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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, 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

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: New York, United States



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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Highly Recommend!
    2 weeks 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!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Melisa
    3 weeks 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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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Melisa!
    4 weeks 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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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Melisa!
    2 months 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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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Melisa Is A Breath Of Fresh Air!
    3 months 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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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • The Only One You Need!
    4 months 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.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Working With A Top Admissions Counselor
    4 months 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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    Anush Baskaran
    Part-Time MBA Class of 2021 Admit
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  • The Best Of The Best
    4 months 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.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Work With Melisa, She Rocks!
    4 months 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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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Melisa
    4 months 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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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Expert Essay Advice - A Life Saver!
    1 year 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.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Best decision/investment I made
    3 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
    3 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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