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Stacy Blackman Consulting Overview

About Stacy Blackman Consulting

Since 2001, Stacy Blackman Consulting (SBC) clients have been admitted to every top business school worldwide, often with merit scholarships. SBC is the only mba admissions consulting firm with a complete panel of former Admissions Officers from every top MBA program, including HBS and GSB, in-house. The SBC team has MBA expertise at every top US and EU school, has graduated from the best MBA programs and understands career paths in every industry, traditional and non- traditional.

Basics

Stacy Blackman Consulting offers two main services. They do offer other services such as editing, plan ahead and interview prep. The major service 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 of former Admissions Officers looking at things, and others on the SBC team collaborate to optimize the application process.
  • 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 $4,850 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 $1,695, while hourly services start at $365/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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If you’re interested in hiring the company to help you with the admissions process, request a free analysis from Stacy Blackman Consulting on their website here and ask about any current promotions. SBC deeply values mentorship within its client engagements and limits the number of clients for each consultant, engaging with clients only after its Validation Team evaluates candidacy strength. They will not work with anyone they don’t believe they can help. Download their SBC free personal branding guide here.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    ANONYMOUS:

    I was referred to SBC from a friend who has used their services the previous year. I spoke to Esther who understood my needs and recommended I speak with Christine Hawkins, whom she thought she would be a perfect match.

    I had my intro call with Christine and being a CBS alum, she had amazing insights to share and was super friendly. She was super sharp, broke down the entire admissions process for me and gave me some super valuable feedback. After our convo, I couldn’t have asked for someone better so immediately pulled the trigger on an all-in package with Christine.

    Christine was truly outstanding – there is no way I would have gotten an admit without her help. Right from the beginning, she laid out the entire plan, we discussed deadlines and off we went. Resume, Recommenders, Essays, Interviews – she really was a godsend throughout the process. She really pushed me to self-introspect, think hard about what I want to do and why. She was kept an open mind but prodded me to be better each time. My test scores weren’t the best, so Christine really helped me to make sure that the rest of my application stood out.

    Regardless of my CBS admit, I am super glad to have worked with Christine since I came out much clearer on what I want to achieve in my career.

    At some points of my application, I was super anxious about certain things and Christine was always there to answer my emails proving to be a great emotional support and a shoulder to lean on.

    The Flight Test process with Lisa was outstanding where my entire application packet went through a mock adcomm review and gave fresh perspective and feedback on my application. My mock interview with Christine was a massive confidence booster for me before my actual one.

    I could not have asked for anyone better than Christine, she is someone I’d love to stay in touch with and I would most definitely recommend her to everyone!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: I think it's extremely important to spend time doing deep introspection to really flush out what you want do, why you want to do it and how a particular school is best equipped to get you there
  2. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous:

    I worked with Christina, and she was amazing. She is friendly and easy to get along with, but she is also honest and candid in both her feedback and advice. She truly helped me craft the best application I possibly could that truly encapsulated me. She was able to tell what I needed to work well, and I always looked forward to our strategy sessions over the phone. I can’t recommend her highly enough, and I have already told some friends and colleagues looking to apply to business school about Christina and SBC. I got into every school that I worked with her on.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Harvard Business School 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: I think the most important part of the MBA application is where you want to be right after school and in the future. It really helped me shape the rest of my application after thinking through this question.
  3. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous:

    I worked with Yvette at SBC through the 2 school all-in package to apply to deferred admission/2+2 MBA programs while I was a college senior. From the start, I had positive interactions with SBC including my initial consultation with Sarah, who encouraged me when I was deciding whether or not I should apply. I was a little hesitant about my GRE score being high enough, and out of all the consultants I spoke with, SBC was by far the most positive and assured me not to worry about it.

    After being paired with Yvette, we had an initial kickoff strategy call. From the beginning, Yvette was very pleasant to work with and guided me in the right direction to pick and choose the most relevant parts of my story. By the end of the strategy call, I had a clear direction on how to approach my essays. Throughout the application process, she challenged me to be more direct and specific and to think deeply about my long-term and short-term goals to convey them to adcom. Sometimes when I was unsure about my essay approach, she would see the big picture and give me the encouragement to keep pursuing it, and by the end, I was very satisfied with the final essays that I submitted. The flight test was also a unique part of SBC where I got objective feedback from my flight-tester Caryn, which gave me more confidence in my story and learned a few opportunities for improvement in my essay. After receiving an interview invite from HBS, Yvette continued to support me, and her help during the interview process was phenomenal! She offered plenty of tips to prepare, gave good feedback during the mock interview, helped me brainstorm how to answer tough questions, and continued to motivate me positively.

    After all this, I am proud to say I was accepted to HBS 2+2!!! I couldn’t have done it without Yvette and SBC and I’m thankful to have had the SBC team supporting me!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS 2+2 - Class of 2024
    • MBA application & school advice: Reflect deeply on your life and try and find common themes to connect the dots. This will help paint an authentic story. Also, if you're hesitant about applying - just take the leap of faith!! It will be so worth it.
  4. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous:

    I could not have gotten into my top choice MBA program without the help of Stacy Blackman Consulting and my fantastic consultant, Stephanie Cohn. After being rejected from all four of the MBA programs that I applied to in my initial application cycle, I knew that I needed to develop a different approach. I reached out to Stacy Blackman Consulting and I am so grateful that they paired me with Stephanie Cohn; she was the perfect match for my needs. With Stephanie’s help, I reapplied to three of the four programs that I had applied to the previous year. In my second attempt, I was accepted to all three top-20 programs (two of which are consistently top-10) with scholarships! The favorable change in my outcomes on my second attempt speaks volumes to Stephanie’s value and expertise.

    Stephanie has extensive former experience in MBA admissions and she knows how to develop your personal story to make your application shine. She was fantastic at highlighting my strengths and mitigating areas that might have been perceived as weaknesses, including overcoming an average GRE score. My background is non-traditional and Stephanie was masterful at helping me to clearly articulate my path to an MBA, as well as my post-MBA goals. Additionally, Stephanie is kind, organized, and hard-working. Her supportive demeanor helps reduce some of the inherent stress of the application process.

    What impressed me most was Stephanie’s responsiveness and willingness to continue to provide support long after my final applications were submitted. I ended up being waitlisted to my top-program for nine months after I submitted my application. Stephanie stuck by my side, at no additional cost, over these nine months, continuing to review numerous waitlist updates and providing strategic advice via phone and email, until I was eventually accepted. Stephanie sincerely cares that you accomplish your goals. I would recommend Stephanie and Stacy Blackman Consulting to any prospective MBA candidate that wishes to make their dreams a reality.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Duke Fuqua 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Put lots of time and effort into developing your story and clearly articulating your goals. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
  5. 5 out of 5

    Philip Munyao:

    I am an international engineer and a re-applicant. Following a rough application season in 2018 where I was dinged without interview at all 3 schools I applied to, I knew I needed to seek help from a professional consulting service.

    What drew me to Stacy Blackman is the teamwork the team embodies. I had spoken to Esther Magna, when I was still contemplating an MBA and had not even taken the GMAT. She immediately reached out to me upon my request for a free consultation. She was very forthright about my candidacy and was also very understanding of my desire to not rush through a R2 2018 application despite the fact that I am an older candidate. It was this blend of honesty about my chances at some schools and the flexibility to accommodate me that made me choose SBC.

    I was paired with Sherry Holland and she immediately got to work, crafting a strategy for the upcoming application season. I went for the 4 school all-in package and while the applications were gruelling, Sherry made it enjoyable and I daresay, fun! She was meticulous and organised, and kept me on task by setting deadlines for different milestones. I did not feel as harried or stressed as I had with my previous applications. She did a great job managing my recommenders, which is one of the more stressful parts of the application. She also was not afraid to tell me when I had a wrong path with regards to the essays. We had to do a lot of course correction throughout the process.

    I benefited from the Flight Test, which was done by Beth Tidmarsh, who offered may useful insights that really made my application shine. The teamwork at SBC is truly unparallelled!

    In the end, I was admitted to 3 of the 4 schools I applied to, all with significant scholarship! I know for sure this would not have been possible without Sherry and the extended team at Stacy Blackman.

