Stanford GSB | Mr. Lost Trader
GMAT 760, GPA 3.93
Yale | Mr. Consulting Escapist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Start-Up To F500
GMAT TBD, GPA 3.62
Harvard | Mr. Banking To Startup
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Master’s To MBA
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
USC Marshall | Mr. Versatile Entrepreneur
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
INSEAD | Mr. Aerospace Manufacturer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Non-profit
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Real Estate Developer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.12
Stanford GSB | Mr. Startup Founder
GMAT 700, GPA 3.12
Stanford GSB | Mr. Failed Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Immigrant Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Mr. Fintech Entrepreneur
GMAT 710, GPA 3.04
Yale | Ms. Business Start-Up
GRE 312, GPA 3.6
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Cornell Hopeful
GMAT Targeting 700+, GPA 2.5
Harvard | Mr. Big Fish, Small Pond
GMAT 790, GPA 3.88
Said Business School | Ms. Ordinary Applicant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.37
Tuck | Mr. Crisis Line Counselor
GMAT 700, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Digital Engineer
GMAT 700, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. M&A Post-Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. IB/PE To Fintech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.14
USC Marshall | Mr. Supply Chain Guru
GMAT GMAT Waiver, GPA 2.6
McCombs School of Business | Mr. First-Time MBA
GRE 332, GPA 3.3
HEC Paris | Ms. Public Health
GMAT TBD, GPA 4.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Music Into Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Mr. Top Salesman
GMAT 610, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Latino Insurance
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5 / 10
Scott Edinburgh, Personal MBA Coach

Scott Edinburgh

Founder

Personal MBA Coach

Boston, Massachusetts

United States

Consultant Bio

I am an industry veteran with over ten years of experience personally helping hundreds of applicants around the world get into top MBA programs. 96% of clients are successful. I received my MBA at Wharton and BS at MIT Sloan. I have also worked in management consulting, travel and hospitality, financial services, consumer products, and healthcare for Deloitte Consulting, JP Morgan and InterContinental Hotels Group. As a result, beyond mastering the admissions process, I have an in-depth understanding of pre-MBA careers and exactly how to position these experiences to open the doors at the top MBA programs. I am also on the Board of Directors for AIGAC (Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants).

Admissions consulting is my passion and I am a frequent keynote presenter on application strategies at consulting firms, corporations and MBA events globally. I am an avid world traveler, both for work and fun, and I look forward to meeting you soon.

Company Information

I founded Personal MBA Coach in 2008 to offer a very boutique and personalized level of application support. The approach is unique and because there is personal 1:1 work with all clients, we offer a level of support unmatched at larger firms. This means you work directly with an expert throughout the entire process. Plus, once you get to the interview stage, we have a team of former M7 interviewers who know exactly how to prepare you to seal the deal. We work with a select number of applicants each year and place them into the best MBA, EMBA and part-time programs.

Our clients don’t only get admitted, but many of them receive substantial scholarships. Last year clients received over $4.5M in merit scholarships.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

While most applicants work through a comprehensive admissions package, I offer a full suite of personalized and customized services including:

Application Strategy and School Selection
Early MBA Planning
Resume Editing
Personal Story Development
Essay Topic Creation and Unlimited Essay Editing
Letter of Recommendation Support
Interview Preparation
Scholarship Advice
Waitlist Strategy
Post-acceptance decision support
Ding Report

If you are truly dedicated to getting into a great school, I will personally walk you through the process.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Phone: +1 617-645-2424

