Portal

Our Portal: No Other Admissions Company Has It

When you work with us, you have a team 24/7:

■ Your day-to-day advisor,
■ Your Career Narrative Expert (CNE),
■ Square One's Leadership: the owner, Kathryn, and Ashley, a UPenn/Harvard-educated award-winning writer, and
■ Square One's Chief of Staff/Operations, Bailey

You have one more asset on your team: our portal. Let’s talk about it, as it has three highlights:

■ Your smart application development schedule,
■ Application resources, and
■ School information

SMART APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE

Each time you log in to the portal, you’ll be taken to your schedule, which is in real time. What do we mean by that? Well, let’s say that according to the schedule, your resume will come to Leadership for review on June 29. If your advisor doesn’t send it that day, all activities post that day that are dependent on that activity will shift one day to the right. With each day that passes without that task being completed, the activities will move. You will see the implications of missing internal goals. On the other hand, if your advisor sends your resume to Leadership one day ahead of the schedule, the schedule will show you gaining one day. We love it when that happens! We want you to see where you are, what has been completed, where we are trying to guide you, and what it will take to get you there at all times. You can also scroll over any cell to see what activity should be occurring each day. For a detailed description of each day's activity, just click the cell. Further, as your schedule is customized for you every day, if we realize you need to work at a slower-than-normal pace (or can work at a faster-than-normal pace), we update your activity timelines to accurately reflect your needs/capabilities. We want to give you transparency. Speaking of transparency, attached below are three schedules that reflect how you can work with us on your applications. Take a look!

For starters, know that your application development schedule will be customized for you. Additionally, even if you work with us on just one school, we will include ALL your schools in your schedule as we want to help you build a path to complete all your work, and succeed.

We hope seeing this schedule will help you understand our process when we start our work with clients EARLY (before May 15).

As you can see, time should never become an issue, even if you are applying to 8+ programs.  Additionally, even though applications don't begin to get released until late May/early June, know that there are many activities we can do with you, as they don't rely on the applications. As this schedule shows, those activities are:

  • Kick-off the partnership with your Square One Assessment (typically several 2-3 hour calls)
  • Build your resume (typically a 1-2 week experience)
  • Define your career narrative (typically a 1-3 week experience)
  • Select your recommenders
  • Define your schools

Clients typically spend 20-25 hours of time on the above activities.

We must wait until applications are released to start essays and letters of recommendation, as those questions can change from year to year.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you create a gameplan to ensure your next destination is a top business school, contact us. We are always available!

For starters, know that your application development schedule will be customized for you. Additionally, even if you work with us on just one school, we will include ALL your schools in your schedule as we want to help you build a path to complete all your work, and succeed.

We hope seeing this schedule will help you understand our process when we start work with clients after May 15,  and are able to work at a traditional/normal pace. The pace is dependent on the date you kick-off work with us, how many schools you aim to apply to in Round 1/Round 2, and your ability to consistently focus on your applications.

As you can see, time may never become an issue, even if you are applying to 8+ programs.  If you "expand schools," zoom out so you may see the full schedule, and then scroll to the right to see your later schools' essay development timelines, you will see that deadlines can become a factor.  They aren't here, as the client is getting started at the end of May. Even with one week of vacation built in, we complete ALL school's essays well before the deadlines. To repeat, our ability to work at a normal pace with you is dependent on three factors: when you kick-off work with us, how many schools you aim to apply to Round 1/Round 2, and your ability to consistently prioritize your applications.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you create a gameplan to ensure your next destination is a top business school, contact us. We are always available!

For starters, know that your application development schedule will be customized for you. Additionally, even if you work with us on just one school, we will include ALL your schools in your schedule as we want to help you build a path to complete all your work, and succeed.

We hope seeing this schedule will help you understand our process when we work with clients in a RUSH manner.

As you can see, every day matters in a RUSH schedule. We compress timelines for all activities, while still giving you the same level of service/care. How do we do it? Whereas our typical turn-around time for a file is 24 hours, in a RUSH schedule we commit to tighter turn-arounds. We also work on more aspects of your work with you concurrently than we typically would. If you look at the other two schedules - the front end work, you will see that instead of working on just your resume, career narrative, and school selection (if necessary) work with you at the same time, in a RUSH schedule we also work with you on your Letter of Recommendation packages. Additionally, in the other schedules you will see that we work on only one school's essays at a time with you as that is ideal. In this schedule, you will see that we work on 2-3 schools' essays simultaneously when necessary.

Know that we work in earnest with you to help you minimize RUSH fees. Sometimes, due to your application objectives and when you start with us, we charge RUSH fees from the outset. Other times, we introduce RUSH fees because the client is moving so slowly (not prioritizing their application effort) that they are no longer able to meet their application objectives without us working at a more aggressive pace with them. We will always warn you days before you encroach on RUSH fees so you are able to increase the focus on your applications and avoid those fees.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you create a gameplan to ensure your next destination is a top business school, contact us. We are always available!

APPLICATION RESOURCES

Cells in your schedule will also give you access to resources as they become relevant: Resume Guidelines, Essay Guidelines, LOR Guidelines, and School Essay Questions as well as samples for everything: resumes (traditional, part-time, executive, younger applicant, low GMAT, low GRE, older applicant, low GPA, 4+ places of employment, etc), essays, LORs, letters of support, career narratives, team-based discussion pitches, GMAT waiver letters, waitlist letters, sponsorship letters, etc.

Once resources are shared with you, you can access them through your schedule or through a “Documents” folder that contains everything we share with you in one place.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Our platform has data for 80+ full-time MBA programs along with all the major part-time MBA, executive MBA, and leadership programs. We’ve done the hard work of mining the data, talking with admissions committees, and gathering everything you could want to know about a school in one place…at your fingertips. We do that work every day to stay current. So whether you want to know something basic (a school’s average GMAT score, application deadline time, number of students in the class, etc.) or something more esoteric (a school’s protocol with recommenders who can't write their LORs in English), the answers are there.

Our portal, along with the rest of our team at Square One Team, will give you everything you need to ensure your application journey is as stress-free as possible, and successful.

YOU ARE AT SQUARE ONE. LET US HELP YOU ENSURE YOUR NEXT DESTINATION IS B-SCHOOL