    I will be attending Tuck in the fall and I am eternally grateful to the team at SBC! I highly recommend Sherry and SBC.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tuck School Of Business - Class of 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Take advantage of SBC's Plan Ahead! Esther Magna really helped me get my ducks in a row as to what exactly was required!
  6. 5 out of 5

    Eric Kei Young:

    I got into my target program with a 70% scholarship, this with my GMAT waived.

    Having said that, I had to strengthen my application as much as I could and make sure it was polished and carefully thought through. Using an admission consulting firm always made me felt uncomfortable because it was too pricy. SBC was doing a free profile analysis, so I figured I would just try it out. Esther was excellent in my profile evaluation and genuinely made me feel that I do have strengths and I have qualities to make a great MBA student. After some serious thought, I tried out their resume editing service because although I knew it was pricy, I also knew I could submit resumes to every program application.

    Long story short, I got my resume back and looking at the quality of the work and service, I knew I wanted a more comprehensive help from them. This year was the year for me to go to grad school, so I decided to set out a budget, spoke with Esther, and worked out a plan. I think I spent 1000 dollars for their service, but it was well worth it because It leads to preparing a strong application and then getting scholarships because of it.

    I highly recommend their service to anyone! Its pricy for sure! but going to your target school and getting scholarships to make your MBA dreams a realistic goal, this is an investment you should definitely consider taking.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Simon Business School, Class of 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Its an investment! Set out a budget and just go for whatever service that will help you land the program you want to go into.
  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris:

    (FYI – You may find my review of same contents across a few platforms.)

    With Christina and SBC’s help, I received offers from 5 schools with scholarships totaling over half-million dollars and an admit from HBS, 6 out of 7 of all schools I applied to. Coming from an over-represented population and industry, I felt really thankful for the results, and therefore it’s my great pleasure to share my story with Christina and SBC and to hopefully inspire other people with similar goals.

    During our free 30-minute free consultation, which Esther arranged immediately after I reached out, Esther’s being down-to-earth and transparent won me over. Unlike other consultants, she encouraged me to pursue the very top schools and quickly pointed out my weakness with action items even if I haven’t purchased their services. Esther then matched me with Christina based on my background, which was a true blessing for me. Christina and I had an introduction call and she just impressed me with her insights, personalities, and work ethics. Feeling the click that Christina and SBC will help me succeed, I didn’t even talk to other consultants and decided to work with Christina on 4 schools – every of which led to an offer with scholarship.

    Among all wonderful things about Christina, I want to highlight three aspects that make her a perfect consultant for me – 1) She knows what schools care about and how to most strategically “brand” me. Based on my past experiences, she helped me define my winning strategy from the beginning and gave me actionable advice to strengthen my profile and story in a couple of months leading to the application season. She encouraged me to pursue a few relevant leadership activities, which ended up being the core component of my application. 2) She is incredibly hard-working, has super high standards, and has great attention to detail. In editing my essays and application form responses, she didn’t just switch words or phrases. She’d structurally improve my essays with top-notch writing skills. I was awed every time my essay was returned with a full screen of edits. From months of reading and working through Christina’s feedback on my essay, my writing skills certainly improved as well. 3) She is a genuine person and cares about my applications more than I do. While I worked with her on only 4 schools, she’s always generous in giving me feedback on my other three school applications. Her advice and overall strategy played a critical role in my two other offers even without her direct help. Whenever I felt “slacking”, she always motivated me to bring out my best self.

    I also want to call out the team support from SBC in addition to Christina’s amazing work. Lisa, as my flight tester, provided honest and reassuring feedback on my application two months before the submission and left me with plenty of time to act upon. Anthony, the observer of the complimentary Wharton’s TBD, helped us get comfortable with the TBD format and shared useful tips. SBC’s repository of past successful essays, included in the package, was also handy and helpful!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early!
  8. 5 out of 5

    Silvester:

    Erin Barry was my consultant and she was phenomenal in her timing, quality of feedback, and ability to dig deeper.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School '22
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early. Visit the school (especially CBS)
  9. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous:

    I truly enjoyed working with Erika on my business school applications and am so glad I chose to work with her and the rest of the SBC team. Given that I was coming from an over-represented field, I wanted to work with a consultant who would take the time to help me comb through my story and help me cherry pick the most compelling aspects of my candidacy. Erika was truly helpful in that regard. She provided invaluable advice and recommendations for the entire application process – from formatting tips to interview insights, she always had an answer for my questions, responded quickly and thoroughly, and most importantly, helped me “get out of my own head” and assemble 2 applications to my dream schools with confidence. I am thrilled to say that working with Erika helped me gain admittance to both GSB and HBS.

    It was a pleasure to work with Erika and the rest of the SBC team, and I cannot recommend them highly enough!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Trust the process and have confidence in your story!
  10. 5 out of 5

    Ben Zepfel:

    My advisor offered invaluable insights and helped me get into one of my top schools!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Each school is looking for something different in their essays - don't just copy and paste from one school to another!
  11. 5 out of 5

    Tomas:

    Excellent experience – was admitted to Oxford. Susan as my primary partner and former LBS admissions officer! Great support from flight tester, Lisa, who is a former admissions officer as well. Lots of admissions officer intel in-house. SBC definitely a safe bet as an MBA admissions partner.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: You don't know till you try, so give it a shot!
  12. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous:

    After talking to several admissions consultant (Personal MBA Coach, Veritas Prep, Aringo, Accepted), I decided to work with Stacy Blackman for my round 2 MBA applications due to the initial consulting session as well as the unbelievable online reviews it has in multiple respected sites. After my consultation with Bill Chionis, I asked if I could be matched up with Sherry Holland as she was a former member of the admissions team at one of my target schools.

    From our very first phone call to all the other communications we had throughout the process, I just want to emphasize how great it was working with Sherry. She guided me through a step by step process on how to conquer the very stressful process of applying to business schools. Every question I had and everything I needed to know, she was always there to guide me. She knew what the admissions team will specifically look for and also advised me on what I can improve on before submitting my apps (GMAT & Quant Class). Sherry was very responsive and engaged and although I’m sure she was working with other clients at the same time, she really made it feel that my applications had her undivided attention. She was very supportive but also honest, and with this dynamic, we were able to create strong applications and a solid interview plan for all my target schools. I decided to go for the all-in-one package and without it, I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be where I am today. I can’t recommend it enough! With this package, not only did I get Sherry’s world class consulting, but I also received a flight test from Lisa Anderson (this is when I started to realize that that I had a great chance with my target schools) and all the invaluable resources that they provide to their clients (Wiki guide, school guides, interview preparation).

    All in all, I applied to 5 top 15 schools, and was admitted to all of them. In addition, I received scholarship offers from all but one and equipped with that, Sherry was able to successfully help me negotiate my scholarship with my top school and increased my scholarship to 50%.

    Thank you again to the whole SBC team, especially Sherry, for helping me achieve my goal of attending a top tier MBA program!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Duke Fuqua - 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Start the process early, find your story and be confident in yourself.
  13. 5 out of 5

    Cliff Wang:

    For me, Wharton was always my top choice, so when I didn’t get in as a R2 applicant in the 2018-2019 cycle, I made the conscious decision to delay my MBA plans for another year – determined on getting into Wharton as a reapplicant. With sights set on applying R1 in the 2019-20 cycle, I knew that I needed to fine-tune my application strategy and revamp my submitted materials if I wanted to succeed the second time around.

    After speaking with a few firms, SBC immediately stood out from the pack given the comprehensive services, honest feedback I received as well as the strong, experienced team. Esther helped make the initial consultant match and paired me with Erin, who was formerly on the CBS admissions team and a true confidante every step of the way in my application process. She was always prompt with her responses but still incredibly thorough and thoughtful, making sure to highlight my strengths and streamline my story. Along with preparing my application materials, I was stressed with the demands of my job as well as balancing a GMAT retake, so having Erin really helped me stay on track and give me peace of mind during a time of extreme anxiousness and self-doubt.

    Once my materials were in good shape, Lisa, my flight tester took a comprehensive deep-dive into my application package and provided further insightful feedback. When it came to finally submitting my applications for R1, I was incredibly proud of everything that I had crafted under the support of the SBC team. I knew that my application had ultimately evolved into the strongest version that it could be, so I was extremely grateful, regardless of what the outcome would be.

