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Accepted is THE premiere professional admissions consulting firm, helping applicants get accepted to colleges, graduate schools, business schools, law schools, and medical schools, as well as other healthcare programs, for the past 30 years.

We have guided thousands of candidates through the entire application process to gain acceptance at the world’s top programs.

When you choose Accepted, you’ll have a passionate and invested admissions consultant dedicated to helping you specifically, in addition to the support of a team of uncommonly talented professionals, including former admissions directors, published authors, PhDs, journalists, professors, and career coaches.

Here are just a few reasons you should choose Accepted to help you navigate the admissions process:

The Accepted Advantage


Your designated Accepted admissions consultant is focused on learning about you and your candidacy and helping you present yourself in the best way possible to the admissions committee. They truly commit themselves to getting to know you and your story and being your partner through every stage of the application process.


Although you work one-on-one with a consultant dedicated specifically to you and your candidacy, you benefit from having the backing of our entire team of admissions experts. We consistently lean on and learn from each other to ensure we are best serving you.

International Team

With consultants around the world, you never have to worry about time zone discrepancies or being able to reach your consultant. This global reach also contributes to our wealth of international experience, so if you are targeting an overseas program, we’re positioned to get you there.


Founded in 1997, Accepted boasts a team of professional admissions consultants who collectively bring hundreds of years of direct admissions committee experience to your application. We are truly passionate and dedicated admissions specialists. With more insider knowledge than any other firm, we KNOW the application process inside and out and can guide you every step of the way. Our job is to walk you through and simplify the often overwhelming admissions process, and we take that job seriously.

Flexible Service Offerings and Transparent Pricing

We offer both flat-rate and hourly options to fit every applicant’s needs and budget. We’ll listen to your goals and suggest a package that we think makes the most sense for you, but you can be reassured that we’ll never pressure you to purchase more than you feel comfortable with or need. We list all our prices clearly on our website, and what you see is what you get. Every client pays the same amount for the same service because we believe in treating all applicants equally and feel that our pricing is fair. You are paying for the in-depth knowledge and expertise of professional admissions consultants and higher education insiders, and this is an investment in your future.

Individualized Approach

Over the years, we have honed in on what works in the admissions process and what doesn’t, which allows us to personalize each client’s application strategy to best fit their strengths, story, and goals. Every applicant is unique, so no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all template will work to help you get accepted. Identifying what you have to offer and highlighting that effectively is where we excel.

Free Advice and Insights

Our website is bursting with valuable free information on every aspect and stage of the admissions process. Resume guides, sample essays, our weekly podcast, daily blog posts – we aim to provide you with everything you need to know about successfully applying to the program of your choice. Keeping all this content up-to-date shows we really “talk the talk.” Rather than keeping our knowledge to ourselves, we want to share it with you – free of charge! Start with a free consultation to get some of your initial questions answered and get a feel for our firm. You’ll speak directly with an Accepted admissions professional, who will offer complimentary advice focused specifically on YOUR profile and YOUR goals.

Our Admissions Consulting Team

Not only do our admissions consultants have the experience and expertise needed to help you stand out, but they are also passionate about getting you accepted.

Get to know our admissions consultants and you'll see why Accepted can help you get accepted!

Alice Diamond

Alice Diamond

Grad and College

35 years of experience in career and admissions advising for undergraduate and graduate students

Learn more about Alice >

Barry Rothman

Dr. Barry S. Rothman, Ph.D.

Med and Grad

Emeritus professor of biology, former health professions advisor, and former director of three post-bac programs at San Francisco State University

Learn more about Barry >

Brigitte Suhr

Brigitte Suhr


Received her JD from UVA Law, where she also reviewed more than 2,500 applications as part of the admissions office

Learn more about Brigitte >

Christie St-John

Christie St-John

MBA and Grad

25+ years of experience as admissions director and career coach at Dartmouth Tuck and Vanderbilt Owen.

Learn more about Christie >

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Cydney Foote

Med and Grad

Former admissions committee member at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine and curriculum development team member at the UW School of Dentistry

Learn more about Cydney >

Esmeralda Cardenal

Esmeralda Cardenal

MBA and Grad

16 years of MBA and graduate admissions experience as former Yale SOM associate director, MSU director, and Cardiff Business School (UK) consultant.

Learn more about Esmeralda >

Flash Gordon

Dr. Herman "Flash" Gordon

Med and Grad

Tenured faculty member at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, he was also the admissions committee chair and a neuroscience graduate admissions committee member

Learn more about Flash >

Kara Keenan Sweeney

Kara Keenan Sweeney

MBA, Grad, JD/MBA and JD/MA

More than 15 years of experience in MBA admissions at Columbia Business School, INSEAD, and the Lauder Institute's joint MA/MBA and MA/JD programs.

