Business School Essay Consultants

These MBA admission consultants are among the most favorably reviewed

Other MBA admission consultants took one look at the stats and either ignored the candidate altogether or steered the young professional to second- and third-tier schools. It’s not hard to see why: The would-be MBA applicant had a 3.1 GPA from a mid-ranked public university and a 600 score on a practice GMAT test.

Yet, the candidate aimed high: Harvard Business School, Wharton, Yale School of Management, MIT Sloan, and Harvard’s Kennedy School. But after finding a more supportive consultant in Angela Guido of mbaMission, the applicant scored a 720 on the GMAT and was ultimately admitted to his dream MBA experience: Harvard Business School. MIT Sloan even offered him a Dean’s fellowship worth $107,000.

The candidate’s praise for his consultant is unrivaled. “To work with Angela Guido is to have an MRI performed on your soul,” he says. “After a 30-minute consultation with Angela, I was stunned by the accuracy with which she summarized my motivations, character, and potential. She roots for you. She’s in your corner. She pushes you in a direction that she knows will be authentic for you. She will give you a pep talk whenever you need one, and in the end you really want to make her proud.”

THE WORLD’S MOST FAVORABLY REVIEWED MBA ADMISSION CONSULTANTS

That’s high praise, indeed. Yet, for the best MBA admission consultants in the business, it’s also confirmation that the supportive guidance of a consultant can make a world of difference in an applicant’s outcomes. That’s not always the case. Some applicants have horror stories to tell about their consultants, with experiences so bad that they have actually demanded refunds. They’ve been swayed from dream schools, put up with long response times, and even mediocre advice.

Not so with the counselors at the very top of the business. So who are the world’s most favorably reviewed MBA admission counselors. Poets&Quants has been soliciting client reviews on the consultants in its directory for well over a year. Dozens upon dozens of consultants have gained reviews in that time. We’ve compiled a top ten list of the most extraordinary members of the club, the select few who have garnered the most raves from highly satisfied clients. All reviews are independently verified by Poets&Quants to insure that they are genuine assessments from recent MBA applicants.

Some of the top ten work for a few of the largest consulting firms in the business. A few are solo practitioners, and a couple work in boutique firms. The group includes a fair number of MBAs as well, including those who have Harvard Business School, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Chicago Booth and INSEAD stamped on their resumes. In their previous lives, they were consultants at such firms as McKinsey, Bain and BCG as well as executives at Yahoo and Sony.

SOLID ADMISSIONS CONSULTING DOESN’T COME CHEAP

Of the top ten, Tyler Cormney has the highest rates: A whopping $475 an hour

Almost all have creative DNA. Guido, based in Florence, Italy, is a trained screenwriter, hobbyist filmmaker and holder of a BA in philosophy from Yale University. Tyler Cormney, CEO and co-founder of Los Angeles-based MBA Prep School, is undoubtedly the only MBA admissions consultant who can claim both a Harvard MBA and a master’s in professional writing. Alice van Harten, the founding partner of Menlo Coaching, had been a lecturer in the humanities at Stanford University. The first applications she worked on was her own to gain acceptance to the Ph.D. program at Cambridge University.

The people who make our list are not unlike good psychologists. Although the vast majority of admission counselors never actually see their clients face-to-face but rather by Skype, telephone or email, they display deep empathy for their clients. Yet, they also can be brutally honest when necessary. They’re highly responsive, quickly getting back to an applicant with an answer or suggestion. And their clients say they are generous with their time.

As is typical in admissions consulting, the top dogs don’t come cheap. The hourly consulting rates for the top ten range from a low of $275 for Meredith Shields, a Kellogg MBA and former investment banker and strategy consultant who is co-founder of Vantage Point in New York, to a high of $475 for Cormney, a former tech and media consultant. A three-school consulting package at MBA Prep School costs $6,495 and you can add $1,000 per school if you wanted to work directly with Cormney, while a three-school deal at Vantage Point comes in at $6,500.

