Something we’ve found to be true for all applicants is that even if everything else in your application is perfect, but your essays are lackluster, you will not get into your dream school. Every year when we’re reading about the clients of other consulting firms, we see people with these extraordinary GMAT scores and really high GPAs, and they’re baffled as to why they didn’t get into their dream schools. Many of these individuals ask us to review their submitted applications and tell them what went wrong. And you know what it almost always is? It’s that they underestimated the importance of the essay.
That’s right. You have the power to determine just how ready the admissions committee thinks you are for the Ivy League experience. We know that everyone thinks you need to have an insanely high GMAT score to get into Harvard Business School, but we’re gonna let you in on a bonus secret. This simply isn’t true.
Welcome back to our blog series, Six Secrets to Ivy League Acceptances! For today’s post, we’re going to be discussing secret #3. Ready for it? Aspiration beats achievement. So what does that mean? It means that your past matters; but the way you communicate the past matters way more than what you’ve actually done. The… Continue reading
Welcome to the second installment in our video series with myself (Kaneisha Grayson) and our most experienced consultant, Judy Kugel! In this video, Judy and I discuss how to make your application essays stand out using techniques such as to show (as opposed to tell) your story. Disclaimer: Judy does NOT work at Harvard Kennedy School… Continue reading
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By: Brian Prestia of ReasonGMAT When people first encounter the GMAT in their business school admissions process, they are often surprised to learn that the GMAT doesn’t directly test anything about business at all! So why do schools require the GMAT in the first place if it doesn’t seem to be at all related to… Continue reading
It occasionally happens that you’ve been admitted to your dream school, but the timing turns out not to be right. You need an extra year before you start school, and you cross your fingers hoping your school will let you take the time you need before matriculating. I myself deferred my admission to Harvard Kennedy… Continue reading
Below are some checklists for actions you should consider taking once you hear back from your dream school: If you’ve been accepted: Celebrate! You did it! The hard work was worth it! If you received a personal email or call letting you know of your acceptance, you should definitely return the call or email with… Continue reading
Matthew is a rising junior. He wants to know what he can do to best position himself for admission to Harvard Business School’s 2+2 program. I provide my top 10 tips for preparing for MBA admissions while still in college.
Harvard Kennedy School is one of the most popular policy schools that I work on with my coaching clients. As a 2010 Harvard Kennedy School graduate and an admissions consultant who has helped numerous applicants get into HKS (with scholarship money!), I want to provide my top tips for submitting an outstanding application to HKS:… Continue reading