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Stratus Admissions Counseling
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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Stratus Review
December 15 | 2017
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     By kayyali89 0 0

Professional, accommodating, and personable. The Stratus consultants are organized, strategic and will help you obtain your goals. I could not be happier with the services they provided. They have a very methodical approach that accounts for your needs and helps you find the programs/schools that fit, and then devise a strategy to help you be successful. Their team-based approach ensures that your application materials and strategy are looked at by different eyes, each providing their input. I especially appreciated how accommodating Melisa was. We changed the rounds that I was applying for very close to the deadlines and she would turn around essay comments and respond to questions very quickly and thoroughly. Her support shepherded me through the stressful process. Stratus is an investment that is well worth it. I highly recommend utilizing the Stratus expertise!

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     By aspiry16 0 0

I will be joining Columbia Business School for FT MBA in Jan’18. Susan, Director MBA Admissions at Stratus, was my MBA admission consultant and my go-to person throughout my application journey. I owe my success to her and team Stratus. I can confidently say with no iota of doubt that I would not have got this admit without her support and guidance.

My GMAT is 720(Q50 V37) and I have ~10-year work experience in oil and gas industry. I used to work for one of the leading oilfield services providers and I have worked worldwide offshore in various setups (read remote environments with limited connectivity). Susan supported me through my unpredictable work travel plans and serious network issues and remained as an immense source of encouragement and positivity. She was always an email or a call away, which helped me keep my application process on track. This particularly was more relevant in my case as I come from a non-traditional background and not many of my peers/friends have done/applied for MBA. Susan helped me craft my story in such a way that I was able to present my candidacy in the best possible manner. Having said this, I would not shy away from mentioning that “crafting” part is not a one-day or a week job at Stratus. When I started working with Susan, I had a very detailed introspection, which was formally documented. This was the most challenging part for me. The constant struggle to decide or judge which achievement is good or not good enough for MBA applications was challenging. Fortunately, I had Susan by my side. She NEVER decided anything for me. She NEVER wrote for me. Instead, she made me THINK. This was not very obvious to me sometimes but as I progressed through the other steps of the application process (writing essays, admission interviews), I realized the importance of introspection. Having done all the thinking and brainstorming upfront, I became very adept at crafting my story and presenting my thoughts in a concise and effective manner in essays and later during mock and real admission interviews.

My introspection document became my reference to pick my stories/themes. The strategists at Stratus help you revisit your life experiences and accomplishments and discover yourself, albeit from the MBA-application-angle. With a very detailed introspection by my side, I had a joint meeting with Susan and Salma (former senior consultant at Stratus). Salma brought in her expertise and along with Susan, helped me distill my thoughts and pick the best themes from my personal and professional journey to be presented and highlighted in application essays.

Stratus follows a very structured approach to writing application essays. After Introspection and later school-selection, the second step is to write the outlines for the essays. In my case, these outlines were always first reviewed by Susan followed by the reviews by other consultants (school specific). What truly impressed me was Susan’s ability to convert my raw and very rudimentary thoughts to very powerful essay content. Harold who is another senior consultant at Stratus was my second reviewer and he always brought his unique expertise to the game. I was immensely benefitted by his dissection of my outlines and essays. Once the outlines were approved, writing essays became much simpler. What appeared to be a daunting task in beginning, became a second nature to me over a couple of months. Later during the interview preparation stage, I had access to all the knowledge and expertise at Stratus. After getting mock-interviewed by school-specific consultants and receiving a detailed feedback and great suggestions to improve, I never felt the need to look outside to fetch any information. The entire application process in itself is so taxing that diverting energy in different directions can prove to be counterproductive. Thankfully, it was not the case for me at Stratus.

The team Stratus genuinely wanted me to succeed. This was very evident in every interaction and engagement I had with the team. Susan always ensured that I have the best resources to craft and present my application material. In addition to the access to other school-specific consultants at Stratus, Susan also brought in her latest knowledge about various other schools that I was targeting. This knowledge came in from attending various MBA conferences, sharing experiences of other successful Stratus clients and from her experience of being a former Adcom at Fuqua. But most importantly, Susan's positive and upbeat attitude helped me withstand the demanding journey.

Now, as I prepare to start my new journey at CBS, I can't stop thanking Susan. This is a dream come true for me. I always thought Columbia would be a long shot for me but Susan encouraged me to dream, prepare and apply to CBS. A dream that is a REALITY now!

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Good guidance
July 23 | 2017
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     By phoenixgirl 2 0

I was very skeptical about working with Stratus initially because of some warnings that someone gave me, but I was glad that I still chose to go with them. I signed up with them right before the Thanksgiving weekend and started working with them in December. Given that I had only about a month to apply to 6+ schools, anxiety kicked in and I was frustrated at Stratus for not having that sense of urgency that I was facing. But it was a learning process for me to place my trust and faith in them and their timeline. Everything went smoothly since I obviously made this my top priority and tried to do a quick turnaround. I worked with Santosh and he was sensitive to all my concerns and responded promptly to all my questions. Definitely worth it for the guidance and knowing you're not going at it alone!

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     By bglackey 0 0

Stratus Admissions went above and beyond all of my expectations. One of the most important things that they did was to help me understand the different MBA programs better and to find the specific program that matched my core values and goals in life after graduation.

I was matched with Cartha Siddiqui, we both have a background in energy, which meant that she understood a lot about my professional experiences before we even met. This was very helpful and I appreciated the fact that Stratus Admissions strategically selects the right counselor for you based on your background and needs.

