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I thought the main function of consultants was to be essay editors. Is that not the case?
I am not sure - I always thought a consultant interviewed you, helped you craft your essays by pointing out your strengths and weaknesses, helped you focus on areas of your app that need improving (Ex. pointing out you need a higher GMAT score), mock interviews for a specific school, etc. Accepted.com has packages for specific programs that take you from starting point to finish line, holding your hand throughout. To me that is a consultant.
Someone who reads your essays and edits general grammar and some minor feedback would be an editor...
I was contacted by a consultant who virtually "guaranteed" admissions (or 100% refund) at a few top 10 schools for $7500~$15,000. The guy is an HSB grad with lots of pull amongst several different adcoms.
In short, I denied his services because I don't think it is ethical to buy one's way into a top program. My school ranks in the top 30 and I'm perfectly content knowing that I got through on my own (with the support of some solid LORs, or course).
GMATT73, good to hear from you, you been away visiting schools?
Yep, visited three schools (two backup) and stopped short of two more after receiving an admit from my target school.
Ended up shelling out an extra $125 for "economy plus" seats between Osaka-Seattle and they were much more comfortable than standard coach. Saving the FF miles for my wife's ticket at the end of the year.
How are your apps coming along Johnny? Any new news?
Final decisions are in: Berkeley: Denied with interview Tepper: Waitlisted with interview Rotman: Admitted with scholarship (withdrawn) Random French School: Admitted to MSc in Management with scholarship (...