Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Consumer Packaged Goods Private Equity/Operations
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 6
GMAT/GRE score: 680 (V: 36 Q: 44)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.7/4.0
Admitted to: HBS, Kellogg, Stanford, Wharton
I will begin by saying that I was accepted into each of the six schools to which I applied including of Stanford, Harvard and Wharton. I was apprehensive about using an admission consultant because of the cost and what I perceived as an impersonal formulaic approach. All of my fears we assuaged after I spoke with Kathryn, the founder of Square One Prep, for a free consultation and fully understood the value of the Square One Prep process. Kathryn was completely real with me about the difficult journey of achieving my goal of getting into a top business school with a lower than average GMAT score but she was encouraging and immediately able to pick up on my strengths versus peers.
For months I worked with my advisor, Joan, to dig deeper on my story and career goals. It was not an easy process. I worried about my narrative not being good enough, I cried when sharing personal stories and I spent a significant amount of time reworking my essays. During this entire period both Joan and Kathryn were there every step of the way, providing thoughtful feedback and getting back to me quickly so we could meet deadlines. Their advice and structured process was invaluable to ensuring I met deadlines for school applications and felt confident when hitting submit.
Ultimately, as I stated initially, I was excepted into all of the schools to which I applied. I received a $75,000 scholarship to Kellogg and $95,000 fellowship to Wharton. Schools were interested in me due to the strength of the applications that Square One helped me to hone despite my lower than average GMAT score. I am overjoyed to say that I will be attending my dream business school, Stanford, in the fall!
If you’re considering Square One, do it! There is no better investment you can make in yourself and the process of getting into the business school that best fits you.