What they all share in common, however, is universal approval from highly grateful clients who sing their praises in no uncertain terms. These exceptional counselors bring their knowledge of elite MBA admissions to the game, more often than not connecting deeply with clients to nudge the odds in favor of an admit decision. Or as the HBS-bound candidate says of Guido, “She has this uncanny ability to channel the essence of who I am. She thought the way I thought. She understood my voice. She could articulate things about me that I hadn’t fully realized myself.”

The Top Ten Most Favorably Reviewed MBA Admission Counselors

ConsultantFirmHourly RateEarlier Work Background
1. Melissa JonesFortuna Admissions$345Marketing at Sony, InBev, Xerox
2. Paul BodineBodine Consulting$290Author of six admissions books
3. Jessica BurlingameThe MBA Exchange$295Healthcare consultant, i-banker
4. David WhiteMenlo Coaching$400Tech exec at Travelzoo, Yahoo
4. Alice van HartenMenlo Coaching$400Bain consultant
6. Meredith ShieldsVantage Point$275I-banker, strategy consultant
7. Susanne PeltzFortuna Admissions$345INSEAD admissions, careers
8. Angela GuidombaMission$325BCG consultant, recruiting mgr.
9. Stephanie HornThe MBA Exchange$295McKinsey consultant
10. Tyler CormneyMBA Prep School$475Craft consultant
10. Alex LeventhalPrep MBA$345Consultant, life sciences tech

March 2018 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to UCLA, one of them with a $60000 scholarship

March 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Boston University with a $25000 scholarship

March 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Kelley

March 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant invited to interview at MIT

February 2018 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to MIT with a $20000 scholarship each

February 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Booth EMBA

February 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to MIT Sloan Fellows Program

February 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IESE

February 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IE with a €21300 scholarship

February 2018 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at NYU

February 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant invited to interview at Yale

February 2018 – Four ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to INSEAD

February 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to HEC

February 2018 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interviews at HBS

February 2018 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interviews at Wharton

February 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interviews at Columbia, Kellogg, Duke, Ross, Darden, Cornell, NYU, UCLA, USC, Georgetown, HEC

February 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Ross with a $40000 scholarship

February 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Duke with a $20000 scholarship

February 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to LBS with a £20000 scholarship

February 2018 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Booth with a $169,000 scholarship each

February 2018 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Cornell Tech with a total of $60000 in scholarships

February 2018 – Nine ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interviews at LBS with a range of GMAT scores of 640-710

February 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IE with a €13600 scholarship

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant invited to interview at Harvard for the new MBA/MS in engineering

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Wharton

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Kellogg

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Tepper with a full scholarship

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Columbia

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to NYU

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IE

January 2018 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at Booth

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant invited to interview at Duke

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant invited to interview at Darden

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant invited to interview at UCLA

January 2018 – Six ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at McCombs

January 2018 – Four ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at Michigan

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interviews at Tuck, Yale, IE, IESE, Cornell Tech, UCLA, USC, Kelley, McDonough, Carlson and Boston University

January 2018 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants (one of them with 660 GMAT) invited to interview at INSEAD

January 2018 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Cornell Tech with a total of $100,000 in scholarships

January 2018 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Duke

December 2017 – Four ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Booth

December 2017 – Four ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to MIT

December 2017 – Four ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Kellogg with a total of $150,000 in scholarships

December 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to UCLA with a $40,000 scholarship each

December 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Harvard

December 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Wharton

December 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Ross, Two of them with a total of $107,300 in scholarships

December 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Duke

December 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Tuck

December 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IESE

December 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Cambridge

December 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to ESADE

December 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to INSEAD

December 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to LBS

December 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Oxford

December 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IE

December 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to USC

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Kellogg

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to INSEAD

November 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Emory

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant invited to interview at Cornell Tech

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Columbia with a $100,000 scholarship!

November 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to LBS

November 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to IE, one of them with a 20400 Euro scholarship!

