Brooke Wheelan

Special Advisor

Gatehouse Admissions

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

A former Associate Director of Admissions at Harvard Business School, Brooke served on the HBS MBA Admissions and Interview Board for a total of 13 years. She reviewed more than 10,000 MBA applications and traveled globally to conduct more than 1,000 interviews while overseeing candidate evaluation and online application processes. Prior to HBS, Brooke was a management consultant at Bain & Company. She earned her MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia with highest distinction.

Brooke’s coaching philosophy is to be honest, supportive, and demanding. She is motivated by understanding who her clients are at their core, guiding them to come to their own personal realizations and tell their own authentic story. As Special Advisor, Brooke enables Gatehouse Consultants to deliver a 360-degree perspective to their clients — as MBAs, as admissions consultants, and as the admissions committee.

Company Information

Gatehouse Admissions was founded on a simple truth: getting accepted to Harvard, Stanford, and other top-tier business schools becomes more challenging each year. Candidates need a new level of expertise and commitment from their admissions consultant. Through our unmatched 360° perspective based on thousands of acceptances and deep investment at every stage of the application process, Gatehouse Admissions is the new standard in admissions consulting.

We limit our client roster to a small number of high-caliber candidates who are targeting the most prestigious business schools. We specialize in those applying from ultra-competitive fields and companies (Private Equity, Venture Capital, Finance, Management Consulting, and Big Tech), though our tools are equally effective for our clients in Marketing, Manufacturing, Product Management, Family Businesses, and Entrepreneurship. Even within these motivated applicant pools, Gatehouse Admissions is not for everyone. The strongest partnerships are those in which each participant contributes equally. We seek clients who are committed to working hard, open to feedback, and willing to learn.

The best way to see if Gatehouse Admissions is a good fit for you is to visit our website and fill out an inquiry form. If we feel that your profile would be a good match with our services, we will contact you to schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation.

 

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Our selection of services is all-encompassing:
– In-depth exploration of your experiences, values, and ambitions via our Experience Inventory so that you choose the best stories and themes to showcase in your application

– Unlimited line editing, coaching and an expert’s perspective on your essays, resume, short answers, and other application components. Your work is only done when both you and your consultant feel it is

– Partnership on your letters of recommendation, working with both you and your recommenders on strategy and execution to ensure help you shine

– Interview training and coaching, with multiple mock interviews. Based on our experience, one mock interview is never enough

– A project manager, sounding board, advocate, mentor, and most of all, an expert to guide you at every step of the way

Prices depend on what services you select, which schools you target, and how many you target in total.

