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When choosing a consultant, it's an advantage to get a direct referral from a friend or peer. 70% of my business comes from referrals. And another way to decide is to watch content from your potential choices. Here is an extended video I did recently on crafting MBA career goals--this is a great pla...

by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal

Tue May 23, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Anyone use admission consultants?
Replies: 126
Views: 41894

Crafting Compelling MBA Career Goals Video

For those taking on MBA applications this season, I did an extended video on crafting MBA career goals.

Here is the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeEQyQQI4_U

Good Luck!
Alex

by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal

Tue May 23, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Crafting Compelling MBA Career Goals Video
Replies: 0
Views: 778

There are tactful ways to approach Vanderbilt for some merit scholarship money. They will likely not match the 30K but I have worked with clients to communicate in these types of situations with schools and often there is some positive movement.

Good Luck!
Alex

by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal

Tue May 23, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Higher rank or scholarship?
Replies: 5
Views: 1917

Dealing with a Low GPA

Here is an article for all you Round One folks finalizing applications:

http://prepmba.com/how-to-deal-with-a-low-gpa/

by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal

Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:14 pm
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Dealing with a Low GPA
Replies: 0
Views: 1025

CBS Essay 3: Tips on the “Pleasantly Surprised" Promp

CBS Essay Question 3: Tips on Answering the “Pleasantly Surprised� Prompt It’s odd that the question that I thought was going to be the most fun this year for many of my CBS clients, has turned out to create the most anxiety and shots missing the target. What will the people in your Cluster be...


In terms of HBS 2+2, this had indeed become a target for so many young people from all corners of the globe. In fact, the web has made MBA information access so easy that the world has become "smaller" and applications are coming in from countries that traditionally sent few folks to elite US MBA pr...

by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal

Sun Oct 05, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Harvard MBA 2+2, am I the right profile?
Replies: 3
Views: 1943

I would tend to agree with Jon. Though we can't see all of your critical info (like undergrad gpa/score), you're not coming as a pure IT engineer but have also been closer to the customer with the sales process. This and your gmat can be attractive to schools in the top 15-20 (most of your choices a...

by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal

Sun Oct 05, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Profile Evaluation Required : GMAT 720
Replies: 4
Views: 1620

Yes, though the industry has made great strides in this regard, there are still some schools that have their own prompts. And it is indeed a pain. But my strong advice is don't have them upload a general letter. And if you have any spare time for reading, here is an op-ed I wrote on Poets and Quants...

by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal

Sun Oct 05, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Business School Recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 4940

Hello, I plan on applying for B-School in the fall, and have already taken the GMAT. While my overall score is good (720), my quant score isn't as high as my verbal score. Since my backroud isn't very quant-oriented either, after deliberation and consultation I decided to take a relevant quant clas...

by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal

Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Online vs. In-Class Quant Courses
Replies: 4
Views: 1391

I can understand why this would make you anxious, but I do believe that you will be fine. There is no "right" answer to your query as different hiring managers out there will have different tolerances, but I feel from my experience that this is an issue that folks get passed. DUIs are not uncommon, ...

by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal

Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Career Background Checks
Replies: 1
Views: 1004

Hey all, I'm new here. Looking to get some insight on whether I'd be competitive for this program or not. Stats Top 50 undergrad institution Finance major 3.5 GPA, think I can get it to 3.6 by end of semester 770 GMAT Hispanic, if it helps. Extracurrics: VP of fraternity Team leader at my school's ...

by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal

Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: HBS 2+2 chances
Replies: 3
Views: 2745

DxDx, I get asked every season whether a family business background is a liability for the MBA process. The answer is an emphatic "No"! Now, there are challenges at times with LORs, given your Dad can't very well write one (there are creative workarounds like a client, partner, or non family member ...


I think your type of profile (with your solid gmat score) can get into the part time programs that you are targeting. Given that your work is largely delivering care, you may want to showcase any organizational/project management skills you have exhibited outside of work if possible. Some applicants...


I intend to apply for an MBA in energy finance in McCombs/Jones/fuqua School of Business. I have chosen this because I want to stay in energy sector but want to pursue finance as a specialization. The following is my profile GMAT: 710 Q51 V35. AWA4.5 IR8 Work ex: Asst. Manager, National Thermal Pow...