Court S.

Consultant

MBA Prep School

United States

Net Promoter Score: 10

Consultant Bio

Court is a Harvard Business School MBA who, for nearly 20 years, has helped prospective students from the U.S., Latin America and Europe shape applications that stand out from the crowd. His clients have successfully applied to HBS, Stanford GSB, Kellogg, Columbia, Wharton and other business programs.

Trained as a journalist at the University of Texas at Austin, he understands the secrets of good storytelling. Court has spent much of his professional career working for media companies like CBS, Univision, Telemundo and Mexico’s TV Azteca. He understands the need for sharp writing and even sharper editing. Because of his work in Spanish-language media, this New York City resident is very comfortable working with students for whom English is a second or third language.

As an adjunct professor at New York University’s Steinhardt and Professional Studies schools, Court developed and delivered curricula for media-industry courses, including “Diversity in Media & Advertising” and “Selling Your Pitch: The Essentials of the Business of Television.”

A contributing writer for Forbes.com, Court’s work may frequently be seen in places such as the Washington Post, VICE, Quartz and other periodicals. He is a member of ASJA, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and NLGJA, the Association of LGBTQ Journalists.

Company Information

Our consultants combine personal branding principles and storytelling talent to differentiate you from the competition.

Our consultants are experienced professionals with years of success sending clients to elite business schools including Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Kellogg, MIT, Chicago, LBS, and INSEAD.

Our client-to-consultant ratio is the lowest in the industry, assuring 24-48 hour turnaround times. We are dedicated to your success!

Each client receives a clear work plan with weekly goals to stay on track and organized. MBA Prep SChool’s knowledge base has been cultivated over a decade of successful MBA admissions experience. We are able to boast consultants who have been on the front lines of the admissions process at top business schools in the US and Europe.

We solely offer MBA admissions consulting services, so you know your consultant is an expert in the industry.

