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With Stratus Admissions Counseling, you don’t just work closely with one experienced MBA admissions counselor to optimize every part of your application. You work with an entire team of specialists who provide extensive feedback throughout the application process.

From reflecting on your past experiences and identifying programs that will move you towards your goals to crafting your essays and conducting mock interviews, Stratus’ team-based approach ensures you stand out and get accepted into your dream business school. We guarantee it.*

We have clients who have been admitted to every top MBA program year after year since 2006.

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Donna Bauman is amazing!
May 11 | 2017
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     By GCDBR 0 0

To understand how good Donna Bauman is, I will first need to tell you a little bit about myself. I am from, perhaps, the most over-represented candidate pool (Indian male), and to complicate matters, I applied with a low GMAT, low GPA, middling extra-curricular activities, and (in my opinion) decent work experience in finance. With Donna’s help, I will now be attending one of H/S/W in the fall! Unequivocally, this would not have been possible without her.

I interviewed a lot of admission consultants, but what set Donna apart was her commitment, candor, and experience. Let me elaborate. Donna has a ton of experience working as an admissions committee member, and this gives her a unique sense of how best to position your story. Having been on the other side, she will be able to give you insights into how your application would likely be perceived by the admissions committee. International candidates, this is especially important for you. Donna has seen thousands of applications from international candidates. As an Indian male, I came from an incredibly competitive pool, but Donna’s insights helped me differentiate my application, and play up my strengths to help compensate for the low GPA and GMAT.

But there are other ex-adcoms in the admissions consulting biz, so what sets Donna apart? Her candor and commitment. From my first consultation call, she was honest with me. She straight up told me that H/S/W would be a very uphill climb, but that she would do everything in her power to help me achieve that goal. I respected her honesty, and continued to see it throughout the application process. In addition to her honesty, Donna was extremely supportive and provided me with a very personalized experience. Right from the beginning, she challenged me to introspect deeper. She took the effort to really get to know me – where I come from, where I want to go, what my beliefs and motivations were, in order to better help me tell my story.

Donna reviewed innumerable edits (on outlines, essays, resumes, emails) right until the very end, and went above and beyond what I expected– offering so much time to my story building, essays, navigating recommenders, and interview practice (even to schools I didn’t apply to with her). She was very patient with my million questions and edits. She would reply very promptly (same day), devoted an incredible amount of time to my application, and came up with insightful suggestions, edits and reviews to help me tell my story better and to tailor it effectively to each school.

I would be remiss to not mention my senior strategist, Harold, as well. Harold’s experience with finance candidates is invaluable. But more than his experience with finance candidates, he has an acute understanding of what each school wants to hear, and was so incredibly encouraging – especially at critical moments when I needed it. I very much appreciated his help in building my story, and his insightful comments on my essay outlines and the essays themselves, and would not have been able to turn out the applications I did without his help. Harold needs to be your senior strategist.

To summarize: Go with Donna! I am so grateful for everything she did for me. Yes, using an admissions consultant is pricey, but it is well worth getting into your dream school. I am confident that Donna will help you tell your best possible story. Not only is she an amazing admissions consultant, she is also such a great person, and I wholeheartedly recommend her to you.

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Highly recommend
April 30 | 2017
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     By Sloan2019 0 0

I was very happy with the help I received from Stratus Prep and my counselor, Santosh.

I applied to 3 schools in R2 and wanted help with various aspects of my application -- essays, resume, letters of recommendation, short answer questions, and interview practice. In every aspect, Santosh gave me helpful feedback and edits in a timely fashion. I can say with confidence that my applications were significantly stronger because of his feedback and our rounds of editing. It was clear he has a lot of knowledge about how to excel in the admissions process and he was always able to convey his feedback in a direct and honest manner. Given how competitive the admissions process is, I'm really glad that I took advantage of this resource to submit strong applications.

When I received my interview invitations from MIT and Wharton, Santosh and Stratus were tremendously helpful. Santosh coached me one-on-one for MIT, and Stratus also put together a group mock interview that mirrored the team-based interview used by Wharton. My experiences interviewing at MIT and Wharton were much easier because of this practice.

I'm thrilled to be attending MIT in the fall. I definitely recommend working with Stratus and Santosh if you're applying to B Schools. The extra help goes a long way.

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Stratus was great!
April 28 | 2017
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     By dex092612 5 1

Applying to business school is such an arduous process and Stratus made it much more manageable. There were always responsive in answering my questions and offered invaluable advice. Without Stratus, I think the content of my essays would have been blasé. Stratus always pushed me to take my essays one step further and dig a little deeper. I honestly don't think I would have been able to do that on my own. I was extremely proud of every application submitted and was confident that I had shown each admissions committee the best version of myself. Stratus definitely knows what's important to an admissions committee and how to set you apart from the pack. I know the packages are expensive, I was hesitant myself, but it was worth every penny.

