Melisa Prevost

MBA Admissions Consultant

Stratus Admissions Counseling

New York

United States

Net Promoter Score: 10

Consultant Bio

Melisa earned her BS in General Engineering with a Business Concentration.

For three years after the U of I, Melisa worked for Kurt Salmon Associates, a consumer product focused management consulting firm as a supply chain and operations consultant. She also spent two years at OurHouse.com, a start-up that was the original on-line presence for Ace Hardware, as an Operations Manager.

During her time at Haas, Melisa was the VP of Alumni Affairs, a student representative to the Alumni Board, a mentor with Young Entrepreneurs at Haas, a player for the MBA Softball Team, a T.A., and a Student Commencement Co-Speaker. Her MBA internship was at Juma Ventures, a REDF supported social venture.

After completing her MBA, Melisa joined Home Depot. Within two years in Operations at Home Depot, she moved to Home Depot’s subsidiary brand, EXPO Design Center where she was the Specialty Sales Manager and Director of Strategy until the brand closed in 2009. Until her recent move to New York, Melisa lived in both London and Gibraltar where she had been consulting within education.

Outside of her formal work experience, Melisa enjoys coaching youth sports, volunteering in her children’s schools, and studying Spanish.

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: $6600

2 Schools: $8700

3 Schools: $10,700

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4 Schools: $12,600

5 Schools: $14,400

6 Schools: $16,100

7 Schools: $17,700

School Add-On: $2200

Location: New York, United States

Email: consult@stratusadmissions.com

Website: http://stratusadmissionscounseling.com/

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  • The Best (& Kindest) In The Business!
    4 months ago
    If I could give more "stars" in this review I would... Melisa was the kindest, most diligent, and supportive partner to have throughout this process. I could not have asked for a better individual to work alongside me throughout the application and interview process! Melisa took a genuine interest in me and my journey - frequently sharing articles based on my career interests, checking in on my GMAT studying progress, etc. We worked together through the brainstorming and application process. I applied to eight programs in total, four with Melisa's help. Her superb ability to stay positive and organized kept me sane as deadlines approached and her ability to provide direct and pointed feedback helped keep me sharp throughout my interviews. At Melisa’s urging, I applied to ...
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  • Melisa’s There For the Marathon, Not Just the Sprint
    5 months ago
    I had my initial consultation with Melisa in May 2021. Choosing a consultant wasn’t easy, but from our first conversation, I felt that Melisa was wholeheartedly invested in my success as an applicant. Melisa was extremely generous with her time. There was never a limit on the number of emails I could send or questions I could ask, on top of our weekly update calls. She was instrumental in shaping my essays, and she guided me by drawing on her success with previous applicants. When it came time to interview, Melisa ensured that I was prepared beyond just the schools we were working together on and provided valuable feedback that I took across various interviews. When R1 decisions were released, I was unfortunately waitlisted at my dream ...
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  • Grateful For Melissa!
    6 months ago
    I initially was not going to use an admissions consultant given the high cost but decided that it'd be worth the investment if I was going to go all in on the MBA admissions process. I met with many consultants from different firms but went with Melissa because she instantly put me at ease and was really warm and easy to talk to, and never made me feel like I wasn't good enough for the schools I was targeting. We worked together starting June 2021 and she did so much more than just help me with my applications. I was also navigating a major organizational change at work, applied for a new job at a different company, and received an offer. She provided a ton ...
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  • Thank You So Much Melisa! Amazing To Work With
    7 months ago
    Going into the business school process, I had a lot of imposter syndrome as a "non traditional" applicant. There were parts of my application that I was particularly insecure about and I felt that investing in a consultant was the right choice for me. I spoke with multiple consultants but immediately upon speaking with Melisa, knew she was the best fit and would help make my application representative of who I really was. She provided specific, prompt, and tangible guidance on how to strengthen all parts of my application. She also encouraged me to have faith in myself and recognize all that I brought to the table. More than anything though, Melisa acted as a kind friend and confidant -- one who this process would ...
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  • Best Consultant to Work With
    7 months ago
    I chose to work with Melisa after speaking with dozen of consultants from numerous companies. Melisa sealed the deal for me after our first interaction with her cadid passion and rich experiences in helping candidates getting into their target MBA programs. My results showed that I made the right decision. With Melisa, I was invited to interview with all five M7 schools I applied to and received offers from three. When choosing someone to work with in the application process, it's really like choosing a partner to survive through a long and daunting journey. Melisa is the most reliable partner one could ever ask for. She guided me through the self-discovery process, and let me to "feel" what's authentic to me and make the "real ...
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  • No Need To Think Twice
    7 months ago
