School Admissions or Administration
Los Angeles, California
Net Promoter Score: 10
I’ve been on the other side of the table for over 10 years, sitting in admissions committees and holding the final decision of ‘accept’ or ‘deny’ for thousands of MBA applicants. I know what it takes to get into the top business schools. I can differentiate the stellar application from the mediocre, the one with the good story from the one with just high test scores, the one that tells you about their determination to succeed from the one who is unprepared for the challenge of business school.
I have an MBA from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business and an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Franciscan University of Steubenvile in Ohio.
Headquartered in Southern California, with talented admissions consultants in North America, Europe, and Asia, Accepted can assist you, no matter where you are. With a staff of former admissions directors, published authors, and experienced consultants, we’ve been helping MBA applicants to top business schools for more than 20 years. We know the admissions biz. We know how to help you get accepted.
We offer comprehensive application packages as well as flat-rate and hourly options for “ala carte” services like essay editing, interview prep, resumes, and waitlist guidance. You can also start on a flat-rate basis and then switch to hourly plans for later work. Plus, we encourage new clients to start with a small purchase, like one hour, and then if they like us, purchase more or upgrade to packages. Check out our flexible service options at http://www.accepted.com/mba/services.
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
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I worked with Esmeralda Cardenal during the entire admissions process and applied to four schools. I had worked with consulting services before, but have always been kind of disappointed with the results. I was definitely a little doubtful at first but decided to give it a shot because I wasn’t confident in my ability in submitting an application that brought out my best. I realize after going through the process that I absolutely would not have achieved what I did without her assistance and support. She was an integral part of my applications, especially with the multiple essays required by the schools. I needed help crafting a story that highlighted my strengths and depicted why I need a graduate degree, and that’s exactly what Esmeralda did. Sometimes we sent the essays back and forth four or five times, but she was detailed and patient each time in pointing out the things that could be further improved. I didn’t think I was a very strong candidate because I didn’t have a stellar GPA and have never worked in large companies, but with her help, I got accepted to McCombs’s MSM and Fuqua’s MMS program. Still waiting on one more, but I already know I’m going to Duke because I also received a pretty great scholarship!! Definitely never imagined I would be a scholarship candidate, especially since I applied during the second to last deadline. It’s hard to put into words how amazing she’s been during this process. If I were to pursue further studies or have friends that are looking for consulting services, I would undoubtedly recommend Esmeralda and Accepted to them. Many many thanks to Esmeralda and the Accepted team. Please continue to do what you guys do so that students like myself are one step closer to their dreams and goals!!
Every year I meet five to eight people that change my life. Esmeralda is one. She has been instrumental in obtaining my acceptance into London Business School and Columbia, and separately, her advice has advanced my career: big kudos to Esmeralda. You want her in your support network.
I could not have done it without Esmeralda! Round 1 was a complete bust for me. I underestimated the MBA process and did not know what I was doing and, I had the results to prove it.
I am so grateful I was matched with Esmeralda for my R2 applications. She helped me strategize and maximize my story to highlight my strengths. I went from receiving rejections in RI to receiving interview invites from every school I applied to in R2, and I will be attending a T10 program with almost a full-ride scholarship this fall!
Esme went above and beyond to help me. She was extremely flexible with her schedule, especially for my last-minute interview prep. She pushes you and encourages you to pull out the gold in your story and will help you polish it to set you apart.
My only regret is that I didn’t find Esme sooner – my R1 results probably would have been different if I had her help.
Working with Esme was one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I highly recommend her.
I worked with Esmeralda on interview preparation, specifically for Wharton’s TBD. The diverse and engaging group that Accepted gathered for the mock group interview efficiently prepared me and made me feel much more comfortable in the real thing. Esmeralda listened in during the session and provided immediate feedback to each candidate right after the interview ended. As a result, I will be going to Wharton this fall!
I am not exaggerating when I say that I could not have gone through the B-school application process without Esmeralda’s help. From the first consultation, I knew Esmeralda was going to be a great fit. She was attentive to my goals, had the experience that I needed to guide me, and was familiar with my target MBA programs. Through Esmeralda’s guidance, I applied through the Consortium first round – something which I would not have thought to do on my own. Esmeralda pushed me to think about my goals and the best fit for my school. She was incredibly helpful in reviewing my essays and helping to make my voice and perspective stand out. I found her interview coaching very helpful as well – I went into all my interviews feeling prepared and confident. Because of my work with Esmeralda, I was accepted to my top schools with full rides at both of them. Esmeralda always responded quickly to my inquiries and was accommodating of my schedule. She even worked on the weekends with me when I needed last-minute help close to my deadlines. I am incredibly grateful to Esmeralda and Accepted. I would highly recommend an MBA consultant – it was well worth the investment.
