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mbaMission is a professional MBA Admissions consulting firm, specializing in helping business school applicants identify and showcase the strongest aspects of their candidacy in their applications. Their dedicated consultants work one-on-one with candidates to ensure their unique stories are presented in a compelling way that will make the admissions committees take notice.

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9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful
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     By rpratt620 239 62
The reviewer was admit to the schools that they applied to:

Some, but not all

This review is for: mbaMission * School Packages

Thought I would briefly share my consultant experience with the GC community:
• Last year I applied to only 1 school (outside of top 30). My stats were: 3.3 GPA/650 GMAT/4Yrs WE/Extensive EC. Result: Dinged w/o interview
• This year, I raised my GMAT to 700 and got a consultant through MBAmission. Result: Admitted to 4/8 Top-15 programs (possibly 5 depending on how the Wharton WL goes)
• My thoughts on why my consultant helped so much:
1. She knew where the land mines are in the application
2. Helped me NOT say stupid, arrogant, offensive, or other app-killing things. Believe it or not, this is SO VERY easy to do if you don't have proper guidance
3. Helped my story stand out and not be cliché.
4. Helped me recall stories that I had not even thought of using.
5. Assisted me in framing my stories in a concise and powerful way (She literally showed me how to take a 200 word paragraph and condense that down to about 30 words without losing any of the impact, incredible really).
6. Aided me in tying the entire application together (essays, resume, LOR's)
7. Provided this same kind of feedback to my recommenders (who thankfully took her advice)

Occasionally, the issue of the ethics of using a consultant to aid in the app process emerges. My thought is that if professional writers use professional editors, why would someone applying to b-school, not use the resource of a consultant? Baffling to me why more people don't use them (and why I didn't use one sooner!).
That said, those that are going to invest in a consultant need to know a couple things from the outset:

1. An admissions consultant will help you organize your "raw materials" into something eloquent and grand. However, if you don't have the "raw materials" such as leadership experience, relevant work experience, etc, the best consultant on the planet will not be able to help you get into your schools. If you find yourself in this category, my advice to you would be to postpone b-school apps and go get the leadership/work experience you need instead. Come back and apply when you have the "raw materials". You will be far better off in the long run.

2. DO NOT EXPECT them to do all the work for you. I applied to 8 schools. At an average of 4 essays for each school x on average about 7 drafts per essay = 200+ Drafts by the time everything is said and done. "but why not recycle the same essays for all schools?", you ask. In my opinion, one of the marks of a great consultant is that they perceive the subtle differences in the questions/ school culture and will help you re-frame the same (or different) stories to best answer the question and woo the adcom. If you are cutting and pasting, that is your first red flag. In short, having a consultant to help you will not lighten your work load in the app process, but it WILL make it way more efficient.

As far as recommending a specific company, I really can't comment on anyone other than the company I have used, MBAmission.com. I have been EXTREMELY pleased with their services, results and promptness in responding to all of my inquiries. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is serious about breaking into a top tier school.

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1 Commented by chouzita on February 18, 2015
Thanks for sharing - just curious, you did the full package and paid for 8 separate school applications?
2 Commented by bb on February 18, 2015
FYI - the applicant has not been on the site for a while. However, looking at their profile, it appears they have attended/matriculated and possibly even graduated from Ross. :-)
Eh... it was okay
March 26 | 2014
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     By Anonymous 21 9
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Some, but not all

This review is for: mbaMission MBA Student Services
Consultant: Katharine Lewis

I hired mbaMission for a 2-school package and I don't feel like I received the full value I paid for. My consultant was helpful in crafting my initial story but after that, the edits were much more superficial. I ended up asking a close friend to read my essays, and he provided the type of valuable feedback I was seeking from my admission consultant.

If the services were cheaper, then I don't think it would have been as big of an issue but for the thousands of dollars I paid for, I was expecting a lot more substantive feedback. I know it may sound like I am unhappy with mbaMission's services because I was not admitted to the 2 schools I applied for but that is definitely not the case. Even if I was admitted, my opinions on the value of the service I paid for would have remained the same.

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1 Commented by Consulting01803 on May 22, 2014
Would you be willing to share more about your experience? Please message me - thanks!
2 Commented by MBA1239 on October 08, 2014
Couldn't agree more
Rock star consultant!
February 19 | 2017
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     By fr0034 0 0
This review is for: mbaMission * School Packages
Consultant: Angela Guido

I highly, highly recommend Angela! I completed three schools with Angela (Kellogg, Booth, and Wharton) and two on my own (Sloan and HBS) during the Round 1 cycle this year. I was admitted to Booth and Kellogg, and waitlisted/denied from the rest. I was incredibly pleased with these results, and I'm very excited to be heading to Booth in the fall.

