Consultant Profile: Cindy Tokumitsu


“I couldn’t wait to tell you—I was accepted to Wharton!”  (Or HBS, or MIT EMBA, or med school, or law school, or MA/MS/PhD programs…) This type of message is unequivocally why working as a grad admissions consultant at Accepted since 1998 remains fresh, exciting, and deeply rewarding. In an admissions climate of ongoing flux and through several business cycles, I have seen countless changes and surprises – but, most important, what hasn’t changed: the need for applicants to understand their goals and learning needs; to demonstrate their unique fit with their target programs; and to execute thoughtful, compelling applications. I have the experience and skills to help you do exactly that, as I have helped hundreds over the last 18+ years.

I want to work with Cindy!

It was the right decision. My 12-plus years as a writer and editor have been exciting and fulfilling, thanks to the variety of people and projects, the ongoing learning, and the range of subject matter they have encompassed. In these years I have worked on projects as diverse as editing The Handbook of Psychiatry and the Law for a professor of psychiatry, writing many feature articles for Legal Assistant Today, serving as project manager/editor for a Prentice-Hall reference text on employee stock ownership plans, writing thousands of information science abstracts for Plenum Corp.'s ISA database, and researching and writing book-length market studies for Find SVP's Packaged Facts, Inc. In 1991 and 1992 I worked for the newsletters Small Corporation Update and Tax Update for Business Owners writing articles on benefits, tax, law, and management. From 1992 through 1997, I joined the business book publisher Quality Resources, first as acquisitions editor and then as editorial director. These positions immersed me in the business of publishing. Recent freelance projects include writing chapters for Gale Research's 1999 publication Major Marketing Campaigns Annual and regular feature articles for New York Living, a lifestyle and real estate magazine.

Without any question, however, my most important work in recent years has been with Accepted. Since mid-1998, I have been helping Accepted's clients articulate their ideas, goals, and experiences in thoughtfully crafted graduate application essays. I have worked with international clients from all over the world and with re-applicants. Happily, we have seen many successes. My clients have been accepted at the following schools: MBA and other business programs – Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Yale, UCLA, Stern, Darden, Purdue, GWU, Carnegie Mellon, INSEAD, Kenan-Flagler, Emory, MIT Sloan, London School of Business, Indiana, Fordham, UT Austin, and Southern Methodist University; law schools – Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Chicago, U Penn, U of Michigan, Hofstra, Cardozo, Fordham, Quinnipiac, George Washington U, Boston College, and Syracuse; medical schools – Wake Forest, Tufts, University of Toronto, Harvard, Jefferson, NYU, GWU, Albert Einstein, MCP Hahneman, USC, Vanderbilt, UNC, Temple, SUNY Albany, New Jersey Medical, Robert Woods Johnson, SUNY Stony Brook, Vermont, and Tulane. There is little as rewarding as hearing clients report back the good news!

My B.A. is from SUNY Buffalo (1978, art history and English).