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Stacy Blackman Consulting Overview

About Stacy Blackman Consulting

Stacy Blackman Consulting is a team of consultants running a full-service company. Their stated goals include reducing the anxiety of the applications process, figuring out the best way to show your personal story, and genuinely caring about their audience. They will not work with anyone they don’t believe they can help.


Stacy Blackman Consulting offers three main services and several minor additions. The major options are as follows:

  • The All-In Package is their version of the comprehensive admissions package, and starts by working to match applicants with the consultant who can work best with them. However, this company also emphasizes the value of having extra eyes looking at things, and many members may collaborate on each part of the application process.
  • The Plan Ahead Package is intended for people who are at least one year away from starting the application process. The goal of this process is to actively strengthen an applicant’s candidacy and improve the execution of their applications. The package offers an automatic discount of $350 if an All-In Package is purchased later.
  • For those who don’t need quite as much help, Hourly Consulting may be purchased on specific issues, as well as a list of ways that this service is normally used.

Stacy Blackman Consulting Cost and Contact Info

The All-In Package starts at $4,675 for one school, with the option of adding as many additional schools as the applicant would like. The price for each additional school slowly decreases as more are purchased, and a discount is offered if more than one school is purchased up-front. An automatic refund of $1,000 is provided if applicants do not succeed on at least one application when help with four or more schools is purchased.

The Plan Ahead package is a flat rate of $1,350, while hourly services start at $315/hour with a two-hour minimum. The price per-hour decreases as more hours are purchased.

Stacy Blackman Consulting can be contacted by email at info@StacyBlackman.com or by telephone at (866) 667-8229. They do not have a contact form, but they do have a free consultation form on their website at www.stacyblackman.com.

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42 reviews for Stacy Blackman Consulting Overview

  1. 5 out of 5


    Stacy Blackman Consulting’s approach and team were outstanding, and I would highly recommend them to anyone considering business school. Specifically, I worked with Laura Nelson, and she was an incredible help through the entire process. I purchased the “All-In” package, and while it was a considerable investment, it was definitely money well spent.

    My application was rushed, as I did not start applying until late January. Despite that, Laura and the rest of the SBC team worked with me from the very beginning to find the best fit schools and develop a strategy to navigate our short time span. Laura really helped me articulate my career aspirations and was also very effective at bringing to light and expanding on certain parts of my resume that would resonate with the admissions committee. Laura was very attentive, responsive, and knowledgeable, and I’m incredibly appreciative for all her hard work.

    I ultimately applied to two top 7 schools, both of which were “reaches”, and I was admitted into one and waitlisted (unsuccessfully) at the other.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Ross, Class of 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: There is no doubt that I would not have been as successful if not for Laura and SBC. Working with them was a great experience, and I’m confident that anyone else that hires them will feel the same way.
  2. 5 out of 5


    I started by reading reviews and calling several companies, looking for the best “fit” consulting firm. After several days of research, I narrowed my search to two consulting firms: SBC and mbaMission, setting up initial consultations with both firms. My stats were slightly under the ballpark for the M7 schools, but I thought I had a compelling story. It was important to have a consulting company help me hone my unique story, a difficult task with only 300-500 words per essay. After both conversations, I felt a strong connection with the team at SBC. They exuded confidence, and took a real look at my background during the initial consult (some firms provide only minimal advice during the free consultation). SBC provides several potential consultants, and you select the one that best suits you and your background. My consultant was Margaret, who helped me excel during the application process. She became a true partner very early on and helped me reach my near impossible dream of being admitted into HBS.

    In every aspect of the application, from the intense research to the hundreds of edits, I saw tremendous growth in my essay writing and in my application package. Through SBC, I was able to shape a genuine narrative about my background and my future goals. On the day I received my HBS acceptance, I called my family and then immediately called Margaret, a testament to the strong partnership we developed during the application process.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: HBS, Class of 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: SBC is a partnership that prepares you like no other consulting firm. From the moment I joined to the moment I received my acceptance to HBS, I know I sent my best application to each school because of my relationship and partnership with SBC and Margaret.
  3. 5 out of 5


    Long story short: Working with Christine Hawkins was the best thing I’ve done in a long time.

