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Carin Nelson

Sr. Admissions Consultant


United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Carin graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2008. With 15 years of experience in marketing and client management roles at companies like Bain, McKinsey, and Mattersight (a SaaS analytics company based in Chicago), she’s a strong storyteller and strategist with an eye for detail.

Carin has been working with MBA applicants since 2017 and joined ApplicantLab in early 2018.

ApplicantLab’s unique on-demand platform gives applicants all the advice they need to prepare strong applications in self-service format. After working through all of the advice modules, users who wish to receive additional help are able to schedule 1:1 reviews to receive individual feedback and guidance on how to refine and strengthen things.

Because of this setup, ApplicantLab’s optional services are extremely high value for money (since we don’t have to spend our valuable time covering the “basics” with you) and we’re able to work with a large number of applicants each year. Since joining ApplicantLab, Carin has reviewed hundreds of applications each year and has built up a strong knowledge base of what resonates with schools.

Carin is also a graduate of Northwestern University where she studied Economics and Communications and was a member of the Women’s Varsity Swim Team. She has served on the Chicago Booth Women’s Network Board and is an avid traveler – after retiring from the corporate world in 2017 she spent a year in Costa Rica teaching ESL and has been exploring the world as a digital nomad since September 2019.

Company Information

ApplicantLab was created to provide world-class admissions advice at an affordable price. Founded by a Harvard MBA who used to volunteer with the HBS admissions office, our mission is to provide our clients with the frameworks and tools they need to learn how to win the admissions game.

ApplicantLab’s clients have been admitted to the world’s top business schools including: HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Booth, Sloan, Kellogg, Haas, Columbia, Yale, Tuck, Fuqua, Stern, Darden, UCLA, Cornell, USC, UT Austin, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Kelley, Olin, LBS, INSEAD, IE, IESE, ISB, Cambridge, and many others! Often times, with substantial scholarships. We also help candidates applying to the Consortium.

On the part-time and executive MBA front, we have helped people get accepted to Stanford MSx, MIT Sloan Fellows, LBS Sloan Fellows, Ross EMBA, UCLA FEMBA, Darden…and more success stories are being added all of the time!

A key offering of ApplicantLab is its on-demand platform for admissions advice, which will walk you through every step of the process with a series of interactive exercises.

ApplicantLab’s platform won the “Audience Favorite” vote at the “HBS Alumni New Venture Competition” and was named a top ten “Education Technology Pioneer” by the SIIA.

If you’re a motivated, independent worker looking for a cost-effective way to prepare your winning admissions strategy, ApplicantLab could be a great fit for you!

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

ApplicantLab’s step-by-step series of interactive exercises teach you how to win the admissions game at a significantly lower cost than working with a traditional consultant!

Here’s how it works:

– For $349, get a step-by-step interactive platform that walks you through everything you need to craft a strong application (essays, resume, recommendations, and interviews).

– After going through the exercises, should you like additional guidance and 1:1 feedback, we offer a number of optional add-on services including our famous “Sanity Checks”(in which we review your resume and overall story to make sure your application “foundation” is strong), Strategic Essay Reviews, Editing Services, and Mock Interviews.

