The CBS adcom has always been focused on the traditional MBA applicant themes: career goals, why our school, etc. In prior years, they asked about these topics with slight CBS-specific embellishments (i.e. a video link in the prompt). This year, they’re just asking directly. Seriously, it doesn’t get more straightforward than “Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you?” They’ve also added a simple “role model” question that would feel at home in any job interview.
It’s an unimaginative set of prompts. One could say that they are “easy” compared to the open-ended essays at HBS or Stanford GSB, but that misses the fact that MBA admissions is a competitive process. An “easy” essay topic simply means applicants will have to work extra hard to stand out. Let’s dive in!
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