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Shaifali Aggarwal

Founder, CEO

Ivy Groupe

New York, New York

United States

Net Promoter Score: 10

Consultant Bio

Shaifali is a graduate of Harvard Business School (HBS) and Princeton University as well as the Founder/CEO of Ivy Groupe.  She is an expert in the MBA admissions consulting field, having spent 5+ years with leading MBA admissions consulting firms (EVP, Business Development & Strategy and Senior Consultant) successfully coaching hundreds of clients to top-tier MBA programs.

Shaifali collaborated with the HBS Admissions Office as VP Admissions of the Women’s Student Association and has insight into the qualities that top-tier MBA programs look for in candidates.  Because of her deep knowledge of the MBA application process, Shaifali has been quoted as an expert in U.S. News; additionally, she has been a contributor to Forbes.  She has also been a featured speaker on the QS World MBA Tour and has led webinars on Beat The GMAT and GMAT Club.

Shaifali’s rich and multi-faceted career across industries and functions makes her extremely well suited to understand the varied backgrounds of her clients. Before making the transition to education management, Shaifali spent most of her career as a finance professional on Wall Street, where she worked in the investment banking and asset management industries at leading companies such as JPMorgan and Neuberger Berman. She also has experience working in the educational non-profit sector and as an entrepreneur, founding an online media company.

Shaifali especially enjoys working closely with clients to craft authentic, compelling strategies for their applications that tie together their unique experiences.

Company Information

Ivy Groupe is a boutique MBA admissions consulting company that provides personalized services to clients around the world who are applying to top-tier MBA programs.  Ivy Groupe’s modus operandi is in-depth customer service – we care deeply about our clients, which is why our clients always come first and have our full attention.

Why Partner With Us: From Day 1, you know that Shaifali, a highly experienced MBA Admissions Consultant, will be your primary Consultant.  This differs from other MBA admissions consulting firms that pair you with a Consultant who they think will be the best fit; these Consultants are primarily working part time or may be less experienced.  You will also benefit from input from our Advisory Board, comprised of professionals who have attended top-tier MBA programs and who understand the MBA admissions process.  We also use a highly customized approach when working with you.  Our process is very collaborative; we engage in an interactive dialogue with you to craft the most authentic and compelling applications.  Free Consultation: Please contact us to schedule a free consultation!

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Location: New York, New York, United States

