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August Academy is a venture founded by an alumnus of IIT Madras and Stanford University in 2013. Over the past four years, we’ve helped students belonging to the most competitive MBA applicant pool (Indian Engineers) get into several top 20 schools from across the world. We’ve worked with people in every time zone from Australia to California - we are extremely responsive. Several of our students have received offers from top 20 schools in the US (including Kellogg, MIT Sloan, Yale, Duke, NYU Stern, UVa Darden, Ross, Cornell, Anderson, UNC Kenan-Flagler, McCombs, Tepper, Olin and Goizueta), top 10 schools in Europe (including London Business School, HEC Paris, IE, ESADE and Oxford), and top ranked schools in other regions (Rotman, Ivey, Schulich, the National University of Singapore and the Indian School of Business). Overall, our students have won over $2,100,000 in scholarships so far.

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     By rishabchoraria 32 13

After my GMAT, I was struggling to make a list of colleges I could apply for and was looking at the application essays for various colleges. I understood that it is very essential to be able to put forth my story effectively in the limited number of words. I wanted someone who has been through the process to work with me on my essays and help me make my essays effective.

I came across August Academy ( on GMAT club. I set up a call with Karthik for an initial discussion. From the first call I was greatly impressed with the honesty and clarity that Karthik had. We had multiple discussions to shortlist colleges. Throughout the discussions he was open about his opinions and played a very important role in setting up my expectations appropriately. This way I knew I was taking a risk by applying to certain colleges and wasn’t bogged down by rejects.

Then comes the best part of the process where Karthik made me answer a large set of questions. This helped him understand who I was personally and professionally. This also gave me a lot of clarity and contributed greatly to the effectiveness of the essays. The fact that I wrote my essays gave me great confidence for the interviews as well. Thanks to Karthik I was not only able to apply to try for colleges that were a stretch for me but also got admitted to ISB HYD after a rejection last year.

What I greatly appreciate Karthik for is that he is a great listener, has a structured process and is always reachable. I started my applications only a couple of weeks before the college deadlines and had multiple calls with Karthik at 1AM in the night. He was also great at defining the priorities for every phase of the admission cycle which helped me attack the important aspects first.

I think if you are looking for someone who would work with you for your applications rather than getting your essays written like a few of the other consultancies do August Academy is a great choice.

Average time for one application-
I was short on time and with help and push from Karthik I was able to satisfactorily finish applications for two colleges in 10 days. So Karthik will greatly help you achieve your goals as long as you are willing to work hard towards it.

Although I thought that price was high initially I now feel I got the value for my money. I not only got an admit in the college I wanted but also added structure to my thought and writing.

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Admission to Ross
March 08 | 2016
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     By swarnima91 0 0

When I decided to apply for an MBA, I had some idea about my story but it wasn’t waterproof and that’s where Karthik made the biggest difference in my application. Discussions with Karthik (August Academy - were most productive if I did some homework about the colleges I was looking at. I initially found it frustrating that he wouldn’t give me a ready made storyline that would suit my background and future plans (as this was a common practice I noticed with the consultants my friends and colleagues were using) but in the long run I am really grateful that Karthik guided me to create my own story. He also suggested reading material to help me chalk out my ideas to get a better understanding of different post MBA professions. All of this meant that I didn’t have a common template which I tweaked a little bit to make it more personal but I had an original thought process from the word go and I was able to substantiate each part of my story and future plans. When both of us could not agree on something, Karthik was open to the idea of discussing and flushing out every detail (at times even having 2 calls a day or phone calls till 1 am in the night).

He also conducted a pseudo interview to ensure that all the pieces of my puzzle fit together and this was done even before I wrote my first college essay. This activity alone ensured that I had a solid framework for most common questions of my long-term and short-term goals and why I chose them?

Some essays go a little beyond asking about your professional plans where the admission office wants to get to know an applicant on a more personal level. It’s hard to figure out where to draw the line when you talk about personal stories. At such times, I had numerous discussions with Karthik where we vetted each story to check for its viability.

One very important aspect of this process was the fact that we always looked at the essays while talking on the phone. It was crucial as I figured out the loopholes by myself most of times while combing through each and every sentence. I found this approach to be more effective than exchanging several emails with drafts of the same essay.

Apart from researching on the colleges, he also pushed me to reach out in my network and talk to current students and alumni. I can’t stress enough about how important this aspect is; it adds a whole another level to your understanding which easily gets reflected in your application.

I eventually managed to get interview calls from 3 of the top 11 ranked colleges (according to US news & World report) and got an admission offer from one. Everyone has their own stories but where most of us need help is in presenting it in the best way possible with the given constraints and Karthik does a brilliant job in helping applicants with that.

