Expert guidance in writing essays that will help you get admitted to the best business schools--Harvard, Stanford, Wharton et al. This all-in-one guide will show you what today's elite MBA admissions offices seek in winning business school applications.
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It's called "flight to quality"-the growing tendency of B-school applicants to focus all their energies on the top, best-branded schools on the theory that only those schools will give them the sure job and return on investment to justify the cost of the MBA. This flight to quality means that the "ultra-elite" business schools are becoming even more ferociously competitive. The average selectivity rate for the top MBA programs hovers around 12%. But for programs like Stanford the rate is closer to 7%. In 2008, Harvard and Wharton received over 8,400 applicants for about 1,000 spots.
Getting into the right law school isn't impossible, though it can sure seem that way. The top U.S. law schools accept only around 12% of their applicants, and in 2009 Yale Law's selectivity rate was a daunting 7%-just 249 out of 3,677 applicants. Your LSAT score and GPA will weigh heavily in your acceptance, no doubt, but law school admissions committees must go beyond the "numbers" to build the best, most diverse classes for their schools. Your personal statement, secondary and optional essays, addenda, and letters of recommendation can all play vital roles in your application process.
Applying to medical school can be one of life's most stressful experiences. On top of the long timelines, grueling tests, drop-dead deadlines, and high costs, there's the simple fact that average MCAT scores and applicant volume at the most coveted schools is climbing. A great MCAT score and GPA-never easy to get-aren't good enough for admission anymore. In this fiercely competitive admissions environment, your personal statement, secondary essays, recommendation letters, and interview will all be potential deal-breakers.
Getting into the right graduate school isn't impossible, but it might seem that way. As more and more people look to expand their education through post-graduate study, the increase in competition is making it harder and harder for students to get accepted, forcing admissions committees to become much more selective. Graduate programs in every subject are relying less on GPA and GRE scores to determine who is accepted and who isn't. An investment in admissions consulting from Paul Bodine is a smarter move than ever before.
One of America's most experienced admissions consultants (serving clients since 1997), Paul Bodine has helped hundreds of applicants worldwide gain admission in to a wide variety of elite schools. A graduate of the University...
“Paul, I received more good news this week. I was accepted at Stanford. Its gonna be a tough choice between [Stanford] GSB and HBS! I’m excited to make the decision after ASWs. Thanks again for all of your help, I couldn't have done it without you. I will definitely refer others, and probably need your help again in the near future."
“[Paul,] accepted at wharton, harvard, stanford and mit. going to harvard."
“ Dear Paul, I wanted to share some good news : I got accepted at Stanford GSB and Kellogg as well and withdrew my applications from other schools. I would be attending Stanford this fall. Thanks for the help."
“FYI – My Harvard interview went well and I received an acceptance call last Friday! Thanks for your help."
“I am going to Stanford. . . . Anyway, thank you very much again. 100% approval for the applications we worked together on."
“Paul, I just wanted to let you know that I was just accepted to HBS. I am very excited, and am pretty sure I will be headed there this fall. Thanks again for all your help."
“Hey Paul, I have some wonderful news for you! I was accepted to Stanford University! Woooohoooo!... …I have so much to thank you for and am convinced your expertise editing my essay had a lot to do with my acceptance!"
“Hi Paul, Your services have been great and I look forward to working together more. You are in the business of helping dreams come true : ) Thanks for everything so far. [Admitted at Stanford, HBS, Wharton, Tuck, NYU]"
“Hello Paul: Great news: i am admitted to Stanford GSB. Thanks a lot for your help and support."
“Paul, WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHARTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much. I 100% believe that I could never have done this without you. From the bottom of my heart - thank you."
“PAUL I GOT INTO WHARTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY CALLED ME AT 1:45PM EST (someone named [name])!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you SO SO SO SO much for your help!! ... Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [later] Wharton also offered me a $15k/year fellowship! Thanks again for all of your help with this process! You definitely steered me in the right direction with my essays! Your advice is of infinite value!"
“I am IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [at Wharton] I am so happy I am laughing and crying at the same time like a crazy person!!!"
“Paul, I get in Wharton and really appreciate your great help! Let me know what I can help, say writing a testmonial for you or sth?"
“ACCEPTED at Wharton!!! Hi Paul, it took a long time - weekends, evenings, flights and all - but I did it! I'm absolutely thrilled that I was accepted into Wharton AND their Health Care Management (HCM) program… . I got the phone call Friday. Wanted to let you know though - you were along for a good chunk of the ride. Feel free to use me as a reference. Thanks again for all the emails and extra time you put into my application journey. WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh yeah - forgot to mention that I was also awarded a Kaiser Fellowship ($8,000) from Wharton. Not bad right? :) Happy Holidays!"
