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Los Angeles, California

United States

Net Promoter Score: 10

Consultant Bio

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.

Company Information

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.


Menu of Services and Associated Costs

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

Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

Phone: 310-815-9553



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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Amazing in Every Way!!
    4 months ago
    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 ...
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    Yuhui Zhang
    MS Class of 2021 Admit
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  • You Want Esmeralda In Your Support Network
    7 months ago
    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.
    Sloan Sainas
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • One of The Best Investments I've Ever Made
    8 months ago
    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 ...
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    H. J.
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Effective Prep Got Me Into My Dream School
    9 months ago
    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!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Definitely Recommend - Couldn't Have Done It Without Esmeralda
    12 months ago
    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 ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Best Advice in the Appropriate Moment
    1 year ago
    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 ...
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    Nico Bascunan
    MBA Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Ace Consultant & Agency
    2 years ago
    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 ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E
    4 years ago
    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 ...
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    Class of 2017 Anonymous
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  • Great advice
    4 years ago
    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
    Class of 2016 Admit
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