Phone: 646-801-5190

Email: info@ivygroupe.com

Website: https://www.ivygroupe.com/

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Top Tier Consultant
    4 months ago
    Shaifali was very helpful throughout the admissions process. We really did a deep dive into my personal story and how to tailor my application to each school. I came from an over-represented background and she was able to spin my story in a unique way. She knew each of the M7 schools in-depth, and I ended up getting into three of them! I enrolled in my top choice and this was hands down thanks to her help. I spoke to several consultants before deciding to work with Shaifali. A lot of the larger admissions consulting companies split the workload among different people, which can sometimes work poorly. I had friends take this route previously and therefore I specifically looked for a consultant who would handle all ...
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    Class of N/A Admit
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  • Honest, Patient, Strategic
    6 months ago
    From the start, Shaifali was incredibly helpful! Going into the application process, I was skeptical about all of it and didn’t appreciate the value of the story. Before settling on working with Shaifali, I spoke to a handful of consultants who gave generic opinions geared toward what they thought I wanted to hear. Shaifali, on the other hand, was honest about everything from school choice to gaps and strengths in my application. After I decided to work with her, the honest opinions, patience, strategic approach, and focus on authenticity showed throughout the process. We spent time early-on developing a holistic application strategy, which really helped me learn how to frame my story, paying dividends throughout the process. Because of her, I was able to submit my ...
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    David Elmets
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Shaifali is Amazing - Helped Me Get into Wharton!
    6 months ago
    Shaifali was fantastic to work with, and I would very highly recommend her services to anyone who is looking for an MBA admissions consultant. I am in an oversubscribed demographic (male in finance) and so was seeking someone who could really help to differentiate me in such a competitive pool. After speaking with multiple consultants, Shaifali and Ivy Groupe clearly stood out to me for the following reasons: 1) the very strong focus on authenticity and emphasis on understanding who I am, 2) Shaifali’s impressive credentials and experience in the space, 3) the importance is given to collaboratively working through the process, and 4) the company’s strong track record and systematic approach. Throughout the engagement, Shaifali was extremely responsive and accessible, which was ...
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  • Excellent Experience & Results with Shaifali!
    6 months ago
    Shaifali was instrumental in successfully guiding me through my application process to several top business school programs. She was always professional and encouraging. My experience with her is that she is not only a top-level consultant but also genuinely interested in understanding your own story, so as to build the strongest possible application to each school. Shaifali brought tremendous insight as well as a personal touch to my application process. I am genuinely convinced I would not have achieved the same happy results without her help and guidance. I am very grateful to her and her team at Ivy Groupe.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Shaifali Helped Me Get Into HBS!
    7 months ago
    Shaifali and Ivy Groupe helped me get into my dream MBA program. She knew exactly how I needed to present myself and my experience to display my skills and personality in applications to top business schools. She was extremely accommodating: Sometimes I would send her my draft essays 1 day before the submission deadline and she would get back to me within hours with her comments. In addition to assistance on essays, Shaifali helped me prepare for interviews. I ended up at my number one choice, Harvard Business School. It was a pleasure working with Shaifali, and I strongly recommend her to anyone interested in top tier MBA programs.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Shaifali is Great!
    7 months ago
    Shaifali was my main advisor during my application process to several top MBA programs. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the nuances of each admissions process and was able to tease out the traits of my profile that were applicable to each school's priorities. In addition to helping curate the content of my applications, Shaifali was a crucial part of my support network when things inevitably did not go my way in the process (e.g., rejections, waitlists, etc.). She coached me through these hiccups in an elegant and comforting way. Ultimately, in large part due to her guidance, I was admitted to the Stanford GSB. I HIGHLY recommend Shaifali for anyone looking to put his or her best foot forward in what is a very competitive ...
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  • Ivy Groupe - Excellent Experience, Highly Recommend!
    7 months ago
    I highly recommend admissions consulting services with the Ivy Groupe. Shaifali Aggarwal, Founder/CEO of the Ivy Groupe, helped me navigate the business school application process and successfully gain admission to my top schools. I was extremely impressed by Shaifali’s professionalism, thoughtfulness, attentiveness, and expertise. Working with the Ivy Groupe was a true value-add to my application process and I can’t speak highly enough about my experience. I began working with Shaifali after completing the GMAT and she helped me brainstorm/narrow my list of schools, strategize for my applications, create a manageable timeline, craft my story, complete applications, prep for interviews, and ultimately finalize my school selection. Shaifali provides a highly personalized approach. She spent time getting to know my background, assessing my strengths/weaknesses, and understanding my ...
