Lisa Cummings

MBA Admissions Consultant

Stratus Admissions Counseling

Massachusetts

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

For thirteen years Lisa was a member of the admissions committee at the MIT Sloan School of Management. There she read thousands of applications across all industries and geographies and interviewed hundreds of candidates for the two year MBA, Masters of Finance, Leaders for Global Operations, Sloan Fellows and EMBA programs.

Lisa spent the early part of her career as an institutional equity analyst at Prudential Securities. She then moved to US Trust where she was started her tenure as an equity analyst. She later became the Vice President and Treasurer of the UST Private Equity Investors Fund, Inc. as part of the team that raised and managed a $40 million fund invested in privately held companies and venture capital and LBO funds. She then moved to Tenneco where she was the Director of Investor Relations. Over several years, she worked closely with company management and Wall Street analysts to help guide investors through the company’s transformation from four business segments to two and then the firm’s ultimate split into two independent companies.

Lisa earned a BA in Political Science from Wellesley College and MBA with a concentration in finance from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. She initially thought she wanted to be a lawyer, then decided business was a better fit for her. In college she was the Sports Editor of the the Wellesley News and played rugby. At Cornell she was a Vice President of the Finance Club and captain of the women’s ice hockey team.

An avid traveler, she spent lots of time in the Middle East while in college. More recently she visits Spain often and loves and has lived in Madrid. Lisa has been skiing since she could walk and as an adult started to study Spanish, became an avid soccer fan and took up tennis. She has played on and captained competitive women’s tennis teams for many years.

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
Application
Interview Prep
Scholarship Negotiation and Waitlist Strategy (if needed)

