Are three essay questions and one short answer sufficient to shine among one of the world’s most diversified business school applicant pools?
While CBS is heavily weighted toward those with professional experiences in financial services and consulting, and undergraduate concentrations in business and social sciences, the school takes great pride in an ethnically diverse student body. Diversity also plays a key role in Columbia’s essay questions, which cover your standard Goals and Why Columbia essay (Essay 1), in addition to Why New York (Essay 2), and Why Me? (Essay 3). For the 2016-17 admission season, CBS provides even more freedom for applicants (or is it a dare?) by providing a range in word-count limits for their three essay questions. When combined and properly executed, these questions afford applicants opportunities to clearly illustrate a fit with the program, the city and their ability to add value to the Columbia Business School community – inside and out of the classroom.