Chicago Business Journal, 5 MBA application strategies for Booth and Kellogg

by Jeff Thomas, Stratus Admissions Counseling CEO

Chicago is home to two of the nation’s top 20 MBA programs, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Booth) and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Kellogg).

The Booth and Kellogg classes of 2018 have low admit rates of 23 percent and approximately 20 percent, respectively, and average GMAT scores of 727 and 728.

Booth and Kellogg want applicants who will thrive in their focused curriculum. Consider the following strategies when applying to these elite Chicago-area b-schools. Read more


AIGAC Blog, 5 Business School Application Hacks to Improve Admissions Potential to Top Schools

by Harold Simansky, Stratus Admissions Counseling

The business school applications process is a rigorous and intimidating triathlon of sorts, a multi-stage event requiring endurance, speed, and keen strategy. Moreover, it requires a tri-athlete’s ability to separate oneself from the herd of sharp-elbowed competitors.

Last year, only 1 in 10 applicants were accepted to the top-ranked business schools in the United States – Harvard Business School, The Wharton School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. The Yale School of Management rejected 89 of every 100 candidates while MIT’s Sloan School of Management passed on 91 out of 100.  Read more


Financial Times, Flexibility of online MBAs opens door for the time-poor

Students tell how they juggle study with work and family commitments

Stratus Director of MBA Admissions Susan Cera is sourced in this article by Jonathan Moules, which is part of a Special Report on Online Learning.

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New York Business Journal, 5 MBA application strategies for Columbia and Stern

by Jeff Thomas, Stratus Admissions Counseling CEO

New York City is home to two of the nation’s top 20 MBA programs, Columbia Business School (CBS) and the New York University Stern School of Business (Stern). CBS and Stern have low admit rates, 17 percent and 23 percent, and average GMAT scores of 717 and 710, respectively.

Consider the following application strategies for these elite NY-based b-schools. 1. Fortify your power triangle Read more


New York Business Journal, 5 Ways to Finance Your MBA

by Jeff Thomas, Stratus Admissions Counseling CEO

While well worth it, the dollars and cents journey to earning an MBA is costly. Here are five considerations when evaluating how to finance your MBA. 1. Look to your employer. 2. Talk to diversity organizations Read more


Crain’s New York Business, 5 Things MBA Applicants Should Do

by Salma Qarnain, Stratus Senior MBA Admissions Consultant

5 things M.B.A. applicants should do before Dec. 31. Showcase your passion and individuality throughout the application process. Note that test options can be scheduled up to and including the day of submission. Read more


U.S. News & World Report, Craft a Successful Video Essay

Expert insights from Harold Simansky, Stratus Senior MBA Admissions Consultant

A video essay is not the time to introduce a dramatically different persona from the one presented in the written components of your application. “You can say something new, but not something too surprising,” Simansky says. Read more


MoneyGeek, Creating Your Best Law School Application

Q&A on how students can incorporate a financial aid strategy into the application process with Stratus Director of Law School Admissions Michelle Kim Hall. “The best way to secure merit-based aid is to start with a strong application. Most schools make scholarship decisions based on the application itself,” she states. Read more