August Academy Admissions Consulting Reviews

August Academy is a venture founded by an alumnus of IIT Madras and Stanford University in 2013. Over the past five 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, Columbia, 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 $3,100,000 in scholarships so far.

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June 09, 2015

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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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June 09, 2015

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Excellent experience

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Most of the candidates have this misunderstanding that hiring a consultant will get them through to their dream school, however a consultant can only help a candidate improve his/her application quality and groom them a bit to face the application process.

I worked with Karthik for 4 of my R2 applications. This was after I had worked with another consultant during R1 and failed miserably. While working with the first consultant I always had issues that made me feel that I was following a herd approach. Thanks to my first consultant (yes, I am putting most the blame on him since he was hired to advise a novice and he did a really poor job) I lost my chances at my 3 target schools which I could have really made into.

Working with Karthik was really different. I worked with him on 3 reach schools (where I don’t think I could have made out anyway) and 1 target school. I got an interview invite from my target school. My experiences were as following:

1. I got my say. The first guy really forced me to write what he wanted, Karthik didn’t. I used to make the first draft, then we used to sit together for a few iterations and get the thoughts clearly penned down. He used to ask cutting question to determine what was crux that I wanted to communicate to the adcom, whether it was clear & concise, and what all points could actually provide depth of the situation.
2. He is generous with his time. I don’t think there was even a single session that didn’t exceed the appointment duration. Further, the appointments were easy to schedule with him.
3. I loved his way of working together rather than working individually at different times (You know the “first do, then he edits, then work some more and then he edits again” sort of chain. I hate it.).
Though I made into entirely different school, I believe that wouldn’t have been possible without the learnings of the process while working with him. he deserves the credit for that!

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June 08, 2015

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Great Experience with August Academy

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When I started to think about MBA, I knew I would need professional help to make my application stand out. Coming from an Indian IT Male background with just 2 years of experience at that point in time, I knew that getting into a reputed Bschool with my background would be difficult.

I looked into many consultants and Karthik stood out for his knowledge and experience of the application process. Within the first 2 weeks itself I was convinced that I had made the right choice.

The advantage of working with Karthik is that he is readily available at any time(I have talked to him at 1am too sometimes). He isn't like consultants who just write your essays/recos and are done. He helped me improve my writing skills and made sure my story was compelling and impactful. He also helped me dig into my life and bring out experiences I could use for my application.

Our combined efforts helped me secure an admit in Tepper School of Business, CMU which was my dream bschool as my long term goals revolve around the technology industry.

I would strongly recommend August Academy and would like to thank Karthik for helping me achieve my dream.

Ujjwal Pugalia

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