Email: scott@personalmbacoach.com

Website: http://www.personalmbacoach.com

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Knows The Process, Focused Inputs
    4 weeks ago
    I am glad I chose Scott to work with – I surveyed 5-6 consultants before finalizing on Scott. I had a minor employment gap on my CV and that made some of the consultants anxious. But Scott’s confidence in my profile made me feel confident about applying to the best schools. Additionally, he seems to have a good understanding of the schools and that helped me feel that I am in good hands. Scott made sure that I owned the narrative and the story in my essays. He did not take over the narrative at any point, but held the process – making sure my output is of the highest quality. His team is very responsive and timely, as is Scott. He makes sure he ...
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    Hardik Mehta
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Fantastic Work, Great People
    2 months ago
    I worked with Personal MBA Coach for a 2 school package, with help on applications. Before starting my application, I was very nervous because I am notoriously bad with spelling and grammar. Scott was able to answer all of my questions and help me create a strong application. Ultimately, I was able to get into my top MBA program pick! Thank you again. Personal MBA Consultant.
    Rachael Graff
    Online MBA Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Honest, Effective & Helpful
    4 months ago
    I used Personal MBA Coach for their 5-school package, and I ended up signing up for my sixth school since they broke down the complicated application process into a simpler step-by-step process. Before I started my application process, I did a fair bit of research on consultants, and finally decided to go with Personal MBA Coach. From Day 1, Scott will give you the honest, non-sugarcoated advice that everybody needs. As a business school applicant, you need to understand what your strengths are as well as your weaknesses. Most consultants are good with telling you your strengths, but they are not as good with telling you your weaknesses as they do not want to upset you. Scott was different, and hence I decided to go ...
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  • Knowledgeable, Flexible, & Reliable
    4 months ago
    I highly recommend working with Scott! From Day 1, Scott gave me insights about the application process and specific schools that I would not have known otherwise. I tend to be indecisive and Scott’s direct style helped immensely during the process. I always felt like he was on my side and available, whether by email or a phone call any day of the week. I particularly appreciated the help he provided on my resume to get to the right level of detail. On essays, Scott provides just the right amount of feedback, allowing you to maintain your personal voice and authenticity. I also found his school-specific essay guide extremely helpful! On top of everything, Scott is trustworthy and reliable. I ended up applying to just ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Great Feedback on the Gut Check!
    4 months ago
    I reached out to PersonalMBACoach for their “Gut Check” service less than two weeks before the deadlines for my two schools - HBS (admitted) and GSB (waitlisted) - and I’m super glad I did. Prior to sending it over, I was positive about my application and had spent two months on it. However Scott and his team dug deep and provided strong constructive feedback that showed I still had a long way to go. They even went beyond the provisions of the package and reviewed additional edits for each application. Within a week, my application was looking much better. I highly recommend Scott and his team at any stage of your application process!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Extremely Helpful, Patient, & Knowledgable
    5 months ago
    I can't say enough good things about Scott and his team. I would 100% recommend him to anyone who is applying to business school. His personal approach is unique. Anytime we needed to chat, he was available for calls. I always spoke to him, as his team operated efficiently in the background. Scott was always expedient on responding to emails and he was meticulous when he provided suggested edits to essays and application prompts. If we did not see eye-to-eye on a certain detail as it pertained to the essays or application, he would explain his thoughts in-depth, and then we would come to an agreed-upon decision on how to approach. Ultimately, he helped me achieve my goal of getting into one of my top ...
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  • Dedicated, Efficient, Effective
    5 months ago
    I would 100% recommend Scott to anyone. Though, I almost don't want to so I can reserve him for my closest friends. I met with several consultants before working with Scott. He was the only one who I felt like would push me to get to where I needed to be with direct, thoughtful feedback. From the beginning, Scott's approach was dedicated to getting at the heart of my story and enabling me to bring that to life. His guidance helped me use my own voice to make my story sing. Scott is also incredibly efficient with a very structured process (digital tools etc.) which I really appreciated when trying to navigate work and the application process. Ultimately, this dedication and efficiency make for a ...
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  • Couldn't Have Done It Without PersonalMBACoach!
    5 months ago
    Scott is on your team on day 1 and tells you exactly what needs to be addressed and how to get it done. He is extremely responsive, direct, and involved throughout the whole process. I am excited to say that I have been accepted to a few of my target programs. When researching potential consultants, PersonalMBACoach struck me as a service that would provide the greatest value for me and I am happy to say that Scott turned out to be great. I would wholeheartedly recommend PersonalMBACoach to anyone that is serious about the MBA process!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Effective, Exhaustive Knowledge & Spot on Applications!
    5 months ago
    The best In class consultancy that I’ve worked with! You can rest assured that you’re in safe hands. When I approached them it was a challenge, with most of the deadlines fast approaching. But they were extremely resourceful ensuring that I complete the applications well within the deadline. It’s highly Customized and personalized ensuring your applications completely reflect who you are and your story. The founder won’t settle for anything less than supreme quality on your applications and essays. They will push you to think through and get the best of your capabilities out to be written on the applications! They helped me with repeated iterations and edits of my application until I was completely satisfied! Strong and honest, feedback with each edit was extremely ...
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    Class of 2021 Applicant
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  • Effective & Informed
    5 months ago
    Scott and his team of editors were hugely helpful in my application journey. I was accepted to 3 of the 6 M7 programs I applied to, and I don't know if that would have happened without his support. From the initial work, we did together (writing a goal statement and resume from scratch) through the 15+ rounds of edits on each school's essays, his editors had sharp, strong feedback, and what felt like clear knowledge as to what each school was looking for. If you're looking for a consultant to manage the overwhelming process of applying to b school, someone to help organize your time or to-do list, or someone you'll speak to regularly on the phone, Scott is not your guy. However, if you're ...
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  • Direct, Honest, Committed
    5 months ago
    I decided to work with Scott after doing consultations with four other firms. I was very disillusioned about the industry and wasn't sure if I even wanted to work with anyone. Upon speaking with him, I was very pleasantly surprised by our natural chemistry and his easygoing nature. Rather than pushing a cookie-cutter narrative for my industry, he asked me for my story and pointed out areas that I should give more thought to. I was incredibly aggressive/ambitious in my school selection, however, Scott was very encouraging while still holding me accountable. Scott's team pushed me to take my essays to new levels which I can now appreciate was instrumental in bringing my personality to life in the application. When I did not perform well ...
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  • Highly Recommend Personal MBA Coach
    5 months ago
    It is hard to imagine where I would be in my MBA journey without Scott and the Personal MBA Coach team in my corner. I am proud to say that I have been accepted to several of my top MBA programs.   I looked into many MBA consulting companies, but after talking with Scott, he was clearly the best choice for me because I knew that I was getting personalized, no-nonsense service.   Scott and his team worked with me every step of the way to help me find my voice and craft my unique MBA story. I leverage Personal MBA Coach for school selection support, personal story development, essay crafting/editing, resume editing, and interview preparation. Scott works with you 1:1 on all aspects ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Great Partner
    6 months ago
    Scott and his team have it all figured out. They take you through the different components of the process very methodically. They are a well-oiled machine. The unlimited essay/short answer support was huge for me. Scott and his team pushed/challenged my thinking and forced me to dig deep. I really appreciated the critique and feedback. I also appreciated Scott serving as the single point of contact for me. His timeliness response to my emails and questions was very important to me throughout this process.
    Class of 2020 Waitlist
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  • MBA School Guru
    6 months ago
    I talked to several different consulting firms before deciding to use Scott. Scott's knowledge of the process and the MBA arena is unmatched. He was prompt with response and honest about everything during the process leading to my admission to an M7. Thanks for everything!!!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Definitely a Great Consultant to Work With!
    6 months ago
    I signed up with the Personal MBA Coach after talking with several consultants because I felt that they could help see beyond of myself and really dig into my stories. It turns out that I was not wrong. Throughout the application process, their timely responses and reviews, and very good organizations really help making the process as smooth as it could be. I would totally agree with other reviews that the most valuable piece is the team really push to identify my unique story and goals, and be specific about them. Moreover, the team also helped prep for the interviews and provided very helpful feedbacks for areas to be improved on. Overall, it was a great and worthy experience!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Definitely A Great Consultant To Work With!
    6 months ago
    I signed up with the Personal MBA Coach after talking with several consultants because I felt that they could help see beyond myself and really dig into my stories. It turns out that I was not wrong. Throughout the application process, their timely responses and reviews, and very good organizations really help to make the process as smooth as it could be. I would totally agree with other reviews that the most valuable piece is the team really push to identify my unique story and goals and be specific about them. Moreover, the team also helped prep for the interviews and provided very helpful feedback for areas to be improved on. Overall, it was a great and worthy experience!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Provides Great Resources & Gets Results
    6 months ago
    I had a very short list of schools (Stanford, Harvard) I wanted to apply to. He went through the competitive analysis for each school and proposed an application theme that was tailored to my strengths. He has a great plan to tackle each school's application process. He even talked me through a fellowship application and helped me secure a scholarship!! All in all, Scott's invaluable help got me into HBS!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • 40 Days, 4 School Applications
    6 months ago
    So I was very late in my application process when I chose to work with Scott. I chose Scott because he could see me beyond the "traditional buckets" of being an Indian male engineer with an average GMAT. We started off by applying to 2 schools in tandem while I took more time to pick the other 2. The resume building, story sorting, etc. took several iterations but it was closed only once I was satisfied. I even had some last-minute changes in school because during the essay writing I realized I was not a good fit with the school, but Scott was accommodating. Overall, Scott helped me cherry-pick my experiences to create a coherent story for each of my application depending on the school's ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Great Experience, Helped Secure My Dream Admit