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Thorough, Devoted, & Excellent
    3 months ago
    During R2 of the 2020/21 cycle, I - a non-traditional, outlier, international applicant - applied to various business schools and relied on ApplicantLab's fantastic platform to organize my narrative, stories, past experiences, and achievements. This affordable platform, which provides quality service in a fraction of the cost of its competitors, allows its users to learn how to appreciate their strengths and address their weaknesses while engaging them with the many pieces that would make each unique application (both the written portion and the interview) successful. ApplicantLab made my application process more manageable, and the level of service Maria, Carin, and the three alumni on the roster provide is exceptional. Besides the platform, I also used some of the supplementary services in a very targeted way, working ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • R2 Wharton, Booth, & Yale SOM Admit With A Disability
    6 months ago
    When I started looking into the MBA process, I was astounded by the astronomically high prices of many MBA consultants. There's no way I can afford it - until ApplicantLab (AL) came along! Disclosure: I got free access to the AL modules because the content was not captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing, so it was not fully accessible at the beginning. Maria was kind-hearted enough to grant me free access and then later had the videos captioned within a few days. So if you're deaf or hard of hearing and thinking about an MBA, AL will definitely make its content accessible for you. Instead of a video review of your essays, they'll write in notes/comments in the Word doc. I mostly worked with ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Amazing Experience. Highly Recommended.
    7 months ago
    I was international applicant going through the process for the first time. To make things worse, I was working 12-15 hours a day and had very little time to work on my apps. Applying during the COVID-19 application cycle, I knew it would be extremely difficult to get into a good program. Getting Carin's help was the best decision I made that year. Carin was extremely responsive and invested throughout the process. I got all my essays reviewed by her and received a lot of thoughtful input. It wasn't for her, I wouldn't have been able to secure an admission to Yale SOM.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Amazing Experience With Carin/ApplicantLab!
    9 months ago
    I worked with Carin via ApplicantLab this past year for my MBA applications and I can't say enough positive things about the experience! As a reapplicant and first-time ApplicantLab user, I loved how the platform had self-guided modules so I could leverage the work I had already drafted in a cost-effective way. I did a Sanity Check and Essay Reviews with Carin and her feedback was so helpful and candid. When I finally finished my re-applications with Carin's help, my test scores/work experience hadn't changed at all - but the way I presented my story was different. Thanks to Carin, I was able to shape my narrative in a more unique and compelling way. And it made all the difference - this time around I ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Carin Is The Best!
    10 months ago
    I worked with Carin through ApplicantLab, and it was easily the best decision I made throughout my MBA application process! The ApplicantLab modules were so helpful to get started on my materials (resume, essays, and the general foundation of my career vision / why MBA story), and working with Carin took it all to the next level. I worked with Carin on the "sanity check" and all of my essays for the three schools I applied to. She was super responsive, supportive, and encouraging, and her feedback was always valuable and actionable. Carin pointed out areas of my resume and essays that were unclear and provided tangible and thought-provoking suggestions to improve the flow and clarity of my writing and to ensure that my overall ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Carin Is My Hero!
    10 months ago
    Prior to ApplicantLab, I was really insecure about my GMAT score and was not expecting to get into a top MBA program (or any scholarships). Working with Carin has exceeded my own expectations: I was recently accepted to a Top MBA program where most of my tuition will be paid for (70%)! I don't think I'd have had the same results without her/ApplicantLab and here's why: 1) The information on ApplicantLab is incredibly thorough. You will understand what business schools are looking for in a very honest, straightforward/easily digestible way. Every question you have is probably answered somewhere in ApplicantLab. Resources are accessible 24/7-- super convenient when you're working a full-time job-- all for a few hundred bucks! You do not need to spend 10K on MBA ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Amazing Person
    11 months ago
    Carin and ApplicantLab gave me tremendous help on my process. Carin's mock interview is useful in every aspect of strategies. Without spent $$$$ on a private consultant, only by reading and practice the resources on ApplicantLab, I received interviews from every school I applied to and admitted by one of the top early decision schools already. I would definitely recommend Carin and ApplicantLab
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Helpful & Responsive
    1 year ago
    Choosing ApplicantLab was the best decision during my MBA application preparation. Carin is very responsive and brutally honest. She gave me incredible insights and shaped my whole story. This was a game-changer for me. She went the extra mile to accommodate me when it was not even my slot so that I can finish my applications in due time. In a nutshell, one of my best ROI!!!
    Zawad Zafir
    MBA Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Carin is Amazing!
    1 year ago
    I worked with Carin through ApplicantLab and she was an incredible resource! As a deferred applicant, the MBA application process was a mystery to me. Carin really helped me hone in on my strengths and weaknesses and taught me how to leverage my nontraditional experience through my resume, career vision/story, and interview answers. Her advice allowed me to stay true to my story/background/goals while presenting a much stronger application than I would've been able to alone. In the end, I was accepted to three deferred programs, including Berkeley Haas, Chicago Booth, and Wharton. Carin was incredibly responsive and invested throughout the whole process and I can't recommend her services or ApplicantLab enough!
    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Carin is Amazing!
    1 year ago
    Though I was (and am) confident in my story and motivations for pursuing an MBA, my background is very non-traditional, so I knew I wanted a knowledgeable, no-nonsense opinion of some of my application essays. Carin provided just that and really helped me accentuate and focus in on my unique strengths and experiences. I was accepted to seven of the eight schools that I applied to and received scholarship offers at more than half. Carin is great, I can’t recommend her enough!
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Extremely Helpful & Cost Effective Service
    1 year ago
    Carin and Applicant Lab were a huge help to my application and essential for my success in the admissions process. After going 0/3 in R1, I was able to get multiple admissions to top programs in R2. Applicant Lab provides a platform that allows you to think about your own profile as a consultant would without costing the $$$$ a consultant would. You can then request extra review (at a reasonable cost) on my story, essays, interviews, etc. I worked with Carin on my story and essays and really thought it improved my application. She was timely and on point with her feedback and brought my application to a more cohesive final product. Without her, I'm sure I wouldn't have received the offers I have ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • You're The Best Carin!
    1 year ago
    ApplicantLab has been one of the best ROIs I have ever made. Carin is top-notch, she cares so much about each of her applicants and is always open to working with what you have. She can be brutally honest and points out your weaknesses, but hey, that’s what you’re looking for right? She will tailor her feedback and suggestions based on your background and each school and goes the extra mile to research and provide strategic advice to best position yourself for your target schools. She helped bring my application to life, providing the right spices to make them more enjoyable. I wouldn’t have gotten into my dream schools without them - thank you so much!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Worth It!
    1 year ago
    Carin provided me a ton of useful insight and helped me get into my top choice school. She delivers suggestions in a constructive and friendly way and I have no doubt her advice was a game-changer for my applications.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Many Thanks to Carin
    2 years ago
    Carin offered me so much help in my application process. The advice from her about my essay, career goal, and interview are very helpful. A very important thing is how she gives her advice. She is so friendly but also gives very useful advice for things that need to be improved. Within the help from Carin and ApplicantLab, I got offers from Kellogg, Stern with $$, Darden with $, and Cornell with $, a result that too good to be true for me. Thank you so much, Carin and Marie, you guys changed my life!
    Cecilia Su
    MBA Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Well Worth The Price!
    2 years ago
    I can't speak highly enough of Carin whose incredibly targeted feedback helped get me into my top MBA program. Carin strikes a perfect balance between her friendly, approachable nature and ability to give direct feedback as to when things are and are not working. On multiple occasions, her comments made me completely change the direction of my essays, overturning assumptions that I previously had about what Admissions Committees were looking for. She helped reconnect me with a narrative that spoke more to me as a person, and I can't thank her enough for her help. The value of her service goes well beyond the price of ApplicantLab.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Thank You, Carin
    2 years ago
    As an applicant lab customer, I have worked with Carin for the past months and it's been an incredible journey. Carin was always keen on responding to my questions and doubts about my application. She is such a nice person and will do all her best to make you shine through your application. She does not hesitate to make you reflect on what you could have done better in your application and gives you the direction to do so. Applicant lab + Carin has been the best choice I have made to make it to my dream schools with a huge scholarship, so thank you, Carin and Maria.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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