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

An MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City comes with "prestige," a phenomenal "international reputation," and a great community. The business school of Columbia University, CBS fosters a "collaborative culture" which quickly creates a "strong network of peers," not to mention a "powerful alumni group." When it comes to academics, these future MBAs tout the strength of CBS' "healthcare…[and] quantitative curriculum[s]." Many students also love that CBS offers a "specific program focused on media & entertainment which is not common [at] most top MBA programs." In recent years, CBS has "really ramped up its entrepreneurship offerings" as well. Students also happily report that their professors are "an ideal mix…of academics [and] practitioners." Therefore, there's a good balance between "theory" and "real-world" application. Students find the professors themselves to be "helpful, intelligent [and] humorous." They're "engaged" and make sure they're "accessible" whenever questions and concerns arise. Finally, students call attention to the fact that educational opportunities extend far beyond the classroom. The business school endeavors to bring many high "quality speakers…[to] campus." One extremely excited student adds, "From talking to astronauts in space to hosting Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, you can't get any better at attracting big name executives from every industry than Columbia."


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

Fabulous career opportunities abound for students who earn an MBA from Columbia Business School. After all, the business school's "reputation and connections to employers sets it apart." It also does a fantastic job of "leveraging" its New York locale. As one excited student explains, "Being in [NYC] gave me incredible access to in-semester internships and allowed me to meet with business leaders who either live or visit the city frequently." Columbia's robust Career Management Center provides students with individual career advising which helps them navigate every stage of the job hunt. The office also excels at recruiting, organizing multiple corporate visits, networking sessions, presentations and on-campus interviews throughout the year. Columbia MBAs are frequently recruited by heavy hitters such as McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, Citi, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs & Co., Deloitte, Bain & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, PWC Strategy and A.T. Kearney Inc.

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

MBA students at Columbia Business School cheerfully report that "a strong sense of community" permeates the program, where "happy hours and other social events are common and regularly attended." One thankful student specifies, "Every Thursday the school hosts a social event on campus [and it's always a] great opportunity to meet fellow classmates!" There are also "tons of networking…and educational travel opportunities." Another student boasts that he "often [gets] to chat with current and former CEOs of major companies." And of course, these MBAs have all of New York City to use as their playground. Additionally, Columbia MBAs are thrilled to share that while their peers are "sharp and competitive" they're also "compassionate, caring" and "always looking to collaborate." They tend to come "from a wide range of backgrounds and are genuinely passionate succeeding in their particular industry of choice." Most these future MBAs are "friendly," "engaging" and "down-to-earth." As this satisfied student concludes, "I have met so many amazing people and being able to explore New York with them both from a business sense and a social sense has been an incredible experience."

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


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