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Location: United States

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Accepted To Wharton Lauder
    3 weeks ago
    As someone from an overrepresented background with a non-linear career trajectory, I knew that it would be crucial for me to have an admissions consultant who can help me structure a compelling story for a top MBA program. I spoke to a number of consultants based all over the globe and found that Court had the best action plan to support me through the grueling MBA admissions process. Court was able to help me bring out various aspects of my work experience, extracurriculars, and personal life in creative ways that made me confident about my ability to apply to top MBA schools. He always had availability on his calendar and would also go out of the way to schedule a time slot, when necessary, despite ...
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  • International Student Accepted At CBS
    1 month ago
    Court is an excellent mentor. I’m based in Chile and was inclined to book a local MBA coach but after doing more research and having an introduction call with Court, I felt that given his expertise with international folks combined with his deep understanding of the complex application process, I should hire Court. A few months later, after many ups and downs and Courts immense support, I got accepted at Columbia Business School and I’m very happy about the decision I made. Court has an incredible storytelling talent, he helped me highlight my key experiences, skills, and personality traits. He motivated and supported me during the good and the difficult times in the process.
    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Accepted To Top Program With Scholarship
    1 month ago
    I sought MBA consulting to help me to navigate the admissions process and refine my application. When it was time to put pen to paper, I lacked the confidence to effectively communicate my accomplishments. Working with Court was the turning point of my EMBA application process. He is truly gifted at his craft and helped me find my voice in my application. By the time my interview came around, I was confident knowing that I had absolutely put my best foot forward in every detail of my application – thank you to Court. As for his working style, Court is extremely accommodating and genuinely wants to see you win. Because I had a fast-approaching deadline, Court met with me evenings and weekends to ensure I was ...
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  • Accepted To Top Tier School With Scholarship
    1 month ago
    Fifteen consultants/companies. That is the number of MBA consultants I interview with. And Court was the last one I talked to among 15, and the best. Finding a good consultant is “dating”; sometimes, it’s all about feeling. I still remember the day I first met with Court. One year ago. Time flies. That day, I was tired due to the entire week's work. But I immediately woke up because Court was full of energy and already had some questions specific to me and an initial plan. Even before I paid the money, Court answered all questions and emails quickly and helped me to find connections with his previous candidates with similar backgrounds to learn more about what Court could help with. Court is a premium-level ...
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  • Accepted To Top Tier Programs – With Scholarships!
    2 months ago
    Court was the best thing that could have happened to my MBA Admissions process. I started my journey by talking to a lot of potential MBA consultants, and I knew that Court was the one I wanted to work with as soon as I met him. In our informational call (before I had even signed anything), he didn’t just tell me what I wanted to hear. He gave me genuinely helpful feedback and things to think about in regard to my application, and he made it abundantly clear that he was the most experienced and thoughtful consultant of them all. It was clear that I’d be in good hands. Once we started our engagement, Court was the perfect balance of instructor and cheerleader. He had a highly-successful ...
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  • Accepted To Columbia
    6 months ago
    I worked with Court on my application to Columbia. Upon first meeting, Court and I instantly connected as we have similar career backgrounds. He took the time to understand my goals and desires with my application. I was a re-applicant to Columbia and working on a quick turnaround. Court worked to manage my timeline and put my best self forward. I worked with Court on an hourly package and he went above and beyond to guide me, was always available to answer questions, and used my hours efficiently. Court is an amazing MBA coach and is very kind and supportive. He invests in you and wants you to have the best outcome. Throughout the whole process, he was encouraging and gave me the confidence to ...
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  • Accepted To HBS & Wharton (Deferred Admissions)
    7 months ago
    I reached out to Court two weeks before the first application deadline, so it meant we had a really tight schedule. Despite the quick turnaround, he did not compromise on the quality of the app and helped me build the best application possible. He was very responsive and flexible throughout the whole time we worked together. I had a lot of material scattered everywhere and Court helped me focus the content. He is a great person to work with and supportive throughout the process and even after everything was submitted. He would regularly check in to offer support. I ended up being accepted to both schools I applied to (HBS and Wharton)! I highly recommend Court as he is not only a great MBA coach ...
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  • Accepted To Kellogg In Round 3
    8 months ago
    I worked with Court on four MBA applications in 2 months. I was accepted to Northwestern Kellogg. At the beginning of the process, I had no idea what I was doing and felt overwhelmed by the complexity of the process. Court made the journey not simple, but clear, and possible. I would stress several key strengths of Court’s coaching style: 1) He believes in you, and that is something that will be very important because sometimes even you will doubt your own chances. 2) He has an instinct in sensing whether your storytelling is impactful or not, and will help you find key details that clarify your uniqueness, and will teach you how to best express them in both essays and interviews. Court will curate your application as ...
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    Nicola Rossi
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Amazing Coach & Human Being
    8 months ago