Cartha was very good at helping me brainstorm ideas for my essays as well as helping me understand what qualities the admission teams were looking for. To be clear, Stratus will not write your essays for you, but they will give you lots of introspection homework to help you to understand yourself better, which puts you in a better position to write you own essays.

The only thing that I would do different if I had to do it again is to hire Stratus Admissions sooner in the application process.

I can not say enough good things about Cartha and the Stratus Admissions Team, and I would recommend them to anyone that is interested in making their application as professional as possible, understand what the different MBA programs strengths and weaknesses are, and understand who you are better through the homework and introspection that you will be doing throughout Stratus's program.

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     By kxz 0 0

I owe Stratus Prep, and specifically Susan Cera, a lot when it comes to knowing how to shape my application and convey my story into the right words for each school I applied to. I ended up getting into a dream program, even with so-so GMAT scores, an average undergraduate GPA, and under 4 years of working experience. I signed up for the 4-school package and am proud to say I'm attending a top 10-15 program this Fall!

Susan was always available to talk through email, phone, or Skype even though we had a 3 hour coastal difference (California to NC). She had a good, upbeat attitude and always had something constructive to say from the initial application process to the mock interviewing. I was even waitlisted and she gave me sound advice throughout the lengthy waitlist process. I would definitely recommend StratusPrep!

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MBA Application
June 18 | 2017
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     By sandymo 0 0

I had held off on re-apply for an MBA program for a few years but Josh was extremely proactive and followed up with me. Eventually, I decided I was ready to re-apply again. I explained to Josh my availability and he paired me with Santosh. Santosh was an absolute pleasure to work with! He was very patient with me, prompt with answering my emails, and made me feel very comfortable about the whole process. He also helped me figure out which program would best fit what I was looking for an helped me edit my essays until I was 100% content with them. Additionally, Santosh pushed me to re-take my GMAT exam. Although I really didn't want to, I took the exam again and got a higher school - this definitely helped my admissions decision.

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May 25 | 2017
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     By Luizarocha 0 0

I wanted to study in either of the two renowned business schools in Chicago, and I didn't have a very competitive gmat score. So a friend suggested I get consulting with Stratus Prep, more precisely with Santosh. He helped me a lot with the essays and the whole application process, which can be very exhaustive, so I definitely recommend consulting! Santosh was extremely supportive and he was available to help me out any time. It was clear to me that he did everything he could so I could get admitted. I am very grateful for all his help because alone I wouldn't get this far. I have been admitted in the school that I was dreaming of and Santosh is definitely a part of my success!

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excellent service
May 22 | 2017
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     By shilpaeV 0 0

Stratus admission counseling was great at assigning me a counselor who graduated from Chicago Booth, Santosh Prasad who helped me through the application process and answered all my school specific questions honestly. He was very insightful and knowledgeable. I learnt more about the admission process and life at Booth through the process. As I had a short timeline in completing my application, I was very grateful for the timely and valuable feedback I received from Santosh. I would strongly recommend for anyone interested in top-tier MBA school to use Stratus and ask for Santosh Prasad especially if applying to Chicago Booth.

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     By turtlesnakemount 0 0

I worked with StratusPrep (now Stratus Admissions) and got into a M7 school, as well admissions with half scholarships from two other top 20 programs.

I am a bit of less traditional candidate with a background in academia and an artistic field; my past professional experience was all over the place and hard to package in the context of MBA admissions. I also didn’t have time to take GMAT so I used an earlier GRE score for my application. For all these reasons, I felt a bit uneasy as I began my application, and I decided to involve an up admission consultant.

I had initial assessments with three companies, and StratusPrep stood out immediately for the depth and honesty of my first phone call with case manager Josh. My strength and weakness were candidly analyzed, and the beginning of a strategy started to form as early as that call.
I asked for Santosh to be my case consultant. I read many great things about him in others’ review, and my later experience confirmed just how sharp and attentive he was. Santosh also responded to all my messages and calls within the hour even in late December and early January when I am sure he was swamped with requests from multiple clients (I applied for R2). My senior consultant Harold played a key role in helping me coming up with the list of schools and creating an effective core narrative.

I enjoyed working with Josh, Santosh and Harold, and thank them for helping me getting into a great school. For those who are like me and are coming from a non-business background and unfamiliar with the MBA ecosystem, I highly recommend StratusPrep for nailing an effective core strategy that stands out.

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     By mariajt 0 0

Working with Stratus was the best decision I made during my MBA application process. I worked with them on a five-school package, and thanks to their fantastic team and approach, I'm going to my top choice this fall.

My primary counselor, Jennifer Jackson, was wonderful to work with. She was patient, kept me on track with the timelines for each school, and gave insightful feedback that helped me draw out my best stories for my essays and interviews. She was always positive and thoughtful in our interactions, which alleviated a lot of the stress that goes along with the application process. Jennifer was also incredibly responsive and usually got back to me within 24 hours, even over the holidays.

In addition to Jennifer's counsel, Stratus' team-based approach helped me put my best foot forward in each application. My senior strategist, Susan, was a fantastic resource. She was extremely knowledgeable about every school that I applied to, and gave great feedback on how to optimize the content in my essays for each one. Having a secondary reviewer and proofreader look over my essays in addition to my primary and senior strategists was a great value-add. They identified areas for improvement and gave me peace of mind that weren't any grammatical mistakes.

I also really appreciated Stratus' commitment to great customer service. I always felt like I was their only client and that my applications were their priority. I ended up getting into four schools and within an hour of each acceptance, I got congratulatory emails from a number of team members.

Stratus is well worth the investment and I highly recommend to anyone considering an MBA.

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