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Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to be able to make an informed decision; whether it is about working with us or about applying to a specific graduate school. Below are frequently asked questions from our clients as well as our responses. Though this list is fairly comprehensive, please do not hesitate to call us at +1 703.242.5885 or email us regarding any other questions you may have.

What differentiates your company from other admissions consulting firms?

Will I receive an honest assessment of my top-choice admission prospects?

What payment options do you offer?

Will you write essays and personal statements for me?

Who will be my consultant?

How will I work with my consultant?

Do I have to work with a consultant who lives near me?

What is the company's background?

What differentiates your company from other admissions consulting firms?

Every one of our consultants has a minimum of 3 years full-time admissions committee experience at a position of no less than Assistant Director of Admission. Collectively, we have made tens of thousands of accept/reject/waitlist decisions at these graduate schools. In addition to requiring that all of our consultants have this minimum of 3 years of full-time admissions committee experience, we require consultants to undergo additional training with us when they join our Firm. We know what admissions committees really want to see in an application. That means we can counsel you on how to best develop your admissions story, how to select the most appropriate topics for your essays and personal statements, how to mitigate a low GPA and/or GRE score, and how to submit the best possible recommendations.

You wouldn't call your hair dresser if your child gets sick in the middle of the night and you wouldn't use your dentist to complete your tax returns. Why would you consult someone who doesn't have graduate school admissions committee experience on your applications?

Our consultants are far more than glorified proof readers. They offer comprehensive services to ensure that your admission chances are maximized. Grammatically-correct essays by themselves will not gain you admission to the top grad school programs and anyone thinking of submitting professionally prepared statements will be well served to know that admissions officers are quite skilled at sniffing out ghostwritten personal statements.

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Will I receive an honest assessment of my top-choice admission prospects?

Absolutely. AdmissionsConsultants values integrity in the client relationship. We can never guarantee admittance to any school. However, we can maximize your chances with your preferred schools by helping you prepare applications, personal statements, and interview responses that do justice to your unique strengths as a graduate school applicant. We cannot stress enough the importance of setting realistic expectations for your top-choice schools.

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What payment options do you offer?

We appreciate the financial investment you are about to make as you pursue graduate school. Our aim is to make the process easier and less stressful for you. That said, we offer two payment plans for our consulting services: Hourly Rate: Our graduate school school admissions services bill at an hourly rate of $150. A minimum consultation of one hour is required. Moreover, you pay only for the services (hours) you desire. Fixed Fee Rate: Our fixed-fee rate applies to a fixed-fee package on three, five, seven, or ten applications. What does this mean for you?

Depending upon which package you choose, you will receive comprehensive counseling including unlimited essay revisions and support throughout the application season at affordable rates. Additionally, your initial one-hour consultation fee is applied to the fixed-fee rate. For more information, please visit on our fee structure page.

With AdmissionsConsultants, what you see is what you get. There are no hidden costs. It is just one of the many reasons over 95% of our clients return for additional consulting services.

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Will you write essays and personal statements for me?

A key step in the admissions process is when admissions committees determine whether, and how, your character reflects the school's values. Essays are a critical component in this evaluation. Essays therefore need to illustrate your unique personality, your admissions objectives, and your writing style. For that reason, no one but you can write your essays.

We are happy, however, to give you guidance on how to draw out your strengths in your essays. We will also edit for grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Essay assistance services are included in the application fee.

Beware of anyone who offers to write your essays for you. The move is likely to backfire. "If [this] school feels any part of the application is not the student's own work, they are immediately disqualified," stated Robert Alig, the former director of admissions and financial aid at the Wharton School of Business. His statement is just as applicable to other graduate school programs as it is to business schools.

Keep in mind, too, that submitting someone else's writing or even a canned outline would deprive you of an important chance to tell the admissions committee who you are. What can set you apart from thousands of other applicants is the content and quality of your essays AND the degree to which they reflect and highlight your nature not that of some stranger.

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Who will be my consultant?

We want to give you your best chance at success. We do this by matching you with a consultant with a minimum of 3 years full-time graduate school admissions committee experience at a position of no less than Assistant Director of Admission. When more than one consultant has hours available, we will be glad to give you your choice of consultants. Call us at +1 703.242.5885 to find out who currently has availability.

Please note that we do not oversubscribe our consultants. We ask our consultants to commit to replying to all client queries within 72 hours of receipt. Once our consultants have accepted the maximum number of clients with whom they can work and still honor that deadline, we stop accepting new clients.

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How will I work with my consultant?

You will receive one-on-one attention from your assigned consultant. This arrangement garners an accurate and thorough understanding of your needs, objectives, personality and strong points. Moreover, our consultants collaborate and brainstorm with each other, so that no detail of your application process is overlooked.

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Do I have to work with a consultant who lives near me?

No. As a virtual company, we are set up to provide seamless consulting services by taking advantage of all modern communication mediums. We are proud to serve a diverse clientele of applicants hailing from North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and Latin America. Our client base knows no bounds

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What is the company's background?

Before AdmissionsConsultants was formed, David Petersam, the company's founder, successfully guided several friends and acquaintances through the turbulent admissions process that guards the nation's elite business schools. After witnessing how successfully his admissions strategies worked for these individuals and being told by these same applicants that he should start an admissions consultancy AdmissionsConsultants was formed. Soon thereafter, we expanded into graduate school admission consulting using the same successful formula of hiring the most highly qualified consultants. Since our inception in 1996, we have helped thousands of applicants gain admission into their top-choice grad schools.

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If you still have any unanswered questions about AdmissionsConsultants, please do not hesitate to call (+1 703.242.5885) or email us. We strive to provide a personalized response to all inquiries within 24 hours including weekends and holidays.

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