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I'm done with GMATs, and now the plan is to apply for Round 2 to various schools.

I'm going to start shopping around for a consultant, but there are so many and so hard to choose! From what I've seen, reviews tend to not be helpful as everyone gets a 5/5 rating.

And, cost to me is always a factor. I'm not made of $$ :( I haven't found any place to quickly look up all my options and find price comparisons; so, I've made a googledoc spreadsheet that lists prices and their websites.

I hope others will find this useful as well for a quick price comparison and look up for their consultant shopping.

Let me know if I'm missing any companies, and I'll add them when I can.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc ... sp=sharing


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Some thoughts after going through a couple (okok, more than a couple) "free 30 minute consultation"

I love it when you send me a personalized email, as opposed to an automatically generated email. That said, please don't misspell my name!

I like it when you go slightly above 30 minutes, or at least make it sound like time isn't a constraint giving me personalized attention. I don't like it when you show up a few minutes late and need to leave right on the dot at 1:30.

No, I don't want to have a 30-minute free conversation from a 23 year old fresh graduate from a tier-4 college and have him give me a profile review and decide who might be the right consultant for me, especially when most other companies provide actual consultants, who are MBA grads, to do the free consultation.

I'm a little confused as to why you allow me to hand-pick your consultant (from dozens!) to have a free consultation with, but they're not available for hire.

Feedback is inconsistent. It's hard to tell who's giving me a realistic picture of where I stand. I have consultants who directly contradict each other, both about my profile and determining which schools I have a good shot at, making the task of choosing a consultant quite difficult.
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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2013, 07:30
Just out of curiosity, what is your reasoning behind "needing" a consultant? You must have given this a lot of thought, especially because of your budget.
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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2013, 08:11
Hi Farful!

Thanks for putting together this list. I operate a boutique MBA admissions consulting business, MBA Admissions Coach (http://MBAAdmissionsCoach.com) and I'd like to be added to your list.

My hourly rate is $250 per hour, and I charge the following for my comprehensive packages: 1 School Package: $3,700, 2 School Package: $4,900, 3 School Package: $6,100, 4 School Package: $7,300, 5 School Package: $8,500.

Although I work hourly and on comprehensive school packages, most of my clients find that purchasing packages for specific services - resume update, essays for one school, etc., works out the best for them.

I started my business this past summer after serving as the Director of MBA Admissions for 15 years. Despite leaving my formal admissions role, I found that I really missed working directly with MBA applicants. So now, I get to continue doing the things that I love. All of my clients work directly with me.

Best wishes to all of the applicants out there!

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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2013, 10:56
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Just out of curiosity, what is your reasoning behind "needing" a consultant? You must have given this a lot of thought, especially because of your budget.


Hi there, we've actually talked before (though you may not remember). You were extremely helpful and gave me a great start (and resources) to my research on business schools. So I thank you for that :)

I'll keep my response short. I've recently decided to pursue an MBA. The biggest reason why I feel I need a consultant is because I don't know anything about business schools nor do I know anyone personally who is in or went through business school. I need someone knowledgeable to help guild me through this process. Furthermore, I will be a one-time applicant. I have my age working against me, but more importantly, I have family considerations. This summer will be the only chance I have to move without impacting my family a great deal.
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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2013, 15:22
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P.S. Published a copy of your spreadsheet (it is a copy only so it is not tied to yours/changes you make will not be reflected).
You can, however get yours up there if you go to File > Publish in the Google docs and then paste the KEY value in the post.
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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 20:42
I'm not clear what your criteria is to include a company on your spreadsheet, but as you mention there are tons of admissions consultancies out there. I, myself, have a list of close to 85 consultants from my own research when I was looking for a consultant (note this is just a list of names, and does not have anything about pricing).
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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 22:06
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I'm not clear what your criteria is to include a company on your spreadsheet, but as you mention there are tons of admissions consultancies out there. I, myself, have a list of close to 85 consultants from my own research when I was looking for a consultant (note this is just a list of names, and does not have anything about pricing).


Wow. Impressive research and probably quite a bit of decision making went into that... do you care to share who you picked?
Or at least what was the deciding factor?
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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 03:31
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Looking goooood. Would you mind including a link to our free consultation in your next version?

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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 04:14
Ward2012 wrote:
I'm not clear what your criteria is to include a company on your spreadsheet, but as you mention there are tons of admissions consultancies out there. I, myself, have a list of close to 85 consultants from my own research when I was looking for a consultant (note this is just a list of names, and does not have anything about pricing).


I don't really have a criteria - I just went ahead and compiled a list of consultants that I found here on gmatclub.
If you want to give me names of others, I'm sure I'll be able to find them via google and will add their information to the spreadsheet.
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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2013, 12:44
Hi Farful,
I suggest column 2 be moved towards last column. Doing so will make the price comparison easier. As of now we cannot see the name of the company and the prices together.
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I'm not clear what your criteria is to include a company on your spreadsheet, but as you mention there are tons of admissions consultancies out there. I, myself, have a list of close to 85 consultants from my own research when I was looking for a consultant (note this is just a list of names, and does not have anything about pricing).


I don't really have a criteria - I just went ahead and compiled a list of consultants that I found here on gmatclub.
If you want to give me names of others, I'm sure I'll be able to find them via google and will add their information to the spreadsheet.


Attached is my list. Please note that this list was compiled in Fall 2012, and I have not updated it with new consultancies that I have come across since then. Also I don't have any admissions consultants based in India on this list, and also some may not be in business anymore.
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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2014, 08:34
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This is a great list - thanks for pulling it together! Could you add a link to our free consultation form for folks who are interested in chatting with us? Thanks!

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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2014, 11:00
Fortuna Admissions, as we are fairly new, isn't on this list either but for our services and prices, you can check us out here: http://fortunaadmissions.com/services/

What makes Fortuna unique though is that our entire team is made up of former Admissions Directors from the top b-schools in the US and Europe so we've been on the 'other side'. Another plus is that if you sign up for a full school package, you get to work with 2 consultants/expert coaches as opposed to 1.

We also understand that cost can be a factor for many so we are willing to set up a price/package that works best for you. Give us a call anytime (or email).

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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 06 May 2014, 23:28
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Farful, thanks for this valuable research.
We'd like to add that our prices above are not final. Each Aringo client is considered for a discount from the Lese fund, and there is also a discount through GMAT Club!
Feel free to contact us to learn more about our services and discounts.
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I just can't afford it :(. Thank you for preparing a list which help students like me motivate us further to work on our own. :)
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Re: Price Comparison of MBA Consultants and Links to their Sites [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2014, 22:26
From my experience I can tell that these prices tend to be indicative. The consulting company might customize the package to suit your needs or they just might get convinced that you deserve to pay less. I used Aringo's services once, to get an independent opinion about one of my applications just before I hit the submit button. It was cool experience - prompt and to the point responses.
So I'd recommend to go ahead and talk to the consultants about your needs and affordability, worst case scenario - you'll hone your negotiation skills. :)
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