    6 months ago
    Scott and the team helped me a lot with my admissions process. Below are some of the key reasons why: 1) Knowledgeable: He is extremely knowledgeable about the admissions process, clearly laying out how to best approach the essays (and other requirements for the school) and tailor the messaging appropriately for practically any top school. 2) Experienced: His 12+ years of experience is also extremely handy, as he can share best practices from earlier candidates with similar profiles. This was extremely helpful for me as I started the process quite late - however, Scott was able to quickly go through my profile, resume and preliminary goals to distill the key messages and points to expand on to make a successful application 3) Well-organized: Scott has a clear ...
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  • Great Advice!
    6 months ago
    Scott and the team were super helpful for preparing for the Harvard Business School interview. I got helpful, targeted advice to make myself a more competitive applicant. I wish I had considered Personal MBA Coach earlier at the beginning of my MBA application journey!
    Pragya Tooteja
    MBA Class of 2022 Waitlist
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  • Invaluable Guidance Navigating A Complicated Process
    6 months ago
    While I have yet to be convinced applying to Business School should be as time-intensive of a process that it ends up being, the rules to the game are clear and Scott was an excellent coach to help get me there. Without him in your corner, I believe you are playing at a disadvantage. I appreciated Scott's candid approach to our initial one-on-one call while I was vetting consultants and then during our "get-to-know-you" phase. It was sincere, honest, and without the unnecessary "flair" you might get with other consultants. After this, as other reviewers mention, almost all of our communication was via email, which complimented my style. I found that Scott's patience and guidance while drafting my first few essays were the biggest help ...
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  • Highly Recommend
    6 months ago
    I highly recommend working with Scott and the team! In addition to being incredibly knowledgeable about each school’s admissions process, Scott spent the time to listen and internalize my story. Ultimately, he helped me to identify and highlight my most relevant experiences to appeal to each school. Personal MBA Coach is also extremely organized and has fantastic response times. To that end, after deciding to apply very late in the process, I applied to 5 schools in an approximate 45-day span and finished with plenty of time to spare. The team kept me on track with specific due dates for requesting (and following up on) recommendations, brainstorming, and submitting essay drafts. Finally, Scott found the time to jump on impromptu calls to calm my nerves ...
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  • Efficient & Pleasant Experience!
    6 months ago
    After an admissions journey that lasted nearly a year and countless hours of work and stress, my saving grace was Scott and the staff at Personal MBA Coach. We came up with an actionable plan to achieve admission to my target schools and achieved it far easier than I ever expected. Scott was there every step of the way to ensure my admissions package was tailored to exactly what top MBA programs desire. It was a worthwhile investment that I’d highly recommend to anyone with aspirations of top b-school admission.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Great Experience & Results
    6 months ago
    Great experience with Scott -- Scott makes the otherwise daunting application process seem manageable, and coaches you through every step of the way. The most valuable piece being his early push to identify your unique story and goals. Ultimately, through working with Scott I was able to great into my 3 top choices (HBS, Wharton, Sloan)
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • You Won’t Regret Hiring Personal MBA Coach!
    6 months ago
    Looking back on my MBA application journey, I can say with certainty that the best decision I made was to hire Personal MBA Coach. I was by no means an easy client. My testing saga ended up taking much longer than expected, and because of this, I ended up working with Scott and the team through R1 and R2. They never complained. While other firms I initially reached out to would not provide the flexibility for me to start working with them while still working through the testing, Scott had no problem with it. He also promised that I would have direct access to him, instead of someone who worked for him, as many of the other firms had arranged. After finally getting a strong ...
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  • Great Experience With Results !
    6 months ago
    TL:DR - Choose Scott, he is great :) Detailed feedback: I am a female candidate from India with a GMAT of 750 and wanted to get into one of either Harvard, Stanford or Wharton. I researched multiple consultants to work with and spoke with all of them, and finally zeroed down on Scott from Personal MBA Coach. A key reason for me to choose to work with Scott was the fact he individually had a great success rate and that I get to directly work with him, unlike other firms where there were multiple consultants and there was the ambiguity of whether I will get a good consultant. Scott gives great clarity on how to approach the application tailored for each school, while also offering flexibility ...
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  • Very Experienced & Gave Actionable Feedback
    6 months ago
    I really enjoyed working with Scott on my application. He was very honest and straight-forward. His turnaround time was super quick and he provided a lot of insight into the behind the scenes thoughts that the Ad Com may have. I would 100% recommend.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Scott Will Get You Results!
    6 months ago
    I spoke to a few consultants before deciding on Scott. He was immediately upfront about his package as well as his approach to getting you what you want. I was able to speak openly about what I wanted from my MBA as well as what I expected from working with him. He was flexible in letting me choose schools that I was interested in and always made sure that I was happy with what I was putting forward. He helped me narrow down what I should talk about by doing several drafts and making me really think about why I was putting something down. Scott was responsive and got me revisions in an extremely timely manner. I felt relieved from a lot of stress if ...
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  • An Extremely Helpful Guide & Mentor
    6 months ago
    Scott was really helpful during the application process. I only consulted him after I got to the interview stage and the mock he organized with his colleague Jeremiah was an invaluable preparation tool. It helped build my confidence and helped me tackle every interview situation I ended up facing later.
    Sohrab Godrej
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Amazing Experience!!
    6 months ago
    Trying to find an ideal MBA coach is a tricky partnership. You need to find someone who is honest, understandable and is able to work with you to be creative as possible. I had interviewed a few coaches and instantly felt the connection with Scott. As I made a decision to apply very late into the year and was very close to deadlines, Scott was very specific on the schools that I can potentially get into. As I had a very interesting background, I had gone ahead and wrote my life history - which gave him insight to really dive deep to see what I wanted. He then helped in being more specific with my background, overall achievements and fine-tuned things that were needed ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Great Scott! A Highly Valuable Experience
    6 months ago
    I was skeptical of working with a consultant but after meeting Scott at an MBA fair, I decided to work with him after speaking with several references who also provided glowing reviews. Coming from consulting, I knew that the pools of MBA applicants were strong, and I really wanted to give myself the best shot at the programs I was interested in and not have to re-apply. I knew I had lots of stories I wanted to tell, but Scott helped me hone and sharpen my personal narrative in a way I don't think I would have pushed myself to do. His services are definitely worth investing in if you want to give yourself the best shot at admission!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Scott Enabled Me To Go 3/3 In Round One
    6 months ago
    After having preliminary calls with multiple different consultants I chose to work with Scott through his Early MBA Planning package and am very happy that I did. I did not realize how little I knew about how to present myself to the admissions offices and can say with confidence that without his help I would not have gotten into all three of my round one schools, including Wharton, my top choice (Booth and CBS were the others). The price tag was initially a bitter pill to swallow but was worth it many times over in the end. He not only helped me craft a very strong application from an atypical background but also helped me clarify to myself why I was really going back to ...
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  • Wharton EMBA Admit
    6 months ago
    My dream comes true. Scott is the best MBA consultant. I could only prepare my EMBA application 4 weeks before the R2 application deadline. Some other consultants said it was not possible, but Scott said, "IT IS DOABLE. Let's do it." Scott was resourceful, diligent, and honest throughout the application process. He has an amazing EA teacher, Marissa, that help me acquire the skills necessary to tackle the EA exam with a decent score. Without working with him and his team, I would have never admitted to the Wharton EMBA program - the only EMBA program that I apply in 2020.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Great Experience
    6 months ago
    After speaking to several admissions consultants, I got the feeling that working with Scott would be the right decision. I was correct. Scott was excellent at providing suggestions that highlighted my strengths and helped navigate the somewhat awkward process of writing about myself. He was also frank and direct, qualities that were invaluable during that period of self-reflection and helped me craft an authentic yet refined narrative. Further, the interview prep facilitated by Scott was incredibly helpful to understand how to position myself after earning interviews. Ultimately, I was admitted to both of the M7 schools to which I applied in large part due to the work that I did with Scott.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Fantastic Experience & Result
    6 months ago
    I’m really happy that I got Scott's help throughout the application process! This is the choice that I didn't regret. I was not quite confident on my background at the beginning and thought every school on my list would be a reach school. But after consulting with Scott, I gained my confidence and got the guidance that I needed. Scott was very patient throughout the process and always responded fast. The mock interview was also a huge help - the feedback I received was very honest and I got a thorough understanding of what kind of people the admissions are looking for. I was admitted to the top 1 choice school on my list with a scholarship. I would strongly recommend Scott to anyone who ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Incredible Consultant
    6 months ago
    During the early stages of my search, I spoke with several admission consultants - many of whom worked for and promised the benefits which came under a larger organization. However, on my initial call with Scott, Scott promised me that he would personally oversee every aspect of my application - and he absolutely did: from the initial conversation to discuss goals all the way to receiving the admit call from my top choices. His hands-on guidance was much needed in helping me shape my story, what each individual school is looking for, and where I would have the best chances for success. Scott had all the resources I needed to succeed. Scott made the essay-writing process easy - he asked me questions that were critical ...
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    A. V.
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Scott Is AMAZING Look No Further
    6 months ago
    There were several hurdles I faced when applying to MBA programs: (1) I have below-average stats for M7 schools (quite far below), (2) I am a non-traditional candidate with an impact-focused background and no "recognizable companies" on my resume, (3) I tend to overthink my written communication/essays and sabotage myself. Scott helped me overcome all three. I knew that to highlight my nontraditional background in a way that would help overcome my stats and to avoid overthinking this process, I would need some third party, expert help. I ended up choosing Scott because he was direct, professional, humble, and concise in our first communication and maintained this approach throughout our time working together. He has a deep knowledge of schools. He provided me with excellent ...
