Stephanie Horn

Master Consultant

MBA Exchange

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Recognized by industry expert Poets&Quants as one of the “Top 10 MBA Admissions Consultants” for 2017, Stephanie is an MBA graduate with honors from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She was engaged by Kellogg to serve as an admissions interviewer. Immediately after business school, Stephanie was a senior associate at McKinsey & Co., advising technology and service clients on competitive strategies. She has worked in executive positions for DaVita, a Fortune 500 healthcare company; Viking River Cruises, a global travel firm; and Safety Kleen, an industrial chemicals company. Since joining The MBA Exchange, she has helped a wide range of clients achieve admission to top-tier business schools worldwide. Stephanie earned a master’s degree in English and bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Bucknell University, where she was a recipient of the Mellon Foundation Fellowship. While attending Bucknell, Stephanie was a writing tutor helping PhD candidates — including non-native English speakers — transform technical information into clear, compelling prose.

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

Email: info@mbaexchange.com

Website: https://www.mbaexchange.com/your-mba-evaluation/

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Worth The Investment
    2 years ago
    Thanks to Stephanie, I was able to realize a high return on investment with the MBA Exchange! With her help, I earned an over 50% tuition scholarship at Booth despite a sub-3.0 undergrad GPA at a low-ranked state school and an overrepresented consulting background. After an unsuccessful R1, I met with 4 consulting firms about a month before R2 apps were due. MBA Exchange stood out because they provided the most flexibility – Stephanie customized the firm’s services to meet my needs, offered hourly pricing to break down those services, and worked with my time constraints. Stephanie was differentiated in her ability to help me restructure and improve my holistic application (essays, resume, video, interviews) with a very short runway time. She provided quick turnaround times ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Very Thoughtful Advice, Great Experience
    2 years ago
    Stephanie did a ton to help me organize my thoughts and make sure my core story resonated/made the desired points. She pushed my thinking and challenged me even when I iterated on her comments but still missed the mark. She was very organized and on top of things, and made a big difference in helping me build out my entire app and stay on track. I also found her advice on interview prep/recommendations to be very helpful as well.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • A Consummate Professional Who Will Push You To Achieve Your Goals
    3 years ago
    I came into the MBA application process in July 2020 after being laid off from my public relations job due to COVID. I had a nontraditional background, very limited business and qualitative classes in undergrad and absolutely no idea where to even begin with my application process. Stephanie was nothing short of a complete gamechanger for me and I can't express how grateful I am that I worked with her. From the beginning, she created an entire roadmap for me far beyond just helping me apply to five schools. She was an invaluable sounding board for all matters including standardized testing, setting relevant goals and aspirations, and of course school applications. With her help, I received full-ride offers from two Top 25 schools and ...
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    Harry Kroll
    MBA Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Highly Recommended
    3 years ago
    Stephanie is a great person and easy to work with. She consulted me to build my story from the ground which highlights my strengths and specialty, helping me to outstand among all the competitive applicants. Benefiting from her industry expertise, I feel my application was involved from good to great. Luckily, I received my offers from my top choices.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Candid Personality & Excellent Professionalism
    4 years ago
    What I liked about Stephanie was that she was always completely honest about my prospects and what I need to do to get to my top choice. Taking a holistic approach to my application, Stephanie greatly assisted in me showcasing why I am a good fit for an MBA. With her advice on drafts, mock interview prep, and guidance on how to get recommendation letters, she greatly assisted in my application process. With her help, I was accepted into my top MBA choice!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Awesome Experience with GMAT Waiver
    4 years ago
    I decided to apply to Kellogg last minute when I heard they were offering a GMAT waiver for the 2020 Evening and Weekend program. I was on a short timeline and in under two weeks, Stephanie helped me craft my application and essays to expertly tell the story of why Kellogg was the right school for me, and how I would leverage my experience to bring value to the class. She was extremely efficient with my time and worked through the different sections of my application methodically, always providing clear and concise feedback and edits with a quick turnaround. I am so glad that I chose Stephanie and would absolutely recommend that anyone applying to a top school reach out to the MBA Exchange.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Great Industry Expertise & Outstanding Services
