Consultant Profile: Judy Gruen


I joined Accepted in 1996 -- the first editor hired by founder Linda Abraham when the business began to grow. As a trained journalist, I love learning about my clients' varied — dare I say "diverse"? — backgrounds and impressive talents. I also love working as a team with my clients. With a little guidance, they are able to translate their professional and personal experiences into well-crafted essays that add impact to their grad school essays and help them gain acceptances to their target schools. Together with Linda Abraham, I wrote Accepted’s first full-length book, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools, and the ebooks MBA Letters of Recommendation That Rock and Law School Letters of Recommendation that Rock.

Writing has been a life-long passion, which explains my B.A. in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley and my master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Early in my career, I worked in health care public relations, including at UCLA Medical Center, where I wrote for the graduate schools of medicine, nursing, public health, and dentistry. I also worked as an editor in the corporate communications department of a health care Fortune 500 company, leaving just before I had my first child.

In my career I have written three award-winning humor books, including Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping and The Women’s Daily Irony Supplement (in addition to co-authoring the MBA admissions book mentioned above). My features and essays have been published in 10 anthologies as well as Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and many, many other media outlets. I blog about culture and spirituality on the, and my essays also appear regularly on and my own Mirth and Meaning blog.

I am also a member of the Association of International Graduate School Consultants (AIGAC), and my Accepted clients have gone on to earn graduate degrees from Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, University of Chicago, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, London Business School, Cornell, University of Michigan, Emory University, University of Texas, and many others. It's always a thrill to get the call or email from an excited applicant, telling me, "I'm in!"