Columbia at a Glance

Class size 743

Applications 5,799

Admissions rate 18.20%

Applicant yield 70%

Average GPA 3.50

Average GMAT score 716

Female students 36%

U.S. Minorities 32%

Key deadlines

Early Decision

Application due 5 Oct 2016

January Term

Application due 5 Oct 2016

Merit Fellowship

Application due 4 Jan 2017

Final Deadline

Application due 12 Apr 2017

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Columbia Class Profile

Columbia's average GMAT score was lower than many of its competitors (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton) and lower than its downtown NYC neighbor.

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Employment & Careers: Nuts & Bolts

Career development resources. Similar to all the top business schools, Columbia offers a number of resources to its students to assist them in their job-search process. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these resources from the moment they step onto campus and as alumni. Students give the the team and their services high marks for being “very thoughtful and structured.” Columbia’s Career Management team offers a number of opportunities for students.

Academics: Popular Professors

Laura Resnikoff, Senior Lecturer. Professor Resnikoff has a reputation for no-nonsense, focused courses that give students incredible access to leading players in the private equity field. Professor Resnikoff takes these relationships seriously and instills that ethic in her students: If a class member is so much as a few seconds late to the appointed gathering time in the building lobby of a private equity firm, that student is out of luck and might as well head back to campus.

Admissions: Preparing to Apply

Reach out to current students. Even if you don’t have any personal connections to Columbia, you can reach out to current students and get their insight and advice. On the school’s Student Organizations page, you’ll find a list of all campus clubs. Find a few clubs that fit your personal and professional interests, and reach out to the officers.