Jessica B.

Principal Consultant

MBA Exchange

United States

Consultant Bio

Jessica is an MBA graduate of Columbia Business School. She began working with prospective MBAs as a GMAT instructor for Princeton Review, and interviewed candidates for Columbia Business School.  Prior to joining The MBA Exchange, her professional experience included healthcare consulting, private and investment banking, as well as editorial and business development roles with The Condé Nast Publications and She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Jessica speaks fluent Italian and conversational Spanish and French.

Company Information

Founded in 1996, our performance has been independently reported by a Certified Public Accounting firm. We proudly lead all 73 firms ranked on with the highest number of admits and 4+ star ratings. We’re the first firm in the admissions consulting industry to provide such proof of performance. Furthermore, we are accredited with an A+ Rating for service quality by the Better Business Bureau, recognizing us for a complaint-free record of client satisfaction.

We know that applicants have full-time jobs, family obligations and a social life. So, The MBA Exchange remains accessible to them seven days a week, including evenings and holidays. We respond to our clients within hours, not days.

We feature more former admissions professionals, adcoms, evaluators and interviewers from more schools than any other firm in the world. Our consultants come from Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Chicago, Tuck, Kellogg, Yale, Cornell, Fuqua, INSEAD, London Business School and other top schools. These professionals are committed exclusively to The MBA Exchange and to your admissions success. You get the intimate 1-on-1 service of a boutique plus the resources of an entire firm.

Our team includes seasoned business professionals with the experience to help differentiate you from your competitors. Regardless of your industry or function, our consultants have either worked in it, consulted to it, or helped applicants from it crack top b-schools. Some of our consultants are full-time while others have complementary business interests that add freshness and energy to the engagement. Our team is based in 11 countries worldwide and has served clients from over 70 countries. We have an intimate understanding of the nuances and subtleties of nationality, ethnicity and culture.

We don’t dole out personalized admissions guidance via blogs, podcasts and online forums for applicants who are competing against our clients. We also don’t publish guides or books that would only dilute the effectiveness of proven strategies by helping thousands of other applicants. At The MBA Exchange, our sole focus is on you and your admissions success. Our expertise becomes your competitive advantage. We put our customized guidance to work exclusively for the benefit of each client on our limited roster, not their competitors.

The best way to begin your MBA admissions journey is with our candid assessment of your competitive strengths, vulnerabilities and target schools. No cost, no obligation. Just visit our website and tell us about yourself.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Gaining admission to highly selective business schools requires a combination of analysis, planning strategic guidance and tactical support. Our Comprehensive Consultation ensures that your admissions campaign will be authentic, effective and efficient, from start to finish.


  • GMAT and GRE test preparation
  • Test anxiety counseling
  • Social media profile optimization
  • Translation services
  • Video essay coaching
  • Interview coaching
  • Team-based discussion prep
  • Waitlist coaching & support
  • AppCheck™ application review
  • Post-admit background verification
  • MyAdcom™ application test
  • Ding analysis and feedback

