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Harold Simansky

Senior Consultant


Boston, Massachusetts

United States

Consultant Bio

A graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Harold Simansky offers his clients more than five years’ experience as a dedicated MBA admissions consultant, in addition to several years helping his colleagues complete their business school applications. His clients have been accepted at more than 30 different institutions, including all the top U.S. and international MBA programs. Among his success stories are applicants who “ran the table” and were granted admission to every school they targeted, as well as candidates with distinct backgrounds for whom Harold found programs that uniquely suited their personalities and needs.

At his graduation from MIT Sloan, Harold received the highly selective Martin Trust Community Fellowship before joining the private equity group at Bain & Company, where he worked on the largest media merger of all time. Upon leaving Bain, Harold founded a series of companies in such sectors as financial services, real estate development, green energy, online rewards, and print media. He also spent time consulting to a private equity firm in the building materials space.

Outside of work, Harold has kept busy as a member of his town’s government, a Little League coach, a board member for a nonprofit organization, and father to three lively young sons.

Company Information

mbaMission is the world’s leading MBA admissions consulting firm and the only one exclusively recommended by Manhattan Prep and Kaplan GMAT. Our dedicated, full-time Senior Consultants work one-on-one with business school candidates to identify and showcase their strongest attributes in their applications.

When applying to an elite MBA program, you need elite experience on your side. mbaMission’s full-time consultants are highly skilled communicators with comprehensive knowledge of the MBA admissions process, and helping you navigate that process to your fullest potential is our sole priority. You can be confident of having our undivided attention because admissions consulting is our exclusive focus. In pursuing your MBA, you are making an important investment in yourself, so choose a firm whose singular objective is helping you achieve your goals.

Our full-time team includes MBAs from all the top programs. Although you work exclusively with one dedicated consultant at mbaMission, you benefit from the experience and input of our entire team. Our consultants intercommunicate constantly, sharing information, ideas, feedback, and recommendations. We also conduct semimonthly meetings, require ongoing training, and hold an annual full-company conference, where we gather to discuss best practices and continue improving our skills and knowledge base. More than 20 full-time admissions experts combine their know-how and experience to advance your cause. We know that our being at the top of our game means you have the greatest chance of success, and together, our team will find the best ways to strengthen your application.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

One-on-one consultation services, comprehensive admissions, and school-specific guides, a robust blog, free eBooks, essay analyses, and other valuable resources—visit our Web site to find all that mbaMission offers.
Want to know your chances of being admitted to business school? Wondering how to differentiate yourself from other applicants? Sign up for a free, 30-minute consultation with an mbaMission Senior Consultant today!
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Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Phone: 646-485-8844



