Seth Gilmore

Senior Consultant

MBA Exchange

United States

Consultant Bio

An MBA graduate of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Seth has supported a range of business school candidates and advised scores of successful applicants on essay writing, interview preparation and overall positioning. At Tuck, Seth supported the Director of MBA Admissions on matriculant research and data analysis. His professional background includes management roles at The New York Times as well as real estate sales. Seth’s entrepreneurial background includes founding two companies in the US and co-founding one in India. He has advised other entrepreneurs in Europe, South Africa and Bangladesh, and helped organize a national conference for LGBT MBAs. Seth graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Denison University summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded the Presidential Medal, his alma mater’s highest honor.

Company Information

When everyone claims to be “the leading MBA admissions company,” do words matter anymore? Who are you supposed to believe?

To be frank, we don’t pay a ton of attention to the field. Our objective can be summed up in one word: “Win.”

We don’t mess around. Our temperament comes from––in all candor––age and experience and enormous success. We keep a lower profile than others, but that’s part of our story. Our word of mouth from former clients is so powerful, we have the luxury to remain focused on the work, rather than on promoting ourselves. (As future business people, just think about how cool that is.) We’re able to dedicate all our time to helping our clients win by getting into elite business schools, and setting them up for success well beyond. If that kind of professional formula sounds like a good match for what you’re all about, come meet us. Let’s find out if we’ll click.

A lot of firms sport elite former Adcoms. And elite MBAs. And eye-popping stats and success and reviews. So…

Yes. If we were in your shoes, our eyes would glaze over, too. But you’ll do your due diligence––and we encourage it. Picking the right coach is important. In the end, you’ll have a strong sense of who’s for real and who’s all flair but no substance. Who offers a sincere, intelligent assessment versus who will prey on your anxiety. Our advice: put together a shortlist of firms, and go meet as many as you need. Get a feel. If you’re truly top MBA material, we’re confident you’ll recognize the unmistakable signature of experience, excellence and sincerity. In your bones.

Cool, but what’s The MBA Exchange’s… thing? What, if anything, makes your firm different?

  • A self-assuredness and focus that comes from experience and a roster of true professionals.
  • No bullsh*t. [Caring? Yes. Determined? Yes. Coddling? Not so much.]
  • Genuinely good, smart, decent, solid people.* 

[*As you get older and wiser, you start to realize how important this is, and more interestingly… how rare. Our M.O. at The MBA Exchange since our inception has been to only invite not just the smartest and most accomplished professionals onto our team, but also only those people who are genuinely “good eggs.” People we genuinely like. People we find to be mature and dependable and committed to others’ success. It may seem like a strange differentiator to call out, but honestly, that’s the one that may matter most at the end of the day.]

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

We offer three different packages to accommodate individuals with different needs and budgets. Our Gold and Platinum packages include everything under the sun: deep strategic guidance plus comprehensive essay development, along with all the supporting elements such as interview prep, resume and LOR support, and unlimited access to your MBA consultant. We also offer a more economical Silver package (starting at $3,450) for those who prefer a more targeted experience: deep strategy plus essay development (and the flexibility to add on any individual elements as needed).

