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Comprehensive Services

When you select PREMIUM support, your team will have 50+ years of diverse, expert experience. Who's on your team?

Works with you to build all your work for every school you do with us.

You can choose a standard advisor (has 1-4 years advising experience) or a senior advisor (has 5+ years advising experience). Some of our do this fulltime, some are entrepreneurs, and some have traditional 40hr/wk careers. Some clients want their advisor to be dedicated to this fulltime while others value their advisor having a wider spectrum of present-day expertise than admissions. None of our advisors work with more than 6 clients at a time. Most work with only 1-2. Again, our focus isn’t volume; it’s you.

Works with you and your advisor to build your career vision (short-, mid-, long-term goals), foundational for your goals essays and interviews. We don't work with you for 15-30 minutes to build a career vision that you don't feel truly excited about and capable of writing about in a differentiated manner. We spend 3-4 hours doing work with you over 1.5-3 weeks that is about helping you define with you REALLY want to do.

Reviews your essays as part of the leadership team.

Reviews your resume and essays as part of the leadership team

Works with you and your advisor to select your schools and recommenders, and reviews your resume and essays as the final reader in the leadership team

Oversees your partnership logistically. We do weekly (at minimum) updates with you and your advisor.

The areas of coverage are:

This is how we kick-off all comprehensive partnerships. It is a call, typically 4-5.5 hours long, that allows us to get to know you (and you to get to know yourself) as a top business school applicant. We help you understand how you compare to your competition by focusing on who you are from an academic, professional, extracurricular, and school-positioning perspective. We help you understand your areas of strength/weakness and begin to set forth strategies to mitigate your weaknesses/highlight your strengths in your applications. We also begin school selection, goal narrative, and recommender selection discussions – begin being an important word, as those topics often require several calls/weeks to resolve. At the end of this call, you will know you made the right choice by partnering with us.

This is a day-by-day visual schedule that helps you understand how we plan to help you do all you must to submit stellar applications. Whether you are partnering with us on one school or all your schools, your schedule will take into consideration your broader application objective because we need to help you create a pace that will enable you to meet that objective. When you see your schedule, you will know you are in good hands with us.

Your tech-based schedule - something no other firm offers - ensures you are aware, in real time, of where you are in your partnership relative to your overall application strategy. Your Partnership Manager oversees your partnership from a logistic perspective to provide you with the support you need to stay on pace, and understand your options if you struggle to stay on pace. Leadership is always one step ahead of the partnerships.

Even if you partner with us on just one school, we assist you with selecting all your schools because we want your application strategy to be a smart one; we want you to succeed. Both your advisor and Square One Prep’s leadership team work with you on selecting schools.

Unsure what you want your career post-b-school to be? Worried your ambitions are too conventional? Have some general ideas about what you want to do but need guidance to flesh those thoughts out in order to develop a narrative that has continuity, logic, and passion while being realistic, ambitious, and capable of compelling the admissions committees? We guide you through this endeavor and help you craft a narrative that will excite you and the admissions teams. Your Career Narrative Expert works with you and your advisor to define your career vision. This work typically takes 2+ weeks and is immersive. Our goal is to help you define a vision that is TRULY what you want to do.

The resume you submit you to get a job is not the resume you submit to get into business school. Admissions committees want to see your academic, professional and extracurricular stories on the page. They are more focused on your accomplishments and impact than your tasks and responsibilities. They want to know what you did in extracurricular organizations, not just that you were a part of them. They want to know what you did in college – in and out of the classroom. One reason our Square One Assessment calls are the length they are is because we are preparing to help you transform your resume into a piece of work that will resonate with the admissions committees. We share resume guidelines and samples with you. We then work with you to ensure every line in your resume is additive and won’t lead the admissions committees to ask questions due to a lack of general clarity, or because they aren’t intimately familiar with your industry and work. Your resume will set you apart from your competition, even if you are coming from a traditional b-school feeder industry. Once you and your advisor build a strong resume, Square One Prep’s leadership team adds 2-3 more layers of rigor to ensure it is as strong as possible. Get ready to have to do a little more work as our role collectively is to help you craft the most effective resume possible. Leadership often needs to see your resume more than once to ensure it is submission ready.

