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Lisa Cummings

MBA Admissions Consultant

Stratus Admissions Counseling


United States

Net Promoter Score: 10

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

stratus admissions counselling

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: $4,950

2 Schools: $6,450

3 Schools: $7,850

Feature 4+ School Guarantee*

4 Schools: $9,150

5 Schools: $10,350

6 Schools: $11,450

7 Schools: $12,450

School Add-On: $1,700

Location: Massachusetts, United States

Email: consult@stratusadmissions.com

Website: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com/

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Lisa Cummings - Best Balance of Coach & Cheerleader
    2 months 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
    2 months 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!
    1 year 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
    1 year 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!
    1 year 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!
    1 year 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
    2 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!!
    2 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
    2 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
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