    5 years ago
    Background: Digital Transformation consultant at big 4 Engagement Experience: After carefully reading through consultant bios, I decided to partner with Stephanie for her expertise in the consulting industry. As I was applying to business schools from a highly competitive consulting industry, I found Stephanie's experiences working with clients from consulting background as well as her professional experience at McKinsey post MBA extremely valuable in preparing my application. As part of the comprehensive package, I had a couple of mock interviews with Stephanie. Mock interview feedbacks were spot on and were extremely helpful in performing during actual interviews. Also, I was waitlisted at a target school during Round 1. Stephanie provided guidance throughout the following rounds to help me get off the waitlist. I was admitted from ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Excellence!
    6 years ago
    After working with a different admissions firm on my R1 packages, I got dinged by three top MBA schools. Then, I looked for a different consultant and decided to work with Stephanie, on an hourly capacity. She helped me refine my R2 applications, gave me advise for my interviews, and worked with me all the way until I gained admission at Kellogg, school that was one of my top 3 programs. Stephanie took time to hear my story, and uncover some of my strengths and weaknesses; as a result, she pointed out experiences and skills that I leveraged for my R2 applications. Furthermore, she is very likeable, highly proactive, and nice to work with—traits that I value in any individual I collaborate with. Thanks, Stephanie!
    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Excellent Service and Professional Attitude
    6 years ago
    Stephanie helped me analyze my whole profile and reveal vulnerabilities. She was always responsive and responsible with respect to my application. Based on her valuable guidance I was able to cherry-pick the best personal and professional stories and stipulate them in the application. Given the peculiarity of my background, her guidance enabled me to prepare the best possible application. Two top US business schools invited me to interviews. I got accepted to my target business school. When I received an offer of admission from one school I withdrew my second application. I strongly recommend working with Stephanie!
    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • Great Person and Excellent Service
    6 years ago
    Stephanie was great, she helped me put together a good story to my application and helped me portray a unique story in my essays. This helped me with my MBA interviews and has helped with job interviews as well. I'm confident that with her I was able to send out the best possible application I could have.
    - btrede
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  • Top EMBA admission consultant
    6 years ago
    Stephanie is methodological in her process and punctual in getting back to questions/edits. She elicited fine details in my life and helped me place them in the correct order to strike the right note. She gave me the confidence in putting together the best application and helped me get into top #1 EMBA program in US. I would recommend Stephanie to anyone looking to apply for business school.Look no further from her!
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Great Experience Working with Stephanie!
    6 years ago
    Working with Stephanie was easy and very helpful. She was always fast to respond and created a great timeline to get all my applications in even on a shortened time frame. She also helped me identify what experiences matter most to admissions staff and craft my story. With Stephanie's help I was admitted to 4 top schools with money from three of them! I highly recommend working with Stephanie.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Admitted to my first choice! Stephanie was amazing.
    6 years ago
    Stephanie acted as a drill sergeant for me throughout the entire application process. She was extremely responsive and on top of all details and timelines for my applications. Her advice was extremely helpful and professional, and I could not have been admitted to my first choice MBA program without her help. She helped leverage my unique position and portray a story to the admissions team that was unlike any other. She helped me get off the waitlist in less than two months by providing admissions with constant updates on my career and goals, as well as reaffirming my desire to attend the program. HIGHLY recommend her service to anyone looking for help no matter where you are in the application process.
    - Laura Greissing
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  • Reapplicant Success
    7 years ago
    I reapplied to two M7s this year with the help of Stephanie and the MBA exchange. Stephanie immediately had some great thoughts on a few key areas I could improve on and how I could improve the overall impact of my application. I didn't employ the help of MBA exchange until the end of July, but Stephanie designed a schedule both us could adhere to and always responds within 24hrs or less. She was fantastic to work with throughout the process and I've already been accepted to my top choice.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Excellent Experience w/ Stephanie and MBA Exchange