My experience with Esme was absolutely superior. To make it simple I would argue this based on three key pieces of evidence from my own experience. First, Esme was straightforward in our communication. She was honest and clear, two aspects that are fundamental when you are applying to pursue your MBA at a top business school around the world. She was completely engaged in what was best for me, the candidate. Second, she provides top quality comments and advice in a very short period of time. Although we worked always with a good margin of time, this fast pace on working allowed us to make as many turns and tweaks as possible. Lastly, she was always very nice, something valuable as applying to business school might become stressful at some point. I would absolutely recommend working with Esmeralda!
Before I speak any good things about Accepted and Esmeralda, please see my results:
I got accepted by an S16 business school in NY, where I always wanted to start my MBA. I also got accepted by 6 other top 25 schools. I received a full scholarship, 40% scholarship, and 60% scholarship from some schools I applied to. Oh, by the way, I basically finished all these schools applications within two or three weeks.
I was talking to a few admission service providers around mid-Dec 2018, a few days before Christmas. I decided to work with Esmeralda because she appeared more willing to help while other providers’ attitude was like “ok if you want me I will help otherwise I have other customers too”. Also, Esmeralda talked to me about options I could take based on my interest and financial situations. She didn’t oversell me anything at all. So to me, it was an easy decision to make. And based on my final results, I made the right decision.
Esmeralda basically led the entire process when I worked with her. She knew how I should approach the essays, pick my stories, focus on my strength in writing, and simplify certain points on my resume. In summary, she knows her stuff and knows how to utilize those to maximize my odds.
Esmeralda was willing to help during late nights and holidays. Dec is definitely an inconvenient month since many applications are usually due in Jan. But Esmeralda managed to deliver all her thoughts, comments, and corrections in a very timely manner.
I never had a struggling moment, or tension, with Esmeralda. She’s professional and patient, and I trust her with all the decisions and picks. I will suggest any candidates to trust good providers, such as Esmeralda – understand her feedback, respect her comments, and follow accordingly.
A year ago I was desperate looking for help to make my applications and full of stress because I was not able to dedicate all the time I wanted to my MBA dream. Then Esmeralda appear! For the first time, I was able actually to count with someone and to find some guidance during the process. It was the first time that I heard about Georgetown and the world full of possibilities. Unfortunately, I was not able to finish my application, I got “burned out” because of my work and in the end, I was frustrated because besides been sick I had accomplished nothing. But there, it was you who understand and gave the chance of trying again. I have to confess that after finish my last of three applications a couple of days ago, I cry a bit. Finally, I was able to do it, and it was thanks to Esmeralda, and that is why I wanted to s hare this words even without knowing if I am going to be admitted to any school. I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and highlight some of the aspects that I consider make Esmeralda’s advice unique, sincere and incomparable. 1. It’s not about making the essays, is about discover our strengths and share them. Here I was not a client that deliver a description and received an essay NO! Here I was a person, advice by another who patiently was guiding the process. Here I learned not only about MBA applications but about how to write an essay, how to make a video, how to handle an interview. 2. This a service of excellence. The knowledge of the consultant is amazing. They know what they are talking about. They can offer new possibilities and suggest new schools and different approaches always through a delicate but very direct feedback. 3. The level of commitment is incredible. I always received my essays on time even sometimes before t he date. I always received answer for my emails immediately, and I never felt alone, I always feel the presence and the motivation of Esmeralda 4. I feel that is worth it. I have, to be honest; it is not easy to pay because it is a lot of money, but it totally deserves it. The help is fantastic. Finally, I would make a special thank Esmeralda. It is hard to describe in words for another language the gratitude that I have for her. Her words were always a motivation to do not give up, to go ahead and try. It did not matter how many times we had to review something; the objective was to achieve the best essay, the best answer. Different from other experience here, thanks to Esmeralda, I never feel like a client, I feel more like a student in a school in which my teacher really care about me. I was surprised how well Esmeralda got to know me, how she was able to memorize all my life, all my goals, all my dreams and have a pool of options ready for a new essay, f or a new school. It was so great working with her, that I have to confess that I am going to miss that!
I hired the essay editing service from Accepted and was assigned Esmeralda as my consultant. She showed a deep knowledge and understanding of the specifics of the business schools I was applying to and helped me realise the aspects of my profile that I needed to highlight. Additionally, her recommendations were very practical, which made things very easy. She also answered my emails extremely fast, it was like having someone dedicated only to me! I felt she was genuinely interested in helping me. I was finally accepted in all of the programs I applied to! Couldn’t have done it without her
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