    I had free consultations with three MBA counsellors in 2015 after graduation and taking my GMAT. Having scored a 730 in my GMAT, with strong academics and a classic “pre-MBA” job, I was very unimpressed with what I had heard and decided to apply on my own without an advisor. That approach failed miserably, as I saw my peers get admitted to their dream schools while I was handed rejection after rejection. This year, I decided to reapply and sought the advice of a counsellor, Christine Hawkins (after filtering through several consultations with other companies). Christine’s advice was always on point, both in terms of broader strategy and direction of the application as well as tactical advice (e.g. who to talk to on campus, which clubs to reach out to, etc.). Looking back, I kick myself for not working with her last time around because I could have been a year ahead in life.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia Business School 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: GET HELP! It is a bad idea to go at this alone. Find someone who you have good chemistry with and someone who you feel will not only add value to your applications but also understands your background and wants to see you succeed.
  4. 5 out of 5


    I had a fantastic experience with my Erika Olsen, through Stacy Blackman Consulting (all-in package). As a bit of background on myself, I majored in Economics, had 2 years of work experience at a consulting firm, and aspired to start my own ed tech company after school. However, I was worried that I would look to AdComm like every other white, well-educated consultant and I didn’t stand a shot. Erika convinced me otherwise and helped the unique elements of my personality, story, and goals shine through. She reviewed my entire application – not just the essays, but also my resume, data form, recommendation letters etc. – and squeezed out every opportunity to differentiate myself. She has a direct working style, which I appreciated, and used my time well. Erika was instrumental in getting me into MIT Sloan and, while I decided now was not the right time for school, I was thrilled to have had the option. If I apply to school again, I certainly hope to work with Erika again too.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Admitted to MIT Sloan
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Don't get lost on a tangent, opining on your big ideas for how the world should be - that will come after school - focus on you and what you've done to mould the world you're in
  5. 5 out of 5


    I utilized Stacy Blackman Consulting, (I chose the All-In package), and it was one of the best investments I’ve ever made! Not only did I get into both schools I applied to, but I got into my dream school, USC Marshall School of Business, (with a scholarship). I worked with Amy for over a year and she gave me lots of practical advice on how to strengthen my application.

    For me, writing the application essays was the most challenging part. Amy’s advice on how to both approach the essays and her help with the over half a dozen revisions we did was invaluable. She also motivated and helped drive me to do my best on every aspect of the application, including improving my GMAT score and adding extracurriculars. The flight test, which is offered by Stacy Blackman Consulting, (in which other consultants review your application and essays) is another excellent example of how effective their approach is.

    The application process is really a journey and it’s important to start early. I would highly recommend Amy and Stacy Blackman Consulting as their expertise and track record speaks for itself. I truly believe that my applications wouldn’t have been as successful as they were without their help. Again, I’d highly recommend their service!

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: USC Marshall School of Business / 2021
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: My advice is to start the application process early. There's a lot one can do to strengthen their application within the year following the application deadline. Also, working with a consultant is an absolute a game-changer in terms of boosting the overall quality of the application.
  6. 5 out of 5


