Joe Farr

Admissions Consultant

Stratus Admissions Counseling

Malibu, California

United States

Net Promoter Score: 8

Consultant Bio

Are you an MBA candidate with a non-traditional background? Joe’s work experience is in sports and entertainment, both while in college and throughout his career. He was a four-year team manager for the Duke University Men’s Basketball team as an undergraduate student. Upon graduation, Joe interned for the Atlantic Coast Conference and Home Team Sports en route to working full time for ESPN in Programming. In addition to having come from an industry with little representation in MBA circles, Joe had to explain to the various admissions committees how his extracurricular activities affected his undergraduate grades — great training for helping applicants succeed in the tough MBA admissions process! While earning his MBA at the Yale School of Management, Joe was an admissions interviewer and served as a student ambassador at various prospective student events. Joe excels at helping clients set their goals for business school and beyond, and market themselves accordingly.

Joe specializes in admissions consulting for underrepresented minorities; for those on non-traditional career paths; and for those with low GPA/GMAT score.

Company Information

With Stratus Admissions Counseling, you don’t just work closely with an experienced MBA admissions consultant to optimize every part of your application.

You work with an entire team of specialists who provide extensive feedback throughout the process.

From crafting your essays to conducting mock interviews, this team-based approach ensures you stand out and get accepted into your dream business school.

We’ve successfully worked with applicants on Harvard Business School admissions, Stanford MBA admissions, and Wharton MBA admissions, among others.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Comprehensive MBA admissions consulting services with a team of dedicated MBA consultants, primarily from top schools with a minimum of two years admissions experience. The team is made up of a Primary MBA Consultant, Senior Strategist, Secondary Reviewer, Qualified Proofreader, and Account Manager. Comprehensive guidance is offered per school to maximize chances of admission.
Consulting Includes:

School selection
Strategy Building
Profile & Resume Evaluation/Suggestions
Recommender Selection/Coaching
Essay Outlining
Essay Drafting
Essay Feedback
Essay Proofreading
Interview Prep
Scholarship Negotiation and Waitlist Strategy (if needed)