Standard Package

1 School: $5600

2 Schools: $7300

3 Schools: $8900

Feature 4+ School Guarantee*

4 Schools: $10400

5 Schools: $11800

6 Schools: $13100

7 Schools: $14300

School Add-On: $1800

Location: Massachusetts, United States

Email: consult@stratusadmissions.com

Website: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com/

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Lisa Is The BEST - Admitted To HBS & Other M7s With $$$
    2 months ago
    I HIGHLY recommend Lisa for your MBA application journey. I did significant due diligence with ALL of the admissions consulting firms/consultants, and knew right away that Lisa & the whole Stratus Admissions team was the real deal. Lisa's greatest strength is that she's not afraid to tell you what you NEED to hear. I personally attest to the outstanding coaching & mentorship Lisa provided.
    Class of 2026 Admit
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  • Lisa Cummings: The Best Investment In Your Application
    11 months ago
    Like many aspiring MBA applicants, I "shopped around" for an admissions consultant by listening to webinars, capitalizing on free consultations, and reading online reviews. Stratus immediately stood out to me not only because of their team-based approach and proven track record of success but also because they were the one counseling team that encouraged me to apply to reach programs and didn't try to use scare tactics on me. I had a 'fit' call with Lisa and knew that her experiences and personality were exactly what I wanted from an admissions consultant. I could easily write paragraphs upon paragraphs about how truly invaluable she was to my application process, but I'll focus on what I found to be the four greatest benefits of working with ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Lisa Was Fantastic, Truly
    1 year ago
    Lisa was an absolute superstar through this entire process, and beyond. She not only did an amazing job of guiding me through voicing my own story, but helped me create an amazing application for school but also aiding me as I reflected on life and what I wanted from my future, all without being overly hands-on. I cannot thank her enough for everything. After I was accepted, she then continued to make herself available as I spoke through a few important decisions. It felt as though she were a mentor and even a friend by the end of the process.
    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Lisa Cummings: The MBA Consultant You Want To Work With
    1 year ago
    I received several M7 acceptances with Lisa's help. Her biggest strength is that she will help you put your best foot forward on each application and every interview you will get. Lisa understands admissions at b-schools. She has years of experience in admissions at a top business school. She understands what admissions offices look for in b-school candidates. Lisa is excellent at identifying your strengths, weaknesses, and story. She spends a great deal of time learning about you, your background, what makes you tick, accomplishments you are proud of, and the strengths to highlight and the weaknesses to minimize on your application. This personal touch, tied in with her deep knowledge of b-school admissions, is an excellent combination to create a winning formula to present yourself ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Solid Investment Toward MBA Admissions - Lisa Is Great!
    2 years ago
    Overall, Stratus was a great investment toward my MBA admissions and Lisa Cummings is awesome to work with. I applied to six schools total R1, two using Stratus. I interviewed with 5/6, was accepted by 3/6 with $$-$$$, and was waitlisted at 1/6. I will be attending an M7 with an $80k scholarship next year (one of the schools I worked on with Lisa). After months of debating whether I should hire an admissions consultant and setting up informational interviews with multiple companies (including Stacy Blackman, Fortuna, MBAMission, Career Protocol, and MBA Prep School), I ultimately chose Stratus for their team-based approach to reviewing candidates' materials and the fact that their consultants were realistic but optimistic. What turned me off about some of the other consulting ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Lisa Cummings: Awesome Coach & Partner In My Application Process
    2 years ago
    Lisa was an incredible pleasure to work with. I had a low GPA due to several health issues through college, and Lisa knew exactly how to structure my applications to speak to them in a constructive light, which paid incredible dividends. She was also a great resource for gut-checking my assumptions and feelings; she didn't shy away from letting me know if a given school was going to be a stretch or if another would be more in my ballpark, which I really appreciated. If you're looking for a consultant who will give it to you straight while also being one of the greatest supporters in your journey, I couldn't recommend Lisa enough!!
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Choose Lisa - It's Worth It
    2 years ago
    Lisa shared insights and actionable feedback throughout the application process to help me put my best foot forward from early conversations on ways to strengthen my overall profile to essay outlining and interview prep. There were a few earlier essays where Lisa was particularly helpful in identifying critical background that I needed to share with the reader in a non-industry-jargony way to best tell my story. While there are maybe three types of MBA interviews, I really appreciated the practice interview with different questions available for every school where I received an invite. Although I only planned to apply in R1, Lisa was flexible in letting me submit applications for some schools in R1 and working with me on R2. I learned about Stratus through ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • 5 Star Review For Lisa Cummings
    2 years ago
    For those interested in business school admissions consulting services, look no further than Lisa Cummings of Stratus Admissions Counseling. It is hard to describe how immensely helpful Lisa was in helping me apply to MBA programs this fall. When it came to the essays, Lisa continually pushed me to uncover my personal story for WHAT my career goals were and WHY I wanted to get my MBA. She was always frank yet constructive in her feedback, something I really appreciated. She also returned her feedback very quickly; there was never a time that I could not move forward on my essays because I was waiting for a response from her. Moreover, before I started working with Lisa, my resume was outdated and in no shape to ...
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    Class of 2024 Admitted
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  • A Great Coach, Highly Recommend
    2 years ago
    I was a re-applicant to several schools this cycle and was looking for targeted hourly help on a couple of schools. Stratus's flexible packages were just what I needed and Lisa especially was instrumental in helping me put my best foot forward the second time around. Haas was one of the schools I received direct help on and ended up getting accepted with a scholarship. Lisa was a great counselor and supporter throughout the process - from helping me update my Resume, to developing coherent & concise essays, to Interview preparation. Moreover, I always felt that Lisa was very flexible in he approach and available to support me in any way possible. I would highly recommend Lisa and the Stratus Admissions team.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Understood Me Immediately
    3 years ago
    I come from a nontraditional background and underestimated my strengths when comparing myself to other candidates with traditional MBA backgrounds. Lisa understood who I was and what I would bring to an MBA class immediately. She helped me formulate a pitch that was true, cohesive, and compelling. She gave me the (often tough) feedback I needed to hear and always got back to me quickly and with concise notes. With Lisa, I was able to create essays that I was extremely proud of and certainly wouldn't have iterated to on my own. I truly feel like I submitted my absolute best application possible school thanks to Lisa's help. I would highly recommend Lisa to anyone who is serious about putting the work in to craft ...
