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Five Tips to Build your Quantitative Profile

Business schools want to admit candidates that they believe can withstand the quantitative rigor of an MBA program. Whether you are a non-traditional applicant with limited exposure to quant-focused work or someone who did not perform well in those courses as an undergrad, there is no need to beat yourself up over things that cannot… View Article

New York Business Journal: 5 MBA Application Strategies for Columbia and Stern

How To Get Into Columbia Business School Learn How   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… View Article

Six Things to do in March to Prepare for MBA Applications

Six months may seem like a long lead time to prepare for applying to business school, but there is a LOT more than just writing essays that needs to be done between now and September submission deadlines. If you weren’t following along last month, check out our February tips. Think back to when you applied… View Article

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Apply Through the Consortium

Rooted in the mission of growing the number of Black, Hispanic and Native American business leaders, the Consortium has made the dreams of many come true in a multitude of ways over the past 50 years. As a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM) alumni, I have benefited from attending one of the 18… View Article

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

Think Like an Adcom Member to Ace Your MBA Interview

As a former member of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s adcom, I can share with you some of the groups I knew I had to answer to in the MBA admissions process. Whether you interview with a member of admissions committee (adcom), an alumni or a second year student, it is helpful to think about your MBA interview… View Article

7 Things to do in February to Prepare for Round 1 MBA Applications

While Round 1 applications may seem far away, preparing now will allow you to develop a well thought out and comprehensive application. Here are 7 things you should be thinking about in February: Spend time doing self-assessment and reflection. Relax. Forget that you are thinking about getting an MBA.  Instead, think about your proudest moments…. View Article

Five Things You Need to Know About Taking the GMAT/GRE

The following provides 5 important tips to determine which test to take; how to cancel scores; which scores are most important; and more. As MBA applicants know, standardized test scores are a vital part of the business school application process. For you, the candidate, it is important to understand the testing process, timelines, and differences… View Article

Five Ways to Sparkle on Your Skype Interviews

If you can master the Skype interview, your chances for MBA admission are greatly enhanced. Here are five tips that can ensure your next Skype interview is a sparkling success. Chances are you may find yourself doing a Skype interview at least once during the MBA admissions process. While the basics of interviewing remain the… View Article