Learn more about Kara >

Karin Ash

Karin Ash


30 years of career and admissions experience at four universities, including Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Business and College of Engineering

Learn more about Karin >

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Kelly Wilson

MBA and Grad

23 years of experience as executive director of admissions at CMU Tepper and assistant dean of admissions at Georgetown McDonough and Pittsburgh Katz

Learn more about Kelly >

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Madison Searle

Med and College

Read more than 5,000 applications and advised students as former director for three undergraduate honors programs at the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin

Learn more about Madison >

Marie Todd

Marie Todd


More than 30 years' experience in higher education and consulting, including five seasons as a University of Michigan application review specialist

Learn more about Marie >

Mary Mahoney

Dr. Mary Mahoney

Med and Grad

Tenured English professor and Director of Medical Humanities, specializing in helping clients find the right story for grad school and med school personal statements, diversity essays, and prompts for supplemental essays.

Learn more about Mary >

Michelle Stockman

Michelle Stockman

MBA, Grad, and College

Former staff member with the Columbia Business School admissions office, and broadcast journalist with 15 years experience coaching candidates

Learn more about Michelle >


Natalie Grinblatt

MBA, Grad, and College

Nearly two decades of admissions experience as former admissions dean/director at Michigan Ross, Cornell Johnson, and ASU Carey

Learn more about Natalie >

Sadie Polen

Sadie Polen

Law and Grad

More than 10 years of experience in higher education, reviewing SOPs, personal statements, and resumes at Harvard University

Learn more about Sadie >

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Dr. Sundas Ali

College and Grad

More than 15 years of experience teaching and advising students, providing career and admissions advice, reviewing applications and conducting interviews for University of Oxford's undergraduate and graduate programs.

Learn more about Sundas >

Valerie Wherley

Dr. Valerie Wherley

Med and Grad

Former assistant dean of student affairs at the William Beaumont School of Medicine and former director of pre-health advisement and the Postbac Certificate Program at Sacred Heart

Learn more about Valerie >

Vanessa Febo

Vanessa Febo


More than seven years of graduate school and scholarship consulting experience with specialties in engineering, English, social sciences, and business.

Learn more about Vanessa >

Accepted Management

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Linda Abraham


Leader in the admissions consulting field since 1994, host of Admissions Straight Talk podcast, co-founder and first president of AIGAC.

Learn more about Linda >

Esmeralda Cardenal

Esmeralda Cardenal

Managing Director

16 years of MBA and graduate admissions experience as former Yale SOM associate director, MSU director, and Cardiff Business School (UK) consultant.

Learn more about Esmeralda >

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How To Pick An Admissions Consulting Firm That's Right For You

Put your future in professional hands.

Accepted hires only experienced writers and consultants. Just as you wouldn't hire an art student or art critic over a portrait painter to paint your portrait, we will not hire grad students or even former adcom members- unless they first meet the professional writing standards that disqualify more than 90% of applicants for our consulting positions. We're so proud of our staff that we publish the bios for each of our consultants so that you can know your consultant's background and qualifications before you start work.

Choose a consultant that brings out your individuality.

At Accepted, we know that cookie-cutter applications don't work. We combine our extensive understanding of the application process with what you know best - your own story - to help you produce a truly unique application that shows you in the best possible light. 

Find a company that shares, not conceals, its insight.

Our website is a valuable resource for all applicants and a demonstration of our insight into the admissions process. We don't merely make claims about our familiarity with admissions. We prove it with every article, tip, admissions guide, newsletter, and webinar.

Select comprehensive admissions expertise.

Accepted's consultants are knowledgeable in a variety of top programs - not just one or two. Before they work with Accepted they must be skilled editors and admissions pros. To further develop their skills, each new consultant undergoes rigorous training. Our founder, Linda Abraham, personally guides each new consultant to ensure that each one maintains Accepted's high standards and benefits from her vast experience. The experience consultants bring to Accepted plus the training they receive here mean that you benefit from wide-ranging expertise and an exceptional professional perspective into the entire admissions process.

Work with a company that relentlessly pursues quality.

You don't rest on your laurels, and we don't either. Accepted has a rigorous peer review program so that drafts are reviewed by another consultant on the team. The purpose of our peer review program is to:

  • Ensure superior quality.
  • Share best practices.

Benefit from additional expert opinions. All at no additional cost to you.

Work with a consultant who works for you.

At Accepted, you'll work with one consultant who mentors you as you develop a winning strategy and craft your best essays. You won't be shunted around among staff members, and the person who advises you on content and strategy will also edit your essays so he or she will be thoroughly familiar with your goals and approach. Your consultant will be your chief critic, coach, fan, editor and reviewer.

Seek a service that fits your schedule.

We guarantee that we will return every draft within two business days, and we are usually faster. Our consultants even schedule weekend and evening appointments to make the process as convenient as possible. In those rare cases when a consultant has to stop work, another qualified consultant is always available to step in.