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     By pallavvyas 0 0

Melisa was wonderful to work with! She provided great feedback on resume and essays, was always willing to help, and go above and beyond. She was always prompt at responding, and would check-in anytime I fell off the wagon due to work deadlines. I worked with her mostly over email, except for the first skype call. The communication was great (even when I was traveling with a 10+hr time difference) and timely. She really helped me stay on track and submit a stellar application. I got into the school of my choice (Berkeley Haas) and Melisa's help played a huge role.

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     By blisteringbarnacles 5 1

I loved working with Harold who provided me with assistance at every step of the way from helping me with structuring my essays to critiquing my cover letters.

He is a genuinely interested in making sure you go to the university that you want to and helps you make an informed decision. His greatest strength is his ability to create a conducive working environment that helped me open up to him and helped him understand what I really was looking for in an MBA program.He responds to your queries almost immediately and at the same time gives you ample time to work on your essays.

I would attribute my admission to Harold 100% and without him I know I would have had to struggle a lot more with my applications to get to where I am .

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Trust the process!
April 03 | 2017
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     By lukeduke 0 0

I had a great experience with the Stratus team.

I was fairly nervous about applying to business school, but Stratus and my counselor, Michael, did a wonderful of job of laying out how I needed to think about my applications. They diagnosed my weakest points and laid out how to improve them (online class, additional essays, informal recommendations, etc.), things I would've never known how to do beforehand. I was eventually accepted to two of the three schools I applied to, one of which was my dream school, Stanford GSB.

This isn't the program for those unwilling to do the work, however. Stratus will really force you to delve into your past experiences, to understand where you've been and where you're headed.

If you're ready to get a handle on the b-school process, I highly recommend their service.

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     By EngMBA 0 0

Salma is fantastic. I cannot recommend her, specifically, enough.

I am an “unconventional” MBA candidate coming from an engineering and operations background from an underrepresented U.S. geography. When I began researching for MBA admissions consultants, I struggled to differentiate the people offering the service. Judging from the consultants’ resumes, the top tier MBAs and management consulting experiences began to run together. When I spoke to most consultants, the pitch was standardized, delivered without emotion, and I didn’t feel that they understood or cared about my specific story.

This all changed after my first time speaking with Salma. The first thing that differentiated Salma was her resume; she is a rocket scientist turned actor who at one point ran a small theatre. Salma asked inquiring questions specific to me and looked to make the MBA admissions process fit me and my story, rather than the other way around. Salma always inquired with an optimistic yet calm and empathetic tone that made me feel confident in our approach. Given the high stakes of what could be at stake, I knew she was the right person to help me tell my story.

Once we were working together, Salma was honest about my chances of admission to the top tier programs and highlighted the parts of my application that could use improvement to ensure success. She was always patient as I inquired about the process and her suggestions, but never let me deviate from delivering my story to the schools of my choosing. She was always willing to make time for me and every discussion we had was productive and consistent with the strategy we had agreed upon on the onset of the journey.

From a cost perspective, consultants can be daunting, however I encourage you to put the expense in to the context of the cost of an MBA. If using Salma doubles your chances of admission into a top-tier program (which she will), the cost of the guidance is well worth the payoff.

Salma is fantastic. I cannot recommend her, specifically, enough.

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March 27 | 2017
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     By bamclell 0 0

I had a rudimentary idea of what I wanted to write about, but working with my Stratus Prep Counselor elevated my essays to a higher level and helped me craft a unique story that wove together my passions, experiences and goals. Beyond the technical aspects, my Counselor helped me maintain sanity through the stressful MBA admissions process and gave me invaluable advice and inspiration when I needed it most. Ultimately, I was invited to interview at 7 of 8 schools and was accepted into my preferred program. I firmly believe that Stratus Prep strengthened my candidacy tremendously. I highly recommend that others consider their services!

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     By Panda567 0 0

I was tremendously pleased with the quality of service provided by Santosh at Stratus Prep. I was referred to him by a friend who had worked with him in a previous cycle, and he did not disappoint.

In a time efficient manner, Santosh helped me reflect on my career and personal achievements, and create a coherent, logical admissions "story". He offered exceptionally clear comments to drafts of essays I completed, and always did so within 24-36 hours of any submission made. I very rarely disagreed with his feedback, which helped with both form and substance of content. Overall, Santosh was highly reliable and made me feel like I put my best foot forward in this process. He also offered feedback in a constructive way that was collaborative and well-intentioned.

I am excited to be attending HBS next year, which was one of my top choices.

Would highly recommend his services to anyone, particularly someone with a similar profile to me (banking and PE background).

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     By piro9520 0 0

I could not recommend Harold Simansky and the Stratus Prep team more for their MBA consulting services. Stratus Prep was incredibly professional throughout the entire process and Harold was extremely knowledgeable on the application processes at top business schools. Harold helped me refine and perfect my career story, objectives and overall application. Harold is an expert in helping people properly position themselves within their competitive category to maximize their chances of being admitted. He was immediately available any time I had questions or concerns, which was frequently throughout the process. If you want to put your best foot forward and increase your chances of being admitted to a top school then I highly suggest working with Harold and the Stratus Prep team.

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