Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby irving80 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:04 am

Hey everyone,

I had a quick question about Columbia's LOR requirements. It wants one professional letter if you graduated before 2015 but I only have freelance editing experience after graduating so I'm not sure if I should 1) submit my 3 academic LORs, which I believe are strong and more indicative of my abilities, or 2) ask my clients to write a LOR for me... kind of stuck on what to do so any advice would be helpful!!

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby irving80 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:31 pm

mm2368 wrote:
irving80 wrote:Hey everyone,

I had a quick question about Columbia's LOR requirements. It wants one professional letter if you graduated before 2015 but I only have freelance editing experience after graduating so I'm not sure if I should 1) submit my 3 academic LORs, which I believe are strong and more indicative of my abilities, or 2) ask my clients to write a LOR for me... kind of stuck on what to do so any advice would be helpful!!


Assistant Director on this issue said unless you're out of undergrad for "a significant amount of time, we do prefer academic letters." This was during an info session and she said professional letters were fine for two prospective in the room who had been out of school for 5-7 years

Not sure if you're within this time frame or if it's more arbitrary than we realize but I really think Columbia wants to know who you are in the classroom and if they're worried about who you are outside of it, they'll just interview you. I say go all three academic.


Hey mm2368,

That totally answers my question. Thank you for your input!!
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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Kaziende » Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:42 pm

Not sure if being invited to interview is a bad sign or a good sign or nobody knows -- just as a data point, I was not invited to interview. Above 75ths, applied mid September.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby xnsch » Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:16 pm

Kaziende wrote:Not sure if being invited to interview is a bad sign or a good sign or nobody knows -- just as a data point, I was not invited to interview. Above 75ths, applied mid September.


On the flip side, I got an interview and I'm >75th GPA and at the 75th for LSAT. Really curious to understand how they're deciding who to interview...

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby acz26 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:04 pm

Does anyone have any ideas about what kinds of questions they ask? My interview is tomorrow, and I haven't seen anything about what their interviews are like.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby 20170322 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:14 pm

xnsch wrote:
Kaziende wrote:Not sure if being invited to interview is a bad sign or a good sign or nobody knows -- just as a data point, I was not invited to interview. Above 75ths, applied mid September.


On the flip side, I got an interview and I'm >75th GPA and at the 75th for LSAT. Really curious to understand how they're deciding who to interview...


We have the same stats, but I have radio silence on my end. When did you apply?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Bearlyalive » Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:07 pm

The general consensus from last year was that we had no clue how the interview process worked. CLS has been expanding the number of applicants that they interview, but there were still plenty last year, across all ranges of numbers, who got in without having to interview.

I can't remember off the top of my head whether named scholarships were more likely to require an interview first. There was some discussion about it in last year's thread, if anyone is brave enough to dig through.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby SilverSurfer2020 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:51 pm

Does anyone that interviewed have any general feedback about the process?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby lg77 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:12 pm

SilverSurfer2020 wrote:Does anyone that interviewed have any general feedback about the process?


Just had mine. It was pretty standard and easygoing, very conversational.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby acz26 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:19 pm

lg77 wrote:
SilverSurfer2020 wrote:Does anyone that interviewed have any general feedback about the process?


Just had mine. It was pretty standard and easygoing, very conversational.


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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby airwrecka » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:27 pm

lg77 wrote:
SilverSurfer2020 wrote:Does anyone that interviewed have any general feedback about the process?


Just had mine. It was pretty standard and easygoing, very conversational.


Yay! That's good to hear. How long did it last?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby lg77 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:36 pm

airwrecka wrote:
lg77 wrote:
SilverSurfer2020 wrote:Does anyone that interviewed have any general feedback about the process?


Just had mine. It was pretty standard and easygoing, very conversational.


Yay! That's good to hear. How long did it last?


It was about 20 min. I'm now getting paranoid and second guessing myself...typical :P

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby NorthDragon » Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:36 am

Anyone doing ED at Columbia? Has any ED kids received interview invite? Thanks

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby 4'sup » Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:38 pm

Interview went well. The interviewer is very friendly. Be prepared for the standard questions: Why Columbia, Why do you want to move to NYC. Be prepared to ask some questions at the end.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby jlet0314 » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:15 pm

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby combatboots33 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:09 am

NorthDragon wrote:Anyone doing ED at Columbia? Has any ED kids received interview invite? Thanks


Yes, I applied ED in the beginning of October. I received an interview invite last week!

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby beantheshadow » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:32 pm

Interview soon, any curveball questions to be on the look out for?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby airwrecka » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:41 pm

beantheshadow wrote:Interview soon, any curveball questions to be on the look out for?


I'd like to know as well! Mine is tomorrow. Good luck!!

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby ProductofUnreality » Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:44 pm

Interviewed on Monday.

"Why Columbia? Why NYC? Why law? Where do you see yourself in five years? What's your plan after graduating? Are you sure you want to leave your current career for law? Why do you want to leave your current career?"

That about sums it up. Really easy, really nice, really informal. Don't stress.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby airwrecka » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:15 pm

ProductofUnreality wrote:Interviewed on Monday.

"Why Columbia? Why NYC? Why law? Where do you see yourself in five years? What's your plan after graduating? Are you sure you want to leave your current career for law? Why do you want to leave your current career?"

That about sums it up. Really easy, really nice, really informal. Don't stress.


thanks so much! sounds like this interview will be much more enjoyable than my Chicago one was, so I'm excited ;)

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby ProductofUnreality » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:23 pm

airwrecka wrote:
ProductofUnreality wrote:Interviewed on Monday.

"Why Columbia? Why NYC? Why law? Where do you see yourself in five years? What's your plan after graduating? Are you sure you want to leave your current career for law? Why do you want to leave your current career?"

That about sums it up. Really easy, really nice, really informal. Don't stress.


thanks so much! sounds like this interview will be much more enjoyable than my Chicago one was, so I'm excited ;)


Wait what the Chicago one like? I have to do that on Monday.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby poptart123 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:25 pm

ProductofUnreality wrote:
airwrecka wrote:
ProductofUnreality wrote:Interviewed on Monday.

"Why Columbia? Why NYC? Why law? Where do you see yourself in five years? What's your plan after graduating? Are you sure you want to leave your current career for law? Why do you want to leave your current career?"

That about sums it up. Really easy, really nice, really informal. Don't stress.


thanks so much! sounds like this interview will be much more enjoyable than my Chicago one was, so I'm excited ;)


Wait what the Chicago one like? I have to do that on Monday.


It's pretty bland.

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Postby 20170826 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:27 pm

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