I found this email from saved drafts. There is an important lesson to be learned about the following experience.


I am planning to take GMAT in April 2010. I want to apply to USA for MBA. Since i am very close to the last dates (fall 2010), please can you suggest me which universities to apply for, as i have no work experience and just 15 years schooling.

I am applying through an agency who say that I can get through Duke University & New York University. Should i apply through them? i have done my b. com(hons) from Calcutta university in 2009 with 55%marks

MBA Admission Consultancy

After reading the comment you can either feel bad for Richa or feel good as an agent getting business.

Look at the promises made by the consulting company about getting admission for her in Duke or NYU.

  • She’s going to take MBA in April
  • Consulting company will get her admission to Duke University.
  • Admission deadlines for Fall 2010 for Duke
    • Early Action – October 6, 2009
    • Round 1 – November 12, 2009
    • Round 2 – January 7, 2010
    • Round 3 – March 9, 2010
  • New York University Deadlines
    • 1st Round – November 15, 2009
    • 2nd Round – January 15,  2010
    • 3rd Round – March 15, 2010
  • Duke and NYU are Top Ranked Business School in US, unless one has very good profile (Work experience, GMAT Score, TOEFL, LOR, MBA Essay, ..) getting admission is not easy as it sounds.

US Admission Consultants

Be very picky with US admission consultant in India. There are ethical and unethical agents.

Work with an ethical agent. It’s a very good business to make money from students by offering false promises.

Your Experience Working with agents?

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  • How would you rate your overall experience?



  1. Jessica Guiver on September 18, 2011 at 6:39 AM

    I am an education consultant. Most of you know this, but you should never, ever trust an agent who says he/she can ‘guarantee’ admission to any university. No agents or consultants can get you into a college or university, it just isn’t possible. All colleges and universities will make their own admissions decisions, especially the very competitive institutions. They will have minimum requirements you must meet, and good consultants will try to match you with an institution that you have a reasonable chance of getting into, not promise the impossible.

    The good, reliable agents or consultants will be able to review your application, help you choose which universities to apply to and they will guide you through the process. But they will NOT do your application for you or write the essay for you or guarantee anything. Please take it from me, I have been working in university admissions for many years.

  2. Vijay Sankar on September 15, 2011 at 3:49 AM

    There are more fake consultants than reliable ones. But I feel it is easy for us to identify the fake ones if we did our ‘homework’. We need to know basics of US Education and admission process. A true consultant is a one who can just give you the guidelines, you must prepare for your admission and the rest. (like SOP, recommendation letters etc.).

    There is no problem seeking the consultants but you must not take their advise and recommendations as granted. You must do also some research.

    Good consultants have some pretty good US contacts. So, you can get into some good universities (not Top-Rated 🙂 ). They can override application deadlines(but there is an extent for this).

    And no consultant can make you get good universities if your credentials are weak (I mean academic not financial). Every consultant can get you to a university like TVU and UNVA, that don’t require any testing. Even you don’t need any consultant to get those universities. That is not worth it.

  3. Kabir on September 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Thanks for posting this. It was a much needed article. We have to be cautious of such rowdy agents.

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