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MAC Approved is a trusted advisor to prospective top-tier MBA program candidates  and has helped clients to be admitted into the world’s most elite business schools. Our strength lies in our consultants who are former top-tier MBA program Faculty members, former MBA admissions committee members and all are top-tier MBA program graduates. We allow you the opportunity to speak directly with our top-tier admits.

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August 11 | 2014

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       By charlieharold1 joined: February 27, 2014 | 2 | 0 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Yes - got into all
This review is for:  Comprehensive Admissions Package (CAP)  
Last year I didn’t know much about consulting firms until I spoke with a friend who used MAC for her business school applications. I really had doubts about how a company could make a candidate like myself to stand out from the usual b-school applicant. My industry (finance) has many individuals who apply to b-school and similar to me, most want to go into investment banking post-MBA.

I was really apprehensive but listened to my friend and spoke with another prominent admissions consulting company. The consultant strongly recommended that I look at “stretch schools” since my choice of schools (Kellogg, Darden, UCLA, Stern and Georgetown) were not realistic. She said that my 690 GMAT score didn’t stand a chance. I became really disheartened as I didn’t understand the philosophy of “stretch schools” and just decided to pass all together. My friend who used MAC said to get a second opinion and then make a decision. After 2 months of procastinating, I finally reached out to my friend’s consultant for a free evaluation.

I spoke with her MAC consultant who had been an admissions consultant for 8 years for only top-tier programs. I was pleasantly surprised as he told me that MAC doesn’t believe in “stretch schools” and their philosophy is to push the candidate to do achieve only the best. I was even more thrown back as he recommended HBS, Berkeley, Wharton, Booth and Columbia, which was really a 180 from the first company. I ended the discussion and said I would get back to MAC.

I gave it a week and decided to work with my MAC consultant on 5 applications. I applied to HBS, Berkeley, Wharton, Booth and Columbia as he recommended with a 690 GMAT score. After about 86 drafts and several months of investing my time, I started to hear back with interviews. I did really well in all of the interviews except for HBS initially. I was put on the waitlist after my interview and was then accepted. At that point, it was too late as I had already put down my deposit at Wharton and could not withdraw. I was accepted to all 5. I think schools share this information but not sure so I decided not to. I feel that it was a REALLY long process overall but I am happy to say that it paid off. I really thank Sue, Tom, Deepak and others at MAC who helped me see differently.
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Very Happy in the End
August 27 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: September 18, 2011 | 28 | 7 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Yes - got into all
This review is for:  Comprehensive Admissions Package (CAP)   Consultant:  Denise Handa
I worked with Denise, from MAC Approved, during my application process.

While conducting my due diligence on various consulting firms, I was initially disappointed. My first experience was with a representative from another firm. I felt that the call was rushed and that the rep did not truly review my profile before making a judgement on my application's potential success and failure. The representative discouraged me from applying to my top choice and instead attempted to encourage me to make my backup option my top choice. Moreover, the rep suggested a few other alternatives that were much lower ranked and not options I ever considered or would have desired attending. I left this interaction feeling discouraged and began to question my own application success.

I decided to continue looking at other firms, and soon after met Denise and could not have been happier. Denise spent the time reviewing my profile as a whole and spent a significant amount of time discussing my options. Ultimately she encouraged me to apply not only to my initial choices of NYU Stern and Georgetown, but to consider applying to Booth and Kellogg. I was accepted at all the schools in which I applied. Moreover, I was very happy with Denise as a guide through such a stressful process. Denise took the time to really connect with me as an applicant and review every part of my profile. We worked together to brainstorm on ideas and highlight those strengths identified to put my "best foot forward."

For anyone looking to hire an application consultant, I would strongly suggest taking a look at MAC Approved and to work with Denise.
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September 24 | 2014

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       By MrMBA2016 joined: March 28, 2013 | 28 | 8 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Yes - school of my dreams
This review is for:  Comprehensive Admissions Package (CAP)   Consultant:  Denise Handa
Having a sub-average GPA and GMAT score, I was very skeptical about getting into my top dream schools. Denise helped me focus on the strengths and positive aspects of my candidacy. Without her sincere assistance, I could never make it Duke with scholarship. Not only that, I got admitted to Tepper and Georgetown, and invited to interview by Ross.

She was always available to help and talk over phone. Due to the time difference, she consistently had to get on phone at oddly times. At a certain point in time, I realized that we are working on 12th version of an essay. She was still patient and supportive, while giving her sincere feedback. Without her, this process would definitely not be as fruitful as it was. Duke was a dream school for me to get into, minding my GPA and GMAT, but dream became true after Denise guided my focus on positive points of my application, the ones I was not aware of if she were not there.

After all, I would like to appreciate all her efforts and recommend her to all MBA applicants.
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