Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Equities Research
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 7
GMAT/GRE score: 316 (V:157 Q:161)
Undergraduate GPA: 3.84/4.00
Admitted to: Columbia, HBS, Wharton
Service Type: Premium
I connected with Kathryn/SOP the first time in 2017 but decided at the time to put off my MBA plans for a couple of more years. Four years later, I reached out to Kathryn and I was yet again impressed with how Kathryn invests so much of her time from the very beginning to make sure we start the MBA application journey on the right foot. The call was scheduled for 30 minutes but we ended up discussing matters for more than an hour!
SOP was the clear choice for me given its very honest and structured approach in dealing with clients. While I had a relatively strong profile, my weakness was my standardized test score, and SOP made it very clear that I needed to work very hard on 1, 2, 3 to ground in my candidacy. SOP goes the extra mile in highlighting all the strengths and weaknesses from the onset and from my interactions with other agencies, I didn’t feel the same level of honesty and clarity.
I spent the majority of my time with my advisor, Lauren Vickers, who was absolutely amazing! Lauren was very hands on, extremely punctual with times and deadlines and always easily reachable even regarding matters not related to applications or schools.
Kathryn, Lauren and the rest of the SOP team made the process of applying to top MBA programs that seemed very daunting (and quite frankly scary to me) run so smoothly. I never thought I’d actually enjoy going through such a consuming process. And for all of that, I cannot thank them enough for assisting me with getting into all 3 schools that I had applied to! I wouldn’t think twice about recommending SOP to anyone who is applying to business schools.