Location: United States

Phone: +1 888-305-5553



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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Seth Is The Best!
    2 years ago
    Seth and I worked together on multiple applications and I highly recommend him. Throughout the process, Seth was collaborative, insightful, and unafraid to tell hard truths. More importantly, he genuinely cared about my outcomes. Ultimately this is what made the partnership so successful. Seth expertly moved me from generic cliches to genuine insights about my candidacy. This resulted in applications that were perfectly positioned for my background and the programs I was applying to. Seth excellently prepared me for interviews, teaching me how to identify the deeper meanings of commonly asked questions and how to best convey my story to the interviewer. He also conferred me on deep knowledge of the application process, which was particularly helpful when I launched a successful waitlist campaign. Seth ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Seth Was Crucial To My Success
    3 years ago
    Seth was instrumental in helping me through the admissions process. From Day 1, he was providing valuable information on effective networking and successful interaction with the programs to which I was applying. Coming from a non-traditional background in engineering, I had no idea what MBA programs valued or expected when it came to resumes or essays. In working through the development of my resume and stories, he provided constant feedback and helped pull out what was important for me to say. When work priorities impacted my ability to focus on my applications, Seth went above and beyond to help me succeed in a reduced timeframe. Without his help, I couldn't imagine getting into a top school, let alone with a generous scholarship. I can't recommend ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Gave Me the Insight I Needed
    4 years ago
    Seth from MBA Exchange was a vital part of my being accepted into my target school, Tuck. I come from a somewhat non-traditional background, sales, and work in a division of my company where attending an elite business school is not a goal for most. This left me so confused with the basics of how to go about networking with the right people, telling my story in a way that speaks to the values of business schools, and how "speak the language" of MBA's. Seth gave as much time as I asked for (a lot) and patiently talked me through navigating the milieu of top schools. Of course, he helped with goals, essays, and apps very effectively as well, but the real value was in ...
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    Andrew Tamm
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • I totally recommend Seth
    6 years ago
    Seth is very diligent and detail-oriented. Needless to say he is extremely skilled and informative. He played a very crucial role in my application process and I ended up with successful top apps. With everything that went on at work, I was preoccupied with tasks/deliverables and if not for Seth, I wouldn't have done justice to the application process. He challenged me at every step as much as he was critical. His feedback wasn't always rosy but it propelled me to constantly improve and make the content better. He was timely in responding (very responsive) and went above and beyond his role, assumed extra responsibilities to just get the apps out on time. I can't thank him enough and I definitely attribute a huge part ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Incredible working with Seth
    7 years ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Seth when I was applying to schools for the Class of 2017, and I can say without a shred of doubt that Seth was instrumental in achieving admission to my dream school. He's honest, at times brutally so (he'll definitely let you know when your essay drafts are sub-par!) but never mean or unfair. More critically, he is clear with his feedback and works to make sure your voice and your story comes through, rather than putting words in your mouth. No doubt this often makes for more back and forth which only means more work for Seth, but he patiently powers through because he knows the end result is a more powerful and honest essay from the ...
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    Class of 2017 Anonymous
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  • The MBA Exchange was instrumental
    7 years ago
    The MBA Exchange was instrumental in allowing me to put forth the best possible application and find effective ways to sell my non-traditional, qualitatively-oriented educational and career background. My uphill battle was compounded by two layoffs within the past five years and subsequent difficulty in maintaining a track record of increasing stature and responsibility in my work positions. More than anything, what the MBA Exchange brought to the process was perspective. I My consultant, Seth Gilmore, challenged me to bring everything about; placing my story, crafting my niche, and selling that to the audience. This applied to every aspect of the application, above and beyond the essays. Seth brought the essential reviewer/reader’s perspective and his input enabled me to refine and emphasize certain points to ...
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    Class of 2016 Anonymous
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  • I would like to recommend Seth Gilmore of MBA Exchange
    7 years ago
    I would like to recommend Seth Gilmore of MBA Exchange. I am sure that without his assistance I wouldn’t have made it to one of the top 10 business schools (poetsandquants ranking). Seth coached me through entire process; working with him was an absolutely transformative experience. The list of items was pretty much the same the most MBA consulting companies offer but the personal approach really made the difference. Seth helped me to re-evaluate my achievements and shape my personal brand without adding anything that wasn’t part of me. He helped me to completely revamp the resume, articulate my short- and long-term goals and prepare the essays for each school in a clear and compelling way. Seth was very diligent and professional. He was replying ...
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    Class of 2017 Anonymous
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  • Fantastic experience working with Seth
    7 years ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Seth in helping me draft applications to 5 top tier schools. Seth went out of his way to work with my schedule and help me work through the full MBA Exchange process to get a firm grasp on my goals and my story. These were things that I knew internally, but working with Seth to put a clear definition on my long term goals, my goals for business school, and identifying my unique qualities and value-adds to an MBA community will serve me for years to come. Seth was remarkably great with his speed of response and provided detailed feedback so that I was able to communicate my goals in my essays and create an arc for my ...
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    Class of 2018 Anonymous
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