H2. Did you use any admissions consulting services?

Most MBAs did not use any consulting services. Some have ethical problems with consultants, including Sharon Liszanckie, a former teacher:

I really struggle with the ethics of the income achievement divide

However, the more recent the graduate, the more likely it is that they used some kind of consultingTom Rose, who has friends in the admissions consulting business, had this to say:

A very large percentage of people at top business schools use admissions consultants (50%)
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Did not, would not

Daniel Siegman

Friends, who should have gotten in, used consultants and didn't get in; perhaps the authentically awesome version of themselves didn't come across

David Adams

I got help from every MBA I'd ever met; no one gets into business school without help

Sharon Liszanckie

I really struggle with the ethics of the income achievement divide

Gaurav Bhattacharyya

It's better to have the discpline to make yourself think hard about your application

Elizabeth De Montigny

You want your application to be really genuine; you want the school to select you because they like who you are

Karin Gregory

No I didn't; but I would use Fat Envelopes!

Did not, but would now

Tom Rose

A very large percentage of people at top business schools use admissions consultants (50%); I would use one now; you need a guide

David Sauvage

For better or worse, your application will benefit from highly paid consultants; they will force you to answer the questions

Harpreet Marwaha

In hindsight, the MBA was a big investment, and consulting is a relatively small part of it

Anjali Saraf

More and more people are using consultants; I would do it now because I would use any advantage I could

Did not, but could be useful in certain circumstances

Eric Dittmar

Is it worth a couple grand? yes; but your time is worth more than your money

Dan Gagne

Some have used consultants with success; if you are a borderline candidate, it may make sense

Kahn Jekarl

There could be a case for talking with consultants if you don't have MBA friends or connections

Did

Amber Turley

I didn't know any MBAs, so I hired a consultant; I needed good feedback

John Wilson

I was skeptical, but the consultant was fantastic; interviewed 4-5 different consultants