The Best Value for Money. Hands Down

ApplicantLab provides benefits that go way beyond price — namely, in-depth, quality advice available 24/7 — but the fact that it has such excellent value for money is just an added bonus.
Most admissions consultants of Maria’s caliber (Harvard Business School graduate; 15 years of experience; former AIGAC Board Member) charge $300+ for just ONE HOUR of their time.
The ApplicantLab platform gives you access to ALL of Maria’s expertise, start-to-finish, for less than what you’d pay for just one hour. …you’d pay for just one hour of time with an equally-elite consultant.
There is simply no other way to get access to this level of expertise for this price.

On-Demand Admissions Guidance Tool

Only $299

There is simply no other way to get access to this level of expertise for this price.

  • 1 year access
  • Access to all modules for:
    – Strategy
    – Essays
    – Resume
    – Recommendation
    – Interview
  • Access to all modules
  • Apply to as many schools as you’d like
    – In-depth tailored content for each school, all for one low price
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Additional services can also be purchased

Additional Services

  • 1-on-1 Consultation
  • Mock interviews
  • “Sanity Checks” of your materials
  • Much Less Expensive than other firms
  • Exclusive for ApplicantLab users only
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How ApplicantLab Stacks Up

Features Expensive Consultants ApplicantLab
Quality Can vary greatly; are you getting an expert or just an untrained temp? The Lab’s scalability means everyone gets world-class advice from Maria, an expert & former AIGAC Board member
Availability May not be available nights / weekends; you might need to wait days to get on their calendar 24/7/365: all you need is an internet connection, and the Lab will be there for you
Price per School Incremental per-school fees for advice of this caliber is often between $1,200 - $1,500 / school ApplicantLab is the same price, no matter how many schools you use it for
Possible Conflict of Interest Given the potential pay-off they stand to make, may try to talk you in to applying to more schools, or will they flat We offer unbiased application advice
1-on-1 Guarantee Included, but that’s what you’re paying $4,500+ for Available for an additional modest fee (services menu for 2018-2019 launching in July)
Money back guarantee Varies. Some only offer a partial refund when buying a full package. Time used may not be refunded if you are not satisfied. Try the full product for 7 days and if you do not agree with the value provider contact us for a full refund (please do not abuse this offer by using the lab as much as possible in the 7 days and then requesting a refund, sadly this has been done before).
Try before you Buy Typically only a 30 minute call which mostly is to convince you as to why you need to spend thousands of dollars to get quality admissions guidance. The free trial allows partial access to the entire platform so you can get a sense of all the content packed within the lab.
Quality
Expensive Consultants ApplicantLab
Can vary greatly; are you getting an expert or just an untrained temp? The Lab’s scalability means everyone gets world-class advice from Maria, an expert & former AIGAC Board member
Availability
Expensive Consultants ApplicantLab
May not be available nights / weekends; you might need to wait days to get on their calendar 24/7/365: all you need is an internet connection, and the Lab will be there for you
Price per School
Expensive Consultants ApplicantLab
Incremental per-school fees for advice of this caliber is often between $1,200 - $1,500 / school ApplicantLab is the same price, no matter how many schools you use it for
Possible Conflict of Interest
Expensive Consultants ApplicantLab
Given the potential pay-off they stand to make, may try to talk you in to applying to more schools, or will they flat We offer unbiased application advice
1-on-1 Guarantee
Expensive Consultants ApplicantLab
Included, but that’s what you’re paying $4,500+ for Available for an additional modest fee (services menu for 2018-2019 launching in July)
Money back guarantee
Expensive Consultants ApplicantLab
Varies. Some only offer a partial refund when buying a full package. Time used may not be refunded if you are not satisfied. Try the full product for 7 days and if you do not agree with the value provider contact us for a full refund (please do not abuse this offer by using the lab as much as possible in the 7 days and then requesting a refund, sadly this has been done before).
Try before you Buy
Expensive Consultants ApplicantLab
Typically only a 30 minute call which mostly is to convince you as to why you need to spend thousands of dollars to get quality admissions guidance. The free trial allows partial access to the entire platform so you can get a sense of all the content packed within the lab.

“Yeah, but…What if I Want Extra Help?”

The vast majority of ApplicantLab users end up finding the advice in the Lab so comprehensive that they do not feel the need to pay for additional services. However, sometimes some users prefer to seek out additional 1-on-1 help — in that case, no problem.

