Columbia: What is a good GMAT score to get into Columbia Business School?

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“Columbia Business School has been pioneering business practices and educating leaders from around the world for nearly a century. The School joins rigorous academic theory and real-world practice through broad engagement with the business community. In doing so, it fosters in students an entrepreneurial mindset for recognizing and capturing opportunity — critical attributes for global business leaders.” – Columbia Business School

Quick Facts:

Business School Rank: #8
:  New York, New York
: 1, 264 enrolled
Average Age of New Entrants
: 28
: $51,200 per year (full-time)
: 212-854-1961 (phone); (email)


What is the average GMAT score for applicants accepted to Columbia Business School?
The average GMAT score of applicants accepted to Columbia Business School in 2011 was 716.  The GMAT range (10th-90th percentile) was 680-760.

Does Columbia Business School accept the GMAT and the GRE?
Yes, Columbia Business School accepts both the GMAT and the GRE for admission.

What is the average undergraduate GPA of applicants accepted to Columbia Business School?|
The average undergraduate GPA of applicants admitted to Columbia Business School in 2011 was 3.50.  The undergraduate GPA range (10th-90th percentile) was 3-3.8.

What is the average starting salary and bonuses for graduates from Columbia Business School?
The average base salary is $113,340.  On average, approximately 75 % of full-time graduates are employed at the time of graduation.  Approximately 91 % of full-time graduates of the class of 2011 were employed three months after graduation.

What programs are offered in addition to the traditional MBA?
Dual MBA Programs:

  • Architecture: MBA and MS in Urban Planning
  • Dental and Oral Surgery: MBA and DDS
  • Engineering and Applied Science: MBA and MS
  • International and Public Affairs: MBA and MIA
  • Journalism: MBA and MS
  • Law: MBA and JD
  • Nursing: MBA and MS in Nursing
  • Physicians and Surgeons: MBA and MD
  • Public Health: MBA and MPH
  • Social Work: MBA and MS

For a full list of programs, including Ph.D and executive education, please visit the Columbia Business School website at

Is work experience expected? How much?
All applicants admitted to the class entering in 2011 had at least 1 year of full-time professional work experience.  The average applicant had 5 years of work experience, and the middle 80% of applicants had 3-7 years of work experience prior to applying to business school.

Sources: US News & World Report 2012 School Rankings –; Columbia School of Business –

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