eli david ivy mba consulting

Eli David

Co-Founder

Ivy MBA Consulting

United States

Consultant Bio

At Ivy, the philosophy is simple: your application is our application. Here’s the thing – when we applied to MBA programs, we didn’t know what we were doing. And there was no one around to offer the type of help we needed. Would anyone be willing to review our essays and provide feedback? Were there any alumni who could advise us regarding school fit? — Frankly, we had no tools – all we had was a phone and some nerve. So half way through our MBA tracks at Kellogg and Tuck, we wanted to start a consulting firm that micromanaged the hell out of our clients. We wanted to be much more than essay editors; we are mentors.

As Ivy founders, we don’t consider our job done when we match a client with an advisor – our job is done when our client gets accepted. For that reason, we created a process that keeps at least 3 sets of eyes on your work at any given moment, from story allocation, career path, written collateral, to interview prep. If you’re not sick of us by the time you get your first congratulations letter, you must not have gotten it yet.

Company Information

With over 20 years of accumulated MBA wisdom and advisors who are top-tier program veterans, we are proud to say that our anti-laissez-faire approach has proved itself big time. Ivy MBA Consulting was the first admissions consulting firm in the world to verify success rate using a Big 4 accounting firm. Deloitte confirmed both the 91.2% success rate and $2,194,000 in total scholarships of Ivy MBA Consulting in 2014-2015 application season. A copy of the report is available to any who wish to double check. Previous reports are available as well.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

The day we started Ivy we were reading essays until 4am, and that hasn’t changed a decade later. That’s because Ivy MBA Consulting does not take your investment lightly. We realize this decision is not only expensive; it will have a drastic impact on your future. That is why we created a comprehensive, multistep method that follows you through every step, with every school, and every bump along the way. Our process starts with mapping your life stories – we sift through even the most trivial details to find gems that portray your character. We then take these stories to an in-depth brainstorming session involving Ivy’s veterans to come up with the best story allocation per school. Once working on essays, we offer an unlimited number of draft iterations, as well as a final quality assurance quality pass by the founders of Ivy.

