Columbia Business School Essays and Deadlines for 2014-2015 Cycle (Including J-term)

By betsy On Tuesday, May 13 th, 2014 · no Comments · In


Looks like our target schools are keeping busy, and some of them have already announced their deadlines.  Columbia is a bit of a special case because they have rolling admissions and offer a January term, aka, the J-term  The J-term runs straight through without an official summer internship break.  It also has a binding early decision (yes, it is binding* if you get in) period.

Details and links below on the dates for all the next cycle:


Full-Time MBA Application Deadlines

January Entry: October 8, 2014
Early Decision: October 8, 2014
Merit Fellowship Consideration: January 7, 2015
Regular Decision: April 15, 2015

All deadlines are 11:59 p.m. New York Time on the date listed.

My recommendation if you aren’t applying early decision: Submit sometime in late October, early November. You’ll hear before Christmas, which is always a bonus, and you won’t get caught up in the such for those trying to get in under the merit-scholarship wire.

***Update, May 30, 2014: quote from Matthew Moll, Associate Director of Admissions, “If you apply any time between now and mid-December, the acceptance rate is equal to that of early decision.”****

Here’s the link to the Columbia Business School essay requirements. They aren’t too different from last year, although the video is new. My advice: think “center.”

Re: Early Decision — read this carefully! If you decide to apply to Columbia early and get in, be prepared to withdraw other applications and shell out $6000 within two weeks

  • Candidates have decided that Columbia is their first choice and must sign the following statement of commitment within their applications: I am committed to attending Columbia Business School and will withdraw all applications and decline all offers from other schools upon admission to Columbia Business School.
  • Applicants must submit a nonrefundable $6,000 tuition deposit within two weeks of admission.