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Meredith Shields Vantage Point MBA Admissions Consulting

Meredith Shields

Co-Founder & President

Vantage Point

New York, New York

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

I specialize in helping applicants to the top schools to develop compelling personal brands and stories that highlight their strengths, mitigate their weaknesses, and generally differentiate them from the many other qualified applicants who apply each year. My firm, Vantage Point MBA Admissions Consulting, focuses on providing not only access to experienced admissions consultants and former adcom, but also post-MBA professionals from top firms such as McKinsey, Google, Amazon, BCG, PE firms, etc who are already on the path that you might be considering. We focus on very high-touch, customized consulting services to help maximize your chances of getting into the best schools possible. Please contact us for a free consultation!

Company Information

Vantage Point MBA Admissions offers 360° Advice from the key perspectives you need for success: experienced consultants who graduated from the top MBA programs, former M7 admissions directors, and alumni interviewers from the top schools. As a boutique, full-service MBA admissions consulting firm, Vantage Point focuses on providing you with the personalized guidance you need to present your “best self” to the admissions committee and maximize your chances of acceptance to your dream MBA program. Over the years, we have helped countless applicants just like you to craft their stories, address their weaknesses, and ultimately get into their dream business schools.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Hourly Rate: $345
One-School Package: $4,500
Two-School Package: $6,000
Three-School Package: $7,500
Four-School Package: $8,750
Five-School Package: $10,000

