Archive for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule and Post Roundup

In observance of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will be closed starting tomorrow, November 21, at 2pm ET, and will be closed Thursday and Friday. We’ll reopen as usual on Monday, November 26.

While we’re out, we’ll leave you with some resources to help you out with your application. Here’s a roundup of the most popular blog posts from the last few days:

  • How NOT to write your personal statement – The essay topics will change but the advice won’t. Advice highlight: “There’s nothing that upsets people more than when someone asks a question they could’ve easily found the answer to with a 30-second Google search.”
  • Here’s a few Do’s and Don’ts on Your SIPA Application – Some good overall pointers as you go along preparing for applications. Advice highlight: “We understand that most applicants are also applying to other graduate programs in addition to SIPA, however, it is important applicants are diligent and address their essay to the correct school. The last thing that you want to happen is to submit a very generic essay and then address it to the wrong school.”
  • What’s in an App: admissions video essay – Remember, the video essay will be available to you after you finish the rest of the application and pay the application fee. Advice highlight: “This isn’t the be-all-end-all deciding factor for your admissions decision. This component provides the Admissions Committee a sense of who you are in person as well as your thought process and how you respond to questions.”
  • Preparation for grad school app – Past student (and now alum!) Nancy Leeds shares advice she wished she’d received when going through the process that you’re going through now. Advice highlight: “Visit the campus. Trying to distinguish between schools from their websites and viewbooks is kind of like online dating – you won’t get a real feel for them until you meet them in person.”

We hope you all have a chance to share a meal with your loved ones this week, be it family or friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re closed for Thanksgiving

Just a heads up that the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid is closing early today at 2:00 p.m. EST (UTC -5) in recognition of Thanksgiving and will remain closed until Monday, November 27th. 2017. Please be aware that we will not answer emails or phone calls and will resume normal operations next Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM EST.

We encourage you to learn more about our programs here. Long holiday weekends are excellent opportunities to get started on the application!

Have a wonderful holiday break!

We’re closed to give thanks

The photo above depicts a common scene on campus this week. There’s a confetti of fall-colored leaves throughout the grounds, the air is crisp, and students are sparsely around, spending the limited time before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday to finish up their assignments. And since the students aren’t around, neither are the faculty and staff at Columbia University. Which means the SIPA Office of Admissions is closed to give thanks, starting at 2:00 p.m. EST today, until November 29, 2015. We will reopen at 9:00 a.m. EST on Monday, November 30, 2015.

No matter your nationality, I hope you’ll spend the week giving thanks for what you do have in your life.

And if you choose to spend the remainder of the week working on your application of admission, you may want to review some recent blog posts for application tips and a little bit of inspiration. Here are our top 5 Program Assistant blog posts this month, which you may have missed:

  1. A Quantitative/Language Resume Breakdown
  2. What I wish I knew as an international applicant
  3. MPA-DP: Fighting poverty as a generalist
  4. MPA-DP: A Summer in the ‘Hotbed of Terror’
  5. The pros and cons of my MIA-MBA experience

As well as our top 5** general blog posts:

  1. How Not to write your personal statement
  2. Dissecting the Application Checklist
  3. What’s with the GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS?
  4. Take a break, experience ‘A Doubled Magic’
  5. 6 Quick-and-Dirty Tips For An Outstanding Admissions Essay
  6. **We say goodbye to SIPA alumna Anita Datar

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone near and far.


Sharing thanks around the world

SIPA works to foster a community that is racially, culturally and intellectually diverse. Every year, SIPA is representing 75 or more countries, as our students bridge divide of language, culture and national origin. Nearly half of our 2014 class are international students. They hail from 87 different countries, calling Brazil, China, India, Pakistan and Sweden home. With SIPA’s world-renowned, globally-focused education, these students (and future classes) will influence dynamic change around the world. That’s something we at SIPA are truly thankful for—and there’s no better time to share thanks than now. While Thanksgiving is predominantly celebrated in Canada and the United States, there are plenty of things to be thankful for all around the world. Many countries celebrate their own harvest festivals, rituals and customs with a similar message of giving thanks. In honor of our diverse student body, faculty and staff, we thought we’d share a snapshot of what those celebrations look like across the globe. Here’s what those celebrations look like, near and far:



This Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th, the Admissions Office will be closed in recognition of the American holiday, Thanksgiving. Please be aware that we will not respond to phone calls or emails until Monday, December 1st when we reopen after the holidays.

We encourage you to learn more about our programs and application here. Long holiday weekends are excellent opportunities to get started on the application!

As a reminder, our upcoming deadlines for fall 2015 entry are January 5th, 2015 (for fellowship consideration) and February 5th, 2015 (the final application deadline).

Have a wonderful holiday!

Photo courtesy of Inga Sarda-Sorensen

Photo courtesy of Inga Sarda-Sorensen

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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