Maria started volunteering with the HBS admissions office when she was getting her MBA, helping organize events for prospective students. At those events, she’d invariably be asked: “Applications are due soon, and I’m stressing out, but I can’t afford a consultant! Can you help me?” Always happy to have an excuse to procrastinate from reading cases, she agreed.
That was over 15 years ago, and she’s been providing admissions advice ever since.
Maria founded ApplicantLab in order to level the playing field when it comes to MBA Admissions – expert advice shouldn’t cost a fortune!
ApplicantLab’s unique on-demand platform gives applicants all the advice they need to prepare strong applications in self-service format for one low price. After working through all of the advice modules, users who wish to receive additional help are able to schedule 1:1 reviews to receive individual feedback and guidance on how to refine and strengthen things.
Because of this setup, ApplicantLab’s optional services are extremely high value for money (since we don’t have to spend our valuable time covering the “basics” with you).
Maria is a member of AIGAC, and has partnered with non-profits aiming to expand access to MBA programs for lower-income or under-represented groups. ApplicantLab is proud to partner with the Forte Foundation, the Riordan Fellows program, as well as Prospanica (the organization formerly known as NSHMBA). Maria serves on the Board of Prospanica’s Los Angeles chapter, where she routinely holds admissions strategy events. In addition to advising MBA applicants for over 15 years, she has served as an alumni admissions interviewer for Princeton for over 20 years, helping to make her mock interviews a particular client favorite.
ApplicantLab was created to provide world-class admissions advice at an affordable price. Founded by a Harvard MBA who used to volunteer with the HBS admissions office, our mission is to provide our clients with the frameworks and tools they need to learn how to win the admissions game.
ApplicantLab’s clients have been admitted to the world’s top business schools including: HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Booth, Sloan, Kellogg, Haas, Columbia, Yale, Tuck, Fuqua, Stern, Darden, UCLA, Cornell, USC, UT Austin, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Kelley, Olin, LBS, INSEAD, IE, IESE, ISB, Cambridge, and many others! Often times, with substantial scholarships. We also help candidates applying to the Consortium.
On the part-time and executive MBA front, we have helped people get accepted to Stanford MSx, MIT Sloan Fellows, LBS Sloan Fellows, Ross EMBA, UCLA FEMBA, Darden…and more success stories are being added all of the time!
A key offering of ApplicantLab is its on-demand platform for admissions advice, which will walk you through every step of the process with a series of interactive exercises.
ApplicantLab’s platform won the “Audience Favorite” vote at the “HBS Alumni New Venture Competition” and was named a top ten “Education Technology Pioneer” by the SIIA.
If you’re a motivated, independent worker looking for a cost-effective way to prepare your winning admissions strategy, ApplicantLab could be a great fit for you!
Menu of Services and Associated Costs
ApplicantLab’s step-by-step series of interactive exercises teach you how to win the admissions game at a significantly lower cost than working with a traditional consultant!
Here’s how it works:
– For $349, get a step-by-step interactive platform that walks you through everything you need to craft a strong application (essays, resume, recommendations, and interviews).
– After going through the exercises, should you like additional guidance and 1:1 feedback, we offer a number of optional add-on services including our famous “Sanity Checks” (in which we review your resume and overall story to make sure your application “foundation” is strong), Strategic Essay Reviews, Editing Services, and Mock Interviews.
Location: United States