    I applied to four top B-schools in 2016, on my own, and was dinged from all of them without interview. After this difficult outcome, I decided to investigate consulting services to get an idea of how my application could be improved the following year. I spoke to a few other services, including the MBA Exchange and mbaMission. In the end, I decided to go with Stacy Blackman because of how helpful my free consultation call with Bill Chionis was. I did a ding analysis with Caryn Altman. Her feedback was so direct and actionable that I decided to do an all-in package with her for a number of schools.
    Throughout the daunting process, Caryn’s expertise and support was extremely valuable. Caryn was efficient, direct, friendly, and supportive. I applied only to top 10 programs, and stubbornly didn’t add any ‘safety’ schools to my list, despite my scary results from the previous year. When I asked Caryn what my chances were, she candidly told me that it would be a stretch for many of them. Despite the odds, Caryn worked with me to ensure that I had a solid application and that I could showcase myself in the best possible light. She laid out a strategy which allowed me to understand how all the different parts of my application worked to tell a cohesive story.
    The All-In Package is quite pricey, but if you feel lost with the application process, I’d say it’s worth it (recall that I had come off four brutal dings!). Especially because of my test scores, we knew that the rest of my application, especially essays, had to *really* shine. I consider myself a strong writer, but even so, Caryn had tons of feedback on my essays. The mock interview gave me a boost of confidence, and when I did my first real interview I was surprised by how similar the questions were. The flight test feedback that I got from Lisa Anderson was very helpful. Another benefit to the all-in was that I could ask Caryn any general MBA questions I had (ex. interview-related etiquette, what to do when I get a confusing email during the application process, etc).
    I also did a mock interview with Erika Olson for HBS, which was excellent, and helped me prepare correctly for the unique HBS interview.
    I applied to seven schools in round 1, got interviews with four, and ultimately received offers of admission from two. I am happy to say that I will be attending HBS next fall. It wouldn’t have been possible without Caryn’s assistance – thank you to Caryn and the rest of the SBC team!

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: HBS class of 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Engage an experienced consulting firm that has a team of experts including former Admissions Officers. Don't sell yourself short without this help, as that costed me an entire year delay in my career path.
  7. 5 out of 5


    I worked with Caryn from Stacy Blackman Consulting to apply R1 in 2017 after having unsuccessfully applied to five schools in the first round of the previous year. Caryn was on top of every detail and made sure that we stuck to our deadlines, which was critical applying to five programs no matter how far in advance we started our planning. She absolutely has a mind for this work and was able to position my experience to fit with each individual school. Most importantly though, she helped me think through where I had been and where I really wanted to go and that made my application all the more authentic and genuine. In the end, I got accepted into Columbia! Thanks Caryn!

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia Business School / 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Make incremental deadlines for yourself and stick to them. The process goes faster than you think it will.
  8. 5 out of 5


    Sending over the highest praise for the Blackman team. I learned a lot, worked hard, and was admitted to 3 of my 4 schools. I loved working with Lisa, a former Admissions Officer, and her style was a great fit for me. She was very confident and strategic about how to use my different themes and stories and that gave me confidence too. She never made me feel like I was pestering her with too many questions and that’s huge because I did have a lot of questions. She was responsive, very timely and very cool! We also pulled in others to guide us. I also realized all that prep work with the application helped me to start Kellogg with focus and productivity. The 40K scholarship was a fantastic outcome too.
    On a scale from 1 to 10, I give them a 12!

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Kellogg MBA/ 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Start early. Use an experienced consultant. Do research.
  9. 5 out of 5


    I am an international applicant with a non-traditional background. I applied to several programs last year, but failed to get admittance. Before approaching SBC, I did not have a good understanding of my strengths or feasible career goal. My journey started with a 30-min phone call with Esther for an initial evaluation. Esther has the talent and acumen to quickly summarize the main issues in my previous applications and point out the key theme to draft my story and career goal. Her suggestions became the foundation of my application strategy. She is the reason why I chose SBC instead of other prestigious MBA consulting firms.

    I was then assigned to my primary consultant and opted for the comprehensive 3-school package. SBC truly cares about matching you with the right consultant as my partner is a former Adcom in one of my target schools. She was instrumental in guiding me to refine my career goals and craft my story from an Adcom’s perspective. She persuaded me to visit the schools and talk to current students, which I found to be very critical in writing a genuine essay that stands out.

    SBC’s Flight Tester was a game changer for me. They bring in a 2nd consultant to review the entire application package for my first school. In my case, Caryn, a former Adcom for that specific school reviewed my application. She responded quickly and gave vital advice on my essays. I honed in on her message and made critical changes to my essay based on her feedback, which I think secured my admission for that school.