Location: New York, New York, United States

Email: meredith@vantagepointadmissions.com

Website: https://vantagepointmba.com/

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  • Amazing Experience With Meredith!
    6 months ago
    Admitted to Wharton (with significant scholarship) and INSEAD, and currently waitlisted at Stanford GSB! I'm ecstatic and could not have achieved this without Meredith. After speaking with multiple MBA admissions consultants, I was blown away by my initial conversation with Meredith. She truly understood who I was, and was invaluable in drawing out my personal story. For me, this was her differentiating factor - and in turn, was key in helping me differentiate myself as an MBA applicant. Throughout the process, Meredith fully invested herself in me, and it was clear she cared deeply about both my success and personal growth. As a strong personal advocate, she excelled in helping me to craft and articulate my unique strengths, personal story, and candidacy as an MBA student. ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Great Partner In The MBA Process
    6 months ago
    I was applying for business school in a really hectic period and Meredith helped make the process as smooth as possible. She was easy to talk to and really pushed me to go through drafts until I felt confident with my essays, which I really appreciated. She was also available to answer questions ranging from schools, essays, recs, etc... I received interview invites from 3 schools and will be going to HBS this fall. Highly recommend!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • HBS Admit - Personalized Path to B-School Success
    9 months ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Meredith from Vantage Point MBA and cannot convey how much it was worth the investment. Throughout the entire process, Meredith developed an approach catered to my opportunities, pushing me to reflect and dig deeper into my personal experiences. Ultimately, it was this that enabled me to put together a cohesive application that differentiated me from other aspiring MBA candidates. As an engineer, Meredith helped iron out jargon from my resume/essays and helped me better illustrate the who/how/why in my professional and extracurricular experiences. Prior to working with Meredith, I applied to three M7 programs and went 0 for 3. However, one year later, with Meredith as a thought partner, I received interview invites from five schools including HBS (admit), GSB ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Personal, Thought Partner, & Pushes You to Be Your Best
    9 months ago
    Meredith has been truly helpful for my application on multiple fronts. Firstly, she helped me uncover the themes in my experience and develop my own unique story. Also, she helped provide perspectives from her own experience seeing so many other applications, giving me mock interviews and providing valuable feedback. Knowing where I stand among the pack made it less stressful. Most importantly, she kept pushing me to sharpen my essay and my storytelling - which I wouldn't naturally do on my own - until I believed it was the best I had to show. Thanks to all the help I got from Meredith, I'm heading to HBS this fall!
    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Personalized Approach & Committed To Your Success!
    1 year ago
    Meredith was recommended to me by a previous colleague and she completely surpassed my already high expectations. I worked with Meredith and opted to do a comprehensive package for three schools because it gave me the most flexibility and support, which is what I was looking for. During my research process, I was initially drawn to Vantage Point's organized approach and how they laid out and broke down every step to keep me on track (as part of their services, they provide an easy to use client portal that has great resources and templates). However, what really set Vantage Point apart for me, was the genuine interest and care for Meredith conveyed during our free consultation call. From the get-go, Meredith encouraged me to think ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • It Works!
    2 years ago
    If you are reading this review and considering an MBA consultant, I recommend you go with Vantage Point. Below are the reasons. First, the results: for context, I am a re-applicant. Last year I applied to three schools and did not get admitted to any of the three. This year I applied to four -- Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and Booth. I RECEIVED YES CALLS FROM ALL FOUR, with substantial merit scholarships from Wharton and Booth. The results alone speak for themselves. Meredith at Vantage Point (and her team at-large) was absolutely critical to my success in this process. Second, since I am a re-applicant, I had previously engaged two large firms in the MBA consulting space. The first big-name company was an absolute disaster of experience -- ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Meredith Is The BEST! Admitted At Stanford GSB!
    2 years ago
    I worked with Meredith and Vantage Point on round 1 applications, and I am not exaggerating that she is the best MBA consultant out there. Meredith and the Vantage Point team provide a holistic, personal and strategic approach to the MBA application process that helps you submit your best possible application. Meredith’s approach is holistic because she brings to bear the diverse ‘vantage points’ of her entire team. When you finally hit submit, you are confident because your application has already been well-received by her team of former adcoms and battle-tested consultants. Her eagerness to leverage the perspectives of her team mirrors the collaborative spirit of the top MBA programs. Meredith’s approach is personal because she takes the time upfront to really understand every aspect of ...
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  • Amazing Experience!!! Thanks Meredith!
    2 years ago
    Meredith and I worked together on Round 1 applications, and she couldn't have been more helpful! She coordinated my application process from my initial decision-making around the schools to apply to, essay writing, interview preparation, and through to acceptance at Wharton. She was dedicated, and was happy to go through many iterations of my essays, always providing thoughtful and helpful feedback. She was always reachable on email, and was very quick to provide answers to questions throughout the process. She was very understanding of my background, and was instrumental in helping me craft my application in a way to make me stand out and truly highlight my strengths. I can confidently say that I wouldn't have been accepted without her. An industry-best.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Thank You Meredith!!! Accepted to Kellogg!
    2 years ago
