Donna Bauman stratus admissions mba

Donna Bauman

MBA Admissions Consultant

Stratus Admissions Counseling

North Carolina

United States

Consultant Bio

I have a competitive, sports-driven mindset that I use to help my clients win on the MBA admissions field. The tools I leverage are my admissions knowledge (15 years in MBA admissions at UNC Kenan-Flagler), compelling storytelling/brand positioning experience (from account management roles working on the national advertising campaigns for brands including Maxwell House Coffee, CorningWare, Pyrex, Corelle and Hanes), and empathy (my clients need to know I care before they care what I know). I use all this knowledge to help my clients leave no stone unturned in presenting their most compelling narrative. My clients have been named Forte and Consortium Fellows and have been offered scholarships totaling over $1.2 million in the past 2 years. Additional experience working for two start-up food ventures has given me insight into the challenges entrepreneurs face and new ideas about building strong partnerships with my clients. I graduated from Kellogg for my MBA so I believe in the importance of collaboration and growth at every life stage. I received my undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and I am a big Tar Heel sports fan. I look forward to coaching you to great results.

Company Information

stratus admissions counselling

With Stratus Admissions Counseling, you don’t just work closely with an experienced MBA admissions consultant to optimize every part of your application.

You work with an entire team of specialists who provide extensive feedback throughout the process.

From crafting your essays to conducting mock interviews, this team-based approach ensures you stand out and get accepted into your dream business school.

We’ve successfully worked with applicants on Harvard Business School admissions, Stanford MBA admissions, and Wharton MBA admissions, among others.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Comprehensive MBA admissions consulting services with a team of dedicated MBA consultants, primarily from top schools with a minimum of two years admissions experience. The team is made up of a Primary MBA Consultant, Senior Strategist, Secondary Reviewer, Qualified Proofreader, and Account Manager. Comprehensive guidance is offered per school to maximize chances of admission.
Consulting Includes:

School selection

Strategy Building

Profile & Resume Evaluation/Suggestions

Recommender Selection/Coaching

Essay Outlining

Essay Drafting

Essay Feedback

Essay Proofreading


Interview Prep

Scholarship Negotiation and Waitlist Strategy (if needed)