    As a non-traditional applicant with a very niche major and in one of the most competitive international application pools, my problem has always been getting over that initial bump of acquiring an interview invite. I am glad to say that the SBC team was able to get me interview invitations from all three schools. I was admitted to two schools with a large amount of scholarship to cover 50-80% of the tuition (a great return on my SBC investment)! This would not have been possible without my team of super consultants: Esther, Caryn, and my consultant. I highly recommend SBC for applicants like me who have great potential, but do not know how to package themselves well and stand out in the application pool.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Kellogg/ Class of 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Use a consultant. I got 50% scholarship with one admit and 80% scholarship with a second admit--- both from top 5 MBA programs!
  10. 5 out of 5


    I worked with Beth Tidmarsh at Stacy Blackman and she really helped me manage the application process and feel confident in the application I was submitting. She provided helpful essay feedback and application guidance, she was timely in her responses, and she was proactive in letting my know when her schedule was tight.

    I’m a strong writer but I didn’t know much about what was expected from an MBA application essay, and Beth helped me put my stories in their best light and noted where I could add more information or remove confusing or unnecessary content. Beth also helped guide me on what to expect throughout the process, gave me advice for my interviews, and provided support during the stressful and uncertain process of waiting to hear back after submitting apps and completing interviews.

    I felt like Beth was personally invested in my success and her help improved my applications and gave me the confidence to perform at my best in interviews. I would strongly recommend her as a consultant.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Kellogg 2019
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Start early- get the GMAT out of the way quickly so that you can focus on your essays.
  11. 5 out of 5


    I had the pleasure of being paired with Caryn Altman and truly know I wouldn’t have gotten into two top schools (Booth & Kellogg) without her support, patience, project management skills, and ability to see how my application worked as a whole. I worked with her on 3 schools and applied to another two on my own using some of the same strategies I developed with her. Start to finish SBC was a great investment from my initial point of contact, to my flight tester (Beth who is a former adcom), to additional folks who provided a second opinion on essays for me when Caryn and I disagreed (not often!). SBC is absolutely the way to go if you’re thinking about working with a consulting company. They know what they’re doing and all the positive outcomes vouch for that. Thanks again for everything!!!!!

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Booth/ Class of 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Wouldn't have gotten into school without SBC!
  12. 5 out of 5


    Sending over the highest praise for the Blackman team. I learned a lot, worked hard, and was admitted to 3 of my 4 schools. I’ve chosen to accept Kellogg and declined Wharton and CBS.
    I loved working with my consultant and her style was a great fit for me. She was very confident and strategic about how to use my different themes and stories and that gave me confidence too. She never made me feel like I was pestering her with too many questions and that’s huge because I did have a lot of questions. She was responsive, very timely and very cool! The Adcom review was also really valuable. Feel great about what we put together and about the results. On a scale from 1 to 10, I give them a 12!

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Kellogg Class of 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Start early. Don't underestimate the amount of work and diligence required to self-evaluate and learn about the programs.
  13. 5 out of 5