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  • 5 Top Acceptances With Shaifali
    8 months ago
    Shaifali was instrumental in my business school application process. She was attentive, thoughtful, and insightful in her direction - always helping my voice shine through. Her biggest asset is a deep understanding of what these schools are really looking for and why they ask their chosen essay questions. The resume guidance was also of the highest caliber - she poured over my many iterations to ensure perfection. I have a background in HR, and so was considered "non-traditional" and was worried about how to present my background in a way that showed I could handle the rigors of business school. We jumped all these hurdles together and I gained acceptance to 5 top schools. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say I ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Shaifali Helped Me Get Into My Top Choice Full-Time MBA Program!
    8 months ago
    I had a pre-med background so did not have many peers who were familiar with the business school application process, so I needed a consultant to support me through this process. I had purchased a package from another consultant at the time and did not realize how unhelpful his services were until I met Shaifali. I was blown away by the care she put into my entire application, from brainstorming to choosing between schools I got accepted into. She sent me a questionnaire that not only asked me to outline my main activities at work and outside of work but also asked me to summarize key themes and ideas which really got me to think critically about my background and how it comes together to ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Absolutely Loved Working with Shaifali!
    9 months ago
    I signed up for the comprehensive package for three schools and I can honestly say that it was worth every penny. I’m beyond happy with the results that I have achieved in my application journey and I couldn’t have done it without Shaifali’s guidance along the way. I had signed up for a number of free consultations with various consultants and it was only with Shaifali that I’d felt a true, comfortable connection. The others would tell me to give up on so-and-so, leaving me completely discouraged. Sure, this approach might work with some, but certainly not for me. During my conversation with Shaifali, she was frank and honest about what my chances are but relayed that as long as I understood where my candidacy stood ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Brings Out the Best in Candidates
    9 months ago
    I worked with Shaifali as an applicant to the 3 top US business schools. From day 1, Shaifali brought tremendous thoughtfulness and knowledge to the table. She was always available to talk on short notice whenever I asked (always within 24 hours), and she tirelessly reviewed essays (always within 48 hours and usually faster) until we both felt that they were ready - even if it took endless revisions until the last possible day. She also knew an incredible amount about each school - culture, classes, career paths, student activities, etc. What I found most helpful however was Shaifali’s ability to draw out the best in me, which made working with her remarkably easy. She asked questions that helped me clarify themes in my background, connect ...
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  • Highly Recommend Shaifali!
    9 months ago
    I partnered with Shaifali on a writing a GMAT waiver letter, a couple business school essays as well as reviewing my resume and LinkedIn profile. She is a great listener, extremely responsive, and an invested partner in your own success. Her personal HBS experience and admission process expertise was invaluable. I was accepted into my number one choice and received a healthy scholarship. I largely attribute this to Shaifali and her ability to help me construct a well written and truly authentic personal narrative. Thanks to Shaifali and the Ivy Groupe, I'm one step closer to achieving my professional goals.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Great Experience Working with Ivy Groupe!
    10 months ago
    With Ivy Groupe's help, I was accepted into my first choice MBA program at the University of Michigan (Ross School of Business)! In our initial consulting call, Shaifali honed in quickly on the weakest part of my application (undergrad GPA) and suggested specific ways to offset it by emphasizing my graduate school and work experiences. I was impressed with her experience and insight throughout the month-long process! She helped me write compelling essays that were extremely authentic, without ever suggesting that I change my voice or the narrative. Her feedback is honest and direct- it helped me feel both confident and self-aware going into the B School interview. I chose the hourly package as I was only applying to one school in this round, and Shaifali ...
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    Samra Matin
    Part-Time MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Ivy Groupe helped me get into my top school
    10 months ago
