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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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     By NY12 0 0

I took my GMAT on December 31st, and then decided to apply to 5 schools by January 7th. Without much of an idea where my test score would end up, I had barely started my applications.

I am a white male with a 700 GMAT (with an incredibly low quant score), so I knew I had my work cut out for me. I decided I could use some help, so I did a 30 minute consultation with Stratus Prep. I talked with Zach Klein, who was really open to working with me the way I felt would be best, rather than pushing me into a package.

I was paired with Santosh Prasad, who was an incredibly helpful editor and advisor during my mad dash of basically doing an application a day. His line edits were specific and clear. He had been on the admissions committee at the MBA program he attended, so he was able to give me insight on what would be helpful, what would stand out, and what would be looked down on. Moreover, Santosh was really responsive and would go through multiple drafts a day, sometimes sending me last minute edits or answering application questions at 11 PM. The response time and communication was above and beyond what I expected.

I received interviews from 4 of the 5 schools for which both Zach and Santosh helped me prepare. Santosh took time out on a Saturday to help me prepare for an interview on Monday. When I had last minute questions, I was able to turn to Zach and Santosh and get speedy, decisive answers.

After interviewing on campus at four schools, I was admitted to 3 and waitlisted at one. I was thrilled to be accepted into my first choice school.

I don’t recommend anyone try and prepare 5 applications in 7 days. It was a stressful week, but ultimately was successful in large part thanks to Stratus Prep's help.

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Quick, responsive service
April 25 | 2016
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     By national01 6 5

John gave a very responsive, quick service and I felt like I could email and call at anytime to ask even the smallest of questions.

He acted as a source of wisdom and council at what can prove to be a challenging and stressful time. For this I was very grateful.

However, I don't think anything in my application materially changed as a result of the service (the feedback on my essays was not much more than, "this is good", "I like this" etc.). Instead, it was more a case of John giving me confidence that I was a credible candidate.

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Money Well Spent!
April 08 | 2016
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     By merkenyon 0 0

I had an amazing experience with Stratus Prep. Although I experienced serious sticker shock at how much admissions consultants cost, I ended up with a full ride to my perfect school so that investment paid off 20 fold!

I worked with Susan Cera who I cannot say enough good things about. I was initially matched with her because she understood my athletic background and I was considering programs like Fuqua (where she went and worked as an AdCom). She responded to emails almost always within 24 hours, even when I gave her a ton of items to review. I got emails back on nights and weekends very regularly and she worked with my schedule as needed.

I knew vaguely what I wanted to do with my career but was so lost about how to craft my story. We jumped through dozen of possible career paths and she helped me not only write my story, but also discover what I am really passionate about and how I can apply that to my career. By walking through it SO MANY times with Susan, I had my elevator speech down to a science when asked why am MBA and why now!

The introspective period is very intense and at times I ended up writing some stories for Susan to review that I thought were dumb but she ended up showing me how we could show my personality traits with little tidbits from my past woven through my essays and application. Probably the most value came from various Stratus coaches telling me when my essays were off the mark, rambling, or just nonsensical. I wrote several essays that I thought were good but Stratus pushed me to go deeper. I can say without a doubt that I would not have turned in essays that were anywhere close to as good without Stratus.

Overall, I had an amazing experience and would hire them again in a heartbeat. You only get one chance to go to business school, give yourself all the tools to go to the absolutely best program for you.

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     By R2applicant 0 0

I had a fantastic experience working with Temitope Abereoje and John Buckingham (both HBS alumni), and was accepted at HBS, Wharton and Booth. Temi was my day to day contact, working closely with me on drafting my story, translating that into essays, and going over resume and interview preparation. John was the senior adviser and provided feedback on final versions of my essays as well as interview prep.