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  • Harold Knows All
    3 weeks ago
    Put as simply as possible, trust this man. Harold is largely responsible for my getting accepted to Johnson (Cornell) and for my career trajectory since then. He lives and breathes the admissions process and has a better idea of your strengths and weaknesses than you do. Trust this man, and he will guide you true.
    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • Incredible Working with Harold, Could Not Recommend More Highly
    4 weeks ago
    I struggle to emphasize just how impactful working with Harold was on my MBA application process. From the very first meeting to helping me choose between acceptances, Harold’s help and advice were invaluable. I started working with Harold in early June before Fall Round 1 deadlines. From the beginning, he was great about taking the intimidating MBA application process and breaking it down into simple steps with achievable timelines. Harold’s assistance in crafting my story and really honing in on my strengths and weaknesses and how they matched to my target schools set me up for success from the get-go. Harold’s impact on my application essays was extraordinary. Both in helping me with the big picture of the story I was trying to tell, and ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Encouraging, Thoughtful & Effective
    1 month ago
    Harold's thoughtful approach to my applications was clear from the start. He was extremely supportive, encouraging me to aim high and apply to Harvard Business School - which I will now be attending in the fall! I am certain I would not have received the offer without Harold's help. Prior to working with Harold, I had spoken to consultants from other firms who had been much less encouraging and suggested considering less competitive schools. Harold helped me clearly articulate my career goals and ambitions in my essays while ensuring my application remained personal. Working with Harold removed the stress and anxiety from the application process, and allowed me to focus on putting together the strongest application I could. He was quick, responsive, and always came back ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Harold Knows Best
    2 months ago
    I could not be more grateful for working with Harold. I approached him as an unconventional candidate, and at nearly the 11th hour before Round 2 deadlines. But no matter, Harold was at the ready. He assured me he was all-in for the final push across the finish line, and he wasn't kidding. Harold responded nimbly, providing a clear plan of action, ample encouragement, and generous availability. While working on my essays, Harold maintained a tight turnaround and constantly sharpened the content with specific and incisive notes. He had a firm grasp of each school and knew how to tailor my story to the personality and principles of each program. If I ever had a question, he was ready to jump on the phone as ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Instrumental in helping me land a seat at HBS!! Thank you Harold
    2 months ago
    Harold is a fantastic coach and I don’t know that I would have gotten my seat at Harvard Business School if it wasn’t for the strategic role he played in crafting my narrative for business schools. Early in the application process, Harold and I talked a lot about my target schools, my background, and my experiences that could lend to a strong application at each school. He helped me mold those into a clean personal/professional story and he coached me on how to articulate those succinctly in my applications. 5 out of 6 schools I applied to gave me an interview and I know that Harold’s help crafting each application to each school was key to that success. In addition to the technical stuff, Harold ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Excellent Listener, Extremely Efficient, Amazing Insights!
    2 months ago
    Background: I highly recommend choosing mbaMission, and Harold specifically. To provide some context, my application was an unusual one and Harold rose to the occasion remarkably. I’m from the Middle East. I have an engineering background and I have recently switched from Private to Public sector, and my goal from graduate school is to obtain a degree (or a dual degree) that focused on both policy and business. I started a bit late in the process. I submitted an application for the MPA/ID program at HKS in December. Then, I decided to apply for MIT Sloan, to be a dual degree with the program from my HKS. To hedge my bets, I also wanted to apply for the Master in Computational Analysis & Public Policy (MSCAPP) ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Choose Harold!
    2 months ago
    Harold was the best admissions consultant for me and he played a huge part in my success in getting accepted into Columbia Business School. Our work together focused on breaking the application process into individual components and developing a well though-out plan before any writing began. Harold and I were successful for the following reasons: Harold began the process by getting to know everything about me and took the time in the beginning to understand my story. Business school applications can be a very time-consuming and difficult process that requires organization and a well-thought-out plan before the writing process begins. In this way, he is remarkably efficient at time management and we saved a lot of time by getting fully acquainted with my story in the ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • A Consistently Supportive, Positive, & Responsive Coach
    2 months ago
    I don't know what I would have done without Harold during my MBA application process. I came from a highly non-traditional professional background and wasn't sure how my story would be received. Indeed, I spoke to consultants from other agencies and was flat-out told that my story "was really weird", along with a list of schools that I shouldn't bother applying to. In stark contrast, Harold was extremely encouraging and positive, and from the get-go, showing genuine interest and belief in my story and MBA goals. This made a huge difference in bolstering my confidence in the process. Beyond that, Harold was extremely responsive and communicative through both Round 1 and Round 2, as I shifted strategies and adjusted my list of schools. He was truly ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Worth The Investment - HBS & Wharton & Booth Admit
    2 months ago
    Harold was instrumental throughout my MBA application journey. Harold truly takes the success of his students as his own. I was shocked by the amount of dedication and energy he brought to presenting my application in the best light and his belief (and support) in me to finish all my application in round 1. From start to finish, Harold provided timely, constructive, and supportive opinions when reviewing my essays. I ultimately received admission to 3 of 3 MBA programs I applied to HBS, Wharton, and Booth (with a fellowship of over $100k). I could not have done this without Harold!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Excellent Consultant: Empathetic & Knowledgeable
    3 months ago
    I've been working with Harold for over a year now, and couldn't be more grateful for the support he's provided. From the get-go, he listened to my interests and passions and helped me find the unifying thread that brought that all together into a strong story. Harold is incredibly knowledgeable about different schools, the application process, and career paths. He has opinions about different programs, which is refreshing. He is able to balance making space for your own needs and desires while sharing his genuine thoughts. Having his expertise helped me feel stable within this opaque process. What I appreciate the most about Harold are his patience and empathy. Applying to an MBA program can be an anxiety-filled and emotional process. Through it all, Harold was ...
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