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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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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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Comprehensive
August 11 | 2014

1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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

1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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Huge success with Denise from MAC Approved
November 19 | 2014

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       By pmarler joined: November 17, 2014 | 0 | 0 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Yes - got into all
This review is for:  Comprehensive Admissions Package (CAP)  
Denise was an absolutely critical part of my being accepted to the Stanford GSB. I don't believe I would have been accepted without her help and guidance.

I had spoken to several consultants before Denise, but it was clear immediately that she was the right fit for me. She had a rare combination of AdCom background, consulting, creativity, and experience that not many other consultants had.

I told Denise that Stanford was my top choice and she immediately started putting together a plan that would highlight my strengths as they related to the school. I was a strong candidate (good school, GPA, GMAT) but Stanford is so selective that it's really difficult to know what they're looking for. Denise did not disappoint. She worked tirelessly to overhaul my resume and my essays and was always available to discuss strategy. I'm sure late night phone calls with crazed b-school applicants aren't easy, but she was always available and always went the extra mile.

In the end I got into the most selective b-school in the world thanks to Denise. You won't regret working with her.
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Review for Denise Handa
November 24 | 2014

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       By jlin14 joined: November 11, 2014 | 1 | 0 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Yes - got into all
This review is for:  Comprehensive Admissions Package (CAP)  
I worked with Denise after having introductory calls with four consultants. I selected her based on her experience and overall enthusiasm, and it legitimately felt like she cared about my story and helping my career. I was not disappointed at all - I applied to Columbia early decision and was accepted in less than four weeks of my application submission (incl interview time).

The process is likely similar for all consultants - resume, essays, application package, additional communications to the school, and interview prep. However what set Denise apart was the incredible energy, attention to detail, and perspective of admissions officers that she brings. We easily went through 6-7 turns of the resume where Denise pressed me to dig up fine details of my past that I had long forgotten. I had to write 5 essays as a re-applicant and we went through at least 3 turns on each one. She has the experience and wherewithal to take her knowledge of my story, and immediately outline what the topics of the five essays should be to paint a coherent and consistent message that conveyed my personal passions and career aspirations. So while all the content and writing came from my own experience and passions, she was an absolutely savvy curator of these anecdotes and passions and helped formulate it into words on paper in ways that best appealed to an outside admissions officer. She was extremely detail oriented, and spent significant time redlining grammar and sentence structure matters - though our writing styles were quite different and I would override her revs at times just to ensure it was my own voice.

When interviews came around, we had three calls, each up to 2 hours long, to review every possible permutation of each typical interview question. It was incredibly rigorous and probably 10x more than really necessary; but I walked into that interview with total confidence and not at all nervous - after all, that is the point of good preparation.

Overall Denise's greatest strength is her caring. After having so many calls, we genuinely clicked in our chats, and talked about many topics outside of just the MBA applications - things from general career mentorship, fun interests, her career, stories of her dropping into law classes as an MBA student and so forth. I honestly think that her greatest asset is that she has such a bubbly and infectious personality, it brought out the best and most positive in myself. And while that seems rather soft and intangible, it had a concrete impact when I sat down to write the essays. Finally, working with Denise was truly fun and enjoyable. Writing application essays is an absolute chore - no getting around that. But having someone to help whose fun, whose fully engaged and cares, who will catch your mistakes, and keep you on schedule, made it a very smooth and successful process. Denise was ultimately one of the rare people I've worked with that not only had a great pitch at the very start, but in fact exceeded on every aspect of her mandate, and followed through to the very end.
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MAC Approved - The Top Admissions Consultancy
November 12 | 2014

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       By Anonymous joined: November 12, 2014 | 0 | 0 |
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
Simply put, Denise was a vital and necessary part of my MBA admissions process. I felt that I was a strong candidate for the top business schools given my GMAT scores and work experience, but realized my GPA, college activities, and outside work involvement could hinder my application. I decided to use a consultant to maximize my chances of an outstanding application.

I talked to over 10 admission firms before deciding on Denise. On the very first phone call before I was a client, Denise provided more honest and thoughtful feedback than any of the other firms, and it was clear she was the best choice by a wide margin. Once I hired Denise, Denise was heavily involved in all parts of my application. She helped to direct which aspects of my candidacy to highlight in essays vs. the resume vs. the short answer questions. She played a significant role in the brainstorming and selection of essay topics that were differentiated and highlighted unique parts of my candidacy that I would have never thought to write about. We worked closely together to structure, refine, and finalize all essays, short answers, optional materials, and resume bullets over dozens of iterations. When it came time for interviews, we practiced live at least 4 times for each school given the nuances of each school's interview questions.

I applied to Booth, Kellogg, HBS, and Wharton and was successful at each in large part to Denise's help. I would not have even come close to this outcome without her help. Not only am I attending Booth, I am one of the very few who can say they turned down a scholarship at a top 5 MBA school. Many of Denise's clients receive scholarships through the strength of their application - an incredible ROI that most do not factor in when choosing and paying for a consultant.

If you are applying to the top business schools and want to maximize your chances in this very difficult process, you must reach out to Denise and set up an introductory phone call. She will help you far more than any high GMAT score, any high GPA, any terrific work or leadership experience, etc. could possibly help.
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Non traditional B-school applicant
November 26 | 2014

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       By Nadsri joined: January 22, 2013 | 0 | 5 |
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:  Yes - school of my dreams
This review is for:  Comprehensive Admissions Package (CAP)  
Coming from a healthcare background I did not have many colleagues that have pursued a full time MBA. This made the process extremely murky for me. I needed someone to guide me through the process.
After speaking with many consultants I felt extremely comfortable working with Denise. After speaking at length about my background and career aspirations she helped me decide on which schools were best for me. I have an extremely technical background and my biggest hurdle was clearly explaining my experiences in terms that everyone could understand. She was instrumental in helping me tell my story and gave me the confidence to apply to school I never thought I could get into. She was with me every step of the way from application, to the interview, to helping me through the waitlist process when I was admitted.
Ultimately, I got admitted to my number one choice, the Johnson School at Cornell. Without Denise's help this process would have been terrible for me and I highly recommend her, especially if you have a non-traditional b school background.
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