    Choosing a consultant is a daunting task, given the number of options. However, if you care about having someone with plenty of experience, many success stories, and a personality that fills you with optimism and energy, then look no further than Melisa. I chose Melisa because of how enthusiastic she was in our first meeting and how well she made me feel about my prospects. MBA applications are daunting, and there are many things that you need to navigate, so having a structured process and someone experienced to lean on is remarkably uplifting and comforting. If you are looking for a consultant, you must be in the same boat as I was - confident that you qualify but not sure whether you can tell a ...
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  • Highly Recommend Melisa!!!
    7 months ago
    Do yourself a favor and work with Melisa! As a nontraditional applicant, I had many fears about the admission process. I chatted with a few other consultants but within the first 10 minutes of my intro call with Melisa, it was clear that she could help me achieve my goals. With Melisa’s support, I was able to receive full rides at 4 of my top programs! From the very first day, Melisa took the time to truly understand my story, help craft my narrative, identify my strengths, and put together the best possible applications, all while encouraging me to be my most authentic self throughout the process - she even provided guidance on identifying the best target schools when I was indecisive. Not only did ...
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  • Melisa Is The Best!
    8 months ago
    Melisa was beyond amazing to work with, and I’m confident that my application was the best it could be after working together! I went back and forth on deciding to hire an admissions consultant but ultimately decided it was worth the upfront investment, and it more than paid off since I’ll be going to Booth with a $100K scholarship! From the beginning, I felt Melisa genuinely cared and had my best interests in mind. We worked together for over eight months and had weekly video calls in the thick of applications! She took the time to get to know me and really learn my story, which is necessary to create strong and authentic applications. She went above and beyond in giving me her time and expert ...
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  • Wonderful Consultant & Person!
    12 months ago
    In such a high-pressure process, it’s important to work with a coach who can not only identify your strengths as a candidate but can also keep you level-headed and grounded. As a “nontraditional” applicant coming from PR, Melisa made the process as enjoyable as possible and played an instrumental role in my Columbia acceptance. Even before we started officially working together, Melisa sent me a number of test and quant prep resources to show me that there were multiple ways to demonstrate my quantitative reasoning capabilities to admissions. Throughout the onboarding and essay writing process, she was thorough, empathetic, and constantly suggested fresh ways to frame my MBA story. She took the time to fully understand my personal story and long-term goals which made my application ...
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  • Highly Recommend!
    2 years ago
    I got into my two top schools and could not have done it without Melisa's guidance. I was very confused at the start of the process but she was super organized and guided me meticulously through every step of the process right from choosing your recommenders to interview prep. She was also very efficient with time and got back to me the next day in most cases. Highly recommend!
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  • Highly Recommend Melisa
    2 years ago
    Working with Melisa was the best decision I made. I had chatted with a few other consultants but felt the most at ease with Melisa after our intro call. She seemed genuinely excited about working with me, and I really appreciated her energy and encouragement. Since I was only planning to apply to two programs, Melisa was very flexible with pricing and we worked on an hourly basis for my top school's application. I was able to leverage the same essays and resume for my backup program. Her detailed feedback and thoughtful suggestions helped me to highlight the most important parts of my story in the essays. Melisa is extremely knowledgeable about the process and working with her made me feel very confident about ...
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  • Highly Recommend Melisa!
    2 years ago
    As a first-generation college graduate, the MBA admissions process was daunting, and I was skeptical about working with a consultant. I talked to several consultants who tried to push me to apply to “safety” schools that I wasn’t interested in or tried to push me to pay for their all-inclusive packages. Melisa was the only person who not only gave me critical feedback and opinions but also, trusted my vision. I worked with Melisa on an hourly basis on essay reviews and interview prep. She was efficient and always provided clear and thoughtful feedback. My application included many personal experiences, and I always felt that she cared for the story I was trying to tell. The MBA admissions process requires deep reflection, and it was ...
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  • Highly Recommend Melisa!
    2 years ago
    I would highly recommend working with Melisa and Stratus. Melisa helped me get into four of my top-choice schools, with substantial fellowships at three of them. She supported me from the beginning of my application process to the end. Melisa was always very responsive and was available to answer any questions I had about schools and applications, no matter how trivial they seemed. She helped me shape my story and goals so well that I had a clear idea of how to approach each essay question. Her detailed advice and feedback on my resume and essays were instrumental in my admissions. Melisa also helped me prep for interviews. I really benefited from Melisa’s experience in this area, and she helped me present my story in ...
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  • Melisa Is A Breath Of Fresh Air!
    2 years ago
    Melisa was a breath of fresh air. I interviewed a few different consultants and consulting agencies before deciding on Stratus. Melisa was the deciding factor. Other consultants at other firms told me to change who I was inherently as an applicant in order to better my odds of getting in. Melisa on the other hand, saw who I was not only as an applicant but as a person. She highlighted the strengths of my application rather than the weaknesses. By doing so, I was able to craft an application that was perfectly authentic and true to myself. Every conversation we had left me feeling motivated, confident, and excited for the next steps. I really appreciated her guidance especially because I had some difficult aspects in ...