Writing essays that resonate with the admissions committees and make them want to know even more about you isn’t easy – not when you are competing against thousands of other extremely accomplished, dynamic people from around the world. We share successful samples with you, we encourage you to trust and share your vulnerabilities, we brainstorm with you and help you select the right collection of essay topics to best capture who you are, and we then help you craft work that is strategically, creatively, and editorially so memorable that admissions committees want to see what you are like three dimensionally, having been moved by who you are two dimensionally. We are able to help you best capture who you are because we have gotten to know who you are due to all of our work with you to this point in our partnership. With all schools in your partnership, once you and your advisor believe the essays are complete, Square One Prep’s leadership team, which offers two more layers of rigor, reviews them. Be prepared! Often there will be more work as our job collectively is to ensure your work is as memorable and compelling as possible. Leadership often needs to see essays 2-3 times before feeling they are submission ready. Building essays is a real team effort!

Applicants often underestimate how much weight admissions committees place on LORs. They are considered the most objective piece of your applications. They must have the right tone and be consistent with all the other content in your applications, all while being additive and having a distinct voice. Even if you partner with us on just one school, we offer guidance on all your schools’ LORs. First, we help you select your recommenders. Second, due to our thorough process,, building LOR packages, we help you ensure your recommenders’ time assisting you is as effective and efficient as possible. Because you show such respect for how busy they are, they remain happy throughout the process. Because they are well supported due to our process, they create strong LORs that are completed well ahead of your deadlines.

Once you have submitted your applications and are ready for the next (hopefully final) application step, we send you questions (typically 40-55) that we have learned are in rotation for you to study. When you feel ready we discuss fundamental guidelines to be aware of in the interview experience, give you a 45 minute mock interview, prepare you for group-based discussions (if part of the process), and offer debrief that is 45-90 minutes. We give you as many mock interviews as we feel you need to ensure you're prepared to ace the actual interviews so admissions committees make you an offer. Additionally. if you secure interviews at schools that have pre-interview essays, post-interview essays or team-based discussion pitches, and we worked with you comprehensively on those schools, we will assist you with that work.

Further, if you partner with us on one school comprehensively, but fail to get an interview at that school, you may transfer interview prep to any other school, as we are committed to your success. To that end, when you work with us on 1-2-3+ schools, we will offer you interview prep on any 1-2-3+ schools. The prep does not have to be for the schools we prepared with you at the written application stage. Note, this flexibility does not include coverage of pre-interview essay, post-interview essay or team-based discussion pitches.

We will help you craft your strategy to secure funds (or more funds if that is your situation!), and we will review any emails you craft to make your request(s). This does not include essays to request specific scholarships.

Of course, we hope to avoid this with you. But if you do get waitlisted at a school on which we guided you comprehensively, we are your partner through this process as our goal is to guide you to success. We work with you on your waitlist strategy, help you define actions/next steps, and help you craft all responses to the schools.

If you work with us on a 4+ school package, we will assist you at no additional charge on ANY school at which you get waitlisted.

The pricing is:

First school with STANDARD Advisor.........................................$6,900*

First school with SENIOR Advisor...............................................$7,700*

First school with Kathryn............................................................Please contact us for quote

As a team, we will spend 45-60 hours guiding you. No other firm will spend even half that with you. We do because we are focused on guiding you to success, not just on offering you a service. Below we break down how we typically spend that time:

Your day-to-day advisor: 29.5-39 hours

    5-6.5 hours – conducting your Square One Assessment and creating the file for you
    1.5-2 hours – selecting/confirming schools and recommenders with you
    3-5 hours – participating in career narrative development work with you
    1-1.5 hour – creating your first draft resume skeletal structure for you
    3-4 hours – building your resume with you
    3-4 hours – building/reviewing LOR packages (include all schools you’re applying to) with you
    1-1.5 hours – conducting essay topic calls with you
    8-9 hours – building/reviewing essays from first to final draft with you (assumes 3 essays)
    1-2 hours – building/reviewing the LOR files with you
    1-1.5 hours – helping you craft online application content
    2 hours – conducting full mock interview (45 mins) and doing debrief with you

- Your Career Narrative Expert: 4-6 hours

    5-7 hours – Leading career narrative development work with you

- The Leadership Team: 11.5-15 hours

    1 hour – reviewing career narrative progress between calls
    1.5-2 hours – selecting/confirming schools and recommenders with you
    1-1.5 hour – reviewing your resume once the partnership thinks it's ready (typically 2 times)
    3-5.5 hours – reviewing your essays once the partnership thinks they’re ready (typically 2-3 times)
    5-6 hours – guiding the partnership logistically

Each additional school with STANDARD Advisor....................... $1,850*

Each additional school with SENIOR Advisor............................. $1,950*

Each additional school with Kathryn..........................................Please contact us for quote

As a team, we will spend 9-16 hours guiding you. No other firm will spend even half that with you. We do because we are focused on guiding you to success, not just on offering you a service. Below we break down how we typically spend that time:

Your day-to-day advisor: 7-14 hours

    1-2 hours – conducting essay topic calls with you
    5-9 hours – building/reviewing essays from first to final draft with you (assumes 3 essays)
    0-1 hour – building/reviewing the LOR files with you
    0-1 hours – helping you craft online application content
    1 hour – conducting mini-mock interview (20-25 mins) and doing debrief with you

- The Leadership Team: 2-4 hours

    1.5-3 hours – reviewing your essays once the partnership thinks they’re ready (typically 2-3 times)
    .5-1 hour – updating your visual schedule (includes all the schools you’re applying to) weekly to ensure the team – both Square One Prep and you – are held accountable and avoid issues that could impact your application strategy

As a team, we will spend 8-12 hours guiding you. No other firm will spend even half that with you. We do because we are focused on guiding you to success, not just on offering you a service. Below we break down how we typically spend that time:

Your day-to-day advisor: 7-9 hours

    1 hour – conducting essay topic calls with you
    2.5-3.5 hours – building/reviewing essays from first to final draft with you (assumes 3 essays)
    0-1 hour – building/reviewing the LOR files with you
    1 hour – conducting mini-mock interview (20-25 mins) and doing debrief with you
    1.5-2.5 hours – building/reviewing the pre-interview video essay with you

- The Leadership Team: 2-3.5 hours

    1-1.5 hours – reviewing your essays once the partnership thinks they’re ready (typically 2-3 times)
    .5-1 hours – reviewing your pre-interview video essay
    .5-1 hour – updating your visual schedule (includes all the schools you’re applying to) weekly to ensure the team – both Square One Prep and you – are held accountable and avoid issues that could impact your application strategy

As a team, we will spend 9-15 hours guiding you. No other firm will spend even half that with you. We do because we are focused on guiding you to success, not just on offering you a service. Below we break down how we typically spend that time:

Your day-to-day advisor: 7-11.5 hours

    1-2 hours – conducting essay topic calls with you
    2.5-3.5 hours – building/reviewing essays from first to final draft with you (assumes 1 essay)
    0-1 hour – building/reviewing the LOR files with you
    .5-1 hours – helping you craft online application content
    3-4 hours – conducting full mock interview (45 mins), doing debrief, and building/reviewing post interview reflection essay with you

- The Leadership Team: 2-3.5 hours

    1-1.5 hours – reviewing your essays once the partnership thinks they’re ready (typically 2-3 times)
    .5-1 hours – reviewing your post interview reflection essay
    .5-1 hour – updating your visual schedule (includes all the schools you’re applying to) weekly to ensure the team – both Square One Prep and you – are held accountable and avoid issues that could impact your application strategy

As a team, we will spend 9-15 hours guiding you. No other firm will spend even half that with you. We do because we are focused on guiding you to success, not just on offering you a service. Below we break down how we typically spend that time:

Your day-to-day advisor: 7-12 hours

    1 hour – conducting essay topic calls with you
    2.5-3.5 hours – building/reviewing essays from first to final draft with you (assumes 3 essays)
    0-1 hour – building/reviewing the LOR files with you
    1 hour – conducting mini-mock interview (20-25 mins) and doing debrief with you
    2-3 hours – building/reviewing the two pre-interview essays with you

- The Leadership Team: 2-4 hours

    1-1.5 hours – reviewing your essays once the partnership thinks they’re ready (typically 2-3 times)
    1-1.5 hours – reviewing your two pre-interview essays
    .5-1 hour – updating your visual schedule (includes all the schools you’re applying to) weekly to ensure the team – both Square One Prep and you – are held accountable and avoid issues that could impact your application strategy

As a team, we will spend 7.75-13.5 hours guiding you. No other firm will spend even half that with you. We do because we are focused on guiding you to success, not just on offering you a service. Below we break down how we typically spend that time:

Your day-to-day advisor: 6-10 hours

    .5-1.5hours – conducting essay topic calls with you
    3.5-4 hours – building/reviewing essays from first to final draft with you (assumes 2 essays)
    0-1 hour – building/reviewing the LOR files with you
    0-.5 hours – helping you craft online application content
    2-3 hours – defining/building/reviewing team-based pitch with you

- The Leadership Team: 1.75-3.5 hours

    1-2 hours – reviewing your essays once the partnership thinks they’re ready (typically 2-3 times)
    .25-.5 hours – reviewing your team-based discussion pitch
    .5-1 hour – updating your visual schedule (includes all the schools you’re applying to) weekly to ensure the team – both Square One Prep and you – are held accountable and avoid issues that could impact your application strategy

*School prices remain the same, whether you include all schools of interest at the outset of our work together, or add schools during the course of our work together.

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