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A network of 35+ mentors from top b-schools can help you!

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A network of 35+ mentors from top b-schools can help you!

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An MBA offers you a wealth of advantages, especially when it’s from a well-regarded top business school. Getting a high salary after graduation, landing a management position, or even becoming your own boss are just a few other advantages. Everyone dreams to get into a top MBA program such as Harvard, Stanford, Chicago Booth, Kellogg, MIT, or Columbia just to name a few, the problem is that getting in this top programs is really hard. Acceptance in top schools is significantly low and competence is fierce!


The application process is hard, long and daunting. The whole process can take over a year! MBA applicants have to study for the GMAT, write complicated essays, get recommendation letters, master their resumes and prepare for really tough interviews!

We interviewed applicants to the top b-schools to understand where they struggle the most. There is a consensus that while studying for the GMAT is time consuming, the hardest part is understanding school fit and preparing the essays. Many describe the process as “really stressful” and “time consuming”. Applicants lose focus in their applications and get stressed as they don’t know how to create a good application.

This is why we see a continued grow in applicants reaching out to MBA admission consultants. We surveyed over 200 students of top 5 MBA programs and found that close to 40% of them used MBA Consultants for their applications. More impressive yet is how this proportion differs from national vs international students. International students hire 3 times more consultants compared to US citizens (25% vs 75%). We believe this difference is mainly driven by the fact that internationals have less information about application processes to American universities and they lack a network of contacts to leverage to get guidance during the process.



But how much does an MBA Admission consultant charge? The cost of hiring an MBA consultant ranges from $3,000 to $12,000 USD. Some companies such as Stacy Blackman can charge over $4,000 for support to only one school. This is really expensive! Indeed in our survey 50% of MBA students that didn’t hire an MBA consultant explain that cost was their main reason to not hire one.

As we can see, applicants lacking a network of contacts to leverage and the resources to pay an expensive MBA consultant are in a huge disadvantage when applying to their dream programs. Luckily there are new opportunities emerging in the market. A few months ago a group of entrepreneurs at University of Chicago, in a mission to democratize access to top education launched www.mymbacircle.com a platform where MBA applicants can connect with mentors who are second year students and alumni of the best schools at an affordable price. Their mission is to make it possible for everyone to compete on a level playing field.

Visit: https://mymbacircle.com/
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