Columbia Business School Is a Good Fit for You If…

Columbia MBA Admissions GuideAmong Veritas Prep admissions consulting clients, Columbia Business School attracts more applications than all but several other schools. It’s no surprise, given how many grads Columbia places into high-paying Wall Street jobs every year. What may surprise you, though, is how many applicants apply to Columbia without really knowing whether or not it’s a good fit for them. We always urge these applicants to go back and do their homework a bit more before they start crafting their Columbia applications.

Are you thinking about applying to Columbia Business School? How do you know if Columbia really is a good fit for you? Today we present five reasons why Columbia may be the perfect school for you to target for your MBA experience:

You are an excellent student
Columbia places a premium on strong academics. If you did well in college, they may find your profile all the more appealing.

You have a bit more work experience
While Columbia will review any application that comes in, it’s tougher for younger candidates to be successful here, while those with more work experience might see a favorable outcome.

You want an EMBA from two great schools
Earning your degree through one of Columbia’s Executive MBA programs, in partnership with either London Business School, or UC Berkeley’s Haas School, means that you will be an alumni of both programs, offering a combined breadth of opportunities and resources unheard of for graduates of most elite programs.

You’re not changing careers, and you’re in a hurry
As mentioned above, the Columbia J-Term is the only accelerated MBA program available in the U.S. It’s not the right option for everyone, but if you are committed to your existing career and just need more skills to advance, or if you’re an entrepreneur or will be returning to a family business, the J-Term can be an ideal choice, with lower opportunity cost than the traditional two-year track.

You want to work on Wall Street
This hardly needs to be mentioned, but in case it’s not obvious: Columbia is a major feeder program to the bulge bracket i-banks, hedge funds, and the most elite financial institutions in the world. Goldman Sachs only recruits at a handful of schools: here, and at Wharton and LBS. If you want to play with the big boys, this could be the place for you.

Today’s blog post was clipped from our Essential Guide to Columbia Business School, one of 15 guides to the world’s top MBA programs, available for purchase on our site. If you’re ready to start building your own application for Columbia or other top MBA programs, call us at 1-800-925-7737 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today. And, as always, be sure to find us on Facebook and Google+, and follow us on Twitter!