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Tyler Cormney Reviews

Company: MBAPrepSchool

Tyler is an experienced MBA admissions consultant and is a co-founder of MBA Prep School. You can get a detailed profile evaluation by completing this form.

He started his admissions consulting career in 2006 with one of the leading firms in the field and has coached over 100 MBA applicants.He is the co-author of How to Apply for an MBA, the essential guide to earning an acceptance letter from the world’s best business schools. He has also authored a “how-to” guide on admissions consulting used extensively by top admissions coaches and has published five guides on MBA essay strategies.

In addition to helping his clients prepare for success in the MBA admissions process, Tyler has worked as an independent strategy consultant for clients ranging from high-tech start-ups to Fortune 500 market leaders. He was a manager in Strategic Planning and Business Development at PeopleSoft, and started his career as a consultant in Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Services group, working in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

Tyler holds a Harvard MBA, a Master’s in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Honors Business from the University of Texas at Austin.


5.0 /5 Average Rating
Based on 24 reviews
March 21, 2015
Anonymous

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Tyler Cormney and Faisal Khan helped me create the perfect application package. I got into my dream school (Top 5 B-School). They pointed out strengths in my background, which I was not even aware of and guided me to focus on writing about the perfect stories for my essays. Their initial data gathering process is instrumental in making sure your application stands out in a pool of other qualified individuals. They will push you to get the best out of you.

I have an engineering background and they were mindful of ensuring that technical/industry jargon was translated into something that a lay person would understand.

The mock interview conducted as part of the process was very close to the real thing. Tyler made sure that I was articulating my strengths clearly and I used the questions to my advantage.

I highly recommend MBAPrepSchool and specifically Tyler Cormney and Faisal Khan!

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June 29, 2014
ananthram79

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I worked with Tyler Cormney extensively during my application cycle for 2014 MBA admissions. I was in a situation where I had to do my application alongside my GMAT. Tyler understood my situation and supported me all along.

I chose to use MBAPrepschool’s complete package and applied to the top schools through Tyler’s help. MBAPrepschool’s online website with various sessions specific to the application cycle proved very useful and thorough. The website allows for revisits to guide through the essay writing process and to help prepare for interviews.

I found Tyler very knowledgeable, his memory and attention to details of his client's stories and application touch points are second to none. I found him very genuine in his approach and found him equally committed to my success in the MBA application process. His advice and tips for writing school specific essays are very effective. He expects you to do your homework on school specific information which in turn reflects your honest and genuine interests on the schools you apply.

Tyler is honest and direct and expects his clients to put in the required hard work necessary to come up with exceptional stories. As a coach, he supports you through the same kind of effort and commitment from his side to present your stories in the best possible way to the admissions committee.

Although, I had great essays through Tyler's continued guidance and my hard work, I was able to apply only in R3 and my GMAT let me down to a certain extent and I was able to gain admissions to some of my safety schools.

I will recommend Tyler to any prospective MBA student looking for a genuine honest coach equally committed to the applicant’s success. With your hard work and Tyler’s expert guidance – success in the MBA application process is one step closer.

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June 06, 2014
socaldan10

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I would first like to start by saying that I spoke with 4 different admissions consultants before picking Tyler at the MBA Prep School. From the start Tyler was very knowledgeable and supportive. He helped me with the school selection process, GMAT advice, and the entire application and essay process. Tyler's ability to help his clients define their candidacy and brand is invaluable. So much so that he actually helps you better define your future goals.

Moreover, Tyler's true talent lies in his ability to help you write your admissions essays. He is a true master at helping you tell your story in a way that the schools will love.

I would recommend Tyler and the MBA Prep School to everyone! They are not some big Admissions consulting firm that makes you feel like just another number. They take the time to get to know you and work beside you throughout the entire process.

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April 21, 2014
Anonymous

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670 Q44 V37

I started applying to schools this past December. I spent a week trying to decide which admissions consultant to work with. To be honest, it was an easy decision.

I talked to most of the popular and mainstream consulting companies, including MBA Prep School. It was very obvious to me how different MBA Prep School's approach was to the admissions process than the other companies. I was floored by the overall attention to detail and level of organization and structure.

My honest advice to all those on the fence about choosing to work with an admissions consultant, is to go ahead and schedule the free 30 minute call that most of them offer. It is essential for you to get a feel of the process, and I can guarantee that you will not get as thorough a rundown or breakdown of the process, or as much value from that 30 minute call, than from MBA Prep School.

