Overview

Applicants
6,008
Acceptance Rate
17%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.50
Years Work Experience
5
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
700 - 740
GPA
3.3 - 3.8

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 4

Regular Application Deadline
April 11

Rolling Admission Deadline
April 11

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic


SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
Yes

Online
No


Students Say

As Sinatra says, if you can make it to graduation here, you can make it anywhere. The Columbia Business School offers one of the best finance educations in the country, capitalizing on its location to provide exposure to various leading financial institutions. While the school has been heavily focused on finance and consulting in the past, the school has shifted its programming to a more diverse focus (technology, social enterprise, retail and luxury goods, private equity and venture capital) to meet the career aspirations of its students. Everyone agrees that "the CBS culture is incredibly strong both in the classroom and out."

The "academic burden is very moderate" here (getting in is perhaps the hardest part); "people take academics seriously but will not kill themselves studying." Students looking to go into finance and consulting "are very career driven and knew what it takes to land good jobs," but this intelligent community of students "are willing to work together to achieve big goals." and some are "surprised at how collaborative it is academically, and how many resources professors make available to help you perform in class (particularly core classes)."

Professors get good marks all around, and some are "off-the-charts inspiring." "It's definitely a game changer when you can discuss with your professors real life business problems outside of the classroom," says a student. As pretty much everyone at CBS has several years of work experience under their belt, it helps to have some idea what you are looking to get out of the MBA experience in order to best take advantage of the education here. Once you have figured that out, "there are a ton of student groups and professors who are willing to help you achieve your goal." The elective offerings are "fantastic," class discussions are "high quality," and the curriculum offers "hands-down the best mix of practice and theory with access to the leaders of every major industry." Overall, a "diverse array of courses and strong class participation among student body translates to a great learning environment."


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description
http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/leadership/curriculum

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
http://www.gsb.columbia.edu/socialenterprise/research

School's environmental commitment 1:
Environmental Protection through Incentives and Commerce (EPIC)

School's environmental commitment 2:
Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED)

School's environmental commitment 3:
Green Business Club

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$129,379
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
92%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
56%
School Facilitiated
22%
Graduate Facilitated
22%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

47%
Finance/Accounting
28%
Consulting
10%
Marketing
5%
General Management
4%
Operations/Logistics
4%
Other
1%
Information Technology

Students Say

A strong careers team, vast alumni network, and "superior access to prospective employ- ers" provides instant access to summer and regular term internships and post-graduation jobs. "Being in the heart of NYC is a HUGE advantage that you don't understand until you get here and realize how easy it is to network with alumni and meet with companies," says one student. Similarly, the number and caliber of speakers that come to school for class visits and night panels is "amazing," and the location makes it very easy for C-suite execs and startups to visit. "It brings a great perspective to the topics we discuss in class, and careers students are considering," says a student. Columbia also provides excellent resources for students conducting "enterprise" job searches (those not participating in on campus recruiting), for those students going into start-ups, tech companies, social enterprise, and other sectors that predominantly hire just-in-time.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 47% $125,000 $133,575 $60,000 $325,000
Consulting 28% $145,000 $132,800 $70,000 $200,000
Marketing / Sales 10% $110,000 $112,386 $70,000 $185,000
General Management 5% $116,000 $117,200 $95,000 $150,000
Operations / Logistics 4% $120,000 $116,880 $70,000 $165,000
Other 4% $120,000 $122,333 $73,000 $200,000
Information Technology 1% $130,000 $129,600 $110,000 $143,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Financial Services 44% $125,000 $135,438 $60,000 $325,000
Consulting 26% $145,000 $133,564 $70,000 $165,000
Technology 10% $120,000 $123,538 $90,000 $200,000
Consumer Products 8% $105,000 $109,335 $70,000 $143,000
Real Estate 4% $130,000 $130,231 $60,000 $200,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 4% $120,000 $124,643 $105,000 $150,000
Media / Entertainment 2% $100,000 $104,375 $70,000 $142,000
Non-profit 1%
Other 1% $70,000 $70,000 $70,000 $70,000

Prominent Alumni

Warren Buffett
Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Henry Kravis
Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Robert F. Smith
Chairman and CEO, Vista Equity Partners

James Gorman
Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley

Nancy McKinstry
CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, Wolters Kluwer

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 17

Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$68,792
Fees (In-State)
$2,832

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$21,375
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$21,375
Academic Expenses
$900

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,326

Foreign Countries Represented
63

Demographics

19.50%
Minorities
38.00%
International

37% female
63% male

Campus Life

Students Say

CBS students are a diverse bunch in every way possible: "highly international, [with] different backgrounds from banking to non-profit, etc." What brings them together is the energy they put into the CBS community, where you have the option to do pretty much whatever you want: "If you want to hang out with people from school there are plenty of activities every single day, but since this is NYC you can also find your own plan." Indeed, the school is "very well integrated with the city," students "are involved in one hundred and one activities and love every moment of it," from Thursday happy hours to club events "at the city's best venues," and classmates are "super sociable and wonderful people and opportunities to meet those people abound." The Office of Student Affairs also "has its ears to the ground" and is constantly implementing new strategies to make school better for students, and "the administrators are as much of the student community as the students." "Students have the power to make any change they wish." Also of note: the business school is "very welcoming of spouses and significant others."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Amanda Carlson
Assistant Dean, Admissions

Address
3022 Broadway
Uris Hall, Room 216
New York, NY 10027
United States

Phone
212-854-1961

Fax
212-662-6754

Email
apply@gsb.columbia.edu