    When I was ultimately awarded an interviewed at Wharton, the SBC team once again was right there to support me and helped facilitate a mock team-based discussion, which is a crucial factor in the Wharton application. In the end, when I finally got admitted to Wharton, I was so incredibly thrilled and appreciative.

    The MBA application process can definitely be a long and stressful journey, so must make sure that you are setting yourself up in the best way possible. Choosing SBC proved to be decisive move that led me to getting admitted into my dream school!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early and plan ahead!
  14. 5 out of 5

    Andy Gifford:

    When looking for an admissions consulting firm, I wanted to be challenged and to be held accountable. I got that feeling immediately from my consultation. My resume was torn up and critiqued in a very real way. I was not just told, “You have a great GMAT score, you’ll do great”. It was what I wanted.

    I was paired with Laura, and she was absolutely fantastic. She was very reachable, and we met at least every other week throughout the process. Her feedback was very useful and honest, which helped me bring my essays and story to the level needed. She was also willing to hear feedback, as I contradicted her feedback at one point based on a blog post from the Tuck adcomm. In the end, I felt that I was supported in a way that enabled me to show my truest self. The Flight Test, a defining feature of the application, highlighted some weaknesses that we were able to tactically address. I am very thankful for Lisa, who conducted this flight test. I ultimately was accepted to Ross, Tuck, and LBS while being rejected from Sloan. Results with which I am very happy.

    I did not make use of other services that SBC provides such as their liaisons and other points of contact, but they appeared very nice from whenever I spoke with them.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early! Look deep within yourself. Being authentic to who you are will enable you to shine in your applications.
  15. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous:

    THIS IS WHAT A CONSULTANT SHOULD BE LIKE!!! Beth Tidmarsh is a FANTASTIC consultant and I couldn’t have asked for a better one! With her help, I was admitted to 5 of the 6 T10 schools I applied to; moreover, I received SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS FROM EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL ranging from 1/3 tuition to full tuition plus stipend! She also helped me strategically select which schools to apply to with her, so that I could carry over essays and other application materials to other programs on my own. As you will see below, Beth is far more than JUST a consultant, she is someone that truly cares about the people that she works with and truly desires that they be successful.

    I decided to use an admissions consultant after applying unsuccessfully on my own a couple of years ago. I interviewed 4 top admissions consultancies (as ranked by P&Q) before ultimately selecting Stacy Blackman Consulting (SBC). I selected SBC because of the open and friendly nature of the people I chatted with as well as the responsiveness of everyone I spoke with (which I didn’t get from all the companies/individuals I connected with). From the opening call, SBC made it clear that they wanted to get to know me and I felt an immediate kinship with Sarah Tsai. From there, she introduced me to Beth Tidmarsh—whom I also connected with very well—and the rest is history.

    From the very start, Beth was happy to work with me as much or as little as I wanted. We communicated frequently via email but, whenever I asked if we could have a call instead, she was happy to accommodate, always responding to me promptly and making herself available if something urgent came up. Beth was invaluable as a coach and confidant and I would even go so far as to call her a friend (as we still keep in touch even now that my application/decision process is over). If I missed a self-imposed deadline, Beth would send me a note checking in on me but would do so in a way that was supportive and encouraging. This helped me immeasurably. Applying to MBA programs is hard and applying to six programs is almost overwhelming, but Beth helped keep me on track and take things one day at a time, focusing on individual steps and putting together an achievable timeline which we reviewed regularly. In fact, I liked working with Beth so much that I occasionally found myself staying up late to complete a portion of my application just because I didn’t want to disappoint her. (Who wouldn’t want that kind of encouragement?!) One of Beth’s greatest attributes is her ability to help you weave your story and to feel confident that you belong in the programs you are applying to, giving you the confidence to excel in interviews and other interactions with the schools you apply to.

    Beth took a genuine interest in me as an individual and helped me to select schools whose culture truly resonated with me and that met my other criteria including significant scholarship opportunities and strong ties to MBB consulting. Her previous experience as Director of Admissions for Kellogg’s Full Time MBA program was quite apparent as she helped me to (1) understand how schools thought about different facets of my application (2) consider the content of my essays and short answer questions from a holistic perspective (3) craft “my story” and prepare for each school’s unique interview process and (4) negotiate scholarship offers following admission. Beth frequently corresponded with other consultants at SBC and even occasionally asked them to review different components of my application if she felt that I could benefit from an outside opinion, which I also found to be a great asset while crafting my unique applications to each school. In conclusion, I highly recommend both Beth Tidmarsh and SBC!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Visit as many of the schools that you are thinking about applying to as possible BEFORE writing your application. Take the GMAT early so that you can focus on essays once schools release the prompts.
  16. 5 out of 5

    N/A:

    I was coming from an untraditional background and was doubtful that I could even get an interview at my top choices. Joyce helped me frame my experiences and application in a way that truly made me stand out, and showed my value to top MBA programs. She was so caring, yet honest about my weaknesses as an applicant, and helped me either turn them into strengths, or improve on them to create a powerful, unique application. She was an amazing resource with my resume review, helping me break down a complex job/industry for Admissions Officers. She helped me see how each part of my application would be perceived by an Admissions Officer, which was critical in framing my application, asking for recommendations, and even prepping for interviews. She was a God sent when it came to my story, showing me how to frame a cohesive story that was concise, yet fully showed every aspect of who I was and who I wanted to be. I came into our first call thinking that my essay was nearly done. She was honest, stating that other applicants may have the same essay. Over the course of our work together, she took a story that wasn’t very unique, and helped me turn it into a powerful one that showed how unique of an applicant I was, and how my experiences shaped me. She cared so much about my story that she would often email me with additional ideas outside of our calls! She was very attentive to the different schools that I was applying to, and truly helped me create the best application tailored to each of my top choices. I ended up getting into Wharton, GSB and HBS, and I could not have done it without the help of Joyce! When it came to making a decision on my schools, she was an AMAZING sounding board and really helped me solidify my choice. JOYCE IS AMAZING!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Trust the process and your story!
  17. 5 out of 5

    Ivan:

    Thrilled and humbled to be admitted to multiple schools, including Duke Fuqua with an unexpected scholarship! If you are an international student dreaming to get into a T15 MBA program in the US, but new to the daunting MBA application process, then look no further than reaching out to Stacy Blackman Consulting. Also, if Duke Fuqua is high on your list, then you should really work with Sherry Holland, who is a former MBA Admissions Officer at Fuqua.

    I started looking for MBA admission consultants after I have taken my GMAT. Not only was my score below the average of the schools I was aiming for, but also, I did not have a clear personal branding strategy to make my application competitive. I was also lacking outside of work involvements. In short, my profile had a number of gaps, but I was convinced that this was the right time for me to get an MBA. That was when a reliable friend referred SBC to me from her delightful and fruitful past experience. I did my due diligence first, talking to several other admission consultants (mbaMission, Admissionado, Aringo, and Fortuna), but it was clear to me that SBC was the one who was genuinely interested to learn about my stories and most passionate to help me achieve my goals.

    SBC’s exceptional service lies within their team-based influence and support during the entire process, from start to finish. My first contact was with Esther, who provided the honest and realistic expectations that I needed but was willing to carefully listen to my stories and aspirations. I still remember when Esther told me that she knew who the ideal primary consultant for me would be, and until this day, I am really glad that she was able to pair me with Sherry. Sherry is simply the best! She was professional, understanding, and incredibly supportive throughout the daunting and hectic MBA application process. Though I struggled a lot with the first draft of my essays and was extremely nervous heading into the interviews, Sherry made sure that I was well prepared and confident to face those challenges. I learned a lot from Sherry and she really helped me grow both professionally and personally in many ways that I did not expect before. I still could not believe that I received interview invites from all the schools that I applied to. Along the way, I also had access to a client liaison, Bill, and also received a really helpful flight test feedback from Lisa. Essentially, a lot of admissions officer intelligence in-house ready to support you any time.

    Overall, I am super grateful that I made the right decision to work with Sherry and SBC team. I am excited with the results and where I am today, and I realize that I could not achieve all this without the guidance and support from Sherry and SBC team. Highly recommend that you work with SBC too!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Class of 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Take your time to reflect and understand your preferences and cultural fit.
  18. 5 out of 5

    StanfordGSBMSx:

    When you are looking for an MBA consulting firm, you want one that has a reputation which draws on the caliber of its consultants and has the expertise and experience across the schools that you are interested to apply to.