Standard Package

1 School: $4000

2 Schools: $5250

3 Schools: $6950

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4 Schools: $7750

5 Schools: $9000

6 Schools: $10,000

7 Schools: $11,000

8 Schools: $12,000

9 Schools: $13,000

10 Schools: $14,000

School Add-On: $1500

Location: North Carolina, United States



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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Donna + Stratus = Admitted to M7
    3 months ago
    The admission process is complex, long, and has lots of hidden, unevident aspects - getting some help from professionals would be a wise move for many prospective applicants. I would strongly recommend Stratus to anyone who needs help in applying to top-tier business schools. When it comes to succeeding in getting accepted to M7 there is simply no other company that would go above and beyond in supporting you as much as would Stratus. Before choosing this company I have done quite a selection process of different admission consultants - Stratus stood out among all due to their sharp focus on helping me as their client and their extensive expertise. During the whole process, I have never second-guessed my decision to go with them as Donna Bauman ...
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    Oleg Galperin
    MBA Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Thank you, Donna & Stratus
    6 months ago
    Before writing about Donna, I’ll say it’s important to know what you’re looking to get out of an MBA consultant. I began the process with Donna with only 40 days until round 2 submission, so not only was I looking for guidance on school selection, application strategy, resume and essay review, and interview prep, I also needed a project manager of sorts to clearly lay out deadlines and allow me to use the little non-working time I had most efficiently. I had talked to several consultants and it was clear that Stratus had the full package. When I first talked to Donna I knew we would work well together (while the Stratus process is great, your relationship and ability to work with your individual consultant ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend
    10 months ago
    As a non-traditional candidate, I was really nervous about making my experience seem relevant to b school admissions committees. After searching around for several different consultancy services, I decided to go with Stratus, both for their competitive price and their clearly structured plan to help candidates achieve their business school goals. I was lucky enough to be placed with Donna, who really made my experience applying to business school eye-opening and interesting. We began with an introductory call where Donna really looked beyond my CV to see what was at the heart of my decision to apply, and made multiple suggestions on schools I previously hadn’t considered. After that, the path was very clear: we had regular deadlines, lots of e-mail communication and several calls ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Best investment and truly cares about your success
    10 months ago
    I worked with Donna on a 4-school package and couldn't be happier with the results. Donna knows the ins and outs of the process and so much more. We worked on my key themes (that become building blocks of the application), school selection, a resume revamp, and created a winning strategy. Everything was methodical yet never did I feel that the relationship was "transactional". Donna truly puts herself in your shoes and becomes a mentor. The perk is that you also get a team behind Donna, including other senior consultants and school-specific consultants, to provide a comprehensive impression of your application. Amazing experience with Donna and the Stratus team. Super fast response time and always on top of things. I got into several dream schools ...
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    Nancy Zhong
    MBA Admit
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  • A pleasure working with Donna
    1 year ago
    I worked with Donna on my US MBA applications. Donna exemplified the most essential quality needed in a consultant – being invested in the client’s success. She worked beyond the time limits to give my application the best chance I could possibly get. I worked with Donna on my school selection, essays and resume. Compared to many other consultants that I have met, she showed intimate knowledge of most schools (gained through school visits) and advised me on possibilities of cracking a given school keeping in mind my post-MBA career ambitions. On essays, she helped shape a compelling story in a manner, which only an experienced consultant could have done. But most of all, the killer-punch was the resume. She helped me completely reshape my ...
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    Class of 2020 Applicant
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  • One Of The Best Decision I Have Ever Made!!!
    1 year ago
    I had the unique experience of working with Donna and Stratus for two application seasons. In 2016, Donna helped me get accepted by three elite MBA programs. However, unforeseeable circumstances forced me to postpone my plans to pursue an MBA. Because I had such a great experience in the past, when I was ready to reapply, I contacted Donna immediately to ask her if she was willing to help me again. This had proven to be one of the best decisions that I have ever made, as I was accepted by five elite MBA programs this year with scholarships from four of them. During this journey, Donna was always super responsive, even during weekends and holiday seasons; the average turnaround time was around 12 hours. She ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Highly Recommended!
    2 years ago
    I had a really great experience working with Donna Bauman. She was exceptionally encouraging and supportive throughout my application journey. She was always willing to provide helpful, honest, and timely feedback (within 24 hours) and was able to be flexible to accommodate with our time zone differences for interview preparations. Most importantly, she really took the time to understand my unique background and aspirations and was a true advocate to ensure that I conveyed my unique story across my applications. I would highly recommend Donna and Stratus to anyone looking for an admissions consultant!
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  • Great Experience, Top Notch Advice, Personal Touch
    2 years ago
    I will be the first to admit that I was skeptical about using an MBA admissions consultant. I went back and forth about the idea for at least six months while I did research and after talking with several consultants I finally went with Stratus. I couldn’t have been happier with my choice. Donna Bauman was the best thing that happened to me along the way to applying to business school. Donna took the time to not only help me with the application process but also to help me make some difficult personal decisions about where to apply, decisions that were greatly assisted by her own personal anecdotes and experiences. Through a clear and concise pipeline we worked together every step of the way, with ...
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    - Zack Hodgin
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  • Top 5 Program Admit
    2 years ago
    I recommend working with Stratus Admissions to anyone who is serious about applying to top MBA programs. I began working with my consultant, Donna, through the MBA Early Edge Package about 18 months before I applied to schools. Through the Early Edge Package, we identified opportunities to strengthen my application profile with enough time to make important improvements. Many of the improvements became core pieces of my essays and interview answers. Since Donna and I had already been working together for a year through the Early Edge Package, we were in a great position to hit the ground running when essays and applications were released. Donna was very responsive, genuinely interested in my success and provided excellent, school-specific feedback. Her experience as as a full-time ...
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    - Andrew Foster
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