Susan Cera stratus consulting mba

Susan Cera

Senior MBA Admissions Consultant

Stratus Admissions Consulting

North Carolina

United States

Consultant Bio

Susan earned her AB in Economics modified with Computer Science. During her time at Dartmouth she participated in Varsity Soccer as well as Varsity Track and Field. For three years out of Dartmouth, Susan worked at Charles River Associates, an economics consulting firm focusing on anti-trust litigation work.

While earning her MBA, Susan founded Marketing Week in Boston, was Captain of the MBA Soccer Club, and served as the Corporate Fundraising Chair for the MBA Games for Special Olympics, Alumni Liaison. After completing her MBA, Susan joined Lotus Development Corporation as a product manager before moving on to Open Market, a venture-funded Internet commerce start-up, where she served as a Product Manager then Director of Consulting Services. She was one of the first ten employees at Upromise where she defined the requirements for the service that has helped thousands of families save for college.

For nearly a decade, Susan worked on the Admissions Committee at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Company Information

stratus admissions counselling

With Stratus Admissions Counseling, you don’t just work closely with an experienced MBA admissions consultant to optimize every part of your application.

You work with an entire team of specialists who provide extensive feedback throughout the process.

From crafting your essays to conducting mock interviews, this team-based approach ensures you stand out and get accepted into your dream business school.

We’ve successfully worked with applicants on Harvard Business School admissions, Stanford MBA admissions, and Wharton MBA admissions, among others.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Comprehensive MBA admissions consulting services with a team of dedicated MBA consultants, primarily from top schools with a minimum of two years admissions experience. The team is made up of a Primary MBA Consultant, Senior Strategist, Secondary Reviewer, Qualified Proofreader, and Account Manager. Comprehensive guidance is offered per school to maximize chances of admission.
Consulting Includes:

School selection

Strategy Building

Profile & Resume Evaluation/Suggestions

Recommender Selection/Coaching

Essay Outlining

Essay Drafting

Essay Feedback

Essay Proofreading


Interview Prep

Scholarship Negotiation and Waitlist Strategy (if needed)

Standard Package

1 School: $4000

2 Schools: $5250

3 Schools: $6950

Feature 4+ School Guarantee*

4 Schools: $7750

5 Schools: $9000

6 Schools: $10,000

7 Schools: $11,000

8 Schools: $12,000

9 Schools: $13,000

10 Schools: $14,000

School Add-On: $1500

with Senior MBA Counselor

Team includes dedicated admissions counselors, all with M7 MBAs and a minimum of five years admissions experience. The team consists of two Senior Strategists, Secondary Reviewer, Qualified Proofreader, and Account Manager.

1 School: $5333

2 Schools: $7000

3 Schools: $8667

Feature 4+ School Guarantee*

4 Schools: $10,333

5 Schools: $12,000

6 Schools: $13,333

Location: North Carolina, United States



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  • Well Worth It
    10 months ago
    I would highly recommend the profile development services offered. I'm a fairly organized person but I know that having some external accountability and guidance is valuable which is why this service appealed to me. The great thing about Stratus is that they have a comprehensive framework that they guide prospective applicants through so that you know there isn't anything you are forgetting in terms of making sure you're presenting a well rounded self to admissions committees. This is a worthy investment and a great way to make sure you get yourself ready to apply to grad school. Your advisor will check in with you occasionally and you'll get an updated document from them showing what you've done and what you're working on by the next ...
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    - Brandon James
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  • Application Fundamentals and Strategy/Comprehensive Package
    1 year ago
    When I first considered using a consultant, I was hesitant to commit to the price of a comprehensive package without truly understanding what working with a consultant would be like. The Application Fundamentals and Strategy option with Stratus was a relatively low-risk way to start the process and gave me the flexibility to choose how I wanted to proceed (i.e., working solo, purchasing hours, or upgrading to a comprehensive package) thereafter. I was worried that in using a consultant, I would lose my "voice" trying to fit into some consultant mold, but the outcome was quite the opposite. The Introspection process forced me to think about how different experiences in my life have shaped me personally and professionally and to examine post-MBA career options that ...
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    Class of 2020, Admit
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