    As an international applicant from an overrepresented pool, I knew I wanted an admissions consultant by my side during the application process. I set up introductory calls with multiple consultants and the call with Shaifali stood out to me for a few reasons: 1. I would be working directly with Shaifali at every stage 2. Our conversation was very clear and straightforward, with no frills 3. The call was not stressful and was largely focused on my background and goals During our first few sessions after signing on, Shaifali spent time getting to know me and my short-term and long-term goals in more detail, in order to create a compelling application strategy. She laid out a schedule for the upcoming months and guided me while narrowing down my larger school ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Thoughtful & Responsive Coach - Highly Recommended!
    1 year ago
    Shaifali is amazing!! She worked with me on one full MBA application and then a couple of essays for other schools. I ended up at my top choice school in the double MBA/Public Policy program. The full MBA application package was 100% worth it. Shaifali guided me through a thoughtful and nuanced process to craft my narrative on every part of the application. From guidance on my resume to selecting references to prepping for interviews, Shaifali always provided insightful advice. She even helped me wordsmith my emails to the Admissions office after I was waitlisted! I felt like I got much more than my money's worth from Shaifali. Additionally, as a traveling consultant, Shaifali was super responsive and flexible to my schedule. She helped me ...
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    Class of 2015 Admit
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  • Perfect Consultant for Applicants to Top MBA Programs
    1 year ago
    I interviewed several MBA admissions consultants before deciding on Shaifali, and in retrospect, she was the perfect choice for me. As someone with a fairly typical MBA applicant background and a competitive GPA and GMAT, my original primary goal for engaging a consultant was to find somebody who could help me figure out what to write about in my essays. After one conversation with Shaifali, I realized she would be vital for much more than just my essay topics, as she helped me define who I am and then effectively translate that into an application. I was amazed at Shaifali’s ability to listen to my background and quickly tease out my 4-6 most defining qualities and then help create a plan for how to effectively ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Shaifali is the best in the business!
    1 year ago
    I can't imagine having gone through the MBA admissions process without Shaifali. She is thoughtful and strategic, and a true partner — from start to finish. I had a relatively unconventional work background, and she helped me craft my narrative in a way that I was able to get into my dream M7 school with a less-than-average GMAT score. Her sage advice paired with her timely and constructive feedback at all points of the process — recommenders, essays, interviews — not only kept me sane throughout the process but also gave me the confidence to tell my story and understand how it would be perceived by my dream schools. Shaifali makes you feel like she's wholeheartedly on your team; I couldn't recommend her more.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend, Shaifali!
    1 year ago
    From the start, Shaifali has helped me to find my own voice in my MBA applications. She really listened to my story and helped me distill who I am clearly on my application. She helped me bring all of my experience and my dreams together into a solid application strategy and she guided me through the rather stressful process with patience and support. Whenever I had any questions or doubt, Shaifali always got back to me in a day with her honest opinion. With her support, I was interviewed at four out of the six schools I applied and was admitted into two M7 schools, which includes my dream school. I would highly recommend Shaifali to be a trusted guide on your admission journey.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend Shaifali - She is the best!
    1 year ago
    I highly recommend Shaifali based upon my experience working with her throughout my application process. My application ended with an offer from the best possible school that I could see myself getting into, and Shaifali was instrumental in making sure that I delivered my strongest package. She literally pushed me at every stage of my application process to think broader and deeper about what distinguished myself. She was direct, patient and always prompt in getting back to my questions. Her own experience as well as her in-depth knowledge of the application process has made her an invaluable resource to have for any applicant.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Game Changing MBA Consultant - Highly Recommend
    1 year ago
    From my first conversation with Shaifali, I was sold on her approach. Applying to an MBA can feel incredibly daunting (especially while you are trying to balance a full time job) and after speaking with Shaifali I felt like I had a partner -- someone who not only had the inside scoop on how to approach this process, but also someone who could validate all the little questions and doubts along the way. I opted for one comprehensive package to work through a more detailed and hands on approach to crafting my narrative for one school. From there, I supplemented with a few hourly sessions to review my applications for other schools. Shaifali helped me from Fall through Spring, from the earliest stages of my ...
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  • Shaifali Exceeded My Expectations!
    1 year ago