I chose to work with Tyler Cormney because of all the positive reviews he had on this site. It was a bit of a gamble, because I was very skeptical and I was investing a lot of money. I worked with Tyler to apply to 3 different schools: Rice, Duke and UT. The reason we chose these schools was because my GMAT was very low at the time: 620.

I found that Tyler is incredibly gifted at editing and helping others to craft their stories. He would always challenge me to produce top work and to trust the process first and foremost. I have to say, that following the process in such a detailed and organized manner, made the admissions process so much more achievable and easier to digest.

One of the beauties of working with Tyler is that you pretty much just have to fill in the blanks, and marvel as how your story starts to unfold. In other words, if you put in the work you will reap the rewards, and Tyler will guide you along the way. He truly teaches you how to think and come across as a top performer by highlighting your particular strengths for each stage of the admissions process: picking schools, crafting your story, doing school research, writing the essays, and interviewing. This might seem easy to do, but Tyler does seem to have a knack for helping you to convey yourself as an overall well rounded candidate, and also guides you to express your unique voice.

I have to say, that I would have not been able to get into to Duke without having worked with Tyler. This is not to diminish my merits, but I was truly lost before starting to apply for schools and was so overwhelmed and stressed by having to retake the GMAT. Tyler knew that I had very little time to finish the applications, under a month, so he readjusted my schedule so we could get the work done in time. Tyler was very fast and prompt when giving feedback and he helped calm my nerves more than once. But above all, I would say what I truly liked about working with Tyler, was that he was extremely honest; at all times I felt he cared about my progress and provided the necessary feedback/input I needed to build my profile adequately.

My results working with Tyler? Got admitted into Duke with a merit scholarship, waitlisted at UT and got admitted to Rice with a sizeable scholarship. If you are a highly qualified individual, working with Tyler would only help you get into the school of your dreams, like he did for me, and you might be able to get a scholarship.

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February 02, 2014
Anonymous

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I think Tyler really excels in many areas. The first thing is that he believes in you and can see a compelling story in everyone. While I was researching admissions consultants, I spoke to other consultants who quickly put me in a box and told me which schools were reach, match, and safety, based on taking my resume at face value. In contrast, Tyler saw the potential and stories hidden in my resume and pushed me to stretch myself. His faith in me and ability to look deeper was what convinced me to go with him, despite a higher sticker price than some competing shops.

Tyler is truly what I would call a coach or guide. He has interesting, creative ideas, but he really pushes you to develop your own. He is never prescriptive, and he strongly believes in presenting an authentic view of you. Don't sign up if you are just hoping to have someone tell you what to say. The essays that result after working with Tyler are rich and polished, but also to-the-point. Most importantly, they will be your own, with your unique voice and story.

Lastly, Tyler has a knack for making you feel like you are his only client. He remembers so much, and is very good at accommodating your schedule and needs. He will do what it takes to get the job done, and holds himself to a very high standard.

In the end, I was interviewed at a school that other consultants told me was out of my league, and accepted to two Top 10 schools that other consultants said were "reaches." I give Tyler my highest recommendation, and know that I absolutely made the right choice by choosing him.

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October 26, 2013
Anonymous

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I decided to choose Tyler to help me through the admissions process after reading multiple great reviews. I have to say that I have not been disappointed. I had a special case as I recently returned from abroad and went through a very difficult job change. I knew that I wanted to go for an MBA but it was very difficult for me to come up with a coherent and convincing story behind my application. Tyler was very patient, he worked with me tirelessly through the details of my education, career choices and life story. After we started working on my applications Tyler never accepted my essays until they were the absolute best that I could write. I also feel proud that I wrote all of them myself unlike some of my friends who used consultants to write theirs. It was a difficult process but at the end I felt great about the end product and it help me land again on solid feet in my career. I purchased Tyler's 6-school package, I applied to five, and I got admitted to Insead, Oxford Said, and Columbia. I have just been invited to Cornell to interview but as Columbia was my top choice I decided to withdraw my application from Booth and Cornell. Tyler never accepts 90% he will push you to your very limit but also make sure you deliver your very best. He is very patient and will do everything to help you along the way. I feel lucky that I chose Tyler to help me. He made a significant difference for me. Thank you Tyler.
I am starting Columbia in a few months. I can't be more excited!!!!!!!!

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April 19, 2013
Anonymous

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I engaged Tyler Cormney after a friend told me how instrumental Tyler was in his successful application to Stanford GSB. As a military applicant seeking to change career paths, I began the intensive application process with no working knowledge of the business world, and no concrete career goals. With Tyler’s coaching and the resources he created for MBA Prep School, I was able to break up the MBA application process into manageable parts and to establish clear deadlines and a personal work plan.

