Karen Marks

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About Karen Marks

Karen has more than 12 years of experience evaluating candidates for admission to Dartmouth College and to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Since founding North Star Admissions Consulting in 2012, she has helped applicants gain admission to the nation’s top schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, MIT, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Wellesley, and more. Over the last three years, clients have been awarded more than 6.9 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 90% have gotten into one of their top choice schools.

Damaging MBA Admissions Myths

There is a lot of information out there about MBA admissions. Unfortunately, much of it is wrong! Don’t fall for these dangerous MBA admissions myths: Don’t apply in the first round. Have you heard that it’s better to wait and apply in a later round, because the competition is stiffer [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Have You Chosen the Wrong Business School Recommender?

Asking for a recommendation is stressful. You are making yourself vulnerable and possibly learning what people really think of you. The news isn’t always good, but it’s crucial to pay attention to what your potential business school recommender is actually telegraphing. Here are signs that you have chosen the wrong business [...]

How to Sell Work Experience in MBA Applications

You know that you need to be strategic when describing your work experience in MBA applications. Admissions Officers use criteria that may surprise you. Seniority & Responsibility To assess your level of seniority the committee looks for concrete indicators that you have reached a certain level, and they look beyond [...]

Articulating Goals in Your Business School Applications

What do you want to do after you graduate from business school? Surprisingly, many applicants are initially stumped by this question. I help North Star clients figure out and articulate what they really want to do by guiding them through an introspective process. Ultimately, their goal essays and interview responses are [...]

Why You Were Really Rejected From a Top MBA Program

Do you want to know why you were really rejected from a top MBA program, despite having great grades from an elite college, strong test scores and impressive employment? As a former Tuck admissions officer and an experienced admissions consultant, I can tell you that you were probably dinged because [...]

By | April 28th, 2016|Business School Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|

High School Juniors: Time to Plan for College Applications

If you are a high school junior (or the parent of one), it’s time to get serious about college applications. Here are the most important areas to address: Standardized Testing Juniors recently received their PSAT results. These scores can help you decide whether to focus on the revised SAT or [...]

By | February 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A Behind The Scenes Look at Admissions Consulting

Hello North Star blog readers. I am in the midst of selecting candidates for the second Sirius group admissions consulting program, designed to help first generation college graduates get into business school. I wanted to share this blog about what it’s like to participate, from last year’s Sirius Fellow. I [...]

By | February 4th, 2016|Business School Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|

What Ivy League Admissions Officers Want You To Know

What Ivy League Admissions Officers Want You to Know Have you ever listened to an Ivy League Admissions presentation, wondering what the presenters were really trying to tell you about how to get into college? As a former Dartmouth Admissions Officer, I can help translate. Standardized tests are still important. [...]

By | February 3rd, 2016|College Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|

2016-2017 MBA Admissions Trends

Happy New Year! Are you planning to apply to business school? Here are my predictions about 2016-2017 MBA admissions trends. Women For the last few years the top schools have been VERY aggressive about admitting qualified women. I expect this trend to continue, so if you are a woman and [...]

By | January 8th, 2016|Business School Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|

How to Shine in MBA Video Essays

Yale, Kellogg and other top business schools are now asking applicants to complete a brief video response. This can seem stressful, but is actually a great opportunity for you to personalize your candidacy. Here are tips to help you excel in MBA video essays: Control the Environment. Please make sure [...]

By | January 6th, 2016|Business School Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|