    Being a naturally introverted woman, and a working mom of two teens in Dubai, I was very doubtful that my dream of being admitted to a reputable business school in the US could ever be realized. I felt vulnerable and so unlike a typical MBA candidate. That was before I met Court. I had met with a couple of other MBA coaches before him and never felt the same connection. It was his kindness that struck me immediately. He is brilliant, ethical, methodical, and trustworthy. He had a genuine interest in helping me be all I could be and it shone through in every interaction. His approach was tailored to me, he never tried to cast me in a particular mold. His way of building ...
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  • Best Among Equals
    9 months ago
    "Venkat, you are a unicorn, and many top business schools would love to have you as their student." Court believed in my credentials more than I did and said the above sentence numerous times during my application journey. He spent almost an hour during our first conversation understanding my background, profile, and life story. He had a similar journey to mine-transitioning from journalism to the business world through an MBA. That was an added advantage, and I decided immediately to seek his guidance. His valuable suggestions helped me shape my application efficiently and taught me various things related to my post-MBA career. I am highly confident that his bits of advice during the conversations and video calls will be helpful even after a decade from ...
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  • Admitted To Harvard Business School & Wharton
    10 months ago
    I remember starting off my application journey doubting my candidacy and being daunted by the process ahead. My dream schools felt completely out of reach. And then, I met Court. I’d spoken with other consultants before and hadn’t felt a strong connection, but immediately felt Court saw me for who I was. He was invested in me from our very first meeting, and his enthusiasm and passion turned what could have been an agonizing process into a very rewarding one. Court broke down the application process into manageable pieces, from resume editing, story building, and essay writing, all the way to interview preparation (and every step in between). He patiently worked with me to refine, polish, and, when necessary, go back to the drawing board ...
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  • Admitted To HBS & Wharton Lauder
    1 year ago
    Before meeting Court, I was inclined to work with another consultant that was well-known in my country but with whom I didn't feel a connection. However, after meeting Court, it became evident that he was exactly the kind of coach that I needed. I realized that he was genuinely interested in getting to know me and my motivations. In order to pursue 6 applications, I needed someone who would not just support me, but guide me and challenge me through the process. Court is that person. From the very beginning, our interactions were very fruitful. Far before writing essays, Court helped me explore my short and long-term goals. He also helped me see the contributions that I could make to each MBA program, and discover some ...
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  • Accepted At Stanford GSB!
    1 year ago
    I reached out to Court in the summer before I applied to MBA programs. Early in our first meeting, I knew he was the perfect person to help guide me through the process. He really made an effort to get to know me not only as an MBA candidate, but as a person, and he consistently went above and beyond in helping me with each facet of my applications. His in-depth knowledge of the MBA application process, his level of thoroughness in the several rounds of constructive feedback that he gave me (while still remaining incredibly kind), and his background in storytelling were all immensely helpful as I wrote my applications. After the applications were submitted, Court continued to go the extra mile during the interview ...
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  • Accepted At Wharton, Kellogg & Berkeley
    1 year ago
    Finding an admissions consultant can be challenging, especially in Latin America. By the time I met Court, I had already spoken with several coaches and was inclining towards those with the highest "reputation". Court is the last consultant I met. It was a surprise to see how attentive he was, and how eager he seemed to support me in my application journey. For the first time, I felt like the person on the other side of the screen could connect with who I was and what I aspired to do. At that point, deciding to work with Court felt like a natural next step. From the beginning, Court supported me with discipline and order. We met regularly to deepen into my stories and my goals. Court has an impressive capacity to see ...
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  • Amazing Storyteller!
    2 years ago
    I wanted to be extra thorough in my search for an MBA consultant, so when MBA Prep School first matched me with Court, I requested a few references with whom I could speak. Within a day, Court provided me with the contact information of three previous clients who all agreed. I really appreciated that Court provided me with these references so that I could feel extra confident in my choice. Upon learning about each client’s exceptional experiences with Court, I knew that I was making the right decision. Hiring Court to guide me through the MBA admissions processes, in the middle of a global pandemic, was one of my best investments. His warmth and positive attitude made me feel welcome, confident, and less intimidated by the ...
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  • Authenticity Above All Else
    2 years ago
    I cannot say enough positive about Court. I spoke with a number of MBA admissions coaches, but the second I spoke with Court I knew he was the right fit. His philosophy is all about authenticity and ensuring what YOU, as the candidate, are deeply passionate about comes across in your application. That means going beyond a laundry list of accomplishments & awards, or writing about how you’re the greatest leader since Napoleon. Court helps you dig deep - get beyond the facade of your profile and communicate what drives your passions. I can honestly say that I don’t think I would have been as successful of an MBA candidate without Court. He took the time and effort to connect with me on a fundamental ...
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  • The Extra Mile
    2 years ago
    In the last 6 months, I had the pleasure of working with Court for my MBA applications. I would 100% recommend him to anyone who wants to elevate his/her application to the next level. Before I met Court, I didn’t even know how to start the applications. Court guided me in a very structured way during the process. Thanks to him, I never had the feeling of being overwhelmed or being lost in the process. What makes Court great is that he has extended knowledge of what the admissions want. He knows exactly what to do to make you can stand out. He has the natural ability to listen to you. He picks things up that maybe doesn’t seem important for you but can be a ...