Angela's guidance throughout the process was crucial. Angela helped me craft a compelling narrative that highlighted the strong and unique aspects of my background. And although I came from a heavily represented pool, Angela helped my personality shine through my essays and interviews.

Angela was incredibly forthright throughout the process. When the first draft of one of my Kellogg essays wasn't resonating, she advised me to pick another story entirely rather than to try to polish my draft. It was tough to swallow that I'd need to re-write the entire essay, but it was absolutely the right call in the end. She was honest when my ideas were flat, and incredibly enthusiastic when they were compelling!

I did a ton of research before selecting a consultant. I spoke to about a dozen MBA application consultants before picking mbaMission and Angela.

The core differentiators of MBA Mission were:
a. Full time staff - some companies hire their consultants on a part-time basis, so any time they spend with you is time against their full time jobs. MBA Mission hires only full-time consultants. Consulting is their job, and they know it well.
b. Scale and experience - mbaMission is one of the larger companies. They help thousands of applicants per year, so they know what's working and what's not.
c. Ability to pick a consultant - with many other companies, it's not clear which consultant you'll end up working with. 99% of your work is with the consultant - and there's a ton of variety in the caliber and experience of consultants - so I didn't want to leave the pairing to chance.

Anglea's core differentiators were:
a. Angela has been advising MBA applicants for years, and she offers both an amazing framework to present your stories and an abundance of real-world experience with the gritty details of applications.
b. She runs a separate career advising website and is incredibly entrepreneurial about the entire process - she is genuinely interested in helping candidates convey the most authentic version of themselves

In closing - pick Angela! I'd make the decision to go with her again in a heartbeat.

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Stop thinking and go for it!
February 12 | 2017
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     By bball912 0 0
This review is for: mbaMission * School Packages
Consultant: Angela Guido

If you’re thinking twice about working with Angela, my advice is to stop thinking and go for it!

Because I was a “non-traditional” applicant who started a nonprofit, I didn’t have a network of friends, colleagues, or mentors who had been through the MBA application process and who I could lean on for essay brainstorming/editing, interview prep, and just general moral support throughout the ups and downs of the process.

At the same time, I knew that exact non-traditional background was what made me a potentially unique and compelling candidate for business school. So initially, I was hesitant about working with an admissions consultant because I didn’t want to lose/dilute that and was afraid to be boxed into a cookie-cutter applicant.

Last summer, when I was first exploring the idea of working with a consultant, I set up free consultations with three MBA admissions consulting firms, including mbaMission. My first two calls with the other firms (shall not to be named) were very disheartening. Without taking the time to listen or understand my background/story (they cut me off several times as I was speaking and made assumptions with very little basis), they essentially would not consider working with me because they thought I wasn’t a strong applicant due to the fact that I didn’t work at a big-name company (I started a nonprofit) and I was still in the process of taking the GMAT (and my practice scores were sub-par at the time.)

My conversation with Angela could not have been more different. She was energetic and optimistic but pragmatic and honest/frank––especially with my practice GMAT scores. But unlike the others, she took the time to ask questions and listen to my story. She didn’t write me off immediately and believed in my potential. (With her encouragement to push through and some one-on-one private GMAT tutoring with a test prep company, I eventually scored a 700+ right.)

With Angela/mbaMission, I ended up purchasing a 4-school package and applied to 3 other schools on my own during R1. I know 7 schools in R1 sounds crazy, but I had no idea what my chances were of getting into a top MBA program, so I didn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket. By the time I had worked on 4 schools with Angela, the applications for the other three schools were a total breeze.

I cannot say enough good things about working with Angela. She is an incredible storyteller, but best part was that every single word in my essays was my own work and my own thoughts. If you’re looking for someone to do the work for you, Angela is not the person. She is a partner and facilitator in the process. She will take as much time as you need to help brainstorm essays, develop essay skeletons, and give you specific feedback to make your essays more compelling/cohesive, but at the end of the day, the essays will be a product of your own work––work that you’ll really be proud of! By the time I got to the interview stage, I had spent so much time thinking, reflecting, and talking through my story with Angela that the interviews ended up being effortless. I knew my story inside out and why business school was the perfect next step for me, so I was able to convey that with authentic/genuine enthusiasm to my interviewers, which I think ended up shining through.

