MBA (Business School) Essay Review

Admissions Consulting Services at a Glance

Comprehensive Packages

  • Dedicated Pack - Includes Application Strategy, Essay Review, Resume Review & Mock Interview
  • Elite Pack - Prompt, 7-day access to educational consultant, Application Strategy, Essay Review, Resume Review, Unlimited Mock Interview

A la Carte Services

  • Essay Review - Options include Single Essay (up to 800 words), Mini Pack (Single Essay + Resume Review) and Essay Review for all essays from one or more schools
  • Application Strategy - 2 hour minimum consultation with our education experts to map out application process
  • Mock Interview - 2 hour minimum preparation with our education expert to prepare for upcoming interview with admissions office
  • Case Interview - 2 hour minimum preparation with our expert to prepare for upcoming consulting case or job interview
  • Rejection Analysis - 2 hour minimum consultation with our education expert to evaluate weaknesses in rejected applications and plan next steps
  • Waitlist Strategy - 2 hour minimum consultation with our education expert to evaluate weaknesses in a waitlisted application, and make recommendations for interim period
  • Scholarship Application Review - Our consultants will identify specific scholarships to apply for, work with you to identify strengths that correlate with the stated objectives of the scholarship and review the applications to ensure your chance of receiving the scholarship is as high as possible
 
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MBA (Business School) Essay Review Overview

Essays are important. It is in your essays that you are able to explain yourself. All the time you spent thinking about why you want to attend Business school and why you feel ready to do this now will pay off in the essays.

Manhattan Elite Prep's MBA admissions consulting team can offer you expert advice on essays and the business school application process.

We recommend the following method of tackling your essay:

  1. Match yourself to the school.
  2. Determine what the question is asking.
  3. Consider how to answer the question: Brainstorm.
  4. Organize. Select the aspects of yourself to emphasize and back them up with examples / stories / anecdotes from your experience. Put this information into an outline format that you find comfortable
  5. Write the essay, paying attention to format
  6. Revise your essay
  7. Proofread and ask others to do the same

The guidelines around which we suggest engaging in the essay writing process are the following:

  • Convince your reader
  • Distinguish yourself
  • Demonstrate sincerity
  • Write in a fashion that keeps the reader's attention

To do this we suggest the following:

  1. Select different and unique, but honest experiences. You may want to expand upon an experience to make it seem more unique. Try to select those experiences that make you a unique candidate.
  2. Convey your experience honestly. The admissions committee will notice the difference between extreme embellishment and sincerity and depth.
  3. It is in your writing that you have the opportunity to demonstrate your personality. One important way of doing this is through your style. Within your essays you want to continue to keep the reader's attention. Try to use the 1st person singular, use "I" and avoid "we". Avoid using the passive voice as well as 'to be' verbs.

In an admissions application, the essay is an opportunity to distinguish yourself as a unique candidate and present your own voice to an admissions board. An effective essay will convince the reader of your worth and potential, while a poorly-crafted essay could be the one thing standing between you and acceptance. 

Anyone can review an essay and correct it for grammar, syntax, and usage. Our admissions consultants tailor their work to each individual and their background, crafting the perfect essay for each school you apply to. They specialize in making sure that your essay presents you as a well-rounded individual while creating a tone that resonates with whomever should read it.  We offer services from hourly assistance for writer's block and brainstorming sessions, to comprehensive essay reviews that offer step-by-step advice to maximize your essay's promise. Work with Manhattan Elite Prep and Get Into Your Dream School.

 

MBA (B-School) Application - Essay Themes, Topics & Questions

What is Special About You?