    SBC demonstrated that from the beginning for me. Just speaking with Sarah for thirty minutes, she was able to provide insights and bring her expertise to bear on my application. SBC also stood out from other firms in that they cater to candidates coming in from every stage of the application process. In my case, they were willing to partner and go “all-in” with me even though I had only three weeks remaining for the R2 deadlines.

    I worked with Alex L as my SBC consultant and I could not have asked for a better MBA consultant. Alex is one of the most professional individuals I have the pleasure of working with over my 12-year career. He was personally invested through the whole process and brought his considerable skills and expertise in each step of the application. His partnership helped to showcase my accomplishments and my personal story to its fullest. Even then, just by working with him, I was able to improve on my personal communication skills and bring that back to how I communicate at work and at a personal level.

    Alex was a partner whom I could completely trust and rely on throughout the application process. He was responsive and would usually reply within a few hours. He worked with me on the deadlines and was available whenever I needed him. He added a personal touch as well, checking in on me and my recovery when I fell sick during the application process. Thinking back, I’m just floored by the level of effort and passion he brought in every stage of the application. Based on his dedication, I know it is not just a job to him, but a role where he is personally invested to help you achieve your goals. Alex is someone whom I am honored to partner with and hope to continue a friendship with even after my application process.

    I applied to the Stanford GSB MSx program and it was a moonshot for me given how challenging it is to enter the program and how I had only three weeks to prepare the application, obtain letters of recommendations and study for the GRE. Yet, with Alex’s help, I was able to overcome all these and obtain an admissions offer from the Stanford GSB. Thank you, Alex!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford MSx 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Start early, showcase your genuine self in the applications
  19. 5 out of 5

    Sylvan Guo:

    TLDR; I am attending Harvard Business School this fall, and couldn’t haven’t done it without SBC & Beth! I applied to 6 schools in total, and received acceptances to 5: HBS, Wharton (scholarship), Booth (scholarship), Columbia, NYU Stern and waitlisted at Kellogg.

    For some context – after tirelessly studying for the GMAT for 1.5yrs, I couldn’t get my score above 680. I ended up switching to the GRE and got a 319 (164Q, 155V), which is pretty mediocre for the schools I was applying to. I also came from a Tier 2 consulting firm, and am Asian American, so I knew that my story would be super duper important to help me with my below avg stats. Thus, I knew an MBA consultant was important to help me with tell my story – I spoke to 3 firms: 1) SBC, 2) Menlo Coaching and 3) a smaller boutique consulting firm.

    First, I spoke to Menlo Coaching and they basically told me in a nicer way that my scores were not good enough to get into the schools that I wanted, and that I should try retaking and apply a year later. I had already taken the GMAT 7 times and GRE 3 times, expressed that I think I hit a ceiling, but I got the sense that they didn’t really believe in me simply because of my scores. On top of that, they didn’t list their prices on their website, which I thought was strange. My friend spoke to them and they quoted her $20k for a package, and I wasn’t comfortable with that price considering that they gave the vibe off that they didn’t even want me as a client because of my scores.

    Next, I spoke to a boutique consulting firm, and while they were very nice, I didn’t get the sense that they had the resources or array of experience as a larger consulting firm. They did seem to believe in my story, but since it was only a 2 person shop, I wanted to talk to 1-2 more firms before making a decision.

    I then spoke to Sarah Tsai at SBC and raised my concern about my scores. To this day I remember her saying “Don’t underestimate the power of a good story” – telling me that they have gotten people in with all types of scores and that my biggest challenge would be writing a story to differentiate me from fellow management consultants. She gave me two consultant options, and I ended up choosing Beth because her reviews were unique in that people talked about how much she went above and beyond, and also truly cared/believed in her people. This resonated with me and I can 100% attest to these attributes.

    Beth from the beginning was AMAZING!! I literally cannot put into words of how great and instrumental of a partner she was throughout this emotional journey. I honestly don’t think I would have gotten into Harvard Business School without Beth’s help, because frankly I was happy to even get into one of the M7. But to get into 5 out of 6 schools is really a testament to SBC/Beth’s help as a partner.

    + Beth goes above and beyond in how meticulous and detail-oriented she is; I believe we went through 10 revisions for some of the school’s essays, and she made sure that every word and detail, whether it was in the essay or app was flawless
    + Beth is very knowledgeable of certain school nuances, and would tell me if there were certain things I should be aware of (for ex, she told me that Columbia really cares about interest in the school and suggested that I connect with students/visit. I immediately took PTO that month and went to visit the school, which was instrumental to talk about during my app/interview)
    +Beth was VERY strong at looking at my holistic story across my essays and apps; many times, she would help take a step back and make sure that my essays and apps made sense together, and would suggest edits to places that needed more meat or didn’t tie coherently
    +Beth helped instill a confidence in me that I honestly didn’t know existed. There were many times when I almost had an emotional breakdown and I literally said “I can’t apply to this school because I have no idea what to write for this essay” and she would bring up things that I didn’t even think about. She would always encourage me to “toot my own horn” in certain parts of my app and make sure that I presented my true self in my essays. Even throughout interviews and school visits, she was always cheering me on, and I think her support and excitement really helped me gain the confidence while I was interviewing

    A very long review – but I just wanted to really give a huge shout out to SBC and Beth for all of their great work. I’m so pumped to be starting school this fall and I couldn’t have done it without them!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Harvard Business School - 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: -Try to get the best test score that you can get -Tailor your application by school and in your essays mention specific programs/initiatives/professors that set that school's offerings apart from other schools. This is your chance to impress the adcom of how much research you have done. I've found that some schools really really place a lot of emphasis on your interest in the school - Storytelling is important - read up on your favorite stories and how they narrate, or even tips on how to tell a story. At the end of the day, adcom are people who are reading these essays so try your best to make them interesting and engaging - And finally, the process can be long, arduous and emotional so try your best to be mentally resilient. There will be hard times, but also good times, so keep your head up, eye on the prize and stay laser focused.
  20. 5 out of 5

    Malavika Chugh:

    I had the pleasure of working with Kim from SBC on my business school application in 2019. I was accepted into my dream school Kellogg, with an amazingly generous scholarship and I could not have done it without Kim and the SBC team.

    I decided to go for the all-in package for 4 schools and it was truly worth it. I had initial reservations for investing so much money into this endeavor, but the level of service I received was extraordinary. Months after the process, I still feel comfortable picking up the phone and chatting through decisions with Kim!

    Over the course of a few months, my counselor took the time to get to know me, my story, my aspirations and helped me form a narrative to get it across to business schools in an effective manner. She was always easy to get a hold of, responsive, and gave very thoughtful feedback. She created a structure to my application process, gave me a lot of flexibility, and supported me through the rigorous and introspective experience.

    I highly recommend SBC – the Test Drive feature was unique, the staff is made up of ex-admissions officers and so they know what they are talking about! My ONLY caveat would be – the marginal utility after paying for 5 schools diminishes. You can do the 6th school by yourself, or purchase an hourly package like I did!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg School of Management, 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Think hard about what YOU are looking for, instead of what the rankings tell you. This is a long-term investment you are making in yourself, so give yourself time to flesh out your goals.
  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael:

    I was referred to SBC by a friend who worked with them on his successful Wharton MBA application, and I was very satisfied with my experience – everyone has been easy to work with and very responsive. I wanted to work with Stephanie as my primary consultant because she had direct experience with the admissions process and committees at my two top choice schools, Duke Fuqua and UW Foster. She not only knew how to advise on MBA applications generally, but also what my top choices were looking for specifically. And, as an EMBA candidate, I also wanted to work with someone who had experience with EMBA programs, so I chose Bill as my client liaison because he is an expert in EMBA programs. On top of all that, my Flight Tester, Beth, provided critical guidance based on her experience as an admissions director at a top MBA program. Thanks in large part to all of their collective support, feedback, and advice, I was admitted to both Fuqua and Foster.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Duke Fuqua 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Focus on fit as much as, if not more than, just the ranking of the school. By fit I mean both culturally as well as w/r to specializations - e.g., some schools might have strengths in Finance vs Marketing (or vice versa), so that should be considered along with their overall reputation.
  22. 5 out of 5