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    Class of 2023 Waitlist
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  • Lisa Cummings - Best Balance of Coach & Cheerleader
    3 years ago
    When applying for business school, I was most anxious about writing essays that had the power to tell admissions exactly who I was in the matter of a few hundred words. Working with Stratus, and Lisa in particular, gave me confidence knowing I put my absolute best forward in a clear and coherent way for admissions. Lisa was an easy choice given her extensive experience working in admissions herself. Her feedback not only gave me a second set of eyes on my essays but more importantly, comments and questions an admissions rep at my target school would also have. Lisa was instrumental in keeping me on track in terms of deadlines and really lessened my anxiety around the process, knowing I had someone to provide ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Lisa Is An Exceptional Story Development Coach. Highly Recommend
    3 years ago
    I spent a significant amount of time researching MBA consultants. I was overwhelmed by my options and wanted to ensure that I picked the right partner given the time and financial investment required. I read hundreds of reviews and set up at least 15 phone calls with different people before finding Lisa Cummings. Initially, I was skeptical but after reading her reviews, it became apparent that Lisa is a critical thinker and excellent communicator with a proven record of helping candidates get into top MBA programs. Her relevant experience working in admissions for more than 15 years at MIT and graduating from my dream school (Cornell Johnson) was enough to catch my attention – I had to contact her. Her and ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Lisa is An Amazing Coach I Would Recommend to Others!
    4 years ago
    Lisa is an amazing consultant and an excellent coach for prospective MBA candidates. As a Forte Foundation MBALaunch participant, I had access to various consulting companies via webinars starting in February. Through watching these webinars and doing phone screenings with multiple consulting companies, I decided that the Stratus Personal Strategy format, their four-school guarantee, and their proven success record made Stratus the best consulting partner for me to work with. I had heard Lisa speak on the Forte webinars and her personality and background made her the perfect match for me. I signed up with Stratus in February and therefore had eight months to work on my applications before the round one deadline. Working with Lisa was a terrific experience. Lisa’s many years of experience were ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Excellent Coach with Direct & Actionable Feedback
    4 years ago
    I could not be happier with my choice to work with Lisa Cummings and Stratus in my MBA application process! I was not ready to financially commit to a comprehensive consulting package, so I booked the 5hr package with Lisa after speaking with a few different companies. Lisa was extremely respectful of my need to make the most out of each hour with her, and even suggested ways to do so along the way. At the end of my 5hr package, I was so pleased with Lisa’s help that I purchased an additional hr to support interview prep. In all our interactions, Lisa provided incredibly direct, specific, and actionable feedback, truly looking to maximize my gain. For example, we had a half-hour call to discuss the ...
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    Class of 2022 Applicant
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  • Highly Recommend Lisa!
    4 years ago
    When I was looking for a consultant, I knew I wanted someone who would help me uncover my story. Lisa did that – she would ask me questions to help figure out the best way to tell my story. Whenever I had ideas about how to structure my essays or the examples I wanted to share, she would talk through them with me and challenge me to strengthen my thoughts. Additionally, her insights into the programs I was applying to were really helpful for framing my story in the most productive way so it still felt true to me, but would make sense to admissions. Finally, Lisa is very responsive and supportive. The application process can be overwhelming, but Lisa made it feel very manageable. ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Lisa Cummings!
    4 years ago
    I interviewed 6 MBA application advisory firms before selecting Stratus because of their proven track record of success, their team-oriented operating model, and their support for women. As a Forte Foundation member, I saw Stratus present in multiple webinars, conferences, and office hours sessions. Every interaction with one of their Stratus reps was productive and positive. Within Stratus, Lisa had the most relevant experience with my target schools at the top MBA programs. I worked with Lisa for 6 months during my MBA application journey and was thoroughly impressed by her expertise in the industry, her targeted feedback, and her kind demeanor. She frequently responded with detailed feedback within 12 hours (well within the Stratus SLA) and, most importantly, she challenged me to produce even higher-quality ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Top Commitment & Expertise
    5 years ago
    The admissions process is long and demanding. As a foreigner and quite older than the average applicant, it was clear to me that contracting an admissions counselor was an investment, not an expense. I evaluated carefully different admission consultants: Stratus stood out among all due to their personalized approach and their substantial expertise. I feel they really listened to my personal needs and concerns; for example, I requested to interview my potential counselor to provide my approval before starting the engagement and they were happy to accommodate it. I finally signed up for the two schools package and was paired up with Lisa Cummings as my primary advisor. I could not be happier! Lisa went the extra mile to understand my background and goals and ensured ...
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    Marta Matosas
    MS Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Lisa Is The Best Admissions & Career Consultant I've Worked With!!
    5 years ago
    Lisa is the best admissions and career consultant I've worked with!! Here is a brief background of mine. I went to a liberal arts college and I majored in Economics. I was hoping to get into a solid Master of Science in Finance program so that I could concentrate on gaining technical skills. Stratus seemed to have good reviews, so I thought about giving it a try by having a conversation with one of their consultants first (the first session was free) I ended up speaking with Lisa over the phone during my first session, and I knew I wanted to work with her immediately after our call. If you are interested in going to a top business school, I highly recommend Lisa for three reasons. ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Excellent Coaching Brought Clarity & Direction
    5 years ago
    I highly recommend Stratus overall and in particular would recommend Lisa Cummings who helped coach me through essays, resume, and interview prep. I was accepted into MIT and believe she was essential to that process. Lisa was firm in her direction and keeping me on pace, yet patient with my more nuanced questions that came up. A good consultant is not writing your essay or resume but is ensuring you are presenting the best possible version of yourself. Lisa taught me to think of it as a branding exercise – does your story make sense, are your themes coherent, are you speaking directly to the program of interest. I spoke with a half dozen consultants plus two at Stratus before making a decision. These types ...
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    Dan Reilly
    MBA
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