“Paul, Actually, I got in at all 6 that I applied to! [Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, Michigan, Chicago, UCLA]. But my decision is pretty easy, and it is obviously Harvard. I fell in love after spending two days there, and out of all the schools, it is the only one that I see myself ever possibly regretting not going to. Thank you for all of your help, if you ever need a testimonial, look no further!"
“I`m sure I wouldn`t have been accepted to HBS and to Tuck without [your] help, advice, and perspective. It`s one thing to have had worthwhile experiences and some accomplishments, but without the right marketing, I don`t think you can really “sell yourself” to the admissions committees. You had that insight and were obviously very keyed into what interests different schools."
“Paul, Thanks again for all your help! Because of the great essays I was offered interviews by all schools I applied for Wharton, Kellogg, Stanford, and HBS. After interviewing I was offered admissions to Kellogg (my number one choice) and HBS."
“Paul, I got accepted into both Wharton and Kellogg. I decided to go to Wharton. I would like to thank you for your help in guiding me through this essay writing process. It really helped me look at and present myself from all new angles."
“I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your help in putting my essays together. I … was accepted by Harvard, Wharton and UCLA … Paul, you were fantastic--thanks again for your help and responsiveness!!!! … My investment was worth it!"
“I'm IN!!! :) [at INSEAD] Just got a call from [name], email tomorrow and mail package next week! Thank you for all your help! Essays, interviews! You've been a huge factor in this process!!! How should I thank you?"
“Dear Paul, I received the much awaited good news from INSEAD this morning. Yup, I've been admitted to INSEAD!! I'll be starting in the Singapore campus on 7th Jan. It's yet to sink in… seems like a dream! :-) A BIG thank you for your invaluable support, guidance and patience during the long drawn out admissions process!! I couldn't have done it without your help!"
“Hi Paul, Just wanted to let you know that I got into Wharton and accepted the offer. I also received a Columbia interview invitation but turned it down since I already decided on Wharton. Thank you so much for all your help! I really really appreciate it! I will highly recommend your partnership to my friends also. Anyway just wanted to let you know. Hope all is well!!!!!!"
“Hi Paul, Just a quick note to let you know I got in at both INSEAD and Columbia! I am still hesitating between the two but will probably go for INSEAD. Many thanks for your great help!"
“Paul, I'm currently on a business trip so I couldnt inform you earlier. I just wanted to tell you that.................I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I truly appreciate your unqualified support throughout the application process. I couldnt have made it without you. You really changed me life!" [Admitted at Columbia and London Business School]"
“Dear Paul, Thank God, I got an admission from Booth!! I really appreciate your help. I still can't believe that!!"
“Booth called. I'm in. Not only that, they're offering me a 20k per annum merit scholarship. I'm so psyched, for the first time in my life I'm at a loss for words in any language. =D Thanks for all the help over the last few months. It helped so very much, and I believe, made the difference. Without your advice, I really don't think I would've made it. :-)"
“I'm off to Chicago! I'm ... going to enjoy preparing for a great school. Thanks for all your help. Let me know if you still want a formal testimonial, and in what format..."
“Hello Paul, I have received an admit from London Business School! I am very happy about it, as LBS was really my dream school. Thank you again for all your help and advice throughout the process, from resume to essays to interview preparation. It certainly made a significant difference."
“Paul - Wanted to let you know that I was just accepted to Wharton today! I'm so psyched, as Wharton is my #1 choice - thanks for all of your help!"
“Hey Paul, just wanted to shoot you a quick update - NYU [Stern] sent me an acceptance a few weeks ago. Thanks again for all your help,"
“Hi Paul, …. So, I decided to go Columbia Business School and am pretty happy about my status…. I always think that without your help, I can't reach my goal. Thank you very much. …. Of course, whenever I have chances, I will refer my friends to you."
“Hi Paul. I got admitted at Insead, as well as Kellogg! =D So excited to share this news with you. … I thank you sincerely for all the invaluable help you provided with my essays. Kellogg would not have been possible at all with your input….. I hope you and your wife have an amazing Christmas and New Years. Once again, thank you for all your wonderful help! I am sure I would not have made it into Kellogg on my low GPA if it wasnt for your brilliant mentorship on the essays/application."
“Hey! I just found out today I got into Kellogg."
“Hi Paul, got the news from Ross:) i am in !!!! thank you so much for all your help. i would not be accepted without you!!!! Thank you Paul for what you did for me. I believe you are the best - bold and smart approach."