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant invited to interview at Stanford

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant invited to interview at Booth

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant invited to interview at NYU

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Columbia

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to UNC

November 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at Duke

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interviews at Oxford & USC

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to LBS

November 2017 – Six ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at MIT

November 2017 – Seven ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at Wharton

November 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at Ross

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Darden

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to HEC with a 33000 Euro scholarship

November 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Cornell Tech

October 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interviews at Haas, Emory, Oxford, IESE

October 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Booth

October 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Kellogg

October 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at Columbia

October 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interviews at Stanford, Cornell Tech, UCLA, McCombs, ESADE, IESE

October 2017 – Four ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Duke

October 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interviews at MIT, Tuck, INSEAD, IE, Tepper, Emory

October 2017 – Ten ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at Booth

October 2017 – Four ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at LBS

October 2017 – Four ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at HBS

October 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to LBS

September 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at Duke

September 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at Yale

September 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Columbia

September 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to HEC Paris

September 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to INSEAD

August 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to LBS

August 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at Columbia

July 2017 – Five ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to INSEAD

May 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to MIT

May 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Tuck

May 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IESE with a €10000 scholarship

May 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to INSEAD

May 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Ross

May 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Duke

May 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to LBS

May 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Oxford with a £50,000 scholarship

May 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Cambridge with a £10,000 scholarship

May 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IE with a €6800 scholarship

May 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Babson

May 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Judge

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Olin with a $175,000 scholarship

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Wharton with a $26,000 scholarship

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Fisher with a $30,000 scholarship

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Boston University with a $40,000 scholarship

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IESE with a €10000 scholarship

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Kellogg

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Tuck

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Georgetown

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Columbia (EMBA)

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Cornell (EMBA)

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Kelley

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Babson

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to UC Irvine

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IE

April 2017 – Five ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to LBS

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Stanford

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Harvard

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Kellogg

April 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Columbia

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to NYU

April 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to LBS

March 2017 – Five ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Wharton

March 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to INSEAD

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Stanford (MSx)

March 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Kellogg

March 2017 – Eight ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to LBS

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Harvard

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Duke

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Berkeley

March 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to NYU

March 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Darden

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IESE

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Yale

March 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Georgetown

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to ESADE with a 600 GMAT

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IE

March 2017 – Five ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Booth, one of them with a $40000 scholarship

March 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to NYU

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Wharton with a $18000 scholarship

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Cornell Tech with a $45000 scholarship

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Michigan with a $20000 scholarship

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Duke

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to UCLA

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to IESE

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Emory

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to Oxford

March 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interviews at Berkeley, MIT, LBS, Stanford, IE

February 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to IESE

February 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to UCLA with a total of $100,000 in scholarships

February 2017 – Another ARINGO MBA applicant admitted to INSEAD

February 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at Stanford

February 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interview at INSEAD

February 2017 – ARINGO MBA applicants invited to interviews at Berkeley, NYU, MIT, UCLA, Duke, Yale, Tuck, Darden, ESADE

February 2017 – Another ARINGO MBA applicant was admitted to Chicago Booth with a $40,000 scholarship

February 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants admitted to Stanford with a total of $148,000 in scholarships

February 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants were invited to interviews with Kellogg MMM

February 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants were invited to interviews with Wharton

February 2017 – 10 of the 12 ARINGO MBA applicants who applied were invited to interviews with London Business School, one of them with a 650 GMAT

February 2017 – An ARINGO MBA applicant with 650 GMAT was invited to interview with UCLA Anderson

January 2017 – Three ARINGO MBA applicants were invited to interviews with Duke Fuqua

January 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants were admitted to NYU Stern

January 2017 – An ARINGO MBA applicant with 610 GMAT was admitted to Fox with a $40,000 scholarship

January 2017 – An ARINGO MBA applicant was admitted to Booth, Kellogg & Yale

January 2017 – An ARINGO MBA applicant was admitted to UNC with full scholarship

January 2017 – An ARINGO MBA applicant was admitted to Fuqua & McCombs

January 2017 – An ARINGO MBA applicant was admitted to Babson & Georgetown

January 2017 – An ARINGO MBA applicant was admitted to ESADE

January 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants were admitted to Michigan Ross

January 2017 – Two ARINGO MBA applicants were admitted to Cornell Johnson

January 2017

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