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    Hunter Connell
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Scott Is Top Notch
    6 months ago
    I chose to go with Scott after making the usual consultation rounds as I felt our initial chat was the most earnest and straightforward out of everyone that I talked to. I liked the fact that his business model allowed him to personally oversee my application process the whole way through. Scott's pedigree second to none as is his deep deep knowledge of the top institutions and the candidate profiles they go after. I knew I needed someone to help me craft my story and help me refine my essays, and Scott's team was able to push me to produce materials that surpassed my expectations. He won't do the work for you, and that's essential to creating a sincere story that addresses what adcoms are ...
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    Taylor Foltyn
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Scott Will Guarantee Success For You!
    6 months ago
    I hired Scott after I spoke to a few consultants, some of them even suggested me to not apply with 3 years of work experience. However, Scott took on the challenge to help me build my story. He spent a considerable amount of time getting to know me and then drafting the story with me. He was extremely honest (a MUST quality in a consultant). He helped me optimize my school selection process, pushed me to give GMAT again to improve my score, and helped me get into 3 schools of my choice. I would definitely recommend him for the MBA application journey.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Fantastic Experience
    6 months ago
    Scott is a true professional who has been in this business for over a decade. He knows what he is doing and he will work with you one-on-one throughout the entire process. His expertise will give you an extra edge in your application that fully justifies the cost - and then some. For some background on my experience, I am a non-traditional applicant. I needed help giving my profile credibility. I wanted the adcoms to know that I could succeed in business school and that I would be able to get a good job afterward. I believe that Scott helped me successfully get that message across. I was accepted to all schools to which I applied, one with a full-tuition fellowship.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend - Helped Me Get In Early To My 1st Choice!
    7 months ago
    If you're going to hire a consultant, hire Scott. Hands down, he was the most straightforward and helpful of the 10+ consultants I spoke with on the phone for initial intro calls. He also always kept his word and was very responsive, kind, and fair. I was hesitant to hire a consultant at first, but after speaking with him (and meeting him in person at an MBA fair - a huge plus, as he does speaking engagements across the country), I knew I had made the right choice. From day 1, Scott was a value add and clearly very smart, and really helped me craft the best possible version of my story. He will not do the work for you but will guide you towards ...
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  • Scott is the Best!
    8 months ago
    I chose Scott after talking with a few different admissions consultants during free 30min profile discussions. I chose Scott for two reasons. First, he was the only person I spoke with that understood and got my Pre-MBA story. Second, I liked the fact that he was the one I spoke to in the beginning, but would also be who I would work with the whole time. He owns the company but is also your direct contact and who you work with the whole time. Scott was really straightforward and helpful during the entire process. He was brutally honest and made me really think about why I wanted to do this which helped me craft a better story. I really felt like he was with me the ...
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  • Go with Scott!
    8 months ago
    Yes it’s possible to work on your applications yourself and to just ask your friends and family to help edit your essays but why not set yourself up for the best chance by hiring a professional admissions consultant who will help guide you through the entire process? Like most, I was initially hesitant about hiring a consultant. But after my first introductory call with Scott, I knew I had to work with him. Having been out of school for ~4 years, I was a little rusty with my writing but Scott continued to push me and I was able to write compelling essays for my applications. I also really appreciated the quick turnaround between all of the edits. The mock interviews that Scott helps set up ...
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  • Great Experience - Would Highly Recommend
    9 months ago
    Before deciding to work with Scott I interviewed 5 or 6 other consultants. Ultimately, I decided to go with Scott for two reasons 1. I wanted to know the person who I was going to be working with and 2. He promised me that he would be brutally honest with his feedback. Working with Scott was a pleasure, he helped frame my story and provided very personalized and tailored feedback. He held true to his word and gave very honest feedback that pushed me to produce better essays. We applied to five schools and I was rejected from two and waitlisted at 3, not the ideal result we were hoping for. Scott helped me game plan for the waitlist and continued to work with me ...
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  • Highly Recommend!
    9 months ago
    I got to work early on my MBA applications (maybe a little too early), but Scott was incredibly supportive and helpful all the way through. He was always available to discuss my application and provided candid and insightful advice. I worked with Scott on applications to Columbia, UVA Darden, and Duke Fuqua. I was admitted to Columbia and Darden and received an interview with Fuqua. The MBA application process is stressful enough as it is, but Scott helped to streamline everything and gave me peace of mind; I don't think I would've had as much success without Scott's help. If you're looking for an MBA coach, and I suggest that you do, I fully recommend Scott and the rest of the team at Personal MBA ...
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  • Scott is awesome!
    9 months ago
    After searching around for a few consultants, I immediately knew Scott was the right one for me due to his no BS approach. Throughout the daunting process, Scott kept me honest and disciplined and was very responsive. Despite being in an over-represented demographic with average stats, I was able to gain admission to a top school! Scott really challenges you and helps you craft your story, even if you don’t think you have much of one when you first start the process. Highly recommend without any hesitation!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend
    9 months ago
    I highly recommend Scott if you are looking for an MBA Consultant. He is very knowledgeable, very easy to get in touch with, and understands your profile well and which schools would be a good fit. Interview coaching is also extremely helpful.
    Class of 2022 N/A
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  • You Can Not Go Wrong with Scott
    9 months ago
    I talked to about 10 admissions consultants before I decided and Scott clearly stood out - extremely professional and very nice to talk to. Also, his model of working together directly with the CEO / Founder of the consultancy while paying a below-market rate was very attractive to me. The decision turned out to be a great one! Scott got me into Berkeley (my dream school) and Wharton and I'm not sure whether I would have managed this without him. He was very responsive (usually 24 hours), always there to help and made my essays better through editing and pointing me in the right direction in terms of what to write. I would definitely recommend Scott and would always work together with him again. Certainly ...
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    Niklas Bretschneider
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Could Not Have Gotten Into My Dream School Without Scott
    10 months ago
    MBA application is a daunting process, especially for someone like me, whose GMAT and background do not stand out (perhaps even slightly below average). Scott takes the time to get to know me and my story and used a customized approach to help me navigate through the process. I could not have done gotten into my dream program (top 10) without Scott! I think the key to my admission is his essay guidance: he really drilled down into my essays and think through my story, helping me articulate the "Why?" and the "How?". Scott is extremely patient and he always answers my questions in a very timely manner - such a pleasure to work with!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Scott Helped Me Get Into My Dream School - Highly Recommend!
    10 months ago
    As I began the process, I took advantage of 30min free consultations that most MBA Admissions Consultants offer. After speaking with a handful, Scott stood out from the rest with his candor and willingness to construct an individualized, customized approach to each application. Fast forward to today, and I am ecstatic with the results. Despite being a younger applicant, Scott helped me construct a holistic application that eventually allowed me to gain admission to Booth. Throughout the process, he was consistently responsive to each of my requests, kept me on pace to hit deadlines with step by step assistance, and provided ample resources to ensure preparedness for the interviews. I would highly recommend Scott to anyone looking to increase their chances of admission. He is ...
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  • Outstanding Results!
    12 months ago
    I have a GPA that falls in the bottom 20% in all universities I was considering, and a GMAT score of 710. However, my non-traditional background made my overall profile relatively risky, as I do not have a well-known company name on my resume, making my application tricky to some extent. Scott immediately told me the strengths and weaknesses of my applications, and still believed in me from the start. He always provided fast and great quality responses, was patient all along the way and always pushed me to improve every single detail presented in my application. I applied to a top school in Europe and an M7 school, and have been admitted to both. Looking back, it would have been near impossible to even get an ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Great Experience Working with Scott
    1 year ago
    I worked with Scott on my application for Columbia business school and could not have had a better experience. He was quick to respond to any questions I had with the process and was great with providing suggestions on how to improve the quality of essays. Scott's feedback was always honest and constructive and he didn't waste time trying to soften it. He was extremely helpful getting me to think about how my message would be perceived from an outside perspective and spent time helping me fine-tune it to articulate exactly what I had intended. Overall, would highly recommend Scott
    Class of 2022 Applicant
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  • Couldn't Have Gotten in My Dream School Without Scott! With Scholarship!
    1 year ago
    Scott was a very valuable resource throughout the entire application process. As an international applicant, I did not know a lot of people around me that were going through the same process, therefore I really needed someone that was knowledgable. Scott was a wealth of information and was extremely easy to talk. He was very straight-forward with his advice, not afraid to speak truthfully about the quality of your application, which was fantastic as it saved both his time and mine. When I was choosing an admission consultant, I selected Scott because I liked the idea of having one consultant help me through multiple schools, instead of the large consultancies where they allocate a different consultant for each application. This proved to be a very ...
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  • Couldn't Have Done It Without Him!
    1 year ago
    Scott was an absolutely amazing resource throughout the application process. When I first started working with Scott I hadn't hit my desired GMAT/GRE score and he was up front and candid about what was realistic considering my score at that time. I really appreciated that he didn't pander but was honest and constructive in his feedback. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable on the nuance of what each school is looking for and he gave me great advice for tailoring my story accordingly. His comments on my essays etc were always very constructive and helped me to think about my message from an outsiders perspective. He was always really quick to respond and I felt like I got a tailored, personal approach rather than ...
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  • If You're Serious About Your MBA, Use Scott
    1 year ago
    I started with Scott a month out from the final deadline for my dream program and, despite the short timeframe, we were able to put together a solid application, ace the interview, and get in. It wasn't easy, but if you're serious about getting into the best MBA program you can it would be silly to go at it alone. The investment in your future is worth it.