Of the 7 schools I applied to (all top 10-12), I ended up getting admitting to 5 programs with almost $280K in scholarships, including a full-tuition scholarship to a M7 school! It’s truly unbelievable to not only be on the other side of the application process, but also have the opportunity to choose between these programs. I cannot thank Angela enough for her unwavering enthusiasm and partnership throughout the process. My brother is thinking about business school and, when he’s ready, I’ll be giving him my strongest sisterly advice to work with Angela as well :)

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Jen Kedrowski is the best!
February 10 | 2017
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     By castlesburning 0 0
This review is for: mbaMission * School Packages
Consultant: Jen Kedrowski

My consultant - Jen Kedrowski - was very attentive and helpful throughout our process. I highly recommend her, particularly for those like myself who are "Nontraditional Applicants". With her help I was admitted to Columbia Business School, my first choice.

She really helped me craft a story, focus only on what was important and squeeze the most out of the limited real estate provided by an MBA application. I would say this is where I got the most value out of the experience. I needed to structure my "pitch" if you will and Jen was invaluable in helping me hone in on what was compelling. Also, as a novice with no real insider sense of what MBA admissions wants, she gave me little tips about how to conduct an interview, or how to structure an admissions (vs professional) resume. These tips were definitely not readily apparent to me and gave my application a polish I don't think it would have had otherwise.

She was also upfront with me about what was feasible in the school selection phase - I had a couple target schools. She said that they were a doable stretch. I mentioned a couple others that were more competitive, she said don't do it. I never felt like she was upselling anything, leading me on etc. I really felt like she was on my team, as though she was personally invested in my success.

Her phone demeanor is really kind, friendly, and very easy to talk to. Our conversations were fun, professional, and always productive.

I will say if you are expecting the consultants to write your essay for you, or do all the copy editing I think realistically you are not going to get what you want here. They will help you craft your story in detail. They will line edit, they will make suggestions and point you where you need to go. Still ultimately you have to take most of the ownership of the prose, syntax, structure etc if you really want this to be your voice. I hope that goes without saying for anyone considering these services.

Overall, the only weakness of these services is the steep price tag. That is what it is. I knew what the costs would be and sprung for it. My consultant was absolutely awesome and I got the results I was after. Would I have achieved the same results without her? Nobody knows, but I think she pushed my candidacy over the edge.

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Too Many Asian Male Engineers?
February 07 | 2017
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     By tlzkrh 0 0
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Consultant: Angela Guido

My biggest concern when I was applying for business schools was to differentiate myself from other Asian male engineers. I wanted to highlight my strengths in a unique way and Angela helped me do just that. I was very impressed by her knowledge in the application process and her honesty (no sugarcoating) helped me open up to her early on. We spent a lot of time brainstorming in the beginning and I learned more about myself to formulate a compelling story to overcome my average GMAT score to get into my top school. We got to know each other very well and she could easily spot where my friends and sibling made edits on my essays (she's good). I originally started with three schools but ended up adding one more, since I liked the progress we made as a team.

I highly recommend Angela and it was a great pleasure working with her during this crazy time. I don't think I could have applied to top 7 schools (submitted them a week before respective deadlines) without her help and guidance in how to manage my time.

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mbamission school package
February 07 | 2017
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     By asalzman 0 0
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Consultant: Melissa Blakeslee

Melissa Blakeslee was AMAZING!!! At first, it felt like a lot of money to spend on a school package - but let's be honest, it's a drop in the financial abyss that will be business school and couldn't have been more worthwhile.

She immediately zeroed in on my most pivotal stories (professional and personal) from the 20-page brainstorming document and our first few conversations then fit them into unique essay structures, helping me shape applications that were compelling for each particular school. In working together, expect to gain an incredible resource who definitely pushes you and is also your biggest cheerleader. Melissa was not only incredibly professional/responsive and always turned drafts around early, but was SO much fun to work with and definitely made me more confident as an applicant and person. I couldn't have gotten through the process without her!!

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     By Wmiller159 0 0
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Consultant: Krista Nannery

Working with Krista was the best decision I made during the business school application process. Her expertise in using my background and stories really helped me to stand out as a candidate. She masterfully turned what I believed to be weaknesses into strengths and helped me to craft specific essays to support my accomplishments.

I signed up for the 3 school package with the intention of moving into investment banking post MBA. I have no banking experience (I work in Healthcare), but Krista was able to utilize my past work experience to highlight the areas that I would excel in. Throughout the process, she helped spur my creativity when writing essays so that I stand out as an applicant. This included the creation of a website to tell my future classmates about myself.