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     By rajeevrao27 0 0

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Karthik ( for his help throughout the entire application process. Initially, I really did not have much of an idea on how to go about it. But during our first meeting, Karthik immediately put me at ease by explaining the entire process in detail and helped me chalk out a plan.

Karthik, being a great motivator, pushed me in the right direction and ensured that my resume and SOP stood out. The biggest advantage is that the sessions are strictly one-on-one and totally personalized, unlike other mainstream consultants.

In addition, to prep for interviews, he spent a lot of time conducting mock interviews and gave me a lot of tips based on his hands on experience which proved to be extremely insightful.

I would strongly recommend The August Academy and would once again like to express my utmost gratitude to Karthik for his unconditional support that resulted in me securing admission at Duke University to pursue my master’s degree in Engineering Management.

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     By sajalc 0 0

I had consulted with August Academy ( on the recommendation of a friend for my application to the Young Leader’s Program of the Indian School of Business. Even though I took his help just for the interview round, I genuinely believe that Karthik tremendously influenced my way of thinking.

“Real learning does not happen because of an expensive textbook or a learned teacher. Real learning takes place because of a motivating presence.” I distinctly remember Karthik dropping this bomb of wisdom in the middle of one of our many conversations. He is up to date with his knowledge, has ample and varied experience, an exceptional personal profile, and a solid track record. However, what distinguishes Karthik from other consultants is the way he motivates you.

His genuineness, clarity of thought and professionalism enabled me to prepare my case in the best possible way. Those are certain qualities I really admire and wish to emulate in my day to day life as well. Also, I loved how he treated me as an adult. There was no compulsion to call him Sir. There was no spoon feeding. Best of all, there was no fixed schedule! I had the freedom to schedule my chat session with him for how ever long I wanted it to be and for what ever day I liked.

I strongly recommend August Academy to every person who is working on their applications to college. If I had to do it again, there would be no deliberation. I’d choose August Academy in a heartbeat.

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August Academy - You rock !!
August 15 | 2015
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     By Anonymous 8 20

I signed up with Karthik @ August Academy after reading his reviews on GMATClub. I had spoken with other consultants prior to Karthik; however he stood out because of his intelligence and personality. I worked with him on 5 applications which resulted in interviews from all the schools. All my applications were filed in R2.

Karthik is a thorough professional and took the time to understand my background. Accordingly we brainstormed and worked together in compiling the essays/resume that would highlight my key areas of expertise, my strengths and my accomplishments. He encouraged me every step of the way – be it prior to my GMAT exam, when my applications were sent in or when I was called for an interview. His insight into the interview questions/responses helped me immensely during my interviews.

Couple of things that I did appreciate: Karthik did not spoon feed during the application process. This was extremely vital as I wanted my applications to project who I was. Secondly he was very accommodating and available (considering there was a 10 hour time difference) for multiple rounds of review. Other consultants whom I had spoken with indicated that they would cover only 2 or 3 rounds of review. Thirdly he repeatedly stressed on honesty and quality of the applications – a virtue that I appreciate and that is extremely important in the essays and the interview process.

Bottom Line: I definitely got my money’s worth working with Karthik. My journey and acceptance into B-School (Emory – this was #1 on my list of schools) would not have been possible without his help. Thanks Karthik and August Academy !!

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1 Commented by riyazgilani on October 28, 2015
Congratulation on rcving admit from Emory. I am also keen on this school and hence wanted to know your profile..? request to pls share your email id if you dont mind.

I have 700(Q44V41) on GMAT. BTeh Mech-Pune University with 5 years experience in Sales and Marketing with Major Oil company.
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     By jilluisme 0 5
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Yes - school of my dreams

A year ago, as a prefinal year student, I wanted to have a international business exposure but was unsure if MBA was the right choice for me. My parents were looking at some well-known consulting institutions for help, when we came upon August Academy, by accident. My parents preferred August Academy as they offered one-to-one sessions and for their approach towards people.

During the process, achievements and information that I had considered insignificant, were used to create a bigger picture (what I call as “My Story”): a picture I hadn’t believed to exist. I have learnt to appreciate my strengths and achievements, even the smallest of them, and to take pride in them. It helped me regain my confidence I, now, know more about myself than I did before. I can clearly understand my reasons for choosing a business career.

I received interview calls from 2 out of the 3 institutions I applied for, the third being Harvard. I have, also, been admitted into IIM C’s PGDBA course. People are now enquiring me about the help I had and I am happy to point them towards Karthik Sir(August Academy). Karthik Sir has been my mentor for the past year and I am grateful to him for helping me rediscover myself.