“Paul, I am really excited and had to share, this morning I was admitted to the Wharton School of Business! [My wife] and I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present."# 8220;
“Well, I have great news. I was accepted into the Wharton School this morning!!!! I am going to enroll in Wharton’s program. This is my first choice. Anyway, thanks so much for your help. It was invaluable!!!"
“Hi Paul, I got admitted into CBS this week, really happy and thankful for your great help!"
“Paul, I wanted to let you know I was accepted to MIT this afternoon. In no small part was this a result of all the advice and guidance throughout the application process."
“hi paul, i heard from harvard today and wanted to share with you the good news. everything is fine. thanks for your great help!"
“MIT is a go!!! Thank you so much for your help Paul. Honestly, could not have done it without you!"
“Paul, Indeed, I have been informed that I have been accepted to INSEAD! Very happy and relieved, now looking forward to an entirely new experience in the next year. Thank you for your patience, diligence, sharp editing and effective advice. I am entirely sure that my chances of getting in without your help would have been far more tenuous. Thanks for helping me to come across at my best."
“Paul, I heard from Wharton and learnt that I got accepted. I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for all your help. I could not have done it without your help."
“Paul, I wanted to let you know that I’ve been accepted to the Kellogg School. I can’t thank you enough for helping me make my essays shine. Your experience and know how was truly evident. It was a pleasure."
“Paul, Thank you so much for all the excellent support you provided. Finally, the wait is over. I am admitted to the Chicago GSBMBA program. The structural and syntactic refinement you brought into the essays really played a major role in the admission decision."
“Dear Paul, I've got an admission from Cornell Johnson early in this morning!! … Kinda busy right now but I just wanna say that I really appreciate all the things you've done with me! [later] Paul, one more good news! Admitted to LBS!! :) Thank you, Paul."
“I'm In at Tuck!!!!!! Subject says it all. I'm in!!! Thanks for all your help. … Yessss!! Thanks again for all the advice."
“MIT is a go!!! Thank you so much for your help Paul. Honestly, could not have done it without you! …. I am leaning more towards MIT (~85%); however, I did get an offer from Chicago last week. Thanks again. Honestly, you were tremendously helpful from beginning to end. I can’t tell you how appreciative I was. I was serious about the recommendation part; so just let me know."
“Hi Paul, I was accepted by MIT!!! Though it was a terrible long wait without many interview invites, I am really happy about the result. I really appreciate your critiques and support along the way."
“Paul: GOOD NEWS!! I got the 'ADMIT' call from Don Martin of Chicago GSB yesterday! So, I am headed for Chicago GSB! I thank you so much ... for your excellent service. I shall definitely send in my 'comments/feedback' and as I have told you before, I will be more than glad to be a 'reference'."
“Paul, I have received admission calls from both HAAS and Anderson. Well and well, I do not know how to express my appreciation to you, but I clearly know it is to the large extent the essays under your editing and polishing that helped me walk into the doors to both schools."
“As mentioned earlier, Booth is my top choice both for professional and personal reasons which is why I wanted the best consultant (you) in the industry to be on my side." [Admitted off wait-list at Booth]"
“Got the call just now from Chicago! Paul, thank you so much!"
“Hi Paul, I got accepted into Ross. ... I'm very excited about Ross and meeting new people. I think this will be a refreshing start for me, and I'm grateful to have this opportunity. I truly appreciate your help. I couldn't have made it through this process without your encouragement. Thank you again, and I wish you all my best as well!"
“Hi Paul, I got acceptance calls from both Berkeley HAAS as well as UCLA-Anderson. Thanks for working with me, it helped me a lot."
“Dear Paul, I am happy to inform you that I have been accepted at Ross! i have a decision to make Cornell vs. Ross. … I have an important decision to make and would appreciate any thoughts you may have on this. Thank you for all your help in the tough process."
“Hello Paul, I am pleased to tell you that I have been accepted in the NYU Stern-Langone program. Thank you very much for your help for the application process."
“I'm accepted to Wharton. You helped significantly so thank you."
“Hi Paul, I am well and hope you are fine as well. Thanks to your help, I did get admitted and am enrolled [at Wharton EMBA]."
“Paul, Just wanted to let you know that I was accepted at Kellogg today....I wanted to thank you for all of your help. It was greatly appreciated."
“Hi Paul, today I got my acceptance letter from UofMichigan(Ann arbor). Thanks for the great work and help on the application, so now it is a difficult decision for me to choose between chicago and michigan. any suggestions?"
“Paul, Things worked out very well- I was accepted [at Chicago]! Thanks once again for helping me - you did an outstanding job."