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  • The Only One You Need!
    2 years ago
    I worked with Melisa on an hourly basis and she was worth every dollar. I chose her because she was so genuine and encouraging during our initial consultation. Since I was on a budget, she worked with me efficiently and was quick to respond to any questions I sent her way. I was a bit lost in the application process but she worked with me every step of the way and helped guide me to ensure I submit quality essays. No need to interview other consultants...she's all you need and more.
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  • Working With A Top Admissions Counselor
    2 years ago
    Meeting Melisa via Stratus to help me with my admissions process to a top part time MBA program was hands down one of the most memorable experiences. Having worked with Melisa for over 6 months on my application, simply saying I found one of the best admissions counselors is an understatement. Melisa took a genuine interest in not only my application but made the entire process a self exploratory process about oneself. She places emphasis on the initial process which eventually makes the other parts of the application much easier to put together. I was focused on applying to only a single MBA program. Coming from a technology background, I was not sure how I would make my deep technical experience understandable to an admissions ...
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  • The Best Of The Best
    2 years ago
    I interviewed 4 different consultants from 4 different companies, and Melisa was the obvious choice for my MBA journey. I worked with Melisa via an hourly package, and she was more than generous with her time, recommendations, and resourcefulness. I chose Melisa because she was honest and thoughtful about the maturity of my story and profile, and helped focus my energy where it counted the most. She honored my voice while ensuring all my bases are covered - I would highly recommend Melisa again and again.
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  • Work With Melisa, She Rocks!
    2 years ago
    I cannot recommend Melisa enough. By the end of the 2020 R1 application cycle, I had not only gotten a full tuition scholarship to one of my top choices, I had learned a lot about myself and had become more confident in the direction of my career. From our very first call, I sensed an authenticity to Melisa that I hadn't sensed in other consultations. I started the application process with very little idea of why I wanted an MBA other than to pivot out of my current career or what the application process looked like. Stratus' process is tried and true. Throughout the first few weeks working together, we dug into experiences, events, and feelings that had mattered to me throughout my life, ...
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  • Highly Recommend Melisa
    2 years ago
    From our initial call, Melisa made it clear the process was more than just helping me gain admission to my programs of choice. Instead, we spent a significant amount of time identifying my core values and how these shaped my long term goals. This in turn helped to lay the foundation for why I was looking to pursue my MBA in the first place. In 2020 the application process was constantly evolving, but Melisa was my sounding board throughout the uncertainty. She was always very timely in her feedback and available by phone or email whenever I needed. Even small things like sending me school events or LinkedIn profiles that matched my career interests demonstrate how Melisa really goes above and beyond. Additionally, while you ...
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  • Expert Essay Advice - A Life Saver!
    3 years ago
    I worked with Melisa on an hourly basis for essay review and it was worth every minute and every cent. She was thoughtful yet direct with her feedback and very prompt when turning around drafts. She was a great resource to bounce ideas off of and it was clear that she really understood what each school was trying to get at with their essay prompts. She also helped me through the interview process sharing key tips and question guides for interviews. It was hugely helpful as I prepared for in-person and online conversations. I will definitely be recommending Melisa and Stratus to anyone going through the MBA application process in the future.
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  • Best decision/investment I made
    5 years ago
    Going with Stratus was hands down the best decision/investment I made during the MBA application process. Melisa took a genuine interest in my application and success; it really paid off. Her knowledge and help was both comprehensive and school specific. She guided me through the entire process and was extremely easy to work with. Melisa also worked very efficiently which I appreciated since that allowed me to move at the best pace possible. I would highly recommend Melisa and Stratus to anyone who is serious about getting into a good program.
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  • Melisa Prevost Review
    5 years ago
    I had a great experience working with Melisa. I purchased the hourly package and we used the time to work on my resume and essays. I was very much a non-traditional applicant and had no idea about the business school application process, but her guidance made the whole thing a breeze. She had extensive knowledge of every school on my list and made sure each application fit its respective school perfectly. When it came to actually editing my resume and essays, Melisa was very efficient with her time, which I really appreciated considering I was paying by the hour. She sent back all her edits within a day, and every single suggestion was valuable. I applied in Round 2 so all the deadlines were right after ...
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    - Shreya Pramanick
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