I appreciated the organized approach, which ensured each aspect of my application received my best effort, and over time I created a cohesive story for the adcoms. This seems basic, but it’s actually an incredibly difficult task when you’re juggling multiple business school applications.

Tyler worked with me through numerous video chat consults and used the step-by-step MBA Prep School plan to gradually bring my career goals into focus. By the time I was ready to draft my essays, I had a career path in mind that I was genuinely excited about. More importantly, I could articulate what I wanted to do, why it was important to me, and how an MBA was necessary to my achieving these career goals.

Tyler's personal character and commitment to my success showed during the essay drafting process. He always told me when an essay topic wasn't working, and advised that we start from scratch. He even helped me to power through when I was feeling a bit burnt out with the writing process. In short, Tyler accepted nothing less than my very best, even though it put him on the hook for many more revisions. Tyler won’t let up until you’ve done it right!

After being invited to interview by Wharton and waitlisted by Harvard, I was accepted and offered a $20K scholarship to the top-ranked MBA program that I will be attending this Fall. Tyler helped me present my very best self in each of my applications, and I doubt I would have received a valuable scholarship from a top 20 program without him. As such, I can confidently say that Tyler added value to my applications far in excess of what it cost to hire him. This process, though challenging and even painful at times, enabled me to discover my true career goals and develop an actionable plan to achieve them. I highly recommend Tyler to others, especially non-traditional and fellow military MBA applicants like myself!

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February 23, 2013
yiba

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I am above 30 years old, with a GMAT score below 690. I have more than 6 years of working experience and lived in Europe and Asia. I want to contribute back to this forum and share some words on Tyler Cormney. Btw I got into Stanford Sloan, Kellogg (with full scholarship), Insead and Wharton.

Tyler has been critical in my success. His methodology is nothing short of exceptional. He pushed me beyond my limits and helped me to craft applications that put me into the top business school. Tyler has a strong business background but also a Master’s in writing. I chose a boutique firm vs the big firms because I wanted to work with the founder, with a person who knows not only what the MBA schools want but also could make my story more attractive and sharp. If you go with the big firms you will end up working with one of the many MBA consultant who has MBA admissions experience but might not understand good writing.

I learnt how important it is to have someone who can respond your email in 24 hours and gives you relevant comments.

Tyler has also become a close friend who helped me to decide what school to go to and gave me well reasoned and honest feedback. Now I am super happy with my choice.

If I were in your shoes would I go for Tyler? GO with Tyler, only if you are ready to work hard on your application, and only if you aspire to the top business schools.

Three point to remember about Tyler:

1. Best in class methodology to craft a top notch application
2. Best in class in story telling
3. Great motivator

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December 23, 2012
dsch1227

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I was referred to Tyler Cormney (http://tylercormney.com) by a friend of mine who used his services and was admitted to Wharton. My first bit of advice - START EARLY! I started working with Tyler in April 2012 with the plan of applying to four schools in Round 1, and didn't realize how much work there would be! Yet it was all worth it - every exercise I completed and video I watched on the MBA Prep School website was integral to helping me craft my "story."

Tyler and I would chat once a week to discuss my stories, my concerns, and anything else that was on my mind related to applying. He was extremely supportive, yet always made sure that I was realistic in my outlook.

I think Tyler's greatest strength was making me feel like I was his only client. His uncanny ability to remember specific details about my career goals and my stories blew me away.

Ultimately, I was accepted to a Top 10 program, and will be matriculating there in the fall!

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May 01, 2012
Anonymous

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Tyler's efforts were tremendous. He was extremely reliable, professional, dependable, and hardworking. I always received a thorough response from him within 24 hours of notification and knew that I could always count on his coaching advice. Not only was he patient with my hectic schedule, but he also provided insightful guidance throughout the stressful MBA application process. I didn’t realize all the prep work that went into an application, let alone the checklists from the B-schools. He helped me reach my maximum potential (on paper) by teaching me how to shape my ideas into a clear and concise message. My writing skills improved by working on the essays with him! I can’t speak on behalf of other consulting services, but I think another thing that distinguishes Tyler is the access his clients have to MBA Prep School (mbaprepschool.com). The tools from MBA Prep School were extremely useful and valuable because they helped me manage all documents, exercises, charts, videos, essays and project plans in a central location. Trust me – the application process gets a bit crazy and having this tool can save you hours searching through endless documents! Bottom line, Tyler was an awesome coach!

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