Location: United States

Email: eli.david@ivymbaconsulting.com

Website: http://www.ivymbaconsulting.com

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Turned Top-10 MBA Application Into Almost Exact Science!
    4 days ago
    I came to David after working on 1st round applications with another advisor and, although having a solid professional profile and experience, good academics and a GMAT of above 700, was rejected by all 3 schools I applied to. I was perplexed and was losing hope but soon it became clear how David's thorough methodology was far superior to what I had experienced prior. David completely revised my application strategy and made perfect sense connecting my professional past, present, and future aspirations to present me as an attractive candidate for leading schools. Starting with my resume, David laid down very strict guidelines that help make my resume stand out, including the importance of quantitative data that help the reader unambiguously perceive my achievements as ...
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    Class of 2009 Admit
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  • Master Of His Craft
    5 days ago
    Eli knows what he is doing, and that what's important. No matter if you are targeting HBS, MIT, or UNC he know the right approach that will make your application stand out. From early brainstorming, through schools specific strategy development, to finalizing the application, Eli and his team were there for me every step of the way. With Eli's support I managed to tell MY story in a better way, and make sure that the school understood what value I bring to the table, and why I am the right candidate. I will forever be grateful.
    Class of 2014 Admit
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  • Best MBA Consultant
    6 days ago
    I researched close to 6-7 consulting companies and 2-3 independent advisers and all signs pointed toward IVY being the best option -- they did not disappoint! Working with IVY, I got into 4/5 schools that I applied to and got wait-listed in the 5th. This was a result of the professionalism, attention to detail and experience that David brings to the table. At IVY I worked with a consultant that David hand-picked for me based on my background and school selection, but he was involved in the process throughout. The biggest thing that stood out to me was the attention to detail. I went through multiple iterations on every essay until David and team felt it was nothing short of perfect. Submitting my applications, I felt ...
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    Class of 2016 Admit
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  • Genuine, Professional Yet Personal, Goes the Extra Mile
    1 week ago
    My MBA application journey was a whirlwind. As recent as October of 2018, I had no idea that I was going to be pursuing an MBA. Essentially a lost puppy with no idea of what direction I was going in, I googled for an MBA consultant and found Eli's profile. Keep in mind, I had never worked with a consultant before and was quite hesitant to hire one because I felt that given sufficient time, I would be able to figure it out myself. Unfortunately, I had never even looked into MBA programs and didn't have the faintest idea of even the top programs to aim for; at this point, I had to go with one. After reading Eli's profile and the 40 some-odd reviews on ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Best In The Business!
    2 weeks ago
    I’ve been one of Eli David’s earlier applicants and I have to say I am not surprised form all the praises I read in the previous comments. Eli’s dedication to the process is impressive. I was especially impressed by the strategy sessions we conducted and how the impacted the entire process. Eli and his team understood how the admissions mindset works and were extremely professional in implementing this knowledge in the texts. When I was admitted, I felt that Eli was as happy as I was. I’ve been sending younger colleagues and friends to Ivy MBA Consulting ever since and they were all as happy as I was. I also strongly recommend getting in touch with Eli as early in the process as possible. The ...
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    Class of 2012 Admit
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  • Reliable, Supportive, Delivers
    3 weeks ago
    When I decided to apply to a top-school MBA, I approached friends and colleagues who were already admitted to programs at Harvard and Columbia, asking who they would recommend as the best guide through the application process. I kept getting the same answer, delivered with overwhelmingly positive praise: Eli David. I reached out to Ivy, and we started working together on my application. Eli provided support that was nothing short of amazing. His advice, guidance, strategic insight and encouragement to share personal stories I would have never thought to put forward in an MBA application, were invaluable. Equally important, Eli provided unmatched support during the stressful application process. He was highly responsive, answered texts in no-time and was always quick to hop on a call. ...
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    Class of 2012 Admit
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  • Great Professional With Great Results!
    3 weeks ago
    Before choosing to go with Eli, I had checked other admission consultants. Most looked at my dry credentials and concluded I have little chance of being admitted to one of the 5 top B-school and recommended to take a few "safety schools" from the bottom of the list. Eli was the one who truly believed in me and gave me the confidence I needed, making me feel like I was the only candidate he worked with. The first time my “story” was essentially and holistically examined was during my first call with Eli, who offered a complex, data and experience-driven analysis of my chances of being admitted to several target schools. His many years of experience give him an unparalleled advantage. Today, I can wholeheartedly say ...
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    Amir A
    MBA Class of 2012 Admit
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  • Interviews @ 4/5 Top Schools Applied
    4 weeks ago
    First of all - results. Applied to HBS, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, and CBS. Interviews at 4/5. After the interview, it's up to you, so I will save the details for where I am headed. Can't say enough about Eli. He is absolutely the right person to have on your side. It's hard to review a service like a bschool consultant, because most people will only use one consultant in their lifetime. However, if I were applying again, I'd choose Eli again without hesitation. Bschool applicants are all capable of writing their own application. With that being said, I did not want a person to just look over my essays. Eli spent most of his time listening to my life stories, and helping me figure out myself. ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Exceptional Consultant That Delivers Unbelievable Results
    1 month ago
    I worked with David at a rigorous timeline to submit my applications to GSB and Berkeley. David is extremely detailed, professional and strives to perfection in all aspects of the application process. Through the process, he accompanied and helped me in every step of the way. He provided excellent feedback and guidelines in each step of the application. Moreover, he made every detail in my application shine. David helped me to bring the best of me to the application and the interview. David invests above and beyond in terms of time and effort in each step of the process, always available for questions. To me, he became a mentor and guide in this complex process. I can honestly say that I wouldn't have been able ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Great & Tailored Coach - Admitted At GSB
    2 months ago
    Eli helped me with my application on Stanford. While my situation was clearly not the easiest, Eli took the time to listen to me and build a great story. During the interview preparation, he tailored my speech and gave me the hints to answer to the great diversity of questions that can be asked during a Stanford interview. I must say that it was painful but helpful. The D Day, I was not surprised at all and could shine as Eli already helped me prepare all the topics that the interviewer wanted to tackle. Apart from a great coach, Eli is also a good person who will take his time to answer to any of your questions without counting his time. I finally got admitted to ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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