Congratulations on successfully starting a variety of businesses in the fitness industry. As an entrepreneur myself who built Stratus Prep
from my kitchen table into an international leader in graduate school test preparation and admissions counseling, I really admire your creativity, tenacity, and pursuit of knowledge.
As far as applying to business school, you're in luck! Entrepreneurship is one of the top areas of focus for business schools today. For example, Harvard just opened a new innovation lab and is recruiting successful entrepreneurs for its MBA class to fill the lab, Columbia is constantly seeking entrepreneurs for its Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, and Stanford is of course always interested in identifying and recruiting talented entrepreneurs. Stratus Prep
has successfully helped numerous, non-traditional entrepreneurs win acceptance to each of these schools. These schools also offer premier finance programs and could thus help you make the career transition you are seeking.
Obviously you have a couple of years until you actually apply to top MBA programs because you will need to have an undergraduate degree before submitting your applications. In the next couple years, it is essential that you keep your grades up to be competitive at the very top schools and that you excel on the GMAT. Depending on what resources you have available to you, you may want to consider private tutoring to maximize the impact of the time you spend preparing for the GMAT. At Stratus Prep
our top-notch GMAT instructors (all of whom scored in the top 1% on the GMAT and have 2+ years of teaching experience) work with students worldwide, developing personalized strategies to help them excel on the exam. 80% of our students score 700+, and we are currently working with clients in the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Since you will be applying with 11 years of work experience and at the age of 33, you may want to consider one-year programs or Executive MBA programs. Given your significant leadership and management experience, I recommend looking into Duke's Cross Continent MBA program, Columbia's top-ranked Executive MBA program, and Wharton's prestigious Executive MBA program.
I do think you can be competitive not only at top 50 schools, but also at top 20 schools. However, to be successful in US MBA admissions, it is essential to strategically put together your many accomplishments in a compelling application that highlights all you have to offer without looking too focused on fitness or appearing pretentious or unfocused in any way. These are all risks for more accomplished candidates. At Stratus Prep
, we have worked with many experienced applicants in their 30's and 40's and successfully positioned them for admission to top schools, so you certainly achieve this as well.
Just be sure not to sell yourself short. With some expert guidance, you should be really well-positioned for success.
If you are interested in working with Stratus Prep
for your GMAT preparation or on your applications when the time comes, feel free to reach out to me via private message or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of luck!
Founder/CEO, Stratus Prep