    Manfredi:

    I will talk about my experience with John with SBC. Before working with John, I worked with a different consultant of a different firm and it was a disaster. I was extremely skeptical about the full school package (given the cost) and assumed it was not worth it, but ultimately, I decided to sign up. BEST DECISION EVER MADE. I was offered to work with John since we had some traits in common.
    John is a rare gem: he was more of a friend than a consultant. He cheered me up, pushed me across the finishing line, always being kind and generous with his time and dedication.
    Response time: 11/10, I don’t know how to better describe this.
    Emotional intelligence: he must have a PhD in helping others
    My profile is good, but it is not stellar (low GMAT), but still, I made it into two top 10 schools and waitlist from the other two (5 total).
    I highly recommend working with John, no matter the cost.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stern 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Learn about the school you are trying to get in, you may discover that it is not where you want to end up. Pick schools that will make you a better person/professional.
  23. 5 out of 5

    Varun Joshi:

    In May-June 2019, I talked to a few other consultants before deciding to work with Sherry from SBC – the one big reason for that was her objective analysis of my previous applications (I had applied to a few schools in 2017 without a consultant and had gotten rejected then). She focused on my weaknesses right from that first call and gave me workable ways to strengthen them.

    She was also very encouraging throughout the process and provided constant support. Her work ethic is inspiring (prompt reply on essay drafts; objective feedback focused on what the different adcomms want; interview preps even at the last minute – though I would advise against that; constant encouragement). I got through 2 of the 3 schools that I applied to and was waitlist-ed in the 3rd and I am very grateful to her for working with me to achieve these great results!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan Ross 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Dream big - go for the schools that you relate with and want to be in (you will work the hardest for those); Enjoy the process - talk to people from these schools, make new friends; Be honest/authentic; Get a consultant if you feel that will help - this process can sometimes be confusing especially if you are coming from an over-represented pool and need help in standing out
  24. 5 out of 5

    Jay:

    Stacy Blackman was absolutely great. I worked with Margaret and she made the process so much easier. She had a plan from day one, was available whenever I needed her, and kept me on track through the whole process. She was great at encouraging me, and patiently working through all my ideas untill she was completely satisfied we had identified the right story and she was also objective and helped me explain weaknesses in my profile. I got admits in 4schools and a waitlist in 1 of the 6 schools I applied to with her help.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Pick schools you relate to and are excited by not just ones you think you'll get admitted to. Have your story straight in your own head, demonstrate enthusiasm, and authenticity in your materials. Relax, and enjoy the process!
  25. 5 out of 5

    Jay:

    SBC was helpful though it really depends on the consultant you get so be sure to read the bios and be selective as you do your initial call. It’s expensive but they are good at keeping you on track and providing relevant and tailored advice/guidance.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Use your your personal statement as an opportunity for honest reflection. For schools, be sure to visit and talk to friends.
  26. 5 out of 5

    SP:

    I had a great time working with SBC and my primary consultant, Bill Chionis, through the entire application process for HBS (admitted) and Stanford (waitlisted).

    As an older candidate with a decade of experience, the first thing that stood out when I spoke to Bill was how well he was able to articulate the potential weaknesses in my application and how I could work through them. That contrasted pretty heavily with other consultants who I had spoken to, who were generally impressed by my resume and story and didn’t provide enough constructive feedback in our initial consultations.

    Bill walked me through the nuances of the different schools and brainstormed with me about different ways in which I could present my story. He was always available and provided quality and prompt feedback, which ultimately led to two solid applications.

    Separately, I found it extremely valuable that SBC was able to connect me with consultants that were provided additional perspectives. My GSB application was “flight tested” by Caryn, a former GSB admissions officer, and my mock interviews were with alums from HBS and GSB.

    Thank You Bill & SBC!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Start very early
  27. 5 out of 5

    P:

    Very good consultant with strong credentials and consistent advice

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Applied to Wharton, HBS, Stanford, Booth and Columbia
  28. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Kwong:

    It was expensive but got the job done. My admissions consultant was not the kindest, she was condescending but once again, she was efficient and got me into a school that I shouldn’t have gotten into based on my GPA and GMAT scores.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton Grad 2019
    • MBA application & school advice: Get to know the school well before you apply - meaning go for a visit and talk to at least 5 students to get a vibe of culture!
  29. 5 out of 5

    DEE:

    Words will never be enough to describe my experience with SBC, Esther, and Susan.

    I decided to be thorough in my approach to finding a consultant, speaking to several companies. I was specifically looking for a company that was established (i.e. high success rates) and structured (i.e. clear process), yet had personalized attention (i.e. are there too many people?). I concluded that there were endless companies that fulfilled only one of the criteria, but only SBC was able to meet both of them.

    The next step to my process was having an initial call with Esther, who “matches” you with a consultant given your profile and goals. Esther has this rare gift of being able to assess your profile in mere seconds. What I appreciated most was that Esther gave supportive yet objective advice. Remember, you do not want to spend time and money for nothing! Thanks, Esther!

    Having been “matched” with my consultant, I then had the amazing opportunity to work with Susan. As a global citizen, I particularly admired Susan’s widespread work experience from the U.S. (i.e. CBS) to European markets (i.e. LBS). From this experience alone, Susan has this “automatic” credential of being able to work with diverse applicants, ranging from traditional and non-traditional career paths, to various personalities, ages, and backgrounds. I know that’s what I admired most about Susan!

    The biggest insight — aside from fantastic advice in every step of the process — was Susan’s ability to complement my weaknesses without ever me recognizing or surfacing them. I’m quite organized, yet there were times wherein I didn’t realize I was lagging behind in certain aspects of the application process. I also have an infinite number of ideas and thoughts, resulting in sometimes over-complicating or confusing messaging. However, Susan was quick to point out rational solutions and more importantly, the rationale behind them. I was also extremely familiar with participating in school events, yet Susan is brilliant when it comes to knowing insider information into a school’s communication method, frequency, and strategies.

    Most importantly, Susan can look at things holistically when you’re laser focused in the process. Firstly, I was dual pathing my test re-take and application process, resulting in juggling numerous priorities. With application deadlines creeping up, Susan surfaced a modified possible test strategy with me, ultimately allowing me to realize a target score. She was the last person who messaged me before entering the test center and the first person I texted upon seeing those numbers on screen. I was also juggling interview invites in very different locations, yet Susan emphasized an optimal way to ensure I could maximize the entire interview experience.

    At the end of the day, this entire MBA application process is no doubt extremely stressful, overwhelming, and complex. It takes a true mentor, someone who has your best interest at heart, someone who’s passionate about making a difference in others’ lives, and an expert in the process to be with you every step of the way. Susan was all those things and more; she believed in my story and credentials when no one else did. Through her guidance, I received two offers (thus far) with scholarships, which I didn’t even apply for or expect. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this was all possible. And, when I get on that graduation stage, I’ll be thinking of how forever grateful I’ll be because of Susan.

    More power to SBC and Susan!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2020 Intake
    • MBA application & school advice: Stop studying once you feel as if you've hit your maximum / best potential! Once satisfied, begin the application process.
  30. 5 out of 5

    Darden2022:

    THIS IS WHAT A CONSULTANT SHOULD BE LIKE!!! Beth Tidmarsh is a FANTASTIC consultant and I couldn’t have asked for a better one! With her help, I was admitted to 5 of the 6 T10 schools I applied to; moreover, I received SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS FROM EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL ranging from 1/3 tuition to full tuition plus stipend! She also helped me strategically select which schools to apply to with her, so that I could carry over essays and other application materials to other programs on my own. As you will see below, Beth is far more than JUST a consultant, she is someone that truly cares about the people that she works with and truly desires that they be successful.

    I decided to use an admissions consultant after applying unsuccessfully on my own a couple of years ago. I interviewed 4 top admissions consultancies (as ranked by P&Q) before ultimately selecting Stacy Blackman Consulting (SBC). I selected SBC because of the open and friendly nature of the people I chatted with as well as the responsiveness of everyone I spoke with (which I didn’t get from all the companies/individuals I connected with). From the opening call, SBC made it clear that they wanted to get to know me and I felt an immediate kinship with Sarah Tsai. From there, she introduced me to Beth Tidmarsh—whom I also connected with very well—and the rest is history.