    Meredith came highly recommended from a friend of mine - and I am SO happy I found her! From our very first chat, Meredith was honest, warm and encouraging. She took the time to understand my desires for wanting to pursue an MBA, and challenged me to craft authentic and engaging essays. Coming from a somewhat non-traditional background, Meredith's help was also invaluable in helping me hone each bullet point on my resume to cut through on my experience and accomplishments. I genuinely believe Meredith's guidance is what made the difference in helping me receive acceptances (and scholarships!!) from 4 of my top choice schools! Could not recommend her more highly - thank you Meredith!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Does not get better than Vantage Point!!! Thanks Meredith!
    2 years ago
    I could not recommend Vantage Point enough, as I can confidently say their guidance significantly improved my odds of getting into a top 20 school. When I began to consider an MBA, I had no idea what to expect in regards to the application process. On the surface, it seemed straightforward. However, I realized that creating a compelling story requires a well thought out strategy that is woven into the entire application. Meredith and the Vantage Point team have a proven method for helping applicants create this strategy, as they are intimately familiar with what the admissions team is looking for at each school. They are experts at taking your work and life experiences and helping you mold your application into a unique and ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Kellogg Admit - Could not be happier!!!
    3 years ago
    Meredith was recommended to me by a friend that is a current student at GSB, and the friend could not have praised Meredith's services more highly. Upon initially chatting with Meredith, I completely understood why. Meredith is incredibly warm and engaging, and challenges prospective students to dictate an honest and compelling narrative for every application essay. Her turnaround time was impeccable, and I knew she was always willing to bounce ideas back and forth via email. When I was accepted to my top choice schools, I was unbelievably pleased, and I owe much of the success to my time spent working with Meredith. Thank you, Meredith, for your support and guidance. The help you provided was worth every penny!!!
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Worth the investment!
    3 years ago
    I worked with Meredith and have only positive things to say. Meredith was pleasant, professional, and responsive - very easy to work with. She helped me refine my story and write my essays, as well as improve my MBA application resume. She also worked diligently with me across time zones while I was working abroad. While MBA consulting services are certainly an investment, it is one I would make again 10 times out of 10. I really believe working with Meredith helped me submit a vastly better application than I would have otherwise. The guidance was especially helpful for me in writing essays and crafting a coherent story across my applications. The experience and advice she provided was instrumental to me getting into both Wharton ...
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    - Logan Kirst
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  • Helped me reach my dreams
    3 years ago
    I was accepted to 3 out of 4 of the schools I applied to, including HBS, and received substantial merit-based scholarships. I owe this success to Meredith and her team! As an international applicant who was completely new to the daunting MBA school application process, I reached out to Vantage Point based on their stellar reviews. From my very first call with Meredith, I knew I was in great hands. She was very open and honest with me, and incredibly encouraging. I have a very “unconventional” background and a mediocre GMAT score, and she still encouraged me to apply to my dream schools. We corresponded at least once a week, and her feedback was always on point. Most importantly, she worked with me in a ...
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    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • Accepted to my top choice!
    3 years ago
    I can't say enough good things about working with Meredith on my MBA applications. My top choice school was a reach given a low GPA and average GMAT score, but Meredith helped me identify strengths and craft my own story. She was dedicated and attentive when going through rounds of reviews on my resume and essays, and she responded quickly to any email. Meredith also went through mock interviews and many other conversations that really helped me hone in on my strengths and unique story. Coming from consulting, I worried that I would sound like a lot like other applicants. Meredith coached me on how to highlight my contributions and strengths. I really enjoyed attending sessions that Meredith organized with current MBA students and prior ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Thank you Meredith! - Accepted to GSB!
    3 years ago
    I was referred by a friend who got into HBS after working with Meredith. Going into the application with unimpressive stats, I knew I needed to deliver a stellar story. The help and guidance I received from Meredith and Vantage Point did not disappoint. Meredith's incredible work ethic was only matched by her positive attitude. We must have gone through well over 20 revisions of my essays (for GSB alone!) to get it right. The process that Meredith sets ups ensures that you are telling YOUR story so that you can stand out among the crowd of applicants. Throughout the whole process, Meredith did a great job providing candid feedback that was not condescending or made me feel stupid. As a quant, writing was not ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Accepted into my top choice - Thanks Meredith!
    3 years ago
    I worked with Meredith on a batch of 'competitive' and 'reach' schools. Initially, I thought I would be lucky to end up at one of the 'competitive' schools since I had lower-than-average GMAT and GPA for almost all the schools. Instead, I was accepted to Kellogg's MMM program (my top choice)! I even got some money from Kellogg! In retrospect, investing my time and money with Vantage Point (and Meredith) was a no-brainer. Meredith spent a ton of time helping to craft my story in a way that played to my strengths. We must have worked through at least 8 edits for each essay. It was a ton of work, but I enjoyed that she wouldn't tell me exactly how to write my story and ...
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  • The Absolute Best!
    3 years ago
    I interviewed about ten consultants seeking the best and most realistic (and honest) strategic partner to guide me through this rigorous application process. I can undoubtedly say that opting to work with Meredith is one of the best decisions I’ve made to date! Not only was her pricing incredibly reasonable, but she gave me much more time/attention than any other consultant would have on a basic “3-school package.” She made herself available at all hours of the day, night, and weekend to ensure my needs were met. In fact, Meredith had a 48-hour turnaround policy for revisions, but typically got things back to me same day (very impressive). From day one, I emphasized my struggle with standardized testing and rather than hounding me to keep ...
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  • The reason I got into HBS
    3 years ago
