry:

  • Financial 37.0%
  • Consulting 27.8%
  • Technology 18.5%

Median Starting Salary per industry:

  • Consulting – $160K
  • Financial – $150K
  • Technology – $137K
  • Consumer – $122K
  • Health Care – $131K
  • Real Estate – $135K
  • Media – $131K
  • Like to see entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Seem more open to accepting people with relatively little work experience.
  • Advantageous to apply earlier in rolling admission process.
  • International orientation, multiple languages, openness to diversity, are plusses.
  • Like people who took part in activities and have actively contributed to the well-being of their communities.
  • Accept the Executive Assessment test instead of GMAT/GRE.
These traits make you more likely to get accepted into Columbia’s MBA program:

Trait Importance
(4 is highest, 1 is lowest)
Leader/Manager 4
Team Player/Relationship Builder 3
Smart 3.5
Initiates 2
International/Cultural 3
Creative 1
Presentation Skills 2
Persuasion Skills 1
Community/Society 2
Risk Taker 1
Business Skills 2
Source of career plan/prog choice 1
Promotions 2
Credible Names 1
Story is unique 1
Learn more about the meaning of these traits and how they are reflected in your application.

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Finance, (International Business)
  • Dynamic, fast-paced
  • Presents itself as the most international of American b-schools
  • Relatively high percentage of female students
  • Location in NYC – 1) Job and networking opportunity. 2) The opportunity to have business leaders from many fields, the ‘movers and shakers’, as adjunct professors and guest speakers.
  • Large alumni network
  • Top faculty
  • Timing is important – Columbia has a rolling admissions program, and there is significant advantage to applying earlier in the process, and to not applying in the last few days before the deadline.
  • Offer option of binding Early Decision.
  • Someone interested in living in the heart of NYC
  • Someone interested in finance (including hedge funds, PE)
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The program is especially strong in finance and offers many courses and experiential learning in this field. Approximately half of graduates work in the banking industry following graduation. The program is also considered strong in entrepreneurship. The Lang Center for Entrepreneurship provides initial funding to students with solid business plans, as part of the program. The school’s location, in central New York City, offers students access to top business figures both as faculty and through professional internships during their studies and career options after graduation.

The school has a business-social network of over 33,000 alumni worldwide, offering access to information and career opportunities. Graduates of the program are in high demand on Wall Street, and many employers in the banking industry recruit managers from the program.

Alumni include the following individuals, with current or past positions in parentheses: Wolfgang Bernhard (President and COO of Chrysler), Michael Gould (Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale’s), Alexander Haig, Jr. (United States Secretary of State), Matthew J. Hart (President and COO of Hilton Hotels Corporation), Rochelle Lazarus (Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather), Alan Patricof (founder of Apax Partners), Benjamin Rosen (Chairman of Compaq), Robert Stevens (Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin), Joseph Vittoria (Chairman and CEO of Avis), and many other CEOs of leading companies.

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