    My work with Jen started with a phone call and I knew right away that this was going to be very good. It’s been a long but extremely productive process and I gained so much including 2 acceptance letters! I was very overwhelmed and nervous when we had our first call. Jen walked me through my background and brag sheet and drilled me on my actions, my decisions, consequences and more. It was a very draining two hour call but it made the rest of the process much better because I had core marketing tenets and great examples to back everything up.
    We picked out a list schools that were a good fit for me. Jen helped me think through not just “where I could get in” but also what I wanted out of a school and what the different programs could offer me. She did not push me towards any particular school, but did help me figure out my chances and where I wanted to be.
    I had to completely overhaul my resume to fit for an MBA application and I used the SBC resume guide. It was very useful with great examples and a complete step by step walk through of the differences between an MBA resume and a job search resume. Very very detailed and it was a fantastic resource for me – it truly helped a lot, along with Jen’s edits and guidance of course.
    One thing I greatly appreciated about Jen is that she did not try to force me into a box. This was the case with picking schools and also writing essays. Everything I wrote felt authentic. Me – just better, more strategic and more polished. For example, when we first started talking, we discussed my strengths. I listed off some strengths that she said were good but perhaps generic. After we had the discussion about my background, she suggested strengths that were completely pulled from my examples, but I just never really thought of it from that angle.
    Everything Jen helped me with reflected my goals. When it came time to interview I could speak very honestly and passionately about everything in my essays, I think it really came out in the interviews that i was authentic. I was very happy with everything that I did with SBC and with the service from Jen.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Wharton/ class of 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Find a partner like Jen and SBC!
  14. 5 out of 5


    Bill Chionis at SBC is a very experienced MBA admissions consultant. He took his time to truly understand my story and he genially cared about my life experiences. That kind of compassion makes this stressful process enjoyable. Bill’s understanding of your story really helps you and him (as a team) to develop your strategy. This strategy is then carefully woven into every element of your essays, interview and application questions.

    I thought I was a great interviewer/interviewee. However, after experiencing Bill’s two step mock interview program, I realized I could make some major improvements. All of the coaching worked. I was accepted into Kellogg 2 business days after my interview! I considered Bill a friend and I will always remember what he did to help me during the crossroads of my career.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Kellogg Northwestern-2019
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: If you are willing to spend $100k+ on an MBA, make the minimal investment in comparison for a SBC consultant to get into the best school possible.
  15. 5 out of 5


    Paul was extremely helpful in allowing me to craft my story and identify the key elements to highlight to admissions teams. He helped think through the best strategy for applications (round 1 vs round 2) and which school to focus on.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: London Business School 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Take the time to really identify why you want to get an MBA, what you are hoping to gain from the experience and why xxxx school will help you get there!
  16. 5 out of 5


    Jackie Shen Kim was amazing. She figured out a strategy for me to convince schools that my weaknesses are okay. She edited my essays and responded within a couple of hours – she really went above and beyond to be there for me during a stressful time. She was brutally honest yet encouraging at the same time.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Booth Class of 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Understand how AdCom would perceive your strengths and weaknesses and how to provide evidence in the app to bolster those. Apply to real safety schools and be conservative with what you determine safe - with B School admissions being so competitive, many are shocked to find they do not even get into their safety schools.
  17. 5 out of 5


    I hired a stacey blackman consultant for my FEMBA application at UCLA Anderson. After my initial consultation, I was paired with a woman who was not only a FEMBA alum from Anderson but also used to read applications for the admissions team. Her extensive knowledge and insight into what the adcom was looking for was crucial and helped me focus my essays and resumes with the right messaging. She truly made the application process less stressful and was always available via phone or email to chat / provide feedback.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Anderson / 2020
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Before I even met with my consultant, I had already drafted my short and long term career goals and some what of a narrative on how they were connected. This steps takes a long time but is well worth the exercise before diving into drafting the essays.
  18. 5 out of 5


    Incredible help for interpreting my nontraditional background into skills easily understood by the mba admissions committee. i am grateful for (and was so relieved by) my expert consultant’s advice when i felt so confused about how best to sell myself to these programs. they were professional, used the time well, and gave useful advice. highly recommend

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Haas 2018
  19. 5 out of 5


    very personalized service, I requested a specific consultant and had a great experience

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Cornell University
  20. 5 out of 5


    I worked with a consultant from Stacey Blackman. He was very detailed oriented. He knew how to convert weakness into strength and was always available on demand for discussion. I would recommend Stacey Blackman’s service to any aspiring MBA candidate