    Meredith was absolutely integral to my business school application process. It's not an exaggeration to say that I couldn't have done it without her. I got into HBS, my dream school, in large part because of her. She really went above and beyond what I envisioned the role of an admissions consultant to be. Yes, Meredith provided invaluable guidance on aspects of my application, but she was also there for me as a supportive mentor and friend during a stressful time. I originally planned on applying round 1, but then switched to round 2, and Meredith was completely open to helping me through both rounds, even though it meant more time, effort and energy. She has an unbelievable enthusiasm and she really spent a lot ...
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  • The Only Consultant You Need (Seriously)
    4 years ago
    After being burned from one of the larger consulting houses, I was wary of hiring another admissions consultant. However, as a re-applicant, I knew that I needed to find a professional who was going to be honest with my application, and I was referred by a friend to try Meredith and Vantage Point. Meredith understood my story well and helped me craft my story in a way that truly brought out the essence of who I was as a candidate. Her guidance was invaluable throughout the entire experience and really helped me understand the mindset of the adcom as well as how to approach the application process. Her honesty and guidance throughout the admissions process led to interviews for all of the schools I applied ...
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  • Meredith was the answer to my prayers
    4 years ago
    I had an amazing experience working with Meredith and Vantage Point. Right from the beginning, she was dedicated to crafting my story and gave me the perfect amount of time, resources and guidance to make my MBA aspirations a reality. One thing that stood out about Meredith and Vantage point was their accessibility and their genuine desire to see you succeed. Whenever I was stressed or panicky about the process, she was always responsive and a calming influence, working around to make sure my application was in its best possible form. I talked to various MBA consultants before choosing Vantage Point and I can objectively say that unlike others, VP doesn't look at you as a project or a statistic to bolster their business but ...
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  • Love Vantage Point and Love Meredith!
    4 years ago
    I decided to work with Meredith last summer after my friend recommended working with her after being admitted to Kellogg. Since then, Meredith has been a true pleasure to work with. Although we both had super busy schedules (I was getting married, studying for the GMAT, and working a demanding schedule), she helped me pace out my application prep to give me enough time and guidance to create my storyline, update my resume, write my essays, etc. without (much) additional stress to my already-hectic life. I don't think I could've made it thus far without Meredith's overwhelming support throughout the 6+ months. And now, I've been admitted to my dream school, and I am so so excited! Thank you for your help, Meredith!
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  • A must-have Mentor!
    4 years ago
    Meredith is absolutely fabulous! She has changed the consultant-client equation to a more friendly mentor-student relationship. This is important because after all you are applying to become a student! This helped me recollect and share a lot of my life stories that eventually led to a strong application. Meredith was very focused throughout the process and constantly questioned how the Adcom would perceive the application. With years of experience, she's a master at critiquing essays and helped me write simple short stories with high impact. Most importantly, she was quick in turning any feedback and was there on the phone when most needed. I would highly recommend Meredith to anyone applying to business school.
    Class of 2017 Anonymous
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  • Couldn't have done it without her!
    4 years ago
    I was really torn at the beginning of my process about whether or not to use a consultant - Did I need one? Was it worth the money? Could I get into one of my target schools without help? Would I never get in regardless? Looking back, I can confidently say that working with Meredith was well worth it, and definitely necessary throughout my process. There were two things I appreciated the most about working with Meredith - the first was her honesty, and the second was how approachable she was. She always told me when my essays or resume needed more work, sounded cliche, or other pitfalls I feared a consultant wouldn't be as truthful with me about. I felt it was that honesty ...
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  • A+++
    4 years ago
    I found Meredith from a presentation she gave to Northwestern undergraduate alumni. In my first conversation with Meredith two things stuck out - she had a very compassionate tone which is so important during this high-stress experience. She also had a very encouraging success rate. I'm happy to say I can now contribute to that success rate - I was accepted to HBS, my top choice program! Meredith helped me through my application process for 3 top-tier MBA programs. She helped me position myself, outline and edit essays and also prep for the interview. Throughout the whole process, she kept me focused and sane. It took many iterations of my first essay to get it right and Meredith helped me understand how to stay single-minded ...
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  • Amazing!!
    4 years ago
    I worked with Meredith and she was absolutely AMAZING at helping me think through what i really wanted out of an MBA and how i should position myself. She will give you her honest opinion and will respond to questions very very very fast. Takes a real personal interest in your success. I'd have no chance at a top school without her. Couldn't recommend more!! So many consultants just look at stats and go from there. Meredith really figured out where i wanted to be in 10 years and it showed in my essays. She doesn't cross the line regarding essays and makes sure you put YOUR own voice in the essays and just gives her opinion. A++
    - drew.cornell@ymail.com
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  • Highly Recommended!!!
    4 years ago
    I worked with Meredith during my application prep for NYU Stern and had an overall great experience. Meredith has a wealth of knowledge on the admissions process and from the very beginning she had a formula and simple guidelines for me to follow. She knew what Stern was looking for in an ideal candidate and worked with me to highlight those areas in my application, while also helping to mitigate the weaker areas. Meredith was invaluable in providing feedback and suggestions on my essays, encouraging me to be descriptive and paint a clear picture of who I am and where I want to go with my career. She went through several rounds of edits with me until we had them just right. Most importantly, Meredith ...
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