    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Wharton Mock TBDs With Personal MBA Coach
    1 year ago
    I have been a Round 2 Wharton applicant for its prestigious full-time MBA program for the class of 2021. With a 720 on the GMAT, I thought my chances of getting into Wharton would be highly bleak. But I didn't want to let go off the possibility of being admitted to Wharton and hold a regret throughout my life of not trying. To my surprise, I received an interview call and without any delay, I started preparing for the Team-Based Discussion and 10 min personal interview. That's when I came in touch with Scott. Scott helped me navigate the unusual interview format, including the TBD. Realizing that I would need practice for the TBD, I enrolled in one mock TBD session with personal MBA coach. ...
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    Class of 2021 Waitlist
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  • Extremely Personalized, Detailed, & Insightful Coach
    1 year ago
    I engaged with Scott quite last minute for a US Top 5 program. Previous to working with him, I was already invited for interviews at several Top 5 schools, but got dinged post-interview. Scott was quick to identify the missing gaps and provide extremely thorough and individualized feedback on my application. In addition, his turnaround time for polishing and editing my materials was very timely. He never did the work for me but provided valuable insights that were customized to what the target school was looking for. I also appreciated that his feedback was brutally honest, without any BS. In my opinion, what you need from an MBA consultant isn't someone who will write your essays, but one that truly spends time to understand where you ...
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  • No Bull, Gets Results! THE Difference Maker
    1 year ago
    Scott brings incredible insights into each step of the application process thanks to his career in the industry. He just gets it. I evaluated both large and independent consultants prior to applying, and each gave me the standard, sugar-coated feedback on application strengths and positioning my story. Scott provided a customized and tailored approach, was available through text and email each step of the way, and ultimately, navigated me to my dream school with a substantial scholarship. Can't recommend him, his team, and his services enough.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Wonderful Experience!
    1 year ago
    I have no words to express how grateful I am for all the guidance and support that Scott provided during the MBA application process. I was admitted into 4 out of 8 MBA programs I applied to and received full scholarship to the one most dear to my heart. My experience with Scott was absolutely invaluable and I know I would not have been able to succeed without him. He was there for me every step of the way. From the first moment I talked to Scott, it was obvious that he truly cares about me and was fully vested in my success. I wholeheartedly recommend Scott to anyone who is looking for an MBA consultant. I could have not asked for a better coach. ...
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  • Great Experience Working With Scott
    1 year ago
    I am currently a college senior. I’ve worked with Scott to apply for 6 MBA programs that have early admission/ deferral program. Now I have been accepted to one school and waiting for results on others. For the school I’ve been accepted, I also got half tuition which totally paid off the consultancy fees. I have to say that it has been a wonderful experience working with Scott. I’ve chatted with over 10 consultancies before deciding on who to work with. It was only until I was able to meet Scott in person when I traveled to Boson that I decided to work with him. Throughout the application process, he played a pivotal role. First of all, since I am a younger applicant, I was ...
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  • Best In The Business.
    1 year ago
    Scott helped me with 9 individual applications this year. He is hands down the reason behind the multiple acceptances I received from the top 7 B-schools including a full-ride offer from a top ivy. He provides an extremely professional service and works one-on-one to perfect every facet of your application. When you hire Scott, you get his undivided attention throughout the entire process. He is an extremely gifted and talented individual who I can confidently say is the absolute best in the business. Thank you Scott for all your help. I couldn't have done it without you!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Supportive, Empowering, & Safe
    1 year ago
    After researching and having phone calls with several consultants, I choose Scott to support me with my application. I could not have made a better choice! Scott cares about your applications. He is highly responsive in addressing questions, queries, and concerns. He makes sure to always have enough time for you, and follows up with you to make sure you're on-track. Scott also has significant experience. That means he understands how you as a person can shine and be different. His experience makes a difference in letting you be unique and stand out from the competition. Scott empowered me to understand how to write my own essay that showcased who I was using my own words. As someone from a background that does not traditionally apply to business ...
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  • Exceptional Experience!!
    1 year ago
    I worked with Scott this past application cycle and it's been an exceptional experience! From understanding my story to identifying my strengths and weaknesses, Scott has been an asset throughout the application process. We went through 15+ rounds of edits between 4 schools with average turnaround times of 2-3 days. After applying and being admitted to 3/4 schools, Scott continues to be a resource in helping to make sure I'm thinking through the pros and cons of each program as I make a final decision. Tldr; Scott and his team have been great to work with. Overall great pricing, quick turnaround times, and personalized packages.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Apt, Precise, & To The Point Help
    1 year ago
    Scott is a true professional and knows the college admissions process inside out. He was a tremendous help in getting me into Booth-EMBA and is currently helping me with my applications to EMBA Programs at Columbia, MIT, and Stern. He is highly responsive, gives fantastic tips, and advice. He is even available on weekends and is very flexible with time scheduling. I highly recommend Scott for EMBA applicants.
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  • Get The Edge You Want With Scott!
    1 year ago
    I met Scott at an MBA tour and was immediately blown away but his level of knowledge and expertise. Within 10 minutes, he totally changed my application game plan. I knew I had to work with him. I hired Scott for 2 schools. He was instrumental in helping me craft my story and also, I was extremely impressed by how much he knows about each specific school’s admission process. His knowledge definitely influenced how I approached each school’s essays. And during the essay process, he provided quick feedback and his revisions/suggestions only made my essays better. By the time I was ready to submit, I was so confident in my application. I didn’t have to worry about having said the wrong thing, accidental errors, etc. ...
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  • Amazing Application Support
    1 year ago
    Personal MBA Coach (Scott) supported me throughout the application process. I went in without a clear idea of how to approach the application, and PMC was a huge asset. I ultimately got into my top choice, and it wouldn't have been possible without their support. I'd recommend PMC to anyone who's pressed for time and/or would like to submit amazing quality applications.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • The BEST!!! Got Into HBS, Booth, Sloan, & LBS!
    1 year ago
    In Summary - Scott got me into four outstanding MBA programs despite my not having the highest of high GMAT scores. Through his coaching and advice, my essays and broader applications stood out. He helped me achieve my MBA dreams! Scott was instrumental in helping me through the MBA admissions process. I did a lot of research into which MBA Admissions Consultant I would work with and found that all other folks I spoke to for an introductory call just walked through a standard list of questions. Scott, on the other hand, had a conversation with me - about my career and life goals and experiences at my company. From that very first conversation all the way to the end, he was very personable and displayed ...
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  • Strongly Recommend Scott!
    1 year ago
    I am an Indian male applicant with a high GMAT score but a profile that's not very conventional (business degree in undergrad -> real estate strategy work ex). None of the firms on my resume were 'feeder firms' and hence while researching for MBA consultants, I got mixed responses about my prospects (one of the biggest MBA consulting firms in the US told me to apply to schools outside of the top-15 and to Cambridge Judge and below). Scott was one of the few consultants who fit the bill in more than one aspect: he boosted my confidence starting with our introductory call (encouraging me to apply to certain aspirational schools, cautioning against a couple), and since Scott's is a boutique firm, I was assured ...
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    Kartik Sharma
    MBA
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  • Stellar Experience With Scott
    1 year ago
    Scott is an amazing consultant for my business school application. I used another consultant in my round 1 application and did not have a great experience. I decided to switch and worked with Scott in my round 2 application for four schools and got in three of them with scholarships. Scott is extremely insightful, flexible, personable, and encouraging throughout the process. Highly recommend for everyone!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Just Go With Scott!
    1 year ago
    The short version: Researched multiple consultants. Chose Scott over all others. Got into Wharton, Columbia, and Ross despite tremendous odds. The long one: Since I was an Indian (read: one of the largest demographics) male (the most competitive gender) engineer (the hardest degree type to distinguish yourself in, especially when you are Indian), who was also a re-applicant with 8 years of experience, I knew it was going to be very hard to get into my dream school. I contacted 10+ consultants and spoke to them at length to understand how they operate. Given my background, I knew that I would need someone who will understand my story properly and help me craft a unique story. After talking to a few of the major consulting firms, ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Amazing Consultant
    1 year ago
    Scott is an exceptional resource to have throughout the long process of applying to schools. From the day you sign on, he forms a disciplined and effective schedule with you. Personally, he helped me from the very get-go, providing advice and clarity of which schools to apply to, how to effectively present your resume, format essays, and have successful interviews. Scott & his team also respond to any questions you may have day or night and always willing to jump on the phone with you. I made the right decision going with Personal MBA Coach and could not be any happier with the results as I got into my #1 choice. I strongly recommend other prospective students to use him. Thank you, Scott!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Genuine & Actually Cares
    1 year ago
    I started off the MBA process with a large, brand name consulting service that proved to be a huge disappointment (lack of communication, poor advice, generic approach). Luckily, I met Scott who was the polar opposite of my initial MBA consultant. He took the time to truly understand my background which was pivotal in helping me craft my story. He also had experience with other clients from my industry, which was a huge bonus as I come from a relatively niche industry. His structured approach and methods helped streamline the entire application process and significantly reduced the stress I felt about the daunting task of applying to b-school. If you're looking for a personalized experience from somebody that truly cares about their clients, Scott is ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • A Reliable Companion Along Your MBA Application Journey
    1 year ago
    Thanks to Scott's support, I have secured admission to HBS ($$), Wharton ($$), and Kellogg ($$$). I greatly appreciate Scott's support during my whole application process! Scott is very professional: despite our time difference (I'm an international application), Scott always ensures timely response to my question/request. When he can't, he would let me know in advance and propose a suitable timeline. Scott is very experienced. Rest assured that you can trust his knowledge on MBA applications, whether it's about what the Adcom focuses on or what differentiates each school. As I was applying to multiple schools, some obviously are different from others. Scott was able to make sure I know how to present myself and put myself in the best possible position. While Scott didn't change ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • A Choice Of Programs.. & Scholarships!