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Ross school of business
  21. 5 out of 5


    one year ago, I was not sure whether i should use a consultant or not. because i did not use one when i was applying for phd. it worked out very well. but after talking to so many people, i realized that mba application is different game. it could put me in a bad place, if i do not act well. When I decided to work with a consultant, two names came to me: MBA mission and stacy blackman. in the end, i chose stacy blackman, because they had more consultants from top mba programs and they were nicer to me. this turned out to be the best investment decisions i have ever made. i got into columbia business school!!!!that’s like a dream come true. It was well worth every penny. i recommemde you to choose stacy blackman as well. you won’t regret.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL/2019
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: and work hard toward it. essay is key!!!
  22. 5 out of 5


    I worked with Sherry at Stacy Blackman Consulting for almost an entire year and ended up with three admits. I am attending Fuqua, which was my first choice. When I started with Sherry I had not yet taken the GMAT and was not even sure where I was applying. She helped me with every single stage of the application, guiding me on which schools to research, how to study for the GMAT and whether to retake it and then of course all the nuts and bolts of the actual application. Because we started early she could coach me on things that I could do to improve my actual profile. Her essay guidance was excellent and thorough and very insightful. I ended up investing a lot more time in volunteer activities leading up to submitting the application and discussed that in my application. I believe that on-ramp time really helped. I really liked the SBC process, with my main consultant and then the flight test and other support such as for interviews. I thought the team was top notch and especially am incredibly grateful to Sherry.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Fuqua
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Give yourself enough time - don't rush the process. And if you are seeking help, do it early on. Work with the SBC team!
  23. 5 out of 5


    My older sister used Stacy Blackman Consulting and was successful, getting into her first choice school. She worked with Erika and I requested Erika but they suggested that I work with someone else who they thought would be a better match for me. I was nervous because her main referral was around the work that Erika did with her. I assessed a couple of options finally settling on Caryn. Working with Caryn was a DREAM. She is a complete pro – she knows what the schools are looking for and she knows how to navigate the process of applying. She has a really good balance of guidance and keeping you in check but also being really fun, friendly and supportive. I got the sense that she has seen it all and had a great feel for what does and does not work. She was no nonsense and did not hesitate one bit on any advice which gave me confidence in her direction. It was all a really great experience, right up to the end when I was waitlisted at one of my top choices, and received great guidance that helped me off the waitlist.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Wharton
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Don't apply to too many schools. I would say 6 is the max you should apply to. I hit six and really started to burn out. Even with support from a consultant, it just became too much and quality would have really started to drop off if I had done anymore.
  24. 5 out of 5


    I worked with Amy at Stacy Blackman Consulting over a six month period to apply to 3 schools.I had unsuccessfully applied to 4 schools the prior season so my confidence was shaken and I was very nervous regarding how to proceed. I had one reapplication and 2 brand new apps. Amy helped instill confidence and helped me to focus and stick to a strategy. She helped me with every single part of the application and the end result was one that I felt very proud of. The interview prep was extremely useful and of course the essay review was indispensable. We spent a lot of time but it was worth it. We just worked slowly and steadily and she was always there for me. We developed a very nice relationship. I felt as if I could trust her and I always knew that she was their to support me. I enjoyed our communications and always appreciated how available she was for me. Although a few years have passed I still recommend friends to SBC and I still keep in contact with Amy. I had one incident a few days before deadline where a friend reviewed an essay and gave me negative feedback. I was in a panic but Amy helped me sort though the comments and was always calm and professional. She did not let me make any last minute hasty decisions. I know that the team at Blackman made the difference for me as I came out of it with two admits and a waitlist. I was admitted to Kellogg, my reach school and first choice.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Kellogg 2016
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: don't listen to too many friends - everyone has advice and some of it not good.
  25. 5 out of 5


    When I decided to work with a consultant, my two big concerns were:
    – would my application end up looking canned, like a big machine had just applied their template and made me an application like all of their other clients?
    – schedule – I have a very rigorous and unpredictable work schedule so I needed to make sure that my consultant would be able to accommodate that.