Krista identified and promoted a great balance of personal and professional achievements in my application, making sure that I shared details that I thought were unimportant, but made me quite unique. I was asked about several small details within my essays during interviews. Due to the mock interviews Krista hosted, I was more than ready to tackle that challenge with ease.

I was invited to interview with both Cornell SC Johnson and NYU Stern. Thanks to Krista, I was accepted into both and am on the waitlist for a fellowship with Johnson.

Krista is very responsive to any questions or inquiries. She lives in London, and I am in Atlanta so the wonderful benefit of having her as my consultant was that she was working while I was sleeping. Numerous times I wrote a draft of an essay, then went to bed, only to wake up to a revised copy. One of her best attributes is her ability to trim down my overly-wordy essays and keep the heart and meaning completely intact.

The most amazing thing about Krista is that she really cares about how you do. You're not just another client. She wants you to succeed. She was able to give me advice well beyond the application process; Ranging from classes in business school to internships, and even to living arrangements in NYC. She was an incredible asset and worth every penny.

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     By asun767 1 5
This review is for: mbaMission Hourly Services
Consultant: Melissa Blakeslee

When scoping out admissions consultants, I had only one simple criteria – someone that cared and would serve as an advocate and a friend throughout the process. In the saturated landscape of admissions consulting, Melissa is someone who will go the extra mile for her applicants. Her relationship with clients is not transactional, but vicarious. I can readily attest to Melissa’s empathy and care for her clients, along with her deep knowledge of the admissions world from her own experience as an admissions director.

Working with Melissa was a fantastic experience. She was always responsive, reliable and speedy with turning over reviewed documents. She made constructive and meaningful suggestions to my personal statements, and helped me prioritize the most important qualities to highlight for each of my target programs. Beyond the logistics, she helped to bring a sense of ease and comfort with her upbeat personality to an otherwise daunting application process. I remember a specific instance where Melissa offered her assistance to prep me for interviews even though it meant running over the remaining hours available– that is how much she invests in her applicants. Melissa also provided career insights from her rich experiences, which is something I did not expect from an admissions consultant.

With Melissa’s valuable support and guidance, I was able to gain admission to Kellogg, HBS, and Wharton!

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Consultant: Harshad Mali

From the very beginning of the experience, mbaMission treated me with exceptional courtesy and respect. After the free 30 minute consultation, I did a "fit call" with Harshad Mali- that call confirmed to me that Harshad was the exact right consultant for me. Things to know about Harshad: 1) Harshad has detailed knowledge of school statistics, and an understanding of broad admissions trends. Harshad helped me get my game plan together to apply to four schools in short order and provided me feedback on historical trends of acceptance rates by round, by school. He even gathered other consultant opinions on my resume; 2) Harshad will push you until you have a cohesive product that is the best representation of you and your story. Just a week before the deadline, together Harshad and I started my Ross essay over from scratch because my previous version was not developing strongly enough. This was the best possible thing he could have guided me to do, rather than moving forward with a weak concept; 3) Harshad seamlessly understands scheduling, priorities, and the "admissions tempo". Harshad ALWAYS provided great feedback on my deliverables and questions within 48 hours or less. On New Year's Eve, we exchanged essay versions by the hour. He knew when we had to push to hit key productivity gateways, and let me have time to breathe between each of my applications, with consideration to the ones on which we were not partnered. When a hurricane destroyed my car and residence, Harshad was completely empathetic to my situation, urging me to focus on my life adjustments, and was encouraging throughout. He genuinely cared; 4) Harshad was a true partner in the process. Throughout the essay-writing journey, he gave me his edits to ensure that my voice was not lost before further editing/trimming was done. I had ultimate stylistic control, though Harshad proved to be the master of grammar! Also, when at the last minute I decided to partner on Harvard instead of Stanford, Harshad was in complete support and immediately started focusing our efforts on that best possible essay and short answers; 5) Harshad's candid feedback, support, and knowledge will give you confidence in the entire process, from choosing schools to after the interview, and receiving offers. Harshad was with me every step of the way. The price tag on the school packages is a hefty one, but my experience with Harshad and mbaMission exceeded my expectations and helped me bridge the gap and translate my military career into something of value to the admission committees. As a result, I was admitted to my top choice, the Ross School of Business! Applying to an MBA program and making the transition can be grueling and daunting, so don't do it alone. I recommend Harshad to anyone.

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