    1 year ago
    After receiving acceptance to all 3 programs I applied to in 2nd Round, as well as scholarships at two of the three, I can't say enough good things about Scott. He took time, in the beginning, to get to know me and understand the story I should tell in my applications, and was incredibly responsive throughout the process. Not only did Scott help immensely with the applications (essay writing, resume development, etc.), but he was also a great resource when I was evaluating which schools to apply to, and helped me understand where I should spend more time in my extracurriculars. Finally, the interview prep he helped coordinate was the cherry on top of a wonderful service - I can't recommend him enough!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Scott!
    1 year ago
    The MBA application process is a daunting task, but Scott was wonderful at laying out a clear framework that walked me through the entire process. He got to know my "story" inside out right away, which added significant value when we were brainstorming essay topics and editing my resume. Scott's quick turnaround time allowed me to continue with the momentum that I had while in the middle of writing my essays. His edits were insightful and helped me craft a compelling story for why I was pursuing an MBA. At the end of the process, I landed a significant scholarship to one of my top choices.
    Class of 2021 Other
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  • Huge Asset To My Admission Prep
    2 years ago
    Scott was extremely helpful in my admissions preparation for business school. I can say with confidence, as a successful HBS admit, that he played a pivotal role in helping me highlight my strengths to the ad-com. He assisted in interview prep, profile construction, and essay outlining. He also was a great resource just in general throughout the very self-reflective process that is the MBA admissions process.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Awesome Service!
    2 years ago
    It was a crazy ride from start to finish applying for top MBA programs. It wouldn't have been possible without Scott's assistance. Coming from an engineering background, both undergraduate and career-wise, I did not know anyone who went to a full-time MBA program let alone a top MBA program. I thought I could handle the process by myself with assistance from friends and family. I soon realized I was in over my head. This caused me to regroup and postpone applying to schools for a year while I found an expert to assist me. I heavily researched lots of different admission consultants including having an initial screening with a handful. Ultimately, I was looking for a consultant who had a few key qualities: success getting students ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • More Than Just A Consultant
    2 years ago
    Working with Scott was the best decision I made in the arduous application process. He was HIGHLY responsive to any questions or concerns I had during this stressful time. My only regret is not doing the 5 school package (I chose the 3 schools). Scott really knows how to present your story in the best way possible to maximize your chances of admission and scholarship. If you're serious about an MBA, get started with him sooner rather than later!! Scott is more than just a consultant, he is a mentor and life coach!
    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Results That Matter
    2 years ago
    I met Scott at the MBA tour in Toronto in August 2018, we chatted for a bit that day, as I did with many other consultants. About a week later, we set up a free consult and the first thing that made him stand out was how much he remembered from our conversation......many other consultants are just talking heads until you hire them. I enjoyed getting the personalized experience even before I decided to work with him. I hired Scott in Sept for just one school, and after 2 weeks I decided to go with the 3 school package to reduce my risk. I applied to Wharton, HBS and LBS Round 2. From day 1 the service was always available, always personal and always so ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommended!
    2 years ago
    I was originally a bit skeptical on working with a consultant but changed my mind after taking a free consultation with Scott Edinburgh, Personal MBA Coach. I knew within 5 minutes conversation that I needed to work with him. I had taken consultations with another company but Scott possesses a warm personality that to put his clients at ease throughout the application process. Aside from all of his insights, I appreciated Scott’s ability to help to present my application in the most positive light. Furthermore, he was completely committed to helping me stick to our schedule and thoroughly review my essays. He diplomatically pushed me to do some self-reflection and demonstrated my unique story in the application essay. As a result of his consultant, ...
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    Class of 2021 Applicant
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  • Highly Recommend
    2 years ago
    I got admitted into LBS Class of 2021. Scott, thank you so much for the help! Scott is highly professional and a down-to-detail consultant and someone you can put into trust. Scott is very experienced and knows each school very well. Therefore, he was able to bring in more insights beneath general website info. He has navigated me through the entire MBA process with great details and helped me craft my own strategy along the way. With his help, I was able to identify my strengths and weaknesses and took action on them. He also kindly introduced his connections to me during the interview prep. It really helped a lot! On top of that, Scott has an admirable work ethic. He worked so hard and always responses within 48 hours, even ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Superb Support
    2 years ago
    I reached out to Scott while I was doing my research on various admission consultants, and after the first call with Scott, I knew he was the right consultant for me. Throughout the duration of our association, he has been available through a call/email etc especially when it is a time-sensitive issue. We took a lot of time to decide on the target schools based on my application as I wanted to apply to a lot of them, but then he helped me streamline my thought process. His approach in helping me build my story was phenomenal as he gave me ideas to ponder over instead of just enforcing me to use one strategy. This definitely helped me clarify the career trajectory for the application ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Excellent Service!
    2 years ago
    I would highly recommend Scott and the Personal MBA Coach to anyone interested in getting accepted into a top MBA program. Scott is patient, organized, attentive, and an excellent coach through the entire process. Together, we laid out a strategy (which included guidance on the resume, essays, interviews, and other crucial factors) that eventually led to a series of well-rounded applications that demonstrated my appeal as an MBA prospect to the adcom. But instead of trying to mold my application into a predictable form, we worked together to create an application that was authentic. Scott was an integral part of my HBS application success, and I sincerely recommend him for application consulting!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Great Individualized Experience With Personal MBA Coach
    2 years ago
    I am a new member of the Wharton class of 2021. This past fall I worked with Scott on a 5 school comprehensive package. From the start, I felt that Scott was personally invested in my MBA application journey. I only ever interacted with Scott, and I felt that Scott knew my story and my essays inside and out. He was very accessible anytime I wanted to chat via phone or email. He provided great insights into what each school was looking for in its application--the kind of detail and nuance I would have never known without his help! I am incredibly excited to be attending Wharton and would 100% recommend Scott to anyone seeking the best possible outcomes from their MBA application process.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • There For Me Every Step Of The Way
    2 years ago
    The MBA application process can be overwhelming and all-consuming, especially for someone who has a demanding job. After chatting with several consulting companies, I felt that Scott was genuine and sincere and had my best interest at heart. He was very honest about my candidacy, evaluating and suggesting schools as he saw as good possibilities while all encouraging and supportive for “reach” schools. Scott was relentless in seeking to reveal and present the best of me. With patience, he inquired and brainstormed, until there were clear ideas for the various essays required; with professionalism, he helped edited and re-edited the essays. Scott will continue to push you until you put forth your absolute best work and deliver results. He was unflappable in a crisis and advised sound remedy based ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Great Service, Great Guy!
    2 years ago
    I'm applying for MIT / HBS / LBS this year and due to work commitment, my original plan with him had to change and I was working under a very tight timeline with him during Christmas and new year on my applications. Despite these difficulties and holiday season, Scott prioritized my applications and we managed to put together something that's superb and I submitted right on the deadline day. I also found him very direct, responsible, reliable and flexible to accommodate my needs. He's always very responsive on emails and never replied more than 2 days after my emails. Further, I found the HBS interview guy (who's working for him) extremely helpful. He put me on the spot, tried to challenging me and gave me ...
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    Bowen Zhang
    MBA
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  • HIGHLY Recommend Scott Edinburgh @ Personal MBA Coach
    2 years ago
    I am a first year MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School and I have Scott Edinburgh to thank for it! It was a long, yet incredibly transformative journey to business school and I can certainly say that I would not have been able to do it without the help of Scott. Being there every step of the way, Scott will help you craft a strategy that helps present your best self in your B-School applications. He dives deep and curates your brand, your story, your resume, your letters of recommendation requests, and your essays line by line, going through as many iterations as you need to be confident in what you are submitting to admissions. When it comes time to interview, Scott will strengthen your interviewing ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Great Experience
    2 years ago
    Scott is extremely knowledgeable about schools and test taking. He will offer you great guidance. He puts a lot of emphasis on ethics as he does not write essays for students and lets students' unique voices shine throughout the application process. He offers superb interview tips and mock interview sessions to make sure that you go into the interview with confidence! I highly recommend him.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Reliable & Patient - Scott's Your Man!
    2 years ago
    Scott was the quintessential pillar of support during my applications. I was really struggling to manage with intense work-life and my applications. Scott set deadlines and planned out my journey to ensure we finished the applications well in time. At the same time, when I failed to meet these deadlines, he demonstrated patience and worked to help me push past the finish line. The other great attribute of Scott that I really appreciate is his ability to give candid feedback. He has a clear line of thinking and communicates his ideas quite clearly. He was surely the much-needed sounding board for my applications! He has a great sense of what works and what doesn't - which is extremely helpful to international applicants like myself who ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Go With Scott!
    2 years ago
    When I first applied to business school in 2016, I was rejected by six of the M7 schools. With Scott's guidance in 2018, I was able to secure acceptances from Kellogg, Booth and Sloan and was offered a combined $170K in scholarship money from Kellogg and Booth. I started the process with Scott after meeting him in late July 2018 after the MBA Tour and listening to his talk about the 10 things that one must do to prepare for applications. He seemed very knowledgeable and mentioned his connections with admissions offices, all while offering insights that I would never find online. I immediately signed up with him and am so glad that I did. Scott took the time to thoroughly understand my background before laying ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Great Service!
    2 years ago