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  • Fantastic!
    2 years ago
    Court was a fantastic coach to work with for my MBA application process. Coming from a non-traditional background for MBAs, I had a lot to learn about the process. Court's background in journalism really set him up to assist me in preparing my MBA application narrative. Court's comments on my essays and resume were consistently constructive, incisive, and supportive. Because I had limited experience in drafting essays, he helped me through the entire process, from brainstorming topics and developing my story to polishing my essays prior to submission. He further worked with me on my mock interviews, providing specific feedback which really improved my performance. I can't recommend working with Court more - he's a great coach and I consistently enjoyed our meetings, which were ...
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  • LIFE-CHANGING MBA CONSULTANT
    2 years ago
    Working with Court Stroud and MBA Prep was a phenomenal experience. I started working with Court in the extended Round 4 of May 2020 for Fall 2020 admission. It was quite a feat! I signed with MBA Prep on May 4th and made my target deadline of June 1st for all three schools I applied to. Court was up for the challenge, and together, we completed all deliverables in a little under a month. I ended up getting into my first choice B-School (UCLA Anderson) and my backup (USC Marshall). I spoke with several top consulting firms before deciding to work with Court. They all sounded terrific, and it was a difficult decision. Court, however, was the only consultant I spoke with who seemed to ...
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  • Above & Beyond
    3 years ago
    The only school I wanted to apply was MIT Sloan School, known for its scientific rigor and applied learning approach within an innovation ecosystem. At the time of my decision to do so, I had conviction about the school but tons of uncertainties about how to successfully navigate the arduous process of an application. It took me a 15-min call to know already that Court would be an amazing coach, well suited to my expectations. Court is like a human GPS, who will assist you through all the navigation steps of the application. He will push you to discover yourself, to be authentic, to know who you are and what you want to accomplish through an MBA. Court went above and beyond in every step ...
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  • The Best Decision I've Made
    3 years ago
    It was a privilege to work with Court on multiple applications to top-20 MBA programs. Prior to reaching out to MBA Prep School, I was overwhelmed and intimidated by the application process. After just one call with Court, I felt reassured and confident that he would help me create an application that genuinely reflected my story and highlighted my accomplishments. Court gracefully provided clear and honest feedback, pushing me to share experiences, passions, and future goals that would help me stand out from other applicants. Whenever I emailed with a question or concern, he provided a prompt and thoughtful response. He is not only rigorous but empathetic: Court seemed to instinctively know when I needed a cheerleader. The value of Court's guidance cannot be overstated; the ...
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  • Accepted at HBS
    3 years ago
    After receiving an invitation to interview at HBS, I reached out to MBA Prep School to investigate setting up a mock interview. I was lucky enough to be paired up with Court, and with his help, I went into my interview feeling extremely confident. He gave me broad insights on what HBS admissions officers are looking for in an interview, as well as extremely personalized feedback based on our mock interview. He made me aware of my physical and verbal ticks that could be distracting, and he recapped my each of my answers, highlighting which ones could use work and in what way. Court also went above and beyond when it came to the HBS post-interview reflection, which is due 24 hours after the interview. ...
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  • Accepted at HBS
    3 years ago
    After receiving an invitation to interview at HBS, I reached out to MBA Prep School to investigate setting up a mock interview. I was lucky enough to be paired up with Court, and with his help, I went into my interview feeling extremely confident. He gave me broad insights on what HBS admissions officers are looking for in an interview, as well as extremely personalized feedback based on our mock interview. He made me aware of my physical and verbal ticks that could be distracting, and he recapped each of my answers, highlighting which ones could use work and in what way. Court also went above and beyond when it came to the HBS post-interview reflection, which is due 24 hours after the interview. On ...
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  • Accepted at Carnegie Mellon (top choice)
    3 years ago
    Court is remarkably gifted writer, advisor, storyteller, and person. I had the opportunity to work through multiple applications to top 20 MBA programs with him. Court helped me clarify my own career aspirations and also helped me craft an application that was differentiated, authentic, and ultimately successful in landing a spot at a top MBA program. Looking back on this and reflecting on my own career, I consider the time spent with Court invaluable and consider myself fortunate to have him as a mentor, advisor and friend!
    Class of 2011 Admit
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  • My wisest choice
    3 years ago
    Court is an extraordinary human being and an absolutely awesome advisor! We worked closely together on four business school applications. Given his journalism training and experience as an essayist and contributor for major publications, Court was seamlessly able to help me distill and reposition the most salient elements of my applications. Moreover, Court’s extensive media background and global outlook make him a uniquely gifted storyteller, very much attuned to what business school admission officers are looking to validate in a candidate’s application materials. His feedback on my essays was instrumental to convey a clear and authentic message of my journey and long-term vision for myself. I learned immensely from his strategic perspective, innate narrative skills, clear focus, as well as from his MBA and overall life ...
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    Class of 2000 Admit
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