“Paul, It turned out great. I got into Chicago and will be attending this Fall!"
“You were extremely methodical in your approach to crafting a waitlist letter. You knew exactly what the admissions committee would look for and came up with an action plan that was packed with items to address weaknesses in my application. The preinterview you conducted with me was in-depth and to the point. ….Your editing services were superior as well – we were able to turn out the final copy (after multiple edits) in 2 days flat. Your excellent editing skills and patience combined with your uncanny knowledge of how to craft content relevant to the situation made you the perfect consulatant [sic] for me. I would definitely use you … again and would gladly recommend you to anyone who asked." [Admitted to Chicago]"
“Hello Paul, I wanted to tell you that I got admitted to INSEAD's MBA program and I will be starting in Jan."
“Hello Paul, Sorry I have not written earlier. I can happily report that I was admitted to Stern towards the middle of June... Thank you again for your support."
“Your input was surely instrumental in getting my application up to snuff." [Admitted at Wharton/Lauder]"
“Paul, We are in at Wharton, UofC [Booth], and Northwestern. We appreciate all your help through this process thus far.... Your guidance was invaluable and made all the difference in such a competitive year. Thanks again."
“Paul, The results have been as follows: MIT - admit, Wharton - WL and HBS - ding. Thanks for all your help and guidance."
“Paul, I really cannot believe we pulled it off AND you might have found me a new career! [My interviewer] told me I was the very first person she called yesterday! I just feel so happy and special! Once again, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my dream comes true."
“ Hi Paul, How have you been? I wanted to let you know that I was accepted to the Duke daytime MBA program in R2 and that I decided to accept. … I am really pleased with the opportunities and experience that Duke provides and I am looking forward to moving to Durham next month. As I have mentioned before, you have been very kind and generous with your time. I am very grateful. If there is ever anything I can do for you, do let me know."
“Yesterday I received my admission for Kellogg. Hooorrrrayy. It was a fantastic moment after all the efforts you and I had put into the whole thing. Also from my side: thank you very much for the great support and the good ideas and the excellent English that definitely helped me get into one of the leading business schools in the U.S. Your service was … worthwhile and paid off in the end. thanks a lot."
“Paul, I used your waitlisted services for the Univ of Chicago GSB. I’m glad to say that I just got accepted to the GSB this week and shall be attending school there. Thanks for all the help!"
“Paul, I must agree [your service] made a difference in my candidacy. I am glad to have worked with you…. [Admitted at INSEAD]"
“Paul, … I’ve been accepted at Wharton [and later Harvard Business School]. Still can’t believe it. I wanted to thank you … for your talents that got me the admission. In summary I got in Wharton because of four reasons listed below from the most important to the least important: 1. First and above all because God wanted that to happen. 2. 3. 4. I was intelligent enough to know I should consult … Paul, thank you for your valuable talents …, thank you for the service…it’s worth every penny."
“In at NYU! Thanks for your help Paul. After a ding at my most likely school, followed by a waitlist at another school, my hopes for NYU were slim. With your help, I was able to get into my top choice!"
“Paul, I got into Columbia EMBA program (Look at my email id). Million thanks to you – not for writing my essays, but for teaching me. I believe I learned a lot from you about writing. I am proud because I learned and applied what I learned to craft my own essay."
“Paul, Just a quick note to say that I’ve been offered admission to Wharton [and Tuck a few days later]!!! I’d just like to say thanks for all the help you provided me with. I am VERY pleased and immensely satisfied with the results [your service] has helped me to achieve. Thanks!!!!"
“Paul: Just wanted to let you know that I got in to NYU. 2 out of 3 is
pretty good. Thanks for all of the great help-couldn’t have done it without you."
“I was accepted off Kellogg’s wait list today. You helped me with all of my Kellogg essays and also with my Kellogg wait list letter. Your editing and comments really did made [sic] all the difference for me. Without your help I know that I would not have my Kellogg admit today. Thanks very much and your services were very much worth the investment I put into them."
“Paul, I got the written confirmation yesterday and my admission [to Chicago GSB] is official now. I not only gained admission but also improved my writing skills by working with you. What else I can say? You helped a lot to make this happen."
“Paul, Last night I just received the response from NYU and it is an affirmative one!! At least now I know for sure that I will be occupied even more, starting late this summer. Again, many, many thanks for your help with the editing of the statement – it simply couldn’t have gotten to that beautiful final stage without your help. You DEFINITELY deserve a big chunk of the credit for the admission decision."
“Hello Paul, I …. have decided to attend The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. … Thank you for all of your help Paul. You really helped me craft excellent essays. “