Here are the different ways you can still use the Lab to save money, even if you’re planning on working with another admissions consultant:

  • Checklists are provided (via the “pre-writing” module) that you can use to check your work.
    — You can ask a trusted friend, colleague, or even a current student you’ve made a connection with to check on your behalf — even if they have no admissions experience.
  • Detailed video walk-throughs, in particular of “good” and “bad” sample interview questions, help you craft and then analyze your own answers.
  • ApplicantLab provides strategic reviews, editing, and mock interview services for far less than the usual market rate.
  • How? Since you’ve gone through the modules already, then we know that we need to do a lot less work.
  • Do the bulk of the work in the Lab, and purchase a-la-carte hours (usually sold in packages of 2 – 3 hours) from some other consultant.
  • That should be enough time to get high-level feedback on your materials, e.g. on one set of essays + one resume.  Voila! You’ve gotten the feedback you wanted, but you don’t need to pay $4.5k+ for a “comprehensive” package!

*Just don’t tell them you’re doing this; tell them this is ALL the budget you have. Otherwise they’ll find needless fault in things, and will try to up-sell you into buying even more hours from them.

  • Already bought a 1-school comprehensive package somewhere else?
    — No problem! You can use the Lab to do the work for all of the other schools you’re applying to, for a small fraction of the cost.
  • Already bought a multi-school comprehensive package somewhere else?
    — Why not protect your hefty investment by buying ApplicantLab as an “insurance policy”? This way, you can double-check the advice you’re getting elsewhere. For less than 3% of the cost of a $10k package, you can be ensuring that you’re getting the best guidance possible.

* To be honest, many people find us after having worked with expensive consultants in the past, and if their experience is similar to yours, you might even find the advice in the Lab to be better!

Schools Supported

Each year, ApplicantLab provides current in-depth admissions advice for the top 25 full-time MBA programs in the U.S., the top part-time and executive programs, as well as leading programs abroad. If client demand is great enough for a new school, it’s added accordingly. In the past, the Lab has provided advice for the following programs:

Babson (FT MBA)

Babson (MSEL)

Boston University Questrom (FT MBA)

Boston University Questrom (MSMS)

Booth (FT MBA)

Booth (PT / Weekend Evening)

Cambridge Judge

Carnegie Mellon Tepper (FT MBA)

Carnegie Mellon Tepper (PT EMBA)

China Europe International Business School CEIBS

Chinese University of Hong Kong CUHK

Columbia Business School

Copenhagen Business School

Cornell (2 year)

Cornell (1 year)

Cornell (“Tech MBA” in NYC)

Dartmouth Tuck

Duke Fuqua

Duke Fuqua (MMS)

Emory Goizueta

ESADE

Frankfurt

George Washington

Georgetown McDonough

Georgia Tech Scheller

Haas (FT)

Haas (EWMBA)

Harvard

HEC Paris

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology HKUST

Hult

IE Spain

IESE Spain

IMD Switzerland

Imperial London

Indian School of Business ISB PGP

Indiana Kelley

INSEAD

ISB

Ivey Ontario

Kellogg (FT 2 year MBA)

Kellogg (FT 1 year MBA)

London Business School LBS (FT MBA)

London Business School LBS (Sloan Fellows)

McGill Deshautels

Michigan State Eli Broad

Minnesota Carlson

MIT Sloan (FT MBA)

MIT Sloan (Sloan Fellows)

MIT Sloan (IDM)

National University of Singapore (NUS)

NYU (FT MBA)

NYU (WEMBA)

Oxford Said

Penn St. Smeal

Pepperdine Grazadio

Purdue Krannert

Rotman

Schulich

Southern Methodist University SMU Cox

Stanford (MBA)

Stanford (MSx)

Temple Fox

Texas A&M Mays

University of California, Los Angeles UCLA Anderson (FT MBA)

University of California, Los Angeles UCLA Anderson (PT FEMBA)

University of California, Irvine Merage

University of Georgia Terry

University of Illinois Urbana Champagne

University of Michigan Ross (FT MBA)

University of Michigan Ross (PT Executive)

University of Minnesota Carlson

University of North Carolina UNC Chapel Hill (FT MBA)

University of North Carolina UNC Chapel Hill (Online [email protected])

University of Southern California USC Marshall

University of Texas UT Austin McCombs

University of Virginia UVa Darden (FT MBA)

University of Virginia UVa Darden (PT EMBA)

Vanderbilt Owen

Washington Foster

Wharton

Wisconsin

Yale

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