    7 years ago
    I began working with MBA Exchange in May of 2016. I decided to go with their firm as the founder/CEO responded within 30 minutes when I submitted my initial email. Within an hour, we were on the phone discussing my candidacy. Given the high stakes of the MBA process, I knew this was the type of partnership I was looking for. I was paired with Stephanie and couldn't have been happier with the experience. From the beginning, Stephanie proved to be a thoughtful, experienced and responsive partner. Using the robust MBA Exchange process/templates etc., she helped me to transform my experience into a cohesive and powerful story via application essays (revisions turned around within 24 hours at the very latest) and the interview process. After ...
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    - colletta.matt@gmail.com
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  • Strongly Recommend
    7 years ago
    I worked with Stephanie to make sure I was thinking through my school selection and application \"stories\" in the right way. She was immensely helpful in making sure I brought through the best examples in my essays and applications, and her help to kick-start my interview prep was invaluable. I ended up admitted to Kellogg, Booth, and Darden, and waitlisted at Ross and Sloan. Kellogg and Booth were my two choices, so we focused on those mostly, and I am very glad I solicited her help.
    - ericcitron1219@gmail.com
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  • Strongly recommend!!
    7 years ago
    Stephanie has been highly effective as my lead consultant. I am accepted to Kellogg School of Management and wait-listed at Booth. I have an undergrad degree in engineering from India. I work as a Management Consultant in a Big 4. Long term goal: Consulting. Some specific points I would like to highlight: 1. Stephanie has been very effective in answering all my initial questions regarding school selection, GMAT score. Her thorough and comprehensive answers enabled me take tough calls throughout the process 2. Stephanie always kept the big-picture in mind while reviewing my essays. This ensured I bring out the right leadership stories in all the essays. 3. The turnaround of essay review was pretty quick. Sometimes less than 12 hours. 4. The interview prep was the most helpful ...
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    - yash.iitgn@gmail.com
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  • Transforming the MBA Application Processs - MBA Exchange + Stephanie
    8 years ago
    I was a round three applicant in 2016. By way of background, I have four years of professional experience in private equity, management consulting (MBB), and venture capital. My undergraduate degree was in economics with a GPA in the high 3's. In February I began thinking through timing for when to apply for business school. My target school was Kellogg and specifically the 1Y program. By beginning the process in March however I had one month to craft my story for the admissions team. The frameworks of the MBA Exchange provide a great starting point to think through the relevant stories dating back from childhood through your professional experiences. Once the frameworks were built out I was then paired with Stephanie and I could not ...
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    Class of 2016 Admit
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  • MBA Exchange - Stephanie - A+
    8 years ago
    Stephanie is everything I could have wanted out of an admissions consultant. She was nice, knowledgeable and responsive on all aspects related to the admissions process. In particular, her ability to dissect essays and provide quality feedback was absolutely invaluable. Also, and most importantly to me, Stephanie made the effort to get to know me as a person and not just as a client on paper. I strongly recommend Stephanie to anyone who is considering reaching for their top schools!
    Class of 2018 Applicant
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  • B-School Admission Process with MBA Exchange
    8 years ago
    I had an amazing experience working with MBA Exchange and my consultant Stephanie Horn. I am a working professional with 5 years of experience as product manager in one of the top tech firms in silicon valley. Last year when I decided to apply for B-school , one of my friends recommended me "MBA Exchange". The support and guidance I got from "MBA Exchange" and Stephanie in particular has truly helped me achieve an important milestone in my life. She helped me organize my "raw material" into something eloquent and grand. I am confident that my essays were greatly improved after each discussion with Stephanie. I would often come to her with loose ideas and she would help me explore and tease out those ideas. ...
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    Class of 2016 Admit
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  • Fantastic Experience!
    8 years ago
    My test score was about to expire in 5 months when I met Stephanie. She is extremely helpful, patient and responsive. She helps me select the right school to apply, and also lay down my strengths and weakness for best positioning. English is my second language, she is extremely helpful in terms of editing my application. Without her, I would not have a chance with the time limit I have. I highly recommend Stephenie!
    Class of 2016 Admit
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