    From the start, I felt daunted by the entire business school application process and knew that I needed someone to guide me. After speaking with several consultants, I decided to go with Shaifali because she not only connected with me the most but also came with the highest recommendations from a friend. I was able to craft a very compelling personal story after completing a comprehensive MBA Application Strategy exercise with Shaifali, who helped me crystallize my career goals and reasons for pursuing an MBA. Shaifali provided excellent and insightful feedback for everything application related including my essays, resume, recommendation letters, and even my post-interview thank you emails and scholarship negotiation emails. She always responded within 48 hours and was always happy to hop on ...
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  • Personal Approach Combined With Strong Experience
    2 years ago
    I worked with Shaifali directly on my applications to business school this coming Fall. She came well-referred by friends in the industry and my experience matched theirs' quite neatly. My main points of concern and motivation for working with a consultant were organization (given my tight timeframe for applying) and time management (given that I was continuing to work full-time in the finance industry while simultaneously submitting applications). Shaifali's program was extremely thoughtful and guided me naturally along an extremely reasonable timeline that she set forth at the very beginning. I found that having a fairly objective helping hand throughout the process was invaluable, and I really believe I would have seen different results had I chosen to pursue the process alone while working full-time. ...
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  • Shaifali’s Midas Touch
    2 years ago
    While working by myself last year on my MBA and MS applications, I was disappointed with the initial response from the schools that I had applied to. It is then when I decided to reach out to Shaifali and utilize her experience and expertise in shaping my applications. I am so glad that I did – it was the best decision that I made! While working with Shaifali, we went through the various parts of each application. As we did so, I could comprehend and see the changes in the structure of my application while making it suitable for business schools. For example, with Shefali's guidance, I was able to build a unique personal story in my essays while keeping them quite authentic, use innovative methods ...
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    Vaibhav Narang
    MS
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  • Highly Recommend Shaifali!
    2 years ago
    I highly recommend Shaifali because, based on my experience, there are three things that stood out as her clear strengths. First and foremost, beyond the one dimensional proof-reading that my friends could provide, her advice was simultaneously both thoughtful and thought-invoking and challenged me to dig deeper into the core of my argument. Having that second pair of eyes to poke at my ideas motivated me to strengthen and polish my writing. Second, being able to bounce ideas off her also served as a source of mental support for me. Lastly, I enjoyed working with Shaifali especially because of her to-the-point and (always) responsive attitude. She is a straight shooter with no frills but great substance.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Definitely Recommend
    2 years ago
    Shaifali was extraordinarily helpful throughout the entire MBA application process, and I would without question recommend her consulting services. From Day 1, she was helpful in advising on what schools to think about and what those schools look for in applicants. She helped develop my narrative and identify key strengths to include in my essays. Shaifali was very supportive by walking me through different ideas for my essays and ways of positioning myself. She had incredibly quick turnaround times for written pieces and was available to speak with me at any point throughout the process no matter what question I had. Shaifali's genuine support, her ability to help identify key themes in my narrative and bring those out, and her knowledge of the very comprehensive ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Helping me tell my story
    2 years ago
    I used Shaifali's hourly services to help mainly for the essay and interview portion of my MBA applications. I applied to four schools and while I had already identified what I wanted to say in my applications, I had a difficult time conveying this through the essay portion of my application. I spoke with several admissions consultants and decided to work with Shaifali for several reasons. Firstly, the hourly services allowed me to focus on the help I needed. Secondly, of all the consultants, she was most able to help me figure out actionable steps to get me out of my rut and sell my story to schools. Lastly, she was extremely responsive and always willing to get on the phone or respond via email, ...
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  • Ensuring You Put Your Best Foot Forward
    2 years ago
    Shaifali’s approach to evaluating each applicant’s candidacy helped me differentiate myself within a pool of countless other profiles with similar backgrounds, experiences, and statistics. Her comprehensive package explores every aspect of your life to-date, working to craft a story that is unique to you. For me, the “no stone left unturned” methodology identified the underlying themes that motivated me and turned me into who I am today, and helped me convey this story of development concisely across all my essays. Specifically, Shaifali helped me every step of the way, from constructing my application identity and strategy to school selection and identification of my recommenders. She was a phenomenal resource for my recommenders, providing direct feedback to help them strengthen their anecdotes in their letters of ...
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  • The best admissions consultant out there
    2 years ago
