We wanted to alert our readers to a recent change in Columbia's essay questions for the coming admissions season. While the essay topics we posted in early June were accurate at the time, the school has recently altered their second essay question.
Here is the original essay question #2: 2. What has been the greatest challenge to your value system that you’ved faced and how did you handle it? (recommended 500 word limit)
And here is the newer version of essay #2: 2. Leading in the global economy requires enabling high performance from a diverse set of employees, colleagues and partners. Tell us about a manager you’ve observed who enabled or inspired others to do their best work and analyze how this manager did it. (Recommended 500 word limit)
Many candidates have noticed that Columbia's application PDF features the first version of this question, whereas the online application form displays the newer question. The CBS adcom has indicated that applicants who started the former version can still submit it in lieu of the new question.
For those of you looking for an analysis of the new question, we'll be updating our CBS essay topic analysis page to include the new topic shortly.