    I was introduced to Blackman through one of their guides that I received as a free download. It was very straightforward with good advice so I purchased two hours from them and was paired with a consultant named Sarah. Sarah immediately added value by helping me pull together a strategy so that I was very focused in my writing. I had basic points that I needed to incorporate and a handful of interesting stories to tell.

    It was clear from the start that my application would not be canned. Sarah helped me bring out my best, but it was still me. I then decided to go with a three school package and was admitted to all three of my schools. Sarah never let me down with scheduling either. She was extremely flexible and understanding and always made it work for me. I really liked working with her which is important because there were days near deadlines when we traded at least 20 emails.

    I have no regrets about investing in an admissions service. It was well worth every penny.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Hire an expert to help guide you. I know my applications were stronger because I worked with Stacy Blackman. Athletes, CEOs dieters all have coaches, why shouldn't an MBA applicant?
  26. 5 out of 5


    Stacy Blackman Consulting was a complete gift to me. I started my process very late and was in a panic. I had to take the GMAT and compile all apps in a very short period of time. Their team was excellent – caring, knowledgeable, very enthusiastic, professional and service oriented. My consultant, Lisa, took my applications from chaos to a very well ordered process. Feedback was almost immediate – sometimes I could not believe it – I would send essays at an odd time and receive a note almost instantly, followed by more thorough feedback. And no one at Stacy Blackman is there to massage your ego. Everyone I encountered pushed me a little bit harder and was very honest. I truly felt that they brought out the best in me. I loved working with their team and found the flight test to be a terrific check as well. I am very grateful to have had SB on my team and highly recommend them to anyone who is taking the process seriously and wants to kick some butt!

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Tuck 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Don't expect this process to be easy! Even with an advisor, I worked very hard. And when I worked hard the way that she was able to assist me was stronger. I did my best and then we cycled through to keep improving and pushing the applications to be better. She did help me stay on track, keep my head down and stay focused. It was that discipline that helped me to finish so much work in such a short period of time.
  27. 4 out of 5


    Solid program. They offer you certain exercises that help identify your strengths to highlight and some ideation exercises to really flesh out your essays. If you decide to go with a larger package, be prepared to pay pretty heavily for those services.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: The Wharton School / 2017
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Think about what you want to get out of school and provide a clear message in your application. Your stated career goals may not be what you end up doing after school and you may pivot on how you focus your time in order to reach our personal development goals, but you want to have a very solid understanding of what you want coming in to school.
  28. 5 out of 5


    Great team helping me prepare

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Stern/2017
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Be your authentic self
  29. 5 out of 5


    I had a comprehensive 3 school package. Since I had come from a design/art undergraduate school program I wanted more help and guidance in applying to business school. However, the comprehensive packages are not worth it if you can do your own homework. I felt a lot of the information was redundant and I paid far more than the help I received was worth. I wish I had just done an hourly package and really focused on getting help on the essays.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Yale SOM / 2016
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: If you choose to get a consulting service really just use it for the resume and essay review. It is not necessary to have a consultant to help you with other aspects of choosing schools/reviewing materials. Know who you are and why you have decided to go to business school. Do a lot of your own research and ask a lot of questions before you hire a consultant.
  30. 5 out of 5


    Stacy Blackman consulting prep was very easy to reach out to and very responsive.
    I did not do a full paid review, but they still helped me out with the steps on the waitlist. They encouraged me to not give up and send an update in the last round. If it hadn’t been for them, I might not have got accepted.
    The review done was amazing and gave some really keen pointers as to what should change and where. The resume was also updated according to their help. They kept me in track with the deadline for all rounds for most colleges.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Ross school of business/2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Apply to multiple colleges and don't lose hope. It's very erratic and lunch matters a lot.
  31. 5 out of 5


    I found Stacey Blackman Consulting to be extremely helpful. The area where it helped most was on my essays. Influenced me to think outside of the box when writing my essays, which I think really helped to make them stand out with the admissions committee.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Simmons College/2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Allow yourself plenty of time when completing applications. I also found it to be helpful if I created deadlines for each portion of the application.
  32. 4 out of 5