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Good times with Karthik
June 19 | 2015
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     By vikasbarca 13 0
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Yes - school of my dreams

I worked with Karthik, August Academy on 6 applications out of which I got 5 interviews. I had tried R1 applications on my own and did not get a single interview. When I reached out to Karthik (the deadlines for R2 were very close), I was looking for a consultant who would help me prepare the applications quickly and effectively. While I contacted many consultants, Karthik stood out for his intelligence, his understanding of my situation and his knowledge of the application process. As I worked with him I got even more convinced that I made the right choice. Karthik helped me formulate a compelling story for my MBA Application, which was more successful than both of us expected. Even during the interview stage, about which I was apprehensive, Karthik provided great insights that helped me engage my interviewers with more confidence. Overall I would definitely recommend Karthik for prospective MBA candidates, he will provide the guidance required to prepare a well-rounded application to increase your chances of success.

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     By vikimanutd 0 0
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Yes - school of my dreams

I was a normal, aimless IT professional with vague dreams of doing higher studies. After getting released from a project, I had a few months off. I decided to utilise it well and prepared for GMAT. I did well and scored 700. But then I realised I had no clues about how to proceed further. I searched forums and all recommended an admissions consultant. So, I looked up a few consultant centers and started searching for a good one. Thus I came across August Academy and met Karthik. He struck me a sincere person whose aim is to help students and not to build a business.

I was looking for a easy way to get an admit, like doing a MS MIS, but he gave the drive and encouragement and the desire to push my goals higher. He was instrumental in making me realise my ambitions and what I really needed to do in my life. Thus I decided on doing MBA but only to realise there is still a mountain to climb. He played a key role in helping me identify the universities suitable for me and, most importantly, what they look for in candidate and how should we project it. His inputs and guidance were a beacon in darkness.

Even when I got a few rejects, he pushed me and made me believe in myself and finally I got an admit in the end of Feb. He did not let me stop with that and we pushed and probed for a better deal. And voila!! I got my second admit in a reputed university with a huge scholarship amount which covered 80 percent of my tuition fee. Much of this recognition goes to the expertise of advice and training that I had received at the August Academy. I think Karthik is an excellent tutor and guide who can make students realise their hidden potential and help them reach towards bigger and higher goals.

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A great experience
June 09 | 2015
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     By Anonymous 3 5
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Yes - school of my dreams

Initially, my thoughts were that MIT is too far fetched. I started off the process with Karthik and it was great to resume a good working relationship.

The MBA admission process with August Academy was a great learning experience, both professionally and personally.

When I started the admission process, I did not have too much idea of how to go about the b school application. Karthik was very patient and helped me think through the entire process. His clarity in thought complemented my personality. Karthik is a great motivator. During the application process, he pushed me to complete all my applications well before the deadline. He helped me to mould all my essays according to the requirements of the applications. Karthik was available at all times during the application process. Irrespective of his busy schedule, Karthik put his students` ambitions as top priority. During the interview stages, Karthik`s interview tips were very insightful. The thorough preparation and mock interviews helped me to crack my MBA admission interviews. Karthik went out of his way to ensure that my goals were accomplished.

Update: 21 April 2015

As I started my MBA at HEC Paris, I learnt about the option of doing a double degree between HEC-MIT. Initially, my thoughts were that MIT is too far fetched and needs a lot of effort in addition to MBA workload.

I started off the process with Karthik and it was great to resume a good working relationship. He clearly understood the application process and set my expectations right. His advice during key stages of the application process was very helpful. During writing essays, I would sometimes veer off on tangential thoughts but Karthik would help me align them in the essays. In terms of time, the schedule was very tight and Karthik was very accommodative of my MBA schedule to do Skype sessions at convenient times.

For the interview process, Karthik’s tips and insights were helpful. They helped me to excel in my interview. Overall, it was a great experience working with him. Thanks to him, I am currently at one of the best schools – MIT.

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     By sasikumar89 0 0
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Some, but not all

After getting a decent score in the GMAT exam, I was still doubtful whether I had a chance to get an admit for the MBA program in a good University. Me and my friend decided to look for the best tutor possible for guidance. We went to many places and were never convinced well enough, as almost all of them were running things like “It’s just business”.

Advising people looking for admissions is more than that. Once we met Karthik Palaniappan, we realized it. I was comfortable in reaching out to him by sharing my real self and abilities. I remember vividly, how he made me realize my achievements in my career so far. It felt like reinventing myself. He helped me forge an air of confidence about myself. He also helped me find the right university for me by finding out my goals and what I really want to do. Karthik’s knowledge about each university is unparalleled. I got admit for MBA program in the University of Missouri, and University of Cincinnati with an astonishing 15000$ scholarship! I can truly say that if it wasn’t for Karthik, none of this would have been possible for me. He truly made my dream come true by bringing the best out of me. I am ever grateful to this man. To me, he is more than just that.

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