Location: United States

Phone: +1 888-305-5553



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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • The best help I never thought I needed
    3 weeks ago
    Maybe you're like me and think you don't need a consultant. Maybe you just peruse on P&Q for the school insights. Maybe you think your application is strong enough, or you're writing is perfect, or you don't need the support. Do yourself a favor and just reach out for a quick, free chat with Jessica. You'll realize right away how wrong you were! I never thought I was a candidate that would benefit from a consultant, and always felt that my money would be better spent on something else. However, after underestimating the applications and failing to be accepted anywhere in 2017, I started to think about reaching out to find a consultant on my wavelength. I found exactly that in Jessica, who helped me apply ...
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  • Jessica is amazing and a true partner!!
    1 month ago
    Jessica was my consultant and got me into my dream school. Ok so you guys might think: oh ok what else? Well let me tell you something about Jessica from someone who got lots of feedback from friends working with other consultants: Jessica was always there supporting me even when I was doubting myself: she was there, when I thought I was on my own: Jessica was there sending me a quick email to say hey good luck on your test or hey wanna catch up and talk more about your essay? Some people might think oh ok I hired a consultant and the help is good really it was a bit overpriced..guys trust me you won't have this thought with Jessica! Everything she helped ...
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  • Accepted to GSB and HBS with Jessica's help
    2 months ago
    Jessica was a fantastic consultant, I can't recommend her enough! The application process is challenging and stressful, and Jessica's advice throughout was invaluable. She provided candid and direct feedback while also acting as a constant source of support and encouragement. She has a tremendous amount of knowledge about the application process but brings a very personal touch to her work. She really takes the time to understand you as an applicant so that all advice is tailored to your goals. Jessica really went above and beyond to support me over several months of work, and with her help I was admitted to my two top choices. Thank you for everything, Jessica!
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  • Constant support
    2 months ago
    Jessica is an amazing admissions consultant. Not only does she have very good ideas when reviewing essays, but she also becomes a confident with whom to share your concerns and projects. She never hesitated to ask how I was doing or whether she could be of any greater help. Her interest in my success was genuine, and I am sure that that is the case with everyone she works with. She is not just a consultant, she is part of your team. This last year has been quite a ride, but after a long deliberation I am now ready to start my MBA at a M7 school. I now consider Jessica not only as an amazing professional but as an incredibly helpful friend!
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  • Accepted at my dream school with a scholarship
    2 months ago
    I started the application process for 2018 R2 late in the cycle and felt I was very underprepared. Throughout the engagement, Jessica was extremely diligent, thorough and direct in her approach. Her feedback was invaluable in helping me bringing out my best stories and building a tight narrative. I was delighted when I was accepted at my top choice (Yale SOM) with a merit scholarship. Working with Jessica was hands down the best decision I made in this successful journey and I strongly recommend her to all applicants who are looking for a brilliant, no-nonsense consultant.
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  • Rockstar Consultant
    3 months ago
    Jessica went above and beyond to support me throughout my application journey. From helping me create a list of target schools (and supporting me every time I changed my mind) to helping me craft my story, she was there 100%. I was a bit of an emotional wreck from time to time, but she still had my back. To anyone wondering whether an admissions consultant is right for you - don't hesitate and partner with Jessica. Even for the most qualified of applicants the process takes its toll, and having a strong support system can be immensely helpful. Jessica, thank you for all your help throughout these many months! I'm Haas-bound!
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  • She made applying to business school as easy as possible
    3 months ago
    Applying to business school is difficult and stressful. You invest a ton of time for an uncertain outcome. Enter Jessica. Jessica made applying to business school as simple as possible. She laid out a series of steps and a timeline and ensured I followed it, even when work and life got busy. She was very attentive in reviewing my drafts and direct (but encouraging) with her feedback. I heard today that I was admitted to Tuck, and I would not have been able to do it without her.
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  • Accepted to MIT Sloan as Reapplicant
    4 months ago
    As a re-applicant looking at very competitive schools, I knew I needed someone with the knowledge and experience to help me achieve my MBA dreams. In comes Jessica. From the first conversation, I could tell she was an expert in MBA Admissions. She helped me refine my story, and was able to worked around my busy schedule to hit numerous ambitious R1 deadlines. She is extremely knowledgeable, and her feedback was always insightful and very actionable. Her directness (partnered with tactfulness) and knowledge made my applications much stronger, and was vital in my getting into MIT Sloan and Tuck. I'm so excited to be attending my dream school of MIT Sloan this fall, and I couldn't have done it without her help (I wasn't even ...
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  • Accepted to my one and only choice
    4 months ago
    I knew I needed a consultant when I started filling out my CBS EMBA application. I researched a lot and then with the help of a lot of wonderful reviews I decided to approach MBA exchange. Their services are impeccable. Alex and Scott were very helpful and provided me with all the information regarding their services. They were quick to answer all my questions. When I requested to work with a specific consultant Jessica Burlingame because of her health care background they were more than happy to honor my request. On my first meeting with Jessica I knew we would work well together. She is very knowledgeable about the entire process and I think without her help I wouldn’t have been able to get into ...
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  • Fantastic Feedback and Support!
    5 months ago
    I decided to focus on and apply only to my dream school in round 1. Jessica diligently put together timelines and helped to ensure that I stuck to those in our consulting period. I reached out ad hoc numerous times for advice about anything and everything in the MBA process and her advice was always STELLAR. I ultimately got in to the only (top!) school that I applied to. Thanks, Jessica! She was also a pleasure generally to work with as well.
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