Consultant Showdown – Admissionado


Just because you are a great player, doesn’t mean you will win a championship. Sometimes, you need a good coach too.

One of the key items I contemplated this year was choosing a consultant. After researching many firms, I chose three based on feedback from friends and contacts, as well as gmatclub reviews.

I have put together a small table of information (package recommendations came from the consultant).

 Consulting Firm Founded 2 School Package  # of Reviews % of 5 Star
Critical SquareStrategic 2012 $3,350 6 100%
AdmissionadoJr. Deluxe 2007 $2,775 49 96%
mbaMissionSchool 1999 $5,250 207 98%


I requested free profile consultations from each firm, where I focused on the competitiveness of my profile, my logic behind my school choice strategy, and their ability to improve my chances at getting into a top school.

So now that I have set the background, let’s get to my one-on-one with Admissionado:



Admissionado – High energy, highly personable, passionate about applicants
After filling out an EXTENSIVE profile form for Admissionado’s free profile review, I received an immediate email asking me for even MORE information. Claudia, Admissionado’s Director of Operations, stated they wanted to do as much pre-work as possible to ensure that my 30 minutes was well spent. She then matched me with Spencer Gilbert for my profile evaluation.

Spencer had to reschedule our meeting due to being sick (which I actually was feeling under the weather as well). I was pleased with his attitude/style over email which was comprised of several short concise (sometimes humorous) messages exchanged with me. Finally, the meeting happened.

What can I say about Spencer? Passionately enthusiastic and driven about success and helping others!

Spencer opened the session up with explaining his background, his philosophy, and that he didn’t care about keeping within the guidelines of the “30 minute meeting.” We spoke about MANY topics ranging from life philosophies, my experience with the waitlist at Tuck, his consulting track record, tips on writing essays, and how he viewed the application process.

He felt that I was more than capable for the top schools, felt there were minimal resume adjustments to be made, and that most of my work would be on the essays. Before I knew it, I realized we had been speaking for almost an hour and a half. He wished me well and made a clear statement that he hoped to work with me in the future. It was quite an experience, and I definitely felt a strong connection to him.

I received a follow-up email the next day from Claudia detailing next steps. Overall, my experience with Admissionado was really impressive in terms of enthusiasm, passion, and focus on quality. Part of me has to wonder though, if Admissionado can back up their enthusiasm with hard results at the upper tiers.

Ultimately, choosing a consultant will be a tough choice. Each of the consultants vary in terms of rankings, track record, and personal touch. Price is also a major player. Of course, there is also the opportunity that I go at it with the help of friends and my network and save my money.

I will be revealing my decision on Friday, so make sure to check back!

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5 Responses to “Consultant Showdown – Admissionado”

  1. Albert

    This group would be my top choice just based off your analysis of all three consulting groups. Spencer’s willingness to speak with your for an hour and a half could be very indicative of their quality of service overall.

    I think your question of their enthusiasm matching their results can really be said about all admissions consultants; do many of them actually provide statistics on their acceptance rates at specific schools? I think your question can be posed for every admission consultant but it may never be answered until you receive decisions from MBA programs.

    • GrantMeAdmission

      Absolutely agree with you Albert! Many of them provide a “success rate.” But how the success rate is calculated is a whole other story. If someone applies to the top five and a #20 school, and only gets into the #20, are they successful? Many questions like this have been posed. All three firms I interviewed did not provide a % rate.

  2. Albert

    Question: I’m curious as to how much you, specifically, would be paying for an admissions consultant. Since you’re applying to 7+ programs, you would get charged a hefty sum for each additional school, right?

  3. GrantMeAdmission

    General consensus is to pay for 2-3 schools. After that, you should understand the flow and be able to work it out for the other schools. I will most likely do two (noted in this post).


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