Highlights from my experience:
- Greatly appreciated Temi’s turnaround time and detailed feedback on my essay drafts, and any questions I had. Due to work demands I often didn’t have as long a lead time as suggested, but she still managed to review my work under tight timelines and provided clear suggestions that I really think notably improved my story / overall application
- One time I had an urgent question late at night and she made herself available immediately at 10pm to speak on the phone with me – that’s how helpful she was
- Most memorable part was how kind, thoughtful and funny she was – it felt like I was talking with a friend, she’d been through the process herself. E.g., when it came to interview prep, she helped identify subtle gesture and wording changes I should work on to strike the right impression
- John was also invaluable in providing honest, school-specific advice and improving the direction of my essays and confidence entering the interviews

Consultants may not be for everyone – I do have friends successful in their admissions process who only asked for advice and essay reviews from family, friends and bosses, but for me, it was definitely worth it to have professionals as a sounding board as it removed a significant amount of stress and uncertainty from the process. I would highly recommend Temi and John.

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     By joyandbliss 11 9

I had a fantastic experience with the Stratus Prep team's counsellor Harold Simansky. He helped me build my story authentically and comprehensively and identify my goals through introspection exercises. He helped me ensure that my experience before b school through my story was in perfect sync with my post MBA goals. Next, I was also supported through the b school search process. Considering the number of b schools and all the varied rankings available, I felt Harold's advice was invaluable during the b-school selection stage given my specific career goals and personal inclinations. Next, when it came down to the essay editing process, his support was timely and exceptional with every edit till the final essay was ready. Harold also collaborated with his team mates whenever there was a need and I must thank Vinod for his great advice during the essay editing process. During the interview stage, I got a mock interview done with Harold which was very helpful and increased my confidence immensely. I also received a lot of questions to practice with. All in all, my experience was outstanding with the Stratus Prep team and with the counsellor Harold in particular ---the result ---I got into my first choice B school with a pretty average gmat score!

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Ask for John Buckingham
March 31 | 2016
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     By pantherpride12 0 0

I chose Stratus Prep for two reasons:
• They put a lot of thought into pairing clients with appropriate counselors.
• Their service extends all the way through negotiating scholarship money.

Working with the right counselor was important to me. While I knew that I had a compelling professional story to tell, my 3.5 GPA and 680 GMAT were weaknesses that I needed to offset elsewhere in my application in order to gain admission to a top MBA program.

Stratus vowed to match me with the appropriate counselor, and they made good on that promise when they matched me with John Buckingham. John was excellent at all aspects of his role as an admissions counselor. He kept me accountable, challenged me to dig deep every step of the way, and he left no stone unturned as we worked to build an application that leveraged each of my differentiators as a candidate.

Additionally, John's commitment to his clients is second to none -- I honestly don't remember ever waiting more than hour for a response regardless of the time of day. It truly felt like a team effort every step of the way with John equally committed to my success as an applicant.

Ultimately, I received interviews at two of my top choices, Duke and Berkeley, and with John’s support I walked into both interviews completely prepared. Following the interviews, John helped me to negotiate scholarship money.

As a result, I am incredibly pleased to be attending Duke next year!

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Highly recommend!
March 28 | 2016
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     By stierney 0 0

I had a wonderful experience working with my advisor at Stratus prep, Harold Simansky. Harold not only helped me pick the best schools to fit my background and career goals, but also showed me how to tell my “story”. I got into two great schools Owen and Olin and I can honestly say that I don’t think I could have done it without his guidance. Harold always responded in a timely manner and provided the support and encouragement I needed to get through this process. Harold helped me change the course of my life and I am forever grateful.

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Great Experience!
March 23 | 2016
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     By adr1987 0 5

I used Stratus Prep both for my MBA applications, and for my Harvard Kennedy MPA application one year later. Overall the help they provided was invaluable as I am now attending both MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy.

Specifically for my Harvard Kennedy application, my consultant was Richard Cheng. Richard did an excellent job from beginning to end. At first we had a call where he started out by telling me about his own experience at Harvard Kennedy and what the culture at the school was like. He also suggested that given that I was at MIT, I should try to audit at class at HKS and try to meet as many students as possible. This was an invaluable piece of advice as this would later allow me to take my essays to the next level and speak about the HKS culture from an insider's perspective - in other words, I already fit in before I was in.