    Starting off, I knew I wanted to work with a consultant because I wanted someone to help keep me on track while I balanced a busy job (I do consulting) and my extracurricular commitments. My initial search process started off with the free 30-min consultations with the larger brand names. I realized that I wanted more personalized attention and that the quality of the experience varied based on which consultant you worked with when signing on with a larger group. Eventually, I found Scott and we connected because of our backgrounds (Scott is a former consultant) and the fact that I would get his personalized attention throughout the process. We worked together on 3 applications. He was extremely helpful when it came to outlining an essay ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Highly Recommended and Responsive
    2 years ago
    After calling several consulting firms for their free consultation, I found that Scott was the most straightforward and provided the most honest feedback. He did not try to up-sell me his services when I indicated that I only wanted to apply to two schools. He indicated that my odds were not the greatest upfront and did not pressure me to use his services, unlike some of the big firms that referred me to their outside/lesser known partners. I ultimately accepted early decision at one school and declined my interview at the other. Throughout the application process, Scott kept his promise on providing comments or feedback within 48 hours. I was able to get quicker responses/live phone calls within 24 hours, when necessary. Given that Scott ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Personal MBA Coach is the Way to Go
    2 years ago
    I searched around on the internet for weeks and used introductory consultations from more than 5 different admissions consulting services prior to selecting Scott of Personal MBA Coach to assist me on an hourly basis with my applications. My only regret was that I chose to use Scott for just a couple of hours for each of my applications rather than purchasing more extensive packages for each school. In addition to Scott's impressive background as an MIT and Wharton graduate and his extensive track record of success in assisting MBA applicants to get accepted to their target schools, there are a few aspects of Scott's Personal MBA Coach services that I believe really separate him from most MBA consulting services: 1. Rather than provide me ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Best MBA admissions consulting services
    2 years ago
    The Personal MBA Coach Team has been instrumental in my MBA admissions journey. They truly made it possible for me to achieve my long term dream of getting admitted to a top business school. The team's thorough knowledge of the entire application process and guidance on how best to position myself along with various nuances related to each school, The Personal MBA Coach really customized and supported me extensively throughout the MBA process. I am a non-traditional MBA candidate, with a PhD and a little older than traditional applications that was discouraged by other MBA coaching and advisory services in terms of my aspirations of getting admitted to a full time program. But once I spoke with the The Personal MBA Coach, he provided a ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Go with Scott!
    2 years ago
    Scott was absolutely incredible to work with! At first, I was debating going through the admissions process without an admissions consultant, but in hindsight, I'm so glad I decided to go with Scott. He is very experienced and knowledgeable about the process, is extremely responsive (e.g. essay revisions turned around within 24 hours), and I can tell he gives his 100% effort to each of his clients. I also appreciate that Scott gives it to you as is - he isn't one to sugarcoat and will give you the feedback you need to hear. I'm happy to say I will be attending my top choice (Wharton) this fall, and I can't thank Scott enough for getting us here. I felt well-prepared throughout the whole process (including no ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Great Experience with Scott!
    2 years ago
    I worked with Scott on the interview preparation portion of my application to HBS. I can say honestly that without this interview preparation, I would not have been ready for the depth of questions I was asked in my actual interview. This package was a critical part of my preparation, and allowed me to go into the interview feeling confident and prepared. Scott was always just a quick email away if I needed anything, and his service was a key factor in my preparation that ultimately led to an HBS admission. I would recommend Scott and his team to any of my peers applying to business school. And can truly say it was 100% worth the money. Thank you Scott!
    - Langdon Hollingsworth
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  • Wonderful experience with Personal MBA Coach!
    2 years ago
    I could not have asked for a better experience working with Scott and his team at Personal MBA Coach. Before starting each application I scheduled a phone call with Scott to review my ideas for the essays and ended each call with a clear path forward. After drafting the essays and sending over to Scott I received thoughtful and helpful feedback within 48 hours which helped me keep moving my MBA applications forward. Working with Scott on essays and with his colleagues on interview prep was incredibly helpful. I ended up being admitted to my top choice M7 program with a large merit fellowship and am so glad I chose to work with Personal MBA Coach throughout this process.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Scott was essential for my successful MBA application
    2 years ago
    Scott was absolutely instrumental to my success in the business school application process; there was no way I would have been as successful and comfortable without him. From our very first conversation, it was clear that Scott had exactly the expertise, experience, and empathy I was looking for in an excellent MBA coach. Scott guided me through the entire process, including picking my target schools, setting milestones and deadlines, crafting my story, reviewing my applications, essays, and recommendations, interview prep, and even up to post-offer strategy. Throughout the process, Scott was extremely available at all times of the day; there was not a moment that I was worried that he would not be available to me for an important part of the process. In addition, he pulled ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Absolutely stellar experience
    2 years ago
    Scott worked with me for nearly nine-months as I navigated the arduous MBA application process. He and his team helped with everything from school selection, to essay review, interview prep and post-acceptance decision making. From the very beginning, Scott got down to brass tacks. He helped me understand the best way to package my profile and frame my story. He additionally provided valuable insight into the specifics of what each program's admissions committees are looking for, which helped me to tailor my applications to their expectations. As a partner throughout this process, Scott was a professional in every sense; he was attentive, honest, and discerning. The overall experience was top-rate. With Scott's help, I was ultimately accepted into several top MBA programs with substantial scholarship money. I ...
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  • Highly Recommend Using Scott & Personal MBA Coach team
    2 years ago
    Choosing Scott as my MBA consultant was the best investment I made in preparing for graduate school admissions. I initially discovered Scott/Personal MBA Coach through a meeting with a recruitment member from the program I would be applying to. He spoke very highly of Scott and his team and recommended that if I needed help with any stage of the application or test preparation to consider Scott. About a year later at a QS MBA fair, I sat in the different MBA counselor panels and Scott’s presentation and expertise hit the nail on the head for what I was looking to achieve (1) authentically branding myself for an MBA, (2) support and guidance during the application process, and (3) he knew the school I ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Couldn't Have Asked for a Better Consultant!
    2 years ago
    I searched around on the internet for weeks and used introductory consultations from more than 5 different admissions consulting services prior to selecting Scott of Personal MBA Coach to assist me with my applications. I initially purchased a one school package and quickly upgraded to a 3-school after seeing how valuable Scott's help was. I also purchased individual hours for R2 apps after going 5/5 in round 1. In addition to Scott's impressive background as an MIT and Wharton graduate and his extensive track record of success in assisting MBA applicants to get accepted to their target schools, there are a few aspects of Scott's Personal MBA Coach services that I believe really separate him from most MBA consulting services: 1. Rather than provide me ...
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    Class of 2019 Other
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  • Highly recommend working with Scott
    2 years ago
    I worked with Scott last year on both my Round 1 and Round 2 applications for business school. Scott and I met early on in the process and he helped me frame my story for why I wanted to go to business school and what I would contribute. Throughout the process, Scott helped me construct my broader pitch, refine my essays, and prepare for interviews. I found Scott to be valuable across all three of these dimensions. His ability to offer constructive, candid feedback is a great asset and not something you will get at all admissions services. In particular, I would recommend Scott's ability to coach through interviews. His practice interviews prepared me very well for the actual ones, with the questions often being ...
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    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • Scotty Knows!
    2 years ago
    I worked with a large consulting company prior to coming to Scott. I regret not using Scott from the start. The level of personal attention from him is unmatched, and he is sincerely invested in your future. I give him the highest recommendation possible. His expertise clearly was superior to my other consultant. The MBA process is a complicated, stressful road, and Scott was the perfect guide to steer me in the right direction every step of the way. From business school selection, essay work, and interview preparation, Scott provided the necessary attention to detail that brought out the best in me. I am thrilled to say I was accepted to both the programs Scott helped me apply to. Thank you Scott.
    - Michael Grossman
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  • Scott helped me get into every school I applied to
    2 years ago
    Scott was focused on helping me succeed throughout our time together. He was able to advise me on every step of the process and I achieved my goal of attending UCLA Anderson.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • 12/10 Experience (and results)
    2 years ago
    Scott did a fantastic job preparing me for interviews and creating my resume. I came in with a below average (at best) resume and he did a fantastic job helping me stand out to give me that extra edge. Scott is attentive, quick to respond, professional and provides an experience second to none. Not only did he help me cater my resume towards business school applications but also worked diligently on a resume catered toward the internship I had been pursuing - and was ultimately rewarded. Having used other services (both private and larger "institutional size" programs), I can honestly say he is by far the best.
    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • Scott Will Get It DONE!
    2 years ago
    When doing my initial search for an admissions consultant, I was first drawn to the big-name consulting companies. Yet, after doing more research I realized that I did not merely want to be another faceless customer at one of these big firms. I knew that I needed the personalized support that Scott @ Personal MBA Coach provides in order to get through the application process in one piece. The whole application process, from b-school research to essay writing, is intensive, time-consuming, and stressful. I highly recommend Scott as the person ripe for the job to get you through it—with success. Truth be told, Scott gets into the minutiae of the entire application, including the 50 character explanations for my ECs in your undergraduate studies. From ...
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    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • Simply the best. Scott got me into Stanford GSB!
    2 years ago
    I don't write online reviews. Especially not 6 years after the purchase. But Scott deserves an exception. I knew MBA applications were a long shot for me to begin with. Coming from a no-name international school (not known to the U.S. application dropdown menu), I was hoping that I "had it in me", but at the same time know that I needed to craft the perfect application, most importantly the essays, to stand out. My first call was into Sandy Kreisberg. My second into Scott. I went with Scott, and never regretted it. The results spoke for themselves: 4 applications (all top schools), 3 admissions, including my dream choice: Stanford GSB. Scott knows inside out how to tailor your best and hightest-chance-of-success application package. He continually challenged me ...