    From the very start, Beth was happy to work with me as much or as little as I wanted. We communicated frequently via email but, whenever I asked if we could have a call instead, she was happy to accommodate, always responding to me promptly and making herself available if something urgent came up. Beth was invaluable as a coach and confidant and I would even go so far as to call her a friend (as we still keep in touch even now that my application/decision process is over). If I missed a self-imposed deadline, Beth would send me a note checking in on me but would do so in a way that was supportive and encouraging. This helped me immeasurably. Applying to MBA programs is hard and applying to six programs is almost overwhelming, but Beth helped keep me on track and take things one day at a time, focusing on individual steps and putting together an achievable timeline which we reviewed regularly. In fact, I liked working with Beth so much that I occasionally found myself staying up late to complete a portion of my application just because I didn’t want to disappoint her. (Who wouldn’t want that kind of encouragement?!) One of Beth’s greatest attributes is her ability to help you weave your story and to feel confident that you belong in the programs you are applying to, giving you the confidence to excel in interviews and other interactions with the schools you apply to.

    Beth took a genuine interest in me as an individual and helped me to select schools whose culture truly resonated with me and that met my other criteria including significant scholarship opportunities and strong ties to MBB consulting. Her previous experience as Director of Admissions for Kellogg’s Full Time MBA program was quite apparent as she helped me to (1) understand how schools thought about different facets of my application (2) consider the content of my essays and short answer questions from a holistic perspective (3) craft “my story” and prepare for each school’s unique interview process and (4) negotiate scholarship offers following admission. Beth frequently corresponded with other consultants at SBC and even occasionally asked them to review different components of my application if she felt that I could benefit from an outside opinion, which I also found to be a great asset while crafting my unique applications to each school. In conclusion, I highly recommend both Beth Tidmarsh and SBC!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Apply in Round 1 for the best chance at fellowship/scholarships and really look for the best cultural fit. Visit all schools you want to apply to and have meaningful conversations with at least 2-3 people at each school before you write your application.
  31. 5 out of 5

    Ayanna:

    I truly enjoyed working with Meghan from Stacy Blackman consulting. She was extremely knowledgeable about the Wharton admissions process and provided a thorough review of my resume and MBA goals essay. Even though I had already been working with an MBA prep program to prepare my application, Meghan was able to cal out key weaknesses in my application that had previously gone unnoticed. I only purchased three hours of Meghan’s services, and would definitely recommend her to anyone applying to Wharton. I was admitted to Wharton with a great scholarship, in large part due to Meghan’s advice and feedback.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Begin studying for the GMAT or GRE as early as possible! It's difficult to focus on your essays when the stress of getting your dream test score is looming over you.
  32. 5 out of 5

    Lane Wang:

    I thought the information I got in formulating my essays were very helpful, especially since I came from a non-traditional background and really needed to sharpen my narrative.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: NYU Stern 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: The earlier you start preparing the better
  33. 5 out of 5

    Camilla Lucas:

    I highly recommend Beth and the entire team at SBC. Beth was my primary partner throughout the business school application process; I was ultimately accepted to Darden, Kellogg, Stern, Ross, and Fuqua (with a scholarship!). Based upon my numbers (3.3 GPA, 700 GMAT, not a particularly strong quant background), receiving this many admissions offers at such great schools is something that I truly didn’t think was possible for me.

    I was referred to SBC through a personal connection and, following an initial conversation, knew that it was the right choice for me. Beth and the rest of the SBC team struck a perfect balance between providing constructive criticism on my school choices and essays while always being immensely supportive. I was constantly impressed by Beth’s deep knowledge of the MBA application process and schools. I also appreciated SBC’s team-based approach. I always felt that I was getting the most accurate answers possible to my questions.

    I was also incredibly impressed by Beth’s ability to help me to elevate my admissions essays, while ensuring that my personal voice was always coming through. We did a mock interview which was very helpful and played a large part in my success in the interviews to come. Beth also pushed me to take “Math for Management” which strengthened my application through supplementing my minimal quant background and helped me to prepare for business school next year.

    Lastly, amidst the incredibly stressful and daunting MBA admissions process, Beth was an amazing partner. I feel that she truly cared about me and went out of her way to build our relationship. She has also helped me to think beyond rankings and to really ascertain my “fit” at each of the schools that I applied to.

    I’m so thankful that I made the decision to go with SBC and Beth!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Class of 2022, undecided where I'll be attending (accepted to Darden, Kellogg, Stern, Ross, Fuqua)
    • MBA application & school advice: Leverage the resources and expertise that SBC and Beth have to offer.
  34. 5 out of 5

    Chris:

    Very helpful team, always there to answer questions.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: University of Texas at San Antonio, 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Apply ASAP.
  35. 5 out of 5

    Wharton 2020:

    Pretty good, I only used them for essay review and paid for the two hour minimum, which to my memory was roughly $600. I also had my consultant review the two recommendations. I got a lot for the two hours of work (tips directly to my recommenders and two reviews of my essays).

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Connect with as many people in admissions and alums as you can, and include those connections in your essays.
  36. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Zheleznyak:

    Helpful insight through the whole process, before during and after!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: NYU Stern 2020
    • MBA application & school advice: Be genuine - they can tell!
  37. 5 out of 5

    Boston PE Admit:

    Stacy Blackman had the perfect mix of programs and ad-hoc vs. unlimited engagement and pricing options for what I was looking for. My admissions consultant (Dione Chen) was outstanding! Couldn’t have asked for a better person to provide insider knowledge on what admissions groups are looking for and as a result how to shape my story.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB - 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Be very thoughtful about and catalog your prior experiences / what makes you unique before you engage with consultants and start writing essays. The best version of your story won't always jump off of a LinkedIn profile or resume, and being reflective through writing was in my view the best launching platform for high quality applications.
  38. 5 out of 5

    John Drago:

    Excellent offering! Pair you with former admissions consultant and flexible in terms of the number of hours you spend. I used ~2 hours per school, from essay to interview prep.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stanford GSB - 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Find your story first, and dont rush this part.
  39. 5 out of 5

    Anne:

    As an applicant, I went to a top-tier liberal arts college, had a 710 when I hired SBC (a 720 by application time), and work for a well-known investing shop, but have two low quant grades from college and am on the younger side. The turnaround from learning about the world business school application consultants to enlisting Stacy Blackman Consulting was really short for me. A handful of friends who graduated the year before me in college were all accepted to business school in Round 1 of the last cycle, and they shared a tool: a great SBC consultant. I did my due diligence on a few other firms, but ended up asking Bill Chionis at SBC to connect me with three Columbia-experienced SBC consultants (I had visited the campuses of five schools, and knew that CBS was my top choice). I “interviewed” the three, and a problem arose: all three were amazing and raring to go. Bill gave me great advice with how to pick: choose the consultant who you’d like to communicate wi th for 6+ months. I asked to sign a one school contract with Christine for an application to CBS, and am incredibly grateful for her.

    Christine went to CBS and knows how to navigate the intricacies of CBS’ application like the back of her hand. But Christine’s biggest impact on me as an applicant was not in the essay editing or in the interview preparation, but rather in how she suggested ways for me to become a better applicant to any competitive business school. She pushed me to retake the GMAT to increase my quant score and take an online Berkeley course to buttress my profile, and helped me to figure out my narrative as a CBS applicant. Christine worked with me from January to July, and I was accepted ED to CBS (one and done!). Looking back, it was so easy to go back and forth with her via email and telephone calls about brainstorming for essays, resume revisions, and the process of preparing my recommenders. She knew how I would be different and interesting to CBS’ AdCom, and recommended aspects to highlight. She gently prodded me to work really hard, but it never seemed like a drag to do any of the tasks — she explained to me why each was important, and I knew that if I gave the SBC “formula” my all, I would produce the best application I could.