During the essay writing process, Richard's help was again excellent. Not only was he able to review my essays multiple times and provide me very detailed feedback, he was also kind enough to work around the busy schedule of a first year MBA student, something for which I am very grateful.

Overall my experience with Stratus and with Richard specifically was excellent and their help definitely helped me take my overall application package to the next level.

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     By Anonymous 0 0

During my senior year of college, I heard about the HBS 2+2 program, but had not given it any prior thought. I started looking into admissions consulting, but was off to a late start. After having heard fantastic things about Stratus Prep, I had an initial free 30 minute consultation with Shawn, who, as an aside, is very impressive--everyone should take advantage of the free consultation. Shawn talked me through their admissions consulting offers specifically for HBS, and placed me with Salma Qarnain.

Salma was fantastic. Coming into the process, I was nervous and wasn't sure if I would be able to catch up from a late start. From my experience, there is a much larger emphasis on qualitative factors in the MBA admissions process relative to other graduate or professional (law or medicine) programs. Having someone as thoughtful as Salma to (1) help me understand my professional goals, (2) know what I wanted to get out of the MBA and (3) portray myself in the best way possible, were crucial to my acceptance. Salma helps walk you through every step, from an initial process understanding defining qualities of you as a person and your professional goals (which was possibly even more helpful than being accepted itself), to having an outline and ultimately a final essay that is a crucial piece of your application. For interview preparation, Salma was able to strike a delicate balance, asking me tough questions that would prepare me for the interview, while having a positive attitude that gave me confidence.

While I came in thinking I started the process too late, by the time of the interview, I felt confident in telling my own story about myself as a person and why I wanted to go to HBS. The process was a lot of work--Salma puts in a lot of time and attention to each step of the process, and expects you do the same. However, she could not be more kind and supportive along the way, and the outcomes of her students speak for themselves.

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     By Anonymous 0 0

I had a good experience overall with Stratus Prep and especially with my counselor, David. I worked with them on six schools and got accepted to two of them! GMAT Club provides a list of suggested questions to answer, so I will use that as the structure of my review:

- Did you enjoy the process?
Yes, especially the months leading up to my deadlines, I genuinely did enjoy the process. My counselor, David, was very responsive and got back to me with essay feedback quickly so I did not feel stressed or rushed. I sincerely feel that without his help, my applications would not have been as strong as they were. He was also there the entire way, including a phone mock interview, which really helped.

- Was it stressful?
There is always a certain amount of stress that comes with applying to schools, but David really helped pace my deadlines with a clear timeline that helped me stay on track. In fact, right in between my application timeline, I had a 2-week vacation. David accommodated this into the schedule so that I came back and was able to still have enough iterations before submitting.

- Were they helpful?
Yes, overall they were helpful. Initially, I went through a couple counselors that were unresponsive so I wish I was able to have the same counselor throughout the entire time, but Stratus did help in re-assigning me to a counselor that I worked well with.

- Did they meet your expectations? Why or why not?
When I did decide to apply, they did meet and exceed my expectations in terms of how much guidance and support I got with all the schools I applied to.
I signed up for their services 2 years in advance of applying because that was one of Stratus Prep's benefits: you can join well before you decide to apply and they would guide you the whole way. Since I had unresponsive counselors initially, this part of the service did not meet my expectations. However, I believe they have improved in this aspect since the time I joined.

- Would you recommend them? Why or why not?
Yes, I specifically recommend David because he was a phenomenal counselor. I really felt like he was invested in my applications.

- What was their greatest strength?
I believe each counselor has a limited number of clients, so that helps in getting timely feedback. Furthermore, David works with a set of counselors who help in providing additional feedback after the initial iterations of outlines/essays. That really helps since multiple people look through each of your applications.

- What was their weakest skill?
Mainly based on my experience, I think one of their weak points is in preparing applicants early (1-2 years prior to applying). Counselors (somewhat understandably) focus more on clients who are applying in that year, but hopefully they have improved in providing consistent support to early clients too.

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