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    Class of 2015 Admit
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  • Scott got me into my dream school
    2 years ago
    Scott is no only a great resource to bounce ideas off of, but also an excellent essay editor. Much of my reason for a consultant was to develop a strategy for my application to school. I am a traditional background and struggled with what would make me stand out. Scott was great at helping me with this. However, Scott's strongest suit may be essay editing. I believe he is second to none at this. He would take my ideas/writing and put them all together in a coherent story that spoke directly to what I could add to a program. Evan after all that hard work, I was waitlisted at two of my top schools. Scott was integral ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Incredible Experience with Scott
    2 years ago
    I worked with Scott Edinburgh at Personal MBA Coach and I could not have been happier! Scott offers an incredible personal experience that is very hard to find. The fact that you are working with an individual and not a company cannot be emphasized enough. Don't be fooled by the big company name / support services that some larger firms have. At the end of the day you work with one person most of the time so why not work directly with an expert for the same price rather than an employee of a larger firm? I hired a very well known name and was not satisfied as the support did not feel personalized enough since I was just a number in the process and ...
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    Class of 2011 Admit
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  • Strong results
    2 years ago
    After meeting with and chatting with over 7 MBA admissions consultants, ranging from the biggest brand names to the smallest independents, I decided to go with Scott, Personal MBA Coach, as my advisor for 8 schools. Not because he was the most optimistic or the most pessimistic, but because he seemed honest and like an easy guy to work with, with an equal to or better track record of success versus his competitors. We agreed on some “safe” schools, some “matches,” and some “reaches,” and decided that a strategy of applying to 8 match-to-reaches with no safety schools would be an optimal strategy for my goals and risk tolerance. I applied to all of the M7+Tuck, and to my surprise received offers of admission to ...
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    Class of 2018 Other
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  • Scott is the best!
    2 years ago
    A good friend of mine who was helping me through the process asked me if I wanted to chat with Scott. Since the 15 min call was free, I called Scott and shared with him my story. To my surprise, he did not sugarcoat his points of reservation, and was very forward about what aspects was not working. His honesty is refreshing. At no point in the conversation did I feel that he was courting me for his services. He was already serving me. I only had budget for one or two schools. He recommended that we work together on the school that has the highest admit rate, because I was aiming to get into any top program in this application season. I chose to ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Highly recommend Scott Edinburgh!!
    3 years ago
    I highly recommend Scott. I did my homework and spoke to quite a few MBA consultants before settling with Scott. He was by far the most down to earth and easy to speak to. He is very knowledgeable about the admission's process, across US Ivy league and European top business schools. His turn around time was amazing, whether it was a weekend or a weekday, he always replied almost the same day. He was very honest in his feedback. He helped schedule two mock interviews, which was very helpful. At the end, I managed to get into LBS as well as get a scholarship without which I could not have proceeded further. I would urge anyone shopping for a consultant to give Scott a try! ...
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    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • What you see is what you get
    3 years ago
    I decided to apply for MBA late in June, and to make the GMAT that I took 5 years ago count, I had to go for round 1, which left me with only 2-3 months to complete the whole thing. I talked to several friends who had MBA experience, and figured hiring a consultant would be very helpful in my case. I did not know where to start, so I googled. After visiting a few forums, I collected a few names, including both big names with a large team of consultants, as well as smaller shops like Personal MBA Coach. After completing several free consulting sessions, it was almost no brainer to go with Scott. The big firms are super good at marketing, followed up warmly ...
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  • The best there is.
    3 years ago
    I vetted no less than 10 consultants. Scott is the most level-headed, logical, patient, knowledgable, and easy to work with. We worked on a four school package and I also added on several extra hours. He helped me craft my work experience, passions and extracurriculars in a very positive way and prepared me well for interviews. Actually, I overprepared. As a result of our months-long work I am attending my dream school with an $80,000 scholarship. Scott makes the process fun and rewarding. You may be considering someone else or thinking you can do this on your own. Why risk the results of one of the most important decisions of your life. Go with Scott!
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Excellent Support
    3 years ago
    I got in Columbia CBS - 2019 thanks to Scott and his team. I decided to have the full school package, and they helped me from determining my interests (sounds strange, but true), sourcing the schools, finalizing shortlists, editing resume, brainstorming and editing essays, application review, and interview prep. The following is what I think makes Scott better than the rest: 1. Response rate: All communication was responded within 24 hours. 2. Personal attention: All questions are answered tailoring to your situation, in full details. He actually helped me understand what the admissions committee was all about. 3. Feedback: Frank, to-the-point feedback. 4. Editing: Extremely careful editing, and clear feedback whenever needed. Once you start working with him, you KNOW that you are NOT wasting ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Brilliant experience!!
    3 years ago
    I initially reached out to several admissions consultants (including some of the larger ones), but I found Scott at Personal MBA Coach to be the most engaged, thoughtful, and interested throughout the initial consultation process. The fact that I knew I would be working with him throughout the admissions process (rather than passed on to someone I had no connection with, which seems to be the practice of the larger firms) was also hugely important to me, particularly given the impression he made when I first spoke to him. In the end, Scott at Personal MBA Coach made my decision to work with him a relatively easy one. I went with the comprehensive school package and started preparing four applications in late-June. Throughout the process, ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Highly Recommended
    3 years ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Scott during the application process for M7 programs. Although I had a strong profile in terms of undergrad reputation, GPA, test scores and work experience, I knew that admission to the M7 programs would be highly competitive. Before I decided to work with Scott, I did my research and narrowed my options between one of the largest consulting companies and Scott's company. With pricing being relatively equal, I decided to go with Personal MBA coach because I wanted to work with Scott directly, as opposed to a random consultant who was working for one of the larger companies. Scott's academic pedigree is second to none - MIT grad / Wharton MBA. He knows exactly what it takes to ...
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    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • Awesome experience!
    3 years ago
    I took the comprehensive school package with Scott. Since I had already created a shortlist of my schools, we concentrated more on essays and application content and interviews. The overall experience with Scott was excellent! With his help, I got into two of my dream schools, INSEAD and LBS. I started preparing for applications pretty late (mid August with September timelines). This, plus a demanding job, meant I was working late in the night on applications and needed someone who could help me finish the applications in such short time with quick turnarounds. Scott exceeded these expectations and was as invested in my applications as I was! There were times when he replied to my mails with edits and quick responses within hours. I would ...
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    - Akash Rungta
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  • Highly Recommend
    3 years ago
    As a non traditional applicant, developing a compelling narrative was a task that I knew would be challenging and after reviewing ~10 admission consulting companies, I moved forward with Personal MBA Coach to be my partner during the application process. Personal MBA Coach helped work with me on my storyline, discover what makes me unique, and used these details to work with me to develop a concise and compelling narrative. I succeeded in getting into 4 of my target schools all with scholarship amounts. I highly recommend partnering with Personal MBA Coach.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Got me into bschool!
    3 years ago
    When I decided to apply to Bschool, I knew that I needed some extra support. After some research, I found Personal MBA Coach and had a chat with Scott. He was friendly, genuinely interested, and understood where I was coming from and my needs. Scott was so helpful and open from the beginning and constantly challenged me. He critiqued my essays and references with great detail and endless patience. I have an unconventional background and was very unfamiliar with this kind of process; Scott helped me to pull out the right elements of my background and experience and convey it in the "Bschool way". I had a low GMAT score for the schools I applied to and there's no way I would've gotten into LBS ...
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    - Jannicke Jebsen
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  • Great Experience - Highly Recommend
    3 years ago
    I spoke with numerous large consulting firms and ended up choosing Personal MBA Coach because he was very clearly focused on this industry (rather than doing it on the side) and didn't sugar coat his feedback. Scott isn't in the business of telling you how great you are in order to make you like him - he'll be totally blunt and straightforward with you. In the end, this is something that I felt was extremely valuable for my application because it forced me to really look at what I was bringing to the table and go into the entire process more prepared than I would have otherwise. On top of that, he's always very responsive and I always felt like I was receiving above and ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Do you want to get into a top MBA program? If so, you should work with Scott (Personal MBA Coach).
    3 years ago
    I tried applying to schools on my own first. Despite an extremely high GMAT score and good work experience I only got two interviews, and I struck out at all 6 places I applied. I didn't even get waitlisted anywhere. For my second year of applications, I decided to get help. After talking to multiple consultants and feeling less than thrilled about their pitches (most were obviously just after my money) I talked to Scott. He was more engaged than anyone else, and most importantly he seemed to genuinely want to help me. Long story short, I ended up getting interviews at 4 of 5 places Scott helped me apply to. I was accepted at two schools (one with a decent scholarship), and waitlisted at ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Highly Recommended - Personal MBA Coach
    3 years ago
    I would highly recommend Scott at Personal MBA Coach. Apart from his vast knowledge of MBA programs he has a wealth of knowledge about various industries which really helps to craft compelling stories. I had a non-traditional background and Scott spent a lot of time helping me to develop a story that both made logical sense and aligned with my target career path. Scott really pushes you to make your essays the best that they can be; he’s tough in his critiques but at the same time encouraging. Sometimes I would get his essay reviews back and think to myself “I can’t do that” but he would keep pushing until I got there – even if it was 5 or 6 revisions. Scott was always ...
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    Class of 2019 Anonymous
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