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About Stratus Prep

Stratus Prep is a full-service consulting firm, offering everything from GMAT tutoring to admissions counseling. It is not specifically MBA-focused, though that is one of the services they provide. They have helped students get admitted to top schools worldwide.


The main MBA service that Stratus Prep offers is their MBA Admissions Counseling Package, which includes everything from school selection and strategy building to Recommender Selection, creating essays, interview preparation, and even negotiating on scholarships. These counseling packages are available in two tiers: the Standard Package or a variant that includes Senior Strategists with extra experience in the field.

They also offer Canadian-specific consulting packages for students interested in applying to a business school in Canada.

In addition to the packaged services, Stratus Prep offers other counseling services (mainly Interview Preparation, Profile Development, and Ding Analysis), as well as hourly counseling with normal or senior strategists. Students who have not yet taken the GMAT can also obtain tutoring to help improve their scores.

Stratus Prep Cost and Contact Info

The full Admissions Counseling Package is available starting at $4000 for one school, or $5333 with a Senior Strategist. This drops to $3000 for applications to Canadian business schools. Stratus Prep also offers a 4+ School Guarantee. If applicants do not get into at least one of the schools when a package of four or more is bought, they will work with the applicant on the same number of schools, for free, the next year.

Other counseling services start at $600 for Ding Analysis, $1250 for Interview Prep, and $1400 for Profile Development. Hourly services start at $1200 for 5 hours, or $1750 with a Senior Strategist.

Stratus Prep can be contacted by email at info@stratusprep.com, by telephone at (212) 307-1788, through Skype at stratusprepteam, or through a contact form on their website at www.stratusprep.com.

Reviews Statistic

3.9 out of 3.9
7 Ratings
5 Stars 2
4 Stars 4
3 Stars 0
2 Stars 0
1 Stars 1

7 reviews for Stratus Prep Overview

  1. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5


    a helpful experiance, especially with essay writing.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: kenan flagler business school/2017
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: seek assistance from an alum or someone who's been through the process.
  2. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5


    SP really helped me get my essay writing off the ground. I submitted my first few drafts and got very valuable feedback on how I should structure my narrative. I felt the extra reader service they offered (which I believe cost an hour) was not worth it. The main contact at SP, Harold Simansky, was great.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: I used SP to get my narrative down. This played a huge part in my essays and my interviews and in any conversation with current students when I was applying.
  3. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5


    This review is for admissions consulting.
    Stratus Prep was a good but not great service. I’ve think they’ve grown quite large recently, so I’ve found that they don’t give a ton of personal advice or attention, and is more of an editing service now. I largely crafted my application on my own and they helped to edit and tell me when things were wrong, but gave very little in the way of advice.
    If you’re looking for a very attentive consultant who will really get to know you and give you a lot of personal attention, I wouldn’t recommend Stratus Prep. But if you are someone who is just looking for someone to read everything through and tell you what to leave out or not do, they will do the job. Personally thought they were a bit overpriced for what I got, as well.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Wharton / 2018
  4. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5


    I worked with Samantha from Stratus Prep. Samantha was thorough, responsive, and encouraged me when I was felt like the admission process was daunting. She helped me break the application process down into smaller steps that seemed manageable. It seemed like we reviewed and edited the essays many many times, but nevertheless, it worked. I got into both schools where I applied.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Chicago booth, 2016
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Get the GMAT out of the way first. I recommend visiting classes at your target schools so you can incorporate how the schools are the best fit for you into your essays. It's hard work, but your work will pay off.
  5. 4 out of 5
    Rated 4 out of 5


    The firm does a very thorough job of helping each student understand the process, their goals and future interests. It starts off with a very introspective process and then becomes a very detailed application by application review. My counselor was very hands on and reviewed each app thoroughly while giving me the creative freedom to approach each essay the way I wanted to. It was great to have them there to ask any questions and they made me feel comfortable throughout the process.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Chicago Booth
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Start early. Take the GMAT a year before you even start your application. Know why you really want to go to B-School and think about the stories you want to tell!
  6. 5 out of 5
    Rated 5 out of 5


    I had a very good experience with my counselor Harold Simansky. He not only helped me decide on which schools would be a good fit for me, but also helped me tell my story. I am not a very good writer and he helped me “show” not tell. I don’t think I would have thought about the schools I applied to without his guidance and I don’t think I would have gotten in on my own.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Owen Vanderbilt/ 2018
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Give yourself plenty of time and set a schedule. The entire process including the application itself takes a long time.
  7. 1 out of 5
    Rated 1 out of 5


    Waste of money. I was set up with the “number 2 consultant” in the company (Vanessa Gil), who immediately tried to fit me into a template based on my current job in finance, despite the fact I repeatedly mentioned to her that I was trying to switch careers into technology. She was constantly late to phone calls, gave me generic feedback on essays, and was generally unhelpful in helping me come up with unique ways of positioning myself. I stopped using her after 3 frustrating months (before even applying to any schools), but the company refused to refund any of the massive cost that I’d paid for her services.

    • Business School Attended / Year Graduated: Wharton / 2017
    • Your MBA Application Advice*: Do it yourself. Be creative in how you position yourself, but know that no one will know you as well as you know yourself.

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