Standard Package

1 School: $5900

2 Schools: $7700

3 Schools: $9400

Feature 4+ School Guarantee*

4 Schools: $11000

5 Schools: $12200

6 Schools: $13200

7 Schools: $14000

School Add-On: $2100

Location: Malibu, California, United States



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  • Joe Farr Is An MBA Application Tactician - I Strongly Recommend Him
    2 months ago
    I had the privilege of working with Joe Farr and the Stratus team for R2 applications to the Class of 2026 intake, earning acceptance to my dream MBA program, as well as admittance to multiple other Top 10/15 business schools. This is truly a feat I could not have dreamed of prior to beginning my collaboration with Joe. Working with Joe was a massive blessing, and I am truly grateful I decided to do so. From the onset and throughout the entire process, Joe demonstrated genuine, unwavering support and belief in my MBA aspirations. Before we worked together, I was anxiety-ridden over the entire MBA application process - so much information about applications exists online, that I found it difficult to discern fact from fiction. Joe ...
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    Class of 2026 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Joe Farr
    1 year ago
    I highly recommend Joe Farr to anyone aspiring to get into a top business school. Thanks to his guidance and expertise, I was admitted to Wharton received a $40,000 fellowship. Joe's assistance went beyond navigating the Stratus process; he provided invaluable insights into what I truly wanted out of life and business school. Through thoughtful discussions and probing questions, Joe helped me clarify my goals and aspirations. Joe played a crucial role in helping me overcome the obstacle of a low undergraduate GPA. His expertise in helping me present my strengths and weaknesses was instrumental in securing my acceptance to Ross, Tuck, Tepper, Kellogg, and Wharton. He guided me in showcasing my growth, leadership skills, and unique attributes that demonstrated my readiness for business school. Overall, Joe Farr's ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Consultant That Will Go The Extra Mile!
    1 year ago
    Joe and I worked together for almost a year crafting my story as a transitioning teacher. I had a very unique story to tell and he helped me learn more about myself and help shine myself in the best light possible to MBA schools. I had a very low GRE score which put me on the waitlist at many top-ranked schools. Joe was able to work with me to provide meaningful updates to those schools I was on the waitlist for and helped me with other schools I was applying to. Joe went the extra mile by providing meaningful advice on all the schools that I applied to, not just the ones I paid to work with him on! If you want someone who is ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Exceptional Service & Dedication
    1 year ago
    I had an amazing experience working with Joe as my admission consultant. He truly went above and beyond in every aspect of the application process. Despite the 15-hour time difference between China and the west coast of California where Joe was based, he was always prompt and responsive in answering all my questions, providing feedback on my essays, and guiding me on school selection. I remember having multiple drafts for my essays, and Joe took the time to provide detailed feedback for every single one of them. He patiently answered all my questions, even though I had a lot of them, and provided valuable insights and suggestions for improvement. As the submission deadline approached, I was amazed and truly grateful for Joe's quick turn-around time, even ...
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    Cathy Wang
    MBA Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Work With Joe!
    1 year ago
    Admittedly, I did not work with Joe in an official capacity. However, we went back and forth over email after a brief call, and he sent me lots of advice and links, and follow-up information. I felt like Joe really went the extra mile to help me out, even in an unofficial capacity. Due to Joe’s advice, I’ve received full tuition offers from a handful of top MBA programs. His advice was invaluable to me! I highly recommend working with Joe on your MBA applications.
    Lilah Kalfus
    MBA Class of 2025 Admit
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  • A Miracle Worker
    2 years ago
    I cannot thank Joe enough for being my consultant. I had my doubts about applying for any MBA Programs because I had a mediocre GRE score and very little work experience. Joe was very straightforward and gave me detailed constructive feedback for my resume, application, and interview. I only applied to one program during Round 3 and by some miracle, I got accepted into Haas. I know I couldn’t have done it without Joe. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking into competitive programs with a low GPA/Test score or little work experience.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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    4 years ago
    I recently worked with Joe Farr and he made my experience amazing! When I started the process I was so worried about my Essays because I am from Cuba and never wrote an Essay before, even more concerning applying for a top school. Joe worked with me for very long hours going back and forward with reviewed Essays. I haven't seen a person with such professionalism and integrity. I would recommend Joe to anybody looking to work with a consultant that has a brilliant mind and feels the process as his own. After working in a very tied schedule because I wanted to apply for round 1 and started the process very late, I told Joe I felt like going to war with ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Reliable & Knowledgeable Consultant
    5 years ago
    It was a great pleasure working with Joe! As a young applicant with a mediocre GPA, a relatively competitive but not stellar GMAT score, and a "soft-core" work experience, I had my doubts towards applying for business school. Joe helped me every step along the way in crafting up a good story to tell about myself. He was straightforward with my strengths and weaknesses and gave me detailed constructive feedback. Although none of the schools worked out in my five-school package, I got into Georgetown, which is still a top-notch program. I was well aware that my overall profile was at best neutral, if not weak, but I aced it with all the help from Joe. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking to ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Helpful, Reliable, & Knowledgeable
    5 years ago
    With Joe's help, I was able to get into all the schools I applied to. Joe was a great asset to have throughout the process, as he constantly offered great advice and constructive criticism on how I could improve my application. He was able to make my application stand out. I highly enjoyed working with Joe and would strongly recommend him to anyone looking to apply to MBA programs!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Great, Constructive Feedback & Knowledgeable
    5 years ago
    Working with Joe was great! He provided very constructive feedback on how best to tell my story. He worked with me every step of the way and took the time to get to know me and my experience to make sure my story was authentic to me. I really enjoyed working with him and would highly recommend him to anyone applying to b-school!
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