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Recommend a consultant Alice van Harten

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I applied to HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Yale, MIT, Columbia. Except for Stanford who waitlisted me, I was invited to interview for all other schools. I already received offer from Yale and HBS.

Here I simply want to share how important it is to work with a consultant who truly believes in you and who wants to see you succeed and how helpful my consultant is to me.

My consultant, her name is Alice van Harten. I felt the connection with her the first time I talked to her, but I didn't choose her right away because I wanted to go for a bigger name in terms of admission consultants. However, I did so only to come back to Alice because I couldn't find anyone who I felt truly believed in me and I realized how precious it was and how hard it was to found to have someone who wants to support you wholeheartedly.

If you are still working on that essay or resume, trying to best strategize yourself, I want you to succeed and want to see your effort being used in the right direction and I recommend to have a chat with Alice. It might turn out to be the best move for you.

All the best,

Here is her website:
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This is one of the threads I had read and referred to before I decided to speak with Alice and I am grateful that I came across it. For anyone looking for admissions consultants in future I just want to share my experience:

I am a re-applicant who was dinged at most of the top 10 -15 schools I had applied to last season (mind you I applied to a lot of them!). I had worked with one of the top admissions consulting firms (don't want to take names) last year and even though they were marginally okay, they just did not add any substantial value. I was also disappointed with them delegating work to much junior people and them not getting back to me on time so close to the deadline and thus hampering the quality of my essays.

I got in touch with Alice, whom I found through one of the reviews on GMAT Club, and she was someone who was unlike anyone I had spoken to in my 2 years of admissions process experience. I worked with Alice from the very beginning of my process this year and she helped me craft a narrative that I think captured my strengths and my experiences in the best possible way. Even though I come from a really competitive pool she helped me identify stories and experiences from my past that would make me a competitive applicant. Besides being a really good and experienced writer (Alice has a PhD from Cambridge and has worked with Bain), she is she also was one of the best persons to discuss your past experiences with and what you wanted to achieve after an MBA. She helped me turn my experiences into a B school essay format in the best possible way.

I really liked that she was the one I was working with throughout the process and the work wasn't delegated to someone else. Alice is someone who is very focused on the work she is doing (she doesn't relent unless you get the perfect essay!) and doesn't care at all about timekeeping unlike the consultants I have worked with. It is because of her help that I got interviewed at 6 of the 7 schools I had applied to (Kellogg, Haas, Tuck, LBS, Darden, Stern). I don't think I would have been able to do that without her support and guidance. She also helped me a lot in the whole interview process by organizing 3 mock interviews, asking me to send video essay practice prompts over Skype, and identifying areas of weakness. I finally ended up at the school which was one of the top of my list and I am really thrilled to join it next fall.

I wholeheartedly recommend Alice Van Harten (website : to someone who wants to get into a top B school. She is the peer and mentor you are looking for. Go for her and you will thank me later :-)

For people looking at working with consultants in the future do take her 30 minute free consultation. You will get more out of it than you would after paid hours with some other consulting firms. Speak with her, make your mind and you will know you made the best call.

Please PM me if you want to know more about her. I will be happy to talk to you.
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By the time I had reached to her – in April – she was already booked! I recommend starting early if you want to get on her radar. She did, however, provide valuable first-glance advice even just from seeing my preliminary materials.
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I'll enthusiastically recommend Alice from a completely different point of view. I'm a longtime GMAT and GRE tutor, and quite a few of my students have worked with Alice van Harten and her partner, David White. They're both amazing.

Here's the thing: MBA admissions consultants have an incentive to encourage you to apply to schools even if you don't stand much of a chance. Sure, there are some honest people in this line of work, but I've seen dozens of horror stories from applicants who wrote fat checks to admissions consultants, when they honestly had no chance of getting into their top-choice programs. Too many admissions consultants are happy to cash those checks, unfortunately.

So my favorite thing about Alice and David? They're straight shooters, and they'll be completely honest with you. And they're also just incredibly knowledgable, perceptive people. They know the MBA scene inside-out, upside-down, and backwards. They've both had interesting academic and corporate careers, so they know a thing or two about the career landscape as well. They understand how to craft a pitch-perfect application, and they understand more about writing and interviewing than virtually any MBA consultant I've ever met.

After working as a tutor for 15 years, I've run across more admissions consultants than I can count. Alice and David are among the very best, in addition to being good, likable people. I'm thrilled whenever one of my GMAT or GRE students manages to land on their client list.

Yes, their schedules tend to fill up quickly, so plan ahead if you want to work with the best. And feel free to PM me if you have questions.

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first heard about Alice van Harten
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I would like to know more on my chances in getting into a top b-school. I have 8 years of experience.

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