Jennifer Bloom from Accepted.com was the first admissions consultant who I contacted about my interest in applying to business school. Although I subsequently spoke to 6-7 consultants from different firms, she stood out because of how personalized her advice and responses to me were. She was genuinely enthusiastic about my candidacy and encouraged me to be ambitious about my school selection, which made me apply to Stanford and HBS. She kept me optimistic when I was dinged by HBS and remained optimistic about Stanford. Her lightning-fast responses made me feel that she was personally engaged and that made me more confident about my candidacy. When I received my acceptance from Stanford, I realized that I would never have applied if it were not for her.
- Accepted to Stanford GSB
I wanted to take a moment to let you know how great of an experience I've had working with Natalie over the past several months. When I first started looking at MBA programs last year, I quickly realized that I needed a consultant to navigate the process. The process is much different than college applications, and I had no idea what schools I could reasonably aim for (especially with my nontraditional background). I started the process by calling as many consulting companies as I could and trying to get an understanding of where I stand through their free consultations. The first company I spoke with was an absolute disaster. I was told that I had a weak profile (in so many words), and that I needed to set my sights on lower tier schools. I was told to look at schools ranked ~30-50, and that my reach school should be a school ranked ~20-25, though that was still unlikely. A few weeks later I was referred to Natalie by a friend of mine who had worked with her a few years ago.
My conversation with Natalie was completely different than the other admissions consultants I had spoken to. Natalie was very friendly, warm, and encouraging. We talked about the strengths and weaknesses of my profile, and she eventually decided that my reach school from the other consultant (~20-25) should be my backup school. While I still haven't fully decided on which school I am going to attend, I have options available to me in top 20 programs with major scholarships, and I likely will be taking a spot at Booth, something that I never thought would be possible when I first started looking at MBA programs. I can't emphasize enough how great of an asset Natalie has been for me throughout my application process, and I will definitely be recommending her to anyone I know who is looking to apply to business school!
I decided to apply to graduate school from a fairly non-traditional background. I had limited research experience, and had pursued seemingly disparate professional endeavors after college. I was nervous about constructing a narrative for my graduate school applications. Dr. Rothman, through phone calls and Skype interviews, got to know me as a person. He guided my writing process in a way that allowed me to write an effective personal statement that still felt like my own story. He helped me translate my experiences into a linear and coherent story. Barry is approachable, detailed, and quick to respond. He instilled in me the confidence I needed to successfully apply to graduate school. I am going to one of my top two programs and I couldn’t be more excited!
- Accepted to Columbia University PhD program