    I went with Stacy Blackman due to their exhaustive knowledge of admissions process. Form the first call, it felt that they were extremely organized and had a plan in place. I worked with Sherry Holland who was my admissions consultant and got accepted to three schools and wait listed at one.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: 2017
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Start early and plan ahead.
  33. 5 out of 5


    I thought that the advice from and time spent with Stacey Blackman Consulting was well worth it. I needed help specifically with the essay portion, and they provided iseful tips and inaights as I was drafting.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Wharton/2015
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Talk to lots of companies and go with who your gut tells you.
  34. 4 out of 5


    My consultant was supportive, easy to work with and extremely helpful in me structuring my thoughts. My essays turned out a lot stronger as a result of using Stacy Blackman. I also appreciated the dry run of the interview and final proof of the application. I got into the school of my choice.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Columbia
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Give yourself enough time - I was on draft 20 by the time it was all said and done.
  35. 4 out of 5


    I chose the hourly plan because I knew where I wanted to apply and I knew all I needed help with was the essays. As a white male with a good but not stellar background, I knew it would be particularly competitive but Stacy Blackman knows exactly what Adcoms are looking for so they know how to put the right spin on your story and show it from the right angles. I was placed on the waitlist at MIT and eventually accepted after working with Stacy Blackman through the summer on various update letters.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: MIT Sloan / 2017
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Consultants are expensive so figure out where you want to go first and try to do as much as possible on your own before hiring them. For me, the essays was where I needed help. If you are not an excellent writer or have holes in your experience, then hiring a consultant will definitely spruce up your essays and help position you in the best way possible.
  36. 5 out of 5


    I chose the comprehensive two school package. I loved the consultant I was assigned to. He was an engineer like me and was very experienced having done admissions consulting for more then 10 years. He was very supportive throughout the whole process even when I sometimes doubted myself. He really did a great job in giving me advice on writing my essays.I definitely recommend SBC and in particular Bill.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Ross/2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Understand your career path and what you want to do. Identify what your short term and long term goals are and what you want to achieve by getting a MBA.
  37. 4 out of 5


    Loved the way it was broken down to me. SBC helped me understand myself and evaluate my potential. They then helped me build my story. All essays were reviewed in detail. Inputs for my resume, helped me even after I came into B School

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Tepper/2017
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Really get to know yourself. Pen down all your achievements, life decisions. Evaluate your reasoning for every decision you've made in life. It'll really help during interviews.
  38. 5 out of 5


    Great service from the company. Got into great schools.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Darden school of business / 2017
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Start early and select schools based on your interest and not rankings.
  39. 4 out of 5


    The free initial consultation gave me a good idea of if the schools I was considering were a good fit. I appreciated the professionalism and lack of hard sell exhibited by the team at SBC.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Stern
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Spend time figuring out what your goal is, what it will take to get there, and why you absolutely need an MBA to make it happen.
  40. 5 out of 5


    Great team helping me to prepare when i didn’t have anyone at work to get advice from

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Stern 2017
  41. 5 out of 5


    Great advice tim..

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Michigan State University/2017
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: be the best story teller.
  42. 5 out of 5


    I had an excellent experience with Stacy Blackman Consulting. My admissions consultant, Ryan Barba, had extensive experience working in admissions at top MBA programs, which proved invaluable. I purchased 5 hours of ryan’s time and he was very efficient in helping me with my essays, resume, and interview preparation. He was very helpful in helping me decide which parts of my background to highlight in order to catch the attention of adcoms. I was accepted to my top choice school with a hefty scholarship and I do not think i would have had such a favorable result without ryan’s help. Investing in stacy blackman consulting is one of the highest roi investments i have i ever made.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Michigan State University Eli Broad Graduate School of Management / 2017
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Don't try to be someone you're not in your MBA application. Take the best skills, accomplishments, and passions from your life and bring them to life in your application.

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