Location: United States

Email: info@gatehouseadmissions.com

Website: https://www.gatehouseadmissions.com/

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  • Unparalleled Interview Preparation
    2 months ago
    I was admitted into HBS, and I attribute a large part of this to the two mock HBS interviews I did with Brooke. The detailed feedback I received was incredibly helpful for course-correcting many of my bad habits. Yet at the same time, Brooke provided feedback in a confidence-building way, something that was critical for me as I approached my actual interview date. In addition, Brooke’s questions were so insanely accurate; several of them came up during my actual HBS interview! Not only the questions themselves, but the style and the flow of the interview–suffice it to say, I felt very prepared during the actual interview. If you are interviewing at HBS, you need to do a mock interview with Brooke. I seriously cannot recommend ...
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  • Brooke Is A Terrific Advisor - Enthusiastic, Thoughtful, & Specific!
    1 year ago
    Background: Male, 4 years work experience (investment banking & private equity), 730 GMAT / 4.0 GPA, Economics major Accepted: HBS, Wharton I worked with Brooke in advance of my interviews, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have worked with her! She was extremely engaging, polite, thoughtful, and overall, a pleasure to work with. She clearly took the time to put thought and effort into preparing for our mock interviews - she had read over my entire application in detail and asked very nuanced questions. Based on her directly relevant experience, she was able to provide very targeted, clear, and actionable feedback on how to best articulate my experiences and interests. It also felt like she was invested in my success, as she was always ...
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  • Accepted Off Waitlist
    1 year ago
    Results: Waitlisted Round 1 and accepted Round 2 to HBS I partnered with a different consultant and advisory firm for my HBS written application, but I worked with Brooke from Gatehouse for HBS interview and waitlist support. My background is fairly generic (strong GPA and standard GMAT, Asian female, business major at non-target school, 4 years in finance), but Brooke helped me bring my story to life as I was prepping for my interview. She was very adept at pulling out the unique factors and drawing connections to past experiences to build a full, cohesive narrative. Tactically, I also appreciated that Brooke was extremely responsive and flexible with her schedule – I was very busy with live deal work leading up to my Round I interview, ...
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  • Helped Me Showcase The "Why" Of My Story; Powerful Coach!
    1 year ago
    I worked with Brooke on my resume, essays, and mock interviews ahead of applying to GSB and HBS -- and got into both! I truly think Brooke was critical to helping my application shine through. I have a background in PE and IB, 780 GMAT, and Ivy League college. We focused on getting deeper into the "why" of my choices and bringing admissions into my decision-making/leadership style. Brooke is incredibly attuned to how to bring the "best" out of you - and really make you dig deeper into your story, motivation, and presentation. I especially loved how invested she was in my success during the entire process. She is a great coach (extremely sharp and professional) - and goes above and beyond to support you ...
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  • Wholeheartedly Recommend Brooke
    2 years ago
    I worked with Brooke for ~2 months prior to my HBS application, focusing primarily on my essay and interview prep. With Brooke’s help and thoughtful feedback, I was admitted to Round 1. Coming into the application process, I had a relatively strong background (3.8 GPA, Ivy League undergrad, 750 GMAT, 2 years in investment banking and 2 years in private equity), but I was worried about piecing together a compelling application story. Thankfully, I found Brooke to be an incredibly helpful thought partner as I navigated the process. Brooke is honest but constructive and supportive at the same time. I felt confident that with each draft of my essay, Brooke was pushing me to dig deeper into my motivations for pursuing an MBA and be ...
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  • Admitted To Top 5 MBA
    2 years ago
    Brooke was extremely helpful through the MBA application process. I am a fairly generic candidate (750 GMAT, 4.0 GPA, 3 years in MBB consulting) and Brooke helped me identify the parts of my story that were most appealing to an admissions committee. Brooke has a skill for helping you identify the parts of your journey that make you unique and then ensuring they come through in your application. I would absolutely recommend her to a friend or colleague hoping to apply to business school. I ended up being admitted to the Kellogg 1Y program with a bit of a scholarship!
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  • Helped My HBS App Be More Authentic & Powerful!
    2 years ago
    Brooke helped me with my round 1 HBS application for the class of 2024. With her help, I was admitted! Coming into the application process, I had a strong GPA (3.8) and GMAT (760), but I was worried that my relatively generic background and work experience wouldn’t stand out (white male, 2 years MBB consulting + 2 years PE at a middle-market firm in a small market). I was also concerned because while I wanted to work in healthcare after my MBA, I didn’t have the background to prove my passion for the space. I worked with Brooke for a total of ~12 hours and focused almost exclusively on my HBS essay. Initially, my drafts read like persuasive essays on why I was passionate about healthcare ...
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  • Very Happy With Brooke!
    2 years ago
    I worked with Brooke for ~3 months ahead of my HBS application and was extremely happy with the assistance she offered. HBS was the only program I applied to and I was admitted in Round 1. As a candidate from an SEC school with strong test scores (760 GMAT/36 ACT/4.0 Engr. GPA) and NY investment banking to private equity, my work with Brooke focused on my essay and the softer aspects of my application. She clearly has extensive experience with each of these areas and was instrumental in the entire process from initial ideation to the many drafts in between. Brooke was honest and direct, which made for a much more efficient process. I also conducted several mock interviews with Brooke, and found these ...
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  • Admitted to my dream MBA
    2 years ago
    I had the great pleasure of having Brooke Wheelan as my MBA Admissions consultant as I prepared for my MBA interviews. Coming from the consumer goods/retail industry, I knew that I was facing an uphill battle. Brooke's experience working as a HBS interviewer for many years gave me a peace of mind that I was getting the best insights into how to prepare and put my best foot forward for my interviews. Brooke was invested in my success and would consistently check-in to ensure that I was on-track with my interview preparation. In addition, she offered clear and actionable feedback on how to best tell my story and worked with me to tie in different parts of my professional and personal-life. With Brooke's guidance, I ...
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  • Fantastic Advisor! Knowledgeable, Experienced, And Supportive - A True Thought Partner!
    3 years ago
    Background: Male, Engineering Undergrad, 4 years work experience (Consulting & Private Equity), ~Median GMAT for top MBA programs. Admitted: HBS & GSB TLDR: I absolutely recommend Brooke -- she will push you to create the best application you can and be a partner throughout the process! I cannot recommend Brooke more strongly! She was absolutely instrumental to my success. Brooke helped guide me through the application process, ensuring that my application stood out and accurately captured my personality and aspirations. I will try to capture just a couple of the ways in which Brooke helped me succeed and made the application process less brutal: (1) My first session with Brooke was worth 20 hours of my own time. I had spent weeks trying to think through ...
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  • Brooke Is Excellent - Enthusiastic, Specific, And Helpful!
    3 years ago
    Background: caucasian male, strong GPA/average GRE, econ/bus major at a liberal arts school, background in strategy/marketing for a medium-sized manufacturer. Results: Accepted: HBS (I worked with Gatehouse Admissions on 4 applications - accepted to 3 of 4). I worked with Brooke for my HBS interview - and had great success with her. Brooke’s mock gave me a sense of the reality of 30 minutes of an HBS interview - she was professional, had carefully read through my resume and HBS application, and made it feel like the “real thing”. Afterward, Brooke called me after collecting her thoughts and gave me a lot of helpful pointers - everything from certain mannerisms/word use changes to the overall storyline and narrative preparation. What I appreciated about Brooke was that she ...
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