    My time with Shaifali was hands down the best academic support I have ever received. To begin, she took the time to dive incredibly deep into my personal background. It went far beyond reviewing baseball stats and into understanding who I was as a person, my vision for a career, and how I could contribute to each business school. As a consultant myself, my schedule was always slammed, so Shaifali really went the extra mile to plan out milestones that would be reasonable given my workload. She was incredibly patient in my frequent need to edit and often "over-engineer" essays but also took the time to let me execute the real changes (word-smithing and otherwise) so I could take full ownership of the finished product. ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Totally worth it! Shaifali is fantastic
    2 years ago
    I'd like to thank Shaifali for the fantastic guidance and support she provided in my b-school application journey. Applying from Africa, I needed an adviser who understood the context from which I was applying. In our first conversation, I gave her a summary of my life journey. She immediately developed 5 strong themes around which I would build my application story to highlight my unique background and experiences. I was very impressed with the vision she had for the application. I knew then that Shaifali was the perfect fit. She was very responsive to my emails and made time to skype chat even with little lead time. Her feedback was also actionable. After reading her emails or having a conversation, I was clear on next ...
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  • Shaifali is best-in-class! You are in good hands
    2 years ago
    I worked with Shaifali on three business school applications and was admitted to my dream school, HBS. Shaifali added tremendous value when it came to helping me craft my storyboard, edit my resume, and tighten my essays. I was most nervous about the essays and short responses, as expressing myself through writing does not always come naturally to me. Through multiple iterations, Shaifali helped me tell my story in a way that was authentic and competitive. I also appreciated how she worked closely with my recommenders to provide 3rd-party feedback. I trust Shaifali’s expertise in admissions consulting and if I were to apply again, I would absolutely choose to work with her. I continue to recommend her to my friends.
    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • Shaifali is a phenomenal consultant!
    2 years ago
    Shaifali is a phenomenal consultant and resource when it comes to the admissions process. She has a keen eye for detail and keeps the big picture in mind when helping craft your application. I'd highly recommend scheduling a kick-off call with her - going through the strategy phase of the process with Shaifali was extremely valuable. She listens to your story and brainstorms strategies to position your application effectively in a way that is unique to you, and it is especially helpful if you're from an over represented group like I was (Indian-engineering). Shaifali's insights were crucial to help distinguish my application from the rest of the pool, especially since I had a less than stellar GMAT scores and graduated from a school that wasn't well known, ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • By my side every step of the way
    2 years ago
    Applying to graduate school was a very sudden and deliberate decision. I had less than three months in total to study and take the GMAT before the applications were due. On top of that, I had to keep up with work and my various community commitments. Having taken a first look at applications by myself, I was completely disoriented. I had reached out to my college best friend who had recently started school at HBS and he recommended his MBA Admissions Consultant, Shaifali. Despite the tight deadline, she was able to break each step down into manageable and meaningful pieces, with each step bringing me closer to a polished application. She guided me through the process and helped me assemble a storyboard true to myself. ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Best investment I made
    3 years ago
    I worked with Shaifali on 3 MBA applications for Round 1 for almost half a year, and I have to say that she has been SUCH an indispensable asset for me. I initially tried to complete all applications myself and "cut corners" (eg. only enroll in essay-editing services with another company), but looking back, Shaifali's full spectrum consulting services is the best investment I've made in this process. Right away, Shaifali patiently worked with me on my "story" and helped me package my bizarre employment history into a compelling story that made sense. Shaifali is a magician with this kind of work, and I have to say that this is one of the greatest value-add to my overall applications. After this, we worked through dozens ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Shaifali got me into my dream school!
    3 years ago
    Shaifali was my guardian angel throughout my business school application process. I started working with Shaifali in July 2017 and from our very first phone call, I felt completely supported and understood. Shaifali listened to my career goals and she created a strategy to overcome my weaknesses (low quant score on GMAT) to get into a top school. With Shaifali's step-by-step guidance, I was able to dig further into each school's program and my own MBA goals to build competitive applications for Round 1 deadlines. Shaifali also made herself completely available to me and was quick to turnaround edits for all of my essays. Shaifali and her Board of Advisors meticulously combed through every sentence of my essays to ensure that they were free of ...
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