  • Introduce yourself
  • Describe yourself
  • Most significant accomplishment/s
  • What are you most passionate about?
  • What matters most to you?
  • What do others admire about you?
  • What figure do you most admire?
  • A surprising fact about you
  • Personal development

Career - General 

  • Career experience
  • Presentation
  • Current position
  • Short-term career goals
  • Career vision
  • Alternatives to you career goals
  • Additional information you would like admissions officers to know about

Career - Leadership & Teamwork 

  • Innovation & creativity
  • Inspirational leader
  • Leadership and ethics
  • Leadership and team skills
  • Leadership experience
  • Left an impact
  • Convincing others
  • Motivating others
  • A part of a team
  • A time when you developed a team
 

Life Experiences - General 

  • Event/s that influenced you
  • Life experience that has shaped you
  • A person/event/experience that has shaped your life
  • Culture shock
  • Club/community event
  • Academic experience
  • Practical experience vs. theory
  • Internal experience

Life Experiences - Challenges 

  • A mistake you've made
  • Describe a failure
  • A risk you have taken
  • Challenging experience/s (most difficult time in your life)
  • A time when you were frustrated or disappointed
  • A part of a team (failure)
  • Made a decision with partial information
  • Professional challenge
  • Experiences during which you went beyond the established
 

School and MBA Application Specific 

  • Why MBA?
  • Visit to campus
  • What steps have you taken to learn about our school and program?
  • Fit with school/program/class
  • What can you contribute to the class?
  • How have you strengthened your application?

Hypothetical Questions

  • I wish I was asked...
  • If you could change one thing you've done what would it be?
  • Imagine a life entirely different than yours, what would it be?
  • What would you ask the president?
  • Compose your campaign speech
 

MBA Admissions Student Review

For my admission essays, my consultant provided his expertise on editing and structural arrangement of ideas and helped me product finished final products. I received admissions from both my dream schools which are top tier schools. Today, as I decide to join one of them. I cannot thank Craig enough for his services. He is very experienced and uses his experience to guide user on the right track as far as the flow of the essay is concerned. Well, this is besides the excellent editing skills he has. Thanks Craig! -Eric

To register or for more information please email us at admissions@manhattaneliteprep.com.For more recent admissions success stories, please visit Student Admissions Testimonial page.

MBA (Business School) Admission Consulting Director: Tom Kania

Tom Kania has had over ten years of experience helping over 1,000 people from all over the world gain admissions to graduate business school. His admissions experience began when he served on the Admissions Committee for the MBA program for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. During that time, Tom Kania read over 4000 applications and participated on the admissions decisions for over 7500 candidates. Tom Kania has a very high success rate of getting candidates into premier business schools including Harvard Business School, Standford GSB, Wharton, Columbia, Chicago and many others. His rates of admissions are usually 4-5 times higher than the stated acceptance rates.  His approach to graduate business school admissions comes from a personal marketing perspective where he strives to bring out the best that his clients can achieve. In addition to his admission expertise, Tom Kania is an expert in real estate finance and distressed assets portfolio management. He was recently chosen to be keynote speaker on distressed asset management at a World Bank conference in Ulaanbaarar, Mongolia and also serves as a consultant to many premier financial organizations including Citigroup, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, CB Richard Ellis and the International Finance Corporation. He speaks four languages fluently and holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Columbia University.

Featured MBA (Business School) Admissions Consultant: Craig

Craig is not only one of our most outstanding GMAT instructors, he is also a long-standing Manhattan Elite Prep consultant and our Elite Consultant for all of the top graduate school programs. He has lived in Paris and taught English to business executives. His experience comes from advising business owners and delivering top notch admissions seminars. In Austin he is currently the branch office manager for a translation company. He holds an MBA in International Marketing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. With his in-depth understanding of the admissions process, Craig is more than qualified to assist you in getting you into your dream school.

Featured MBA (Business School) Admissions Consultant: Cabral

Cabral, a 2003 Wharton MBA graduate himself, has successfully helped students gain admissions in Harvard, Wharton, Virginia, Stanford and various other MBA programs for more than 5 years. He began his admissions experience as a Graduate Assistant in the Wharton MBA Office of Admissions. As a member of the Wharton admissions committee, he reviewed applications, pre-screened potential admits, and served on admissions panels at recruiting events in various cities. In addition, Cabral was the Prospective Student Chairman for Wharton's African American MBA Association (AAMBAA) where he was responsible for essay review & mock interview services designed to increase admission rates and applications of minority students.  He has worked with Manhattan Elite Prep since 2007 helping both international and domestic clients (resume review, essay review, MBA interview preparation, short-listing, information sessions, etc.) and received great feedback on his thorough comments and insightful guidance.