    Christine answered each of my questions (“how do I answer this question on the CBS application form,” “what shirt should I wear with which suit to the interview,” “what do you think about this email to my recommender to remind him about the deadline,” “should I mention that I met this person at a CBS event,” etc.) earnestly and swiftly. She always asked about how I was doing in the process, and truly rooted for me the whole way. In the end, the process with Christine far exceeded what I thought it would be like to hire a business school consultant, and I will continue to sing her praises (and SBC’s) from the rooftop to friends who are thinking about applying next cycle.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School 2022
    • MBA application & school advice: Visit each school that you plan to apply to, and make note of who you talk to (admissions, student, etc.) and what you discussed. If you can’t visit the campuses, participate in virtual activities and try to meet students/alums through your network.
  40. 5 out of 5

    workingfor2020:

    I got 2 full rides, 3 acceptances. I am so beyond ecstatic at the results of my partnership with Yvette and the SBC team! I decided on SBC after reading many outstanding reviews and seeing the results of a friend who used SBC. I was matched based on my nontraditional background with Yvette Romero, a true gem!, and my main consultant who helped me identify target schools, refine my voice through my essays, and ace the interviews. Yvette was thoughtful, encouraging, and incisively realistic while making me laugh through an otherwise stressful process. Throughout our partnership, she asked me questions that highlighted aspects of my profile that I would have never considered to be special. Her advice on how to frame my applications to appeal to adcomm revealed deep insight into the admissions process, and as a result, even small tweaks to my application felt like home runs. Her deep knowledge of MBA admissions ultimately empowered me with a road map to strategically navigate those long months.

    What felt most critical to me in our partnership and something that I will always be thankful for is that Yvette gave me the confidence I needed to overcome a low GPA. She taught me how to truly and unabashedly tell my unique story and highlight my strengths. She is a gifted listener and story teller, and she imbues you with these same qualities- asking the right questions until you arrive at the key story for your application to showcase. And because she is truly invested in your success and believes that you deserve your own best work, she will work painstakingly with you until you get it right! I am so proud when I read my essays and think on my interviews, because they feel like “me”. Yvette really helped my essence shine.

    I received THREE acceptances from top schools, including TWO FULL SCHOLARSHIPS – one from a reach school I hadn’t considered until Yvette told me to go for it! As someone with a nonprofit background and the hurdle of a low GPA, I know the price looks a little steep but it is an incredibly worthwhile investment that will pay dividends! I am thrilled to be attending a top business school in the fall and regret nothing about my SBC experience. I cannot recommend Yvette enough.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tuck School of Business 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Yvette pushed me to work hard, be honest, and be proud of what I had accomplished. I have loved working with her, and if you make the wonderful decision to do the same, I know you will, too!
  41. 5 out of 5

    MJM:

    Working with Caryn at Stacy Blackman has truly changed the course of my future; if I had hired another consultant, I would not have gotten into a top tier MBA program! Going into to this application cycle, I knew I had major weaknesses to mitigate. Caryn was there with me every step of the way; from GMAT re-takes, to attempting the GRE, to suggesting additional coursework to take, to strategically editing essay drafts and finally sharing in my excitement when the admits started rolling in, I could not have gotten into school without her support and matter-of-fact feedback. I highly recommend Caryn – and Stacy Blackman’s services – to anyone who is dedicated to getting into a competitive MBA program and facing their weaknesses head-on to do so.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2021, Accepted to 2 Top 20 Schools, Waitlisted at 3
    • MBA application & school advice: Listen to feedback (from friends, family, consultants), but don't let that feedback get in the way of who you are and how you're representing yourself to the adcomm. Remember that no one is perfect, and the best you can do is be aware of and mitigate your weaknesses!
  42. 5 out of 5

    Lynn:

    I chose to use SBC because it came highly recommend from a friend (Columbia 2020).

    I worked with Meghan from SBC to refine my “story.” I think I had the credentials to get in to a top business school, but I’m not sure I would have been able to tell my story as well without Meghan’s help. She helped me to weave my varied experiences together, articulate “why MBA” and “why Wharton” responses, and to frame it all in the context of my career goals. As a former Wharton Admissions Officer, Meghan knew what the admissions committee would be looking for in my application and she knew how I could improve on weaker points.

    While Meghan was my primary point of contact, SBC had an entire team available to support me through the process. Before I submitted my application, Beth, a former admissions officer, “flight tested” my application and provided final feedback, and then after I received an interview, another former admissions officer facilitated a mock team based discussion.

    SBC was there for me from beginning to end. I would highly recommend SBC as your MBA consultant!

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: 1) Start early. I took the GRE ~3 years before deciding to apply and I started to prepare my application material ~6 months before they were due. 2) Each of the top MBA programs is truly unique, so do your research to figure out which is the best fit for you. 3) Reach out to current students and alumni that you know to gain a better insight on the program and post-MBA experience. Everyone will be willing to talk to you. 4) To the extent possible, visit the schools before applying. This will not only demonstrate your interest to the admissions committee, but also will help you figure out if the school's culture is the right fit for you.
  43. 5 out of 5

    Youjia Tian:

    On March 2019, I finally received the MBA offer from my dream school – Tuck School of Business. I am very excited about the upcoming business school life and I want to take this chance to thank my MBA consultant, Christine Hawkins, from Stacy Blackman. For those who plan to apply business schools, I highly recommend Stacy Blackman Consulting to you.
    My application schedule was tight since I did not get my GRE score out until mid-November, so it only gave me less than one and a half month to finish my Round 2 application materials for 4 business schools. I really didn’t have time to talk with different MBA consulting agencies on the street and understand the services they can provide due to my tight application schedule, so I directly signed up the hourly services with Stacy Blackman Consulting since it is one of the most prestigious MBA consulting firms.
    Once I provided basic information (scores, job info, school I plan to apply, etc.) on Stacy Blackman’s website, they quickly matched me with Christine because she has helped many candidates receive offers from all 4 schools I planned to apply. Christine reached out to me within 24 hours after I signed up the hourly services. Christine sent me a big questionnaire with questions asking my past stories, leadership experiences, hobbies and careers first to understand my background. I love this approach since it promoted my self-awareness and made me recall a lot of interesting stories that I can apply in the application essays. After reviewing my answers, Christine and I set up a 30-minute call to go over my application strategies. Based on my questionnaire answers and application strategy, Christine and I worked closely to formulate all my application essays, resumes, video statements, etc. She encouraged me dig deeper into my stories and was very patient with my questions. The detailed reviews and comments she provided always contained great insights and inspired me to think differently.
    After I received interview invites from schools, Christine also set up 4 sessions with me on skype for mock interview. Christine is CBS alumni and used to be the alumni interviewer, so she knows what kind of candidates that business schools want to see in the interview. In every session, she recorded detailed notes about my answers and provided immediate feedback regarding my communication skills and approaches to the interview questions. These sessions helped me build confidences and do well in my MBA interviews.
    In addition, I was applied from China so, at the beginning, I was worried about the communication between me and my consultant since we have huge time differences. However, Christine and other Stacy Blackman employees always responded my email in a timely manner and made the communication very smoothed. If you are international students applying outside the US, you don’t need to worry about the time differences when choosing Stacy Blackman Consulting. They have plenty of experiences with international candidates and have experienced admission consultants based in varies locations around the world.
    Overall, I really enjoyed my experiences with Christine and I can’t imagine receiving the offer from my dream school without her help.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tuck School of Business (2021)
    • MBA application & school advice: I think start early is very important since it gives you enough time to prepare your stories and reduces burden on your shoulder. I only got less than 1.5 month for my R2 and it got very stressful when the deadlines approached.
  44. 5 out of 5

    MBA2021:

    I worked with one of Stacy Blackman’s consultants on an hourly basis. I think the most helpful piece was talking someone else through my story to ensure that it put forward my best case for why business school was right for me. It was helpful to have the consultant ask questions to ensure that I was able to articulate my goals and aspirations with confidence. In addition, it was also helpful to get a second set of eyes on my essays and have them give feedback on how well I was articulating my goals.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: CBS 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Make sure you take a lot of time to choose your schools carefully by researching their website, attending school events and talking to alumni. Each school really has it's own personality and it's important to find one that fits your goals and personality. It's a huge investment so it's really important to make sure that you find one where you can grow both personally and professionally.
  45. 5 out of 5

    Matthew0628:

    Stacy Blackman was great. I worked with Carrie to get a second pair of eyes on my Columbia essays. She provided great feedback not only on the content, but also in refining my overall story and approach. She was very responsive over email and highly accommodating when scheduling calls. I would highly recommend her as well as the overall service for anyone looking to get help when crafting their application.

    • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia 2021
    • MBA application & school advice: Start doing research early and have a solid reason for wanting to attend a program. Tons of people apply to Harvard / Stanford because "it's such a great name to have on the resume", but this comes off as facetious to admissions and these apps are quickly dinged. Take time to really look into programs and figure out what really speaks to you.
  46. 5 out of 5

    SK:

    In all honesty, I am not confident I would have gotten into Fuqua without the help of Stacy Blackman Consulting (particularly my consultant, Christina Fu). She was truly wonderful to work with from the beginning and incredibly accommodating of my tight Round 2 deadlines. Both the time crunch and volume of applications made me a difficult client, but Christina was a champion. She helped me throughout the process and supported me through both the work and stresses that come with MBA applications. Highly recommend Stacy Blackman and highly recommend Christina Fu.

    • 5 out of 5

      carolineh:

      I applied in Round II for admission to the Class of 2020, gaining acceptance to HBS, Wharton and Kellogg, with a waitlist at CBS, thanks to Caryn’s extraordinary help and guidance. I am thrilled to be attending my dream school, HBS, this fall.

      Caryn, who worked at Kellogg’s Admission Office before starting her career as a consultant, was a great mentor through the application process from school selection to interview prep. She truly wanted to get to know who I am and ensure the career goals expressed in my application were clear and credible. Her judgment was excellent, and I found myself relying her feedback more than that of friends and family early on. For someone with enormous nerves about “aiming too high,” the GMAT, essay-writing, and interviews – she was a guiding light! I also appreciated her quick rounds of feedback, including several in the days before applications were due. Overall– I found her to be a warm, honest and incisive coach for the months we worked together.

      I would also commend Stacy Blackman as a firm for their tremendous resources, above and beyond the consultant relationship. Esther Magna and the administrative team made on-boarding with the firm a breeze. The wiki was invaluable, especially for looking at past successful resumes and essays. The “flight test” with a top-business school alumni, in which your full application is read end-to-end, was a helpful exercise. And when interviews came, the access to a Wharton mock interview with other clients of the firm, special 1:1 coaching for HBS, practice interview with Caryn w/ feedback, and online practice tools were a lifesaver.

      I think Stacy Blackman does not so much as “steer” your application as give you all the tools and answers to make you come through at your best. What I presented in my final applications was my voice and my experience, informed by the feedback and reactions of numerous ex-Admissions officers. It was clearer and more confident than what I would have written alone.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS, Class of 2020
      • MBA application & school advice: I'd recommend SBC and Caryn in particular highly. Do not hesitate to request her when you give SBC a call!
    • 5 out of 5

      dh90:

      I was a reapplicant (dinged at 4 schools, only 1 interview), and Margaret Strother was my consultant for the six schools I applied to (2 of which were reapplications). She’s a fantastic writer, confidant, and advisor. She does MBA application consulting full time, so she devotes all her energy into understanding the changes and demands the AdCom have of successful applicants.
      She was very conscientious in laying out how difficult and challenging the process would be while still making sure I kept my morale and confidence up. I cannot stress enough that working with a consultant is a two-way street; the consultant is not there to write your essay for you and they can only do their best work when you do yours.
      At the start, Margaret reviewed my prior applications and my prior recommendations, figuring out where I needed improvement. We spent a good deal of time figuring out an overall strategy and we spent a lot of time batting around ideas for essays. We had six to seven drafts of each essay, and she was not afraid to say that the story wasn’t working and that we should rebuild from the ground up. She was also very sharp when identifying when my drafts for one school were too close to essays for another. When three of the schools had deadlines within a day of each other, she was extremely hardworking, turning around essay comments in very short order. Margaret was also easily available to answer non-essay related questions, which was very helpful with a number of the application forms. When interviews hit, she was able to give me great pep talks and advise me on a general theme for the interviews.
      I also used the SBC flight test to tighten up my application for one of the schools, and the SBC Wiki was very useful as one-stop shop for general information and deadlines. The school guides were a nice complement as well.
      With all this fantastic support, I came away with 5 admits (1 school I withdrew from after getting to the interview stage), 2 of which gave me substantial scholarships.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Booth, Class of 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Invest in hiring a firm the first time so you don't get stuck with one year delay as I did.
    • 5 out of 5

      MPD1323:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross, Class of 2020
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      dwenzeo:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS, Class of 2020
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Ziad:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School 2020
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Anonymous:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Admitted to MIT Sloan
      • MBA application & school 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 out of 5

      James:

      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!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: USC Marshall School of Business / 2021
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Vi Y:

      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!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: HBS class of 2020
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      haynej10:

      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!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia Business School / 2020
      • MBA application & school advice: Make incremental deadlines for yourself and stick to them. The process goes faster than you think it will.
    • 5 out of 5

      Kaye:

      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!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg MBA/ 2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Start early. Use an experienced consultant. Do research.
    • 5 out of 5

      L.C.:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg/ Class of 2020
      • MBA application & school advice: Use a consultant. I got 50% scholarship with one admit and 80% scholarship with a second admit--- both from top 5 MBA programs!
    • 5 out of 5

      LaurenF:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg 2019
      • MBA application & school advice: Start early- get the GMAT out of the way quickly so that you can focus on your essays.
    • 5 out of 5

      RP:

      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!!!!!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Booth/ Class of 2020
      • MBA application & school advice: Wouldn't have gotten into school without SBC!
    • 5 out of 5

      HelenJ:

      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!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg Class of 2020
      • MBA application & school advice: Start early. Don't underestimate the amount of work and diligence required to self-evaluate and learn about the programs.
    • 5 out of 5

      V Mills:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton/ class of 2020
      • MBA application & school advice: Find a partner like Jen and SBC!
    • 5 out of 5

      AKB123:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg Northwestern-2019
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Maddyb:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: London Business School 2018
      • MBA application & school 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!
    • 5 out of 5

      sraj13:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Booth Class of 2018
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Baosterrs:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Anderson / 2020
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Lyndsey:

      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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Haas 2018
    • 5 out of 5

      Jefferson:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Cornell University
    • 5 out of 5

      Engineerformba:

      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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross school of business
    • 5 out of 5

      yan ZENG:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL/2019
      • MBA application & school advice: and work hard toward it. essay is key!!!
    • 5 out of 5

      gstone:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Fuqua
      • MBA application & school 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!
    • 5 out of 5

      Lauren:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Abhi:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Kellogg 2016
      • MBA application & school advice: don't listen to too many friends - everyone has advice and some of it not good.
    • 5 out of 5

      Jay Spears:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia 2018
      • MBA application & school 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?
    • 5 out of 5

      Marissa:

      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!

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tuck 2018
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Rob:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: The Wharton School / 2017
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Marc:

      Great team helping me prepare

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stern/2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Be your authentic self
    • 5 out of 5

      Wilma:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Yale SOM / 2016
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Kritika Rastogi:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross school of business/2018
      • MBA application & school advice: Apply to multiple colleges and don't lose hope. It's very erratic and lunch matters a lot.
    • 5 out of 5

      Rachel:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Simmons College/2018
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 4 out of 5

      Danish:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: 2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Start early and plan ahead.
    • 5 out of 5

      Fry:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Wharton/2015
      • MBA application & school advice: Talk to lots of companies and go with who your gut tells you.
    • 4 out of 5

      Ana:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Columbia
      • MBA application & school advice: Give yourself enough time - I was on draft 20 by the time it was all said and done.
    • 5 out of 5

      Bill:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: MIT Sloan / 2017
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Saurav:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Ross/2018
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 4 out of 5

      Nandini:

      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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Tepper/2017
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Abhinav Nigam:

      Great service from the company. Got into great schools.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Darden school of business / 2017
      • MBA application & school advice: Start early and select schools based on your interest and not rankings.
    • 4 out of 5

      AD:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stern
      • MBA application & school 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.
    • 5 out of 5

      Marc Weiner:

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

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Stern 2017
    • 5 out of 5

      Prithvi Somasundaram:

      Great advice tim..

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan State University/2017
      • MBA application & school advice: be the best story teller.
    • 5 out of 5

      Tim Vanderploeg:

      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.

      • MBA Program & Grad Year: Michigan State University Eli Broad Graduate School of Management / 2017
      • MBA application & school 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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