 

 

 

 

Featured MBA (Business School) Admissions Consultant: Dilpreet

Dilpreet's resume boasts time spent at Morgan Stanley, HSBC, and Lehman Brothers-- to name a few--  all work experiences which, coupled with her high GMAT score, garnered her acceptance into top business programs such as Wharton, Booth, Insead, and LSE-- the latter of which she attended for her MBA. At LSE, she was highly involved with the Peer Review Program, bringing further insight to students who were already receiving top training as to how to make themselves look good on paper. Her patience, her commitment, and her highly personalized approach to each student set her apart from any other consultant. We are honored and excited to allow you the chance to work with Dilpreet.

 

Admissions Consulting Services Overview

Once you have decided to pursue an MBA, JD or other graduate degree, you have essentially completed the first step in the admissions process, and your motivation is a great precursor to success. But which schools? What are the next steps? How do you present yourself in such a way to truly demonstrate your strong drive and fit in your ideal school?

The admissions process overwhelms many applicants, especially busy, young business professionals with limited time in their schedules. Our individually-tailored guidance helps you successfully traverse the pitfalls of the application process. From your application essays to determining which school to attend, our admissions packages give you the expert advice and knowledge necessary to make the most educated decisions possible.

Choosing to return to school is a big investment, but know that the value of an MBA, JD or graduate degree from a top school is indisputable. Our services help you effectively present your strengths and hide your weaknesses. Through our one-on-one consultations with you, we create a roadmap to success together. Our consultants commit themselves to helping candidates put forth their best application. Our consultants will build strong relationships with you, the candidate, and will understand your nuances and gifts. They will help you present yourself effectively against stringent and selective admissions standards and criteria.

We specialize in assisting MBA applicants with

Professional Background

  • College Athlete
  • Entrepreneur
  • Finance / Consulting
  • Engineer / Scientist
  • Military Background
  • Nonprofit / Government
  • Unusual Career Path

Ethnic/Cultural Background

  • European
  • Latin American
  • East Asian
  • South Asian
  • African
  • Oceanian
 

Comparison of MBA (Business School) Essay Review & Resume Review Packs

Essay & Resume Review Packs Comparison

Single Essay Mini-Pack Basic Pack Advanced Pack
Service 1 Essay, 800 Words or Less Resume & Essay (800 Words or Less) or 2 Essays of 250 Words Each) All Essays & Resume for 1 School All Essays & Resume for 2 Schools
Price $150 $200 $450 $800
Grammar & Style Review
Advice on Theme & Content
Exchanges* Per Essay 3 3 3 3
Turnaround Time** 5-7 Days 5-7 Days 5-7 Days 5-7 Days
Cost for Additional School - - $350 $350
Cost for additional 800 words in same essay $50 $50 - -

*Three Exchanges include either phone calls, email exchanges or a combination; **3 day rush + $75; Weekend Rush +$100

Comparison of Add'l MBA (Business School) Admissions Services

Selected Admissions Services Comparison

Mock interview Case Interview Waitlist Strategy Rejection Analysis Scholarship Review
Service Interview Prep for MBA Admissions Interview Prep for Consulting job Interviews Increase chances of acceptance Review rejected applications to identify problems and minimize weaknesses Assess scholarship options and assist in application
Price $150/hr $150/hr $550 per school $550 per school $350 per school
Students MBA Applicants Consulting Job Applicants Waitlisted MBA Applicants Rejected MBA Applicants Scholarship Applicants
Included Interview Prep and Analysis Interview Prep and Analysis Application Review and Guidance Rejected Application Analysis Scholarship Search and Assistance

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